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Announcement :: Politics
NCOR Proposals
24 Sep 2004
NCOR Proposals
FEBRUARY 3-6, 2005!

The National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) has happened each
January in Washington, DC at American University for the last 7 years.
It has served as a vibrant meeting space for radical activists of all
varieties. There have also been countless amazing workshops,
discussions, skillshares and more. Each year NCOR has gotten a little
bigger and hopefully a little better. But it has also gotten a little,
dare we say it, predictable? You know which friends you’ll see, your
favorite old standard workshops from years past—familiar faces and
themes. This year we want to shake things up. Forward this call to a
group that’s doing work that inspires you, especially if they’ve never
come to NCOR. Come up with a way to get a crowded room full of people
talking about how to create the structures needed dismantle capitalism,
and then submit a proposal.

You’ve got an hour and a half and a bunch of committed, crazy, cool
activists. Tell us what you’re going to do with these two powerful
items in 1-2 pages. The more challenging the better. Please provide as
many concrete details as possible of what you envision for your workshop
and plan on at least 50 people attending (unless you want to cap it).

What we do want
*People of color strongly encouraged to submit proposals. This is not
just the standard line. We are actively seeking the participation of
individual presenters or groups of color. We are also enthusiastically
looking for submissions from those voices that have often been
marginalized or underrepresented in our radical conferences, our media
and our most visible movement events. (older folks, disabled,
genderqueer, etc.)
*Advanced workshops, beyond just the basics.
*Long-term movement strategizing and critiques.
*Workshops in which participants have chances to make connections with
each other (think beyond the lecture format, or lecture and a few token
questions and answers).

What we don’t want
*Authoritarian groups…yuck!

Send your name, your group’s name (if you’re with a group), full contact
information, one reference and a short biography/description of yourself
or your group.
E-mail it all to ncor (at) or snail mail to NCOR, P.O. Box
33977, Washington, DC 20033.
Deadline: October 31, 2004 (we mean it!)

This year’s NCOR will take place from February 3-6 at American
University in Washington, DC. A president will have been inaugurated in
the same city a few weeks before, so it will be an important moment for
our movement to regroup regardless of who is elected. We will
strategize for 2005 and beyond and continue to build towards a future
beyond electoral politics and protest hopping. We hope that all of you
will come. Check out the website at

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Re: NCOR Proposals
25 Sep 2004
This sounds way cool. Is it anything like the RAT conference that I am missing at this moment (Renewing the Anarchist Tradition)?
Re: NCOR Proposals
27 Sep 2004
"What we do want *People of color strongly encouraged to submit proposals. This is not just the standard line. We are actively seeking the participation of individual presenters or groups of color. "

Nothing yells "trust fund kiddie" more than hollering for "people of color" to join your organization. Do you have any theories why they haven't joined up yet. Another question: Isn't white a color? Shouldn't you say "People of colors other than white should join up because we already have too many whiteys here?" Who determines that you have too many whites in your organization anyway?
Another question: Is this lack of "people of color" something that plagues all the indyleft orgs? It seems to be. And another question: If you want to be down with "people of color" so much, why don't you join a black organization. The NAACP is one. So is the Nation of Islam. They would be glad to have you. Hell, Haters Magazine is 2/3 black run. Join us! We would be glad to hear your "opinions of no color."