Call for Solidarity: Rhizome Collective Being Evicted March 16th by City
One of our many sources of inspiration is the 9 year-old Rhizome Collective. The City told them that the residents and organizations based in the warehouse must vacate before March 16th. Audio Podcast found here: http://www.blackmanfluff.org
Dear friends, compañeras, allies, and friends who I will come to know soon who are working for a better world,
I am a member of the Peace Communities, a Pacific Northwest group desiring to create an Intentional Community based on networking, social justice and the free school and free healthcare movement. One of our many sources of inspiration is the 9 year-old Rhizome Collective so the below Emergency Email Bulletin that was posted on their website is one that we ask you to read thoroughly and contact them directly to help them as they have stated the City told them on March 5th that the 'The City mandated that the residents and organizations based in the warehouse must vacate before March 16th.'
Solidarity for a better world.
You can also find this as an Mp3 audio recording and on my podcast.
You can also search for us in Itunes under the podcast title: 'Volunteers for Three Groups: A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, The Freeschool Community and The Peace Communities.'
Member of the The Freeschool Community Collective
To learn more about the Freeschool Community please visit: http://www.freeschoolunity.org
The Freeschool Community is a member of the PeaceCommunities Progressive Coalition.
"....a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it and within it is no struggle at all."
-Arundhati Roy, Quoted from her speech: '2004 Sydney Peace Prize
Lecture' (The entire speech is available online, search for the title)
Start of Rhizome Collective Email:
Title: Rhizome Collective in Austin, TX Needs Help
Rhizome Collective is an urban permaculture demonstration center and intentional
Austin, Texas - March 11, 2009 - The RhizomeCollective is a
consensus-run 501c3 nonprofit organization that has operated a center
for community organizing and urban sustainability in an East Austin
warehouse since 2000. This warehouse was inspected on March 3rd by
officials from the Building and Standards Commission of the City of
Austin. On Thursday, March 5th The Code Enforcement Division of The
City of Austin delivered a letter outlining a list of code violations
to the Collective. The City mandated that the residents and
organizations based in the warehouse must vacate before March 16th.
The Collective is looking into all options, but is preparing to vacate
the warehouse by the deadline. Before this inspection, the Collective
was in negotiations to buy the warehouse from its current owner.
The RhizomeCollective is making every effort to work with the City on
this matter. Contractors are currently completing an estimate of the
cost required to bring the building into compliance with city building codes. Based on conversations with contractors, the Collective does not believe it will be possible to get an estimate, obtain permits and
complete the work by the City's deadline.
The RhizomeCollective including Inside Books, Bikes Across Borders and Food Not Bombs is making an international call to supporters. The
Collective is seeking monetary donations, in-kind donations, funding sources and statements of solidarity. Donate through the link below.
In 2004, the City of Austin donated a 9.8 acre brownfield in the Montopolis neighborhood to the RhizomeCollective. The property served
as a legally operated municipal landfill from 1967 to 1970, and was illegally dumped on for approximately fifteen years following the closure of the landfill. In the same year, the EPA awarded the
RhizomeCollective with a $200,000 Cleanup Grant as part of their Brownfields Program. From January 2005 to July 2006, 680 tires, 10.1 tons of trash, and 31.6 tons of recyclable metal were removed from the
brownfield. This property is not being affected by the code violations on the warehouse.
The Collective is an internationally recognized model for intentional communities that comprise a massive movement focused on justice and
In the nine years of its existence, the collective has collaborated with many local, national and international organizations by providing
free or low cost space and through direct participation in their initiatives. The Collective has provided space to people working with the organizations mentioned above and, to name a few others: The University of Texas, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Acción Zapatista, Rosa Clemente and Monkey Wrench Books. Members of the
Collective have supported initiatives including projects of Indymedia, PODER, El Comite Obrero Fronterizo, Pastors for Peace, The American
Friends Service Committee, The Student Farmworker Alliance and communities in both Mexico and Cuba. Inside Books sent over 18,000 books to Texas prisoners last year. Bikes Across Borders has organized
more than fourteen bike delivery caravans since 2001, sending over 700 bicycles to Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. Projects directly benefiting the community have been prioritized at the Collective such
as the creation of educational systems for sustainable living in urban areas, workshops on puppetry and street theatre, after-school programs
focusing on bicycles, gardening and the arts.
The people affected include those who work at the warehouse in order to: furnish books to Texas prisoners, feed the homeless, teach
neighbors how to fix their bicycles, run independent media projects and organize workshops on urban sustainability. The work performed
here over the past nine years is a point of pride for the Collective, the greater Austin community and communities worldwide.
This is an official communication arrived at by consensus of the Collective.
For more information, please contact Laura Merner.
Phone: (201) 739-6341
Email: lorax@riseup. net
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