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A Resolution

On the Eve of 2016, we need a resolution capable of confronting the crisis we face, and making a future worth fighting for.

“A Resolution” looks back on the crisis and confusion of 2015: climate change-driven wildfires, droughts, and storms; ISIS and their attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Ankara; bankrupt political leaders at COP21 debating how fast to kill the world; and an ever growing number of people murdered by police across American cities. As times grow darker, as despair and hopelessness grow in tandem with stupidity and horror, people everywhere are searching for vision and direction.

“A Resolution” points to the sparks that are creating a new light in the growing darkness: the revolutionary wave that spread from Tunis to New York; the Kurdish freedom struggle and the war against ISIS in Rojava; the riots and blockades sparked by the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner; and the retooling and remaking of life with “civilization starter kits” and “removing the dust” from indigenous knowledges and practices. “We, the people who work every day, who think we ‘don’t have time’ – we are the only ones who can do this,” said a Woodbine co-founder. “No one’s going to do this for us—no politician, no technological innovation, no international agreement. If we want a different future, we are going to have to make it, from where we are and in every place.”

As people worldwide are taking stock, looking backwards to 2015 and forward to 2016, “A Resolution” shows that amidst growing catastrophe, the only real future is the one we’ll make.

Woodbine is a hub for building autonomy in the Anthropocene. Our mission is to grow collective material and organizational capacities and build revolution in the 21st century. With a workshop, library, kitchen, and meeting space, we focus on efforts to self-organize, connect, create infrastructures, and develop individual and collective efficacy.

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10 Comments on "A Resolution"

  1. penury on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 11:15 am 

    “On the Eve of 2016, we need a resolution capable of confronting the crisis we face, and making a future worth fighting for.” After which the whole becomes article joins the unicorns for lunch.

  2. ghung on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 11:36 am 

    Autonomy in Queens?

  3. dave thompson on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 1:31 pm 

    I am a skeptic, this group “woodbine nyc” sounds and acts a little too polished and phony. Go to the web site it shows no accountability as to who the people are on the face of it. It looks like a sort of corporate front posing as an altruistic global humanitarian solution to the worlds problems and woes, oh yea don’t forget, to hit the PayPal send button.

  4. makati1 on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 6:59 pm 

    Yes Dave, there are a lot of those on the internet. It is sometimes impossible to track down who actually owns them. All corporate funded, I suppose. More propaganda/brainwashing that the deniers say does not exist.

  5. JuanP on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 7:21 pm 

    My wife and I have already made our New Year’s resolution. This year we will go to the firing range every week to improve our shooting skills. We have always been pinko commie crapola hippies and we don’t like firearms, but a man gotta do what a man gotta do. We need to learn to defend ourselves and our property better. When the SHTF, I will shoot first and bury later, no questions asked.

  6. onlooker on Thu, 31st Dec 2015 7:28 pm 

    So true Mak, much disinformation circulates the Web and in every nook and cranny of the planet By the way a Happy New Year to all of you denizens of the News forum.

  7. JuanP on Fri, 1st Jan 2016 6:56 am 

    An excellent New Year’s resolution for board members would be to plant some Milkweed plants this year. Monarch butterfly caterpillars can only eat Milkweeds and the easiest way to help the Monarchs is to plant more Milkweeds.

    I would want some board members to help me with this. Please visit
    You can also watch the two video series on the subject Rich Lund has posted on YouTube, “Raising Monarchs” and “Planting Milkweed”

    It would really make my day if I could talk just one of you into doing this. It’s a lost fight, but I’ve always thought those are the most worth fighting and the most rewarding. It builds character to fight for a lost cause!

  8. Davy on Fri, 1st Jan 2016 7:26 am 

    Milkweed grows naturally on my farm in and among the native grasses along with Canadian Thistle which Monarchs also love. In the summer my farm is covered with Monarchs and many other species of all kinds. Many of the plants the wildlife enjoy are considered noxious because they can over dominate. I have developed a system of burning, grazing, and mowing to maintain balanced habitat. The key to productive habitats is a mosaic of habitats in a state of succession. Monocultures are ok if they are within an overal environment of multiple habitats.

  9. dave thompson on Fri, 1st Jan 2016 10:10 am 

    Juanp, thanks for bringing this up. I have planted milkweed for a few years now and watch for the yearly migration here in the Chicago Il.region. I grow and collect the pods then in very early spring and late winter I plant the pods in places I think might be left undisturbed. With good results.

  10. JuanP on Fri, 1st Jan 2016 11:50 am 

    DaveT, A little trick I learned for collecting seed pods is to put rubber bands around them or tie them up with a string before they open so when they break open the seeds don’t fly away. Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures and their migration is one of nature’s wonders, IMO. Keep up the good work! 😉

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