get involved and check out: sociocracyforall.org and or seedsforchange.org.uk/resources
Sometimes it can be hard to know if you’re crazy, or is it the world that’s crazy. Watching while our society destroys itself triggers despair and anxiety. Yet it is possible to summon the courage to stay engaged with the world, survive and fight back. When you’re suffering is often the hardest time to ask for help from others around you — and paradoxically when you need help the most. Feelings exist for reasons — if you repress them too hard, you can miss important lessons they may have for you. While it is impossible to have a list that will apply to everyone’s situation and often situations have to do with class/race/gender, here are some tips you can use when you’re in crisis or to help to care for others:
• Our brains are connected to our bodies so concentrating on physical health can help treat mental distress. Eating healthy food on a regular schedule and getting enough sleep are key. Exercise, dance, biking and physical movement can help. So can fresh air and having a stable, calming place to stay.
• It can help to focus off the crisis and onto what you find joyful until you can gather more resources.
• It is okay to ask for help and it may help to discuss disturbing mental states with others who you trust.
• An important component of mental health is the ability to know ourselves, understand our needs, and be able to talk about them to the other people in our lives. This can be really challenging and can often take guidance from others who have learned how to do it with one another. One tool for creating written documents for communication is called a T-MAP which stands for Transformative Mental Health Practices.
• It can help to have language for mental crisis that feels comfortable and makes more sense than the dominant medical language. Transmission of language often happens in groups.
• Joining a mutual support group of peers listening to and helping peers as equals can be validating, while not necessarily endorsing your feelings. You can form one yourself or join an ongoing group.
• Find a counselor who supports your self-determination. Ask about confidentiality if someone else — such as your parents, boss, or governmental program — is paying for your therapy.
• Drugs and alcohol often make mental health problems worse.
• Psychiatric drugs such as those for depression or bipolar disorder can help some people reduce distress and maintain stability. Other people experience distress and harm from psych drugs and even have trouble withdrawing from them. Figuring out what works for you can be a process because people differ. Check out “Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs.”
• Keep in mind that some current emotional crises may be caused by traumas from the past, which may need to be emotionally and consciously processed in order not to keep recurring.
• When you’re depressed, it may help to realize that the depressed feeling will eventually pass and your life will begin to seem meaningful again later. Depression inhibits your ability to perceive and understand the world correctly. Depression is often a lack of feelings and a lack of connection to feeling. Your perceptions of loneliness, un-lovability, and hopelessness are not accurate when you are depressed. Avoid making drastic decisions such as hurting yourself when you are unable to correctly perceive reality.
• Distracting yourself from depressed or anxious thoughts can help: listening to music, making art, washing dishes, or doing a project alone or with others.
• Many communities have 24 hour a day crisis hotlines or crisis centers. Call 800-SUICIDE if you’re thinking about killing yourself or 800 646-HOPE to reach a rape crisis line for survivors of sexual violence. Warning: if you call and say you want to kill yourself police may arrive at your door.
• For anxiety, try to remember to breathe. Practicing meditation may also help you relax.
• Acupuncture or massage can be ways for others to give your whole self some gentle attention.
• Ecopsychology is realizing nature and wilderness are our greatest healers. Spend some time outside the city to get centered and get away from pollution which is in itself mind-altering.
• If you have a loved one in crisis, the most helpful thing is to make it clear that you care and be there to listen. They may not be able to call or ask for help — it can be very helpful to keep calling them every day or two to check-in, even if they don’t answer the phone or seem to want help. Sometimes it is okay to want to be alone so don’t be too pushy. Just make it clear that you care. It’s also import to get support and advice for yourself. Caring about someone who is in crisis is in itself a big challenge.
• Social change: Actually address the stressful factors in your environment. Revolution can heal.
• If someone is having delusional thinking or expressing violence related to mental issues, these suggestions may not be enough and it is okay to reach out for professional help.
At a time when the global capitalist system is broken and is failing, regular people create their own structures based on different values, with different heroes, different priorities and using different tools. We offer you this organizer as our humble contribution to that process. Perhaps you’ll fill its pages with marches and assemblies — but we hope also bike rides, compost turns and dance parties. The struggle for liberation requires rage and hard work, but also slowing down and stepping out of the rat race. It requires a do-it-yourself, handmade approach, not the cold standardization of smartphones and robotic industrialism.
The alternatives we demand aren’t captured by any single movement, organization or slogan. We need them all. We don’t want things to go back to normal, normal wasn’t working! We can’t afford to retreat into our subcultures and our comfort zones. We gotta be brave and have the challenging discussions — and help those who are frozen to find courage to act. To the system’s death, greed, and endless heaps of plastic, let’s respond with rebellion, collectives, defending natural systems and love for human and non-human life in equal measure.
It is through joy and rage that we can lay foundations for a new world because rejecting the structures that are killing us goes beyond institutions — it also involves reworking what’s in our heads and hearts.
These pages recall those who fought before to inform and inspire our struggle now. We dedicate this year’s organizer to all of you on the front lines fighting for racial, climate and social justice! To get the knee off the world’s neck, here and everywhere.
This is the 27th time our collective has amused itself by publishing the Slingshot Organizer. Its sale raises funds to print the quarterly, radical, independent Slingshot Newspaper. We distribute the newspaper for free everywhere in the US, often at the places listed in the Radical Contact List. Let us know if you can be a local newspaper distributor in your area. Also please send us content for the paper. Thanks to the volunteers who created this year’s organizer: Alexis, Alina, Amy, Ana, Basson, Bernadette, Bernard, Breydon, Carolita, Clara, Cleo, Dov, elke, Fern, Francesca, HB, heri, Isabel, Isabella, Jacquelynn, Jenna, Jesse, Joanna, Jonathon, Kaino, Katie, Kei, Korvin, Kylie, Lew, Lydia, Mango, Marcela, Marie, Mark, Nadja, Rachelle, Rick, Robert, Sasha, Talia, Tula, & those we forgot.
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1084, Budapest, Német utca 6
1084, Budapest, Víg utca 2
1084, Budapest, Auróra utca 11
1089, Budapest, Orczy út 46-48
February 15 • 11 – 5 pm FREE ALL AGES
Dear diary zine fest – Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Berkeley
February • 15 2 – 6 pm FREE ALL AGES
SF Bay Area Punk Rock Record Fair and Swap Meet – the Knockout in San Francisco
Febuary 15 • all day FREE ALL AGES
Nisi Shawl, author, African American multi-media conference – Oakland public library Melrose branch
February 22 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Oscar López Rivera, author, former political prisoner, and freedom fighter – La Peña 3105 Shattuck, Berkeley
February 23 • noon – 4 pm
Oscar López Rivera, Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission SF
Richard Wolff on Understanding Socialism 2407 Dana, Berkeley
February 29 • 2 pm
Leap Day Action – gather at Berkeley BART – leapdayaction.org
March 6 – 15
Earth First!! Appalachian Climate Action Camp – West Virginia along the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline
March 8 FREE ALL AGES
International Women’s Day
March 8 • 7 pm FREE ALL AGES
Party for 32 years of slingshot publishing – Long Haul 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley slingshotcollective.org
March 11 • 7:30 pm
Gretchen Sorin on Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, CA
March 13 – 8 pm FREE ALL AGES
East Bay Bike Party – BART tba eastbaybikeparty.wordpress.com
March 29 FREE ALL AGES
NYC Feminist Zine Fest Barnard College feministzinefestnyc.com
April 4 • 10:30 – 4:30 pm FREE ALL AGES
Milwaukee Zine Fest – library binderymke.com/milwaukeezinefest
Series of climate change protests around Earth Day details TBA
April 24 FREE ALL AGES
Deadline to volunteer to draw art for 2021 Slingshot Organizer
April 25 • 10 – 6:30 pm FREE ALL AGES
Bay Area Anarchist Book fair – Omni Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave. Oakland bayareaanarchistbookfair.com
Late April FREE ALL AGES
51st Anniversary of People’s Park concert, peoplespark.org
May 1 FREE ALL AGES
May 15 – 16
Chicago Zine Fest – chicagozinefest.org
May 23 • noon – 6 pm FREE ALL AGES
Zinecinatti Zine Fest – 1212 jackson st. Cincinnati
May 24 • noon FREE ALL AGES
Judi Bari day: 30 year bombing remembrance – Park Blvd at Macarthur, Oakland
May 24 FREE ALL AGES
Soupstock Food Not Bombs concert – celebrate 40 years of free vegan food – Santa Cruz, CA santacruz.foodnotbombs.net
May 30 – 31 FREE ALL AGES
Help create the 2021 Slingshot Organizer 3124 Shattuck Berkeley
May 31 FREE ALL AGES
Los Angeles Zine Fest – Helms Bakery lazinefest.com
June 6 – 7 FREE ALL AGES
Help create the 2021 Slingshot Organizer 3124 Shattuck Berkeley
July 13 – 16 FREE ALL AGES
Protest the Democratic National Convention – Milwaukee, WI
August 24 – 27 FREE ALL AGES
Protest the Republican National Convention – Charlotte, NC
Rise Up! Youth Action Camp, Northern Calif. riseupcamp.org
August 16 • 7pm
Slingshot New Volunteer Meeting / article brainstorm – Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
September 13 • 3pm
Article submission deadline for Slingshot issue 132
THIS SEEMS LIKE ENOUGH but could add:
–earth first gathering
Compiled by Jesse D. Palmer
Making Slingshot would be impossible without work space at the Long Haul infoshop in Berkeley, a modest radical library with a funky meeting space, overflowing boxes of zines and a lot of dirty dishes. Long Haul just turned 40 years old and it’s still going strong! (But we could use help staffing a few shifts.)
The radical spaces we create seek personal and social transformation and freedom. Each space exists on its own, but together spread over the globe, they help form a decentralized network building alternatives to the death machine based on love, cooperation and fun. Here are some new spaces and corrections to the 2020 Slingshot Organizer’s radical contact list, which aspires to collect as many liberated spaces as possible to help guide your travels and organizing. Please send any corrections or additions you know about. An updated on-line version is at Slingshot’s website.
Cat’s Claw – New Orleans, LA
An organizing space, information center and meeting place for New Orleans activists and the DIY community with books, zines and harm reduction resources. 2221 St. Claude (next to the Fair Grinds coffee shop.) email@example.com
Blacklidge Community Collective – Tucson, AZ
A space with a free library, zine collection, internet and public restroom that hosts punk shows, poetry readings, support groups, book clubs, coffee and tea socials, Spanish classes, game nights & presentations. They have harm reduction supplies, food, water, caffeine, first aid kits, and hygiene products. Open M-F 11-5, Sun 11-2. 3027 N. Stone Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705 520-622-8571 bcctucson.org
Anarres Infoshop & Community Space – Portland, OR
Anarchist free space that hosts events. They lost their previous space but just found this one. 6011 NE Oregon St. Ste 7 Portland, OR 97214
Lavender Library – Sacramento, CA
A research and information center for LGBTQI community that hosts events. 1414 21st st Sacramento, CA 95811 916-492-0558
Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) – Providence, RI
A community organizing non-profit that hosts community events and operates campaigns. 340 Lockwood Street / Providence, RI 02907, 401-351-6960 daretowin.org
Bricolage Art Collective – Paducah, KY
An art gallery with a workshop and event space. 107 Market House Square, Paducah, KY 42001 bricolageartcollective.com
Cafe Con Libros – Brooklyn, NY
Feminist community bookstore and coffee Shop. 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216 347-460-2838
Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance – Providence, RI
A coalition of people of color-led organizations, building a rapid resistance network against violence and hate crimes. They provide legal services to protect people from ICE and other law enforcement agencies and culturally competent psychological services. 669 Elmwood Ave. #13 / Providence, RI 02905, 401-675-1414
biblio>media:take! mobile infoshop – Vienna, Austria
They distribute zines, stickers, books, shirts etc. regarding anarcha-feminism, queer, self-empowerment, creative action forums, political and social struggles and movements, DIY/ commons, ecology/sustainability from mobile locations including augasse 2-6, 1090 Wien, infoladen.kukuma.org, bibliomediatake @riseup.net
Clandestina – Havana, Cuba
Lesbian-owned clothing store that makes clothes for all genders with an emphasis on sustainable fashion and ethical clothing production. They host parties and fashion shows. Villegas 403 (between Teniente Rey and Mural) Habana Vieja, Cuba 10100, clandestina.co
Institute of Barbarian Books – Fukushima, Japan
Alternative space with a library and print shop. 2518-3 Kamiokinohara, Kaminojiri, Nishiazu, Yama-gun, Fukushima, 969-4512 Japan tel 080-4684-0130
Cuba Libro – Havana, Cuba
A coffee shop and English language bookshop with an emphasis on being a safe space for queer folx. They host free events. Calle 24 between Calle 19 and Calle 21 in Vedado, La Habana, Cuba, cubalibrohavana.com
FERi Gallery – Budapest, Hungary
Independent feminist, antiracist and queer gallery. 1084, Budapest, Német utca 6
ISBN – Budapest, Hungary
Bookshop with underground books and journals that hosts events. 1084, Budapest, Víg utca 2
Auróra – Budapest, Hungary
Leftist community center where a bunch of NGOs are working, eg. Budapest Pride and Roma Press Center. They host screenings, workshops, exhibitions, trainings, concerts and a bar. 1084, Budapest, Auróra utca 11
Gólya – Budapest, Hungary
Leftist community house with a big concert room. 1089, Budapest, Orczy út 46-48
Corrections to the 2020 Slingshot Organizer
• The Bellingham Alternative Library has moved to 1309 Billy Frank Junior St. Bellingham, WA 98225.
• The Center for Sustainable Living in Indiana no longer has a physical address. You can send mail to POBox 1665, Bloomington, IN 47402, contact @simplycsl.org
• 1919 Hemphill in Fort Worth, TX closed.
• Resistencia Bookstore in Austin TX is now at 2000 Thrasher Ln, Austin, TX 78741.
• Inside Books Project is now at 3106 E. 14 1/2 St., Austin, Texas 78702.
• Hive Mind in Akron, OH closed. The goodbye message said the following venues are still going and although we don’t know anything about them, the names alone are fun: Oakdale House, Blank Slate Elyria, It’s a Kling Thing! House, Rubicon Cinema, The Dome in Kent, Akron Bless This Mess, Project Three Gallery, The Center, Live Music Now, East End, The Venue, The Moving Castle, Live From Emerald City, Yello House.
• Phosephene in Pt. Townsend, WA (listed in the last issue of Slingshot but not in the 2020 organizer) closed.
• We got a report that On Pop Collective in Greensboro should no longer be listed.
• Faith House in Ontario, Canada is no longer a radical space.
• The Feminist Library has moved they are now at the Sojourner Truth Community Centre, 161 Sumner Road, Peckham, London SE15 6JL.
• The Kebele project in UK (Bristol) has changed its name – to BASE – explanation at network.23.org/kebele2/ourstory/
• Pelech Infoshop in Brno, Czech Rebublic and d-zona in Prague have both closed.
• El Bar De Ciro on Jirón Quilca in Lima, Peru — where “most rockthrowing kids drink after a riot” — has closed. We will let you know when we figure out where the rockthrowing kids are drinking now.
Plus a lot more spaces in Europe…
No descriptions but these all come recommended – send us info if you visit:
• Syndikalistriskt Forum: Linnegatan 21, vån 3, 41304 Göteborg, Sweden
• Bokcafét i Jönköping: Svavelsticksgränd 7, 553 15 Jönköping, Sweden
• Bokcafé Pilgatan: Pilgatan 14, 903 31 Umeå, 090-12 18 30, Sweden pilgatan.se
• Bokcafé Projektil: S:t Persgatan 22 B, 753 29 Uppsala, Sweden bokcafeprojektil.se
• ETC bokcafé: St. Paulsgatan 14, 118 46 Stockholm, Sweden, etcbokcafestockholm
• Majkällaren: Spånehusvägen 62A, 214 39 Malmö, Sweden
• Kontrapunkt: Norra Grängesbergsgatan 28, 214 50 Malmö, Sweden, 0728 – 56 04 47, bygglove.nu/kontrapunkt
• Folkkök Umeå: Hamnmagasinet, Västra Strandgatan 4, 903 26 Umeå, Sweden, folkkok.se
• Joe Hill-gården: Nedre Bergsgatan 28, 802 51 GÄVLE, 026-65 26 41, Sweden, joehill.se
• Syndikalisterna bokhandel: LS Uppsala, Svartbäcksgatan 97, 753 35 Uppsala, Sweden, 018-69 46 89
• UFFA: Innherredsveien 69C, 7043 Trondheim, Norway
• 1000FRYD: Kattesundet 10, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark Phone +45 20 95 06 66, 1000fryd.dk
• Paramount DIY: Eriksvej 40C, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
• BumZen: Baldersgade 20-22, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
• Kupoli: Mannerheimintie 5B, 7th Floor, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
• Mustan kanin kolo: Hämeentie 26, 00530 Helsinki, Finland+358 44 5779057