You can be among our first members! Please contribute.

Help Us Build a Space That Lasts! (graphic by the beehive collective)

This winter, the MARS Collective’s biggest need is money.  Before opening a space, we need enough funds for the first several months of rent and other expenses.  To make this vision possible, we need your support, whether through a one-time donation or, preferably, becoming a dues-paying member.

We currently have a fundraising goal of $5,000 and 50 memberships – and now, you can be one of the first members to contribute to that total.
What is a member?
MARS members contribute a fixed monthly amount towards the long-lasting existence of the space.  The biggest benefit? It’s the realization of a radical lending library, event space, and community resource center for you, your comrades and friends.  Our membership structure, based on your ability and desire to contribute, is:
Level…………………Tier 1……………,,,…Tier 2…………………Tier 3
Neptune…………..$5/month……………$12/month…………..$25/month
You get: (Goodies TBA!)
Saturn…………….$10/month……….….$20/month…………..$50+/month
You get: (More Goodies TBA!)
Each “Planet” level will receive a small set of MARS goodies as a token of appreciation, as we make them.  And all members will be invited to seasonal members-only potlucks and visioning sessions.
That said, we don’t believe in gatekeeping certain resources, to be delivered only to those who can pay.  We want anyone to be able to access the services we provide–and that’s why it’s so important for supporters like you to become sustaining members.
To become a member, please visit https://radspacetc.wordpress.com/donate, download the membership form, and mail it to us at the address listed. See that webpage too for more information.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate: talk to a collective member you know or email us at radspacetc@gmail.com.  Operators are standing by!
It’s time to put our money where our dreams are.  Join your neighbors and comrades by pitching in!

Radical Space History Panel – November 19

MARS presents…

We Are Not Alone
a panel on the history (and future) of radical spaces in the Twin Cities

with speakers on Northland Poster Collective, The Emma Center
Jack Pine Community Center, The Belfry, Arise! and more

Friday, Nov. 19th – 6:30 pm dinner, 7:00 pm event

location: Waite House, 2529 13th Ave S., MPLS

$5-15 sliding scale donation (kids $2) – proceeds to benefit
the Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) project
Part of the RNC 8 Event Series – rnc8.org
childcare will be available

Logo Contest!

M.A.R.S. Needs a Logo!

MARS (MPLS Autonomous Radical Space) – that’s us – is an anti-authoritarian collective opening a new space in south Minneapolis by early 2011. To strengthen cultures of resistance, we plan to create a social and political activity hub offering meeting space, a radical library/infoshop, independent mediamaking center, event space, regular workshops and skillshares, and more. In our organizing, we aim to actively challenge heteropatriachy, white supremacy, economic injustice, and other forms of domination and oppression.

We’re looking for a logo that will represent who we are, what we do, and what will happen in the space. Continue reading

COINTELPRO 101: November 6

Join MARS for a screening of the new documentary “COINTELPRO 101” and Q&A with former political prisoners, Claude Marks and Ricardo Jiménez, including discussion of current campaigns to free political prisoners and to fight continuing state repression.

Saturday, Nov. 6th
5:00pm
@ U of M, West Bank, Social Science Tower – room 1114
267 19th Ave. S., Mpls.
map here: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/SocSci/

See a trailer and more information about the documentary here:
http://www.freedomarchives.org/Cointelpro.html

(COINTELPRO 101 will also be screened on Friday, November 5 at Waite House as part of the RNC8 event series.)

Two Upcoming Events With the Beehive Collective – Sponsored by MARS

presented by MARS (Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space) — help us create a new radical resource center for the TC!

Dismantling Monoculture
Tales of Ants & Economies in the Americas
Blegen Hall Room 130
U of M West Bank–269 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
map: http://www.umn.edu/twincities/maps/BlegH/
Friday, October 15, 6pm

Mountaintop Removal–The True Cost of Coal
Seward Café
2129 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Saturday, October 16, 7pm

Dismantling Monoculture

Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the resulting Zapatista uprising in 1994, the Western Hemisphere has been a battle ground between worldviews. As our world is being transformed by globalization, what the future holds will be determined by the struggles of traditional land-based communities throughout the Global South against neo-colonial models of capitalist development. We are living in the moment when we decide if the rich and powerful hold the keys to our lives and planet or if we, the people of the grassroots, hold our own right to self-determination.

Featuring the Beehive’s first two works in our trilogy about globalization in the Americas- THE FREE TRADE AREA OF THE AMERICAS and PLAN COLOMBIA graphic campaigns- the DISMANTLING MONOCULTURE picture-lecture weaves together images and stories from the past 10 years of our work. With two giant illustrated portable murals, a six foot tall fabric storybook, and an engaging narrative, the Bees take audiences on an interactive VISUAL tour of the connections between COLONIZATION, MILITARIZATION, and RESOURCE EXTRACTION disguised as “industrial development.”

The result is a compelling and inspirational tale of struggle and resistance in this era immense change. DISMANTLING MONOCULTURE grows and evolves with each telling, as we all carry these histories within our own lived experience. The Bees hope to share and seek stories about how these themes manifest in our daily lives and what people do to resist and regenerate.

The 2011 version will also include previews and updates from MESOAMERICA RESISTE, the final epic chapter in the trilogy, our most ambitious and elaborate illustration to date…7 YEARS in the making and nearly hatched!

For more information about the Hive’s work on globalization in the Americas, visit FTAA and PLAN COLOMBIA in the Graphics Campaign section of http://www.beehivecollective.org.

Mountaintop Removal–The True Cost of Coal

Long exploited as a resource-extraction colony within the US, the Appalachian Mountains are home to a fight for survival whose outcome will determine in part the industrial power of this country. Without coal, there would be no ‘cheap’ electricity. Today’s energy corporations and government bodies are continuing to show the extent of their violence and greed as they push their extractive agendas in the “New Coal Rush.”

Our insatiable demand for cheap power has lead to the most extreme, devastating form of coal mining yet, Mountaintop Removal (MTR). The TRUE COST OF COAL graphic uses MTR in Appalachia as a lens through which to understand the historical and contemporary story of ENERGY, RESOURCE EXTRACTION and of AMERICAN EMPIRE accelerating throughout the world. We will expose the DECEPTIONS of CLEAN COAL technologies and bring to light the ensuing CLIMATE CHAOS facing the world today.

With a gigantic portable mural teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most bio-diverse temperate forest on the planet, the Bees will share (and seek) stories of how coal mining and Mountaintop Removal affect communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia and beyond.

This graphic also looks to the future, raising questions about resistance, regeneration, and remediation while celebrating stories of struggle from mountain communities. The TRUE COST OF COAL will challenge all of us who casually flip on a light switch to examine our own connections to MTR- and to think about what we can do to stop it from within our own communities.

Learn more about this graphics campaign as it unfolds at: beehivecollective.blogspot.com and get your own copy of the Coal poster at the WEBSTORE at http://www.beehivecollective.org.