2017 Workshops

 

The 11th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City, followed by a city-wide anarchist meeting on Sunday, May 14th at The Base

See full description of workshops below the schedule 

 

Workshops and Skillshares 2017

 

11:00am-12:15pm

Conflict Resolution/Accountability/Healing Panel (Assembly Hall)

 

"The Idea with this workshop is several people from different perspectives, intellectual and social spheres, addressing the issue and maybe fielding some questions around the conflict/resolution/accountability/healing problematic. Panelists will  be asked to describe their work and relationship to the field, name particularly troubling or inspiring trends they see in it, offer theoretical and practical models for "solutions" or otherwise new potential approaches to conflict/resolution/accountability/healing, and collate resources for the interested or concerned."

 

(Kalan Sherrard, anarchist artist/activist)

 

Intro to Threat Modeling (Garden Room)     

 

Cryptosquad Workshop in collaboration with MACC AntiDoxx, who will launch their website for protecting the online security or yourself and your comrades in a fun and easy way. CryptoSquad NYC will give an introduction to threat modeling, including such concepts as situational analysis, actor/info mapping, threat assessment, security indicators, and responding to threats. Great workshop for activists, organizers, and individuals interested in operational security.

 

(MACC AntiDoxx (MAD) aims to defend our comrades from alt-right doxxing and state issued subpoenas. We develop strategies and training to safeguard our comrades' personal information and communications online. Building a radical form of participatory politics requires defense of information, and MAD is here to help)

 

Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be (Meeting Space)

 

Shon Meckfessel from Seattle gives a presentation on his book, Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be.

US social movements face many challenges. One of their most troublesome involves the question of nonviolence. Civil disobedience and symbolic protest have characterized many struggles in the US since the Civil Rights era, but conditions have changed. Corporate media has consolidated, the police have militarized, dissent has been largely co-opted and institutionalized, but the strategic tools radicals employ haven’t necessarily kept pace. Our narratives, borrowed from movements of the past, are falling short.

Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used to Be maps emerging, more militant approaches that are developing to fill the gap, from Occupy to Black Lives Matter. It offers new angles on a seemingly intractable debate, introducing ideas that carve out a larger middle-ground between camps in order to chart an effective path forward.

Shon Meckfessel activist / writer / He has appeared as a social movement scholar and advocate in the New York Times and on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, CNN, NPR, BBC, Radio, and Fox News. Shon is a member of the English Faculty at Highline College.

 

Neugenics: exposing artificial selection & becoming ungovernable (red/black Space)

 

"We know the entire system is a loaded selection roulette serving the interests of the wealthy”

"Dr. Alexandre, MD/Master Public Health, takes on the ongoing elitist project of population selection by means of "Capital Selection", i.e. using financial power as master criteria to pick and choose which groups are supposed to thrive and reproduce, versus the rest of us - condemned to wither and die off. Governance has been reduced to herd management, a process Dr. Carvalho calls "Neugenics".

With our current backdrop of climate collapse and mass migrations, one has only to do the math:    •Revolution is Survival•   Using hard evidence and Darwinian analysis, one is able to expose this farce and point ways forward."

 

(Alexandre Carvalho is an anarchist / activist / OWS organizer / doctor- physician  and poet )



   

 

12:30pm-1:30pm

 

Indigenous Sovereignty and Resistance from the perspective of an Indigenous Anarchist (Assembly Hall)

 

The resistance of indigenous communities/tribes around the world has shown how we participate in tactics and direct actions whose purpose are about self government and liberation from colonial settlements. Abby Rojas will be speaking about issues affecting Nigeria, Standing Rock, The Zapatista in Chiapas, and the Mapuche in Chile. Also about Pacific Islanders indigenous sovereignty and the resistance movements that have rose in Australia within the aboriginals of this land. This is only to name a few.

 

(Abby Rojas, is an organizer and together with Hoods4Justice and Shut It Down both Anarchist/Radical people of color led organizations and collectives fighting Police brutality, for Trans and Queer rights, and against Environmental Racism. They worked with the Red Warrior Camp in Standing Rock who was a militant camp on the frontline and will be bringing a Water Protector as a co-speaker, also worked close with Mothers against Meth Alliance that is originally a Pine Ridge Resistance group against Meth and it's affect on Native American communities. They do a lot of work surrounding black/indigenous and brown resistance.)

 

The Rojava Revolution and the International Struggle (Garden Room)

 

The revolution in Rojava is the most successful anarchist-inspired political movement of our time. As such, it has created a new paradigm for social change. It has developed unparalleled models for self-governance through local councils, pragmatic feminism, and generalized self-defense. For anarchists in an increasingly material battle against white supremacist society there is much we can learn from the political success in Rojava.

As facts on the ground are changing day to day in Northern Syria, we will give an update about the current geopolitical conditions in the region, and what it means for the revolution. We will also look at the revolutionary bodies and models in practice in Rojava.Finally, as many comrades flock to the region in defense of the revolution, and to expand its influence, we will look at the best ways to support them and the ongoing struggle towards liberatory social organization.

 

(Rojava Solidarity)

 

Maoism and the Chinese Revolution (Meeting Space)

 

This  book offers the novice reader a sweeping overview of five decades of revolutionary history, and traces the development of Mao Zedong’s politics amid the growing contradictions of the Chinese revolutionary project. All the while, it maintains a perspective sympathetic to the everyday workers and peasants who, in some moments, stood poised to make the revolution anew. This talk supports anti-authoritarian politics by providing an anti-authoritarian reading of one of the key revolutions of the 20th century, which can inform how people take action today. Its critical take on Maoism is particularly important since Mao and the Chinese revolution were a significant reference point for the last significant wave of social movement in the U.S.--in in the 1960s/70s--and continues to hold weight especially in POC movements.

 

(Elliott Liu is an organizer with the Bronx Social Center and Take Back the Bronx)

 

The Base Fight Training (red/black Space)  

 

This skillshare is a 2 hour self-defense class, with the first hour covering such things as scene assessment, awareness and striking techniques, and the second hour covering ground defense. Learn how to defend yourself and others with this intro class. Workshop is 12:30-2:45pm.

 

(Members of The Base’s Fight Training program)

 

1:45pm-2:45pm

 

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Letters (Assembly Hall)

Live performance/ reading of script written by Mark Shankar (Gravity Free Press) based on letters written by Sacco and Vanzetti, compiled by Felix Frankfurter, who was part of the legal team to defend them at the US Supreme court. Ninety years ago, two Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were executed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1977, Massachusetts issued a resolution: “… any stigma and disgrace should be forever removed from the names of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.” Sacco, a shoemaker, and Vanzetti, a fish seller, had not received a fair trial. During seven years of solitary confinement, as they awaited execution, Sacco and Vanzetti wrote letters to family, friends and supporters. Their example challenges us to examine our own time in the light of the crippling influence of fear, political hysteria and xenophobia.

 

(A dramatic reading of selections of their letters, edited by Marc Shanker and Edwina Williams, will be performed by actors Michael Griffin and Patrick Mellen.)

 

How to do Jail and Court Support for Arrested Comrades (Garden Room)

 

We're anarchists. We're not going to stop getting arrested at demos any time soon. We are also expecting a higher level of repression in the coming years, as we fight the rise of fascism, neo-nazism, and the alt-right. We haven't always been well-prepared for arrests. This workshop will help you understand what happens immediately when someone is arrested and how you can be helpful in the first 24 hours or so afterwards. Learn how to figure out what precinct they are taken to and when they will get out, or whether they will need help at the courthouse the next day. Find out how you can get information about arrested friends and comrades, and how to anticipate what they will need from you.

 

(MACC Legal is a committee of the NYC Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, which is organized under the guiding principles of horizontalism, direct democracy and direct action)

 

#Living on the ZAD (zone a défendre)/ zone to defend)  –  (Meeting Space)

 

Experimental ways to live and to fight / Radicals from around the world, local farmers and villagers, citizen groups, trade unionists and naturalists, refugees and runaways, squatters and climate justice activists and many others, are organising to protect the 4000 acres of land against the airport and its world. Government officials called this place “a territory lost to the republic”. Its occupants named it: la zad. In the winter of 2012, thousands of riot police attempted to evict the zone, but they faced a determined and diverse resistance, which culminated in a 40,000 people demonstration in order to rebuild some of what had been destroyed by the French State. Less than a week later, the police was forced to stop what they had called “Operation Cesar”. Since then, the zad has been a laboratory of new ways of living, rooted in collaborations between all those who make up the diversity of this movement. Despite the challenges it is facing –  notably because of its inherent diversity of visions  – the anti-airport movement agreed on a shared framework to radically rethink how to organise and work the freed land. This framework is based on the creation of commons, the notion of usage rather than property and the demand that those who fought for the land are those who determine its use.

 

(One former and one current inhabitant of the zad.  “We want to discuss possibilities to stop capitalist projects and to build autonomous zones in the long-term and on a large scale.”)

 

The Base Fight Training (red/black Space)

 

This skillshare is a 2 hour self-defense class, with the first hour covering such things as scene assessment, awareness and striking techniques, and the second hour covering ground defense. Learn how to defend yourself and others with this intro class. Workshop is 12:30-2:45pm.

 

(Members of The Base’s Fight Training program)

 

3:00pm-4:00pm

 

Handle with Fierce Care: MACC Anarchx Feministx/ Silvia Federici / Chiara Bottici  (Assembly Hall)

 

This workshop will not only add to the inclusivity of the Anarchist Book Fair by making space for Femme, Trans, WOC, Latinx, and NGC folx, but would also exhibit a critical facet of the anarchist community. The MACC Anarchx-Feministx will host a workshop that explores how we handle ourselves and our communities with “fierce care”; that is, how do we demand and uphold opposition to the state while also fighting for our own bodies and voices? The Anarchx Feministx will lead folks in ways that allows everyone to have a say in this pro-femme space. We will conclude by asking ourselves how conversations on anti-state ideas and actions puts our work into practice.

 

(MACC Anarchx Feminstx sharing their mutual agreements to the group and how they fit under an anti-state ideology and practice. We will then have an informal panel with Silvia Federici (writer/feminist, activist) and Chiara Bottici ( writer/feminist,activist) on the application of theory versus practice, however the direction of the conversation is up to the group that attends this workshop. )

This workshop will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm.

 

NYC Branch of IWW: Lessons from Ongoing Campaigns (Garden Room)

 

The NYC branch of the IWW currently has three ongoing campaigns: SFU(organizing Midtown waitstaff), IU460 (organizing food service workers in Queens) and IWOC (organizing prisoners throughout the state). All three involve different kinds of workers, employ different organizing techniques and have seen different levels of success. This diversity has taught us a number of lessons, which we think could aid other organizing efforts throughout New York City.

Anarchist history (history of the IWW), prisoner support (IWOC), active solidarity (all campaigns), immigrant justice (IU460) and strategies for pushing forward a radical agenda in mainstream politics (SFU).

 

(IWW - Industrial Workers of the World - The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities.)

 

Non-violence Divides Us All (Meeting Space)

 

A workshop that speaks about how no nonviolence theory often is racist, sexist, and exclusionary when it comes to movement and social spaces. Resistance has always been part of anarchist philosophy, and not having dialogue about it is keeping alternative resistance beyond nonviolence be constant in play.  We will be using reference points on the zine we are intruding during the book fair call the nonviolence divide us all.

 

( Hoods4Justice is an anarchist poc trans and queer space focuses on decolonizing, mobilizing, to abolish and rebuild. / Michael Basillas and Christian Valencia from Hoods4Justice will be the presenters)

 

The Collaborative Gender Spectrum Workshop and Parade (red/black Space)

 

Workshop is about gender, assigned sex, and gender presentation. This is followed by an activity where participants create a collaborative gender spectrum by writing down things they either gender themselves OR see as being gendered by society and attaching them to a string with masculinity on one end and femininity on the other. As a group, we read across the spectrum and then the participants spend time thinking about where they feel they fall - today - on the spectrum. We decorate ourselves in a way we feel we aligns with our gender identity using props, makeup and costumes and have a parade. We recap at the end and briefly explore the experience of visibility as a take-home. This workshop inspires younger humans to explore the bounds of their socio-political experiences using creativity while instilling transparency, autonomy and understanding about gender presentation and gender identity, and the experience of visibility through fluid, horizontal community building.

 

(Raine Raine is an artist  trans person and transhumanist. For two years  have coordinated the not for profit space QuoLab, Savannah's only explicitly queer DIY space for art, music, performance and social activism. Currently coordinating The World's Third Smallest Music Festival in Savannah.)



4:15-5:30pm

 

Handle with Fierce Care: MACC Anarchx Feministx/ Silvia Federici / Chiara Bottici  (Assembly Hall)

 

This workshop would not only add to the inclusivity of the Anarchist Book Fair by making space for Femme, Trans, WOC, Latinx, and NGC folx, but would also exhibit a critical facet of the anarchist community. The MACC Anarchx-Feministx will host a workshop that explores how we handle ourselves and our communities with “fierce care”; that is, how do we demand and uphold opposition to the state while also fighting for our own bodies and voices? The Anarchx Feministx will lead folks in ways that allows everyone to have a say in this pro-femme space. We will conclude by asking ourselves how conversations on anti-state ideas and actions puts our work into practice.

 

(MACC Anarchx Feminstx sharing their mutual agreements to the group and how they fit under an anti-state ideology and practice. We will then have an informal panel with Silvia Federici (writer/feminist, activist) and Chiara Bottici ( writer/feminist,activist) on the application of theory versus practice, however the direction of the conversation is up to the group that attends this workshop. )

This workshop will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm.

 

El significado del anarquismo actual (Una breve revisión de los últimos años y la visión del futuro del anarquismo)

"The meaning of current anarchism. A brief review of the last years and the vision of the future of anarchism "

(Garden Room)

 

The intention of this workshop is to expand and collaborate with the idea offered by anarchism to humanity.

 

(Roles is an activist and  collaborator of fanzine reaktor, (free reaction) / Musician in two different bands (Discordia (blackmetal) and rebuschaos (punkhc))

 

World War III Illustrated  (Meeting Space) ok

 

Slideshow presentations by a number of cartoonists working with the magazine World War 3 Illustrated featuring Seth Tobocman, Sandy Jimenez and others.

 

Earth First! RoadShow (red/black Space)

interactive workshops/games

Ground Games: stay safer and be exciting in the street!

 

As large mass protest becomes a regular activity across the country, how do we stay exciting and not become predictable? This skillshare explores ideas on what small groups can do, how to strategically push forward and what different kinds of events can allow as far as spontaneity, creativity and empowerment.

 

5:45pm-7:00pm

 

Burning Down the American Plantation: Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (Assembly Hall)  

 

The foundation of the political conflict today does not begin with Trump, but is situated in the context of the US Civil War – a war that was never actually resolved. Slavery has never ended in the United States. Instead it was reinstituted after the war, expanded through mass incarceration, and normalized through the deputization of civil society against black people.

We will look at how we can orient our struggle towards the abolitionist movement, and the black freedom struggle. Following the lineage of the black struggle, from Nat Turner to the Black Liberation Army, we can learn from the most revolutionary traditions of our society. We will talk about our projects and how we are trying to build 21st century underground railroad coupled with a militant strategy. Could the formation of these new political projects catapult us out of the cycle of protests and help us create revolutionary organization? For insights we’ll analyze the Rojava Revolution.

 

(The Base is an anarchist political center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of revolutionary left and anarchist ideas and organizing. )

 

Autonomous Art: Underground radical live art survival tactics (Garden Room)

 

Explore issues such as: /artwork outside of established social and cultural frameworks/ Creating and maintaining an art "scene", community existing outside the commercial capitalist art market/ Not relying on corporate or governmental support/ Organizing DIY events and running DIY spaces/ Finding ways to finance and support artists and their practice/ Exploring intersectional collaboration between varied live performance based disciplines, performance art, visual art, experimental music, theater, poetry and public resistance action/ Reaching out to similar communities in the US and worldwide/ Traveling and performing/ Destroying and re-creating art and culture, and employing a broad reach, transcending niche pockets of like-minded echo chambers/ Performance art as an activist tactic: "How to engage in public art protest action, without compromising artistry or clarity."/ This workshop will explore the challenges of making performance in public that is both artful and has a definite message.

 

(Wild Torus collaborates with other artists who share their  vision in creating a site-specific, liminal time-space.They  are devoted to the avant-garde and genre-defying aspects of expanded performance / AnarkoArtLab is a collective of new-media artists that practices collective creation  (They  create a CONCEPT and it becomes a LIVE, collaborative, multi-media art experience immersive and participatory). The AnarkoArtlab (exchanging and experimenting ideas about art, equality, collectivity and anarchy in action) is the founder of the Anarchist art festival in NYC.

 

The ABCs of Squatting (Meeting Space)

 

Housing advocates will share skills and insight into squatting. The one and a half hour session will be presented by Frank Morales and Bill Timesup and will include a slide presentation and Q&A on tools, building systems and the nuts and bolts of squatting. "The ABCs of Squatting" ties in to the of themes of the anarchist book fair by addressing people's need for community related low cost housing through DIY ideology.

 

(Frank Morales is a Lower East Side native and political activist whose work with squatters dates back to the 1970's when he served as an Episcopal priest in the Bronx. / Bill Timesup, founder of the environmental action group Time’s Up! and co-founder of Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in the Lower East Side, which serves as a living archive of urban activism.)

 

7:00pm

 

 

THE SOCIAL INSURRECTION IN GREECE and ANARCHISM ACTIVIST PRACTICES NY - (Assembly Hall)

 

Anarchist resistance: A Greek-American Dialog. A new kind of fascism is rising in countries around the world, from the the US to Europe to the Philippines, facilitated by the crimes of neoliberal capitalism. How are anarchists meeting the challenge of the alt-right and the equally dangerous center-right in the US and in Greece? Can we turn a period of repression and xenophobia into a turning point toward social and economic revolution?

 

(Tasos Sagris from Void Network- writer and organizer from Athens-Greece Eric Laursen is a longtime anarchist writer, organizer, and activist living in the Eastern US and a founder member of the NYC Anarchist BookFair collective. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is much to talk about this year and we are committed to making the book fair a place where the community can discover and contribute to anarchist perspectives on the spectrum of issues facing our human community today -- not to exclude art, culture, and the struggle for personal expression.

 

Presentations, panels, workshops, and skill shares will be held during the book fair. Please fill out the form below and email it back to us by March 5th to propose a session. Selections will be announced by April 7th.

 

All proposals will be considered. Remember, diversity is important to us: we are committed to promoting voices typically underrepresented at mainstream and activist conferences alike whether for reasons of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, income or ability.

 

We are especially interested in hearing from local people presenting on issues of particular relevance to anarchists and other activists in the NYC area.

 

In response to feedback from previous years, we are also interested in including more praxis-oriented events, as well as ideological discussion, on topics including but not limited to:

* Anarchist history and theory

* Queer

* Anarchfeminism

* Healthcare

* Radical parenting

* Radical education

* Community gardening

* Alternatives to capitalist economics

* Prisoner support and/or prison abolition

* Housing and gentrification

* Pirate radio and diy media

* Decolonization and anti-imperialism

* Active solidarity

* Racial justice/anti-oppression

* Indigenous sovereignty

* Immigrant justice

* Strategies for pushing forward a radical agenda in mainstream politics

* Ecology

* Animal rights

 

 

2017 NYC ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR APPLICATION FORM

 

Please answer all questions. Complete information is needed in order for us to communicate with you and plan the book fair.

 

1. What kind of event are you proposing?

□ Talk

□ Panel

□ Workshop

□ Skillshare

□ Theater

□ walking tour

□ Other (please specify)

Would you like to do a workshop, panel, presentation in SPANISH?

 

2. Title and short description of event, including how it fits with the agenda of an anarchist book fair.

 

3. Name of presenter(s) and brief bio(s), including relationship(s) to the anarchist community.

 

4. Do you have any equipment needs or other special requests? (please specify)

 

5. Do you need childcare? Y/N

 

6. Do you have any preferred time slots? (please specify)

 

7. Could your event be tailored to appeal to a broader age range and be billed as appropriate for young children or teens? Y/N

If yes, would you be interested in presenting a truncated version of your event in our childcare space?

 

8. Do you need accommodation in NYC in order to attend the book fair? Y/N

 

For any other questions related to the 11th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair that are not about proposals, please visit  our website at www.anarchistbookfair.net

 

and send your email application here:

nycabf.workshops@gmail.com 

 

 

 

LAST YEAR :

 

11am – 12:15pm

 

Revolutionary Eco-Socialism: Anarchism and Climate Justice  (Garden Room)
 

How capitalism and the state cause the ecological/environmental crisis that now threatens humanity and the biosphere. The limitations of the recent international agreement on the climate. How anarchism points to an alternate to ecological catastrophe. What writers, including Naomi Klein and others, have been saying and not saying. What kind of movement do we need to achieve climate justice?

Wayne Price is a long-time anarchist activist, writer, and theorist. Has written three books on anarchism, including The Value of Radical Theory: An Anarchist Introduction to Marx's Critique of Political Economy. Wayne writes regularly for www.Anarkismo.net, including essays on ecology and climate justice. He is a member of System Change, Not Climate Change. Responding will be longtime anarchist and labor organizer Christine Karatnytsky.

 

An Overview of the Squatting Movement in London and Continental Europe (Balcony)

 

Squatting in Europe is about claiming rent-free housing for the poor and excluded. It is also about opening public common spaces, making room for organizing, cultural work, and communal living. Squatting is a political movement. It is multi-generational with deep roots and significant popular support. Alan W. Moore will present a brief overview of European squatting movements in different major cities, spotlighting some projects. Squatting in residential buildings in London was criminalized in 2012. Janis will offer a brief description of what's changed, and the challenges to the new law. She also takes a look at squatting from the wider perspective of the London housing movement in a time of crisis, and how the new law forced squatters to become more radical and political, working with tenants fighting gentrification.

 

Janis is a former London squatter of nine years and a member of the Advisory Service for Squatters based in East London, where she worked for eight years. The ASS provides legal and practical advice to squatters and prepares legal defenses for them in court. Janis, who is finishing a law degree, was active on the legal side, ranging from helping prevent people in danger of losing their homes to supporting anarchist-squatted social centers such as the London Queer Social Centre. Alan W. Moore has written on artists’ groups, cultural geography and economy, and social movements. He worked with the artists’ groups Colab and helped start the cultural center ABC No Rio in New York. He runs the “House Magic” information project on self-organized occupied social centers. Alan is the author of Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City (Autonomedia, 2011), the co-editor of Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces (JoAAP/Other Forms, 2015), and author of Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City from Below (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2015). He wrote an essay for the forthcoming Radical Gotham: The Anarchist Tradition in New York City, 1880-2012, Tom Goyens, editor. He also collaborates with the Squatting Europe Kollective research group (https://sqek.squat.net/). He lives in Madrid and Milwaukee.

 

ABCs of Squatting (Gym/Assembly Hall)

This workshop will review the means of occupying and defend vacant property in the New York to create a home and/or social center. It will briefly cover the legal and technical details of plumbing and electrical systems in buildings.

 

Frank Morales is a legendary New York housing activist and radical Episcopalian priest. Bill Di Paola founded the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, located in New York's legendary C Squat, which preserves the history of occupying spaces, including starting squats and community gardens.

 

 

Cointelpro All Over Again: The 2012-2014 FBI Eco-Terrorism Conspiracy Investigation of Burning Books (Tamiment Library)

A two-year federal investigation, from 2012 to 2014, alleged that Buffalo's radical bookstore, Burning Books, was a front for a nine-person eco-terrorist conspiracy led by alleged "mastermind sociopath" Leslie James Pickering. This presentation will detail the surveillance and investigative techniques utilized in the federal probe, drawing from numerous clippings from FBI and other government files on the investigation, and discuss the public and legal strategies employed for successful resistance.

Leslie James Pickering is a co-owner of Burning Books in Buffalo and was spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office. Theresa Baker-Pickering is a co-owner of Burning Books and was a target of the 2012-14 FBI eco-terrorism conspiracy investigation.
 

12:30pm - 1:45pm

 

Keywords for Radicals: Unpacking the Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggles (Garden Room)

 

In Keywords (1976), Raymond Williams devised a "vocabulary" of culture and society that reflected the vast social transformations marking the post-war period. A new book, Keywords for Radicals (AK Press), asks: What vocabulary might illuminate the social transformations marking our own contested present? How do these words define the imaginary of today's radical left? Join Keywords for Radicals editor AK Thompson and critic Darren Kwong as they explore the meaning and significance of the worlds within our words.

 

A.K. Thompson teaches social theory at Fordham University in New York. His publications include Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (2010) and Sociology for Changing the World: Social Movements/Social Research (2006). Between 2005 and 2012, he served on the Editorial Committee of Upping The Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action. Darren Kwong is a Doctoral Candidate of Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests center on the cultural analysis of protest and activism and big data.

 

Decentralized horizontal social media (Balcony)

 

This workshop on horizontal social media organizing and movement diffusion focuses on how activist groups can to develop and maintain social media resources that address the following issues: how to avoid media hierarchy, where media makers get disproportionate power within activist groups; methods of local decentralization; tools for anonymized social media diffusion; social media account security; and intercollective social media and action coordination platforms and methods.

 

The Global Revolution TV collective is a worldwide network of activist journalists born in the squares during the Arab Spring and the subsequent uprising around the world that started in 2011. It focuses on real-time media, mass diffusion of messaging, and contextualization within the unfolding worldwide revolution for equality. From exposing the hypocrisy and oppression of the existing systems to documenting people's uprisings to amplifying the voices of the masses to the global audience, Global Revolution TV engages in revolutionary media: media that's meant to inspire, get people to engage, and enable the audience to understand the perspective of the people in the streets. By presenting every local fight from a global perspective, the collective helps to build unity and mutual solidarity among those fighting for equality around the world.

 

June 11 and the Fight Against Toxic Prisons  (Tamiment Library)

An intro to the concept of “prison ecology,” this talk is also a call for a convergence against the Bureau of Prisons (in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere) on June 11 (see details at FightToxicPrisons.org). Communication and solidarity with prisoners has been central to the anarchist movement for over a century, and the movement surrounding June 11 has become an annual international success, manifesting support for ecological, animal liberation, and anarchist prisoners. The project to organize against prisons from an ecological angle opens a door to broadening the anti-prison struggle to include activists from climate justice organizing and classically environmental issues (air and water pollution stemming from prison overpopulation.) This talk will focus on challenges to a new federal prison construction plan in East Kentucky and a plan to convert a state prison in Thomson, Ill., into a new supermax facility, and the possibilities for direct action to increase pressure on the BOP.

 

Jordan is an organizer with Hudson Valley Earth First!, the Marcellus Shale Earth First! Network, and the EF! Prisoner Support Project. Onion is an editor of the Earth First! Journal and an organizer with Earth First!

 

 

2pm - 3:15pm

 

 

The Rojava Revolution: Recent Dispatches from Liberated Territories (Gym/Assembly Hall)

 

The liberated territories of Rojava are a thriving example of new forms of libertarian practice and of people overturning traditional, coercive institutions in favor of direct democracy and the empowerment and enfranchisement of women. A member from Rojava Solidarity NYC and Paul Simons will present the context for and development of the stateless revolution in Rojava. Paul will talk about his experiences there, including crossing international boundaries under false pretenses, attending commune meetings in Kobane, high-velocity detours around ISIS-sympathetic villages, and the camaraderie of the YPG militias. He had full access to the various revolutionary organizations and militias and will discuss their mandates as well as implementation issues associated with realizing a new society. Debbie and Carne will discuss NARA's (North America Rojava Alliance) efforts to secure financial and diplomatic support for the Kurds of Rojava.

 

Rojava Solidarity NYC is an anarchist organization that aims to spread info and show solidarity with the revolutionary region of Rojava in Kurdistan. Rojava Solidarity NYC has been formed to support the Cantons of Rojava, to publicize this social project and the struggle it is engaged in, and to provide a forum where we can learn from the pragmatic anarchism in this region. It calls on those in the revolutionary left of New York City and beyond to do the same and to support the autonomous territory of Rojava.

 

Paul Z. Simons is an anarchist theorist, historian, and journalist and the author of several widely read pieces including “Seven Theses on Play,” “Keep Your Powder Dry,” a chapter in Gone to Croatan, and the Afterword to John Zerzan’s Elements of Refusal. Paul also selected and edited an anthology of articles from the NYC magazine Black Eye, released by Ardent Press in September 2015. Pual says: “My proudest moments were participating in the Tompkins Square riot and observing the revolution in Rojava. I have walked on ground where there is no state, on two continents.” Simons lives, works, and writes in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Debbie Bookchin, journalist and author, has written for The AtlanticNew York TimesThe Nation and many other venues. She is the co-editor of The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso), a collection of essays by her father Murray Bookchin. Her Nation article on Rojava can be found at http://bit.ly/1m8aaNQCarne Ross is a former British diplomat who resigned over the Iraq war and now runs a non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat. He is an author and commentator on international affairs, and recently visited Rojava in preparation of a documentary feature film.

 

 

 

 

The Mastery of Non-Mastery and Digital Disobedience  (Tamiment Library)

 

This panel brings together three Columbia University scholars to discuss  the role of digital disobedience in revolutionary movements, including the ongoing Kurdish revolution.

 

Anthropologist Michael Taussig's article, covering “The Mastery of Non-Mastery" in the context of the Kurdish revolution, has just appeared in the new book To Dare Imagining (AK Press), a collection of essays on the Rojava revolution. He was recently in Rojava doing ethnographic work. Critical theorist Bernard Harcourt has been working on digital resistance and just published Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2015). Yesenia Baragan is defending her PhD thesis in History on April 15—one day before the NYC Anarchist Book Fair and on the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the Colombian Choco region. She is also a performance artist and long-standing anarchist. 

 

Between Terror and Ecstasy: A Critique of Hierarchy through Art  (Balcony)

Art is the fountain of youth in a dead society. Since the rise of social hierarchy, creativity has been a form of resistance and escape. Rage at the First World War gave birth to Dada and Surrealism. Horror at the consumer society translated into Situationism and Pop Art. In the first half of this lecture/workshop, we line up the history of art and anarchist politics. In the second half, we write poetry using some various aesthetic models, placing anarchism in a new light: not just a political movement, but an aesthetic one.

Nicholas Powers is the author of The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy Wall Street (Upset Press). He is a literature professor whose writings have appeared in The Village Voice, Truth-Out, Alternet, and The Indypendent. He's been involved in numerous anarchist-inspired actions and movements, from Bloombergville to Occupy Wall Street to Burning Man.

 

2pm - 3:30pm

 

Better Days—A Mental Health Recovery Workshop (Garden Room)

Our community includes many people who mean well yet have lived troubled lives. Until we begin to talk about how to get our needs met, to communicate, to understand, and to learn how to deal with ourselves and others, we remain weak, ineffective, and splintered—which helps no one except the oppressive system and ideologies we oppose. The premise of this workshop is that each person is the expert on themselves, and that self-examination and introspection of one's life experiences, choices, and all that they know about themselves is crucial in figuring out how to live the best, happiest, healthiest, and most satisfying life possible. Craig Lewis, along with co-presenters Ayanna Obando, Lily Fury, and Sherry Craig, will share briefly about their personal lived experiences with mental health and trauma and their journeys toward taking back their lives. We will have a discussion on core concepts of “Better Days,” including the topics “Living Intentionally'” “Visualize the Life You Want,” and “Self-Expertise.” We will use two passages/worksheets from the Better Days workbook (audience participation), more discussion. empowerment, validation, frank and honest discussion, respect.

 

Sherry Craig is an elegant, kick-ass, open-minded, inquisitive spirit thirsting for knowledge and eager to experience all the wonders the world has to offer, an eclectic political activist, world, traveler, and ambassador to a more harmonious way of living. Ayanna Obando is a recent graduate of St. John's University with a BA in psychology, looking to advance in the mental health field with a growing interest in child psychology. Ayanna played guitar in a punk band for four years. Lily Fury is the pen name of a writer and activist living in NYC. Lily is passionate about writing as a means of catharsis and works doing peer harm reduction in Brooklyn. Craig Lewis is a life-long punk rocker and fierce anti-authoritarian dedicated to subverting all systems of coercion and social control. Craig is the author of Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workbook and believes he can help change the world for the better.

 

 

3:30pm - 5:30pm

 

Contemporary Anarchist Filmmaking (Gym/Assembly Hall)

 

This panel of veteran, New York-based anarchist fimmakers will discuss a range of recent approaches to anarchist cinema. Although documentary is probably the most popular genre among these practitioners, other influences (e.g., avant-garde cinema, the European political features of Gillo Pontecorvo and Francesco Rosi) will also be discussed.

 

Richard Porton, is the author of Film and the Anarchist Imagination (Verso, 1999). Nick Macdonald directed The Liberal War and many other short films with an anarchist orientation. Nick is also the author of In Search of La Grande Illusion: A Critical Appreciation of Jean Renoir’s Elusive Masterpiece (McFarland, 2013). Amanda Rose Wilder directed Approaching the Elephant, a documentary chronicling the first year of a Free School in New Jersey Pacho Velez was co-director of Bastards of Utopia, a documentary focusing on an anarchist commune in Croatia. Vagabond Beaumont directed Machetero, a feature suggesting links between the anarchist tradition and the Puerto Rican liberation movement.

 

 

 

3:30pm - 4:45pm

 

The Base Presents: The Future of Anarchist Organizing in NYC (Garden Room)

 

Three years after opening its doors, The Base has become a home to anarchist educational projects, organizing groups, and resources. More importantly, it has provided a foundation for building a revolutionary anarchist movement in New York City. Join us for a talk about new revolutionary paradigms emerging around the world, the conditions in New York, and how our activities might generate the potential to challenge the hegemony of capitalism and state control.

 

The Base is an anarchist social center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of revolutionary left and anarchist ideas and organizing. The mission of The Base is to spread ideas and practices to the broader populace and provide a place where individuals can learn, grow, and organize outside of traditional activist and educational institutions. We will provide a foundation for fostering ideas and theory, including for people who have only a preliminary background in political thought or have not grappled with political theory at any level. We aim to establish a framework that encourages creative modes of sharing, with the goal of spreading them beyond The Base itself. Our goal is to establish a sociopolitical model in New York where participants can create expansive and creative projects. Lastly, The Base provides a place where people can grapple with, organize, and find solutions to issues that affect their living situation in a constructive environment.

 

The Suppression of Free Speech Before and During World War I  (Balcony)

 

Paranoid about the Feds snooping on your business? Their first big campaign against ordinary U.S. citizens got under way in the run up to the First World War and intensified once the war began. Over 2,000 publications were shut down and hundreds of people drew long prison sentences for such seditious crimes as quoting the Declaration of Independence and making suggestions for peace.

 

The Feds' success in suppressing dissent stilled the rich dialogue between the opposing radical voices and left the Communist Party the only highly organized, highly visible opponent of capitalism in the US for decades.

 

Based on the research for his new book, An Eye For Others, Dorothy Day, Journalist: 1916-1917, Tom McDonough will take us back to the Greenwich Village of 100 years ago, where the radical press, under tremendous pressure, struggled to tell the truth about militarism and capitalism. Quanda Johnson is a Fulbright Scholar and a Dean's Graduate Scholar at Gallatin. A performer from Broadway to grand opera, she seeks ways to utilize performance to disrupt and consequently alter entrenched, cyclical conversations concerning Blackness and the African Diaspora. Awarded the Fulbright Community Leadership Program Grant, she wrote, edited, and directed Beyond the Veil of the Sorrow Songs, which examined the Underground Railroad related to Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and current Maritime racial issues. An AUDELCO Award nominee for her portrayal of Marian Anderson, she appeared in Broadway's Tony award-winning Ragtime and made her New York City Opera debut in The Mother of Us All with Lauren Flanigan. Her work is dedicated to the memory of the first artist in her life, her mother, Vernetta.

 

Societal Education, Direct Action, and Working-Class Gains: An Anarchist Perspective  (Tamiment Library)

 

The presentation is a wake-up call for today’s workers for new radical and more effective strategies modeled on anarchist principles past and present toward greater political and economic equality. In this talk, John Asimakopoulos uses an anarchist theoretical framework to argue that the working class can obtain greater gains through militant direct action modeled on the labor movement of the past. The history of the eight-hour workday is reviewed as a case study in how an important advance was achieved because radical anarchist leaders (not traditional unions and officials) challenged existing legal institutional frameworks through societal education, militant ideology, direct action, and violent resistance against state attacks. Positive change did not occur politically, peacefully, or voluntarily. Oftentimes, the threat or use of violent resistance and even rebellion preceded major concessions for the working class.

John Asimakopoulos is a public intellectual working with various anarchist groups, scholars, and activists through the educational non-profit Transformative Studies Institute (transformativestudies.org). He is Full Professor of Sociology at City University of New York and director of the Transformative Studies Institute (TSI), an educational think tank. He has taught sociology, political science, and economics to working-class students for over 20 years. His research focuses on social movements, critical theory, and international political economy. John is the author of Social Structures of Direct Democracy (Haymarket Books), The Accumulation of Freedom (AK Press), and Revolt! (TSI Press), and is the editor of Theory in Action, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal focusing on scholar-activism.

 

 

5pm - 6:15pm

 

Death to Bourgeois Society: The Propagandists of the Deed (Garden Room)

Perhaps no period has so marked, so deformed, or so defined the anarchist movement as the three years in France from 1892 to 1894, the years known as the Age of Attentats, dominated by the Propagandists of the Deed. “Death to Bourgeois Society” tells the story of four young anarchists who were guillotined in France in the 1890s. They were motivated by noble ideals whose realization they attempted to hasten with bombs and assassinations. In a time of cynicism and political decay, they represented a purity lacking in society; their actions after being captured, their forthrightness, and their defiance up to the guillotine only added to their luster. Taken from his new book, Mitch Abidor's talk draws on key first-person narratives, from Ravachol’s forbidden speech and his account of his life to Henry’s questioning at his trial and his programmatic letter to the director of the prison in which he was held, to Vaillant’s confrontation with the investigators immediately after tossing his bomb, to Caserio’s description of the assassination and his defense at his trial. Abidor will introduce the material, providing a detailed context for the stories, and discuss the significance of the text for today.

Mitchell Abidor is the principal French translator for the Marxists Internet Archive and has published several collections of his translations. He is currently working on translations of further unpublished works by Victor Serge and Daniel Guérin. He is editor of Voices of the Paris Commune and Anarchists Never Surrender: Essays, Polemics, and Correspondence on Anarchism, 1908–1938, by Victor Serge.
 

Anarchy in Prose: Revolution, Love, and Violence in Anarchist Literature from the Caribbean  (Balcony)

 

This talk explores how anarchists in the Caribbean Basin a century ago used fiction and poetry to challenge the state, capitalism, religion, and US imperialism. More than literature as a critique, anarchist fiction portrayed a revolutionary view of the future New Dawn that readers could imagine and to which they could strive.

 

Kirk Shaffer is professor of Latin American Studies at Penn State University—Berks College. He is the author of several works on Caribbean anarchist history, including Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba and Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1923, as well as co-editor of In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History.

 

 

6:30pm - 7:45pm

 

Anarchy in the Caribbean: A Historical Overview of Anarchism in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (Gym/Assembly Hall)

This panel will focus on the development of early anarchist ideas and practices in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as they relate to the rising labor movements in each island and to transnational networks of radicals at the time. It consists of two talks: Jorell Meléndez-Badillo will present on “Seeds of Revolution: Anarchism and Revolutionary Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico,” and Mariel Acosta on “Anarchism and State Repression during the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries in the Dominican Republic”.

Mariel M. Acosta was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has written articles and translations on Latin American (anarcho)punk scenes for Maximum RocknRoll and plays the bass in a Latino punk band. Her research interests include issues in (socio)linguistics and anarchism. Her recent master's thesis focused on the different gender-neutral morphemes used in contemporary Spanish-language anarchist 'zines and journals from Latin America. Her current research project focuses on the history of anti-authoritarian and anarchist thought in the Dominican Republic. Jorell Meléndez-Badillo is the author of Voces libertarias: Orígenes del anarquismo en Puerto Rico (Secret Sailor Books, 2013; Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo-CNT, 2014 (Editorial Akelarre/CEISO, 2015), and co-editor, with Nathan Jun, of Without Borders or Limits: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anarchist Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013). He has published book chapters as well as journal and newspaper articles on the topic of anarchism, labor, and radical politics in Puerto Rico. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.