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Announcement :: Organizing
@ Bookfair Kickoff Night || April 21
06 Apr 2006
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Kickoff Night
Friday || April 21, 2006 || 7pm-11pm


1) Mitch Verter will present “The Life and Legacy of Ricardo Flores Magon: From the Mexican Revolution to Present”

2) Bob D’Attilio will present “Black Flags and Black Roses: Fragments of New England Anarchist History, 1960s-80s”

3) Screening of the new documentary “Living Room: Space and Place in Infoshop Culture”

4) Ethan Miller & Evan Greer Riot Folk Acoustic Act

In Copley Square at the
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St.
Boston, MA


For more information about the rest of the Bookfair:
neanarchistbookfair (at)



by Mitchell Verter

Along with Emiliano Zapata, Ricardo Flores Magon is regarded as one of the most important figures of the Mexican Revolution. Through his newspaper 'Regeneracion,' he boldly criticized the injustices of the country's military dictatorship and worked to build the popular movement that eventually overthrew it. This talk will look at both the life of Magon, and the continuing influence of his ideas among Mexican anarchists today.

Mitchell Verter is a co-editor of 'Dreams Of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magon Reader' (AK Press, 2006), the most comprehensive anthology of the Mexican revolutionary's writings available in English.



by Bob D'Attilio

A brief look at the local anarchist movement as it existed from the Vietnam War era up through the 1980s, and possible lessons that can be drawn from this period for anarchists of today.

Bob D'Attilio is a former member of the Boston-based Black Rose Collective, and also apart of the Sacco-Vanzetti Project.


Living Room: Space & Place In Infoshop Culture

We live in a society where public places that people feel like they are an active part of and can use for non-economic purposes are increasingly rare. Public spaces where people can go in order to feel like a part of a community and to participate in creating a transformational culture of resistance to the dominant society are even rarer. One exception to this general scarcity of alternative public spaces is the emergence of Infoshops in urban centers across the United States - and indeed around the world. Infoshops are community spaces that facilitate access to traditionally marginalized information while providing a physical space for people to build creative projects of resistance to current forms of destruction and domination.

We focus on six infoshops in the film: the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston, Breakdown Book Collective & Community Space in Denver, Jane Doe Books in Brooklyn (RIP), the Long Haul Infoshop in Berkeley, The Back to Back Worker-run Cafe in Portland, OR, and the Wooden Shoe in Philadelphia. We decided to approach the film from a point of view interested in interrogating the importance of place and space in relation to 1.) peoples daily lives in urban areas 2.) the creation of activist movements for social change 3.) the decline of open/free public, non-commercialized space 4.) ways that privilege and oppression are manifest physically in space 5.) ways in which people participate in place-making exercises and/or resist feelings of placelessness.

Our project aims to readdress the ways in which film can involve more than just academic voices in theoretical debates and critical engagement of all aspects of societies. Our ethnographic film readdresses these overlooked aspects by, one, allowing the research material to, in a way, speak for itself to the audience as deeply contextualized images and, two, make evident our theoretical perspectives by "breaking the third wall" to involve and fully discuss our perceptions to those that seek out or happen to view this ethnographic film. In making the film this way we hope to create more excitement around and credibility for ethnographic film to theoretically present and question all aspects of culture, class and society.


Riot Folk Musicians Ethan Miller & Evan Greer

"If you have not yet had the pleasure, these songs are half Woody Guthrie, half Noam Chomsky-- simultaneously educating, inspiring, and rocking the assembled. Add infectious melodies to insights and you suddenly have what can only be called a political aphrodisiac."
-David Kubiak, Big Medicine
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