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Confronting Capitalism Events in Eugene May 5-7

Confronting Capitalism

Three Events confronting capitalism

While focusing on re-localizing economic justice
WEDNESDAY MAY 5

7pm
Cozmic Pizza (8th and Charnelton)

radical historiography: oral history in community gardens and prison struggle Daniel Burton-Rose and Cleo Woelfle-Erskine will share their experiences on interviewing and documenting radical elders, from urban gardeners to political prisoners and beyond.



THURSDAY MAY 6

7pm
Pacific 123 at the U of O

informed revolt: anti-capitalism in the era of perma-war
plus! thoughts on anarchism and anti-globalization movement

Amory Starr and Daniel Burton-Rose will discuss anarchism, the anti-globalization movement, local action, and US action in the context of the current global revolt. The Cascadia Media Collective will share film footage from the frontlines of the anti-capitalist global movement.



FRIDAY MAY 7

2pm
Cozmic Pizza (8th and Charnelton)

sink or swim: urban gardens and urban wilds in the struggle against
global capitalism

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine will present a slideshow on urban gardens, creek and wetland restoration and greywater systems followed by a discussion on creating sustainable communities in resistance against environmental injustice and capitalist devastation. This event is a book release party for Sink or Swim: A history of Sausal Creek, a comic book history of the destruction and restoration of an urban watershed.



all events are free (though donations are always appreciated)

and are sponsored by Break The Chains, The U of O Survival Center, The Lonesome Whistle Garden Collective, Food Not Lawns and the Cascadia Media Collective.

Rather than burn it down, lift up your hearts and minds to do good... 05.May.2004 09:51

Free-Enterprise Progressive Buddhist (Free. P. Bud)

Starbucks is what it is and a problem only if we see "it" as negative in opposition to some other "it" which is undefined or illusory, as in unattainable; rather, there is a lack of understanding of free enterprise and its opportunities/reqards for we individuals who, working together, can compete with Starbucks or any of the other supra-national corporations which we have allowed to grow to such a community-, environment-, and soul-destroying scale over time.

Each of us wants to be part of and contribute to something meaningful, ethical, and "good" in that its function enables our material needs being met, gives us opportunities to grow creatively, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually as human beings, and satisfies a human tendency to see our efforts affirmed as worthwhile among those for whom we have affection. Absent such social entities, we get in the vacuum such diversions as television, commercial talk radio, pornography, sports, video games, and so on, each of which serves a purpose, no doubt, but leaves us longing thereafter.

One approach is for a half-dozen good people here who applaud the vandalism of Starbucks, instead, to pool some savings (or just your cooperation and enthusiasm) with their like-minded fellows and seek additional capital funding from family, friends, or their local lender (try ShoreBank @ www.sbk.com) to start your own Progressive or Anarcho-Syndicalist or "nothing" coffeeshop, coffee carts, or cafe (or whatever is required or whatever you do best) to not just sell better coffee but be a karmically positive example to others who feel compelled to use violence to change conditions for the better. Violence directed to others or others' property is a form of projection of inner-violence or inner-conflict which itself stems from having been conditioned to believe in the illusion of a separate self or a permanent "I" which is ever caught in the psychological and emotional cycle of fear, anger, and violent projection. We are that fear and violence, just as we can realize we are not "it" when we awaken to the infinite recreative source of consciousness which is manifest in all forms. By awakening to that which we are, i.e., not "it" versus "not it", we no longer are bound by the compulsion to be what we are not and can never be: an illusory "thing" conditioned by fear, violence, and infantile impulses to project an infinite number of desires which cannot possibly be quenched.

Once one is an owner/co-owner of an enterprise (or really a facilitator of some form of useful, productive, and ethical means by which people's well-being is sustained), regardless of size, one can gain access to capital (or "property"), relatively affordable group insurance, other successful business owners, persons in positions of political influence, etc.

You don't want to be a capitalist? Well, cooperatives work, too. When one is successful (which could mean just paying the bills and working at what you love and with people whom you love and respect) as an owner of one's own means of production, exploitation or alienation (from a Marxist perspective) one often perceives/feels as a worker can be redirected/transformed as an owner to improving efficiencies, customer service, community involvement, environmentally friendliness, and so on. When rightly focused in the direction of right attitude and right occupation/vocation, one can influence remarkbly positive outcomes for oneself and all sentient beings.

History suggests that violence from below has rarely if ever achieved anything other than more violence and eventually violent reprisals from above and social and economic disintegration, barbarism, and so on. With so many youthful and creative people in Portland, a free-enterprise system of social and economic exchange, and so many challenges which face us each day, one has to be karmically optimistic about what can be accomplished with right attitude and good hearts. What is needed in the PacNW is a forum (school or ???) within which we can explore and develop local/regional free enterprise, compassion and right attitude for positive action, and sustainable social, economic, and Nature-based relationships. Many people of good intentions are lending their hearts and minds to such efforts (a short list follows).

sbk.com
sustainablenorthwest.org
nwei.org
ecotrust.org (Natural Capital Center)
conservationeconomy.net
rmi.org
bfi.org
newcollege.edu/northbay/mba_program.html
bpf.org

Firebombing a Starbucks, OTOH, as a means by which to change things for the better is like trying to sooth a toothache by hitting oneself in the head with a hammer. ;-)

Peace and good hearts, friends.

FPB

Rather than burn it down, lift up your hearts and minds to do good... 05.May.2004 10:02

Free-Enterprise Progressive Buddhist (Free. P. Bud)

Starbucks is what it is and a problem only if we see "it" as negative in opposition to some other "it" which is undefined or illusory, as in unattainable; rather, there is a lack of understanding of free enterprise and its opportunities/reqards for we individuals who, working together, can compete with Starbucks or any of the other supra-national corporations which we have allowed to grow to such a community-, environment-, and soul-destroying scale over time.

Each of us wants to be part of and contribute to something meaningful, ethical, and "good" in that its function enables our material needs being met, gives us opportunities to grow creatively, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually as human beings, and satisfies a human tendency to see our efforts affirmed as worthwhile among those for whom we have affection. Absent such social entities, we get in the vacuum such diversions as television, commercial talk radio, pornography, sports, video games, and so on, each of which serves a purpose, no doubt, but leaves us longing thereafter.

One approach is for a half-dozen good people here who applaud the vandalism of Starbucks, instead, to pool some savings (or just your cooperation and enthusiasm) with their like-minded fellows and seek additional capital funding from family, friends, or their local lender (try ShoreBank @ www.sbk.com) to start your own Progressive or Anarcho-Syndicalist or "nothing" coffeeshop, coffee carts, or cafe (or whatever is required or whatever you do best) to not just sell better coffee but be a karmically positive example to others who feel compelled to use violence to change conditions for the better. Violence directed to others or others' property is a form of projection of inner-violence or inner-conflict which itself stems from having been conditioned to believe in the illusion of a separate self or a permanent "I" which is ever caught in the psychological and emotional cycle of fear, anger, and violent projection. We are that fear and violence, just as we can realize we are not "it" when we awaken to the infinite recreative source of consciousness which is manifest in all forms. By awakening to that which we are, i.e., not "it" versus "not it", we no longer are bound by the compulsion to be what we are not and can never be: an illusory "thing" conditioned by fear, violence, and infantile impulses to project an infinite number of desires which cannot possibly be quenched.

Once one is an owner/co-owner of an enterprise (or really a facilitator of some form of useful, productive, and ethical means by which people's well-being is sustained), regardless of size, one can gain access to capital (or "property"), relatively affordable group insurance, other successful business owners, persons in positions of political influence, etc.

You don't want to be a capitalist? Well, cooperatives work, too. When one is successful (which could mean just paying the bills and working at what you love and with people whom you love and respect) as an owner of one's own means of production, exploitation or alienation (from a Marxist perspective) one often perceives/feels as a worker can be redirected/transformed as an owner to improving efficiencies, customer service, community involvement, environmentally friendliness, and so on. When rightly focused in the direction of right attitude and right occupation/vocation, one can influence remarkbly positive outcomes for oneself and all sentient beings.

History suggests that violence from below has rarely if ever achieved anything other than more violence and eventually violent reprisals from above and social and economic disintegration, barbarism, and so on. With so many youthful and creative people in Portland, a free-enterprise system of social and economic exchange, and so many challenges which face us each day, one has to be karmically optimistic about what can be accomplished with right attitude and good hearts. What is needed in the PacNW is a forum (school or ???) within which we can explore and develop local/regional free enterprise, compassion and right attitude for positive action, and sustainable social, economic, and Nature-based relationships. Many people of good intentions are lending their hearts and minds to such efforts (a short list follows).

sbk.com
sustainablenorthwest.org
nwei.org
ecotrust.org (Natural Capital Center)
conservationeconomy.net
rmi.org
bfi.org
newcollege.edu/northbay/mba_program.html
bpf.org

Firebombing a Starbucks, OTOH, as a means by which to change things for the better is like trying to sooth a toothache by hitting oneself in the head with a hammer. ;-)

Peace and good hearts, friends.

FPB