We’re sad to report that our scheduled concert on August 21st featuring our friend Sama has been canceled due to personal reasons. We wish her well, and hope she can come and visit us again soon. Here is a link to her Bandcamp page, so you can listen to her music and support her.
Hello everyone! We’re going to talk a little bit about a member of the Lincoln community, Robert Rieck. Robert is an animal rights, environmental, and disability rights advocate, and a volunteer for many organizations such as Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC) and Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach. He’s also received some media attention for playing wheelchair rugby, as well as competing in the Good Life Halfsy half-marathon as the first C-5 quadriplegic to complete it.
Robert will be participating in the Good Life Halfsy again on October 29. It’s more than simply participating for him: he has also pushed for and succeeded in getting the categories for wheelchair-using participants expanded! Before it was a general “wheelchair division,” and now it has been broadened to different categories based on individual mobility to create more inclusive divisions. Robert hopes that in creating these divisions, more people with his degree of disability will join him in the Halfsy to give each other the drive to compete.
In doing so Robert will be asking for support in the form of donations to five organizations he endorses: Vegan Outreach, FFAC, Matt Talbot, Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association… and The Black Cat House! He will also be presenting at The Black Cat House on October 21, 1 to 3 PM, on behalf of FFAC. He’ll be speaking on how society’s food choices affect a wide range of social justice topics; the exploitation of workers and animals, environmental racism, the strains factory farming puts on ecosystems, and more.
We’re honored that Robert is endorsing The Black Cat House. If you too support what we do, feel free to send in a donation via PayPal! You can also show your support by coming to our events, spreading the word, and checking out other ways to contribute on our Support page! We’ll also be posting periodic updates on how his marathon training is going. If you’re interested in hearing more about Robert and his story, please email us with questions for him, and he’ll be happy to answer them!
Due to the freezing rain and unsafe driving conditions in Lincoln on its original scheduled date, our workshop on cybersecurity has been postponed until January 23, 7-9 PM. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Trump won. If you’re on our page, you probably already know why that’s bad. People of color, Muslims, women, LGBTQ+ people, and the working class as a whole were all threatened as a part of Trump’s campaign for presidency, and even if he doesn’t make good on his promises, there’s no telling what his riled up fanbase of bigots will do in his name. We are at a terrifying point in history, and if history tells us anything, is that peace cannot be had while people like Trump are in positions of power. And those with power never give up that power willingly.
So The Black Cat House will still be here. We will continue to agitate and educate, and be a place of radical leftist thought and action. Because now more than ever, resistance is necessary. We have a few events in the coming months to help empower people to action. On December 10th from 1 to 3 PM, we’ll be holding a community discussion titled “Now What?: Organizing Resistance in the Age of Trump” and on January 16th, from 7 to 9 PM we’ll have a workshop on activist cybersecurity called “How to Protect Yourself Against Trump’s NSA.” We will try to share as many tools for activism as possible, but it’s up to you to take them up. In whatever way you’re able, disrupt fascism’s attempt to get a foothold.
This is no time for “Nebraska nice.” Take a stand, raise your voice, fight like hell!