Buting Community Free Shop and Pantry

Buting Community Free Shop & Pantry

Mutual Aid Not Charity

Libreng Palengke with Free Coffee

Culture of SharingButing, Pasig City

This activities already on the 8th day straight now. It continues because of the donation from the neighbors, friends and family.

In a financial crisis situation that we faced, many people loss their job including some of our neighbor. Mutual-aid is a necessity specially to those communities affected by the pandemic. It is a protest against hunger instigated by an incompetent government.

Sharing is an act of resistance against this capitalist instigated falsed reality. Today, if you are aware on how the system works you should re-think and imagine a new society that solely base on sharing, mutual-cooperation, volunteerism, self-initiative to empower people for self-determination and to advance the horizontal social relation.We can achieve this by collaborating with diverse individual who believes in solidarity, compassion and empathy. The community will take care each other and State will be irrelevant in the future.

To all those people who wanted to share or donate, just send us a message. #reallyreallyfreemarket#socialsolidarity#communitynotauthority#foodnotbombs

“Mutual Aid Not Charity in the Philippines March 2021” Supporting Tricycle Drivers and Operators

It has been a year now; people are still struggling economically specially the marginalized community. The government has no clear plan and support to those people in needs.

We are experiencing lockdown again in areas of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite. Every municipalities implemented curfew from 6pm to 5am, checkpoints of police in uniform are everywhere and everyone will be penalized if they violate certain protocols and policy. The same response that they did last year, to tighten the security and control the movement of the people without a clear preparation on how to handle health crisis and how they will support the unemployed masses.

Again, the same as last year many people lost their job, struggling to have food on their table and financially broke.  According to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) there are 4 million unemployed and the number are getting higher because of the strict lockdown. The general population are still struggling since last year and one of the sectors highly affected by this crisis are the transportation sector. Most of the public utility jeepney (PUJ) are not operational, the government push for modernization and force them to convert it into electric jeep (E-Jeep). Jeepney operator and drivers are not prepared to convert their unit as they do not have a savings and enough money, the government push this modernization program, but they are not supporting the driver’s and operator. Most of them end up begging until now.

Tricycle drivers also affected by the pandemic, although some of them still have a job but the problem is there are only limited passengers, and their income is not enough. Other municipalities decided to have a coding scheme, that allowed every unit of tricycle to only operate three times a week and not every day.

In this whole year of despair, everyone should take care of each other. Mutual Aid and Social solidarity should be promoted and supporting each other is a way to survive this pandemic. We already know that in times of crisis, the government are incompetent, corrupt and they really do not care.  Good thing that there are still people out there helping us in some ways, 2 kilos of rice already good for two days. So, we distribute it to Buting-Sto.Rosario Pateros Tricycle Operator and Drivers Association, around 30 drivers benefited on this.

Sining sa Buting 3.0 Archipelagic Zine Fair Feb.20, 2021

Mainstream media are composition of corporations collaborating in sustaining their good image, with the use of different program like gameshow or talent show and soap opera they design this to constantly manipulate, influence and fool people; with the help of commercials and advertisement they dictate consumerism and fanaticism. News that is repeatedly controlled by corporate media, manufacturing lies and somehow responsible on influencing and shaping your views in any issues. Mainstream media has a clear interest, for you to be dependent on any information that they show and remain obedient.

We need to be a bandit and take back the narrative of journalism and print media.

This last few weeks, despite of the restriction against the big gatherings and event because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we managed to organize an Archipelagic Zine Fair in our space that were participated by few individuals who are communally interested in creating a community that are fascinated in making independent print media or alternative media using Zines, a direct-action against mainstream media and fake news made in social media.

We know that making Zines is an step away from manipulative corporate media. We believed that making Zines are open for all, you can be a writer, artist, poets, illustrator, editor and publisher of your own work without someone telling you what to do. A do-it-yourself masterpiece countering standardization. You may hold and express your own narrative, concepts, stories and contents.

We organize this activity in order to share space, opportunity and platforms to all the the zinester/ zine maker coming from Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao, the three biggest islands in Archipelago or the so-called Philippines. We had a zine exhibition and display the works made by Allan Balisi, Apol Sta. Maria, Diana Clara Mendoza, A.lien, Jose Olaguer, Photozinethesis, JW-2098, meepmoop969472, Tanex and Chung from Luzon, there are also zine made by Soika Vomiter and a collaborative zines by Food Not Bombs Bacolod which are coming from Vizayas and zines created by Kram Assault and Balong from Mindanao. This show is an attempt to promote zinester from different respective region and to create a network of independent print media warriors. We also set-up two typewriter to encourage participants to experience and exercise participatory and collaborative free style writing that we call “Dugtungan”. Aside from this, we gave a chance to Tanex to launch and present his 2nd issue of Distronka Sistema zine.

The event were participated by diverse individuals like poets, writer, tattoo artist, students, theater performer, tv director, tricycle driver, musician, office worker and government employee; sharing camaraderie and friendship. There is also a free food like pitchi-pitchi, cassava cake, banana with coconut, kamote fries and vegetarian salad with hot coffee promoting culture of sharing. An event recognizing freedom of the press and free expression while respecting each other and their work. Every zine maker share their Zines, the story behind it, their inspiration and views which are all coming from their heart and not dictated by someone else.

Alongside with this, we also had a Really Really Free Market or ” Libreng Palengke infront of our infoshop to share stuffs for free like shoes and clothes as part of our Mutual aid community action, stuffs which are donated by friends and love ones.

We are thankful for all the participants, organizer and to our community who help and join for this event, to gather regardless of the restriction. We will continue organize more event that is non-commercialized, autonomous, non-hierarchical and inclusive.

Pangayaw and Decolonizing Resistance: Anarchism in the Philippines Book

The legacy of anarchist ideas in the Philippines was first brought to the attention of a global audience by Benedict Anderson’s book Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-Colonial Imagination. Activist-author Bas Umali proves with stunning evidence that these ideas are still alive in a country that he would like to see replaced by an “archipelagic confederation.” Pangayaw refers to indigenous ways of maritime warfare. Bas Umali expertly ties traditional forms of communal life in the archipelago that makes up the Philippine state together with modern-day expressions of antiauthoritarian politics. Umali’s essays are deliciously provocative, not just for apologists of the current system, but also for radicals in the Global North who often enough forget that their political models do not necessarily fit the realities of post-colonial countries. In weaving together independent research and experiences from grassroots organizing, Umali sketches a way for resistance in the Global South that does not rely on Marxist determinism and Maoist people’s armies but the self-empowerment of the masses. His book addresses the crucial questions of liberation: who are the agents and what are the means? More than just a sterile case study, Pangayaw and Decolonizing Resistance is the start of a new paradigm and a must-read for those interested in decolonization, anarchism, and social movements of the global south.

On January 31,2021 we had an online book launching. It was live stream through facebook.

LEADERLESS VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE FOOD, SOLAR TECHPAK AND CLOTHING TO MARGINAL COMMUNITY AFTER TYPHOON

By: Safehouse Infoshop/Etniko Bandido Infoshop

Pandemics and natural calamities only highlight the inequalities in society. With four typhoons hitting the archipelago within less than a month, floodings, landslides, water and power outages across provinces made the pandemic even worse. The climate and health crises drown the poorest in the poor countries to the bottom of economic hierarchy, while state-backed corporations take the profit. To show support to these vulnerable sectors, direct-action groups organized themselves in different provinces and cities like Bicol and Cagayan, sending food and clothing , setting up solar techpacks, and even hitch-hiking to typhoon-stricken areas.

Solar techpak project initiated by 350.org assemble by volunteers like people from Etniko Bandido Infoshop. It was meant to be deploy in Catanduanes, one of the devastated region hit by super typhoon Rolly.

One of these initiatives was done in Barangay Nangka in Marikina city, an urban settlement along the dreaded Marikina. Almost a decade after typhoon Ondoy which claimed the lives of thousands, the same community faced the same onslaught despite disaster risk-reductions. One of the volunteers who live near the site recalls the flood which was knee-deep on the second level of their house.With the collaboration of different Food Not Bombs chapters (from Marikina, Cainta, and Lucena), infoshops, and individual volunteers, a food and clothing- drive was successfully accomplished on November 22, 2020.

Another initiative of food and water distribution made by Food Not Bombs Albay happened in November 14, 2020. There are 50 families or 200 individuals benefited on this. The goods composed of 5 kilos of rice, 4 canned goods and 2 liters of water gallon.

The action was organized in a horizontal, transparent manner, without any need for leaders. Hundreds of clothes were distributed. Two cauldrons of hot soup, two giant-woks of pansit, and yummy Laing and rice meal were distributed to a number of streets near the river. There were also other relief drives in the area. But according to a resident, none of these relief drives bothered to go to their community by the river. This community was what our drive consciously targeted to accommodate. Lunch and dinner were served with love. Fliers and zines were also distributed, demonstrating how similar horizontal and transparent mutual aid activities can be done by just about anyone, be it by small groups or individual, with or without money and permission from authorities.

For the success of the activity, we would like to thank first the community in Balubad, Baranggay Nangka for letting us into their community. We also thank all those who helped in asking for food donations from marketplaces, those who gathered clothing from friends, those who helped prepare and cook the food, friends who provided transportation, and those who contributed financially.

For mutual-aid and solidarity!

ARCHIPELAGIC CONVERSATION

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(W)aterways
(G)overnance
(B)elonging
(S)tructures ARCHIPELAGIC RADIOOctober 14, Wednesday
Rotterdam 1400–1545h CET
Manila 8:00–9:45pm GMT+8RADIO (Firefox/Safari)
https://varia.zone/en/pages/stream.html
CHAT
https://webchat.freenode.net/ Channel: #varia
PAD
https://pad.vvvvvvaria.org/WGBSAMRadioR++++++++++

LANGUAGE
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Englishes (as opposed to just the one English) will be spoken. We may revert to other languages if this proves constraining. DIY interpretation/translation will be provided on the spot, when needed.++++++++++

GEOGRAPHY
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(ISLAND) Varia
A Rotterdam space for developing collective approaches around everyday technology.
(ISLAND) To Be Determined
A transitional, migratory structure (or yet-to-be-determined network) of sleeper cells that activate–deactivate for leaking access to cultural capital.
(ISLAND) EtnikoBandido Infoshop
A community center located in the slums of Pasig, Metro Manila dedicated to anti-authoritarian social relations and critical and technical thinking against systematic cultured mind-setting.++++++++++

HISTORY
++++++++++This radio broadcast is the result of conversations and working relationships that navigate the concept of what an archipelagic construction could mean, in terms of organization, belonging, and self. It was constructed between an archipelago of friends such as but not limited to Angeliki, Asher, Bas, Chung, Clara, Reinaart, and Tanex.This radio broadcast departs from conversations about the essay “Sketches of Archipelagic Poetics of Postcolonial Belonging” by maryamdeluz and Marco Cuevas-Hewitt. The essay was an (ISLAND) of a mutual aid anarchozine package compiled by EtnikoBandido. The zine package was an (ISLAND) of Comfort People Safety Curtain 24 Hour Souvenir Shop—a collective work produced by an active cell of To Be Determined. The work was an (ISLAND) of the Fictioning Comfort show at Showroom Mama Gallery from July–September 2020, curated by Worknot. Financing received for this archipelagic construction from the Mondrian Funds and Stimuleringsfonds was redistributed more or less equally to all the (ISLANDS).This current self-funded radio broadcast is part of the Terracotta Universe City workshop by Jatiwangi Art Factory (Jawa Barat) for students of WdKA (Rotterdam) and ZhDK (Zurich).(Unfaith)Full transcript WGBS Archipelagic Radio: https://pad.vvvvvvaria.org/WGBSAMRadioR
Fictioning Comfort: http://www.fictioningcomfort.space/
Comfort People Safety Curtain 24 Hour Souvenir Shop: http://www.fictioningcomfort.space/24h-souvenir-shop/++++++++++

ARCHIPELAGIC CONVERSATION
++++++++++Panelists and moderators will be experimenting with a proposed format of archipelagic conversation, allowing for silence (water) to flow between speech (islands). Mimicking conventions of shortwave radio, after a speaker is done with their intervention, they will say “over.” The rest of the group will wait approximately 5 seconds before adding a response. This is a welcoming of (radio) silence as a necessary part of (archipelagic) conversation. The listeners are encouraged to have parallel conversations on the IRC chat window, where it is OK to nongkrong on top of the speakers. Moderators will be actively monitoring IRC to give voice/volume to the neighborly din.

Banner-drop action by Malaysian Anarchist Against the Irresponsible Politician

We were told by friends in Malaysia that the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic has gradually subsided since the pandemic struck earlier this year.

Until the Sabah state election was held on September 26. Power-mad politicians have campaigned in Sabah which at that time was spreading brutally this pandemic.Politicians from Peninsular Malaysia, who originally came from controlled areas, entered Sabah which at the time was experiencing a contagious outbreak had campaigned to ensure their party won.

And then brought the epidemic of the disease back to the Peninsular thus triggering new infections and clusters when the virus spreads again.As a result of politicians not taking care of these SOPs and quarantine, the situation in Malaysia today is getting worse where the people are restless with the new wave that is hitting soon. Politicians are blaming the people again for the new wave as if the people are not following the SOP and social distancing. Malaysians to some extent began to reject these irresponsible politicians because they did not take seriously the issue of involving the health of the people.

The people are fed up with dirty politics and political coups that are more important than the health of the people. Because of that, the people began to show their dissatisfaction through various mediums, to make politicians aware of the courage to take responsibility for the no and the mistakes they have made.Friends there demanded that these politicians step down from their respective seats because they had failed in managing the well-being of the people.

Salute Malaysian friends!

RIP Pong Spongtanyo (Gutson Heyres): A Passionate and Dedicated Anarchist

by Bandido

 

I first knew Pong way back in 2004. I saw them in a punk gig with a full battle gear street punk look alongside his friends Tonton and other Makati punks. I visited them in their hang out place in Makati, and then I knew that Pong lived in a jeepney and sometimes he stayed in university rooms or friend’s house in Makati. When his family moved into the relocation site in Cavite, Pong and his older brother still stayed in Makati. Pong was literally a nomad, moving from place to place. When I was working as a tricycle driver, Pong and others would visit me in our terminal hang out and eat together after I finished my work. If we wanted to visit the anarchist space in Cubao, we would go together and sleep outside on the streets at nighttime.

Pong did not finish his graphic design study and instead lived as a street punk and artist. He was actively the one who was making posters, flyers for gigs and events, doing banners for any political activities like demonstrations, banner-hanging actions, etc. His forte was a black and white drawing using a ball pen. The images of his artwork related to anti-war (Food Not Bombs), anti-civilization, counter-culture punks and anarchism.  He was inspired by the Black Bloc, anarchist personalities and Zapatistas. You would see that in his sketch book, zines or recycled bond paper. Pong stayed updated with socio-political events happening globally, and you noticed it with his drawings. I can say that he was an internationalist because of his concern with the situation around world. He drew Carlo Guilliani as a tribute for his loss; Carlo Guilliani was an Italian anarchist who was shot by the police in the Genoa Anti-G8 mobilization in 2001. In memory of Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was shot by special forces in Greece, Pong also drew images of him supporting the December 2008 riots in Exarchia. He also made a portrait of Santiago Maldonado, an Argentinian anarchist who was a victim of forced disappearance. An image of Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi was also in his artwork. When Tukijo, a Kulon Progo farmer, was released from jail, anarchists celebrated it, and again Pong drew a portrait of him getting out of prison and hugging his comrade. I gave this Pong masterpiece personally to Tukijo when we visited him in Indonesia in 2015.

In 2005-06, we worked together alongside other friends to campaign for the release of the Sagada 11 punks. Pong and I had many meetings with Asian Human Rights Commission, as they were the ones who were helping us in Manila with their para-legal advice and other stuff. AHRC asked Pong to make an illustration in solidarity with the torture victims. We organized a demonstration, together with other friends from Manila, Cainta and Bulacan, for the International Day against Torture that we held in Welcome Rotonda.

Pong was a diligent promoter of anti-election propaganda through his creative illustrations depicting the system of repetitive voting.

Pong as a street artist portrayed images that were relatively important to him. He supported indigenous struggle, not only Lumad for its self-determination, but also the Zapatistas, an indigenous community who are autonomously living in Chiapas, Mexico. He criticized urbanization, industrialization, poverty and the destruction of ecology. He was aware that capitalism and the State are mainly responsible for the madness happening in our world.

Most of the infoshop and autonomous spaces here in the Archipelago had mural paintings made by Pong. He was willing to share his talent with the community and friends; he liked to draw friends’ faces and give it to them as a gift. Most of the time, he would draw in his sketchbook or he would ask a friend if he could do a mural on their house. He had difficulty putting prices for his work, as he was not comfortable seeing his artwork as a commodity that needed to be purchased. He was willing to give it for free or for an exchange of trade.

For me, I know Pong had an anti-establishment and anti-institution critique in general, especially in the art world. As an artist, he was not amazed or interested to put his work in a gallery that was enclosed. He would be happy to exhibit his work in public places, streets, gigs/events, neighborhood areas, abandon buildings and squatters’ areas. I learned from him that for the people to appreciate art is to show it in public so the people could raise questions and create an awareness. He always participated in art exhibitions on streets like the events “Lansangan Koneksyon” and “Sining sa Kalye”. But because we were proud of his work to be exhibited in other venues like Ishmael Bernal Gallery, we managed to convince him in 2012 to participate in a group exhibition. The group art exhibition was part of the five-day event Anarkiya Fiesta in the University of the Philippines.

Aside from punk, Pong had a soft taste of music. He introduced to us songs like “Tonight the Streets are Ours” by Richard Hawley and to the band CocoRosie. If he was staying here in our infoshop, we always talked of many things from love life, family matters, socio-political issues, gossip, etc. He loved watching movies together with my girlfriend, and they would stay up all night movie tripping.

Pong not only inspired people, he CHALLENGED each of us, showing that despite how hard the life is, anyone can make something different.

PONX NOT DEAD

HE WILL REMAIN WITH US

Flush the Anti-Terrorist Law

This video has been created by a group of people in the Philippines, known as Local Autonomous Network (LAN), to document what is happening and to call for international solidarity and shared with A Radical Guide to help raise awareness and support around this issue.  No matter where we are in the world, we are in this together and will stand together to dismantle these oppressive systems of capitalism and colonialism.

In Solidarity with Jeepney Drivers

#governmentareincompetent #communitynotauthority #mutualaid

Members of KASAJDOI-ACTO Pasig/San Joaquin-Quiapo route stage a rally, appealing to the government to allow them to resume operations in order to survive the Covid-19 crisis.

According to Ding Bugas vice-president of KASAJDOI-ACTO, they are not given a chance to go back at work. Only 17-18 Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) route allowed by Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to resume operations and their route Pasig/San Joaquin- Quiapo are not included. They comply to suspend their operation because of the lockdown in relation to Covid-19 pandemic. At first, most of their member manage to acquire financial subsidy coming from the government but not all of them are lucky to be listed in Social Amelioration Program for drivers (SAP). They are already struggling for almost six months. Most of them are renting houses here and they cannot afford to pay their rent anymore. KASAJDOI-ACTO had approximately 300 members and the active members which are still living in Metro Manila are 105, the other 36 members of the association went back to their provinces as they cannot live in Metro Manila any longer.

They are now begging in streets, hoping someone might help and see their situation. All the collected money will be shared equally, so each of them can have at least 100 pesos to bring back to their families. This amount is not enough to support their family compare to the earnings that they can get if they resume operation. According to them, every day they can earn 700 – 1000 pesos daily excluding the boundary and fuels/diesel.  

In solidarity with them, we share 28 food packs as part of our mutual-aid action. We understand that they needed much support coming from private individuals like us.

 

August 16, 2020