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(en) Czech, PRAGUE: INFOCAFE APPEAL

From infocafe <infocafe@ziplip.com>
Date Thu, 3 Oct 2002 16:04:51 -0400 (EDT)


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Infocafe Anarres (working name only) is an
anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist intitiative
taken by various people who were involved in the
anti-IMF/World Bank protests of S26. Members of the
groups ORA-Solidarita, Ulice Lidem (Reclaim the
Streets) and Czechoslovak Anarchist Federation are
involved, as well as individuals non-aligned to any
group.

The purpose was to use the energy and creativity
generated by the S26 gathering to establish something
of longterm value in the Czech scene. We began renting
a disused basement complex in a residential area in
northern Prague one year ago, to provide
a)an educational and cultural resource to be used by
the local community, 
b)space for the czech movement to use for its
political and cultural needs, 
c)a space for our own social and political projects.

The infocafe is also being used by Feminist Group 8
March, Earth First!, CarBusters, IMC Prague and
FoodnotBombs.

Plans were to create a bar/cafe space, a library and
an office. After one year of continuous activity,
including largescale reconstruction, the bar/cafe
space is operating and the library is now ready to be
used. Events have included film showings, medical
training, craft workshops, and lectures. There are
plans to establish a community garden behind the
building. The space has been used to host two
international meetings with comrades from the UK and
Germany. We also plan to help prepare the
counteractions during November's NATO summit.

The process has not been without difficulties and
we have had to learn from many mistakes that we have
made. We have had to learn a lot of things very fast.
But we are succeeding in our aims of sharing skills
and resources, and encouraging new people to be
involved with the project. Members of different groups
from different backgrounds and even different
countries with no common language, are learning to
respect each others' differences and to work
cooperatively towards common goals.

However, the immediate result of our past errors is a
financial crisis which is presently outside our
capacity to deal with. Because the space is not yet
completely ready, the amount of money coming in
through the bar and other activities has been
too small to cover our costs. A major effort to
reorganise the way we work has begun, but will not
provide immediate financial benefits. 

We expect the situation to improve over the next
few months or weeks - there are already signs that it
is doing so - but at the moment we are very short of
money and have debts to pay, as well as a series of
bills. 

The amount we have to find is high by Czech standards
- a month's salary for a well-paid worker. But by
Western standards, it is not a large amount. That is
why we are appealing to our international comrades to
help in any way they are able. 

Our bank account details are:
Name of Account Holder: Spolecnost 2000
Address of Account Holder: Socharska 6, 170 00 Praha
7, Ceska Republika

Name of Bank: eBanka a.s.,
Address of Bank: Na Prikope 19, 117 19 Praha 1, Ceska
Republika

Account Number: 948700001/2400

Solidarity and best wishes,
the infocafe collective


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