2011 Workshops and Skillshares
Kids’ schedule here
Check back for updates and room locations
The short list:
—————Saturday April 9——————————————–
11am-12:30pm Judson Memorial Church
–Queer/Trans/Gender-Non-Conforming Caucus – assembly hall
–Mumia Abu-Jamal -gym
–Food Not Bombs in New York City and Long Island: Diverse Tactics for a Singular Mission -garden room
–W(A)R – WOMYNS (A)CTIV(E) Resistance! -balcony
–Institute_Institut FOCUS WORKSHOP #5: the self and its image, The Panoply Performance Laboratory (kids) -gym
11am-12:30pm Tamiment Library (additional venue, part of NYU Bobst Library near Judson Church)
–SQUATS, Social Centers and Autonomous Zones
12:45-2:15 Judson Memorial Church
–Direct Action for Food & Environmental Justice Through Open Data/Mapping – assembly hall
–The World in Flames! The New International Upheavals of North Africans, U.S. Workers and Others! -gym
–Radical Parents Caucus -garden room
–“CALL IT CONVERSATION” (COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO ABUSE & THE CALLING OUT PROCESS) -balcony
–Coalition of Immokalee Workers Kids’ workshop -gym
12:45-2:15 Tamiment Library (additional venue)
–“Solidarity Networks” – discussion and presentation of a Direct Action Organizing model
2:30-4:00 Judson Memorial Church
–Behind Enemy Lines (Ojore Lutalo) – assembly hall
–Farmworker Justice, Green Capitalism and Trader Joe’s: A Presentation on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers -gym
–Loisaida – A Novel -garden room
–Anarchy in the Inner Landscape: Buddhism, Psychedelics and Personal Growth -balcony
–When they Kick At Your Front Door: Grand Juries Info Session and Resistance Building -hall
–Hip Hop Kids’ Workshop featuring Spiritchild/Children’s Snake March -gym
2:30-4:00 Tamiment Library (additional venue)
–Radical Women’s Caucus
4:15-5:45 Judson Memorial Church
–Sexuality, Surveillance and Government Infiltrators: Fragmenting the radical left through the terrorization of animal advocacy – assembly hall
–Hip Hop is our life/Hip Hop is Resistance featuring Spiritchild -gym
–Compensation, Access, and Theft: Copyright in the 21st Century -garden room
–Re-inscribing the city: Unitary Urbanism today -balcony
–Disarm and Hammer: Anarchist pacifists in nuclear direct disarmament actions -hall
-toys, games, reading for kids (gym)
6:00-7:30 Judson Memorial Church
–Sources of Inspiration: How secular-faith based alliances may create creative, collaborative space to resist the politics of exclusion and xenophobia – assembly hall
–Anarchism and Post Anarchism in Brazil -gym (audio)
–World War 3 Illustrated: Continuity in Radical Comics -garden room
-vizKult: Discrete Power Art Exhibition -balcony
6:00-7:30 Bluestockings Bookstore (additional venue)
–The Environmental Politics of Colin Ward
7:45-9:15 Judson Memorial Church
–Radical Sex (or Fucking for the Revolution) – assembly hall
–Self-Defense and Un-Arrest Tactics for Anarchists -gym
–Genoa Protests: Examination of the interaction between the Black Block and the fascist Italian police, July, 2001 -garden room
7:45-9:15 Bluestockings Bookstore (additional venue)
–Authoritarian Vanguard Leadership or Leaderless Revolution: An open discussion
—————Sunday April 10——————————————–
1-2:15 ABC No Rio (additional venue)
–History of ABC No Rio
12:30 Bluestockings Bookstore (additional venue)
–Radical Educators Meetup
2:30-4:00 Judson Memorial Church
–Anarchist People of Color Caucus – assembly hall
–Create! -meeting room B
-CANCELED: Finding Affinity at the Crossroads (alternatives to capitalist economics), kid friendly
–Cooperation Between Cooperatives -meeting room A
–US Military Spying on Anarchists and Antiwar Activists: The story of how the Port of Olympia was shut down and the outing of US Army spy John Towery -balcony
–Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel -meeting room C
–Anarchism 101 -gym
4:15-5:45 Judson Memorial Church
–Anarchism & the Imagination -meeting room A
–Newburgh 4 / Preemptive Prosecution -meeting room B
–The Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for Activists, Artists, Anarchists, etc. -meeting room C
–Panoply Performance Laboratory -gym
–Basic Tech Security, by ATS and Plankhead -balcony
–Singing Subliminally – assembly hall
6:00-7:00 pm Judson Memorial Church
7:00-8:00 pm Judson Memorial Church
Closing plenary with Ashanti Alston – (audio)
[ps2id id=’loisaida’ target=”/]Loisaida
Sat 2:30-4:00 (garden room)
Dan Chodorkoff will read from his new novel, Loisaida (Fomite Press,) which explores anarchism on New York’s Lower East Side through the eyes of a young squatter, Catherine, who is part of a collective that publishes an alternative newspaper, Together with a diverse group of activists she organizes to save a community garden, and she explores her family history through a dialog with her great-grandmother, who was part of the Yiddish anarchist movement on the Lower East Side early in the 20th century. Two-time National Book Award finalist Howard Norman has called Loisaida “an inimitable debut novel” and “a powerful reading experience”.
Bio: Dan Chodorkoff is a writer and cultural anthropologist who, with Murray Bookchin, co-founded the Institute for Social Ecology in 1974. He is a former College Professor and a lifelong activist and organizer who spent twelve years working on the Lower East Side. Loisaida is his first novel.
[ps2id id=’sexuality-surveillance’ target=”/]Sexuality, Surveillance, and Government Infiltrators: Fragmenting the radical left through the terrorization of animal advocacy
Sat 4:15-5:45 (assembly hall)
In this panel, we will explore the relationship between capitalism, the green scare, and political repression. Bringing together a quantitative analysis of direct action activism and a theoretical analysis of performative power, the panel will shed light on a larger discourse surrounding mechanisms of social change. These analyses defend the earth and animal liberation movements (AELM), utilizing a Marxist-Anarchist lens to illustrate how these non-State actors provide powerful critiques of the State-Corporate Industrial Complex. Specifically, the panelists examine how State-sanctioned violence against the AELM represents a return to what Foucault refers to as Monarchical power. The qualitative analysis begins with the movement’s history of largely avoiding violence against human life. This history will be used to argue that the movement does not qualify as “terrorist,” and will allow for a discussion of the Statecraft concerning the defaming and disruption of these groups.
Paying particular attention to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the rhetoric of the “green scare” has been used to redefine the criminality of actions as “terrorism”. This year began with the exposure of three key government-hired infiltrators that had been deceiving earth and animal advocates for years. All three had engaged in sexual relationships with the very activists they were building a case against. The latter half of the panel discussion will focus on the performance of power between the radical left and the corporate-government industrial complex. Specifically, the various forms of political repression, including: the use of grand juries, CMU’s, terrorism enhancements, and the ways in which infiltrators use sexuality. We argue that these repressions represent not only the capitalist allegiances between government and industry, but also a sense of desperation. The government is taking such unconstitutional measures because they actually fear the revolutionary potential of these movements’ ideology.
Jenny Grubbs is a doctoral student at American University in Anthropology, specializing in Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Over the last ten years, Jenny has worked with animal liberation organizations including EarthSave Cincinnati, Mercy for Animals, and Farm Sanctuary. She is currently a coordinator for the Working Group Committee on Humane Research with the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. Her past research includes an autoethnography of Farm Sanctuary, a Marxist-Anarchist analysis of animal industries, and a feminist analysis of animal slavery that argued for the inclusion of speciesism in intersectional frameworks. Her current research expands on the intersectionality of oppression, the animal liberation movement, and the capitalist mode of production (ie. how alienation, commodification, and fetishization predicated on speciesism intersect with other forms of constructed privilege). As a vegan anti-capitalist anarchist, she uses her academic position to queer the normative nonsense that happens in that ivory tower.
Michael Loadenthal is a anarchist organizer and academic insurgent based in Washington, DC. For the past fourteen years he has been an organizer with a number of anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist projects in the US and abroad. In 2010, he completed research at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (University of St. Andrew’s, Scotland) arguing in defense of the militant praxis embodied in the Animal/Earth Liberation Front and affiliated movements. He has authored several works under a variety of pseudonyms, and is currently teaching a course on “Terrorism and Political Violence” at Georgetown University, and a coordinator with Arissa Media Group.
Revolution is brewing, and the radical left is gaining recognition through increased access to the media. The internet has provided an international platform to expose corporate-government corruption and publicize events, demos, and post-action communiqués. The government has historically taken extreme measures to fragment, silence, and even murder activists within radical left movements. Today’s edition of this systematic repression has been called the “Green Scare.” This year began with the exposure of three key government-hired infiltrators that had been deceiving anarchist, earth liberationists, and animal advocates for years. All three had engaged in sexual relationships with the very activists they were building a case against. During this session we will examine the performance of power between the radical left and the corporate-government industrial complex. Specifically, we will examine various forms of political repression and the ways in which infiltrators use their sexuality to deceive.
[ps2id id=’sources-of-inspiration’ target=”/]Sources of Inspiration: This interactive discussion will explore how alliances between secular and faith based organizations may create creative, collaborative space to resist the politics of exclusion and xenophobia
Sat 6:00-7:30 (assembly hall)
Introduced by Adem Carroll of Muslim Progressive-Traditionalist Alliance, the speakers are: Talat Hamdani, activist mother of Cadet Hamdani killed on 9/11; Cyrus McGoldrick of Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR NY) Rabbi Michael Feinberg of Labor Religion Alliance, and Hesham Melikky, active in numerous activist and community groups.
Media and political witch hunts of Muslim and other “radicals” seek to marginalize many of us and new alliances among activists suggest new potential for partnerships. Largely due to lack of resources, Muslim community groups increasingly work in partnership with a variety of other stakeholders in order to confront the currently high levels of Islamophobia and official paranoia which informs policy as well as politics. Challenges come on an almost daily basis: on April 8 yet another Peter King Hearing has been scheduled, with Islamophobes speaking to government, this time in the New York State Senate.
Mobilization of diverse communities continues to be a major challenge and tensions within larger coalitions must be managed. What are relevant organizing models that might be shared? And how do we wish the tenth anniversary of 9/11 to be remembered?
Working for one of the main targets of the Islamophobic Right, CAIR NY Civil Rights Director Cyrus McGoldrick is also a Muslim American musician of Iranian and Irish descent known as “the Raskol Khan.” The name Raskol is based on the main character in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. According to Madeleine Dubus of Campus Progress, “McGoldrick describes the first part of his pseudonym as “a rebellious force in society who’s trying to do the right thing but struggles with his environment and self.” Khan, Arabic for King or Chief, “channels a vestige of an imperial mindset, a long history of conquest,” he says. It is a history McGoldrick hopes to cleanse himself of.” As an independent world/hip-hop musician specializing in raps, hooks, beats, and some live instruments, he is currently recording several projects and playing live shows in New York City, in addition to his extensive community organizing work.
Long Island resident Talat Hamdani is an American Muslim who became an activist after her son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a New York Police Department cadet, was killed on 9/11 while volunteering to assist. He was later investigated and unfairly maligned by the Right as a suspect; this smear has been repeated recently after she spoke out publicly against Congressman King.
Though Cadet Hamdani is mentioned positively in the Patriot Act itself, in August 2004 the San Francisco Chronicle called Talat Hamdani a “a vehement opponent of the Patriot Act”, when they quoted her in an article about politicization of the 9-11 attacks for partisan political purposes during the 2004 Republican Convention. As a member and spokesperson of the 9/11 family group “Peaceful Tomorrows” Talat was one of those chosen to observe the Guantanamo Military Commissions. She has also spoken out consistently against Islamophobia that motivates much of the opposition to the Park51 project and the King Hearings.
Rabbi Michael E. Feinberg is the Executive Director of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition. He is a Rabbi in the Reconstructionist tradition and has been an activist for over 30 years in matters of social justice, human rights and the peace movement. Rabbi Feinberg has served on staff at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. He currently serves on the board of the Rural and Migrant Ministry, the Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty at Fordham University, New York Neighbors for American Values and the Metropolitan New York Religious Campaign against Torture. As an activist with Communities in Support for Khalil Gibran International Academy, Rabbi Feinberg was virulently attacked by Stop the Madrassa and other right wing groups.
Hesham El-Meligy, a community leader from New Springville and a member of Noor Al-Islam Society, uses an interfaith approach to teach tolerance. Hesham personally reaches out to the community with his “What it’s Like to be Muslim on Staten Island” presentation and dialogue. He was especially active with the Building Bridges Coalition and as spokesman for the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays, and is a new Board Member of the New York Neighbors for American Values, working against Islamophobia in New York. Hesham received a “peacemaker” award from Peace Action on October 3, 2009.
Long time human rights activist Adem Carroll Co-Founded the Muslim Consultative Network and served as Board Chair and Executive Director of this community strengthening and grassroots and leadership education nonprofit. Under the umbrella of Muslim Progressive-Traditionalist Alliance he is currently working to establish faith-based projects addressing ongoing challenges including Islamophobia and overly literal interpretations of spiritual tradition. Active in interfaith coalition work, he is currently working on torture issues, peace issues, immigration reform and civil liberties protection through Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC). He has co-hosted a radio show “the War on Immigrants Report” on WBAI radio for seven years.
[ps2id id=’anarchism-in-brazil’ target=”/]ANARCHISM AND POST-ANARCHISM IN BRAZIL
Sat 6:00-7:30 (gym)
This talk will focus on two different moments of the history of anarchism in Brazil including its relation to feminist issues: the first one, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1960s, was one in which struggles against the State were the priority and anarchism could be characterized as a workers’ movement. The second, from the 1970s to the present, is one in which issues emerge on the horizon of cultural, political, and academic debates on anarchism which are linked to micro policies, to molecular revolutions, to subjectivity, and to ethics. The plurality of social groups involved and the multiplicity of themes covered demand from the anarchists new political forms of struggle and new concepts for the renewal of their own theory and practices. The new themes range from criminality and punishment to penal abolitionism, from bio‐political forms of social control of the individual and of the population to the “arts of living”, according to Foucault’s concept, and also include the debate about violence against the environment.
MARGARETH RAGO is a History associate professor at UNICAMP – State University of São Paulo, Brazil and Fulbrigth Ruth Cardoso Program Visiting Professor at ILAS-Institute of Latin American Studies at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 2010-2011. She was a Fulbright visiting professor at Conneticut College, CT, in 1995.
Main interests of research: anarchism, feminism, sexuality in Brazil based on Michel Foucault’s concepts.
On Anarchism, she published a biography of the Italian anarchist Luce Fabbri:
Entre a História e a Liberdade. Luce Fabbri e o Anarquismo contemporâneo. (Between History and Freedom: Luce Fabbri and Contemporary Anarchism). São Paulo: Editora da UNESP, 2002 translated to Spanish and Italian;
Anarquismo e Feminismo no Brasil. (Anarchism and Feminism in Brazil). Rio de Janeiro: Editora ACHIAMÉ, , 1st.ed, 2005.; 2nd ed., 2007.
A research on the formation of the working class and anarchism in Brasil:
Do Cabaré ao Lar. A utopia da cidade disciplinar. 1890-1930 (From Cabaret to the House: the utopia of a disciplinary city in Brazil, 1890-1930). Rio de Janeiro: 1st ed. 1985; 2nd. 1986; 3rd.ed. 1998)
She also wrote on the history of prostitution in Sao Paulo in the beginning of the 20th Century: Os Prazeres da Noite. Prostituição e Códigos da Sexualidade Feminina em São Paulo, 1890-1930 (Nightly Pleasures. Prostitution and Codes of Female Sexuality in Brazil, 1890-1930). Rio de Janeiro: Editora Paz e Terra, 1st ed.1991/ 2nd. ed., 2008.
Para uma vida não-fascista . (For a non-fascist life) Co-edited with Alfredo Veiga Neto São Paulo: Editora Autêntica, 2009
Subjetividades Antigas e Modernas. (Ancient and Modern Subjectivities) Co-edited with Pedro Paulo Funari. São Paulo: Annablume, 2008
Figuras de Foucault (Figures of Foucault) Co-edited with Alfredo Veiga Neto. Belo Horizonte: Ed. Autêntica, 2006, 2nd ed. 2008.
Imagens de Foucault e Deleuze, ressonâncias nietzschianas (Images of Foucault and Deleuze, Nietzschean ressonances) Co-edited with Luiz Orlandi and Alfredo Veiga Neto. São Paulo: Autêntica, 2004
Narrar o passado, Repensar a História. Co-edited with Renato A. Gimenez. Campinas, SP: IFCH, UNICAMP, 2000.
[ps2id id=’solidarity-networks’ target=”/]”Solidarity Networks” – discussion and presentation of a Direct Action Organizing model.
Sat 12:45-2:15 (Tamiment Library)
Inspired by the success of the Seattle Solidarity Network www.seasol.net , a number of groups have formed across the country. Including a few on the east coast Join panelists from the Co-operative Action Project (NYC), Rhode Island Solidarity & Equality (Providence, RI), and the Boston Solidarity Network (Boston MA) who will present on the basis of the organizing model in practice, as well as theoretical discussion of how its methodology relates to anarchist tendencies.
[ps2id id=’finding-affinity’ target=”/]Finding Affinity at the Crossroads (alternatives to capitalist economics) (kid friendly workshop)
Sun 2:30-4:00 (gym)
Some Other Way: Finding Affinity at the Crossroads (alternatives to capitalist economics)
The publication of my first book, Itself (Atropos Press, Publisher of Thinking) brought to bare my strongest conviction that anarchism remains my principle modality of thinking and living. The presentation, in support of the book, will focus on matters of abundant life, monkey-wrenching the “modern subject” in its theological-capitalist form since the 17th century, and better describing how social media technology and independent media extend the anarchist world-view into the mainstream with great subversion.
What separates this event from others is the radical independence of mind and the expectation that our work seeks to mobilize each other and perturb complacency, greed, and the easily enflamed capitalist virus that lives within (or struggles to re-infect) each and every one of us. Discussing philosophy as “en/action” and creating a new relevancy for discussions of being, time, language, pataphysical thinking (e.g., the world of ideas liberated from analogy, metaphor, and simplistic logic) within the context of a public event will show the importance of working together to solve immediate problems.
Dr. Robert Craig Baum is a philosopher from Long Island, New York. Along with his colleague Matthew Steven Carlos, he has co-founded Manhattan Lab, an affinity-based non-profit educational/humanitarian/ philanthropic/public policy network of international arts and science leaders charged with leading the world during our moment of great upheaval. The Lab will offer Certificates of Advance Study and house the Master of Ethics Innovation, a revolutionary praxis-based international leadership program. He holds degrees from Catholic University (BA in Philosophy), Dartmouth College (MA in Liberal Studies), and the European Graduate School (Ph.D. in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Arts). He teaches online and in the traditional classroom as part of the Humanities and English faculty at River Valley Community College in Claremont, NH. He lives in Vermont with his wife and four boys where they home/un-school using traditional Catholic curricula and anarchist resources. His relationship to the anarchist community is rather simple: he does not believe in a single anarchist community and finds it necessary to build such a community wherever he travels, even in his home/un-schooling commitments to his friends and family.
[ps2id id=’basic-tech-security’ target=”/]Basic Tech Security: the why and how of secure communication
Sun 4:15-5:45 (balcony)
We think tech security is important for anarchists and our allies, and want to talk about this, and then work on doing something about it. We’ll start our workshop with a discussion, touching on issues of Necessity, Solidarity, Counter-insurgency, and Corporate Data-Mining. Then we’ll explain some tools that can be used for different aspects of tech security:
Online anonymization (Tor, firefox add-ons, some others);
Encrypted communications (PGP email, OTR instant messaging, VOIP);
Encrypted data storage (various options).
Finally, we’ll actually work on setting things up on people’s computers. No computer knowledge or equipment is necessary to participate, but bring a laptop or other device if you can!
Zacqary Adam Green is an infoanarchist, free culture activist, and filmmaker from Long Island, New York. He is the founder of Plankhead, a non-profit media production organization which counters the free speech- and information-harming strategies of Hollywood, the RIAA, and other large entertainment corporations.
Bio for ATS:
ATS is an informal Montreal-based collective that formed in the aftermath of state repression of anarchist organizing leading up to and during the G20 summit in Toronto in June, 2010. We’re trying to make the use of technology in our communities and broader networks more secure and resistant to state surveillance and repression by researching, distributing tools, skill sharing, and doing popular education on secure technology.
Sunday 4:15-5:45 – “Tech Security Basics” workshop by ATS (Anarchist Tech Support // Anarchistes pour des technologies solidaires) and Plankhead. Teens welcome, no prior knowledge necessary, bring a laptop if you can.
[ps2id id=’subliminal-strategies’ target=”/]Subliminal Strategies for Pushing Forward a Radical (LIMITLESS) Agenda in Mainstream Politics: Skills for overcoming bureaucratic limitations will be discussed/practiced: How to resist negativity through humor and language and song parody ie John Lennon’s “Imagine”:
Sun 4:15-5:45 (assembly hall)
imagine when what we want to own
are the emotions that we feel
instead of owning property
we’ll see and want what is concealed
when we share vulnerability
then we will all be real
you may say that’s still a nightmare
but it’s a needed one
i know some day we will emerge
from all this worlds’ distraction
– alternative lyrics for John Lennon’s, Imagine
(“Ground breaking lyrics” as per Broadway music director/arranger Robert Stecko)
[ps2id id=’direct-action-food-environmental’ target=”/]Direct Action for Food & Environmental Justice Through Open Data/Mapping
Sat 12:45-2:15 (assembly hall)
Critical information about the city’s environment such as how much food is produced in community gardens, where street trees grow, and what soil contaminants are present in parks and along canals has never been documented (or was poorly documented) by authoritative data providers, i.e., government and industry.
DIY mapping and community-produced data redefines what is important about the urban environment and puts low-cost tools in the hands of independents to coordinate and collaborate on stewardship initiatives. These tools and other trainings can turn local knowledge into a high-quality public resource that puts advocacy efforts “on the map” and create the conditions for communities to define and develop themselves. In this skillshare, we look at existing tools and projects for on the ground research for reclaiming access and space.
Liz Barry: Liz is an activist designer who creates new tools for collaborative cities. She is affiliated with TreeKIT and Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science.
Mara Gittleman: Mara is an activist cartographer and works on food-related civic data & organizing projects, mainly Farming Concrete, Food Census, and Flip the Table
Eric Brelsford: Eric is an activist and programmer who works on open source/data projects, including Farming Concrete and Food Census.
Links to related projects:
Liz Barry: www.treekit.org and https://publiclaboratory.org/home
Mara & Eric: farmingconcrete.org and foodcensus.org
[ps2id id=’mumia-abu-jamal’ target=”/]Mumia Abu-Jamal
Sat 11am-12:30pm (gym)
Mumia Abu-Jamal faces greatest danger. Anarchists have always been in the front of fights to free political prisoners. Because of his writing and speaking, and because the state is going all-out–and getting the closest its ever been–to execute and silence him forever, he is the most well-known. The workshop will present an update on his case and strategies to keep him alive and get him released.
Bill Bachmann, long-time member of the Free Mumia Coalition N.Y. and associated with NEFAC
Sundiata Sadiq, co-chair of the Free Mumia Coalition N.Y. and former pres. of Ossining NAACP
[ps2id id=’genoa-protests’ target=”/]Genoa Protests: Examination of the interaction between the Black Block and the fascist Italian police, July, 2001
Sat 7:45-9:15 (garden room)
Participants to examine the events leading up to, and the interaction of, the Black Block and the Pink Blocks, with the fascist italian police during the G-8 Summit in Genoa Italy, July, 2001. A slide show will depict the Black Block and Pink Blocks successful shutdown of the city of Genoa, July 21-22nd, 2001
Chuck Reinhardt, veteran of protests in Prague, Genoa, New York City, Washington DC, and San Francisco. An organizer of the New York City Anarchist Book Fair, and currently teaching sociology in Bosnia-n-Herzegovina.
ACTIVE IN RECLAIM THE STREETS, TIMES UP, AND WETLANDS ACTIVISM.
[ps2id id=’food-not-bombs’ target=”/]Food Not Bombs in New York City and Long Island: Diverse Tactics for a Singular Mission
Sat 11am-12:30pm (garden room)
A panel discussion with representatives from Food Not Bombs chapters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island going over the different tactics and techniques used by each individual organization for the singular mission of decoupling good nutrition and community service from the narratives of
contemporary capitalist society. Each panelist will talk about their participation with Food Not Bombs, the ways in which their chapters operate, and the unique challenges they’ve encountered along the way, with the remainder of the session devoted to questions and answers.
Our panel will begin by discussing what Food Not Bombs is and what sort of goals it’s meant to accomplish. This will be followed by a short 10-minute talk from each member of the three-person panel going over their own particular chapter and how they operate, which will illustrate that there’s no one right way to do Food Not Bombs — we’re a diverse group and we employ diverse tactics. The remainder of the session will be devoted to questions and answers from the audience.
Chris Gaetano — Manhattan Food Not Bombs — Chris Gaetano is an anarchist and activist who was overjoyed to find a way to combine his love of cooking with his love of non-authoritarian social structures through participating in Manhattan Food Not Bombs for the past year and a half.
Lucy Valkury — Bushwick Food Not Bombs– Lucy is an anarchist artist who co-created the Bushwick chapter and participated in Food Not Bombs San Francisco this winter because she loves nothing more than giving people what they need for free.
JonSTeps: Is the co-founder of Long Island Food Not Bombs, the largest FNB chapter in the world. Each week he helps to share tens of thousands of pounds of groceries with thousands of people in Suffolk, Nassau and Kings counties. When their not sharing food, Jon & Long Island Food Not Bombs have stood in solidarity with their community against racists, the KKK, the police and the corporate interests of “weed & seed”.
https://www.lifnb.com/ — Long Island FNB website
[ps2id id=’disarm-and-hammer’ target=”/]Disarm and Hammer: Anarchist pacifists in nuclear direct disarmament actions
Sat 4:15-5:45 (hall)
We will look at the history of the Plowshares movement and anarchism as at least one of its influences. Anarchists Sachio Ko Yin and Melissa Jameson were part of the Minuteman III Plowshares action of 1998 and will discuss resistance as part of the pacifist’s way.
[ps2id id=’squats’ target=”/]Squats, Social Centers and Autonomous Spaces – audio
Sat 11am-12:30pm (Tamiment Library)
Squatting is a key activist tactic to address the needs for housing and space for political action. Together with occupation, this kind of organized trespass is becoming increasingly important in our repertoire of direct action tactics today. What is the present-day experience of squatting as a political act? In other countries, occupied social centers organize political activity in the cities. Is U.S. squatting hopelessly disorganized and decentralized? What have been the challenges of opening new spaces? What have been the challenges and rewards of passing on knowledge from one generation to the next?
These are some of the questions we will address and this is the people who will respond to them:
Alan Moore: Co-founder of both ABC NoRio and Colab. *Live from Paris @ La Generale.
Howard Brandstein: Homesteading organizer and Director of Sixth Street Community Center.
Frank Morales: Episcopal priest, squatter and housing organizer.
Marta Rosario: A long time resident at Umbrella House Squat and an exceptional vocalist.
Ryan Acuff: Housing organizer and member of Take Back the Land.
Amy Starecheski: Oral historian, doctoral student in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and former squatter.
Sebastian Gutierrez: Teacher in the CUNY’s Hunter College Film & Media program and documents testimonial video events in NYC squats with Spanish-speaking squatters.
[ps2id id=’us-military-spying’ target=”/]US Military Spying on Anarchists and Antiwar Activists: The story of how the Port of Olympia was shut down and the outing of US Army spy John Towery
Sun 2:30-4:00 (balcony)
In 2006 Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) was formed as a community response by way of direct action in the ports of Washington State to throw a wrench in the gears of the war machine. In the ports of Olympia, Tacoma and Grays Harbor, WA activists disrupted, delayed and, in the case of Olympia in 2007, ended the use of community ports for military shipments to and from Iraq and Afghanistan. Because if the effectiveness and success of PMR in the most militarized region of the US, the US Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard infiltrated and spied on activists and anarchists in Olympia and Tacoma, WA. John Towery, known to the activists as anarchist “John Jacob”, was the most active spy in this military surveillance network and was outed in the summer of 2009. A few anarchists are currently suing the military for spying and are finding out that dozens of police forces, federal agencies and shadowy Fusion Centers are also involved in what some are calling the most important case of government surveillance since COINTELPRO.
Brendan Maslauskas Dunn was active with Port Militarization Resistance for the better part of five years and in shutting down the Port of Olympia in 2007. He helped with the outing of John Towery II who was sent by the US Army to infiltrate, disrupt and spy on Port Militarization Resistance, SDS, other activist groups and anarchists in Olympia and Tacoma, WA. (relationships to the anarchist community are mostly in Upstate NY (Utica and Oswego), and the Pacific Northwest – IWW, SDS, PMR and a number of anarchist groups, organizing – mostly in Olympia)
[ps2id id=’radical-sex’ target=”/]Radical Sex (or Fucking for the Revolution)
Sat 7:45-9:15 (assembly hall)
In the anarchist tradition of resource sharing and co-education, Fuckin’ (A) (your friendly local radical feminist sex positivity collective) invites you to participate in a workshop on the personal, social, and political implications of sex positivity, good communication, informed consent, safer sex practices, and some juicy bits about bodies and fucking. Let’s educate our comrades and friends about how consensual, communicative, radical sex strengthens our sense of community safety and solidarity while expanding our active resistance against contemporary Capitalist society’s systemic oppression!
Fuckin’ (A) presented the first manifestation of this “Sex For Radicals 101” panel at the 2010 NY Anarchist Book Fair, and we’ve spent the past year refining and growing this workshop through wonderful, supportive, and constructive feedback from our larger community. We’re excited to return to the Anarchist Book Fair and continue facilitating dialogue on the intersections of sex positivity and anti-authoritarian radicalisms.
Fuckin’ (A) came to life from the hearts and brains of four volunteers at New York City’s Bluestockings radical feminist bookstore. In the extended context of our collective — which now includes a larger group of folks studiously constructing a massive sex positivity guide-zine — we discuss sexuality as a space where radical communities can prefigure the landscape of agency and consent that we would like to see in the larger world, with critical insights into the intersections of sexuality, politics, gender and resistance. Fuckin’ (A) believes that fucking can be as transformative as it can be hottttt.
Marta Lapczynski eats, breathes, and dreams the DIY ethos. When she’s not coordinating punk shows or other community events at Fat Heart House where she resides in Brooklyn, she’s poring over the work of Fat Heart Press, her small scale DIY publishing company and zine distro, speaking with Fuckin’ (A), the NYC-based radical sex positivity collective that she co-founded in early 2010, scheming on the deconstruction of systemic oppression, volunteering at Bluestockings radical feminist bookstore in Manhattan, wandering aimlessly through wooded areas outside of the city, nuzzling dogs, riding bikes, making pancakes, or singing whimsical songs to no one in particular.
Lee Naught is a radical, genderqueer, chican@ organizer and sex educator who has participated in a variety of collective, feminist, and sexuality-based projects. Currently the most prominent of those endeavors are positions as a co-founder of the sex positivity collective Fuckin’ (A) and as a collective member at Bluestockings Bookstore on the Lower East Side. Lee plays in the riot grrrl band Titfit and the screamo duo The Facts We Hate, and enjoys bikes, rowdy queers, and anything that involves lots of glitter.
Sophia Matsu is a young anarchist (she’s 17!) and the assistant bookkeeper at Bluestockings Radical Bookstore. She actively advocates for radical sex positivity in her high school and among peers in her age group. When she’s not throwing safer sex supplies in hallways she enjoys rock climbing and dismantling other systems of oppression. She is also a triple threat of the best verity and uses her skills to further her ideals. She was born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and hopes to move out of her parents house in the fall. Also, dance parties.
Dziga is a New York City-based anarchist technology developer who specializes in facilitating digital resistance and providing web and technology development to radical and activist groups. He is a volunteer at Bluestockings bookstore, as well as a founding member of the Fuckin’ (A) Collective and The Ex Machinas Collective. In his spare time he writes about queer cyborgs and reads anything he can get his hands on.
[ps2id id=’anarchy-inner-landscape’ target=”/]Anarchy in the Inner Landscape: Buddhism, Psychedelics and Personal Growth (video)
Sat 2:30-4:00 (balcony)
As we struggle against the various systems of domination & hierarchy out in the world, let us also be aware of how the underlying mentality of domination and hierarchy shows itself within our own psyche as well. In this workshop we will discuss some tried and true methods for overcoming the habitual behavior that leads us to self-sabotage our lives, strain our relationships and affinity groups, and render us more acquiescent to authority and likely to reproduce patterns of domination. We’ll weigh the pros and cons of various paths to personal growth which we have experienced, which include Vipassana (Buddhist) meditation, Ayahuasca (psychedelic) shamanism, Focusing, Nonviolent Communication, and Emotional Freedom Techniques.
You can’t have an effective movement when weighed down by emotional baggage! Your own neuroses are more noxious than tear gas, and there is no infiltrator more insidious than the cop inside your head. With this in mind, personal growth is not a luxury but a necessity.
Ian Mayes started identifying as an anarchist in 1996, and started living in various alternative intentional community environments in 1999. He has lived in various parts of the US and participated in different anarchist communities all over. In 2003 he became active in learning and teaching Nonviolent Communication, which also started a process of exploring the world of personal growth/development in general. Ian has completed two 10-day Vipassana (Buddhist) meditation courses, has volunteered at two others, and is currently a member of the Prison Dharma Network. Ian currently lives and works at Camphill Soltane, which is a life-sharing community in Pennsylvania dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities.
Nexus X Humectress was a member of Twin Oaks Community, an egalitarian commune, for 7 years. After a stint as a rapper in an anarchist industrial rock band, he participated in the anarchist study group in Eugene, Oregon and was a member of the cast and crew of the public access TV show, “Cascadia Alive!” along with John Zerzan. He learned Nonviolent Communication and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Nexus is a veteran of one 10-day Vipassana (Buddhist) meditation course and 30 ayahuasca ceremonies with a shaman in the Amazon rainforest. Now a member of Open Circle Community, he is currently making an anarchist documentary about the USA.
Links of interest:
[ps2id id=’behind-enemy-lines’ target=”/]Ojore Lutalo: Behind Enemy Lines
Sat 2:30-4:00 (assembly hall)
[ps2id id=’panoply-performance’ target=”/]FOCUS WORKSHOP on “Institutions”
Sat 11am-12:30pm gym
The Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), creates documentary performance works. To develop these, we engage the opinions, ideas, experiences, and perspectives of the communities in which the final work ( documentary opera) will be shown. These elements are gathered through interviews and our “Focus Workshops.”
Our current project is Institute_Institut, which is the third piece in a trilogy called The Transformational Grammar of the Institutional Glorybowl and will expose the concrete effects of institutions (as emergent systems) and institutional involvement have on the bodies, minds, and agency of individuals.
To develop this work, we are holding a total of six Focus Workshops, which are part focus group, part co-psychology, part theater workshop, and part Anarchist thinktank. The Anarchist Bookfair draws the ideal collaborators/co-creators for participation in the second to last of these FWs (we will have held four others by April), and we would love to provide this public event within the Anarchist Book Fair’s context.
The Panoply Performance Laboratory is deeply invested in the radical community of Bushwick and Brooklyn at large and have presented many documentary works in the past five years which are co-created by and for individuals to operate as intellectual and emotional frameworks for maintaining authority outside of institutions, governments, and organizations. Our work is made with recycled and found materials and performed in public spaces, usually free.
FOCUS WORKSHOP on “Institutions.”
Part radical think tank, part focus group, part physical workshop, the Panoply Performance Laboratory invites participants to discuss their relationships with institutions, and focus on the role(s) that institutions play, both as groups of individuals and as emergent entities, through group exercises. Each participant will also have the opportunity to make an individual public statement on video for inclusion in PPL’s 2011 documentary opera, Institute_Institut (and will get a free ticket to PPL’s final performances.)
[ps2id id=’institute-institut’ target=”/]KIDS!
Institute_Institut FOCUS WORKSHOP #5: the self and its image
Sat 11am-12:30pm (gym)
The Panoply Performance Laboratory
What is an individual? What is an “institution”? Using live-feed video that allows kids (and parents) to see themselves move onscreen in real time, we will explore the place where our selves are often asked to “feed” into structures such as school, work, and family. Kids/parents may play an interactive game that examines the mechanics of institutional engagement and invites subjective critical analysis of any current institutional relationships that the participants may have. Smaller kids may choose to play with their own image and their endlessly repeating, smaller and smaller images continuing off into the distance.
[ps2id id=’caucus-discussions’ target=”/]CAUCUS DISCUSSIONS
Closed meeting sessions for people with unique identities that affect their daily and political lives. We ask all book fair participants to respect the privacy of these spaces.
Participants in each caucus will pick a facilitator if desired and decide the direction and/or purpose of the gathering.
Radical Women’s Caucus
Sat 2:30-4:00 (Tamiment Library)
Radical Parents’ Caucus
Sat 12:45-2:15 (garden room)
Anarchist People of Color Caucus
Sun 2:30-4:00 (assembly hall)
Sat 11am-12:30pm (assembly hall)
[ps2id id=’create!’ target=”/]Create!
(Sunday 2:30, Meeting Room – B)
We all have dreams. We all have ideas, moments of inspiration, and passions. Instinctively, we know that unleashing them is our true nature. Yet the nature of the current reality begs to differ, and this leaves us with a choice to make: Do we let current structures, cynicism, and a general defeatist attitude win out, or do we embrace the challenges, aim to play big, and change whatever isn’t working?
This workshop is for those who choose the latter.
There is no reason for us to stand alone in this choice. In the face of the worlds realities, we can create a hub of idealism. Here we will nourish our passions and take our ideas from genesis to creation, all while supporting those around us in doing the same.
We are establishing a community built for the purpose of coming together in this pursuit. Whatever it is you want to create, bring it! You are not alone!
There are no limits, and the community will be an ongoing experiment. We will try everything, keep what works, and scrap what doesn’t. This workshop is an invitation to join us, thereby becoming an active participant in the establishment of the community. The lines between presenters and participants will blur as we share our passions, develop the concept further, and connect. It’s our world, let’s start acting like it!
Come if it feels right.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed [people] can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Presenters: All of us!
[ps2id id=’newburgh-4′ target=”/]The Newburgh 4: FBI Repression and Preemptive Prosecution
Sun 4:15-5:45 (meeting room B)
The case of the Newburgh Four and the FBI’s targeting those who are most marginalized in society is one of vital interest for the left. Enhanced prosecutorial powers and systemic abuse have been a vital part of the recent raids of antiwar and pro-Palestinian groups in the Midwest, the increased scrutiny of individuals who do prison abolition/prisoner support work and the targeting of radicals through means of surveillance and informants.
The four defendants were targeted for being poor, ex-convicts and Muslims in post 9/11 America. They were drawn in and harassed by an informant posing as a rich businessman who could provide them with things such as free meals, rent money, and in David Williams’ case, a liver transplant for his brother who is battling cancer. There is no indication that the plot could have taken place without the informant, who provided the planning and the resources on his own, or that these four men were previously disposed to terrorist violence.
Central to the issue are the tactics used and the lack of accountability of government enforcement agencies. The FBI’s star witness is an informant of questionable integrity named Shahed Hussein, who admitted that he was accused in his home country, Pakistan, of two murders and sex crimes, in addition to twice attending terrorist training camps while he was working as an informant. All of this was discovered in cross-examination and unknown to his FBI handlers.
The money used for Hussein (who is also being payed for his testimony), the investigation and the theater used to embellish (excessive use of manpower and equipment during the bust including a helicopter even though the bombs weren’t real, as one example) the prosecution’s case, which has upon discovery, gone into hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars for this case alone. Much more has not been accounted for, even upon the cross examination of Robert Fuller, the leading FBI investigator.
Alicia Mc Williams: Family member of incarcerated member of the Newburgh 4: She will talk about this and other cases, the challenges of creating and maintaining a grassroots movement within the left, and the relevance of this case to activist communities.
others to be announced
[ps2id id=’compensation-access-theft’ target=”/]Compensation, Access, and Theft: Copyright in the 21st Century – presented by Radical Reference
Sat 4:15-5:45 (garden room)
The panelists will be asked to consider the following questions: How can authors/illustrators be fairly compensated for their work, particularly by radical publishers? How can the above be accomplished while also maintaining broad access to authors’/illustrators’ work? How does current copyright law work with and against what you’re trying to do (whether you’re an author, a publisher, or a librarian)? How should digital versions/editions of work be treated?
Karl Fogel from Question Copyright
Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, zinester and mother. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press, 2009) and the editor/publisher of Tenacious: Art & Writings from Women in Prison.
Melissa Morrone is a public librarian in Brooklyn and a member of Radical Reference.
Aliqae Geraci is a librarian and member of Radical Reference.
Jim Fleming is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective.
Craig O’Hara, co-founder of PM Press and the Tabling Tornados, has spent the last fifteen years publishing and selling radical, independent books to bookstores as well as directly to readers online and at book fairs, academic conferences, protests, and rock concerts.
[ps2id id=’hip-hop-resistance’ target=”/]Hip Hop is our life – Hip Hop is resistance
Sat 4:15-5:45 (gym)
To express the importance of hip hop (art) in todays movement.
To reflect, inspire and ignite.
Hip Hop 101
Discussion on the elements of hip hop and the importance of preserving this culture of resistance.
Local to Global Connections with social struggles of black and brown movements for liberation.
Performances (within workshop presentation)
Autonomous Cipher (freestyle session)
Group Design (the shared creation – collective project).
movement in motion collective
spiritchild presented at several bookfairs in the past and has done various works with APOC NYC
I’m a freedom singer from the south Bronx now residing in Brooklyn
Founder of autonomous collective movement in motion www.minmcollective.blogspot.com
Toured international for over a decade
Extreme love, passion and strength for the people who resist oppression amongst other isms.
[ps2id id=’hip-hop-kids-workshop’ target=”/]KIDS!
Sat 2:30-4:00 (gym)
Spiritchild will also be hosting a hip hop workshop for kids before leading the First Annual Children’s Snake march throughout the venue
[ps2id id=’w(a)r’ target=”/]W(A)R=WOMYNS (A)CTIVE(E) Resistance!
Sat 11am-12:30pm (balcony)
history of direct action in defense of womens dignity & self determination! ‘Womens Rights” vs. How female humans are Wronged! Organizing A local & Global Front for the war against women
[ps2id id=’self-defense’ target=”/]Self-Defense and Un-Arrest Tactics for Anarchists
Sat 7:45-9:15 (gym)
“Self-Defense and Un-Arrest Tactics for Anarchists” will impart tactics for dealing with police and other pernicious individuals that might try to do us harm. Responses to batons, punches, and MANY forms of physical restraint will be explored, and those with advice to impart from their own study / experience will be asked to contribute to the discussion. **** This WILL be physical, so bringing / wearing comfortable clothes in which one can move about is encouraged
J.”G.”J. (Books through Bars, North Brooklyn COPWATCH, Picture the Homeless Housing Unit ally, unrepentant APOC-er and MXGM member with the PP / POW Committee and Food Justice Committee) and hopefully other friends from MXGM, NBPP and etc. will be presenting
[ps2id id=’world-war-3′ target=”/]World War 3 Illustrated Continuity in Radical Comics
Sat 6:00-7:30 (garden room)
WW3 has been part of the Anarchist movement in the U.S. since we began publishing in 1980. Today there are many new contributors to the magazine some of whom were kids when we started. This event will involve powerpoint presentations by a number of WW3 contributors with a focus on new artists.
List of presenters has not been confirmed. It will probably include:
Ethan Heitner, cartoonist active with Adallah and other groups supporting the rights of Palestinians
Carlo Quispe, cartoonist active on immigrant issues, gay rights and ant-=censorship work.
Seth Tobocman, founding editor of WW3 Illustrated others to be announced
[ps2id id=’cooperation-cooperatives’ target=”/]Cooperation Between Cooperatives
Sun 2:30-4:00 (meeting room A)
Co-ops are living breathing examples of alternatives to capitalism and democratic participation. Through cooperative principles such as “Cooperation among cooperatives” and “Concern for Community,” co-ops exemplify mutual aid, community support, and operate in the service of the triple bottom line. This panel/ discussion format will look at cross-sector examples of housing co-ops, worker-owned businesses, credit unions and consumer co-ops throughout the city, and how they fit into the larger international cooperative movement. We will examine how local cooperatives buck the trends of the New York “real estate” market by creating affordable housing. We will also discuss building a network between cooperative organizations to help support their work in activism, anti-oppression and sustainable living, where those values are present. If there is a strong infrastructure we can do one of the most important things- support the startup of more cooperatives!
This discussion could be formatted through a moderated panel if you’d like us to serve as an informational starting point for people just discovering the world of cooperative living. Or we could divide into several smaller table groups for brainstorming ideas about potential collaboration in areas of finance, education, childcare, shared rides, insurance. In these smaller groups we would begin listing our existing assets and what tools or components we need to form these new cooperative relationships. Ideally, if we could begin with an overview in panel form and then have a space to meet and discuss the subject with smaller groups that would be best.
Emily Ng- is a native New Yorker and a member of a Brooklyn leasing co-op, in addition to working to support low-income housing co-ops. She believes in supporting co-ops as an alternate economic system that directly builds the world we want to create.
Aimee Lutkin- is a member of the leasing cooperative Treehaus in Bed-Stuy. She does organizing work for CoopNYC, a developing network of co-ops in Brooklyn and the other boroughs. She also works with Trade School and School of the Future, two barter-based education systems in New York.
Stephen Switzer-is co-founder of treehaus and a worker/owner of Thirdroot Community Health Center, a radical worker cooperative of alternative health practitioners. He believes that co-oping the way we live and work is essential in causing broader social change.
Noemi Giszpenc-is the executive director of the Cooperative Development Institute (www.cdi.coop), a 16-year-old nonprofit agency providing cooperative development assistance to all types of cooperatives in the Northeast (New England and New York). She is an active participant in the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (www.nycworker.coop).
[ps2id id=’reinscribing’ target=”/]RE-INSCRIBING THE CITY: Unitary Urbanism today
Sat 4:15-5:45 (balcony)
WEB INFO: https://www.vizkult.org/propositions/uutoday/
In the late 50s up until about the end of the 60s a group of artist known as the Lettrist/Situationist International (LI/SI) made a desperate attempt to re-inscribe the city so that it’s inhabitants could break free from the bleak urban routine of work and consumption. During this period several strategies were developed under the name of Unitary Urbanism. This panel reflects on the historical importance of these strategies in order to critically examine how they relate to their own work and the possible uses within society today.
MODERATOR: Antonio Serna
PANELISTS: Ethan Spiglan, Adeola Enigbokan, Dillon De Give, Blake Morris, The Walk Study Group, and Wilfried Hou Je Bek (via skype)
Ethan Spigland received an M.F.A. from the Graduate Film Program at New York University, and a maitrise from the University of Paris VIII under the supervision of Jean-Francois Lyotard and Gilles Deleuze.
Adeola Enigbokan. Artist, researcher, writer and teacher based in New York City.
Dillon de Give started Lah an annual walking project that commemorates the spirit of Hal, a coyote who appeared in Central Park in 2006 and died shortly after being captured by authorities.
Blake Morris uses walking as a core way to engage ideas and space, and also to create community.
The Walk Study Group is New York City walking group formed by Blake Morris and Dillon De Give.
William Hou Je Bek Wilfried is a ‘culture hacker’ who develops generative psychogeography.
Antonio Serna is an artist living and working in New York. With art as his tool, he is constantly comparing and contrasting the human construct of progress with the animal instinct of survival.
[ps2id id=’palestinian-call’ target=”/]The Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) for Activists, Artists, Anarchists, etc.
Sun 4:15-5:45 (meeting room C)
Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
The Palestinian BDS call, while not explicitly anarchist, represents a non-state mass popular movement that is coordinated and supported in non-hierarchical fashion, and that positions itself in critical opposition to both the Israeli state and the Palestinian para-state apparatus. In this workshop we will present an introduction to the BDS movement, its history, and its links to resistance on the ground in Palestine. Facilitators and participants will openly discuss how to approach BDS from an anarchist perspective, what BDS means for artists, and how BDS can mobilize locally with creative action while making global connections.
Ethan Heitner of Adalah-NY is a self-described anarchist and cartoonist who
is also affiliated with World War 3 Illustrated Magazine and Jews Against the Occupation.
Maia Ramnath is a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies currently active with Historians Against War, South Asia Solidarity Initiative and Adalah-NY.
Alexis Stern of Adalah-NY has been a part of the movement for justice for Palestine for over 20 years.
[ps2id id=’anarchism-imagination’ target=”/]Anarchism & the Imagination
Sun 4:15-5:45 (meeting room A)
Participants: Chiara Bottici, Ben Shepard, Stevphen Shukaitis
The immense potential of imagination is one of the most common themes politics of all shades, from the 1960s slogans to give all power to it to tapping its appeal for marketing campaigns and electoral politics. But the raises the question, is imagination the means for emancipation or for domination? How can we rekindle radical imagination in a world that is saturated with images and thus seems to leave very little space to begin something new? This panel will focus on the relation between anarchism and the politics of the imagination as a constantly renewed terrain of political struggle.
Chiara Bottici is a philosopher and social theorist. She is the author of Philosophy of Political Myth and co-editor of The Politics of Imagination.
Benjamin Shepard, PhD, LMSW is an Assistant Professor of Human Services at New York College of Technology/City University of New York.
Stevphen Shukaitis is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. He is the author of Imaginal Machies: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization.
[ps2id id=’farmworker-justice’ target=”/]Farmworker Justice, Green Capitalism and Trader Joe’s: A Presentation on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Sat 2:30-4:00 (gym)
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a farmworker organization in Southwest Florida working to increase wages and improve working conditions in the tomato fields where they work. The Community Farmworker Alliance (NYC) organizes in solidarity with the farmworkers, and is pressuring the liberal favorite, Trader Joe’s, to sign an agreement with the CIW. Burger King, McDonalds, Subway, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods already work with the CIW to bring tomato farmers 1 penny more per pound of tomatoes they pick, which nearly doubles their wages. But Trader Joe’s has lower standards in its fields than the largest fast food chains and food suppliers, and sells its products under a guise of “sustainability”
In this workshop, we will present on the work of the CIW, on the relationship that consumers have to the supermarket industry, on “green capitalism” and profiting off of “sustainability”, and on the local target: Trader Joe’s.
Charlene Obernauer: your friendly neighborhood anarchist, organizer with Community/Farmworker Alliance; also works with Long Island Jobs with Justice, books shows at Manifesta Loft and plays drums in Born in a Cent.
Guadalupe Rodriguez Lopez: another friendly neighborhood anarchist, on the Steering Committee of the Student/Farmworker Alliance and member of the Community/Farmworker Alliance. Also known as DJ That Wizard, spinning xip xop, son jarocho, and le tigre.
[ps2id id=’immokalee-kids-workshop’ target=”/]KIDS!
Sat 12:45-2:15 (gym)
Do you know who grows the food you eat? From the tomatoes in your shopping cart to the lettuce on the shelves, all food has a story, a story that is connected to farmworkers. Join us as we reveal the hidden history behind the food you eat, and as we talk about a group of farmworkers in Southwest Florida (the Coalition of Immokalee Workers) who work in the agricultural fields and fight for their rights! Let’s ensure that the food we eat is not only healthy for our bodies, but healthy for the workers, too!
Charlene Obernauer is an organizer, musician, and writer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. For the past six years, she has been a core organizer within SFA, having served on the first Steering Committee and attended the first Encuentro. She is a founding member of the Community/Farmworker Alliance (CFA), which is working on a campaign directed at persuading Trader Joe’s to negotiate with the CIW. Charlene works as the Director of Long Island Jobs with Justice, a non-profit organization that works with labor, community groups, people of faith, and students in the struggle for workers’ rights. Charlene is also the lyricist and drummer of the feminist punk band, Born in a Cent and books political benefit shows throughout the New York City area.
Guadalupe Rodriguez Lopez is a queer punkera, Xicana/Salvadoriana community organizer, born and raised in the concrete jungle of Brooklyn. She decided to take a break from academia while attending Evergreen State College and became deeply inspired by the autonomous movements in Oaxaca, Mexico. She moved to Oaxaca, and became a volunteer for a solidarity organization called CASA Chapulin. Her main focus there was organizing with LGBTQ grassroots movementst. When she got back to NYC in the summer of 2010, she began organizing in the South Bronx with the Rebel Diaz Art Collective. From there, she was connected with the work of the CIW and theCommunity/Farmworker Alliance. Growing up, she has witnessed the injustices her familia and relatives had to go through to make ends meet, and has a great responsibility fighting for justicia for those exploited in our society. She loves her work doing Outdoor Education with NYC young peoples, dancing cumbia/xip-hop y punk rock on the weekends, and enjoys reading and writing. She is working on creating more QPOC/Xican@ sustainable spaces in NYC, and thinking about her future drag performances. She’s super excited being part of the SFA Steering Committee communidad.
[ps2id id=’world-in-flames’ target=”/]The World in Flames! The New International Upheavals of North Africans, U.S. Workers and Others! Revolutionary Anarchist Perspectives
Sat 12:45-2:15 (gym)
Will discuss the indternational crisis of capitalism, communications with Arab and North African militants, and the relationship between a bourgeois-democratic and a socialist-anarchist revolution.
Speakers and backgrounds:
William Bachman, long time union activist, member of committee to free Mumia Abu Jamal, and membr of Northeasern Federation of Anarchist Communists (INEFAC)
Christine Karatenetsky, long time union and ecological activist, and member of NEFAC.
Wayne Price, union and human rights activist, member of NEFAC
[ps2id id=’carlo-tresca’ target=”/]Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel
Sun 2:30-4:00 (meeting room C)
Arriving in America in 1904, Carlo Tresca began a nearly forty-year stretch as an active revolutionary. Nunzio Pernicone’s definitive biography chronicles Tresca’s larger-than-life personality, his revolutionary apprenticeship in Sulmona, Italy, and his subsequent career as fighter for liberty until his untimely death in 1943. The story of his life―as newspaper editor, labor agitator, anarchist, anti-communist, street fighter, and opponent of fascism―illuminates the lost world of Italian-American radicalism. Among friends and comrades Tresca counted revolutionary luminaries such as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, “Big Bill” Haywood, Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, and countless sovversivi. From his work on behalf of the IWW, to his editorship of numerous papers, including Il Proletario and Il Martello, and his assassination on the streets of New York City, Tresca’s passion left a permanent mark on the American map.
Nunzio Pernicone is professor of History at Drexel University. He is the author of Italian Anarchism, 1864–1892, and editor of The Autobiography of Carlo Tresca, and has published numerous articles on Italian-American radicalism.
[ps2id id=’colin-ward’ target=”/]The Environmental Politics of Colin Ward
Sat 6:00-7:30 Bluestockings Bookstore – map
Born in 1924, Colin Ward is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s foremost anarchist writers. Editor of Freedom newspaper and then Anarchy magazine from 1947 to 1970, he authored or coauthored over thirty books, including Anarchy in Action, Cotters and Squatters, The Allotment, and Arcadia for All.
Damian F. White is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Science at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the editor (with Chris Wilbert) of the forthcoming AK Press title, Autonomy, Solidarity, and Possibility: The Colin Ward Reader, the author of Bookchin: A Critical Appraisal (Pluto Press, 2008) and the co-editor (with Chris Wilbert) of Technonatures: Environments, Technologies, Spaces and Places in the Twenty First Century.
[ps2id id=’authoritarian-vanguard’ target=”/]Authoritarian Vanguard Leadership or Leaderless Revolution: An open discussion
Sat 7:45-9:15 (Bluestockings Bookstore) map
Recent global insurgencies have been described as “leaderless revolutions.” Is it true? Does it disprove Marx’s assertion that a Vanguard party must provide authoritative leadership? What is the role of leadership in Anarchist action generally?. This workshop will be an open discussion of these questions and others,
possibly including invited guests from Marxist Vanguard parties.
[ps2id id=’front-door’ target=”/]When they Kick At Your Front Door: Grand Juries Info Session and Resistance Building
Sat 2:30-4:00 (hall)
People’s Law Collective and Anarchist Black Cross Federation will provide information on the structure of Grand Juries, indictments, intimidation tactics, and the impact it has had on anarchist projects over the past several years. We will be providing legal information on grand juries and strategize on effective ways to resist grand juries as a community.
Presentation by the People’s Law Collective and NYC Anarchist Black Cross Federation
Vicky is sometimes anti-social but always anti-fascist. She does political prisoner support with the NYC Anarchist Black Cross Federation and works with the Cooperative Action Project fighting landlords.
Sun 2:30-4:00 (gym)
A general overview of the history of anarchist thought and a discussion of modern anarchism. Reading doesn’t have to be the only way to learn about anarchist ideas!
Matt Houston – NYC Catholic Worker
[ps2id id=’call-it-conversation’ target=”/]“CALL IT CONVERSATION”
(COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO ABUSE & THE CALLING OUT PROCESS)
Sat 12:45-2:15 (balcony)
Interpersonal violence is intensely private, and the silence surrounding abuse is part of what keeps it alive. To create strong, sustainable communities we need to break the silence and create dialogue about a radical response to abusive behavior. While there is some discussion on consent and accountability, little has been said about the moment when abuse comes out of the closet and into a community. We need to ask ourselves many questions. Who is responsible for community safety? What is the best way to call someone out on abusive behavior? What does accountability look like? How can we as a community plan to deal with difficult situations without splitting into factions or falling apart? Join Support New York as we explore the complexities of community response to abuse.
Support New York is a collective dedicated to healing the effects of sexual assault and abuse. We use transformative justice processes to meet the needs of the survivor and to hold accountable those who have perpetrated harm. We also work to maintain a larger dialogue within communities about consent, mutual aid, and our society’s narrow views of intimate violence.
[ps2id id=’radical-educators’ target=”/]Radical Educators Meetup
Sun 12:30 (Bluestockings Bookstore) map
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices. This month we’ll discuss “Organizing for Educational Justice: The Campaign for Public School Reform in the South Bronx” by Michael B. Fabricant. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
[ps2id id=’history-abc-no-rio’ target=”/]History of ABC No Rio
Sun 1:00-2:15 (ABC No Rio – 156 Rivington St.) map
Learn about ABC No Rio from its beginnings as the 1979 Real Estate show to a becoming a bastion of Lower East Side culture and arts, featuring an art studio/performance space, zine library, darkroom, computer lab and silkscreening studio.
It has also been the home of radical groups such as Books Through Bars, Food Not Bombs,Times Up, and the world famous Punk/Hardcore Collective which puts on weekly shows. The book fair collective thanks ABC No Rio for being our main meeting space for all five years of its existence and the many memorable moments it has provided the community over the years.
This may be your last chance to see a piece of NYC radical history and bid a fond farewell to the old building, which will soon be demolished before the future version of No Rio is constructed in its place.