Report back from Walking Woman action during Comutiny

Walking Woman: combining inner and outer activism, seeking the balance, assuaging the artistic soul and in the blink of an eye, inspiring.

You are cycling down Park Street in Bristol, probably relishing the wind whistling past your ears and the joy of a downhill run with a view, and as you zip past the shops, you spot two women, dressed in white, faces still and serene, walking with ceremoniously slow steps along the pavement. Then, just as quickly, you have passed them and they are gone from sight.

What that momentary glimpse creates in you, what it inspires, how you interact with it, what you feel, how you interpret it, what you think, what you do because of it, may fuel a wonder that leads you to fertile ground.

Walking Woman was an action manifested by two women, Angela and Miranda, as part of Bristol Co-Mutiny on 17th September 2009, and here we reflect on what we did and how it interconnected with the Co-Mutiny space.

Walking Woman is many things at once and it is rich in both symbolism and action. It is meditative and animated; it is inner activism connected to the outer world; it is balance and it is change.

Walking; one foot then the other; in that way we can scale a mountain and cross a continent, we can see how in small stages great things are achieved. We learn patience through walking; we feel calm and present and grounded to the earth.

By combining walking with meditation we quiet the mind and we do not flee ourselves. We can be in this reality and allow growth to occur in us.

Action and activism take many forms and we should celebrate this range, for each creative action will inspire many more. Just one creative action can feed a nation. Creativity is bringing the soulful into your external world; we can infuse the mundane with the divine; we spiral upwards.

This walk was both meditative and animated because it was two people seeking to be and do simultaneously in space and time. Some might say we behave like this all the time, but in reality, we do much more than we are, unless we really intend otherwise.

The interplay between the walking-meditating and the action of outwardly moving in and among the public in the centre of Bristol was also fascinating. It felt like balancing on a tight rope, inner calmness and yet in, of and relating to the world; the eyes open, awareness fluttering between internal and external; intending a message and a will to maintain composure, meditation and centre.

Mostly activism is considered an external act, something tangible which will bring about a series of external consequences, but activism is also within us, constantly and inevitably, and we have the ability to direct its course. By bearing with ourselves, our conflicts and joys, we can integrate our disperse parts and channel our psychic change.

To my mind, the Co-Mutiny is an amazing manifestation of animus focused on bringing about social change by seeing and acting outside the system. It felt so relevant to offer an action of inner change to this space, as our external actions are defined by our inner world and we cannot and should not nurture one without nurturing the other.

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Co-Mutiny Convergence Space: LOCATION REVEALED!

If you haven’t heard through the grapevine already Co-Mutineers have taken an old cathedral (of the holy apostles)  near the Triangle in the Clifton/Hotwells area. The address is: Bristol Pro Cathedral, Park Place, BS8 1JW

Click this link: MAP OF CONVERGENCE SPACE for a googlemap of it.

The phone number in the building for anyone is: 07805756159 (this is also the number for the media to call).

Come along!!!

Come along!!!

This is a huge building where people who are/want to be involved in Co-Mutiny can come and sleep and eat, meet and discuss, plan and skill-share! Any ideas that you have had for this coming week, bring them and make them happen!

Come find out what’s going on, what activities there are during the week, and to get more people involved in your preparations. Check out the timetable and film nights for details of events, and pop in whenever!

Everyone is invited to come down and get involved with sorting the place out, joining in discussions and sharing ideas and skills!

Nearest Train Station: Clifton Down Station click HERE for directions from there.

There are buses and it is a short walk from the centre of town, from the foutains, up park street, TURN LEFT AFTER THE NEW WAITROSE!

Entry is by the door on the right hand side of the building, where the gravel and carpark is located.

Just walk on by our local bobbies, they’re just sitting in their vehicles, with their engines on most of the time, not posing a threat.

View Larger Map of Location

Provisional Co-Mutiny Timetable is out!

Here is the provisional timetable: Provisional CoMutiny Timetable

It is in .pdf format and is quite large, so have a zoom on in!

Please send any information about events, skill-shares, workshops etc. to bristolcomutinyworkshops@riseup.net asap!

We are still in need of more workshops, particularly in the following areas:

-practical skill shares
-squatting/autonomous spaces
-activist security
-climate justice
-food
-building a new economy

Please spread the word!

Kebele Sound presents a Warm-up benefit gig for Co-Mutiny Fri 21st Aug @ the Plough

A Mutinous Warmer-Upper

party time

party time - bands, beats, and benefit

Featuring:

Ratface (jump up hip hop)
Suit Burners (mutant punk rock)
Baba Yagas Consort (Quadravocal acapella and folk rock)

plus DJs til late:

Chefkore, Pacoman, Tanjent (Dub. Drum. Jungle. Jesus.)
Shibby Shitegeist (Minimal Techno)

Friday August 21st at The Plough, Easton
8pm til late
£4 in, all surplus to aid autonomous direct action during Bristol Co-Mutiny

KEBELE SOUND
MAP TO THE PLOUGH

Call-out for involvement in Co-Mutiny!

We are particularly on the look out for anyone who’s interested in doing skill-shares, discussion groups and workshops with a practical slant.

Co-Mutiny cannot happen without the collective efforts of all those who help to organise it. If you want to get involved in running a workshop during Co-Mutiny, either on your own, or with a collective, please contact:

bristolcomutinyworkshops@riseup.net

The deadline for applications is 28th August.

Thank you!


BinDymediA LiNk

Comutiny Call Out

Call-out to join the Co-Mutiny
Bristol September 12th – 20th, 2009
Social Change not Climate Change

Capitalism and its puppet de‘mock’cracy are spiralling out of control:a self-created recession, rocketing unemployment, soaring national debt, the illegal and unjust occupation of Afghanistan & Iraq, apathy towards massacres in Palestine and Sri Lanka, the criminalisation of free movement, the police assaults and murders of people on the streets, the construction of larger airports and coal-fired power stations in the face of devastating environmental degradation, the privatisation of social housing, the list goes on.

But there is hope. There are anti government protests from Greece to Paris, and China to London, as well as factory and school occupations across the U.K.  World wide there are growing, active, and increasingly angry radical & working class movements standing up and resisting climate chaos, oppression, poverty, insecurity and state control.

Hand-in-hand with these protests are grassroots actions to build a new society and take control of our own lives. Ordinary people are finding ways to help each other in the face of the credit crisis created by the banks and corporations.  We are re-learning old skills and learning new ones for the transition to a just society; enabling us to create community gardens, establish housing, food and worker’s co-ops, and use new economics in the neighbourhoods where we live

In Bristol and surrounds, a diverse bunch of enraged creative, dreamers and schemers, builders and gardeners, workers, students and unemployed have been drawn together by the common threads of our indignation at how a combination of corporate greed, social injustice and environmental degradation is leading us all towards climate chaos and financial collapse.

We invite you to converge on Bristol for an uprising of autonomous actions and events from 12th – 20th of September 2009.

The themes for those events and days of action are:

  • Freedom of movement (surveillance, migration)
  • Anti-militarism (Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Palestine, Filton)
  • Climate justice (Just transition, financing of climate chaos, coal, airports)
  • Financial collapse / community growth (role of banks, creating a new economy)
  • Work (Workers’ solidarity, co-operative working, workplace occupations)
  • Food (animal rights, sustainable food production, permaculture)
  • Autonomous spaces (gentrification, housing, squatting)

The Co-Mutineers will be organising actions and events but we need you to get involved, wherever you are from and whatever your experience.

We encourage autonomous actions.  Come on down, join the mutiny, get in touch!

comutiny@riseup.net
http:/comutiny.wordpress.com

Dates for your diary:
Sat 12th September – Bristol Anarchist Book Fare
Sun 13th – Sun 20th September – CoMutiny Action Convergence – insert your revolution here!
Fri 18th – Sun 20th September – Days of action in defence of squats and autonomous spaces.