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california apoc conference workshop call-out

We are looking for speakers and/or workshop presenters for an upcoming Anarchist People of Color conference, to take place in Oakland April 16-18.
Greetings all,

We are looking for speakers and/or workshop presenters for an upcoming Anarchist People of Color conference, to take place in Oakland April 16-18. You do not have to be an anarchist to present a workshop. You do, however, have to be a person of color to attend this conference.

There is no one unifying theme for the gathering, however, there are a few different things people are interested in having at the conference -

Skillsharing - Confronting the powerful, surviving capitalism and building a new world takes all kinds of skills! Can you copwatch, make art, or facilitate meetings exceptionally well? Want to share advice and experience on organizing in the workplace, getting brutal cops fired, or making our own media? Or do you know how to entertain kids, fix a bike, or teach self-defense? If you think you know something other folks will also want to, send us a workshop proposal!!!

The "basics" of anarchism - Anarchism means different things to different people, but we're looking for people who can break down anarchist takes on the state, oppression and capitalism and anarchist visions for running our lives without any of them. We want people to be clear and understandable so we can expand the circle of POC taking on the state.

Anarchist theory - Turn off the conventional rules of politics and you get a lot of new ideas. Do we want cultures, communities or nations, or just free individuals? Just how much organization and how much chaos to need to challenge the powerful? How do we build an anarchism that respects our roots? Lay it all out, or set up a debate that contrasts the ideas that animate our movement.

Caucuses and clusters - Part of our work is creating spaces to hear our own voices and confront our own privileges. Caucuses will be held by LGBTQI folks, non-male identified folks, and other groups who would like to meet up - we need people willing to facilitate these groups. Also, the gathering is a place for POC in various scenes: labor organizers, anti-globalization activists, poets, street militants etc. to check in with each other and the context and critiques.

Strategies and projects - So now what? Talking and community are great, but this can also be a place for envisioning and planning new projects, conspiracies, and communities. Make it happen.

To submit a proposal, or suggest a topic, please email lani (at) akpress.org workshop proposals based on participatory learning are encouraged.

If you want any more info on the conference in general, please email race (at) riseup.net or call (510) 208-1700
 
 


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Re: california apoc conference workshop call-out

carwil wrote..."You do, however, have to be a person of color to attend this conference."

What is a person of color? Are "white" people devoid of color?

Do you really think it is an "anarchist" principle to exclude people based on their race? What would you think if I posted a story about a conference I was going to organize and I excluded everyone who wasn't Irish?

In radical movements, we need to move beyond race. This conference is a step backwards for anarchists......
 

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