Help the Free Space Move And Thrive

gofundme-logoWe are asking for 10K to help us cover our final months’ rent, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to help us cope with the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we deal with this unanticipated transition. Thank you for every dollar, every like, and every share.

 

Many of you know that recently a new landlord bought the building that houses the Minnehaha Free Space. He indicated to us in our first meeting with him that he might raise the rent. Just this last week we found out how much he is raising it: from our current $1200 to $2200. There is no way we could raise enough money each month to afford this 83% rent hike. We will have to move. We put in notice that we will be staying through the end of 2016, and then we will be moving to a new space. We are asking our amazing supporters to help us with this transition. We are raising money for rent through December, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to cover the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we get the next space ready to host events.

We are dismayed about this rent hike and the gentrification of the Longfellow neighborhood that has already pushed out so many residents of color and continues with evictions and foreclosures of primarily people of color. We are committed to using our resources and energy to resist these patterns, to build stronger ties where we can co-depend on one another on the basis of solidarity and mutual aid to resist the dominant capitalist modes of obligation, money, competition and fear. We value the people and projects that have converged in this space and we want to provide a new anarchist space where even more exciting things can happen.

The survival of the Minnehaha Free Space since it first opened in 2011 is a strong testament to how many people support us. Many spaces have come and gone before us, and we would never have survived this long without our broad base of support. We will be using the rest of this year to talk to people and groups that have affinity with us and whose work intersects with ours in some way, to think carefully about what we want this next space to be. Our next steps will be shaped by these conversations. If you want to talk to us, please reach out.

We plan on communicating about our process with all who support us. We will update as regularly as we can.

Meanwhile, we will be staying at this location for the rest of 2016, and we need all kinds of support more than ever. We will do our utmost to keep up activity while we are here and will have a few big final events at our current space, including two craft fairs. Please stop by, come to events, book us for your event, donate to help us with our current rent and moving costs as we explore new spaces, and please do whatever you can to boost this so we can reach out to all the folks who care about making another space possible.

We are asking for 10K to help us cover our final months’ rent, moving costs, a deposit on a new space, and to help us cope with the loss of income from our regularly scheduled events as we deal with this unanticipated transition. Thank you for every dollar, every like, and every share.

To our supporters: you made our existence possible as the longest running collectively organized non-commercial autonomous radical space in Minneapolis. Your support means the world to us and we are ready to meet this challenge with all we have. We want this new space to be amazing. Thank you so much for anything and everything you can do to help.

Love,
The Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective

https://www.gofundme.com/freespace

Sunday 12/4 from 1-3pm: Community Conversation about Survivor Support

Thank you for your support of survivors in our community! We had great turnout for our first meeting, close to 30 people came together to learn and share knowledge about survivor-centric models to hold perpetrators of assault accountable and keep people safe in our community. It was amazing to see so much energy dedicated to this very important work!

We are scheduling another meeting for December 4th, 1pm to 3pm, at the Minnehaha Free Space. Please rsvp using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoTnBH9ZUiEaCTbxfHOd8Rx7HqlIkXIB47jBzfZ8RpfSREMA/viewform to let us know how much food we should provide and if you’ll be needing childcare.

We’ve recently been talking with lots of different groups about supporting survivors of sexual assault. We’ve been hearing from the community a lot of interest in furthering and expanding these conversations.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey before the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHBA6I5dNzbkLcPkrXsWSLf_FlzzFGVMQ-W9DkS-Hp_JqZPA/viewform

December Craft Fair/Flea Market

december-2016-craft-fair-flierIt’s time for another craft fair/flea market at the Free Space! Let’s come together with our community, support local crafters and vendors, and support the Free Space, too.

IF YOU WANT TO SELL STUFF that’s great! Crafts & flea-market-esque stuff is welcome. (If you haven’t been to the Free Space before, check out our website to get a feel for what we do: minnehahafreespace.org). Each vendor will have half of a 6′ table. $15 for upstairs tables & $5-$15 sliding scale for downstairs tables due on the day of the event. Upstairs tables are sliding scale for folx who need to be upstairs due to mobility concerns. Email Oliver at radspacetc@riseup.net for details and to reserve a table.

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER that is super great! You can help set up, clean up, provide child care or whatever you feel like offering. Email Oliver at radspacetc@@riseup.net & let them know what/when/how you wanna help out.

The event will be, as always, kid-friendly with childcare provided as needed. The upstairs of the Free Space is wheelchair accessible with an accessible bathroom available upon request. All bathrooms are gender neutral.

 

Tuesday 11/29 from 5:30-7:30: The Perfect Cup of Chai

In this workshop, we’ll delve into the world of Chai-Brewing. We will learn about classic Chai spices and other herbs that can compliment these flavors and support our bodies. We will learn how to brew Chai using a traditional method, and some techniques to make it more simply. This workshop is offered in the Gift Economy. All gifts will go toward my current Healing Justice work: Medicine Making for Standing Rock.

Friday 12/2 from 6-8pm: Indigenous History before 1492

Co-hosted with EXCO!

Indigenous issues are at the forefront for all humanity. I’m going to
emphasize the need to think of one’s own indigenous roots, as well as
the stories of indigenous people that existed on this land before
1492. We all came from somewhere, and the sooner we realize these
attachments, the better off we’ll be. In other words: learn from the
people who were here first, and learn from our own indigenous roots.

Indigenous history did not start in 1492, it started way before that
period. In fact, events of 1492 were a terrible, horrible
interruption. There were people on this land evolving in every way
conceivable before Columbus came along. As an Italian, I am proud to
denounce Columbus. (In fact, he reminds me of a couple cousins of
mine, so the heck with them).

Get beyond the fry bread, casino gambling, pow wows, all the stuff
that gets associated with indigenous humanity today, and to tell a
different story. If we don’t have knowledge of a pre-Columbian past,
then we don’t have a post-Columbian future.

About the facilitator: Ray has worked with Kalpulli Turtle
Island Multiversity, Hamline University, and has taught dozens of EXCO classes over the years on indigenous issues.

Thursday Nov. 10th 5:30-7:30 PM: Emotional Support Gathering

Having someone listen to your problems in a nonjudgmental way and provide support and feedback is an essential human need that often isn’t valued or talked about in this society. therapy can be a great resource, but sometimes it’s not accessible, not the right option, or only a partial solution. this gathering is about talking about what is lacking in our communities in terms of this type of support, identifying what we need, and taking steps to meet some of those needs in a mutually beneficial way.
we will have intros, a general discussion, and then maybe pair up and take turns listening to each other for a short or a long time. we may decide to make this a regular event. we will be centering those who have marginalized identities, especially people of color and trans and queer people who show up, and we will ask those with privileged identities to wait until others have spoken to weigh in, and to help create a space where their needs are not at the center. please contact us if you have questions about that or want to talk about any aspect of this.

Tuesday, November 15 at 7 PM – 10 PM

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This is the documentary about the Minnehaha Free State, the insurrection by indigenous people and their accomplices that made history in 1998 and inspired the name of the Minnehaha Free Space.

A documentary on the 1998-99 land occupation known as the Minnehaha Free State which blocked construction of Highway 55 through Minnehaha Park.