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Announcement :: Organizing
New England Anarchist Bookfair This Weekend
19 Apr 2006
What is an anarchist bookfair?

The first anarchist bookfair took place in London twenty-odd years ago. It was a pretty simple affair-a handful of tables with anarchist literature and a chance for people to make connections. It ended up being the coldest day of the year and people mainly hang around and played pool. Things have grown a bit since then. The London Bookfair now attracts thousands of people and gave rise to the San Francisco Bookfair and then to ones in Boston and Montreal. The heart of the bookfair is a room teeming with radical publishers, bookstores, and distros selling books and literature. Speakers, panels, workshops, films, and music also play a major role. The chance to meet new people and reconnect with old friends is another important part.

At this year's New England Anarchist Bookfair-it's sixth-you won't find just a handful of tables, but over 40 organizations providing a wide array of literature. From radical book publishers like AK Press and South End Press to independent bookstores like Boston's Lucy Parsons Center and New York's Bluestocking Books to vibrant distros like Feed Your Head and Heart and Fist.

There are more than just books at a bookfair. Over 20 speakers and panels address a variety of topics-some essential to the struggle some more esoteric. The keynote speakers this year are Frank Fernandez (Florida) the author of the book Cuban Anarchism who will be exploring the history of this important but unknown tendency and Mary Christmas (CA/OR) an early Radical Cheerleader and an editor at $pread (a magazine by and for sex workers of all genders, sexualities, and backgrounds and their allies; declared the best new magazine of 2005 by Utne Reader).

In addition to the keynote talks the bookfair welcomes Ashanti Alston, a former Black Panther, BLA member, and political prisoner who works with Critical Resistance and publishes Anarchist Panther. Noel Ignatiev, author of How the Irish Became White and Race Traitor, joins a panel discussing the anti-war movement. Other talks address domestic repression, anarcha-feminism, and democratic workplaces.

The bookfair kicks off Friday night at the Community Church of Boston in Copley Square with a launch party for Dreams of Freedom: The Ricardo Flores Magon Reader with the editor Mitch Verter, music from Ethan Miller and Evan Greer of the Riot Folk collective, a screening of Living Room, a documentary film about infoshops, and a talk by Bob D'Attilio recounting the anarchist history of Boston in the 6os and 70s.

Everything is free and there's a whole lot going on so check it out. Black clothes not required.

WHAT: The 2006 New England Anarchist Bookfair

WHEN & WHERE: Friday night, April 21st 7-11pm at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston in Copley Square, Boston Saturday day, April 22nd at MassArt, Pozen Center, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston

WHY: Join with anarchists and those curious about anarchism for a night and day of speakers, workshops, panels, films, and, of course, books. The bookfair brings together over 20 speakers and 40 tables addressing topics from the sex industry to Cuban anarchism to democratic workplaces to resisting the war.

HOW: It's all free and everyone is welcome.

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Workshop List
19 Apr 2006
Anarchists In The Workplace
Intersections of Struggle: Feminism and Class War Anarchism
Worker-Owned and Democratic Workplaces in Boston
Anarchist Revolutionary Strategy
Sustaining Revolutionary Politics in Nonrevolutionary Times
Anarchism, Anti-Militarism, and Radical Labor
Anarchist People of Color: Race, Autonomy and Liberation
No One Is Illegal
Anarchists and International Solidarity
Radical Words: Intersections Between Publishing and Activism
Radical Responses to Katrina-Building Common Ground
The Diary of Sacco & Vanzetti (film)
Anti-Gentrification Community Organizing
Environmental Racism & the BU Bio Lab
Resisting Domestic Repression

**Anarchists In The Workplace**

Anarchists with diverse experiences in their workplaces and unions will come together to discuss how, as revolutionaries, we can take part in these day-to-day class struggles while making popular anarchist practices in the workplace. Topics will include a look at anarcho-syndicalism in theory and practice, the pros and cons of anarchists working in "mainstream" unions, minority unionism and the IWW, organizing precarious workers outside of traditional union structures, and more...

Participants include:

Mitch Miller, a longtime anarchist and founding member of the anarcho-syndicalist Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA)

Benoit, a member of the Montreal Workers Solidarity Network and Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC)

A member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) tba

**Intersections of Struggle: Feminism and Class War Anarchism**

by E. Moraletat

What is the relation between feminism and class war anarchism? How do anarchists analyze women's oppression and where do they position themselves in regard to the different materialist feminist currents? This workshop will offer to look at the different theories and will suggest elements of reflection about challenging, both in theory and in practice, the material basis of women's oppression and class exploitation.

E. Moraletat is a member of the Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC), and currently involved in a province-wide effort to organize daycare workers in Quebec.

**Worker-Owned and Democratic Workplaces in Boston**

Boston has numerous worker-owned and/or democratic workplaces. Some of these are even organized into a loose-knit network. We have invited four of these to participate in a panel to discuss their projects, how they are organized, and how they make decisions. The focus will be on the level of participatory democracy, or direct democracy, evident in these projects, as well as on the larger political implications of this form of work cooperation for building a free society. A brief bibliography and resource list will be provided on workers' control, workers' coops, self-managed workplaces, the worker-ownership movement, the role of workers' councils in historical revolutions, and related topics.

**Anarchist Revolutionary Strategy**

After a brief discussion of the failure of the two statist strategies -- leninism and social democracy -- which have been predominant in revolutionary movements for the past century and a half, a rapid survey will be undertaken of contemporary currents in the anarchist movement in the United States, to tease out the strategy implications of each tendency. Currents to be considered are anarcho-syndicalism, libertarian municipalism, situationism, surrealism, primitivism / green anarchism, crimethinc, wobblies, radical democracy, autonomous marxism, cooperative commonwealth, ontological anarchism, so-called post-left anarchism, the global liberation movement, plus several others. Some of the contemporary debates will also be touched on (briefly however), like those about organization, dual power, nonviolence, summit hopping, black bloc, and so forth. The objective will be to try to flesh out a winning anarchist revolutionary strategy for our times. An outline of the currents, with comments, and bibliographical references, will be distributed.

**Sustaining Revolutionary Politics in Nonrevolutionary Times**

Presented by Cindy Milstein and Ace McArleton

Cindy and Ace have been involved in a variety of radical political and educational projects, and are currently both members of the Free Society Collective and Black Sheep Books collective in central Vermont. In addition, Cindy is co-organizer of the annual Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and her essays appear in several recent anthologies, including "Globalize Liberation," "Confronting Capitalism," and "Only a Beginning." Ace is a 28-year-old transgender butch who works with queer and trans youth through Outright VT, gives talks and workshops on gender and politics, and is a member of the Queer Liberation Army.

**Anarchism, Anti-Militarism, and Radical Labor**

No to the war on our fellow workers, and the oppressed people of foreign nations. Yes to war against all of the international ruling class! NO WAR BUT CLASS WAR!

Participants include:

Jon Bekken, editor for the IWW's 'Industrial Worker', will look at the (past and present) role of radical labor in organizing against militarism and war through strikes, boycotts, sabotage, and internaional solidarity.

Noel Ignatiev, author of How the Irish Became White and Race Traitor.

Members of Operation: Over (a nonviolent direct action campaign against militarism in Boston).

**Anarchist People of Color: Race, Autonomy and Liberation**

- panelists include Ashanti Alston & other local anarchists (tba)

"Empowerment will remain powerless until we change power relations."
- Angela Y. Davis

Anarchism offers a dynamic ideology and methods of struggle against racism, poverty, police brutality, and other issues affecting peoples of color. However, the racial composition of the North American anarchist movement remains predominately white. Anarchist People of Color (APOC) is a network that developed as a means to increase political space and participation for people of color within the anarchist movement.APOC is not a separatist nor exclusionary network of people. It is an autonomous group of people working to organize anti-authoritarians of color in a context relevant to their own lives, in the interest of an entire movement.

Ashanti Alston is a former member of the Black Panther Party and former prisoner-of-war (Black Liberation Army). He is presently a member of Estación Libre/People of Color Zapatista Support Group, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and the Northeast U.S. Coordinator for Critical Resistance.

**No One Is Illegal**

Anarchists have always maintained that every person, regardless of nationality, has the right to live, work and travel wherever they choose. As internationalists, we actively oppose the national borders which serve to divide and segregate people and seek to build a new society, without classes, States or borders

Over the past month, millions of people have filled the streets to protest the anti-immigrant bill HR4437, which would make all 12 million undocumented people in the United States into felons as well as anyone who aids undocumented people in anyway. These protests have the potential to spread and grow enough to become the new civil rights struggle of our time.

This workshop will look at the growing immigrant's rights movement and offer suggestions for how anarchists and other radical activists can best support it.

**Anarchists and International Solidarity**

At the forefront of international social justice movements, anarchists contribute to the undermining of the hegemony, unchecked power, and aggression of modern imperializing states. For example, a large percentage of international human rights activists working in the occupied Palestinian territories today are anarchists. Why have anarchists taken a deep interest in this particular conflict and how has participation in locally organized popular movements in Palestine and Israel helped to temper, restrain and monitor Israel’s aggressive techniques of rule? This workshop will explore the relationship between anarchism and international solidarity. What makes the idea and practice of anarchist solidarity different from others? How have anarchists linked local to global struggles and global struggles back to the local? Presenters will speak briefly about the anarchist contribution to current projects in solidarity with workers in Colombia and Argentina, social movements in Palestine and Iraq, political prisoners and migrant communities across borders. The presentation will be followed by a participatory discussion of what solidarity could look like in the future, and how it might be made a part of everyday life.

John Petrovato is a bookseller in Boston, MA who has taken three six-week trips to the Palestinian territories. He is co-organizer of the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference and board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies. He has written extensively on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and his writings can be found on ZNet, The Palestine Chronicle, International Middle East Media Center, EXTRA, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and in other publications.

Brian Conley is a 25 year-old journalist and filmmaker. He is the founder of the Alive in Baghdad Project. During his first trip to Iraq, the Alive in Baghdad Project focused on interviewing Iraqis living in and outside Baghdad. At this point Brian is working on writing articles about the ongoing situation in Iraq and arranging the project’s second phase. Previous to his trip to Iraq, he contributed to or produced seven films, traveled the United States, worked internationally in Quebec City and Guatemala, and has been shooting video for seven years. Through his work with Indymedia he has contributed to several films with international reach, most notably two films about the FTAA, Trading Freedom and more recently The Miami Model. However it is his independent work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Miami Workers, and other organizations of Communities of Color that most define his dedication to the documentary trade. By providing a space for the voiceless, one works for a stronger dialogue and thus a stronger presence of freedom and democracy in the world. His most recent film to be completed is Libertad y Justicia, para Todos: un centavo mas, about the struggles of migrant workers in south Florida. It is the filmmaker’s hope to return to Iraq in order to continue to expand on his body of work from Iraq. As the situation in Iraq continues to evolve, he hopes to continuing covering Iraq and providing an in-depth look at the perspective of the occupied.

**Radical Words: Intersections Between Publishing and Activism**

South End Press's mission to train, inspire, nurture, and support people building their own alternative publishing projects. Radical Words engages activists in thinking about how their grassroots, institutional, private/public intellectual, and other radical labor work in relationship with alternative media, including book publishing. We explore why activists should consider making their work available to other activists and readers — and the obstacles encountered by radical grassroots activist/intellectuals in doing so — then move on to the nuts and bolts of preparing to submit manuscripts and proposals.

Jocelyn Burrell made her editorial debut at Feminist Press in New York, where she worked for five years before joining the South End Press collective. A writer, poet, and critic, in 2004 she published Word. On Being a (Woman) Writer (Feminist Press). Her editorial/activist interests include the literature of exile, duress, and genocide; arts and social justice; anti-state and interpersonal violence activism; and radical theory that centers the perspectives & experiences of women of color. She is a member of INCITE! Boston: Women of Color Against Violence and a board member of LiP: Informed Revolt.

Alexander Dwinell is a member of the South End Press and the Lucy Parsons Center collectives. One current project he is involved with is organizing the New England Anarchist Bookfair (April 2006, Boston). We guess it's safe to say he likes books.

**Radical Responses to Katrina-Building Common Ground**

Common Ground was the first on the ground relief effort of any kind in Algiers and one of the first along the Gulf Coast. The multiple success stories of Common Ground mutual aid has resulted in donations from Army personnel who wanted to see relief actually get to the community. The FEMA-Red Cross effort, bounded by razor wire, has played a poor second fiddle to the local efforts.

Please join New England area activist Roger Benham who originally traveled to New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina and helped establish the Common Ground relief effort there and again several months later. Hear this first hand report and analysis of the initiation, evolution, and future of the radical response movement.

Roger Benham is an action medic from NE CT and a contributor to What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation.

**The Diary of Sacco & Vanzetti**
(film screening, director will be present)

David Rothauser of Brookline, Massachusetts has produced a docudrama about the Sacco-Vanzetti case, titled The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti, that was broadcast on WGBH-TV, on Jan. 27, 2004 and again on April 17, 2005. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian immigrants to America who were executed in 1927 after they were convicted of killing two people during a robbery at a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Their controversial trial became a political firestorm fueled by the anti-immigration hysteria that gripped post-World War I America. In this unique docu-drama, shot on location around Boston where the actual events of the case took place, Rothauser portrays Vanzetti and uses Vanzetti's own letters, speeches and documents to revisit one of the nation's most notorious criminal cases.

**Anti-Gentrification Community Organizing**

Panel discussion with members from the Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain Neighbors Against Gentrification, and the Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists. Summary tba.

**Environmental Racism & the BU Bio Lab**

Klare Allen is the head of SafetyNet: a Roxbury-based community organization that has been working for several years against the construction of a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) facility in the middle of the South End/Roxbury area of Boston.

Toussaint Losier is a coordinator at groundWorks-USA. groundWork seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people in South Africa, and increasingly in Southern Africa, through assisting civil society to have a greater impact on environmental governance. groundWork places particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable and previously disadvantaged people who are most affected by environmental injustices. (

**Resisting Domestic Repression**

Featuring representatives from the Friends and Family of Daniel McGowan, Jericho Boston and the Boston Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Re: New England Anarchist Bookfair This Weekend
23 Apr 2006
Thank you to everyone who came out and made yesterday's bookfair such a success. It was a great turnout, and inspiring to see so many faces.
Re: New England Anarchist Bookfair This Weekend
23 Apr 2006
this was an amazing and incredible event. thank you very much to the organizers, i had a fantastic time and met some spectacular people. i particularly enjoyed the anarchist people of color workshop and the address on paul avrich and cuban anarchism.
Re: New England Anarchist Bookfair This Weekend
23 Apr 2006
I was interested in seeing the Anarchist heart group from New York that was circulating hit lists and death threats. Yes. It was very interesting.