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Practical Anarchy

Every Friday — weather permitting — a free shop pops up on the corner of Marcy Avenue and Lafayette at Von King Park in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Residents are welcome to donate goods and take goods at no cost. While passersbys look at the sidewalk with piles of neatly folded t-shirts and pants, bed sheets, and crates stuffed with old books and magazines, they cannot help but notice something that appears to be more than just a donation center. Some volunteers huddle underneath the white tent to stay warm, some help to fold clothes, and others hula hoop by crates of books. Just behind the folded clothes stands a table with stacks of anarchist zines, are two red banners hanging over head that read “ANARCHY” in hand-painted white letters.

Politics, Activism and Mutual Aid

Kayla Goggans
The New School Free Press
November 28, 2012

Brooklyn’s In Our Hearts Tries to Redefine a Movement

In Our Hearts hosts several “free stores” in Brookyn and now one on Staten Island on Fridays. This free store was open from noon to six at Herbert Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Henry Miller)

Every Friday — weather permitting — a free shop pops up on the corner of Marcy Avenue and Lafayette at Von King Park in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Residents are welcome to donate goods and take goods at no cost. While passersbys look at the sidewalk with piles of neatly folded t-shirts and pants, bed sheets, and crates stuffed with old books and magazines, they cannot help but notice something that appears to be more than just a donation center. Some volunteers huddle underneath the white tent to stay warm, some help to fold clothes, and others hula hoop by crates of books. Just behind the folded clothes stands a table with stacks of anarchist zines, are two red banners hanging over head that read “ANARCHY” in hand-painted white letters.

This sometimes weekly event is hosted by In Our Hearts, an anarchist “network” founded in 2005 by Thadaeus Umpster. The name “In Our Hearts” is from a quote by José Buenaventura Durruti Dumange, cofounder of the armed anarchist group Los Justicieros during the Spanish Civil War and a coordinator in the resistance against Francisco Franco; “We carry a new world here, in our hearts.”

Anarchy has a long and storied past mostly known for a violent reputation and assassinations of a famous industrialist and even the president of the United States at the turn of the last century. But now, people like Umpster want to remake anarchy into a more socially accepted and viable mold. Community is the new mantra. One corner of Bed-Stuy is the testing ground.

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