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7. Cultivate a community where asking for help and being interdependent is not seen as “weak” “being an energy vulture” or otherwise shameful. Develop a care web. Give your friends money when they need it for food or rent - $5 or whatever you have. Develop a community ethic where it is okay to ask for help, and where your folks come through with groceries, small loans and other needed things when needed. I share a car with a friend who bikes to work and doesn’t need her car all the time (which means I pay $80 plus about $70 in gas a month to have a fully insured car where we put stuff away for maintenance and annual fees) live in a house where there is almost always a car or a bike to borrow, and share tools, money, veggies and bulk food. I give money to friends who live with chronic illness and poverty, and in turn have been able to get loans when emergencies occur (like my car being booted, or when the giant check I was counting on was late and I had to go on a big work trip and I had $40 to my name). Doing this means doing a lot of work on your own internalized stuff around ‘independence’ class and ableism.
This whole article is full of good advice
A great piece — I especially liked this part:
Finally, everyone’s solution to the issue of how to survive capitalism is going to look different. Right now, I live collectively because it’s cheap and I get to live in a beautiful house with shared resources and support when I’m sick- but there were many years when I needed to live alone because of mental and spiritual health stuff, where a lot of my money went to rent, and that was a choice I was making. I value eating at home, community acupuncture, having access to a crip car, and having some flexibility, as well as the ability to buy a dress at Ross once in a while and cheap plane or bus tickets. Your needs and preferences may well look very different.
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From the opening of Steven Cochrane’s Grotto on Saturday night. There were people there, but I chose to omit all but one guy’s foot. Grotto is wonderful, and I recommend you visit it if you are in the Winnipeg environs.
[Image: an unfinished attic space, the slanted ceiling of which is covered with image prints that have been painted fluorescent orange, yellow, blue, pink and purple. In the foreground are two low benches that have been covered with custom-printed fabric, one black and white and one multi-fluorescent-coloured.]
Look who is having an idea battle! It’s Michelle Vaughan (aka @black_von) & John Powers (aka @starwarsmodern).
We’d like to judge the winner and share in the spolia of victory, please!
(Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
Although film is just one of the many mediums used in contemporary art, John Powers argues that movies are “the art of our time”. We disagreed over a couple of beers, and vowed to take it online.
John is a…
An incendiary but compelling argument!
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