(print by Andrea Marcos, www.dreamarcos.com)
Dear fellow troublemakers,
First and most important, we hope that you, your loved ones, and comrades are doing as well as can be during this challenging moment. COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, and so many people are now grappling with difficult stresses, emotions, and losses. Our hearts go out to you.
As anarchists, we’re also suddenly facing specific dilemmas, such as what our self-organizing tactics and strategies can and should look like, and whether to keep our spaces open and/or cancel our events. It feels painful not to be able to gather face-to-face, and instead try to maintain our social relations while physically distancing. Yet as in most moments of disaster, anarchists are thinking collectively, initiating beautiful forms of mutual aid, and being extra responsible about caring for and protecting each other because it’s the right thing to do—not because state or capitalism tells us so.
Against this background, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our Anarchist Summer School, originally scheduled for August 1-9, 2020. We’re committed to this project over the long haul, though, and plan to reschedule when it’s possible to hold group gatherings again. We’ll miss cultivating community with old and new friends this coming summer; we’ll miss our beautiful, generative, brave space. Yet it feels the only ethical decision at this point.
In the meantime, we—like so many others—have turned our attention to mutual aid and solidarity projects. If you’re involved in any of these types of organizing efforts, please add them to the “Collective Care” directory, so we can continue to find, inspire, and borrow from each other. Or if you’re looking for something to plug into, also see the directory and you might find a nearby project: https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/collective-care/.
with grief, love, and rage,
Unfortunately our space is not compliant with ADA standards, and only parts of our facilities are wheelchair accessible, but as a collective we care about making our space usable for folks with mobility needs. We’re interested in discussing ways we can accommodate physical needs in the meantime as well as planning for greater accessibility in the future.
Applications will be decided in two batches: for applications received on or before February 15, 2020, we’ll get back to you by March 15, 2020. For applications received on or before April 1, 2020, we’ll let you know by May 15. 2020.
Our Anarchist Summer School runs from dinner on August 1st through lunch on August 9th, and we are looking for participants who can commit to the whole time. The days will be full — but fun and thought-provoking — so we also want participants who are eager to dive into learning with their head, heart, and hands in a supportive yet intensive environment.