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Announcement :: Organizing
Meeting to build a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Network
14 Jun 2005
On Saturday, June 25, Boston area Anarchists and Anti-Authoritarians will meet to discuss and create a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Network/Spokes/clearinghouse on Mount Auburn st in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Ma.
On Saturday, March 12, around 200 Anarchists and Anti-Authoritarians representing over 40 different organizations in and around Boston gathered at the Community Church in Copley for the first ever Boston Anarchist Summit. In recent years, infighting, political and personal disagreements, and lack of communication kept the Boston Anarchist community in splinters. For a lot of folks, however, the Summit was a day of bridge building. For the first time, a large part of the Boston Anarchist community sat together in a room and engaged in positive and constructive conversations. Each group had a chance to explain who they are, what they do, and what events and actions they have done and are planning. While our discussions were cut short by the length of the day, we made some important steps: many of us met for the first time, learned of other groups and issues, were able to air grievances with the greater community, and discussed ideas for improving and strengthening our community and our work. Many of us, however, left the Summit wishing a more solid plan for the future came out of our discussions.
One idea that was brought up a couple of times during the Summit but never fully explored was to continue to meet as a community at whole. Some of us, therefore, are proposing the creation of a broad Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian body, such as a network, spokes council, or clearinghouse. We feel that meeting regularly would greatly increase our sense of community, respect and responsibility to each other, and that the body could serve one or more of many purposes: to help already established organizations and/or individuals check in with each other, as a place to bring new ideas and events and to find like minded people to work on them with, as a place to organize specific events, a means to discuss our internal problems, or to try to bring new people into the community. These are just some of the ideas that we have discussed, but as there are so many directions this body could take, we feel that the best way to move forward is to meet, and to express and discuss ideas and opinions in person. We are holding a meeting at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 25th, at 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Ma, to discuss and to work at the formation of a Boston Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarian spokes/network/clearinghouse/whatever. As we recognize this project will fail unless every voice and opinion is counted in the discussion, we hope as many people as possible will come and participate.
As another way to include as many people as possible in this process, and to try to get a feel for what different groups and individuals would like to see come out of this, we have created a Boston Anarchist Survey. If you would like a copy of the survey, please email us at AnarchistSurvey (at) riseup.net. We are trying to get all of the surveys in by Friday, June 17th, so that we can read them over before the meeting. These surveys will not be used as facts from which to build the network, but as another way for us to consider all opinions and experiences. They will be hung on the walls of 45 Mount Auburn St, and prior to the meeting, there will be time for everyone to read them.
Again, we greatly encourage all Boston area Anarchists and Anti-Authoritarians to participate in the creation of this body. All ideas, suggestions, and opinions are welcome. If you would like to participate in the planning for the meeting, email us. Hope to see you all there. Thank you,
In Love and Solidarity,
-Jake

-Friday, June 17th: Deadline for the Boston Anarchist Survey: For a copy, please email AnarchistSurvey (at) riseup.net

-Saturday, June 25th: Meeting to facilitate the creation of a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian spokes/network/clearinghouse/whathaveyou. 45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, Ma

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this is cool.
15 Jun 2005
a logical next step might be to build bridges with other communities and their struggles against the system, and not based on identification with a rather vague, one liner political tag like "anarchist".

don't get me wrong. i circle my As proudly. but there are lots of other people i do that i think are absolute fools who are doing little or nothing to create a world of freedom, community and justice, and lots of people doing amazing work who don't call themselves anarchists but are down in most other ways.
Re: Meeting to build a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Network
15 Jun 2005
- spock

Word!
Re: Meeting to build a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Network
15 Jun 2005
i second that Word!
Re: Meeting to build a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Network
16 Jun 2005
Spock makes absolutely no sense. How is "anarchism" vague, or a one-line tag. Simply becuase spock isn't literate enough to read anarchist texts doesn't mean they don't exist.
Re: Meeting to build a Boston Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Network
16 Jun 2005
A lot of people don't know what anarchism is. Ive been learning what anarchism off and on for the past 20 years.One thing I know is its not a Know it all scene.You have to be free within your self-to understand anarchism.