If you are going for a long time to settle in the city, you will need to center for meetings, exchanging information and resources. Sometimes these places are called by “infoshop.” Inside can be distributed free literature, books, music and other articles for sale, public library or archive of books, newspapers and videos; public computer or an entire room with access to the Internet , a space for meetings, performances direction, film screenings, community events calendar, free store (“freeshop”), which are collected and redistributed excess resources. The project will be limited only by the imagination of volunteers and space …
You will need one or more rooms, preferably legal. Room for general meetings and cultural events should be large enough to accommodate a 2-3 dozen people. Availability of toilets, kitchen and tea room is welcome. In the end, you’re designing a place where people will get and share information. They will hold a certain amount of time here, and they must feel comfortable.
Choose the collective of infoshop “custodians”. These people will have to take on the responsibility for cleaning, opening and closing doors, repairing , collecting money for tea and biscuits. As soon as possible the necessary activity to conduct security: set the iron door with a peephole and change the locks.
Do not turn into another sect of “keepers of knowledge.” Organize the collection and redistribution of literature as you like , and proceed to the dissemination of information about infoshop in your local community. Make stickers, flyers and leaflets to distribute at concerts and film screenings. Make connection with other similar projects across the country and beyond.
Involve other interested groups to jointly participate in infoshop activities .Remember that infoshop – is an open space for creativity, not secret laboratory: film screenings, musical evenings, board games, training, meetings of various groups, discussions, lectures, frishop evenings . All the people who know about you heve to be willing to share with you the joy of co-creation, to understand the mechanisms of participation in infoshop life.
Provide a minimum regular cultural activities by your own . To raise funds can hold charity concert. Convince richer fellow to donate for the revolution, etc.
By the way, be careful with spending finances and other resources. Infoshop can be an important tool in the development of local movement, but for the infoshop appearance , there must be already some sort of community. Otherwise no one will support the project. If your city does not have a sufficient number of activists (including those responsible activists who are able to lead a project), if the scene is almost dead and you have only annual EVB festival on January 19, with the Communists and demonstration on May 1, it is possible that infoshop – somewhat premature idea.
Your comrades in the movement have to see for yourself the value in visiting infoshop. Put them with the idea of equal rights in the anarchist space. They can stir up their own projects on an equal rights with you. Encourage the free distribution of food and drinks in this space. Let people will seek appointments and meetings in infoshop.
You should have no illusions about the given special attention to the open anarchist projects. Very quick in infoshop will regularly go informants recruited from our midst, and police undercover. Rather than wrestle with a person of another freshman and every three months to shake out microphones, easier to keep the activist culture of safety and not to discuss in the room of infoshop nothing “illegal”, and not to spread gossip and information about third parties without their explicit agreement.
Let the cops and the KGB man watching our movies and listen to our lectures. Our war is not against them, and many of them still do tear off from the shoulders their epaulets.