Help us provide financial aid to attendees, travel funds for facilitators, and to help our kitchen crew operate!
The IAT is a humble project, co-created by a crew of volunteers who believe deeply in the transformative power of popular education. Indeed, our Anarchist Summer School emphasizes a prefigurative politics that explores forms of freedom as a counter to and, hopefully, increasingly replacement for forms of domination and hierarchy.
Such multigenerational mentorship, almost by definition, is far slower than the urgent types of organizing that are necessitated by the many types of systemic violence we face, whether from settler colonialism or capitalism, the state or patriarchy, to name a few. But we believe that such longer-term vision is crucial for imagining as well as implementing a world premised on such ethics as dignity and mutual aid, collective freedom and solidarity.
In the first three years of our Anarchist Summer School, some 90 participants from across Turtle Island have been able to cultivate a stronger understanding and praxis of anarchist organizing, critical theory and imaginative thinking, and hands-on skills. They’ve also done so in a way, together with facilitators, that practices the types of caring do-it-ourselves community that’s necessary to sustain anarchistic spaces and movements for the long haul. They’ve then taken that co-learning back to their own communities, as generative inspiration for other egalitarian infrastructure, organizing, and prefigurative projects. And they’ve crafted solid bonds with each other, now collaborating with past “alums” on various additional educational and political efforts.
The IAT’s Anarchist Summer School and other popular education projects are done on a shoestring, mostly through our sliding-scale fees for programming. In order for the IAT to itself be sustainable, we need the firm ground of some additional financial aid, whether in the form of a onetime donation or, better yet, a monthly contribution. Help us continue to co-create what one IAT alum called a “bright and beautiful space, … imagined with intention, love, and care,” or as another alum put it, “I don’t think I’ve ever had a time in my life where I’ve felt so nurtured in mind, body, and spirit at the same time”!
Decapital: Funding for Radical Projects
Decapital’s funding comes from a small collective of individuals who contribute a portion of their income each month. We’re organizers, artists, and diy’ers. It’s an affinity group that pools resources to provide grants for creative trouble makers.
Mark Baumer Sustainability Fund
Mark Baumer was a renaissance man—award-winning poet, prolific content creator, and he even had an earlier career as a talented baseball player—but first and foremost, he was a committed activist.
He was attempting a cross-country walk (his second trek across the country) focused on raising awareness of climate change, while also raising funds for FANG, an activist collective he was a member of. He was hit and killed by an SUV on Day 101 of his walk in Crestview, Florida, along Highway 90. Mark was 33.
Mark was deeply concerned about the future of Earth. Additionally, he worked to create a more just society. His protests involved the opposition to the power plant in Burrillville and he participated in the March to Burrillville with FANG, as well as protesting the manufacture of cluster bombs by Textron, Inc., a protest where he was arrested. He even managed to get himself banned from RISD’s property for daring to shout out to the governor, asking about her decision on the power plant.
Mark will be missed forever by his parents and the people that knew him and knew of his love and concern for the world and the people in it.
The Mark Baumer Sustainability Fund was created as a way of keeping Mark’s memory and spirit alive. It will be focused on supporting causes and organizations that cultivate traits that were part of Mark’s philosophy of life—love, kindness, and working towards building a better world—a world of equals, of mutual aid and an economic based on equity, not the further enrichment of the elite.
The Farmers and Mechanics League Trust
The mission of the Farmers and Mechanics League Trust is to fund radical anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist collective or cooperative projects in Worcester, MA and Providence, RI. We fund counter-institutions that directly combat capitalism, government, institutionalized racism and wanton environmental destruction; and from these ashes build radical, egalitarian, sustainable alternatives.