September 15-17th, 2023

Abolish the Police! Demand Alternative Community Justice!

As anarchists, as anti-authoritarians, and as fighters, we are engaged in many struggles: against racism, gender and sexual repression, capitalism and economic imperialism, and for a society based on mutual aid and solidarity.

One struggle takes center-stage right now: the struggle against police and the entire criminal injustice system. The epidemic of police violence and killings continues despite the outpouring of rage following the death of George Floyd and other victims of racist policing. The green-lighting of Atlanta’s Cop City, a massive, corporate-funded project opposed by the community it’s being imposed on, underscores the arrogant disregard that the state-capitalist system holds for people and communities.

For this year’s book fair, we invited anarchists from the city, the region, and around the country to speak, teach, and inspire on every aspect of our struggle. But we especially invited our comrades who are engaged in the fight against police and helping to build alternative systems of community justice.

Organizers across the country are deploying a multitude of tools to collaborate with people, imagine and enact that vision through community surveys and engagement, participatory budgeting, and people’ movement assemblies. They are doing the work of meeting each others needs through mutual aid, and practicing transformative justice.

This year the community proposed in-person workshops that will take place on September 16 between 11 am to 7 pm at these 3 locations:

Virtual Workshops will be held September 17, 11am – 7pm.

“Abolitionism1 throughout history, has been the movement against inequality, oppression, exploitation, and class distinction. In the US, Europe, and the Western hemisphere, abolition was first used widely to define the movement to abolish the system of chattel slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, and the plantation economy. Since slavery of non-convicted criminals was formally ended with the 13th Amendment, abolition has been used to define the movement to dismantle the police, prisons, the military, and the courts in the US. More broadly, abolition means the overthrow of core institutions of the capitalist state and the end to private property.

Just Together We Can Do It
Solidarity & Anarchy
NYC Anarchist Book Fair Collective

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