Announcing: Seattle Anarchist Book Fair Workshops!

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://seattleanarchistbookfair.org/">Seattle Anarchist Bookfair</a>

All workshops will be happening at the Vera Project during the 4th Annual Seattle Anarchist Book Fair.
The Vera Project is located in the Seattle Center area on the corner of Warren & Republican Ave N

Saturday, August 25th:

The Ecology of Growing Up – An Anarchist Discussion on the Nature of Childhood and Parenting:
12-1:20pm (90min)
The dominant culture teaches ways of parenting that are, at their core, based on domination and suppression, and are damaging to us all. The Ecology of Growing Up is a presentation about the experience of parents trying to develop and practice anti-authoritarian methods of raising children. This workshop is based largely on theories of human development and the history and anthropology of parenting in other societies, including those based on foraging. We will also be discussing natural learning versus compulsory education, youth liberation and a culture of respect for children, culture making through media, literature and language, why anarchists should be distinctly concerned with childhood and parenting and why this discussion should be vital part of the anarchist project.</td><td><img title="Vital? Not so sure, but part of life, and an integrated life especially? Absolutely" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/tortoisehare.jpg"></td></tr...

Bash-Back! Queer Ultra Violence:
12-1:20pm (90min)
A presentation chronicling the (non)organizational and militant queer tendency known as Bash Back! Although short lived, Bash Back! had an astonishing impact on both radical and queer organizing in the United States. Bash Back! took on gay assimilation, anti-queer violence, the queer radical establishment, and capitalism with a queer struggle that rejected traditional identity politics. The anthology complies essays, interviews, and communiques to document the queer tendency spawned be the Bash Back! years.

Decolonize Seattle, Panel:
1:30-2:50pm (90min)
A panel discussion with organizers within Occupy/Decolonize Seattle about how the concept ‘Decolonization’ came into the Occupy Movement. What it meant, where it comes from, it’s use within anti-colonial struggles; the role of the state, nationalism, and nonprofits in counter insurgency tactics, and anti-statist legacies of resistance to colonization.

Radical Mycology:
1:30-2:15pm (45min)
An overview of the ways fungi relate to the lives of humans and all species, this workshop brings a novel, radical perspective to the 5th kingdom. Topics will cover fungi for food autonomy/security, pollution clean up (remediation & restoration), permaculture, medicine, spiritual evolution, and ecological & social justice.

Pharmakon Health Conspiracy:
2:15-3:00pm (45min)
Discussing “men’s” reproductive health, sexual health and STI treatment, “women’s” reproductive health, such as irregular menstruation and fertility awareness. And touching on herbal contraceptives and abortifacients.

What If We Threw A Revolution and No One Came?:
3:10-4:30pm (90min)
What does anarchist practice without the hope, or desire, for revolutionary social change look like? Is it possible or are anarchists, ultimately, utopian?

SeaSol – Collective direct action, solidarity networks, and workplace revolt:
3:10-4:30pm (90min)
Seattle Solidarity Network has successfully used collective direct action against bosses and landlords to win a series of small fights over stolen wages, deposits, repairs and injuries. What is the next step? How can we build on this and also learn from and combine forces with other movements such as Occupy and the port truckers? We will introduce the group’s tactics and what we’ve done so far, followed by a discussion on the potential for using this model to build a combative revolutionary anarchist movement in Seattle and beyond.

Sunday, August 26th:

Long Live the Oakland Commune:
12:30-1:50pm (90min)
On the origins and trajectory of the Oakland Commune. Why did shit pop off the way it did in Oakland during late 2011 and early 2012? What are the limits that have been reached through the struggle in Oakland and what can we learn from them. A mixture of analysis and stories from the streets of Oakland along with a slideshow of relevant documents, photos and propaganda. Presented by a small panel of comrades visiting from the Oakland Commune.

On Climate Change, Panel:
12:30-1:50pm (90min)
(more information to come after participants conspire)

The Killer of the Civilized Ego- queer theory against progress:
2-3:20pm (90min)
Making a critical intervention into the anti-social turn in queer theory, we will argue that Lee Edelman’s work in No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, while expressing the nihilist geist of the times in the context of queer theory, is in fact based on the ideas of Walter Benjamin and Guy Hocquenghem, but that Edelman radically severs himself from their project by cleaving idea from practice. Our intention is to salvage what is dangerous about No Future from the safety of the academy and turn it to a weapon in the project against progress.

NW Anarchist People of Color and Decolonize PDX, Panel:
2-3:20pm (90min)
(more information to come after participants conspire)

No Juvenile Detention Center / Art & Direct Action in Communities of Color, Panel:
3-4:30pm (90min)
(more information to come after participants conspire)

Bad Bitches:
3-4:30pm (90min)
Deconstruction of white anarchist/leftist/liberal attempts to assimilate loud, tough, brazen, bold, fierce cultural attributes of Women of Color into behaviors and personalities that are passive. Connecting these perspectives and experiences to our own erased radical histories. Women of Color perspective, history, reclaiming of feminist history and re-writing the current radical collective history.

Comments

badabing

Keep fucking that chicken.

classic

I.e. -- Q: "What does anarchist practice without the hope, or desire, for revolutionary social change look like?"
A: What is A BOOKFAIR, Alex?

That is correct.
-Alex Trebek

I am very interested in what an anarchist practice without even the desire for revolutionary social change would look like. I can understand hopelessness, but desirelessness boggles the mind. Should be an interesting conversation.

equally confused

me too. confuzzled as hell.

LAWLELEELZLZLZLZZLZLZ

? I'm pretty sure the contributors to Lawless have the desire for change?

no need to be confused, let me explain.

Exhibit 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AtNr72IR3g

What you just watched is one example of our iconoclastic indomitableness.

Exhibit 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iZhdaEFRoY

This is our desires comingling, our pure negation manifest as singularity.

Understand?

Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh now i do thanz

"Deconstruction of white anarchist/leftist/liberal attempts to assimilate loud, tough, brazen, bold, fierce cultural attributes of Women of Color into behaviors and personalities that are passive."

Is this a fancy way of saying 'Black women are loud'? I don't understand the repackaging of stupid racist stereotypes.

Long live Amazonian women kicking patriarchal mens asses yay Serena Williams!!

It's not that black women are loud, its that white women are passive. Stereotypically speaking.

Just take the gender relationship away, male / female does not exist, stereotypical IS binary in the end.

No. It's saying that there are women of color (not just black, kthx) whose tough bad-ass bitchness threatens whitey, who then attempts to assimilate said woc into whiteness, thereby neutralizing what threatens them.

That's interesting, given that there is no explicit group of women of color in Seattle (or the Northwest for that matter) that are posing any threat to anyone. How do I know this? Because if a group of people are posing a threat, then you hear about it. You hear about the damage, the fear in the hearts of police and politicians, and arrests related to it. If all of this is absent, there is no threat going on. In the past couple years there has been an impressive resurgence of anarchist activity in Washington, particularly in Seattle. I can say with absolute certainty that there is no identity politicking segment of this resurgence and there certainly is no identity politicking group (anarchist identifying or otherwise) in all of Washington that is in any way posing a threat, as you allege.

What's that you say? The dominant power structure is invisibilizing women of color and all this activity and actions ARE happening and we just don't hear about? Bullshit. All anarchist activity is invisibilized as much as possible and a great deal of events that happen are only heard about through websites like this and not the mainstream media. The histories of struggle you try to ride the coat tails of did not have the same politics of you and actually took action, whether or not it was action relevant to anarchism.

If you're so much of a threat, why don't you try being one and attacking something other than anarchists in high-stakes verbal warfare. Maybe some representative of the hetero-patriarchal sexist white-supremicist power structure perhaps? (Hint: you won't find one at an (A) bookfair, unless there's an undercover there).

There are quite a number of anarchists in Washington that have received heavy harassment from the police and have been arrested many times and are now "known anarchists" that the government is watching. This is not a good or glorious thing and none of these people WANT this to be the case and are no going around fronting like they're better than anyone else for it. But you know what? These people are taking action and facing repression because of that. Why am I saying this? Because a lot (but not all) of these people are white anarchists that are loud and active and these seem to be the people you're attacking. And what's wrong with being a white anarchist? 77% of Washington is white.

For all of these reasons and more, fuck you and fuck your stupid talk. Go back to the New Black Panther Party with your ethnic nationalist identity politicking trash. Quit fronting. Take action against the system or shut up.

a little reactionary, amirite?

Are "loud, tough, brazen, bold, fierce" attributes of women of color, though? Are women "acting white" if they happen to be quiet?

"The Ecology of Growing Up – An Anarchist Discussion on the Nature of Childhood and Parenting:
12-1:20pm (90min)
The dominant culture teaches ways of parenting that are, at their core, based on domination and suppression, and are damaging to us all. The Ecology of Growing Up is a presentation about the experience of parents trying to develop and practice anti-authoritarian methods of raising children. This workshop is based largely on theories of human development and the history and anthropology of parenting in other societies, including those based on foraging. We will also be discussing natural learning versus compulsory education, youth liberation and a culture of respect for children, culture making through media, literature and language, why anarchists should be distinctly concerned with childhood and parenting and why this discussion should be vital part of the anarchist project."

If this is being put on by the group of people I think it is (anyone from that specific Olympia scene in these last few years) then I am disgusted at your audacity to hold a workshop on this, you fucking swamp monsters.

If I'm wrong and someone else is holding the workshops with no connection at all to what I'm mentioning, I hope it goes well and I'm glad you're interested in this topic.

interesting. swamp monsters, you say?

is 'swamp monsters' being used as negative or positive? .. otherwise please say more! Your condemnation without context is stroking my desire to nosey into this drama!

ahh, perhaps some bitter and irate deadbeat turns to trolling and makes his presence known?

no, that particular group in olympia is entirely unrelated and not going. there are more than two anarchists in the world that have children and think about how to raise them. you just like to show off that you know "the anarchy dirt". fuck you.

There any housing available in Seattle from E4E through the book fair?

- SE @ looking to visit

that'd be some sketchy housing if you hook it up here

I'm not looking to hook up the assassination of McGinn's wife through Anarchistnews, just housing.

Assassinate the right people and you can stay at my house any time ;)

check out that craigas list fbi bro

Wow, for a city that's burgeoning with a pretty decent anarchist movement, that is an overall pretty shitty lineup for the bookfair. Seems quite dominated by liberal elements. Maybe the serious anarchists in Seattle don't see the point in engaging with the bookfair at this point? Thoughts?

what would you like to see?

Persons arrested in acts of civil disobedience on May 1st in Seattle are facing trial on the 27th in superior courthouse in downtown Seattle, 12th floor. The day after the bookfair. Pack the room. Both of the charged face felonies, one faces 1-5 years in prison. He was beaten while in the jail several times, resulting in hospitalization(confirm by multiple sources). The media will be there. Come dressed for a funeral.

Fuck! Who was hospitalised? I didn't hear about this....

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