It is with great excitement that we announce that the 2016 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair will be taking place Saturday, August 20th. As in previous years, the day promises to be one filled with conversations, ideas, debates, and, of course, books. Unlike previous years, thei year we are delighted to announce that the book fair will be at a new location, Historic Washington Hall, located in Seattle’s Central District, at 14th and Fir (a half block from the soon to be “improved” juvenile justice facility). The Seattle Anarchist Book Fair serves as an annual chance for anarchists and their friends to come together as well as being an easy way for new or interested individuals to learn more about and engage with what some have referred to as “the Beautiful Idea.”
From El Enemigo Común (June 26th, 2016)
HUAJUAPAN DE LEÓN- Salvador Olmo García, a 27-year old vendor, community journalist, activist, defender of lands, vocalist and pioneer of the anarko-punk movement in Huajuapan, was found seriously injured this Sunday morning in the Las Huertas neighborhood of the city.
Location plays a key role in dictating the nature of our ideas and opinions, who our enemies or friends may be, if we're separated from or near family and relatives, if we have a connection over generations to a land-base and its resources or are maybe just vaguely familiar to our surroundings, along with plenty of other variables.
Yesterday, a group of scumbags affiliated with local real estate companies organized a tour of Hamilton for a group of investors, with the goal of drawing in capital from outside the city. This project is called Try Hamilton and they describe their goals as a chance for entrepreneurs and developers to envision ‘city-changing’ possibilities. Shamelessly pro-gentrification, they talk about our neighbourhoods as blank slates, gloat about the money to be made if an area can be successfully ‘converted’ to a different kind of resident. Of course, for most of us, their financial wet dreams appear in our lives as violence, hunger, or eviction – and so of course we have to fight back against them.
When the group of investors emerged from the Ti-Cats stadium, fresh off the inspiring words of the city’s mayor, and tried to board buses, they were met by a crowd of forty angry people who encouraged them to, rather than try Hamilton, try fucking themselves. With signs reading, “Gentrification is disgusting, you rich fucks are disgusting”, “who gets off on evicting families?” and “Fuck you for trying”, we met them with a wall of rage that showed them what the class war their investments drive can mean.