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THE SOUTH BEND COMMONS is dedicated to autonomous self-organization in Lakewood Heights/South Atlanta and the surrounding area: a real-life gathering place for urban experiments in community, autonomy, and resilience. The Commons will be home to several projects developed in Atlanta since 2011, including a weekly food share, radically-inspired cultural events, and a martial arts gym. On August 1st, we'll open the doors to our brand new building and begin collaborating with like-minded individuals and groups.
From free food distribution to public trainings in self-defense, from herbal remedies to poetry readings, The South Bend Commons aims to bring together efforts from every area of life. The Commons is one moment in an inter-generational effort to move beyond the monotonous and depressing realities of the economy, work, and consumption. We aim to be evidence that a joyful and collective way of living is possible now.
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Everywhere, the landlords have raised rent prices, the streets have been covered with cameras, and condos have replaced our homes and neighborhood spaces. Animal and plant species go extinct everyday - bats, bananas, tomatoes, olives and bees - while the US government props up dictators across the globe in the name of democracy. In revolutions and rebellions across the world, millions of people have risen up to ask themselves: how do we rid ourselves of this pointless suffering? We are a humble part of those millions.