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(en) US, Washington, D.C., Brian MacKenzie Infoshop - Anarchy in the Empire

Date Sun, 06 Aug 2006 17:14:15 +0300

About the Brian MacKenzie Infoshop - Statement of Purpose
The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop is a radical space in Washington, D.C.
The Infoshop is both a radical book and record shop, as well as a
resource center. We are organized around anarchist principles and are
volunteer and cooperatively run.
In addition to our modest selection of radical books, and politically
charged independent punk, hip-hop, folk, spoken word and audio cd's
& records we maintain a small video lending library of documentary
and political films; provide free computer and internet access; make
available meeting and event space for radical groups and projects;
sponsor a variety of political and cultural events such as hosting
speakers and authors, film-screenings, artists and various performers;
as well as provide a gathering space and haven for radical activists to
meet and connect with other activists, independent thinkers, and
organizing projects.

For some time now DC has suffered from a conspicuous absence of a
center for radical thought. While many communities play host to
various venues for the expression of radical ideas, the activist
community within the Beltway has been forced to subsist on
compromise when it came to the dissemination of radical ideas. It is
unfitting that Washington, DC, an international bastion of capitalism
and greed, should be bereft of any venue for dissenting opinions. The
Brian MacKenzie Infoshop exists with the goals of encouraging the
proliferation of radical ideas and to provide a haven and
meeting/organizing space for independent thinkers in the D.C. area.

The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop is a non-profit, cooperatively run
space at 9th and P Streets, NW, Washington DC. The infoshop serves
to distribute and sell radical literature - books, zine, newspapers etc. as
well as independent CD's and records. We work to promote and
support the fight for global justice and total liberation.

The space also provides free public computer and internet access,
hosts a radical reading library, an activist event bulletin board and
helps to plug people in to the local activist community by providing
space for meetings and events when possible, distributing info on local
activist groups and events and providing a space for people to meet,
discuss and share radical ideas. The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop hosts
concerts, radical speakers, workshops, zine fairs and other events on a
regular basis. We are an open collective that makes decisions by
consensus and strives to operate in an anti-authoritarian,
non-hierarchical manner. We organize using anarchist principles, are
anti-capitalist, and stand against racism, sexism, homophobia and all
forms of discrimination.

The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop is a part of a larger community center
- The Arthur Fleming Center, which is home to a dozen social justice,
activist and community organizations. Among the groups in the
building are; Emmaus Services for the Aging, The Grey Panthers of
Metro DC, Positive Force DC, The Peter Maurin Center, Washington
Peace Center and more.

We carry radical books on Anarchism, Social Movements,
Anti-Capitalism, Feminism, Labor, History, Fiction, Biographies,
Gender, Sexuality, Alternative media, books that challenge the current
political system and social (dis)order and provide information to
change and topple it.

We believe in the power of music as a tool for social change. We
distribute independent CD’s and records to make independent,
political, do-it-yourself, folk, punk, spoken word, electronic, hip hop
and other forms of music accessible in a society where capitalism sells
music and culture as a commodity, stifling artistic expression.

We intend to make available free information to connect activists and
the community to resources and groups working on affordable
housing, health care, DIY womyn's health, prisoner support, animal
rights, and more...

The Brian MacKenzie Infoshop is run by a collective of committed
volunteers. Decisions are made as a collective using consensus
process. In this process we make decisions that everyone in the group
agrees will complete our objectives while adhering to the purpose and
principles of the group. The work of the Infoshop is divided into
working groups where collective members work on the areas of
interest that suit them or that's needed to complete the larger
objectives of the group. Some working group duties include:
coordinating volunteers, ordering and maintaining record and book
inventory, setting up events, maintaining the website and email
accounts, doing out reach and more...

Who is Brian MacKenzie?

Brian MacKenzie was an outstanding local activist who was involved
with the infoshop. He unfortunately passed away in October 1999.
Brian MacKenzie (1981-1999) threw himself tirelessly into everything
that he did, and he always did it with a smile and at least one sarcastic
remark. His activism was fueled by both the anger that he felt at the
repression and inequality of this world, and the deep-seated belief that
humanity has the potential to do so much better. For Brian, this
involved not only serious activism but also the ability to laugh at
everything from government to the radical community to himself.
Although Brian only lived in DC for a short time before his sudden
death, he worked hard to make the infoshop a reality. His dedication,
conviction, and humor excited those around him and did a great deal
to make his vision of a cooperative community a reality. Although
Brian is no longer with us, the energy and excitement that he inspired
in those who met him continues to be a positive force in the activist
scene. It is therefore our privilege and honor to name our infoshop
after Brian MacKenzie.
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