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Announcement :: Organizing
A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
03 Apr 2005
A New World in our Hearts: Building for Revolution May Day Festival

New York City

April 28th - May 1st 2005

Join us for critical mass (friday APR 29th), the really really free market (Saturday APR 30th @ St. Mark's Church) workshops, skillshares, parties, music and much more!!!

for more info contact:

inourhearts (at) gmail.com


Some of the workshops we will be hosting:

-Bridging the Generational Divide:

An open dialogue between older and younger radicals, featuring:
Ashanti Alston of APOC-NYC, Anarchist Panther, Critical Resistance, and former Black Panther & Black Liberation Army prisoner of war

-Solidarity against patriarchy

-Networking: In what ways can radicals in different areas coordinate and work together better?

-Actively Supporting Political Prisoners

-Building Permanent Autonomous Zones: creating the infrastructure to
support a successful revolutionary movement.

-Blogging the revolution: computer security, anarchists on the web, the potential and the limitations.

-Countering Patriarchy as Radical Males

-Radical mental health.

-Free School education

Guerilla workshop space will also be available for those who don't
organize with us ahead of time.

There will also be skill shares, music, a really really free market, a
critical mass bike ride, parties, speakers, films, and more

***If you have any additional ideas for workshops, would like to be involved, or would simply like more information, please email

inourhearts (at) gmail.com
http://www.dominantfiction.com/mayday.htm

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!!
See also:
http://www.dominantfiction.com/mayday.htm

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Join Our Anarchist Ghetto!
03 Apr 2005
This is a sad but accurate example of the poor state anarchism is at today. When a mayday event has more to do with punk shows then organized labor.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
03 Apr 2005
Also the bee hive collective on thursday in wahsington square park! This is line-up is way out of date. There is a lot in store for this weekend!
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
03 Apr 2005
Oraganized labor? How about the abolishion of work?

"The duty to produce alienates the passion for creation. Productive labour is part and parcel of the technology of law and order. The working day grows shorter as the empire of conditioning extends." - Raul Vaneigem
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
03 Apr 2005
" Oraganized labor? How about the abolishion of work?"

1. "organized." "abolition."

2. abolishing work is the POINT of labor's self organizing. you should read some of the italian autonomist writings on this, they make it very clear. for that matter, you should read some stuff about anarchism.
Re: Lorax
03 Apr 2005
yeah, good thing boston @s have organized so much better shit for mayday... OH WAIT...

it's funny how the people who call other people "hipsters" on here are the one who seem to spend the most time sitting around talking shit on the internet instead of doing any actual organizing themselves. if you have a criticism, make it by doing something better yourself. i can't understand what revolutionary goals you think you will accomplish through gratuitous anonymous negativity.
That Makes Sense...
03 Apr 2005
CSB... seeing as you know who I am and what I spend my time doing. I also never called anyone a hipster (are you litterate?), nor do I even dislike punks (personally the music's not to my liking but who cares) in general. But 364 days a year it seems all anarchists do is try to become super-activisty charicatures of themselves. I mean, other than being on May First, this event has absolutely nothing to do with organized labor. Instead its just a bunch of kids talking about how they're all racist/sexist/whatever. Oh well...
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
Oh trust me, I've read more than my fair share about anarchism. I would suggest that you pick up a book on anarchism that isn't from the 1920's. Or, better still, engage with real anarchist praxis and leave the books to the library where they belong.

I have no desire to recreate the past. I hope to push my critique of alienated existence and its possible remedies further than those who came before me and, hopefully with that, push the limits of what can be expected from revolution further as well.

All work is forced labor. I seek the decline and fall of work.

"Since 1936 I have been fighting for higher wages. My father before me fought for higher wages. I've got a TV, a fridge and a Cortina. If you ask me it's been a dog's life from start to finish." - Ford factory worker.

There is a big difference between talking about "organized labor" (which to me is spelled AFL and CIO) and talking about the abolishon of work through self-organization. I invite anyone who would like to do a workshop on the latter and would hope that I would hear some fresh ideas on the topic and concrete examples instead of just the same old tired song.

Furthermore, why should I read some explaination of syndaclism written by the Italians? Is it because of their successful destruction of the work/play binary or is because leftism sounds better with an Italian accent?

Stay relevant friends or die with the dinosaurs!
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
***This schedule is subject to change and still needs to have most of the workshops & a few other activities slated into it***

Thursday, April 28th

All Day Workshops at the Times Up! Space
5-7pm Bee Hive Collective will be a giving a
presentation of their Plan Puebla Panama Poster
in Washington Square Park
(the rain location
would be close by in an NYU building)
6-8pm Afro-Punk screening followed by Q&A with
director James Spooner
at the Time's Up Space http://www.afropunk.com/

7:30-10:30pm Folk Punk / Punk show with Defiance
Ohio, The Good Good,
Bent Outta Shape 141 South 5th St. Apt. 1SE in
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
between Bedford & Driggs

Friday, April 29th

10am-6pm Workshops at St. Marks Church in doors and out doors
12pm Workshops at ABC No Rio in the Gallery
7pm Critical Mass bike ride Union Sq. North (East
18th St between
Broadway & Park Ave.)

8pm Show at East River Park Band Shell with
Japanther, Rude
Mechanical Orchestra, & Majesty

Saturday, April 30th

All Day Workshops at the Times Up! Space
10am-6pm Really Free Market at St. Marks Church
outside only
10am-8pm Workshops at Cooper Union
1:30-4:30pm Anarchist Soccer Tournament East River Park
5 or 6pm Pacific Street Films at Cantor Film Center
(NYU) not yet confirmed Cooper Union is a back up.

Show possibly at CSV with Bread & Roses
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
" I hope to push my critique of alienated existence and its possible remedies further than those who came before me "

Do you realize how alienated it is to argue with people on the internet about what should happen on MAY DAY if that's your goal?

And the nested depths of irony in the fact that you feel obliged to quote a "ford factory worker" to bolster your case. How alienated is that?

There is certainly a tension between self-organization of labor and capital's recuperation of the structures that self-organization produces. But it's not helpful to reify that tension, move it outside of the real historical events that have constituted it (social democracy; union splitting; state-mediated bargaining as a cornerstone of the nation-state-based postwar economic order; etc...) and make it some kind of essential, mystical, reality unchangeable by our actions. Similarly if you're really developing a critique of alienation you'll begin to realize that one primary site of that self-organization (motivated by impulses against work) is still found "in" organized labor--despite its hierarchies and recuperatory structures, and moving in ways that seek their rupture. But nooo, much better to assume that the desires of everybody "in" organizations are reduced to those of the organizations themselves.

"some explaination of syndaclism written by the Italians"

God damn. That pretty much betrays the extent of your ignorance on the subject.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
Guy: "I hope to push my critique of alienated existence and its possible remedies further than those who came before me and, hopefully with that, push the limits of what can be expected from revolution further as well."

Ugh. This sounds like some yuppie self-help seminar. Give me a break. In a world of war, prisons and poverty, it is a little hard to stomach the whining of someone's personal "alienated existence". Really, if this little existential dilemma is the worst you have to face in life consider yourself lucky.
Humourous
04 Apr 2005
I laugh at how kids who have never worked a day in their life, want to abolish work in favor of play. I find it even more humourous when people qoute/attempt to argue politics they don't understand. Bob Black's rejection of work is semantic, not physical. Someone will always have to plant fields, the issue is whether it is forced wage labor, or for the sustanaince of their community. This is task of revolutionary syndicalism.
" leave the books to the library where they belong..."
04 Apr 2005
When anarchism becomes a middle-class playground.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
Permanent autonomous zones? huh? like, states or something? fuck that.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
"I heard your mamma was a middle-class playground."

Your mama jokes are, of course, acceptable political discourse within this current paradigm of smear attacks. These attacks on people's assumed lifestyle choices and assumed class origins signal, to me, a general intolerence which no doubt stems from a feeling of impotence on the part of some who consider themselves within our general milleu.

If it is acceptable to wildly assume the class orgins and musical preferences of some anarchists and then use this to attack the planning of an Anarchist May Day Festival then it is acceptable to use school-yard ridicule to highlight the futility of such unprincipaled attack. After all, how much of what has been said here has been based on any concrete knowledge and how much has been nothing short of vulgar assumption?

What all of this this amounts to, despite your positioning on the many debates that rage within anarchism, is a general smearing of anarchists en toto. And comrades, believe me, we are only weaker for it. If we respected diverse opionions, backgrounds and, most importantly, each other with the hope of reaching a deeper analysis and a more liberating practice then perhaps we would be able to accomplish some of the goals which we surely do have in common. Is it not enough to say that those who are against states, hierarchy, oppression, capitalism and alienation are our allies and should be approached and treated accordingly? Can we not say that those who are hard at work on projects to promote the afforementioned ideals should deserve our support? And, is it too much to askthat if there is a feeling that something in these projects is lacking that people step up and recognize that the onous falls on them to make them more complete?

We need rebellion from ALL sectors of society against ALL forms of domination in order to bring about real lasting radical change.

"When the last bastion falls, it will be either the end of a world or the end of the world. It's up to us to knock it down before it falls down by itself and drags us all with it." -Raul Vaneigem
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
yea maybe, accept for the fact that there ARE middle class anarchists who talk out their asses from a position of total class privilege and engage in totally self-indulgent lifestylist politics, and it IS insulting to others. sorry if it hurts to hear that, but it's true. deal with it.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
05 Apr 2005
"If we respected diverse opionions, backgrounds and,"

Fuck that. Class war anarchists hate rich people.

"What all of this this amounts to, despite your positioning on the many debates that rage within anarchism, is a general smearing of anarchists en toto."

Uhhh yeah sure. Nasty class antagonism makes anarchism look bad; obtuse theory and hippy dippy scolding make it look real awesome.

The most frustrating part of this all is your implication that those of us anarchists who are engaged in workplace struggles, immigrant struggles, etc are somehow just as-yet-unaware of the points raised by your boring totalizing hippy theory perspective.

Oh and Vaneigem represents pretty much the absolute worst and most dated elements of the SI. Which is saying a lot! But I guess lifestylism sounds better with a French accent?
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
05 Apr 2005
Hmm, folks on this site seem to assume quite a bit based on very little information. Is this the state of anarchy today? Bickering children and doddering communists?
I agree
05 Apr 2005
I don't anyone (at least I certainly haven't) said anything to attack anarchists based on their socio-economic status. Class Warrior seems to be assuming that all punk shows are middle class, which is hardly the case, and using the two interchangably.

I also know many punks with great politics (some not so..), my point simply was that this Mayday celebration seems to be entirely focused on 'anarchist' subculture and identity politics, and has nothing whatsoever to do with organized labor. I think that's a shame.
wow.
05 Apr 2005
just wow.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
06 Apr 2005
Help promote! Downloadable Poster and PDF's of the NYC RAT available here:

http://www.dominantfiction.com/newyorkrat.htm
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
07 Apr 2005
I don't know what people are talking about. This looks great and New York is so close. May Day here I come.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
07 Apr 2005
Yeah what a bunch of rotten lifestylers these folks must be.

They seem to only be covering a history of anarchist may day, the intersections between race and anarchism, inter-generational learning amongst radicals, militance, direct action, mental health, physical health, sexual health, patriarchy animal rights, immigrant solidarity, the occupation of factories and direct democracy in argentina, plan puebla panama, the anti-mountain top removal campaign, security culture and...they even have audacity to do fun things and plan it all on a weekend that is sure to breed ACTION!

What a bunch of jerks. Thanks for nothing jerks I'm staying home to comment on Indymedia that weekend.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
07 Apr 2005
Calm down. There was negative comments about this event from like 3-4 people. Who knows. Maybe it was one person using different names to post with? It seemed like it all started when that kid Maus said something dumb last Mayday/NYC post, and some people jumped on him about it and it carried on from there. Really, who cares. Just do your event, and quit worrying about trying to please everyone.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
07 Apr 2005
Maus equals MOUTH. Everyone else seems cool. May Day sounds like it will be awesome. Keep up the good work NYC.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
08 Apr 2005
Your mama got pleased.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
08 Apr 2005
Your mama got pleased.
Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
08 Apr 2005
Your mama got pleased.