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(en) Strike #2 - “The Foundation of Our Movements”: Midwinter’s Harvest and Meeting House - by Jeff Shantz

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Date Fri, 17 Sep 2004 08:59:12 +0200 (CEST)


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“The foundation of our movements, often unacknowledged, is
our ability to take care of each other.” These words from Sue
Collis, a resident of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and longtime
OCAP member commenced the July 17 groundbreaking ceremony
for the “Midwinter Harvest and Meeting House,” a facility
that will serve as a processing and food distribution center as well as a
community meetinghouse at Tyendinaga. The Midwinter Harvest
Food Program was recently initiated to provide, in the words of
organizers, “healthy, culturally appropriate foods to First Nations,
poor and homeless people and defend our Territories against
environmental destruction.” The Midwinter Harvest will grow
and process food locally at Tyendinaga while making food available to
residents of the Territory and homeless people in cities such as
Toronto and Ottawa. This has both continued and developed the
tremendous solidarity shown by the Mohawk community at
Tyendinaga who have long provided food for homeless people in
Toronto as well as preparing meals in support of anti-poverty
demonstrations.

The Harvest and Meeting House will serve a number of educational,
cultural and nutritional needs at Tyendinaga, where no such facility
currently exists, as well as providing a space of unity for residents and
non-residents to share and develop our strength together. Because
the particular needs and cultural requirements for food processing
cannot be met by off-reserve businesses, and because of a general
need to break reliance on business operations as a whole, the
processing facility will fill a crucial role, especially given the centrality
of fish and game as major staples in local households. In additon, as
Sue Collis noted at the groundbreaking ceremony, the center will
serve as a place to educate new generations in traditional practices.
Affirming the connection between sustaining our environment and
the capacity of our communities to sustain ourselves in struggle the
Midwinter Harvest organizers emphasize that the program is “on
the land and appreciates its natural power and seeks to raise the
fighting spirit of our people and give direction and purpose to the
generations who will come after us.”

Members of Punching Out (NEFAC-Toronto) and the Ontario
Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) joined folks from the Toronto
Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC), Syme-Woolner Community
Centre and PARC (Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre) on the bus
to Tyendinaga to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony. More
than sixty people took part in the ceremony and all were treated with
the wonderful hospitality of our hosts.

This is a program with great significance and tremendous potential,
both in sustaining ourselves and our communities and in building
friendship, comradeship and solidarity across communities. As
Midwinter’s Harvest organizers suggest, “control over
one’s food source in culturally and nutritionally appropriate
manners is an integral piece to the strength of any self-determining
people.”

by Jeff Shantz Punching Out (NEFAC Toronto)

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This article is from the second issue of "Strike!"

Strike! is a tabloid newspaper covering the ever important struggles of
working people in the Northeast and across the world. From
community and workplace resistance, to the fights against racism and
sexism as well as international turmoil, the struggles that rock your
world are brought to you here with a fresh anarchist-communist
perspective.

Strike! is the English-language agitational publication of the
Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC). We are
bilingual federation of revolutionaries who identify with communist
tradition in anarchism. Our activity in the last few years has focused
around radicalizing the broad struggles of our class, in the streets, in
our workplaces and in our neighborhoods.

In this issue of Strike!, you will find articles on the US elections, a
message from the late Palestinian political prisoner Farouk
Abdel-Huhiti (who died recently after 2 years of imprisonment in the
USA as an immigration detainee), national truckers’ strikes,
fighting bosses with the Montpelier downtown union, city workers
preparing to strike in Philly, Providence library workers’ fighting
budget cuts, a public harvest and meeting house in Tyendinaga
(Mohawk territory), the campaign for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Immigrant
defense in Toronto, "Red Card" - our sports column - on Carlos
Delgado’s opposition to the Iraq war, an interview with war
resister Jeremy Hinzmen who deserted the US army and is seeking
refugee status in Canada, "Carnal Correspondence" - a
pro-queer/feminist advice column, and much more!

Strike! can be obtained in most large cities in the Northeast. NEFAC
members will be making a special efffort to have it available in
community centers, left bookshops and at picket lines and
demonstrations.

Bulk orders and subscriptions can be made with the Stelton Anarchist
Collective: PO BOX 3107 New Brunswick, NJ 08903, or contact:
strike@nefac.net

For letters to the editor, content questions, submissions, and press
exchanges, contact Class Action at: classaction@nefac.net

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