We, from the NYC ABF Collective, would like to extend our gratitude to all those who came by, tabled, and helped out for your incredible participation at the 16th Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair, and to say that we love you all. This year, not only the Book Fair, but also the Art, Film, and Music festivals were incredible and really interesting as well. It is through love, rage, community, and resistance that we continue our fate and fight.
Thank you to the old-school for sticking around, the Presses (AK Press, Autonomedia, PM Press) who have been with us since the beginning, the co-ops, the academics, the distros, the artists, the inter(anti)nationalists, the musicians, the Antifascists, and the ones who participated in the ABF for the first (and hopefully not last) time. We would like to specifically say thank you to the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, La Plaza Community Garden, Grace Space, and Property is Theft (P.I.T) Infoshop (411 S 5th Street) for the massive amounts of logistical, moral, and material support. Without them, it is safe to say that we would not be where we are now. For our Virtual Workshop day, we say thank you to Floresta TV, Rec’n’Play, the translators ,and the user who donated their Zoom account to us for the day, for providing the infrastructure, and quite simply for the mutual teaching-learning that we experienced together.
On a somber note, while we embrace each other in camaraderie and joy, we (the ABF) recognize the struggle of indigenous peoples in the fight against fascisms, imperialism, capitalism, and climate change. Thus, our solidarity extends to the original inhabitants of Manahatta, the Lenape peoples of what is now called NYC. Our solidarity also goes out to the Kuñangue Aty Guasu, a collective of Indigenous women and elders in so-called Brazil who are at the forefront of this battle. Throughout the Book Fair, the benefit show preceding it, and a donation from P.I.T, we raised $461 for them. However, if you would like to support them directly (and find out more about what they do), please see their website: https://www.kunangue.com/ and https://en.kunangue.com/vaquinha.*
Additionally, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, sister organization of the EZLN) is meeting to coordinate against a similar struggle faced by the Kuñangue Aty Guasu. A campaign has been organized by the compas at Sexta Grietas del Norte, who tabled at the ABF this year, to support first CNI meeting in several years. If interested, you may find a full statement about the CNI, why they are meeting, who they are, and how to support using this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-cni-indigenous-peoples-facing-capitalism.
For all of us anarchists (especially non-indigenous) in the urban jungles, we want to support, from below and to the left, the struggles of Indigenous Peoples. We do this by supporting directly, but also by acknowledging, organizing, and fighting against the struggles we face in our own geographies. We want NYC ABF be a site of radical community building, where we can converge and articulate across borders, ideas, and cultures, so that we can build others worlds and possibilities.
We hope to see you again next year for more anarchism, love, and articulations.
from the bottom of our hearts,
*we have created a new page titled “Transparency” where we have listed all our expenses and other finance-related things.