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Yea for Thursday & Saturday at SubRosa!

July 17th- 3rd Thursday
Women, Trans & Queer 
Open Mic

Open mic is a space for you to share yourself in anyway that feels right to you. You can read a story, poem or journal entry that feels important to you. You can sing or play a song you are excited about. You can make other people act out weird or funny things you think of. You can ask questions you need help answering. You can rant about things that piss you off. And you can just come and soak it all up. 

Every 3rd Thursday of the month we reserve the stage for Women, Trans, and Queer folk though everyone is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the show. These Open Mics are always special and this one you can expect at least one accordion! 

Donations directly benefit this community-supported space. Signups for performance at 7:30 fill up quickly. Bring your creativity and artistic inspiration.

SubRosa Bi-Monthly Open Mic
1st & 3rd Thursday 8-10pm (signups at 7:30)
$3-7 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday July 19th Really Really Free Market! noon-3pm

No money. No trades. Everything is free. 

This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited. Mutual respect. If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.

Final Straw: A view from Sao Paolo on resistance to FIFA; Layla Abdel Rahim on "Wild Children – Domesticated Dreams"

In previous weeks I have posted links to zines that offer thought provoking perspectives on the realm of theory-into-action.  Now I offer a link to a radio show that also offers radical perspectives to consider and act upon as you will.  And now freely lifted from http://anarchistnews.org (a site with many interesting articles, but I caution you about reading the comments).

Final Straw: A view from Sao Paolo on resistance to FIFA; Layla Abdel Rahim on "Wild Children - Domesticated Dreams"


Streaming at AshevilleFM through June 29nd, 2014, then podcasting later at radio4all.net and airing on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM

This week's show features mainly a dubbed interview by comrades at A-Radio Berlin with a member of a Comite Popular da Copa in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The interviewee speaks about the context of resistance in Brazil and how it's developed, public discourse around elections, the cost of living, developments around the FIFA World Cup and upcoming Olympics in Brazil. He discusses the links between politicians supporting these huge events, the political power of the construction companies, the displacement of poor, urban peoples and the further gentrification of cities under the guise of facilitating these huge events that draw short term profits but cause longterm damages. Information about the Comite Popular da Copa in Sao Paolo can be found at: http://comitepopularsp.wordpress.com/

More works by A-Radio Berlin can be found at http://aradio.blogsport.de

At about 40 minutes into the show, the begin presenting a conversation with Layla AbdelRahim about her recent book, "Wild Children - Domesticated Dreams: Narratives of Civilization and Wilderness". She is an anarchaprimitivist who explores ideas of education, domestication and civilization in terms of childhood development and overall human health. In this portion, we define some terms and talk about instrumentalization of living things and symbolic thought and how they are used to shape the child's mind into the civilized and non-empathic perspective. Info on the book can be found at http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca

Sean Swain, this week, talks about the corruption and enslavement involved in the construction of the Ohio State Capital building in Colombus.

Women, Trans, and Queer Open Mic & Reflections on Riots and Revolt in America & Really Really Free Market Info!

3rd Thursday Women, Trans, and Queer Open Mic,
Thursday June 19th, 7:30-10pm (no open mic Thurs. 6/12)

Every 3rd Thursday of the month we reserve the stage for Women, Trans, and Queer folk though everyone is invited and encouraged to come enjoy the show. These Open Mics are always special. Donations directly benefit this community-supported space. Signups for performance at 7:30 fill up quickly, and it begins at 8pm.  Bring your creativity and artistic inspiration. $3-7 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Reflections on Riots

and Revolt in America,

Friday June 20th at 7pm

With the passing of the Occupy Movement, the official Left has pushed for a return back into the political system people sought to rebel against. The movement, which sought to break America out of its slumber has been defeated. But as the global situation across the world continues to worsen; economically, ecologically, and socially, revolts continue to pop up and occur across the world and the US, seizing public space, organizing in assemblies, and using the use of riots to defend occupied zones.

Looking back on the history of revolt in the United States, Doug Gilbert discusses his new book, ‘I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riots, Revolt, and the Black Bloc’ and how the Left has often distorted the history of resistance in this country. Self-organized and disruptive action often has been a greater force for change - and a possible departure point to other forms of life, than formal and traditional forms of non-violent protest.


Talk will be followed by Q + A. Free tables of radical literature will also be on hand. Kid friendly.



Really Really Free Market, Saturday June 21st, noon-3pm

No money. No trades. Everything is free. This market is based on a gift-economy and thinks capitalism sucks. Bring food to share. Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box). Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...). Come and take what you can use and say thanks! We will have folks to check in with as you arrive. First come first served, space may be limited.  If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.



And come visit SubRosa during our regular open hours!  We are making a concerted effort to be open regularly, even during the summer.  So, bring a friend, check out a book from the Anarchist Library, peruse the Meristem Health Distro, spark an engaging conversation and much more!


Also, here is another reminder to Support SubRosa
during our Spring/Summer Fundraiser!
You can donate to our secure page at EverRibbon, which collects the money through WePay. SubRosa is also fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation can be tax deductible.
And so you can donate HERE!

June 11 – Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and All Eco-Prisoners

June 11 – Day of Solidarity
with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid,
and All Eco-Prisoners

June 11 began as an international day of solidarity with long-term eco-prisoner Jeff “Free” Luers in 2004. At the time Jeff was serving 22+ years. Infuriated by the environmental devastation he saw occurring on a global scale, Jeff torched three SUVs at a car dealership in Eugene, Oregon. The sentence imposed on him was meant to send a clear message to others who were angered by capitalism’s continued war on the Earth’s ecosystems – and to those who were willing to take action to put a stop to it.

After years of struggle, Jeff and his legal team won a reduction in his sentence and he was released from prison in December 2009. But in the years intervening Jeff’s arrest and release, the FBI had carried out a series of indictments and arrests in an attempt to devastate the radical environmental and anarchist communities. Two of the people caught up in this maelstrom of repression were Eric McDavid and Marie Mason.

Marie Mason and Eric McDavid share the unfortunate distinction of having the longest standing sentences of any environmental prisoners in the United States. Please join us in an International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and all Eco-prisoners on every June 11. This is a time to remember our friends who are in prison – who are continuing their struggles on the inside. This is a time to continue and strengthen the very work for which Eric and Marie are now serving so much time – to struggle against capitalism, ecological devastation, and the ever more diffuse forms of control in this prison society.  From http://earthfirstjournal.org/june11/

Go to the links below for more information about these political prisoners and others.  The second link is to a site that is an art show regarding the June 11th focus.

We at SubRosa don't have anything formally planned for this date, but the space will be open from 11am until 3pm.  Come on down to SubRosa and write a letter to these folks (we'll have material and info available), and/or engage in conversation about how we can support these (and other) political prisoners, act to defend the earth, work to dismantle the prison-industrial-system, offer solidarity to each other AND much more!  

While it is important to cultivate  a culture of resistance, it is also important for us to nurture a culture of caring, for the earth, for each other, for ourselves...and these two ways-of-being are also inter-related.  Let these questions be seeds to share about and act on:  How is it that cultures of resistance and caring are related? How can we live our lives to bring these more fully into being?

And if you can't make it to SubRosa you can do your own thing, by yourself or with others.

june11.org | neveraloneart.org

Who Is Oakland: Anti-Oppression Activism, the Politics of Safety, and State Co-optation

Another thought provoking zine on the subject of  engaging in social struggle with others and a critical examination of anti-oppression politics.

Who Is Oakland: Anti-Oppression Activism, the Politics of Safety, and State Co-optation (zine available at escalatingidentity.wordpress.com by clicking on the title).

From the synopsis – written collaboratively by a group of people of color, women, and queers – and is offered in deep solidarity with anyone committed to ending identity-based oppression and exploitation materially. By “materially,” we simply mean that we do not believe that consciousness raising or vague changes in personal attitudes can disrupt, delegitimate, and ultimately dismantle systems of domination.

We don't currently have this zine at SubRosa, but read it at the link above and bring your thoughts and conversation to the community space.  

6/6- Friday Art Opening Featuring Artwork by the Women of the Santa Cruz County Jail, 6/5- Open Mic, 6/4- A Show!

Art Opening Featuring Artwork by the Women of the Santa Cruz County Jail Friday June 6th from 6-8pmFeaturing artwork, talentand stories from the women.plus snacks and beverages.The Artistic Rehabilitative Therapeutic* (ART) Initiative is a U…

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Lines in Sand

At The Anarchist Library website you can read (and download) the zine Lines In Sand: Three essays on identity, oppression, and social war – By Peter Gelderloos (link available by clicking on the title).  Here is a bit about the zine from another website (uh, I forget which one).  Peter Gelderloos offers criticism in two directions.  This zine tackles both anarchists who categorically reject “identity politics” as well as activists who embrace the anti-oppression ideology and close off paths to revolution.

This is a bit from the introduction:  There is a line that divides many people whose struggles I respect. I won’t name this line or define either camp, to avoid entrenching them, and I don’t know of any fair definitions that have been put forward by any of those involved in this antagonism. Most of us are familiar with the strawmen that litter this battlefield, though. Those on one side are guilty of “identity politics,” those on the other are “privileged” or “dogmatic.” 

I found this writing to be thought provoking, and it contributed to my thinking about engaging in social struggle with others, particularly when interacting with folks that come from different places, in some regards, and similar places in other ways.

Well, enough of my somewhat inarticulate writing right now...go read the zine and check out the other offerings at the site.

And at SubRosa we also have paper copies of this and other interesting zines.  Yup, it's true.

SubRosa is Happening! with an Open Mic, a Film, a Benefit Brunch, & Really Really Free Market!‏

Saturday May 17th:  Benefit Brunch for SubRosa, 10am in the verdant courtyard with yummy food made by friends!  Sliding scale $5-infinity!3rd Thursday! Women, Trans, and Queer Open Mic!  Every 3rd Thursday…

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Spring/Summer2014 Fundraiser!

Support comes in many forms... 

Support SubRosa during our 
Spring/Summer 2014 Fundraiser 
(with a way to donate online!)

Our goal is to collect $2,500 
by the end of summer. 

Folks in the collective are in-and-out of town during the summer and our hours become (even more) erratic, This presents some financial difficulties for us. So, your donation will help us stay open during the lean times.

It's part of our mission to provide a community space outside the realm of commerce. Your donations help SubRosa to continue to fulfill this mission, as we have for the last 5 and a half years.


SubRosa also aims to be a vibrant social space.  Not only do we have our regular open hours, but the space also hosts many different types of events such as, shows with local and out of town do-it-yourself bands, a variety of Free Skool Santa Cruz classes, Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In film screenings, an open mic, revolving art shows, and an eclectic array of other stuff...look through this website to see some of the history of past happenings.

Your can donate to our secure page at EverRibbon, which collects the money through WePay.  SubRosa is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

And so you can donate HERE and of course you can also come to SubRosa and make a contribution.  

We thank-you for any financial assistance you can offer no matter how large or small.

And here is a facebook event-thingy that you can share with your actual friends and "friends."

Get Involved with SubRosa!

Our collective is small right now, at the same time, we have a strong commitment to each other and to SubRosa.  Summer is approaching, which is a time that a number of us go out of town for varying lengths of time, so our available energy for SubRosa ebbs and flows.  With that in mind, we want to extend the invitation for you to...

Get Involved with SubRosa!

We are looking for folks who are interested in bringing their enthusiastic radical energy to this project.  We are focused on making the space feel like a vibrant community space, safe and comfortable for all sorts of people to share ideas, get together, study, perform at events, and create art.  We'd like you to be part of that if you are into it.

What does your life look like now?  Do you want to help make SubRosa a vibrant radical community space?

SubRosa is a space for all kinds of people.  Our collective is largely, and not exclusively, drawn from the anarchist community.  Not everyone identifies as an anarchist, however, we do share a common curiosity about and interest in radical social change, as we hope you do too.

We want to be explicit that we want SubRosa to be a place where women, trans folk, queer, and people of color feel safe, welcome and empowered.  If you are similarly committed to fighting sexism, racism, homo/transphobia, and other forms of coercive domination, we encourage you to talk to us about getting involved.

There are possibilities for you to either be a staffer or volunteer.  Staffers hold down a weekly shift and hold additional responsibilities for collective decision-making, bottomlining tasks, and attending bi-weekly meetings.  Volunteers can be involved with SubRosa in a variety of ways that range from staffing with a collective member, to assisting with events like the Open Mic and shows, and much much more. 

SubRosa is a space that is only as vital as the people that are involved to put energy into it.  Being a collective member or volunteer is an opportunity to collaborate with others, where we are putting into action in the here-and-now how we want to live our lives, sharing power and responsibility, supporting and inspiring each other, and creating a vibrant social space where so much can and does happen.

Please email subrosa-staffing@riseup.net with your interest, and/or comments, and we can begin the conversation about your involvement with SubRosa and what that could look like.

For more info about SubRosa, events, art, classes, and so on, look through this website.  We welcome you to also come to SubRosa and talk to a collective member who is staffing the space.  Also, read the description about SubRosa below, which is the closest we have to a statement of intent.

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SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed people from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of our energy and time.  We put our energy into SubRosa to create a vibrant environment, available for events, classes and meetings, collaborations and organizing, art and creativity, as well as reading and studying.  

We offer a selection of radical books and magazines, coffee and tea, and a space for art, performance, and community.  This is a space to meet people, share resources and ideas, challenge our assumptions and act on our passions.

As anti-authoritarian space, we strive to create an environment where people are empowered to have interactions based on self-responsibility, mutual respect and free association.  We want to create a welcoming space for others who share the goals of diverse community, respect for all forms of life, and freedom from coercive relationships, to foster an environment free from sexism, homophobia, racism, and other forms of hierarchy.