We'd like to introduce Burnpile Press; an independent publishing project dedicated to producing and distributing progressive literature for free. Located in Jacksonville Florida and founded in 2012 Burnpile has a strong DIY ethic. Their battle cry is 'Do it yourself. Do it together. Do it now.' More after the jump!
It seems like now-a-days journalism and free media are endangered species. The mainstream media outlets routinely provide misinformation and keep people scared with largely irrational fear campaigns. All while ignoring or offering incomplete or slanted reporting on the injustices being perpetrated by the wealthy and corporations across the globe. However, journalism and the free flow of information are making a comeback. The internet is a game changer. Never in history has the working class had such ready access to massive amounts of information. There are alternative, independent sources out there who are doing the challenging work of bringing non-corporate viewpoints to the people. Sources like Democracy Now, Sub Media TV, Earth First, Deep Green Resistance and many others. Still, these outlets imply a certain degree of privilege in the form of access to the internet, a computer or a television.
With that said, I'd like to introduce Burnpile Press; an independent publishing project dedicated to producing and distributing progressive literature for free. Located in Jacksonville Florida and founded in 2012 Burnpile has a strong DIY ethic. Our battle cry is 'Do it yourself. Do it together. Do it now.' We believe that education is a basic human right. That no one should be denied access to educational materials or opportunities because of an inability to 'pay for it.'
On a micro-level we work to meet the need for open access to alternatives to the mainstream for under-served populations of our city. While also filling the general void left by the mainstream media for communities with access to more resources. We do this by producing and publishing our own literature with our off-set printing press. As well as distributing the works of other groups with progressive, radical, or anti-authoritarian politics.
Burnpile Press is a worker owned cooperative entirely run by volunteers and funded by contributions of time, materials and money from our community. One example of this is in the summer of 2013 we were donated funds to purchase a house. This space is becoming the operational hub for Burnpile Press.
One third of the house is dedicated to production, there will also be dorm rooms for volunteer staff, an outdoor kitchen and shower, renewable energy systems, a variety of edible landscaping and aquaculture installments around the entire property.
We need your help to make it all happen. This article marks the launch of Burnpile Press' annual fundraiser. This year, our goal is to raise $30,000 towards the development of the Publishing House and our Tour Bus.
We salvage as much material as we can and live simple lives. While our volunteers are supported by the projects none of us get paid. We are here because we want social change and recognize that it starts at home. It starts with each one of us. We are young with a stubborn optimism of what's possible if we work together toward a shared horizon goal. We hope to spark inspiration in our peer group and beyond to take action.
This is a reveille. We invite you to share your support by making a contribution. Time, materials or money are all valuable and appreciated by our dedicated team. Life is short, it's time to step up to the plate; do it yourself, do it together, do it now. Visit our website for more information, we look forward to connecting;
• Email: Burnpile@riseup.net
• Web: http://burnpilepress.org
• Phone: (904) 701 - 3648
• Twitter: @Burnpile_Books
• Facebook: Burnpile Books and Press