Saturday, April 12, 2008

NYC Anarchist Bookfair

New York City Anarchist Bookfair
The Second Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair (2008) will host a one-day exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and very political productions of the anarchist scene worldwide, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. The Bookfair will also feature two days of workshops and presentations on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, 2008.
The Second Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair will feature over 40 tables as well as an art gallery. Panels, presentations, workshops, and skill shares will provide further opportunities to learn more and share your own experience and creativity. You know you should attend the 2st NYC Anarchist Bookfair if ... * You're an anarchist publisher, zinester, film/videographer, artist * You're a member of the worldwide anarchist community * You're an anarchist based in NYC and looking to connect with other anarchists here * You're anarcho-curious and looking to find out more about the contemporary anarchist movement, its ideas, ethics, activism or just to find out more about the community.
To contact the NYC Anarchist Book Fair Organizing Collective to volunteer, make a donation, or get more information, email us at info [at] To apply for tables or to propose presentations, panels, workshops, or skillshares, see the forms elsewhere on this site. Diversity is important to us! Selection preference will be given to proposals that include voices typically underrepresented at mainstream and activist conferences alike. Food will be available ($), plus childcare (free). Handicapped/wheelchair accessible. Smoke-free environment. The Book Fair has adopted a policy of zero-tolerance for racist, sexist, queer-phobic, and other disrespectful behavior that works against an environment of tolerance and inclusiveness for a truly diverse range of communities.
Directions: Judson Memorial Church is located on the south side of Washington Square Park between Thompson and Sullivan Streets. Take the A, C, E, F trains to West 4th Street station; the R to 8th Street-NYU; or the 1 train to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square. The M1, M2, M3, M5, M6 and M8 bus lines also serve the area.
ScheduleSaturday, April 12Gym
11:15-12:30: Democracy and Freedom in Education
1:00-2:15: Intro to Anarchism
2:30-3:45: Anarchism is the Only Hope: Lessons From the Durruti Column of the Spanish Civil War
4:00-5:15: Parecon and Anarchism
5:30-6:45: On Being a Girl in an Activist Boys' Club
Conference Room
11:15-12:30: Tearing Down the Walls: A No Borders Camp Reportback
1:00-2:15: Radical Homosexual Agenda
2:30-3:45: Christiania (self-governing neighbourhood) in Denmark
4:00-5:15: Anti-Authoritarian Mutual Aid and Radical Social Work: From Direct Action to Direct Services
5:30-6:45: Building a Movement Against Capitalism Through Thinking of Its Alternatives
Tamiment Library
11:15-12:30: The Importance of Community Needs Assessment in Activist Work
12:45-2:00: Computer and Internet Security: What Every Activist Should Know
Sunday, April 13Gym
2:00-4:00: The Intersection of Social Movements and Anarchism
4:00-6:00: Safety & Accountability in Activist Spaces
Conference Room
10:00-12:00: Anarchy in the USA: The Love-Hate Relationship with Presidential Elections
12:00-2:00: Feel the Burn: Conflict Transformation and Healing in the Movement
2:00-4:00: Anarchism and Palestine
4:00-6:00: The Danger of Cooptation to Movements
Kimmel (NYU)
You will need to show an ID to enter this building.
2:00-4:00: Know Your Rights and Their Wrongs and How the Legal Community Has Your Back - Room 914
4:00-6:00: Political Prisoner Support in the Anarchist Movement - Room 914
4:00-6:00: Anarchist People of Color (APOC) Caucus
2:00PM-4:00PMThe Intersection of Social Movements and Anarchism (GYM)The question of how anarchists should relate to different social movements has always been at the forefront of anarchist thought and action. We know that social movements, in many forms, are vital to revolutionary change in a period of crisis, but we also know that social movements are complex and not always inherently anti-authoritarian or non-hierarchical. Furthermore, while such movements are gaining momentum they are vulnerable to authoritarian vanguard minorities, the opportunism of liberal politicians, the brute force of the state, and a variety of other factors. What are some current global social movements that are complementary to anarchism? How can we prefigure anarchist politics in current and future social movements? What are some tactics that we can use to preempt and combat these historical patterns? What are ways that we can strengthen or inoculate social movements to these dangers and preserve their autonomy?
This panel will start off with presenters highlighting social movements from around the world and their relation to anarchism. This will then develop into a discussion of how anarchists should/do work within these movements.
Joaquin Cienfuegos is a member of Cop Watch LA (Guerrilla Chapter) and the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities. He is a 25 year old Indigenous-Chicano male from South Central Los Angeles. Joaquin helped create the Southern California Anarchist Federation – Los Angeles Chapter. Along with other participants of the federation and a coalition called Stop Terrorism and Oppression by the Police, he helped build Cop Watch LA. Joaquin, along with the working class youth of color involved in these groups, helped form the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities, a revolutionary federation of community councils helping build a grassroots popular movement, with autonomy, self-determination, self-organization, and an infrastructure for the self-defense of oppressed people and oppressed communities.
Arya is a member of the Iran Solidarity Group and the Antithesis Collective (NEFAC-NYC). He is currently a graduate student in political science at the New School for Social Research.
4:00PM-6:00PMAnarchist people of color caucusFacilitated by Ashanti Alston and Autumn Brown
The anarchist people of color caucus is a space where folks who identify as people of color can meet, learn about each other's work, share their personal experiences in activism, and discuss the potential of APOC on a local, national and international level. We hope to begin to clarify the most important and challenging questions we must ask ourselves as anarchist people of color in order to build with one another and move these discussions forward in the future.

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