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(en) US, Durango, CO. "Activists in Trouble" Rummage Sale

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Date Mon, 29 Sep 2003 22:33:51 +0200 (CEST)

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> From: Clay Dewey <johnnyapplecore-A-yahoo.com> To: mhr-news@yahoogroups.com
Sunday, October 5th noon til end of day at the Lichen House 352 E 5th Ave
On Sunday, Oct 5th the Dirty Hands Collective is
holding a rummage sale. This is an opportunity for us
to purge ourselves of useless material objects (old
punks cds not played since high school, random
dumpstered objects, clothes in danger of hungry moths,
etc.) as well as a way to raise funds for two causes
we feel are important- the Denver 8 and the Transform
Columbus Day Legal Defense Fund.

We've chosen these two themes because we feel it's
imperative that we support one another when undergoing
police repression, whether that be intimidation of
activists at their homes or on the streets during a
direct action. When we have a community we know we
can count on in hard times, we can confront those
systems and live out our ideals more effectively.
Along with things for sale, we'll have a variety of
free stuff- zines, cds, stickers, and possibly food.

If you have something you'd like to donate or have
further questions you can contact us at


[Ed. From the web site:


1. Mutual Aid- voluntary cooperation. We feel that
cooperation, rather than competition yields the best
results while also being done in a just way. Additionally,
all work within the collective is voluntary; no one
is coerced into working on something that they do not
agree with, this would not be genuine cooperation.

2. Direct Action- taking action without permission
from the government and outside of its interest. This
does not automatically mean that direct action is illegal,
but it can be. We rely on ourselves to affect change,
not institutions detached and contrary to our needs and desires.

3. Non-Hierarchical Organization/Consensus- we organize in
a manner where no one has illegitimate authority over another.
By doing this we ensure just procedure as well as an example
of the alternative world we wish to live in. We make decisions
by consensus, a non-violent, non-hierarchical process which
encourages cooperation and the input of all involved.

4. Anti-Oppression- We seek to end oppression wherever it
is manifested, whether it be present within ourselves, amongst
one another or in society at large.

What is the Dirty Hands Collective?


Most people know how fucked up the world is. However, most of
us don’t do anything about it. There’s good reason for this-
often times it seems like change is impossible and resistance
is futile. The elite have almost everything: guns, money, media,
religion… but there’s one thing they don’t have: numbers. The
majority of us aren’t satisfied with the status-quo. If we all
decided to resist we could turn this world upside down. If fifty
of us wanted to, we could shut down the McDonald’s in Durango.
Another reason why you don’t see many people fighting for a
better world is because many of the mainstream methods are boring
and ineffective. Writing letters or signing petitions for a
congressman that will have their intern send you a lame, already
written letter (if even that!) saying how they value your input
doesn’t give someone food on the plate, or stop their boss from
being an asshole. It’s time we rethink activism. Enough with
talking to government tools that don’t care about us, enough with
boring rallies and protests, it’s time for something different…

The Dirty Hands Collective

The Dirty Hands Collective unofficially formed when a group of
friends went to an anarchist conference in Phoenix, AZ. At that
conference they saw people actually doing things about their
situation, and doing it in a way that was fun! These people
decided that this needed to happen in Durango.
They looked at their hands and noticed that they were…


We don’t have time (nor the desire) to stay in an office, typing
up proposals. We want to be feeding one another, firing our bosses,
scrawling on walls, creating music and art, dismantling the system
in every step, glance and whisper.

We are not going to ask for permission to live our lives.

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