Last year, in the spirit of rising anarchist resistance, and to honour our fallen comrades from the past, we organized the first Comox Valley Anarchist Book Fair for one day on the weekend immediately following May Day. Once again, the book fair will be hosted on May Day weekend in Cumberland (a small village in Comox Valley that was one of the major sites of the largest labour revolt in BC history).
Panagacos v Towery is a landmark civil liberties case currently in the US District Court in Tacoma, WA. It is a lawsuit that antiwar activists filed against the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and countless law enforcement agencies in 2010. It was filed after it was discovered that a fellow activist who went by the name “John Jacob” was actually Army intelligence agent John J Towery who worked with a Fusion Center at nearby Fort Lewis (JBLM). Towery spied on and infiltrated the antiwar group Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) which blocked military shipments en route to Iraq and Afghanistan and successfully shut down the Port of Olympia in 2007 and kicked the military out.
Direct actions are planned in the Bay Area between Earth Day on April 22 and May 1st to raise awareness about the intersections of labor rights, immigration rights, and environmental issues. Actions may include sit-ins, tree sits, guerrilla gardening, pickets, marches, blockades, and strikes. Our goal is to challenge the "Jobs vs Environment" myth, to unite workers and environmentalists against the bosses, and rapidly transition unsustainable industries through direct action. The process in which we would achieve so, is through directly democratic workers assemblies and Environmental Unionist Caucuses within our existing unions where we would organize actions to halt the destruction of the planet. We seek to live up to our IWW Preamble which states that we must "abolish wage slavery and live in harmony with the Earth."
Building on the success of its predecessor, the 3rd International Conference of the Anarchist Studies Network will showcase the best new thinking in the study of anarchism as a political theory and practice – past, present and future. The conference aims to breach new frontiers in anarchist scholarship, and encourage cross-pollination between disciplines and contributions from both within and outside the official academic sphere. Proposals are welcome for sessions and individual papers from any scholarly discipline(s), on any topic relevant to the study of anarchism. Also welcome are proposals for practical workshops, experiential sessions, and other activities.
The BASTARD (Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development) conference promotes the understanding that there are multiple valid approaches to anarchism, each of which has points that are worth examining. Come and share your approach.
In activist circles and beyond, it has become commonplace to speak of self-care, taking for granted that the meaning of this expression is self-evident. But “self” and “care” are not static or monolithic; nor is “health.” How has this discourse been colonized by capitalist values? Contributors to the recent zine Self as Other: Reflections on Self-Care will present on the political dimensions of care, illuminating how it can serve oppressive or revolutionary purposes. Taking the self as an object of political struggle, this discussion will ask how health and resistance are linked, and what forms of care might be be able to subvert systems of power.
Announcing the 2nd annual Kitchener-Waterloo Anarchist Bookfair! Taking place on March 1 2014 on Six Nations of the Grand River territory, we will once again welcome anarchists and non-anarchists alike for a day of workshops, presentations, info tables, book sellers and social events. With introductory discussions about anarchism in addition to deeper conversations around the ongoing relevance of anarchism and its implications for on-the-ground organizing and everyday struggles, the KW Anarchist Bookfair will be a space for radical ideas to thrive for curious folks, seasoned organizers and everyone in between.
If we didn’t have leaders, bosses, or managers, how would we ever get anything done? This weekend’s Anarchist BookFair & DIY Fest proves that you can hold a weekend-long festival without falling into typical organizational structures or hierarchies. While the festival is in its sixth year, it has a very loose organizational structure. It doesn’t have an annual date or time, and past festivals have happened anywhere between May and September.