Kansas City, Missouri, United States Community: We have a space located. We have a collective of dependable full time volunteers. We have a history of successful projects. We have a community in need. We just need your donation to help us get started.
May 1st, 2013 my best friends and I attempted something not even knowing if it would work. We called it the KC Free Store, and it did work. It worked for 5 months straight. Every Wednesday from Noon to Six pm we set up at 31st and Troost and created a space where people were able to give away the items they were not using and for people to receive items that they were desperately needing. Unless you ever visited us at the free store you may be surprised at the variety of items we managed to find new homes for; clothing, children’s toys, electronics, food, shoes, books, anarchist literature, kitchenware, and so much more. It was really an incredible experience. Some weeks we were better stocked than others, sometimes it was just us sharing our lunch with people as far as the food program went, and sometimes we had tables spilling over with how much fresh produce we had.
During that entire time (and later when we reopened the free store for 2 months) we not only didn’t ask for monetary donations, but we refused them. We operated on this model for the entirety of our time open, and without our own space, it is obviously not sustainable.
We want to reopen the free store, and expand it to include other much needed radical and community infrastructure in Kansas City, Missouri. These projects include:
Free store (Really Really Free Market)
Food Not Bombs (Free Vegan Kitchen)
Free Movie Showings
Free Library & Original Anarchist Literature
Free Events (Art, Music, lectures, skillshares)
Prisoner Support (Anarchist Black Cross)
Gardening Program (Guerrilla & Urban)
Imagine a world where our friends, family, and neighbors don’t starve to death when there is more than enough food, where over 100 people aren’t murdered a month by police, where people don’t have to work all day at a job they don’t want to be at only to still need social services and miss time with their family. While this project won’t be able to solve everything, I believe it will make a significant impact on the lives of the people who live here. While we may not be able to transform the entire city, we can make one place for people to go, where they are not limited by the trappings and struggles of every day life, we know another world is possible, so we ask you to help us take a step in the direction of creating something better, a world where every person is free to follow their passions. Through outreach, mutual aid, and direct action we seek to build this world.
These are all radical infrastructure projects desperately needed in Kansas City.
We have the resources and people willing to put in the work to do these important projects but we are badly in need of a space to do them in.
So this is where we need your help.
What We Need & What You Get
The bulk of our funding is going to purchasing a space. We have a specific space in mind but it may not be available by the time this campaign ends. We know it’s a lot of money to ask for, but this isn’t for rent, we will actually be able to buy a space here in Kansas City, this is the best way to ensure that the KC Free Store will be around until the fall of capitalism.
The remaining money will be spent on making the rewards to send out, IndieGoGos cut, and anything left after that will go into fixing the space. We’ve got the rest of the supplies covered for our projects, but we cannot afford to purchase the building ourselves.
With each donation level, you receive all the rewards from the levels below it too!
Other Ways You Can Help
We need everyone to help us out by watching the video, sharing, liking, and posting about it until its funded. And if you have it, if everyone who reads this could donate just $1. If you’re really ambitious you could see how many of your friends you could get to give you a dollar. $1 often forgotten in a couch or an old jacket, could create the radical infrastructure this city needs to do everything we can to eradicate hunger and other woes of the capitalist system.
Here are the rewards! (With each donation level, you receive all the rewards from the levels below it too!)
Donate $1 and you will be listed in our end of the year wrap up zine and we will follow and retweet you on twitter @amncollective
Donate $5 and you will receive the #NODADS Digital Mixtape featuring bands who have played shows for us in the past (Days N Daze, Ramshackle Glory, Billy Mack Collector, Destroy Nate Allen, etc)
Donate $10 and you will receive a digital zine pack full of literature from anarchist distros (Midwest Dumpster Press, Burning Flag Press, Sprout Distro, etc) and individuals.
Donate $15 and you will receive your choice of 1 color bandana from Midwest Dumpster Press. Red, green, pink, purple are available choices. You will also receive 1 Big Brother sticker from God Bless Generica.
Donate $30 Patch you will receive your choice of either a red or green and black anarchist flag patch. Patches are 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches
Donate $65 and you will receive your choice of either a green or red and black cotton anarchist flag. Flags are 3 ft x 5 ft.
Donate $95 and you will receive your choice of either a red or black anarcho-communist tshirt. Shirts are available in sizes S through XXL.
Donate $100 and I will personally wheatpaste your face somewhere in the new space.
This story was originally published on Revolution News.