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Welcome to the Minnehaha Free Space newsletter! We are the Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective. 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 anti-oppression movement and community building. We have organized or facilitated weekly free meals, childcare at events, youth-centric programming, a free radical library of over 5,000 books and zines, solidarity events, office space for a local freeschool, sexual health supplies, occasional free food distro, computers and wifi for public use, creative arts events, music shows, and reading groups.
Many folks who regularly use the Free Space are low or no income and can’t contribute financially. We are all volunteers in this collectively run space, and we rely on donations from those who either use the space or feel affinity with what we are doing. We put this call out a few times a year to ask those who have more ability and security in their lives to contribute as they are able. Giving a small amount each month is the most effective way to contribute because it gives us security for future months of organizing. Becoming a sustaining donor also relieves our volunteers of some of our fundraising efforts and allows us to focus on quality programming and events for the space.
There are many ways to donate here: https://minnehahafreespace.org/donate/
*** In this Issue ***
- Updates from MARS
- Food Not Bombs chapter update
- Creative Writing Workshop: Saturday, August 6th from 12-2 (registration required)
- Tea Party! Sunday, July 24 from 4pm-6pm
- Craft Fair
- Sunday, August 21 from 1pm-6pm
- Twin Cities Queer Writers: First and third Mondays at 7pm
- Letter Writing: Second and fourth Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm
- Riseup Singalong: Second and last Wednesdays 6-8pm
- Zine Making on Wednesday July 20th 4:30-8pm
- Fridays: Art, Games or a Film
- Last Friday: Vegan Potluck
- Feminist Science Fiction: Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm
Updates from MARS
The road work in front of our building is finally finished! Come check out our snazzy new checkered sidewalk. This spring, we’ve had several new groups using the Free Space as well as our regulars. For instance, several radical herbal workshops have been held while the monthly Free Markets have moved to Powderhorn Park while the weather is nice. Come by on Fridays for art, games or a film showing and a vegan potluck on the last Friday of each month. Zine making has moved to Wednesdays and Tuesday evenings will now feature letter writing.
A couple new volunteers have started staffing at the space. We’re excited to have them helping out and contributing their energy and ideas to the space. If you’ve ever wondered what it means to volunteer at the space, please get in touch or stop by and talk to whoever is staffing. We’re always looking for more volunteers who are excited about the space.
Food Not Bombs chapter update: Wednesdays 5:30pm at Elliot Park
The Food Not Bombs chapter that started at the Free Space early this spring has moved beyond planning meetings and is serving weekly vegan meals. Join them at Elliot Park (Elliot and E 14th St) at 5:30pm every Wednesday. If you want to help out, positive people as always welcome. Come chat at a meal or check out their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/SouthMinneapolisFNB
The Free Space does not have stairs to enter the main floor. A wheelchair bathroom is available; a key must be requested from staff to use it. The downstairs event space and bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. All our bathrooms are gender neutral.
Children are welcome at the space. We have a kids’ room with lots of toys in it, but kids need not confine themselves to that space.
We are right on the 7 and 23 bus lines, and three blocks from light rail.
For other questions or ASL interpreter requests, just ask email@example.com.
Creative Writing Workshop: Saturday, August 6th from 12-2 (registration required)
Kendra Atleework (and potentially one other facilitator) will be leading this creative writing workshop. No experience necessary. Registration is limited to ten participants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to register.
Tea Party! Sunday, July 24 from 4pm-6pm
Join us for tea and treats! Gluten free, nightshade free and vegan food options will be available. We’ll be playing board- and card games, too. Bring your board and decks if you’d like. Costumes optional. Suggested donation $5-$10; no one turned away for lack of funds. Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1737978743139880
Craft Fair: Sunday, August 21 from 1pm-6pm
It’s time again! Stop by to check out the work of local artists and crafters, including live music. If you want to sell your wares, perform, help out during the event or with set up or clean up, and area not already on the craft fair listserve, contact email@example.com.
Twin Cities Queer Writers: First and third Mondays at 7pm
Come write, share, listen and support other queer writers!
Letter Writing: Second and fourth Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm
Are there letters you’ve been meaning to write but never get around to? Come drink tea and write in the company of others. Supplies will be provided for basic as well as colorful/artsy letters and envelopes. If you don’t have a particular letter in mind, there will be information available on writing to political prisoners. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/646749648810411
Riseup Singalong: Wednesdays, the 2nd and last of the month, 6:30-9pm
Singalong happens the second and last Wednesdays of the month. This singalong group has been going for at least a decade. Come hang out, have some snacks, and sing with a great bunch of folks who love to sing! This group sings primarily from the Rise Up Singing book (loaners are available) and instruments are welcome. Hosted by Sarah Marquardt and Phil Grove. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Zine Making on Wednesday July 20th 4:30-8pm
Zine making has been an occasional event at the space the last few months. Every time, it brings in space regulars as well as new folks. Lively conversation is had, free food from the kitchen shared, and zines created. It’ll be happening on Wednesdays now, at least once a month.
Supplies are provided or you can bring your own. If you’ve never made a zine before, that’s ok!
Full Definition of ZINE: magazine; especially: a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter <a feminist zine> (from Merriam Webster)
Fridays: Art, Games or a Film
Come by on Fridays to make art, play games, or watch a film together. Come to the space to chill!
Last Friday: Vegan Potluck
The last Friday of each month we’ll be having a vegan potluck. Bring food to share if able. There’s a hot plate and dishes at the space.
Feminist Science Fiction: Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm
In this class we strive for a feminist, racial justice-oriented, queer and trans friendly and just basically not f*cked up dynamic. We don’t do “what about the men” or “I’m just playing devil’s advocate” and we try to improve if we screw up.
Class is discussion-based. Depending on the size of the class, we will either work mostly as one group or in a mixture of large and small groups.