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Announcement :: Education : Human Rights : Organizing
Anarchist / Anti-authoritarian / Autonomist Study Group
21 Aug 2005
description: Every fourth Sunday of the month at the Lucy Parsons Center (in the front), there will be an open anarchist / anti-authoritarian / autonomist study group from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Lucy Parson's Center
549 Columbus Ave.
Boston

date: Sunday, August 28th, 2005
time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The goal is to open up dialogues on internal issues, theorectical analysis, and historical lessons within anarchist / anti-authoritarian organizing in order to challenge ourselves, reflect on our organizing, come to an understanding of each other, develop our strategies and tactics, and reintegrate what we learn into our lives and organizing. This is open to anyone; but people with agendas to disrupt or dominate (or who do by their attitude and actions) are NOT WELCOME.

Please come having read and thought about the topic; though you don't have to talk if you don't feel comfortable... but, if there's anything we can do to make you feel comfortable, let us know. :-)

This month's theme is: challenging our own fundamentalism. The articles will be available for in-store reading at the Lucy Parsons Center and online. These are the readings:

Fear Of Conflict-http://insurgentdesire.org.uk/fear.htm

Feral Revolution by Feral Faun
http://insurgentdesire.org.uk/feralrevolution.htm

Identity Politics And Essentialism by Roger White
http://colours.mahost.org/articles/white3.html

Creeds versus Deeds by Dave Neal
http://www.spunk.org/library/intro/practice/sp001689.html


How this will all function:

Topics, readings, short presentations, movies or whatever will be chosen at a meeting in advance (the next week's topic will be ready at the end of the current meeting and we will decide who chooses the topic after that). The choosing of the readings/topics will be rotated among the people who show up at the meeting. Preference for who gets to choose a topic will be voluntary and go 1st) to people who show up consistently and who haven't gotten a chance to choose a topic and 2nd) to people who group together to share choosing a topic.

We will try to use the popcorn style of facilitation: the last person who spoke chooses the next person volunteering to speak with a consciousness of giving preference to people who haven't gotten a chance to speak. Abuses of this facilitation style (back and forths, same circles, sexism, racism, ageism, etc.) will not be tolerated and will be called out by anyone in the group.

Also, in order to ensure that the discussion is in the context of an anti-oppressive atmosphere, we will have time at the end each meeting to do a go around to check-in on meeting dynamics to see what we did well and what we might want to work on or think about for next time.
See also:
http://www.lucyparsons.org/calendar.php?action=event&eventid=39

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