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Winter Open House at The Bloom Collective

December 6, 2010

Winter Open House
Sat. Dec. 11 Noon -5 p.m.
Refreshments & Conversation
3 – 5 p.m. Potluck Discussion
Recent Political Repression in the US
671 Davis NW
(Corner of 5th & Davis)

The Bloom Collective hosts a winter open house Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Stop by to mingle, merry-make, dialogue and potluck with The Bloom community of core members, patrons and volunteers. If you haven’t had a chance to visit The Bloom since we moved to Steepletown Center on the northwest side, this is the perfect time to do it. If you haven’t been there for awhile, you’ll really like the new larger room that now is home to the infoshop/lending library’s thousands of books, hundreds of DVD documentaries and a recently expanded zine collection.

Bloom core members tackled the job of improving the zine collection last fall. What is a zine? It’s a small self-published “magazine.” Zines have been around since the 1970s, as an effective way to protest the idea that information can be “owned” or copyrighted. In the ’80s and ’90s, making zines became popular within the DIY and punk scene as a way of self-expression and a form of resistance against commercial culture and even official left magazines, which tend to rely on a small sector of experts who can tell us all what to think.

Potluck discussion on political repression

At 3 p.m., the potluck discussion gets started. The topic is Recent Political Repression in the US. The topic was chosen because of the FBI’s targeting of political activists here in the Midwest this past fall.

The Bloom Collective will serve  hot beverages and treats (vegan options available!) and has a few small items for purchase, including 2011 Slingshot planners for $6.This may be your last chance to get a Slingshot before the New Year as The Bloom is going to be closed from Dec. 12 through Jan. 5.

On behalf of The Bloom Collective, we hope to see you there!

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