Upcoming Event: April 26th

Posted April 10, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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The squatting movement as part of an anarchist struggle in Barcelona.

The squatting movement as part of an anarchist struggle in Barcelona: an analysis of how the Barcelona squatting movement furthers the local anarchist struggle and how it hinders it.

Squatting is something of a break with Catalunya’s anarcho-syndicalist past, and it’s a tradition that illegalist or insurrectionary anarchists tended to adopt wholesale or uncritically, and that they are now criticizing heavily. In some ways a squatting movement helps to create a political ghetto and to recuperate an anarchist struggle in a simulation of social conflict. At the same time, a well developed network of autonomous spaces leads to some impressive strengths in the movement that anarchists in Barcelona usually can’t appreciate if they haven’t spent time in a country like the US where autonomous spaces are rare.


Upcoming Events: Friday

Posted April 1, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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This Friday we have two different events going on at our space.

4:30 PM A discussion about occupations

A recent wave of occupations has been spreading across North America, starting in New York and moving all the way to California and Canada. We will be having a discussion about these events, the logic behind them, and the generalization of the form, including the plausibility of imposing this modality on different localities (the discussion is happening in a squat after all!).

Suggested Reading:

Preoccupied: The Logic of Occupation (Anonymous)
The New School Occupation (Anonymous)
University Occupations: France 1968, Greece 2006, NYC 2008-9
20 Theses on the Subversion of the Metropolis (Plan B Bureau)
Nanterre, Here, Now (Lyotard)

All are available at zine library or elsewhere on the internet.

Feel free to check out http://occupyca.wordpress.com as well ashttp://reoccupied.wordpress.com for more background information.

And at 7:30 PM we are having a film screening of The Chicago Conspiracy

This Spring 2010, a member of Subversive Action Films, the collective that produced the documentary film The Chicago Conspiracy, will be touring the Midwest. The film springs from the student and social movements of post-dictatorship Chile. The collective is excited to share the film with engaged audiences in our area and spark discussions within local movements. In tandem with the film, we are also setting up a photo exhibit of social struggle in Chile.

The Chicago Conspiracy traces the intertwining paths of diverse social movements in Chile—from the students on occupied campuses fighting education privatization, to the history of politically active barrios on the margins of Santiago, to the Mapuche, an indigenous people who, since the arrival of the Spanish, have never ceased resisting the expropriation of their land. Pinochet’s dictatorship from 1973-1990, supported by the US government and economically planned by former students of Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago, provides the backdrop. The film includes powerful interviews with a family who lost three children to the military dictatorship. On March 29, 1985, the first two brothers to be killed, Rafael and Eduardo Vergara, were gunned down by the military dictatorship in a politically active barrio. The anniversary of their murder is now always marked by national protests called the Day of the Youth Combatant, in their memory and to commemorate all the youth killed under the military dictatorship and the current democracy.

Upcoming Events: Wednesday

Posted March 29, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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Guerilla Gardening!

Meet at Lowercase, wednesday at noon for lunch, and then we’ll head over to the location shortly thereafter. We’ve received an abundance of seeds, and wood for making beds, so we can use all the hands we can get.

Voku Tonight

Posted March 28, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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Just a reminder.

2307 N Springfield Avenue


We are having samoza quesadillas, french fries, and kool aid.

Hope to see you there!

Sign Up For Our Twitter

Posted March 23, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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Just a reminder, to sign up for our twitter text the following:  FOLLOW lowercasealerts to 40404.

Friday, March 26th 9pm: BBU Show!

Posted March 21, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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FEAT. Chicagos own BBU


Friday, March 26th at 2307 N. Springfield
(near the intersection of Fullerton and Pulaski in Logan Square)

$5 at the door

$1 pbrs and mango italian ice

Dancing starts at 9pm!

Lowercase Calendar

Posted March 18, 2010 by lowercasecollective
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The Calendar is here! Check the sidebar on the right. It will be updated regularly as we add more events.