Food4Life: A COVID-19 Crisis Response Initative

Free Grocery Deliveries For All
a covid-19 relief initiative

Based on projections, we expect that the new coronavirus will have a severe impact on people in Atlanta. Before long, everyone will know someone personally who’s impacted by the pandemic, and institutions will not be able to keep up with the need for aid. Official support will not be available to everyone, particularly those already marginalized and unprivileged.

Time is short, we need to act now to organize ourselves to care for our communities. While the most immediate needs are for medical care, most of us are not medical experts. But everyone can support each other by caring for other vital needs.

No matter how you’re affected by the pandemic, the Food4Life program exists to help everyone survive.
Those who:
– Are already self-isolating because their age and/or medical conditions put them in serious danger if they contract the virus.
– Can’t afford expensive grocery delivery services must either risk exposure or go hungry.
– Are sick and cannot leave home for fear of infecting others.
– Can’t afford groceries because of lost work or structural poverty
– Live in a food desert. Lack of access to healthy food weakens the immune system, putting everyone in greater danger.

The program is straightforward in practice:

– Bulk food is donated by charities, grocery stores, community groups, and farmers.
– Volunteers are provided with protective equipment and training for preventing the spread of contagions.
– Organizers dispatch volunteers to make deliveries on a schedule, and handle logistics.
– Grocery drop-offs are made directly outside the homes of people in need, avoiding direct contact.

It will take an army of volunteers to meet the need, so we’re calling on anyone who’s able to sign up to volunteer.
We need:
– Drivers
– Food Donations
– Logistical volunteers (to handle volunteer coordination, recruitment, technology, communications, etc)

Sign up to help: https://forms.gle/fgcTJhzijf59gtE27

Request free groceries: https://forms.gle/AQwMLJ9insPxeqmCA

Sponsored by Atlanta Food Not Bombs

11Alive story on our work against gentrification

Atlanta ‘Teardown House’ brings awareness to gentrification, police brutality

Residents of the Edgewood ‘Teardown House’ said this property is designed to shed light on various social justice issues.

ATLANTA — Some East Atlanta residents have come up with a creative way to speak out on various social justice issues.

They live in what they call a “Teardown House” which is a bright purple home on a busy Atlanta street where visitors are encouraged to “tag” the home with various political messages.

Autonomy Starter Kit Now Available

The current wave of insurrections sweeping the globe brings with it new tactics, new tools, and new ideas.  In solidarity with these movements we offer this bundle at-cost, for those who want to be ready for the next uprising.

The Autonomy Starter Kit contains:

  • High-power green laser pointer & battery
  • N95 Particulate Respirator Mask
  • Inhabit: Instructions For Autonomy

$15 – Available at The Teardown (contact us for details if you’re not local)

DeepMay Build Day – Hong Kong Edition

This month, activists returning from Hong Kong will give a presentation on tech tools being used in the ongoing uprising there, and lessons for the development and use of communications technology in popular movements.

DeepMay connects high tech and creative design skills to radical social struggle. Build Day is a space for introductions: to new ideas and new people. Come to DeepMay Build Day if you’re just exploring the tech/design world for the first time, if you want to put your skills to work on a collective effort, or if you have an idea you want to share with like-minded people.

DeepMay students have used data science to counter gentrification, built a website for a prison abolition collective, and designed branding for community initiatives.

Come to take in presentations and learn what others are working on, or bring your own ideas to work on and take advantage of the expertise of DeepMay advisors to accelerate your project.

Featuring
– Presentation on the technology of the Hong Kong resistance
– Demonstration of simple robots and machine learning technology
– Learn to install and operate a Linux server
– Your project here

All skill levels are welcome.
Women, queer and trans folks (and other people traditionally excluded from tech and design discussions) are especially welcome.

https://www.DeepMay.io

DeepMay Build Day

August 25, 2019 – 4:00 pm

DeepMay connects high tech and creative design skills to radical social struggle. Build Day is a space for introductions: to new ideas and new people. Come to DeepMay Build Day if you’re just exploring the tech/design world for the first time, if you want to put your skills to work on a collective effort, or if you have an idea you want to share with like-minded people.

DeepMay students have used data science to counter gentrification, built a website for a prison abolition collective, and designed branding for community initiatives.

Come to take in presentations and learn what others are working on, or bring your own ideas to work on and take advantage of the expertise of DeepMay advisors to accelerate your project.

Featuring
– Presentation by a developer of ORC (Onion Routed Cloud), a decentralized anonymity technology
– Demonstration of simple robots and machine learning technology
– Psychedelic graphics synthesis for total beginners
– Your project here

All skill levels are welcome.
Women, queer and trans folks (and other people traditionally excluded from tech and design discussions) are especially welcome.

Sunday August 25th 4pm
South Bend Commons – 1799 Lakewood Terrace SE, Atlanta
https://www.facebook.com/events/892584901115155/

Event info

Teardown Picks Up Another Weekly Food Donation Run

 


The Teardown’s network of volunteers who distribute free food has been doing a donation run every Thursday night for several years. It’s a lot of really nice food, and people from around the neighborhood meet us at the porch free store on Thursday nights when the food arrives to help unload and distribute. Anything that is not taken off the free porch by Friday morning goes to the Lakewood distro, a pop-up grocery store where everything is free.

So last month when the store called and offered to let us have another donation pickup on Thursday mornings, we jumped at the opportunity. It’s even more food, in great condition. Word is already getting out in the neighborhood so people have been showing up to help unload and organize the free store and get some groceries. Today there was a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and cheese and eggs, flowers, and baked goods.

Want to get involved? We always need volunteers with the food runs throughout the week, and our weekly meal that we serve downtown in Woodruff Park every Sunday. Or you can just stop by the free store and while you are grabbing some groceries or clothes, help out by tidying up. Send us an email to see how you can plug in.

Over a year later, GA Tech cases are finally over

Over a year ago, Scout Schultz was murdered by the Georgia Tech police.  Many in queer and radical communities were devastated, and Scout’s friends and comrades took to the streets to push back against a campus and a police force that wants queer students to die.  A firey demonstration ended in brutal arrests and trumped up charges against 6 protesters.

Police circulated wanted posters of alleged troublemakers simply because they were seen at the protest.  Student activists were arrested at home and even in class.  Some of the arrestees were facing years in jail.  The stress and fear was a tremendous burden on a community already reeling from a police murder.  One of Scout’s friends who feared being targeted as a protester committed suicide.  Still the Georgia Tech administration continued their campaign of repression.

But in response, a power solidarity effort came together to support the arrestees.  Benefit shows raised money, supporters contributed generously to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund.  Friends and comrades came to every court date, so that those being targeted wouldn’t have to face it alone.  Lawyers stepped up to provide cheap or free representation.

Finally more than a year later, all the cases have been resolved.  The state was forced to drop most charges, and nobody went to jail.  This wouldn’t have been possible without the strength and solidarity of many people.

But while the cases are over, the struggle against the Georgia Tech administration, the police, and anti-lgbtq violence continues.  We will never forget Scout Schultz!

Neighborhood Artists Gift Us Pictures and Praise

Three members of the Edgewood community (ages 7, 8, and 9) came by the Teardown during Food Not Bombs cleanup today to visit the kitten and hang out. Having gotten prior permission from their mom/aunt, we let them in. Completely unprompted, cajoled or coerced, they made amazing depictions of the house, the cats, the people here, and the free store. Then they chose locations for the art to be hung for display (on the porch door to the free store).  On the backs were notes praising copwatch (which is the name most people in the neighborhood call the house and its members) and our food project.

The box on the right is a fridge with potatoes.

“I love you and I like cop watch”

Jail support training Tuesday 10/9

Jail and court support are a critical part of any resistance movement–after all, jail and prison are some of the most powerful tools of social control for the system.  Support is crucial for keeping our movements strong.  Failing to get enough support after an arrest can be isolating, exhausting and terrifying. Learn how to track comrades who are arrested through the jail system, bail them out, and provide legal support to beat the charges. You don’t need to be a lawyer to support arrestees, anyone can do it!

Tuesday 10/9
6:00 pm
80 Mayson Ave.