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NYC ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR
Press Contact: Edward Saroyan at firstname.lastname@example.org and Caroline Woodhead at email@example.com
New York City Anarchist Book Fair
to celebrate 10th anniversary, Sat., April 16, 2016
NEW YORK—In the decade since it debuted in 2007, the NYC Anarchist Book Fair has become a premier event for anarchists from across North America and around the world, and a New York institution. It's a gathering place for the anarchist community, a forum for activists, scholars, and creative artists, and an opportunity for the curious to learn about an anti-state, anti-capitalist political tradition that's still alive and thriving and challenging the established order.
Each year, the NYC Anarchist Book Fair hosts over 60 exhibitors including publishers, writers, designers, artists, musicians, and organizers. Past line-ups of panels, workshops, and other presentations have included such figures as journalist Chris Hedges; cartoonists Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, and Fly; photographer and Native American activist Lenny Foster; scholar/activists David Graeber, Silvia Federici, and Martha Ackelsberg; civil rights lawyer and radio host Heidi Boghosian; and former Black Panther and anarchist Ashanti Alston.
Judson Memorial Church, at the south end of Washington Square Park—the neighborhood that is one of the birthplaces of the anarchist movement in the US—has hosted the NYC Anarchist Book Fair nearly every year, and will do so again in 2016.
What: 2016 Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair
Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, in Manhattan
When: Sat., April 16, 11am-6pm Book Fair /Friday, April 15, 7pm-5am Art Festival /
Sat, 7pm-1am Film Festival
Once again, the NYC Anarchist Art Festival in Honor to Judith Malina and Julian Beck and the NYC Anarchist Film Festival in Honor of Brad Will, will be held in conjunction with the book fair. In addition, on Sun., April 17, the book fair organizing collective will host a city-wide follow-up gathering of anarchist activists. Location and other details of these additional events to follow, as well as details of book fair exhibitors, panels and workshops as they are confirmed.
For more information about the 2016 New York City Anarchist Book Fair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details including participating exhibitors and times of panels, workshops, and other events will be posted at http://anarchistbookfair.net.
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The Anarchist Book Fair
We are a group of anarchists from all across a broad anarchic spectrum. Our anarchy, the work we do, the organizations we participate in are as varied as New York City itself. In the fall of 2006, a New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA) working group was established to discuss planning an anarchist book fair in New York City. Years of successful book fairs in San Francisco, Montreal, Baltimore and Toronto (to name just a few) made planning a book fair in New York City, with its large thriving anarchist community, a logical step. The first NYC Anarchist Book Fair was held in 2007, and we have been growing ever since. Inspired by the week-long Anarchy Celebration in the San Francisco Bay Area, we organize and help promote events around the book fair that include performance, music, film, readings, and a wide range of workshops and panels.
We are always looking for more people to participate in the planning of the next book fair. The small number of people who participate in the day-to-day preparations of this event would shock and amaze you. The success of large-scale annual events depends heavily on a continual influx of new people, voices and ideas. It isn't too late! We still need people to help make this year great! If you would like to help out with this year's book fair or are interested in the planning of next year's book fair, please contact the collective at nycabf [at] riseup.net
The Judson Memorial Church
After the Second World War, ministers Robert Spike (1949-55) Dean R. Wright, the Baptist minister to students at NYU (1948-52), started to rethink and redefine what a church could and should be. They were followed by Howard Moody (1956-92)3 who developed the vision further to its present understanding – basically that the role of the church, applied to the Judson Memorial Church, is to be a faith-based institution that responds to the societal issues of its time and place by working and advocating for progressive change – with special attention to the needs of people that many mainstream churches tend to overlook or find “undeserving.”. This approach led the church in the 1940s-‘60s to sponsor an interracial, international residence for students (1949-68), and to open the first drug-treatment clinic in Greenwich Village (1960-62). In the 1960s-70s, Howard Moody and Judson’s program associate Arlene Carmen operated an abortion counseling and referral service before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, and the church pioneered a low-cost abortion clinic afterwards. In the 1970s-80s, Moody and Carmen created a “ministry of presence” with street prostitutes. Also during the 1960s-‘80s, Judson participated actively in the local and national movements for civil rights, peace, women’s rights, and gay rights. During the 1980s, when Lee Hancock was associate minister (1980-85), Judson ran several health-care-related programs, and more notably, was one of the few churches to acknowledge the AIDS crisis, operating a support group for those with HIV-AIDS and their caregivers, and providing funerals for those who died of AIDS when other churches were turning them away. Judson has become known as a home for innovative, often avant-garde, artists in many genres - dance, painting, theater. In the 1950s-60s, it ran an Art Gallery at which several now-famous artists (Claes Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and many others) found a place that would show their unconventional works. But in the mid-1960s, with the ferment of the experimental arts all around, Judson relaxed a lot of the formalities, while keeping the basic outline on most Sundays. An “agape” service replaced the formal communion on first Sundays, with an informal bread and cheese brunch around tables and the ritual of communion using the food and drink already at hand.