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(en) US, Asheville, NC, anarchist convergence - posted by Barakti Collective

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Date Wed, 2 Apr 2003 20:26:21 +0200 (CEST)

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> Carolina Anarchist* Convergence April 18-20th NC
As the American military machine prepares for imminent
war, networking is increasingly crucial to coordinate radical
resistance. As a region ripe with energy and talented folks,
the Carolinas has yet to see a lasting network of
anti-authoritarian/anti-capitalist groups and individuals.
The desire to work and build relationships with people in
our region has led the Barakti Collective of Charlotte and
the Strike (A) Match Collective of Asheville to organize this
meeting of anarchists in the Carolinas.

On the weekend of April 18-20th anti-authoritarian and
anti-capitalist radicals in the carolinas will converge with
the intention of strengthening ties of communication and
friendship among our communities, and exploring
possibilities for further collaboration. All are invited, but
the gathering will have a regional focus.

After breakfast and an opening introduction circle, Saturday
will be a day for getting to know each other and sharing our
ideas and experiences with campaigns and projects in our
own communities. Reports from various groups around the
Carolinas such as Earth First!, Anti-Racist Action, Prison
Books Project, and Copwatch, as well as discussions about
anarchist anti-war organizing, community space building,
community art and media projects, and anti-gentrification
campaigning will be scheduled for morning and afternoon
blocks. Saturday evening entertainment and a meal with
Food Not Bombs are planned as well. Please contact us if
you'd like to propose a topic for discussion, or just bring your
ideas with you.

On Sunday, those who want to meet to formalize a lasting
network of anarchist groups, collectives, and individuals will
be doing so. We envision communication and resource
sharing as the building blocks of this network. See the end
of this announcement for details.

Although anarchists from Charlotte and Asheville have
taken the initiative to organize the convergence, we
encourage others to participate, and come with proposals
and ideas. The basic structure of the weekend is still loose,
and we invite many contributions to its planning. We are
also willing to help cities and towns organize locally to build
interest for the event. For now, a listserve is in operation,
and we encourage all to jump on and join the dialogue.

Radical parents are more than encouraged to come. There
will be childcare provided at the convergence. We have
more than enough room to accommodate for that regardless
of the weather. We, the Strike A Match collective, ask that
you bring some games and books for the kids. We have alot
here already, as there a quite a few parents in our
community but if parents and those who are not parents
(yet) can bring some more for variety that'll be great. This
way we can all check out different favorite items (books,
etc.) for our kids and can share ideas with each other. There
are also a few parks around town if the weather is

Housing is also being arranged, but please try to let folks
know if you'll be needing housing for the weekend.

STRATEGY SESSION From the West coast to the Great
Plains, and onward to the Northeast, anarchists* are
creating a new generation of networks and federations in
effort to better organize themselves against the forces of
capitalism and the state. On Sunday, April 20, the last day
of the convergence of anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and
anti-capitalists, a session will take place to develop a lasting
network of radicals in the North Carolina region. The
establishment of this network will help aid in the overall
goal of the conference: better communication and resource
sharing. However, this session will further that bond by
bringing together a body of groups, individuals, and
collectives in a more formal network that will make
anarchism more practical in each of our communities. This
infrastructure is intended to aid in coordinating projects
across the region, providing resources and support to a
growing movement, and overcoming our current boundaries.
We envision an umbrella of mutual aid embracing all
tendencies and aspects of the anti-authoritarian/anarchist
movement, and avoiding the sort of federation-like structure
that may inhibit autonomy of action and idea.

The Barakti Collective of Charlotte can be contacted at
barakti_collective@hotmail.com -email them to get ontothe
listserve, or send email to
Carolina_RaiseUp-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and the
Strike (A) Match Collective of Asheville can be contacted at
lightaflame@ziplip.com -they are working on logistics of the
weekend. Let us know what you need (housing, childcare,
etc.) and what you'd like to see (workshops) or if you play
music or perform and would like to play at the convergence.
We can work together.

*We acknowlege that "anarchist" is another label, and that
many of us may choose not to identify ourselves in political
terms anything, even though we may share in common
politics for Liberatory Revolutionary changes of society
towards Community, Autonomy and Mutual Aid. Therefore
those folks who are leading radical lifestyles which work to
Build Community and create a Revolution where We are All
Free are Invited and Welcome.

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