Occasional Update #3

Summer Update – Community Autonomy

You’re Buying What?!?

Hi there! This is Mattie from the Community Autonomy project, I hope this message finds you well. :0) As you know, we are a group of people creating a life together around the principles of egalitarianism, sustainability, accountability, justice, and community in Columbus Ohio.

In this summer edition:
– You’re Buying What?!?
– Report: A Month of Touring
– The Big Leap

You’re Buying What?!?
Having completed a round of agreements and visioning, and with some savings and steady income, we’ve been looking at potential properties here in Columbus over the last several months. There have been a couple close calls, which recently led us to nearly buying a 44,000 square foot elementary school on 2 acres here in downtown Columbus. Alas, we could see an uncomfortable amount of daylight through the gigantic roof, and weren’t sure the container was right for this community. So it is! In the meantime, we have some room opening up in our shared house, if you or or someone you know is interested in community-oriented living – just drop us a line.

Report: A Month of Touring
Kate and Ben hit the road again with their show Ulysses’ Crewmen, first performing at the People’s Summit in Toronto, then going to the west coast with a noise musician friend and finishing up with three performances at the Buffalo Infringement festival. Touring is a whirlwind activity, not leaving a lot of time for getting to know people or places, but they made contact with interesting communities and radicals in a few places, notably Salt Lake City, Prescott, Denver, Portland, Olympia, Minot, Madison, and Buffalo.

The pacific northwest was beautiful, full of radical folks, who were mostly welcoming and enthusiastic. Minot, ND was unexpectedly radical while still maintaining the small town community atmosphere. Buffalo seems in the midst of social and economic collapse. That’s touring for you! Contact us if you wanna know more about it.

The Big Leap
Oversized elementary school or no, we’re ready to take some forward steps. We are currently doing limited income sharing and living in multiple places. Between looking for property, applying to be a prospective member of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, and having diverse enough income to start functionally sharing income, we’re about to make a leap one way or another!

In my opinion, there hasn’t been a better moment to jump on board this project in a long time – jump in and help keep our momentum moving forward!

until next time,


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