The July Exhibition
No Blood For Vanity was a demonstration on the streets of East London. It was a march of animal ghosts as a silent protest against the use of fur in fashion. I created seven different animals, each with their own unique headpiece (plaster of paris with additions like branches for horns, wires for whiskers, etc). As an alternative way of demonstrating against the horrific fur industry. The setting was imporant: Brick Lane on a Friday evening, the epicenter of what is en vogue for young chic people of East London. I was hoping to fascinate those who are most attracted by the visual -those who wear fur for that reason. To bring people forward to ask questions about the performance, instead of having to listen to preaching and a typically negatively charged animal rights (AR)protest. It is a serious matter and requires a certain tone of voice in expression as the fur industry is truly barbaric, but usually people are only annoyed and bothered by AR demonstrations. With my alternative approach I was quite successful in having people stop of their own free will when captured by the eerie ghost situation. I was ushering the procession and at the same time giving out Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade flyers with a short explanation of what the ghost animals represented. People were impressed visually and as a result openly considered the issue. They seemedmore willing to ask about the matter than at the demonstrations I have partaken in before. . This was the type of peaceful mental provocation I was hoping for.
Pogo has survived these six or so years on the blood sweat and tears (sometimes of joy) volunteered by the likes of you. Hardly anyone that has got involved in Pogo has come from a professional catering or administrative background. All that is needed is a passion to do some thing positive for veganism, animal rights and co-operative decision making.
Every year as summer comes around Pogo hits a crisis of staffing as those who wish to travel dissapear and we wonder ‘How the Dickens are we gonna replace her’. Usually some new star appears to brighten our lives, serve coffee, bake cakes and ask visitors ever so nicely to lock their bikes up outside.
Right now we need to see a few stars coming over the horizon or we will have to close on the days we can not fill our requirement of three volunteers per shift. So please if you can offer some of your precious time we would treasue it as most valuable. Call us on 02085331214, email or leave your details as a comment.
Pogo will be open on Wednesdays again the usual times, 12.30-9pm, but there will be a special evening meal prepared by the Queer Food for Love crew this Weds, the 14th from 7pm and then again on Weds 28th April. Hopefully more details will follow.
Chiapas in Mexico produces one of the best coffees in the world, mainly grown in the mountains. Coffee is Mexico’s main export. Mexico is in fact the world’s fourth largest producer of coffee in the world, and the main producer of organic coffee.
In Mexico more than 3 million people depend on the production of coffee and on its exportation. 91.7% are small producers with less than five hectares of land, and more than 60% of these are indigenous peoples. The other 8.3% own a number of enormously extended estates that are the fruits of occupations of indigenous lands; these occupations have been promoted and supported by the government.
The EZLN commonly known as the Zapatistas has developed social and political projects: building, from the bottom up, a society where the Maya people can enjoy autonomy, safeguarding their own idioms and culture, and organising their own access to education, health, and land, through forms of direct democracy.
One of these projects is the creation of small cooperatives that produce the “Cafe Rebelde” or “Zapatista coffee”. The organisation of these cooperatives has strengthened and improved access to the land and the quality of life overall.
Pogo therefore uses and sells Zapatista coffee that we get from Active Distribution who in turn buy it from Café Libertad in Hamburg who deal directly with the cooperatives in Mexico as an act of solidarity with the indigenous peoples struggle in Chiapas Mexico and also because it tastes so damn good!
You can buy 250g bags of ground Zapatista coffee from Pogo for £3.50 each or get two for £6.50.
The Pogo book shop shelves have been dusted off and restocked. As of this week they will be kept up to date with all the best in radical and vegan literature that is available to us. We don’t have much room so there won’t be the same huge selection as you can find at the 56a Infoshop or Housmans bookshop but we will have a specialist assortment that caters to the vegan taste as well cookbooks, punk, anarchist, bicycle manuals etc etc and we’ll do them cheap!
We’ve been painting and fixing things like busy little bees, but now we can get back to what we’re best at. Grub!!
We’re opening tomorrow but due to a delivery related catastrophe we won’t be able to serve the usual burger menu, because we haven’t got anything to make them with! Quelle horreur!! Apologies to those who were eagerly awaiting their first punk burger of the year. We’ll have lots of lovely specials though, to make up for it, and tasty cake, tea and Zapatista coffee as usual.
Whoopee! Glad to be back.
We have started purchasing plain tofu from Clean Bean! Yay! They’re based just near Brick Lane, and we’re really happy to be supporting a local tofu-maker! Now if only we can get someone to start planting a few acres of soybeans…maybe Hackney Downs is a good spot? Hmm.
…there’s always someone who gets annoyed, doesn’t feel appreciated and then goes a little mad and hijacks the website with sarcastic comments and inappropriate photos…
Well, there might not be in your co-op but there is in ours. Check out the handiwork at http://www.pogocafe.co.uk
Make sure you scroll down enough to hit the creepily suggestive picture of Fibi!
Not really, we’re only five, no need for an age related crisis yet. Yesterday, every cake was a birthday cake, today, it’s all just tasty tasty cake cake.
On the menu board today we haaave…..
A green bean and chickpea tagine served with couscous and glazed carrots.
Marinated tofu wtih barley risotto, mushroom gravy and steamed vegetables
Fried herb polenta with roasted mediterranean veg, tomato sauce and salads.
That sounds like a good antidote to the downpour outside!
Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday to us…..