From the MARS Collective

We had a slow month last month and had to post on Facebook to ask for extra donations to cover rent. You came through for us and we want to say THANK YOU. We also don’t want to have to do this any more. We are introverted folks who don’t have an easy time putting out a call for money on the internet.

In the past year, we have had events that brought a wide range of folks together—EXCO classes, weekly community dinners and discussions facilitated by local activists, abortion doula trainings, craft nights, groups that read To Our Friends and Baedan, the Native American women’s book club, fundraisers for Luke O’Donovan and Save the Kids, Black August and Fred Hampton Remembrance Day. But as the groups we work with can attest, events that look at the dynamics of oppression and marginalization in this society do not bring in a lot of funds.

We hear from local folks who say it is great that the space exists. The Minnehaha Free Space is one of the longest standing radical social centers in the Twin Cities. We’ve drawn on over 20 years of radical spaces in the Twin Cities including organizations such as The Emma Center (1992-1995), The Belfry (2005-2008), the Jack Pine Community Center (2006-2008), and Arise! Bookstore (1993-2010) to create a space where we strive toward anarchist anti-oppression movement building. We prioritize accessible programming such as weekly free meals, childcare at events, a free radical library of over 5,000 books and zines, solidarity events, office space for a local freeschool, computers and wifi for public use, creative arts events, and a non-commercial meeting space.

We are reaching out to you and asking for your support. Did you attend an event that you enjoyed? Did you have a good conversation with someone there, get something nice from the free corner, or read a book that stuck with you? Did you ever have the feeling that you are glad there is a space like the Free Space? We love running this space and we want to continue doing so, but we can’t do it without a broad base of support. If you are glad that this space exists and want it to continue, please donate. Signing up to give a small amount on a monthly basis is the most effective way to contribute.

If you do give, we want to say thank you. Please include your address (email or snail mail) if you would like to be sent a thank you note from the the MARS collective.

Thank you for being part of what keeps us here.