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(en) US, Report of DAAA Collective from Modesto Really Free Market

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 30 Nov 2004 09:24:17 +0100 (CET)

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26th marks for many Americans the biggest shopping and spending
day of the year. In Modesto with rents rising, lack of decent good
jobs, and continued corporate development and urban sprawl, there
is probably no better day to come together as working people to
celebrate cooperative, and anti-authoritarian systems as opposed
to those based around coercion and private property.
Gathering large amounts of clothing that was collected from
supportive school students and teachers, and also collecting
clothes that were being thrown away at our local Cancer
Society thrift store, we were able to gather large amounts of
jackets, kids clothes, suits, and pants. We also had on us large
amounts of Trader Joes shopping carts, packaged food items,
and toys. Setting up on a busy intersection on Modesto's West
Side where crime and drug use are major problems, we first
erected our 6 foot banner reading, "Really Free Market:
Revolution for the Poor - Coal for the Rich".

We received many honks, and various clusters of shoppers and
bike riders started to stop by. We also received spontaneous
donations and trades from drives. One man was on his way to
the Good Will Store, when we saw us, and decided to give us
his truck load of toys for the Really Free Market. Large families
of children got to walk away with various giant playsets and
race car tracks. Another couple stopped by and donated many
blankets and backpacks, which were later given to a couple that
had just moved into a house but didn't have any blankets. We
ended up trading a large amount of our Trader Joe shopping
carts for a whole bag of diapers, which will go towards families
at Food Not Bombs Modesto.

All in all, an autonomous zone, allthough short, was sustained
beneath the trees in a corporate shopping mall, not only
through the work of an anarchist collective, but mostly with the
help of a community that directly saw the benefit in sharing
over competetion, and solidarity over class division. The DAAA
Collective was also able to hand out outreach flyers, and talked
to various people about Food Not Bombs, Copwatch, and
various other community based projects.

Pictures at: http://www.modanarcho.tk

Link: http://www.modanarcho.tk
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