Community Meal and Free Store

Come and join us for a free hot meal, whatever fresh groceries we have, and our free store will include the donated items listed on our needs list. If you have a need that isn’t listed below get in touch with us. This is a totally free event open for all.

We will be at Zelasko Park in downtown Aberdeen from 4 – 6 PM, every Saturday. This will be followed by some mobile distribution to the surrounding community. We hope to see you there! 

We are still/always looking for places in town to accept donations on our behalf. We are in the process of building some donation drop boxes, free pantries, and community fridge shelters, to offer to those willing to host one or all. If you have a location (home or business) and would be willing to host a donation drop box, free pantry, have an outlet to donate for a community fridge, or are just interested in making a donation let us know. We will install, stock, and maintain them for you.

*COVID-19* We will have signage describing proper social distancing guidelines, as a mutual aid group we take this very seriously and hope that everyone who decides to join us will follow these guidelines. We will have hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, and face masks free for use. We have adopted and implemented a sanitation procedure for our work going forward found here:

May Day in the Park

Human bees! Has nature’s thrift
Given thee naught but honey’s gift?
See! the drones are on the wing.
Have you lost the will to sting?

 

Man of labor, up, arise!
Know the might that in thee lies,
Wheel and shaft are set at rest
At thy powerful arm’s behest.

 

– An excerpt from Albert Parsons speech to the court after being wrongfully convicted for the Haymarket bombing.

May 1st is May Day.

The Haymarket Affair is generally considered significant as the origin of International Workers’ Day held on May 1, and it was also the climax of the social unrest among the working class in America known as the Great Upheaval.

According to labor historian William J. Adelman:

“No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few present the event accurately or point out its significance.”

For a more detailed look into the Haymarket affair, check out this episode and show notes from Crimethinc. We also link to key episodes of Working Class History, a podcast about all of those who have fought for a better world, for more about the labor struggle more generally.

For a very deatiled history of the labor sturggle here in Grays Harbor County check out The IWW History Project, or this blog article entitled Grays Harbor Workers: Aaron Goings on “The Port of Missing Men” and followup article from The Daily World. Also, this review of Aaron Going’s previous book, ‘The Red Coast, Radicalism and Anti-Radicalism in Southwest Washington’ by Aaron Goings, Brian Barnes and Roger Snider.


Crimethinc Ex-Worker Podcast #1: Haymarket and the History of Mayday

Summary

In this first episode, hosts Alanis and Clara explore the 1886 Haymarket affair and the anarchist roots of Mayday. Also includes news from resistance around the world, a profile of the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston, a review of the journal Modern Slavery, upcoming events, and more.

Notes and Links

  • If you’d like to learn more about the Haymarket anarchists and the history of Mayday, start with the court speeches of the eight defendants. They provide fascinating insight into the politics and analysis of the anarchist movement at the time. Labor historian James Green’s Death in the Haymarket and anarchist historian Paul Avrich’s The Haymarket Tragedy provide detailed surveys of the the time period, events, and aftermath. In his books The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists and The Haymarket Conspiracy, Professor Timothy Messer-Kruse provides a detailed challenge to the widely held consensus that their conviction was a travesty of justice, arguing that the evidence actually documents a violent anarchist conspiracy and that the trial was not notably unfair by the standards of the day. Martin Duberman’s novel Haymarket dramatizes the events through the lens of Lucy and Albert Parsons’ relationship. A delightful array of sources from contemporary news accounts and cartoons to essays analyzing every angle of the case and its impact can be found in Franklin Rosemont and David Roediger’s Haymarket Scrapbook. Phillip Foner’s Mayday: A Short History traces the evolution of the holiday from its origins in the Haymarket affair.
  • Excerpts from a PBS documentary on the history of Chicago discussing the Haymarket events: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
  • Amy Goodman interviews Professor James Green on the history of Haymarket and Mayday today: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
  • A zine on Haymarket featuring Louis Adamic on class violence and the Workers Solidarity Movement celebrating Mayday, produced by prole.info: Haymarket
  • Mailing address for political prisoner Alvaro Luna Hernandez:
    ALVARO LUNA HERNANDEZ
    #255735
    Hughes Unit
    Rt. 2, Box 4400
    Gatesville, TX 76597
  • The Lucy Parsons Center
  • Modern Slavery: A Libertarian Critique of Civilization
  • Music for The Ex-Worker provided by Underground Reverie

Working Class History Highlighted Episodes:

Women’s history

Playlist of our episodes which are predominantly about radical women’s history.

The IWW

Our series of podcast episodes about the history of the revolution Industrial Workers of the World union.

E12: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit

Episode about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit in the late 60s/early 70s, in conversation with Herb Boyd, author of Black Detroit and former member of the group, and Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit I Do Mind Dying.

E20: The Exotic Dancers Union

Podcast episode about the workers at the Lusty Lady strip club in San Francisco who in 1997 were the first women who managed to unionise a strip joint in the United States, and who later took it over and ran it as a workers’ co-operative.

E27-29: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

Our latest podcast miniseries this Pride month is about Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners, a small group of LGBTQ people in London who began to raise money for striking workers in the Welsh valleys during the great miners’ strike of 1984-5. Unknown to them at the time, they would end up transforming both communities, and Britain as a whole.

Ep 25: Worker Revolts: From Pyramid Shut-ins to Bombing Westminister Working Class History

Civilization has always been a clash between the working class and the ruling class. Throughout history, the working class has frequently fought back against the ruling class and sometimes they won!  On Today’s episode, Working Class History talks about the History of Working Class Fighting Back for Better Rights!

E7: The West Virginia mine wars, 1902-1922

In this episode we head to Matewan, West Virginia to speak with Catherine Moore and others from the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, as well as some striking West Virginia teachers about the conflicts, and how they are remembered today.

 

 

Little Free Pantry Work Party

We are planning a socially distant work party to build some little free pantries for the community. We could use any helping hands that are willing to come. Our target date is mid January, we are putting this notice out as early as possible so people can make plans to join us. We have not chosen a date and will announce the date and location closer to the actual date. We will also be talking and planning for future actions at this event so make the plan to join us and get involved in our projects or start your own. Building supplies and art supplies would be appreciated for this event. Please check our list of donation sites, or for large lumber just bring it down the day of. In Solidarity.

Community Meal and Free Store

Come and join us for a free hot meal, whatever fresh groceries we have, and our free store will include the donated items listed on our needs list. If you have a need that isn’t listed below get in touch with us. This is a totally free event open for all.

We will be at Zelasko Park in downtown Aberdeen from 4 – 6 PM, every Saturday. This will be followed by some mobile distribution to the surrounding community. We hope to see you there! 

We are still/always looking for places in town to accept donations on our behalf. We are in the process of building some donation drop boxes, free pantries, and community fridge shelters, to offer to those willing to host one or all. If you have a location (home or business) and would be willing to host a donation drop box, free pantry, have an outlet to donate for a community fridge, or are just interested in making a donation let us know. We will install, stock, and maintain them for you.

*COVID-19* We will have signage describing proper social distancing guidelines, as a mutual aid group we take this very seriously and hope that everyone who decides to join us will follow these guidelines. We will have hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, and face masks free for use. We have adopted and implemented a sanitation procedure for our work going forward found here:

Banner Art, Work Party, Free Meal

Check it Out!!

One of our artistically inclined volunteers took the rained out banner from last week home and created this INCREDIBLE banner just waiting to be colored by the rest of us this Sunday. Come and join us at Cultivating Roots Community Garden from 12 to 2 PM. We will be holding a meeting for the mutual aid network and food not bombs before getting our hands dirty in the garden.

Check below for a needs list and be prepared to brainstorm the answers to questions such as, what roles are there/what skills do you bring?, where and when can we pickup, cook, and table our food?, when and where to hold regular meetings outside of cultivating roots? and any other questions you may have.

Please reach out to join either our Signal chat, or our new Element Community. These are not public by their nature and require an invitation.

Below remains much the same as last week, with some shifting in priorities, and progress being made on all fronts.

***People handy with construction and tools are our next greatest priority.***

We need:

  • ***Those willing and able to help build a communal kitchen, pantries, and fridge shelters***

  • A BANNER!! Every Chapter needs a banner to let people know we are NOT another charity.

  • People willing to pick up and/or store produce from local shops/farms, either in their own fridges or in community fridges (coming soon)

  • People willing and able to cook vegan food either at their own home or at our communal kitchen (coming soon)

  • People willing to deliver and/or table cooked food and political literature AS Food Not Bombs

***If you want to get involved in Food Not Bombs, you DO NOT need to join our secure comms, you can contribute by sharing your excess resources, sharing our posts, picking up food and dropping it to a community fridge, volunteering with the Community Fridge Brigade, showing up at an event to support us and eat, etc. These activities and others can be managed over social media. If you want to help organize behind the scenes, it will mean making decisions together as to when and where to pick up food, where to store it, cooking it, and coming together to table it in a visible place where the need is greatest. This will require some way to coordinate with us. Security concerns prohibit us from organizing on social media and therefore you will have to join our secure comms channels. Our hope is to make this as accessible as possible to allow for anyone with any tech skills can join. We are also looking at software that will allow those with phones only to call in to any group meetings we have. Semi-frequent in person meetings will also need to happen since we realize there are plenty of those without so much as a phone. We are working towards these goals and many more, and hope to have your help in this effort.

To follow along, get involved, or to contact us please follow us here, email us at crfoodnotbombs@riseup.net, or on our socials all of which can be found at our Linktree.

UPCOMING EVENT 10/25/2020

NEW EVENT

NOW on SUNDAY 10/25

We will be holding the above mentioned event in partnership with Food Not Bombs, Cultivating Roots, and Activism in Action. Bring your mask and work gloves and meet us at 357 Oak Street Aberdeen, WA 98520 this Sunday Oct 25th from 12PM to 2PM.

Chehalis River Mutual Aid Network

We are holding this event in order to drum up some interest in these local mutual aid projects as well as to bring people together to meet and talk about other projects in need of starting, current needs, future events, and anything else that we feel needs addressed. Please consider joining us here or online to get involved in whatever capacity you can.

Project ideas to discuss:

This list along with the following resources will be on our NEW Projects, Ideas, and Resources page as well, along with some podcasts episodes that may be of interest.

Mutual-Aid-Disaster-Relief-Welcome-Packet-2018

THE RESILIENCE WE WANT: A GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR COMMUNITY SPACE INTO A HUB FOR LOCAL RESILIENCE & MUTUAL AID

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief Resource Page

YOU HAVE SKILLS – Evaluating What Skills You Can Bring to Radical Organizing

Affinity Groups – Buddies, Quick Consensus, Spokes-councils

Cultivating Roots Community Garden

They would also like help installing a free pantry located at the garden. They will be working with FNB to ensure that the garden is producing as much food for as many people as possible.

***UPDATE 10/25*** New compost will be added to the beds and finish getting the garden ready for winter by some final weeding, collecting seeds, and planting winter cover. This time we hope to get more of the housing community members to come out and join.

Food Not Bombs – Chehalis River

Will be tabling some tasty vegan food made with ingredients from the garden, as well as looking to recruit some volunteers for future organizing and actions. (think community fridges, free pantries, etc). They will also be accepting donations of any food products AIA cannot make use of such as fresh produce.

***UPDATE 10/25*** FNB is calling all artists to come and help finish their banner, they have a new blog post all about the next steps for making a Food Not Bombs group. They are trying to connect with the houseless community to find out where and when are the best for tabling a weekly meal.

Activism In Action Collective

Is and has been working closely with many mutual aid groups in the PNW region to bring supplies to people affected by COVID-19, wildfires, and capitalism generally.

They will be collecting weekly for continuous deliveries throughout the region and locally at least until the end of the year. Please follow them on Facebook and check below for a current needs list from Fire Igniting the Spirit, Snack Bloc PDX and Symbiosis PDX.

From AIA:

Reminder! Today’s event at Cultivating Roots with the Chehalis River Mutual Aid Network — AiA has joined the coalition of mutual aid partners doing local work and is holding a donation drive today to contribute resources.
Please support, go share a free meal, assist in garden work party, and drop donations going to mutual aid partners throughout the region.
If you have gently used items please contact April Obi to drop off for local houseless outreach
Supply needs include: (New/Unused)
*PRIORITY NEED*
*PPE*
Diapers
Wipes
Formula
Children’s Socks
Children’s coats
*Paper Towels*
*Toilet Paper*
Bottled Water
*Laundry, Dish, Body Soap*
*Household disinfectant*
*Hand Sanitizer*
*Plastic Spray Bottles*
Adult socks
Adult Winter coats
Adult rain gear
Umbrellas
Flashlights
Tents
Tarps
Sleeping bags
Dog & Cat food
Batteries
Gloves
For food donations please contribute to the little pantry in Hoquiam or speak with contacts today at the event.