We do it ourselves.
Capitalism and consumerism have detached us from our surroundings and each other; we choose to re-connect through stubborn ingenuity. Our days are lively and varied, filled with carpentry, impromptu cop watches, and adventures in foraging. We don’t need CVS or the police, social ladders or corporate careers. We grow, process, and patch things together. We invent, make, and maintain our social, physical, and economic world.
Hierarchy and domination rule the day, but we don’t need to let them rule our lives. As an alternative we practice horizontal decision-making: basically, sharing our feelings, thoughts and motivations in order to come to honest and compelling consensus. We don’t spend time or resources on party politics or ‘charity’ because poverty, bigotry, and oppression (for example) are not problems within the social order, but problems caused by the social order. We recognize the interconnectedness of systems of privilege and oppression, and we are not content to leave their (broken, painful) effects alone. Let’s relate in a way that doesn’t choke the life out of us. So: we train in self-defense, and deal directly with conflict rather than deferring to authorities. We work to create free and safe spaces. We practice communism, egalitarianism, active communication, and mutual aid. We disrupt the status quo. We queer stuff.
Responsible Use of Resources || (Reduce Reuse Recycle Reclaim Reacquire)
Every tool is a weapon—if you hold it right. We recognize that we live in a society that is based on infinite growth in a world with finite resources, so we use and reuse what we can. We choose to deepen and defend social and ecological diversity before pursuing our own financial interests. We also recognize that “resources” are not only physical materials but also our bodies, our energy, our time and our friends; they are rainwater, wild food, dumpsters. We chop wood with friends, and we sharpen our own knives.
Fuck this isolated society and the ways we are taught to interact! It is all of our business: we have a situation, here. We deploy the power of people and community not to banish solitude, but to conquer isolation. Our community extends beyond our house into the city, across the state, and into national and global networks. We travel! We host potlucks and guests. We make time to be present with each other and ourselves. We help our neighbors. We rant at city council meetings. We share inspiration and intimacy; creativity, curiosity, and fun.
We defend space that is safe, secure, and reliable for ourselves and our friends. We know where we stand in relation to the neighborhood, the city and the community and we own and shape that position. We practice security culture. We protect ourselves (to the best of our ability) from crisis both within and outside the house. We hold practices and policies that keep us stable, effective and creative as individuals and as a group. By pausing to think about what we think, want, and need, we make ourselves resilient and able to adapt to change.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.