Here are some new radical spaces that we’ve heard about since we published the 2013 Slingshot Organizer plus some corrections to the organizer. Each in their own way and with their own style is an experiment. These are spaces for building physical expressions of a world where human beings, love, creativity, solidarity and the environment matter. These counter-institutions allow us to practice cooperating with others to create community — not just the carbon-copy retail wallpaper always blindly scraping for another buck.
Building something we control that operates outside capitalist limitations can be tough and many of these projects are small and struggling. They need your support. These experiments are crucial because they go beyond just talking about a new world or hoping for a new world. We demand meaningful and pleasurable lives now, not someday in the future. As the radical cafe in Istanbul, Turkey listed below puts it: “We are growing the new world in our hearts, here and now, through sharing and solidarity.”
Check the radical contact list on Slingshot’s website for the most updated list of radical contacts around the globe, and please let us know if you know of spaces not on the list or see errors we should fix: slingshot.tao.ca.
Glenwood Coffee & Books – Greensboro, NC
A worker co-op that hosts events and organizing efforts. They feature zines and locally published hand-bound books. 1310 Glenwood Avenue Greensboro NC, 27403 336-525-1646 glenwoodcoffeeandbooks.com
Nowe Miastor â€“ New Orleans, LA
A collectively run community space with an art/performance space, a library and meeting space in a converted warehouse that hosts events. Above the space is an affordable housing coop. 223 Jane Place, New Orleans, LA 70119 â€¨(Mail: PO Box 53011, NOLA 70153â€¨) (504) 451-3693 nowemiastornola.org
Black Coffee Co-op – Seattle, WA
A worker’s co-op cafÃ© with a library and infoshop that hosts community events. Open 7 days a week. 501 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA 98122
Interference Archive – Brooklyn, NY
An archive and gallery that explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements with objects that are created by social movements: posters, publications, t-shirts, buttons, photographs, audio and video. They have a study center and host talks, screenings and workshops. Open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 131 8th St. #4, Brooklyn, NY 11215 interferencearchive.org
Bread Uprising Bakery – Durham, NC
A bakery co-op that features sliding scale pricing for organic and vegan items. 816 Yancey Streetâ€¨ Durham, NC 27701 breaduprising.wordpress.com
Stone Soup Community Center – Worcester, MA
A center that houses artists, activists, non-profits, co-ops and grassroots organizations. They are re-opening after a fire. 4 King St. Worcester MA 01610
CRIC House ‘n’ Homestead – Sebastopol, CA
A rural permaculture project. CRIC stands for Cultural Rehabilitation Internship Center. No drop-ins please â€“ contact them first if you want to visit. 13024 Green Valley Rd. Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707) 829-3551 crichouse.blogspot.com
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) – New York, NY
A museum of squatted buildings and community gardens located in what used to be C Squat. 155 Avenue C New York, NY 10009 (973) 818-8495 www.morusnyc.org
Willamantic Food Coop – Willamantic, CT
A food co-op. 91 Valley St. Willimantic, CT 06226â€¨ (860) 456-3611 willimanticfood.coop
Durham Bike Co-op – Durham, NC
An all-volunteer community bike shop with tools where you can learn to fix bikes. 715 Washington St. â€ªDurham, NC 27701â€¬ (919) 675-2453 durhambikecoop.org
The Bikery – Seattle, WA
An all-volunteer community bike project with tools and resources help people fix their own bikes. 1265 South Main St. Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 568-3535
Plan B Bikes â€“ New Orleans, LA
A do-it-yourself bike shop with tools and parts. 1024 Elysian Fields New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 272-PBNO (7266) bikeproject.org
Living Energy Farm – Louisa, VA
An experimental farm project that aims to be self-sufficient without using any fossil fuels. Residents also practice income sharing. 1022 Bibbs Store Rd., Louisa VA 23093 www.livingenergyfarm.org
Tahoe Cooperative Community Center â€“ South Lake Tahoe, CA.
A 900 sq. ft space that shares with the Tahoe Wellness Center and holds events, dance & art classes, yoga, tarot readings, meditation with plans for a Free School. 3445 Lake Tahoe Blvd. S. Lake Tahoe 96150 (530) 544-8000
Acorn Community â€“ Mineral, VA
An income-sharing sustainable egalitarian community. 12159 Indian Creek Rd. Mineral, VA 23117 (540) 894-0595 acorncommunity.org
Pizza Carrello – Gillette, Wyoming
A mobile wood-fired pizza truck that acts as a gathering spot for alternative community in a very rural, isolated area. Check for each day’s location:
Hydra Bookshop – Bristol, UK
A cooperative operated radical community bookshop, coffee shop and meeting/event space that grew out of Bristol Radical History Group. 34 Old Market,â€¨ Bristol, â€¨BS2 0EZâ€¨ 0117 3297401 www.hydrabooks.org
BokkafÃ© Vulgo – Gothenburg, Sweden
A queer, vegan, anarchist bookshop and cafe that hosts meetings and events. Nordhemsgatan 49, Gothenburg. +46(0)31-364 64 54
26A Collective – Istanbul, Turkey
An anarchist collective that operates a cafe and a bookstore at two locations and hosts meetings, events. Their website is translated into Farsi, Russian, Greek, Georgian, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Porteguese and contains an inspiring manifesto. Tel Sokak No: 26 / A Beyoglu / Istanbul â€¨(0212) 243 60 85 www.kolektif26a.org
Errors in the 2013 Slingshot organizer
â€¢ The Bellingham Alternative has a new address and website: 306 Flora St., Bellingham, WA 98225 altlib.org
â€¢ Harmony House in Lincoln, NE doesn’t exist anymore.
â€¢ We published the address for the Hugo House in Seattle, WA â€“ the project we meant to feature is/was the Zine Archive Publishing Project which Hugo has frustrated / attempted to take over. Go and check it out for yourself.
â€¢ We forgot to list The Birdhouse at 800 N 4th, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917. Sorry.
â€¢ Biblioteca Popular de Barrio in Chicago, IL has shut down.
â€¢ We got mail returned from the Front Stoop in Lincoln, NE. Not sure if they’re gone or ?
â€¢ The Sporeprint Infoshop has moved. Their new address is 979 E. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201. www.sporeprint.info They are now located at a building owned by the Third Hand Bike Coop. www.thirdhand.org
â€¢ We got mail returned from Sister’s Camelot â€“ it seems like their new address may be 2647 37th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55406.
â€¢ Blast-o-Mat in Denver, CO morphed into two new venues, neither of which is called “Blast-O-Mat”. The original location at 2935 W. 7th Ave. is now called the Seventh Circle Music Collective. There is also a new venue called Aqualung’s Community Music Space at 4315 Delaware St.
â€¢ Hammer Time! in Fort Collins, CO has closed the 1000 E. Laurel St. location and moved their infoshop to GNU Gallery at 109 Linden St. and is changing names but we don’t have new contact info yet.
â€¢ Rag and Bones Bike co-op moved to a larger location:
3110 W. Leigh St. Richmond VA 23230. (804) 386-5692 ragandbonesrva.wordpress.com
â€¢ SPATT in Gothenburg, Sweden no longer exists.