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|We got a phone call from Yosef and he invited Resist and Exist to come up to SF and play a benefit show for Anarchy Journal
magazine at Gilman St. in Berkeley. This was during the Anarchist Bookfair event. Due to different schedule conflict we all drove
separately. The band, different collectives and friends went up there on Friday morning March25th. Joey, Babs and Lucha picked up
a couple people and drove an ambulance that runs in veggie oil and diesel fuel. Jeff, Rick and Jimmy went to Oakland to check out a
punk show. Rick said we had housing and we could stay with Born Dead. But we decided to go to the Anarchist Cafe on Friday night
and stay with Yosef (vegan sxe). It was a long drive to SF and we picked up Katie's friends from Portland and met up with Santa Ana
Food Not Bombs folks and went to this vegan restaurant called Herbivore. Later on that night we went to the Anarchist Cafe. Their
was about 300 people there. They had music, spoken words, vegan food and a kids space. It was an awesome atmosphere. I've
met so many different anarchist groups there. Even ran into my old friends who I once used to live with over 10 years ago at a co-op
house. A lot of my old friends live up in SF now who are school teachers and organizers. When they asked what I was doing now - I
felt ashamed and just said "still sing for a punk rock band". That night I got really inspired and told my old buddy Chris Crass that
one day I'm gonna catch up with him. A lot of my old punk friends from over 10 years ago got out of the music scene and got into
radical activism and thats what they do for livings now. I became a social butterfly that night and talked to many wonderful folks, gave
hugs and exchanged phone numbers.
|Chris Crass, Jeff Larson
& Rahula (my old friends)
|Me and Katie's friends stayed at Josef apartment and ran into Ashley who lives up
there now. After couple of hours of sleep we all got up early to head down to the
Anarchist Bookfair at the Golden Gate park. Their was so many tables and books at
this event and we even ran into Profane Existence folks. Kate had to leave early
because she was going to a hardcore show in Orange County. I set up my small
distro outside with blankets and next to me was Elyse selling homemade hemp
necklaces. I ran into Green Anarchy Mag from Eugene and John Zerzan. In my
opinion Green Anarchy is the best magazine with a sense of humour. One of the
people from Green Anarchy was joking around and said what about a benefit show for
us? I said sure - lets talk with Jeff about this. I told John Zerzan to come to the gig
tonight for the Anarchy Journal magazine at Gilman St and he actually showed up. It
was really great because it is rare for anarchist activists to go to punk rock shows
and her friend
at Josef apartment.
|Jeff and John
Zerzan at the
|Ashley and her
at Josef place
|Elyse with naked
|My old friend Dave
from No Compromise
|Me and Ward Churchhill
|Speaker at the Anarchist
|Rick & Sothira Ben w/ Gilman St volunteers Gather Checking email @ Gilman Gilman St.
|Resistant Culture Josef Tattoos Lacey from Sacro Joey hanging banners Lacey from Portland
and my buddy Hunter and Jen on our way
|Jen just came up to Berkeley and she drove all the way up here by herself. Later on Sothria who used to sing for Crucifix came to the show.
He has a band called Proudflesh. I havent seen him for 10 years. The bands that played that night was Kill Dash Nine, Takaru (last show),
Gather, Resistant Culture (from L.A.). I really loved Gather. They are a vegan straight edge band with a women vocalist. Resist and Exist
was headlining the show and we dedicated our set to John Zerzan and my good friend Chris Crass. Also it was Hunters birthday so we
invited him on stage and sang happy birthday and he ended up running off the stage to his mom Lacey from Sacramento.
I'm really glad that we played this benefit show. We haven't played a show like this for a long time and after that we said goodbye to everyone
and me, Jen and Lacey from Portland took off that night and drove back down to Los Angeles. I left a lot of things out but it was really
inspiring to be up there and gave me a lot of ideas and hopes. I already miss a lot of people.
PS- I ran into my old friend Matt and he just finished law school and now he is gonna become a lawyer.