Forward! With the wealth of earned experience and knowledge gained.

“Don’t waste any time mourning – organize!”

That’s a line labor martyr Joe Hill included in his last letter to the great Bill Haywood before he was executed in Utah for a crime he didn’t commit.

How any of us in this community reflect, anticipate, or ignore the random designation of the “new year” is not for judgement. From a strictly business accounting standpoint of the individual endeavors of each of us in The Collective, it works as a fine enough demarcation.

What the fuck is time, anyways? If any of you happened to catch the recent NPR piece about time, it’s complex, and more of a concept than a real thing. If you view time as nothing more than the measure of space between two events, then it’s been 7 months since we began utilizing this platform to build community solidarity around the actions of modeling the radically divergent innovations in perspective, behavior, values, and habits needed to create a more secure, equitable, and sustainable foundation of communal wellbeing.

Well, I wouldn’t call it a waste of time to reflect a bit, but we are not going to do that here. Individually, and as a Collective, there is a lot going on, and to look forward to, as the calendar rolls over. Wanna talk about it? Well, John will be at the Plant Based Pop Up on Sunday over at Puris Foods on Glenwood from 11a-3p. Colin has the last Community Dinner of the year on Tuesday at Hamline Church United Methodist from 4:30-8:30p that day. Zachary has a ticketed dinner coming up on January 13th. (More details on that to come, but you can reach out in the comments to secure a spot.)

We can all tell you that engaging in person is the best way to communicate with us, and us with you!

So, we encourage that you not spend too much time mourning or celebrating that which has passed, but organize, plan, and progress!

Colin has been researching the amount of money that large, corporate food security nonprofits spend on marketing. Would you believe that it’s pretty ridiculous? Second Harvest Heartland spent $6.6 million in 2021 on “Fundraising Expenses”. LOL!! They’ve been around for 20 years, and hunger in Minnesota has only gotten worse. Of course, you can’t blame their CEO, who makes $450,000 a year, for not wanting to put themselves out of a job. Many “saviors” will consciously and subconsciously maintain the very harms and injustices they rail against, for they are addicted to their “savior” identity.

(You can go to any 501(c)3 nonprofit’s website and find their financials. Interesting stuff!)

Every dollar contributed to this Patreon has been used to purchase food to distribute to the community, compostable containers to pack meals in, and nothing else. We will not waste money on marketing mailers, Twitter ads, or billboards.

How will we raise awareness? How does any grassroots movement spread the word? Well, by spreading the word. Our marketing budget is the trust and solidarity we share with all of you. As results-driven individuals, we are happy to call out the giant wastes of money and resources that these giant, corporate nonprofits have been. We do not want to maintain the status quo. We want to completely reimagine all facets of existence.

It’s gonna get worse before it gets worse. The historic number of visits to food shelves in Minnesota, the epidemic of suicide in America, and the fact that more households are using their savings and credit cards to pay for basic essentials will tell you so. Ignore it at your own peril. All that is, has failed. We are trying not to fail.

Read the posts. Read the books we have all suggested. Come and talk to us in person. We are not just sitting here and complaining; we are actively working to construct an alternative path to the current one we are on. Modeling the radically divergent innovations in perspective, behavior, values, and habit required to create a more secure, equitable, and sustainable foundation of communal wellbeing.

The worst of those among us are laughing on their yachts as we enrich them funding our own annihilation. Defund corporate greed. Destroy the status quo. Redistribute all wealth and resources equitably. Stare into the darkness until your eyes adjust and you can see the faint cracks where the light is seeping through; those are the spots where you want to start chipping away.

Also, don’t you just love this photo of John? It’s kinda like the Obama “Hope” poster, isn’t it?

Well, here’s a couple of recipes from the Community Dinner last week that were requested.

Easy Vegan Mayo:

1 block of MinnTofu firm tofu

Liquid from one 15oz. can of garbanzo beans

1/8 cup olive oil

1/2 Tbsp of salt

2 Tbsp of yellow mustard

(Optional ingredients:

1 tsp of sugar

1 tsp of black pepper

substitute kala namak black salt for 1/2 the salt to give it that eggy flavor.)

Crumble the tofu into a blender, add the rest of the ingredients, blend until smooth.

Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Garlicky Greens.

2 bunches of green kale, stems removed and leaves rinsed and torn into pieces.

1 bunch of red chard, stems removed, leaves rinsed and cut into strips.

1 can of garbanzo beans

4 cloves of garlic

2 Tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp of salt

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds pulsed in a food processor.

Mix your cleaned greens together and toss in a mixing bowl.

Pulse your pumpkin seeds in a food processor, and set aside.

Pulse the garlic in the food processor until it is a purée

Add the garbanzo beans, olive oil, and salt. Process until very smooth.

Add the garbanzo bean mix to the greens, and mix until coated.

Add the chopped pumpkin seeds to the mix and toss.

Cook on low heat until the greens are reduced and very tender.

Thank you to patron Luna for requesting this recipe!

That’s all for now. We hope to see a lot of you on Sunday and on Tuesday. Be safe, take action, don’t fall down now.

There is no way out, but there is a way through.


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