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(en) US, Philadelphia, FROM THE RED TO THE BLACK, A BIG THANK YOU! By defenestrator* collective

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 29 Apr 2004 15:38:21 +0200 (CEST)


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Just before putting out the last issue, we put out a desperate
call for funds for printing the issue. We were about $400 short and
at the last minute one of our collective members, by no means
rich, lent the money to go to press. We didn't expect to raise all
that within the week, but thanks to a good deal of you who
donated generously we managed to drift back into the black.
Considering how rarely we are blessed with praise or feedback for
issues related to the paper, the success was also a morale boost for
the collective to see folks step up and support the project like you
did. A big big thank you from all of us!


ust before putting out the last issue, we put out a desperate call for
funds for printing the issue. We were about $400 short and at the
last minute one of our collective members, by no means rich, lent
the money to go to press. We didn't expect to raise all that within
the week, but thanks to a good deal of you who donated
generously we managed to drift back into the black. Considering
how rarely we are blessed with praise or feedback for issues
related to the paper, the success was also a morale boost for the
collective to see folks step up and support the project like you did.
A big big thank you from all of us!

However like our politics, our financial state has always vacillated
between the red and black. In the seven years we've been
publishing, collective members have shelled out thousands from
our own pockets, often without expecting or ever getting it back.
Keeping this paper running has always cost a lot. A brief rundown
of what some of our more significant expenses look like per issue:
printing runs us about $490 per issue, we put down about $20 to
send the paper out to a handful of infoshops and other radical
projects, sending the paper out free to prisoners runs
approximately $90 which Books Through Bars has been doing
and paying for (thanks btb!!). We've got about $10 a month in
phone and DSL costs and still owe hundreds to the house where
we previously had our office set up. To put out last issue one of
the collective members had to shell out $80 from his own pockets
for a new hard disk to heal our computer. All this is after the usual
mutual aid, theft and trashpicking which keeps underfunded folks
like us going. Coming soon, adding to our current costs will be an
additional $100 per month as our part of the costs of keeping the
LAVA space operational, the building where we have our office,
for which we'll be in some way responsible. Adding unpredictable
miscellaneous costs that always seem to come up, we're looking
at a cool $750 per issue that we need to come up with to keep
operating. For us it's a constant struggle to keep this coming in to
keep publishing.

So the appeal still holds. Please consider keeping this project
afloat! Just some examples of ways in which we could use
financial help:

* throw a benefit for us... like a house party or a rave at the
a-space * give us cash or write us a check! make it out to the
defenestrator * send us an electronically mediated gift! made easy
by clicking the donate button on the website (defenestrator.org) *
advertise with us! our ad rates are cheap at $2.15 per square inch.
(you can download an ad rate sheet at defenestrator.org/ads .

solidarity,

the defenestrator collective

Enjoy Poetry, Performances & Politics at the
MAY DAY CELEBRATION PICNIC Saturday May 1, 2004
Clark Park in West Philly
43rd & Chester at 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Come learn about the history of May Day
Bring your favorite picnic foods - share if you can
Open "mic" - Share your words or performance
Food Not Bombs; Evan Greer, musician; Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac, Aztec Dance
Troupe; Circulation, featuring Maleka Freuen & Samantha Barrow; Philly IWW
Presentation on the History of May Day; Philly Cheers and Drums; Pagan
Cluster & Ritual; Guerilla Gardening - leave with a plant!

May Day, the international Labor Day, originated
from the 8-hour day movement in the 19th
century and gained notoriety in 1886 in the
aftermath of the police attack on striking workers in
Haymarket Square in Chicago. An unknown person
threw a bomb during the police assault and
eight labor activists and anarchists were convicted,
despite the complete lack of evidence tying
them to the bomb. Four of the Haymarket Martyrs
were hung.
Since then May Day has symbolized working-class
resistance to the bosses and government
repression.
Prior to its significance as an international day
of working-class resistance, May Day (called
Beltane) was a Pagan festival about fertility,
life and it's awakening at the beginning of Summer.
Clark Park is accessible by the 13 & 34 Trolleys;
get off at 43rd st & Chester or Baltimore
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* [Ed. note: Anarchist/antiauthoritarian perspective


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