Wednesday, April 20, 2011

June 11 Events

As many of you already know, a friend and neighbor of ours named Marie Mason has been incarcerated for the last several years, convicted on charges of arson and property destruction undertaken in defense of the natural environment. Starting this June, we who support her are initiating an annual day of solidarity when we will organize events to raise awareness of Marie's case, as well as to raise money for her legal and life expenses.

Additionally, we will be directing support to another anarchist political prisoner, Eric McDavid, who has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for a crime that never even took place.

There should be a good assortment of things happening here in Cincinnati and many other cities around the world on June 11th, check back here to get updates on what events are happening and when they start and end.

June 11th solidarity events

Support Marie Mason

Support Eric McDavid

Saturday, April 16, 2011

die hard

Sometimes I worry people forget the part of hardcore that I think is most interesting and valuable. That part is the idea that we can act decisively to change ourselves and our behavior in concrete ways to fight against the onslaught of oppressive and alienating social relationships.

Often, people treat hardcore like a fun weekend getaway that's nice while it lasts, but after time, they have to "grow up" and join the work week. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be responsible, or even that you shouldn't work (though, you probably shouldn't, really), but the whole reason I thought we all came here was that we'd been spit out by human society, and we weren't about to go begging at the doorstep of "adulthood" or worry too hard about our parents or high school classmates thinking our life choices are legitimate. The world they've offered us was unappealing and unlivable when we were teenagers, and that hasn't changed just because we've aged ten years and gotten tired of fighting. There's nothing more disappointing than watching your friends slowly drop out of the hardcore community because they're embarrassed to be seen doing something so "childish". As if it was so much more dignified racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt from student loans, having neat little heterosexual relationships, squirting out a few wretched little babies, and working 50 hours a week until you mercifully die of boredom.

Hardcore could just as easily be an indefinite vacation from ever having to give a fuck about their priorities. A permanent refusal to give over our minds and bodies as fodder for their pathetic self-negating pyramid scheme. Total apostasy from human society, the formation of a new species.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ampere - Escapism pt. II

Just in case you live under a rock too thick to hear the fucking hardcore coming from the outside world, I thought I'd let you all know what it sounds like. Ampere's new LP entitled Like Shadows comes out this June on No Idea. Expect me to have a few copies in the distro asap.

Ampere - Escapism Pt. II by Will Dandy