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(en) US, Detroit, Anarchist People of Color Conference Concludes; New APOC Network to be Formed

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 6 Oct 2003 23:20:33 +0200 (CEST)

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How can words adequately express what happened in Detroit this weekend? How can you
explain to people what it was like to be part of oppressed people's history? Not
merely a protest or campaign, but to see the birth of a movement?
How would you react to someone shaking your hand and saying,
'Thank you for all you have done. This has changed my life'?
On Saturday night, we filled Harmonie Garden Middle Eastern
restaurant. APOCs were standing and eating because the spot
had no chairs left. One cat told me he'd never had dinner with
South Asian anarchists, but just broke bread with six at the same
table. A woman later said she'd never known other Arabs were
anarchists, but met four in the hall. On the message board notes
scribbled down on butcher paper called out things like 'Desis meet
at 7,' 'Latinos meet here later' and 'help me start an APOC group.'
Intense sessions on Palestine and race theory, along with deep
discussions on how a group should work, were important, but the
real thing coming out of discussions was the realization that we
weren't alone. That may not sound political to some, but the
feeling is undescribable when you are a person of color in a room
and everyone feels what you feel on some level.

Scratch that. What we feel IS political. Don't let some wack-ass
settler tell you otherwise.

We have all been that lone person of color at a conference, feeling
isolated. We have all been angered by careless remarks,
exclusionary theory and practice, and disrespect of our history as
a people's history. The reality of needing something for ourselves
has always been there, but October 3-5, 2003 made it live.

For real, this will be in a history book in 30 years.

Workshops on Sunday got a late start, but we caught up. Word
was the Critical Race Theory workshop got heated, but that
attendees made great points. People loved Greg Lewis' karate

A theme that seemed to come up in Sunday workshops and indeed
all weekend bears repeating. One issue overlooked by many
movements is knowing your history. I'm not just talking Chicano
Studies, but about the history of one's own city and the role people
of color played in building it. This too is political, and must be

The much-discussed network proposal workshop was turned into
a movement-building event. Out of it came the seeds for regional
conferences, meetings and changes to this website. We decided
to change the workshop because it seemed unrealistic to start an
organization out of an event where most of the attendees had
never met before. We agreed a network was needed but that it
had to be based more on our affinity than a desire for a ten-point
program. A real organization takes time and patience. The
network lives as we least expect it.

The goodbye lunch was joyful and sweet. Nobody wanted this to

And not a single incident of violence. Threats by Nazis never
came to be. Big ups to Walidah, Eric and APOC's own Security of
the Third World -- the attendees who walked the building and gave
their time, even after hours of travel.

Much love to all who attended. We missed y'all who couldn't
come. But don't worry -- you can plan for 2004. Believe that.


Link: http://illegalvoices.org/apoc/
Source: http://michiganimc.org/

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