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12TH NYC ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR

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Press Contact: Edward Saroyan at nycabf [at] riseup.net

NYC Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday, June 9th 2018
11am - 7pm

NEW YORK—The NYC Anarchist Book Fair is a premier event for anarchists from across North America and around the world. 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, 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 2018.

Once again, the NYC Anarchist Art Festival and the NYC Anarchist Emma Goldman Film Festival will be held in conjunction with the Book Fair:

NYC Anarchist Art Festival
Friday, June 8th 2018
7pm - 11pm

NYC Anarchist Emma Goldman Film Festival
Saturday, June 9th 2018
7pm - 11pm

For more information about the 2018 NYC Anarchist Book Fair, please email Edward Saroyan nycabf [at] riseup.net.

Details including participating exhibitors and times of panels, workshop and other events will be posted at anarchistbookfair.net

 

NYC 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 — is 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

 

NYC Anarchist Art Festival

The festival gathers visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers and genre benders for a night of experimentation and collective creation.

Hosted by the AnarkoArtLab, this year’s festival will have more than 30 artists from Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Counterculture legend artist Ben Morea, known among other things for shutting down the MoMA on a day in 1966, will open the festival presenting a short film about his interventions and the counterculture art in the 1960’s followed by a Q&A.

In the tradition of the event, visual artists, musicians and performers often seen in the underground New York art scene (e.g., Joseph Sledgianowski, Uniska Wahala Kano & Jacob Cohen, Nina Isabelle, Jonas Bers, Poncili Creacion, Alexander Chellet and Andrea Haenggi) will be joined by emerging artists in the city’s landscape (e.g., Yuko Uchida, Artemis Beasts, Marvin Piquet, Livia Sá, Griffin Irvine and Camila Marchon) in addition to well known artists in the performance scene (e.g., Mara Catalan, Hector Canonge, Katherine Liberovskaya & Mia Zabelka, Simon Hanes, Keiko Uenishi and Simone Couto).

For more information about the Art Festival:
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NYC Anarchist Emma Goldman Film Festival

This year, the Emma Goldman Anarchist Film Festival proudly presents an array of timely documentaries, lyrical montage and longer-form examinations of hope, struggle and autonomy in our broken world.

We are also thrilled to show work by Nick Macdonald, whose films are included in the Museum of Modern Art collection.

For more information about the Film Festival:
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Judson Memorial Church

After the Second World War, ministers Robert Spike (1949-55) and 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) 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 focused on the needs of people that many mainstream churches tend to overlook or find “undeserving”. This approach led the church in the 1940s-1960s 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-1970s, 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 afterward. In the 1970s-80s, Moody and Carmen created a “ministry of presence” with street prostitutes. Also during the 1960s-1980s, 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, etc. In the 1950s-1960s, 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.