we have moved… again

hello!

food not bombs kuala lumpur has moved again!  fnbkl was in PJ for a good what, 3 years? now have decided to move back to KL and stay true to our name.  we have been cooking at Rumah Api, formerly known as Gudang Noisy, since october 11, 2011.  it is a new beginning for food not bombs kuala lumpur and we are excited to embark on this new chapter. please come by and help out if you are free on sundays.  we go to the market at noon and we start cooking at 1ish and we leave to bukit nanas at 5.30pm. the same drill. dont worry if you cant cook or whatever, free vegan cooking lessons are included!  i must say we make pretty damn good dishes.  =D

we still table the food at the same place – bukit nanas.

hope to see you around!!!!

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Bukan Cinta Biasa: Membedah kepelbagaian Taktik/This is not your usual love story: Diversity of Tactics

Memahami kepelbagaian taktik bermaksud memberikan sokongan bagi seperikatan pendekatan pengorganisiran, sikap dan juga taktik. Kepelbagaian taktik terdiri daripada melobi, mengadakan demonstrasi, kaedah militansi dan taktik-taktik konfrontasi termasuk merosak harta-benda, menampal stiker, menyembur cat, mural gerila, memecah tingkap serta merosakkan papan-papan tanda di tempat umum.

Walaupun, ramai di antara kita secara amnya terlibat dalam aksi langsung, pengingkaran sivil dan aktivisme, kita selalunya memilih taktik-taktik yang digunakan dalam mana-mana tunjuk perasaan. Taktik hampir keseluruhannya menentukan sokongan dan tahap dalam pembabitan kita bagi matlamat tertentu. Sebagai contoh, sokongan selalunya berbeza bagi sekumpulan orang yang mahu memecah tingkap kedai berbanding dengan perkumpulan yang mengoganisirkan perarakan secara aman. Kami tidak fikir ianya suatu pernyataan yang dibuat-buat jika perkumpulan aman yang akan mengumpul banyak sokongan berbanding dengan perkumpulan yang menyeru untuk tindakan perosakan terhadap harta benda awam.

Taktik yang dipakai oleh kita gunakan berakar daripada ideologi dan pendirian kita khususnya terhadap keganasan. Bagaimana kita mendefinisi dan memahami erti keganasan. Bagaimana kita mengalami keganasan. Bagaimana kita diajar tentang keganasan.

Banyak lagi yang boleh diperbincangkan.

Ada makan-makan stail potluck sambil berbincang di Pustaka Semesta Sabtu ini, 6/8/2011 pukul 7.30 malam. Silalah dijemput hadir dan sertai kami makanan yang enak untuk mengisi perut, minda dan jiwa.

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Respect for diversity of tactics implies support for a bundle of organizing approaches, attitudes, and tactics. Diversity of tactics ranges from lobbying, staged demonstrations, militant and confrontational tactics including property destruction – stickering, spray painting, guerilla murals, window smashing and defacing signs.

Although, most of us participate in direct actions, civil disobedience and activism in general, we tend to be selective when it comes to tactics. Tactics to a lot of extend determines our support and level of engagement for a particular cause. For example, support would vary for groups who smash windows of shops as opposed to groups who organize a peaceful rally. We don’t think it is overstatement to say that a group that organizes a peaceful rally would garner more supporters as opposed to a group that calls for destruction of public properties.

The tactics that we employ derives from our ideology and our position primarily on violence. How we define and understand violence. How we experience violence. How we have been taught about violence.

More can be discussed.
There will be a potluck style discussion at Pustaka Semesta this Saturday, 6/8/2011 7.30pm. Please come and join us for good food for your tummy, mind, and soul.

recommended reading materials:

1.  This Is Not A Love Story: Armed Struggle Against The Institutions Of Patriarchy

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free market

it all started with the screening of shock doctrine (a book by naomi klein which was later turned into a film/documentary) at 50B. thing is, i have not read a lot  (maybe none) of her writings but i know that she writes pretty interesting stuff. she appears on democracy now a hell lot.  thats good for lazy non readers such as myself cos i can always opt for listening to the podcast. =D exhibit a – how technology and pop culture, and capitalism has shaped the way i consume information.

i have to say it was an interesting and entertaining evening. what was interesting was the fact that there were a bunch of pro-free marketers. i think we barely discussed the film. the moderator attempted to start a discussion based on the film but we ended up in a ideological discussion on free market/capitalism. obviously, there was a pro-free market camp and then there were a bunch of people (myself included) who did or didnt necessarily agree on  free market but think that it has been and will be damaging to the people for many different reasons.

i strongly believe in abolishing free market. i dont think the state and the corporation are different. they compliment each other. i dont know if i can say one is a lot more powerful than the other. sometimes, there are situations where corporations coerce the state to implement policies in favour of the corporations. we also see that the lines between corporation and state elites (i guess, the state elites are the states) are often blurry. state elites are usually the ones who sit on the board of directors or own certain corporations. but as an individual who sees the idea of state and all that comes with it like social contract, rules and laws, state regulations as something that are very problematic, i guess it really doesnt matter since i think they should be abolished anyways.  same goes to corporation.

i am also not one of those wilsonians who believe in free trade as a way to reduce and/or combat war. and how free trade will make everything peachy. i think free trade needs to be abolished regardless.

i was actually to some extend shocked when people who are also pretty much trapped in the system, who barely make enough get by and are so oppressed by the system, believe that free market and capitalism are good. now that i am looking back at the discussion, i think this is the strongest tool of capitalism (free market as well) – making people who are oppressed by the system to think that there is hope in the system and that the system can work.

anyway, i am writing this entry obviously because i didnt get to say everything that i wanted to and i have the need to vomit whatever that is my head.

i think free market and capitalism is all about survival of the fittest. the strongest and the fittest will survive. as a womyn and persyn who believes in feminism , i despise the survival of the fittest theory.  i think even if i wasnt a womyn and/or a feminist, i would still hate it. free market and capitalism only caters to the strongest and the fittest. in this case that would be strong, white, straight men who will survive. free market and capitalism is gender blind. there is only one shade and thats it. if you able and skilled, then you will survive. but what about the rest? the womyn, queers, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and so on. what about them? it is not the system’s fault that they are not able to compete. the free market creates opportunities, it is just too bad if you are not able to grab it.

free market and capitalism encourages competition. in my own perspective, i think competition is bad. period.  i dont think there is a such thing as healthy competition. whatever that means. parents and teachers always tell their kids and students to compete with a fellow student to get good grades. having been a student myself,  i can tell you that, there is nothing healthy about that. well, my self esteem was brought down because i could not score 98% in math like the top scorer in class when i was doing just fine. this healthy competition nonsense is always used against students to make them study harder so that they can good grades and go to a good uni and secure a 9-5 job with the assumption that can live “comfortably” and take care of their parents. it is all investment. no one cares about what the kid wants.

and competition is also used to pit womyn together. from issues of body image, paid work, non-paid work like household chores, education, and everything. womyn are always in competition with one another and themselves. this is all thanks to capitalism and free market.

competition is good for free market and capitalism. it creates desire, lust, insecurities, and greed.  to me, free market and capitalism too dehum*nize people. people become greedy and individualistic because people so consumed with competing with each other and themselves. in the end, the quest in life is all about materials and being able to name drop all your “achievements” in a conversation with a random stranger.

you see, this competition which stems from capitalism and free market creates mistrust, superiority complex, holier than thou attitude amongst many other things which later turns into sexism, queerphobia, racism, classism (of course), and speciesism amongst others. of course there are other reasons for one becoming a sexist or a racist, but the capitalism and free market has a hand in constructing this behaviour. i think we have all heard this from our family members. a persyn of  a certain ethnic is lazy,  cannot be trusted when doing work or “the womyn doesnt know how to do her work at all! she should just stay at home!” that’s just in the context of work. i have heard my family members and friends how their ethnic groups would be much better if they worked a little harder like themselves and it is their fault that they have not advanced themselves; they are simply lazy people. there are so many examples around us on how free market and capitalism has shaped our attitude and behaviour.

it is also interesting for me to see how capitalism has shaped our spirituality as well. i am dead against people doing charity to compensate all their fuck-ups. sorry, i cant seem to find a better word. business people can do whatever that they want and be assured a place in heaven because they have money. for instance, sime darby wipe out the entire rainforest and displace thousand of people but then because the have CSR, it is all good. same goes to the CEO of the companies, they do whatever they want to get to the top and when they get older they will perform haj or do deed collection. some even plan this out at an early age – gather wealth now and then when older repent and do whatever that necessary to be good.

during the discussion, this matter came up as well. something about how the state wants to regulate or is telling kids to pay “alimonies”/allowance(nafkah) to their parents.  the discussion went two ways. 1) it is okay for the state to tell kids what to do because the kids are useless and are being ungrateful and 2) the state should not be telling people what to do because we should limit state interference into our private lives or something like that. to me it was a lot more important to talk about why arent kids able to give their parents money every month.

i recently had this episode where i was thinking about my parents/guardians and which sibling of mine will end up with the noble duty of taking care of my parents/guardians. so i ended up doing some calculations in my head. if i were to take care of my parents/guardians then i would have to continue making x amount and that would mean i have to secure a permanent moderate paying job. i really dont wanna be stuck in the system but thats my problem. my point is, not a lot of people can afford to take care of their parents. people like me who freelance, dont have steady incomes, forced to pay PTPTN (yay!), live on their own have a pretty hard time taking care of their parents/guardians. if you are making 2,500 in kl, thats not much. you are still considered urban poor. and i dont know how many of us actually make that much.

so if the state is so concern about the welfare of “abandoned” parents then the state should introduce minimum wage and cola and also ensure the wage is distributed properly. there are mechanism in place to ensure minimum wage is indeed implemented. the state cannot force kids to pay up when they barely have money to get by. i am sure there are some useless brats but it is difficult for the working class. while i was having that episode of mine, i could only take care of my parents/guardians if i were to move back in with my parents/guardians, which would be a disaster cos thats the only way to minimize spending. while i have respect for people who can do it, i just dont know if i can. and why does this have to be at the expense of my personal liberty, privacy and freedom? so the state and its supporters should look at the way wage is distributed in this country before imposing such regulations or even saying things like that.

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke on Use of “Geronimo” as Code for Osama bin Laden: “The Continuation of the Wars Against Indigenous People”

this is something interesting which i found on democracy now.

The Obama administration has sparked outrage in the Native American community following the revelation it used the name of the legendary Apache leader Geronimo as a secret code word during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Geronimo was an Apache leader who fought to preserve tribal lands against U.S. and Mexican forces in the 19th century. We get reaction from Native American activist and writer, Winona LaDuke. “The reality is that the military is full of native nomenclature,” says LaDuke. “You’ve got Black Hawk helicopters, Apache Longbow helicopters. You’ve got Tomahawk missiles. The term used when you leave a military base in a foreign country is to go ‘off the reservation, into Indian Country.’ So what is that messaging that is passed on? It is basically the continuation of the wars against indigenous people.” [includes rush transcript]

please click the link to listen to the audio and read the transcript.

 http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/6/native_american_activist_winona_laduke_on

Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning And Violence by Judith Butler

i have been looking for this book for some time now but especially since the recent celebration in DC and NY and where else upon killing of the osama family.

the book, Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning And Violence is available online. i think you can download it for free somewhere.

below are some excerpts which i found in a random blog.

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… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…I do not think, for instance, that one can invoke the Protestant ethic when it comes to loss. One cannot say, “Oh, I’ll go through loss this way, and that will be the result, and I’ll apply myself to the task, and I’ll endeavor to achieve the resolution of grief that is before me.” I think one is hit by waves, and that one starts out the day with an aim, a project, a plan, and finds oneself foiled. One finds oneself fallen. One is exhausted but does not know why. Something is larger than one’s own deliberate plan, one’s own project, one’s own knowing and choosing…

When we lose certain people, or when we are dispossessed from a place, or a community, we may simply feel that we are undergoing something temporary, that mourning will be over and some restoration of prior order will be achieved. But maybe when we undergo what we do, something about who we are is revealed, something that delineates the ties we have to others, that shows us that these ties constitute what we are, ties or bonds that compose us. It is not as if an “I” exists independently over here and then simply loses a “you” over there, especially if the attachment to “you” is part of what composes who “I” am. If I lose you, under these conditions, then I not only mourn the loss, but I become inscrutable to myself. Who “am” I, without you? When we lose some of these ties by which we are constituted, we do not know who we are or what to do. On one level, I think I have lost “you” only to discover that “I” have gone missing as well.

…What grief displays is the thrall in which our relations with others holds us, in ways that we cannot always recount or explain, in ways that often interrupt the self-conscious account of ourselves we might try to provide, in ways that challenge the very notion of ourselves as autonomous and in control. I might try to tell a story here, about what I am feeling, but it would have to be a story in which the very “I” who seeks to tell the story is stopped in the midst of the telling; the very “I” is called into question by its relation to the Other, a relation that does not precisely reduce me to speechlessness, but does nevertheless clutter my speech with signs of its undoing. I tell a story about the relations I choose, only to expose, somewhere along the way, the way I am gripped and undone by these very relations. My narrative falters, as it must.

Let’s face it. We’re undone by each other. And if we’re not, we’re missing something. This seems so clearly the case with grief, but it can be so only because it was already the case with desire. One does not always stay intact. One may want to, or manage to for a while, but despite one’s best efforts, one is undone, in the face of the other, by the touch, by the scent, by the feel, by the prospect of the touch, by the memory of the feel. And so, when we speak about “my sexuality” or “my gender,” as we do and as we must, we nevertheless mean something complicated that is partially concealed by our usage. As a mode of relation, neither gender nor sexuality is precisely a possession, but, rather, is a mode of being dispossessed, a way of being for another or by virtue of another.

tutorial: wheatpasting

Whether you’re pasting artwork, political posters or fliers for a show, wheat paste is a good medium to glue them up with. Unlike wallpaper paste, wheat flour is cheap and easy to get a hold of. If you’re going to be doing a lot of pasting, a bucket with a lid, a handle, and a paint roller work well. Otherwise a plastic container with a lid will hold enough.

Supplies needed:

Wheat flour
Water
Paint brushes or inexpensive sponge brushes
Fliers and/or posters
Container with lid
Gloves*
Plastic bag*

* These are optional

read the whole article at http://citynoise.org/article/1177