We Defend Each Other : A Line of Posters Expressing Solidarity with Everyone under Attack

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CrimethInc.

In response to Donald Trump’s efforts to direct hatred against the most vulnerable sectors of the population—and the ongoing wave of shootings carried out by Trump’s supporters—we have prepared a line of posters expressing our readiness to defend everyone they are targeting. We hope these posters will appear across the country, challenging the vicious atmosphere that they are trying to create and opening up spaces in which everyone feels welcome. Please put up these posters in public places, including business establishments, universities, and schools, as well as homes and social centers. The posters are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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The 4th Annual Warsaw Independent Bookfair Ada Puławska, 7-8th September 2019

Same weekend as ours, but if you’re in Warsaw …

We invite you to take part in the 4th edition of the Warsaw Independent Bookfair, which will be held September 7-8, 2019 in the alternative culture centre, A.D.A. Puławska.

If you’re writing, printing, translating, illustrating or organizing, running a library, researching or simply, just like us, you like books, help us in supporting independent publishers and book self-organization. We invite you to the bookfair which will include discussions, lectures, workshops, and concerts.

Year 2019 has been declared an Anti-Fascist Year by a coalition of non-governmental organizations, public institutions, and social movements. We want this year’s edition of the bookfair to be part of this initiative, to remind everyone of the power of independent publications against all authoritarian tendencies. We believe that books
and zines are our weapons in the fight for freedom.

Paper can be a tool towards liberation. At a time when authorities want to have more and more influence on television, radio and the internet, in times of increasing surveillance, in times of increasing threat of authoritarianism, it is worth recalling the power of books and zines.

The event will be accompanied by workshops and meetings, where topics related to independent publishing houses and grassroots initiatives will be addressed. The bookfair is open to equality messages emphasizing thevoices of excluded persons. There will be space to share our experiences together, learn from each other, respectfully discuss alternatives and look critically at contemporary reality.

We are eagerly waiting for applications until July 31, 2019, at warsawbookfair [at] riseup.net – there you can send all workshop, discussion or presentation proposals, questions, and comments about the event.

We will not be able to cover travel costs, however we do not charge for the stand and provide accommodation and meals for people actively participating in the event. Due to space restrictions, we offer a limited number of stands and time slots for workshops.

Warsaw Independent Bookfair Collective

Web page: https://warsawbookfair.noblogs.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warsawbookfair/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarsawBookfair
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/warsaw_independent_bookfair/

THE 14TH ANNUAL VICTORIA ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!

THE 14TH ANNUAL VICTORIA ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR

Located on unceded Lkwungen Territory, the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair opens a space for anarchist literature, art & praxis. This year’s bookfair places special emphasis on transitioning to new and radical ways of relating to each other and to all beings and environments.

The Bookfair welcomes participants who seek to embody anarchist ideals, subvert the spectacle, and facilitate safe and healthy dialogues in our beautiful neighborhood. This is an invitation to open, radical, inclusive, and anti-oppressive spaces.

We invite your proposals for workshops, tables, readings, films, and presentations to bring us together in temporary affinity while deepening our collective understanding of anarchism(s).

The deadline for proposals is August 25th, 2019. Please include a statement about how your project aligns with the principles of the Bookfair. [http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/index.php/statement-of-principles/]

Late proposals will be considered but may not be included in the promotional material.

  1. BOOKFAIR DATES & CONTACT INFORMATION

Deadline for Proposals: August 25th, 2019

Victoria Anarchist Bookfair: September 21st and 22nd, 2019

For general inquiries, please email:

INFO@VICTORIAANARCHISTBOOKFAIR.CA

  1. HOW TO REQUEST A TABLE

The Bookfair unfolds around the booksellers, distributors, independent presses, artisans, and activist groups in the main room of the Fernwood Community Centre. Please be aware that tabling at the Bookfair requires a commitment to both days. There is no fee for tabling, but we will be collecting 10% of sales after expenses in order to help us cover costs.

To request a table, send a brief description of your group and the materials you intend to distribute to:

TABLES@VICTORIAANARCHISTBOOKFAIR.CA

  1. CALL FOR WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATION PROPOSALS

The Bookfair Collective envisions the Anarchist Bookfair as a space to undo, in real time, the ongoing colonization of our thoughts & perception, bodies, loving, care, decision-making, and communities. The Bookfair is a space for the production of knowledge through listening to each other respectfully.

Under the over-arching theme of transitioning, we invite proposals for workshops on Indigenous perspectives, practical anarchism, revolutionary theory, policing & state repression, mutual aid, gender, anarchist history, ecologies of freedom, art-making, co-operatives, etc.

Workshops last 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in between. We recommend that presenters plan for at least 20 minutes of discussion.

To propose a workshop or reading, list the title of your workshop, along with a short description (120 words) and bio (25 words).

Send it to: WORKSHOPS@VICTORIAANARCHISTBOOKFAIR.CA

This information will be reprinted in the program zine if your workshop is accepted.

  1. VOLUNTEER!

The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy Collectives are made up of volunteers who poster, run the welcome table, do set-up and take-down, lead kids’ activities, support safer spaces, clean up, etc. Helping out at the Bookfair is a great way to get involved in the community and embody your anarchist ideals. If interested, please read the volunteer descriptions, Bookfair Collective principles [http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/index.php/statement-of-principles/] and accessibility [http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/index.php/accessibility-and-safer-space-policy/]statements on the Bookfair website and let us know how you’d like to help out!

Get in touch: VOLUNTEER@VICTORIAANARCHISTBOOKFAIR.CA

We look forward to hearing from you!

JULY 2019 CALLOUT, BOOKFAIR COLLECTIVE

Lkwungen Territory, Fernwood, Victoria BC

The Uptown Portrayer Punk Poet

We’re chuffed to be hosting the Uptown Portrayer Punk Poet at this year’s Bookfair, who will be performing at the Busk Stop in the afternoon!

The Up-Town Portrayer a Punk Poet based in Swansea, has been busy developing his own unique style since early 2018, and has opened up The By The Bay Punk Festival in Swansea, Kippertronix Ska & Punk Festival in Mid-Wales, as well as performing at this years Nozstock Festival in The Hidden Valley in July, and continuing to gig extensively throughout the UK. Targeting subjects that really resonate with people, like supporting live music, not fitting into conventionality, inequality and not being taken in by the media and press, amongst other things. The Punk Poem about music venues called “Sticky Floor Future” has been published, and hangs proudly on the wall at the entrance to the Creature Sound Music Venue in Swansea, the original “Social Depravity” and “Fire In My Belly” have been included in the spring 2019 issue of anarchist magazine Organise! Also part of the Punk Poem “No Robot” was been recorded for the 2nd album of Welsh punk band Tenplusone. Punk Poems are kept short and sweet, and to the point lasting no more than 2 minutes each, and my set can last up to 30 minutes. Also going out for free to venues and promoters for the remainder of 2019.

London Bookfair 2020

Bookfair 2020

We’re excited to announce that an Anarchist bookfair will be returning to London in October 2020.

This event is being organised by a new collective of individuals from across London and the UK.

The composition of the organising collectives behind the various Anarchist bookfairs in London has changed many times over the years and we are proud to take on the task of bringing a prominent bastion of Anarchist and radical thinking back to the city. The regular “London Anarchist Bookfair” has been a vital component of the Anarchist community since it’s inception in 1981 and we intend for the 38th such event carry on in this fine tradition

Bookfair 2020 will be a diverse event with […] read more

Why I Am an Anarchist – By Benjamin Zephaniah

Dog Section Press

I got political after I suffered my first racist attack at the age of seven. I didn’t understand any political theory, I just knew that I had been wronged, and I knew there was another way. A few years later, when I was fifteen a marked police car pulled up to me as I walked in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning, three cops got out of the car, they pushed me into a shop doorway, then they beat me up. They got back into their car, and drove off as if nothing had happened. I had read nothing about policing policy, or anything on so-called law and order, I just knew I had been wronged. When I got my first job as a painter, I had read nothing on the theory of working class struggles or how the rich exploited the poor, but when my boss turned up every other day in a different supercar, and we were risking our lives up ladders and breathing in toxic fumes, I just knew I had been wronged.

I grew up (like most people around me) believing Anarchism meant everyone just going crazy, and the end of everything. I am very dyslexic so I often have to use a spellchecker or a dictionary to make sure I’ve written words correctly. I was hearing words like Socialism and Communism all the time, but even the Socialists and Communists that I came across tended to dismiss Anarchists as either a fringe group, who they always blamed if there was trouble on demonstrations, or dreamers. Even now, I just checked a spellchecker and it describes Anarchism as chaos, lawlessness, mayhem, and disorder. I like the disorder thing, but for the ‘average’ person, disorder does mean chaos, lawlessness, and mayhem. The very things they’re told to fear the most.

The greatest thing I’ve ever done for myself is to learn how to think for myself. I began to do that at an early age, but it’s really difficult to do that when there are things around you all the time telling you how to think. Capitalism is seductive. It limits your imagination, and then tells you that you should feel free because you have choices, but your choices are limited to the products they put before you, or the limits of your now limited imagination. I remember visiting São Paulo many years ago when it introduced its Clean City Law. The mayor didn’t suddenly become an Anarchist, but he did realise that the continuous and ubiquitous marketing people were subjected to was not just ugly, but distracting people from themselves. So more than 15,000 marketing billboards were taken down. Buses, taxis, neon and paper poster advertisements were all banned. At first it looked a little odd, but instead of either looking at, or trying not to look at advertising broads, I walked, and as I walked I looked around me. I found that I only purchased what I really needed, not what I was told I needed, and what was most noticeable was that I met and talked to new people every day. These conversations tended to be relevant, political, and meaningful. Capitalism keeps us in competition with each other, and the people who run Capitalism don’t really want us to talk to each other, not in a meaningful way.

I’m not going to go on about Capitalism, Socialism, or Communism, but it is clear that one thing they all have in common is their need for power. Then to back up their drive for power they all have theories, theories about taking power and what they want to do with power, but therein lies the problem. Theories and power. I became an Anarchist when I decided to drop the theories and stop seeking power. When I stopped concerning myself with those things I realised that true Anarchy is my nature. It is our nature. It is what we were doing before the theories arrived, it is what we were doing before we were encouraged to be in competition with each other. There have been some great things written about Anarchism, and I guess that’s Anarchist theory, but when I try to get my friends to read these things (I’m talking about big books with big words), they get headaches and turn away. So, then I turn off the advertising (the TV etc.) and sit with them, and remind them of what they can do for themselves. I give them examples of people who live without governments, people who organise themselves, people who have taken back their own spiritual identity – and then it all makes sense.

If we keep talking about theories then we can only talk to people who are aware of those theories, or have theories of their own, and if we keep talking in the round about theories we exclude a lot of people. The very people we need to reach, the very people who need to rid themselves of the shackles of modern, Capitalistic slavery. The story of Carne Ross is inspiring, not because he wrote something, but because he lived it. I love the work of Noam Chomsky and I love the way that Stuart Christie’s granny made him an Anarchist, but I’m here because I understand that the racist police who beat me have the state behind them, and the state itself is racist. I’m here because I now understand that the boss-man who exploited me to make himself rich didn’t care about me. I’m here because I know how the Marrons in Jamaica freed themselves and took to the hills and proved to all enslaved people that they (the Marrons), could manage themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I love books (I’m a writer, by the way), and I know we need people who think deeply – we should all think deeply. But my biggest inspirations come from everyday people who stop seeking power for themselves, or seeking the powerful to rescue them, and they do life for themselves. I have met people who live Anarchism in India, Kenya, Jamaica, Ethiopia, and in Papua New Guinea, but when I tell them they are Anarchists most will tell me they have not heard of such a word, and what they are doing is natural and uncomplicated. I’m an Anarchist because I’ve been wronged, and I’ve seen everything else fail.

I spent the late seventies and the eighties living in London with many exiled ANC activists – after a long struggle Nelson Mandela was freed and the exiles returned home. I remember looking at a photo of the first democratically elected government in South Africa and realising that I knew two thirds of them. I also remember seeing a photo of the newly elected Blair (New Labour) government and realising that I knew a quarter of them, and on both occasions I remember how I was filled with hope. But in both cases it didn’t take long to see how power corrupted so many members of those governments. These were people I would call and say, “Hey, what are you doing?”, and the reply was always something along the lines of, “Benjamin, you don’t understand how having power works”. Well I do. Fuck power, and lets just take care of each other.

Most people know that politics is failing. That’s not a theory or my point of view. They can see it, they can feel it. The problem is they just can’t imagine an alternative. They lack confidence. I simply blanked out all the advertising, I turned off the ‘tell-lie-vision’, and I started to think for myself. Then I really started to meet people – and, trust me, there is nothing as great as meeting people who are getting on with their lives, running farms, schools, shops, and even economies, in communities where no one has power.

That’s why I’m an Anarchist.

Benjamin Zephaniah is a writer, poet and anarchist. His Latest book is The Life and Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah (Simon and Schuster).

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