Friday, May 14, 2010

Taala Hooghan Infoshop & Outta Your Backpack Media Center GRAND OPENING!

Flagstaff Community Space Grand Opening of New Location!
Taala Hooghan Infoshop & Outta Your Backpack Media Center

Saturday, June 5th 2010
Starting at Noon!
1704 N. 2nd St.
East Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(Near Rt. 66 and 4th St) |

Music, Video Presentations, Food, Books, Zines, Independent CDs & DVDs, T-shirts and more!
This is also a fundraiser event for this community sustained space.


• 12:00PM: Open House with a BBQ, Community Gardening & Mural Painting! *FREE!

• 4:30PM: Outta Your Backpack Media Film Screenings *FREE!

• 5:30PM: All Ages Show! *$6 Donation
Blackfire (Political-Rock/Punk)
Let the World Die (Flagstaff Punk and Ska)
The Blissins (Tuba City Pop Punk)
Elron (Eloy Ska Punk)
Lo Cash Ninjas (Shiprock Ska Punk)
Child Left Behind (Chinle Pop Punk)
The Braskies (AZ Ska)
The Potato Pirates (Colorado Ska)

Volunteers & donations needed.
Volunteer meetings every Friday at 6:30PM

More info contact:

Action Statement:
"We are an Indigenous established volunteer run collective dedicated to reclaiming and redefining knowledge and information. We are committed to addressing the needs of our community by providing access to resources and creatively confronting social and environmental justice issues. We will do this through independent media, arts, education, self-development and youth empowerment."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


An anti-capitalist/anti-colonial event for healthy and sustainable communities!

2nd Annual
End Corporate Greenwashing & "Green" Capitalism!

Sunday, April 25th
3:00PM - 10:00PM - FREE
At Taala Hooghan Infoshop
New Location: 1700 N. 2nd St. East Flagstaff

Workshops and discussions on:

• Abolish Profit Farming & the Importance of Autonomous Agriculture
• Green Consumerism: The Misguided Discourse on Sustainability
• Eco-Feminism
• Derrick Jensen: The Problem of Civilization and Resistance
(online video discussion)
• Defending Sacred Lands - Intersections of environmental and
social struggles for justice
• Direct Action: Tactical training and discussion

Free food by Flagstaff Food Not Bombs

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Abolish Profit Farming & the Importance of Autonomous Agriculture
Facilitated by FARM

Come learn about decentralized urban-agricultre and the importance of abolish-profit farming models. This workshop will cover local agricultural plans and how FARM is taking a proactive step to address insatiable consumerism and food dependency. After a short discussion, we will work in the Infoshop backyard; planting seed starts, preparing and planting raised beds, and more!

Flagstaff Agricultural Revitalization Movement (FARM) is a non-hierarchal, volunteer collective committed to the cultivation of a decentralized, urban-farm network. We believe in food-autonomous communities, knowledge revitalization, profit abolition, and the
transformation of urban space.

Facilitated by Carly Long, Katie Curran, & Margo Nelson

Green Consumerism: The Misguided Discourse on Sustainability
Facilitated by Kyle Boggs

This workshop will take a critical look at advertising that uses terminology we’re all used to by now: green, eco-friendly, sustainability, MORE eco-friendly…it goes on and on. But the truth is, these words have no working standard industry definition. The bottom line is their bottom line – to keep us buying rather than asking meaningful questions. By taking advantage of a growing concern about the dominant culture’s effect on the planet, green consumerism actually promotes a mindset that is harmful, while at the same time reinforces false virtues of capitalism.

This mindset is harmful because not only does it undermine the scope of the problems we face, but it promotes an immature, and frankly, irresponsible fantasy that everything can be made sustainable, that nothing fundamental about the way we live on the planet has to change as long as we “green up” everything we buy. This also places the focus on sustainable production and development, rather than de-development and de-industrialism through dismantling inherently unsustainable and
oppressive systems.

Derrick Jensen: The Problem of Civilization and Resistance

An online discussion with Derrick Jensen on the problem of civilization, rethinking pacifism, and meaningful environmental activism.

Defending Sacred Lands: Intersections of Environmental & Social Justice
Facilitated by Dr. Jennefifer Dennetdale (Diné historian), Alex Soto (O'odham Solidarity Across Borders), Supai Waters (Grand Canyon uranium mining), Francis Tso (Big Mountain), Snowbowl issue (TBD).

Direct Action: Tactical training and discussion
Facilitated by Garrick Ruiz

Strikes, bus boycotts, street protests, defying eviction. Direct action has been used in countless struggles to create change and improve people's lives. This workshop will explore direct action and the possibilities of its application today. The training will include practical skills such as action planning, de-escalation techniques and blockades. Folks with or without direct action experience are

Garrick Ruiz has been involved in a wide variety of social justice organizing over the last 15 years. He's been involved in many different types of direct action both in the U.S. and internationally through work with the anti-corporate globalization movement, the environmental justice movement and international and local solidarity work.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Taala Hooghan Event Listings

Here are the listings of a few events coming up...

Hope to see you all soon!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Taala Hooghan Infoshop is Moving...Again!

Greetings from the Taala Hooghan Infoshop Collective & Outta Your Backpack Media,

Flagstaff’s community info and action resource center, Taala Hooghan Infoshop & Youth Media Arts Center, is moving… again! After 4 months of not being able to publicly open the doors of the downtown location, we have found an awesome new space on Second St. in Sunnyside!

As some of you already know, when we signed the lease on the downtown location we thought we’d be able to open right away, but the city shut the entire building down. Everyone renting a space in the warehouse was prevented from opening due to the property owner not getting the necessary permits to do construction on the building. You may recall that Flagstaff’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was our neighbor for a moment until the situation got to be too frustrating for them.

While we tried to work with the owner and await the city’s decisions on permits, we have also kept an eye out for possible other locations in the event that we would not be able to open or if the process would take too long. The two main reasons for why we have made the final decision to move are:

1) We were never given a clear timeframe for when we could be open (and after 4 months we’re very tired of waiting); and 2) We found an amazing space on the east side that is more accessible (financially and otherwise) to us as a collective.

There were initial issues in the community that moved us to open our doors on the Sunnyside two years ago that we feel important to restate as we now move back:

1. There are not as many opportunities for community empowerment and positive activities/space for youth on the east side.
2. The downtown privilege dynamic. Folks in downtown and close proximity to the university have access to a lot of resources that just aren’t available on the east side.

We also want to take this as an opportunity for us to advocate for community support. Not only for Taala Hooghan and Outta Your Backpack Media, but for all community based projects that are working towards empowerment and justice.
Too many times we hear groans of how developed Flagstaff and the surrounding areas are becoming but we see little pro-action to build and support the alternatives. We witnessed and participated in the resistance to big box development and saw that energy potential. We have witnessed the Wildfire Infoshop, the Hive Project, Railtown Infoshop, Aradia (albeit a bookstore bussiness, Aradia was a powerful community resource) and the very very few other truly community based and oriented projects. We’ve also seen other projects (and people) without spaces attacked and forced out of state controlled so-called “community centers” for their political affinities or “otherness”. This is exemplified with the ongoing harassment (which has resulted in multiple arrests) of volunteers with Food Not Bombs Flagstaff who are merely trying to address one of our primary issues here in Flagstaff, hunger. We see the deeper, systemic roots in the anti-homeless actions that the City of Flagstaff continues to take and unaddressed police abuse that is all to familiar to those who are bestowed by the state and its agents. We also have seen it with criminalization of youth at Heritage Square and most severely with the ICE raids that shook our neighborhoods fourteen months ago.

So when(and how) do we build and support the alternatives? Taala Hooghan Infoshop is not an office, we are not businesses, and we’re certainly not politicians. We are not non-profit, we are anti-profit. We are a community resource and we have a vision for a more just, healthy, and sustainable community. We don’t have illusions that everyone shares this same vision either.

After being open for two years in Sunnyside we felt torn to move. It was great seeing new faces in the downtown area and we certainly hope you’re not strangers once again.

We hope that everyone’s interests in supporting community empowerment projects such as Taala Hooghan Infoshop & Outta Your Backpack Media aren’t dependent upon location, but rather the deeper vision of pro-actively building a more healthy, just, and sustainable community.

We look forward to seeing you at our volunteer meetings, shows, film screenings, media workshops, skill-shares and more in the years to come!

Please join us at our next volunteer meeting this Friday (Feb. 6th at 5PM @ the downtown location (11 S. Mikes Pike).

If you can’t make tomorrow’s meeting and would like to get further involved, please email We will also be around the downtown location throughout the next week, cleaning and moving everything back to the east side. Please stop by in the afternoon to help us in this process!

Thank you,

Taala Hooghan Infoshop Collective & OYBMedia

Sunday, January 31, 2010

This Sunday: January's Beer & Revolution with John Zerzan!

Sunday, January 31st, Phoenix Class War Council will be hosting its fifth (if we remember right) Beer and Revolution event. This is the first one for 2010 and we're stoked to have John Zerzan, anarcho-primitivist theorist and agitator. John will be speaking on "Anarchism and the Way Forward". Also, Dan Todd from Tucson, coming fresh from his book release the night before, will be giving some opening remarks under the provocative title “One Misapprehension, One Paradox, and Three Disparities”. The talk starts a little earlier than the last few (7 PM), so make sure you get there early. Plus, we'll have our book distro with us as well, so after the talk, please peruse our selection of anarchist and revolutionary books, magazines and pamphlets. Come by and enjoy an evening discussing revolutionary ideas with us at Boulders in Tempe (530 East Broadway). We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Call for Diné, O'odham, anarchist/anti-authoritarian bloc at the 1/16 anti-Arpaio rally

The following is a call for a united Diné, O'odham, anarchist/anti-authoritarian bloc at this Saturday's (January 16th) anti-Arpaio march in Phoenix. The text of the article was developed and circulated initially by the Phoenix Class War Council and comrade collective O'odham Solidarity Across Borders over the last month. Several meetings took place and comments were solicited and received by comrades in town and throughout the state in order to clarify and expand our critique.

While this article does not and could not represent a complete articulation of the problems we see, it is an attempt to move towards a broader dialog within the movement, to point out perceived errors and to suggest another way of looking at the issue that we think could prove useful. It is, in a way, a statement of some of our common principles but it is not by any means the end of the conversation.

The bloc will converge before the 10:00 march at Falcon Park and then head with everyone else to Tent city. It's possible to take public transit to the park. People should be advised that we have information that, as usual, reactionaries/fascists/Minuteklan, etc, will be marching from another location to confront the protesters.

To view the call for the Diné, O'odham, anarchist/anti-authoritarian bloc please visit Fires Never Extinguished

See you on the streets. All out against white supremacy!