Primitive Accumulation at LAVA!!

More good stuff from the last couple weeks of Occupy Philly's Dissecting Capitalism series.

Part II: This Financial Crisis
With Mark Kuperberg and Julie Maitrejean

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Part III: The Historical Rise of Capitalism and Corporations

In this video, Ariane Fisher breaks down primitive acumulation and Jerry Krantman muses on corporate personhood.

More great events are coming up! Every Wednesday night at LAVA!

Dissecting Capitalism at LAVA

February 1st a packed crowd turned out at LAVA to hear Alex Knight and George Caffentzis do an introductory breakdown of capitalism, event one of a 10 week series on Dissecting Capitalism.

George Caffentzis, who some may know from his writings with Midnight Notes (including Promissory Notes, much discussed around LAVA circles a couple years back) started it off giving a historic breakdown of the development of capitalism.

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Next up, Alex Knight, blogger at End of Capitalism and protagonist at Occupy Philly spoke on capitalism as an abusive relationship, his theory on the impending end of capitalism and what he sees as our current mode of Zombie Capitalism.

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The night ended with a long and interesting Q and A:

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Corporate Crime Comics

The paper copy of this comic book is no longer available from Kitchen Sink Comics, but here's a scan of the issue (About 15 megabytes). If you were to find a paper copy of the comic on the comics back issues market, it's worth $18.

Occupy Philly - 6 Oct to 30 Nov

One of the first things I did when we were discussing an Occupation in Philadelphia was to visit the site of the original Occupation, the one near Wall Street.

patches!

We now have LAVA patches! They're hand-silkscreened in West Philly on canvas and unused bedsheets with found ink.

Finally, you can represent your favorite community space on your book bag, jacket, pants, and even your long underwear! Get in touch if you would like one, or just come by!

Our library has gone space age!

After countless hours, LAVA's lending library has been entered into an online database. Thats 2,378 books! Simply go to to this website to see our entire library,  or go here to browse by category. 

The scanning begins!!!!

We're going digital!!

After years of writing down books checked out, shuffling through messes of disorganized paper records, we're getting our act together and starting an automated checkout system. Not only will it be much more organized, we'll have the ability to instantly pull up offending no-returners of books, locate missing titles and have a quickly searchable database of titles. On top Nedir of all that, it will be tons of work. We need to re- enter ALL OF OUR BOOKS into our online catalog.

Our intern Bryan and Nyko have already started this exciting process and are basking in the ecstatic delirium only achievable from scanning bar codes. Click "read more" to see the madness set in.

btw: interested in helping? Let us know!! We'll put you to work ASAP!

A Poem for LAVA

I was asked to share this poem with the greater LAVA community. The subject matter comes directly from incredible  lived experiences in the Belmont neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

A Tuesday Afternoon WTF

a guy (Ibrahim) was waiting inside a locked and closed lava upon arrival. he said someone let him in and told him someone from the library would be there soon. Who let him in? WTF?

food (vomit ?) spilled all over one of the computers??? WTF?

random shit everywhere: socks, clothes, broken stuff, etc. (put most of the non-trash stuff on the pile that said someone from the RRFM would be by the next day to move it) WTF?

can for basement keys on the floor and keys all over the 1st floor randomly. WTF?

couch torn the fuck up and pillow innards all over the place. WTF?

neighbor from the grocery store came by to complain about someone from lava's dog biting someone outside of his store. WTF?

every plastic bag on the sidewalk outside is covered in dogshit. WTF?

trash and sticky surfaces everywhere. WTF?

a hundred pages of the same photo of beyonce, the printer out of ink. WTF

it's tuesday afternoon and NATO drones are killing children half way around the world. WTF?

WTF?

dave onion , Lancaster Ave, August 30, 2011

Slutwalk 2011

women

A Canadian police officer started it all 

On January 24th, 2011, a representative of the Toronto Police gave shocking insight into the Force’s view of sexual assault by stating: “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized”.


Women, quite understandably, were annoyed at this as this is a view that should have died a long, long time ago. The view that a woman dressing in a provocative manner would provide a man with an excuse to rape the woman should have died when Susan Brownmiller came out with "Against Our Will " back in 1975.

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