Newsletter #139: If We Work Together We Have a Chance

Hello Recompilers,

How’s everyone holding up? I hope you’re able to stay safe and help everyone else stay safe too, while still getting done what needs to be done. I know personally I’m struggling to be useful while maintaining social distance, but I try to remind myself that my main job right now is to not get and therefore spread illness. I’m doing okay at that so far I think!


We could be on the verge of a general strike. Our economic system is failing everyone right now, and there isn’t time to wait for the election to solve some of these fundamental problems. Yet now more than ever, workers are coming to understand that it is their labor that keeps us fed, clothed, and cared for. We can turn that into real power, but only by working together across industries.
(Aaron Gordon, Lauren Kaori Gurley, Edward Ongweso Jr, and Jordan Pearson for Motherboard)

Of course, individual strikes are still an excellent way to win concessions! The Instacart strike, only a single day, led to hazard pay, PPE for the shoppers, and extended access to sick time.
(Chris Mills Rodrigo

Within individual fields it’s important to break down international (and corporate) borders to work together to solve our problems collectively. Just One Big Lab is “the first research and innovation laboratory operating as a distributed, open and massive mobilisation platform for collaborative task solving.” And it’s dedicated to confronting this pandemic. And you can help.


The Final Straw: Doing For Selves: Open Source Supplies and Tenant Organizing
Host Bursts O’Goodness talks with Bill Slavin, a chemist from Indie Lab in Virginia, about open source medical work and then to Julian of Tenants United of Hyde Park and Woodlawn in Chicago about how to organize with your neighbors.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Not Self Taught, But Community Taught

Katrin Kampfrath presents a short talk at the Community Lounge at JSConf EU 2019 about why she’s not “self-taught” but “community-taught.”



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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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