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(en) US, california apoc conference Friday-Sunday

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:20:33 +0200 (CEST)

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The first ever Anarchist People of Color Bay Area conference, will
take place at Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley, on April 17th and 18th, 2004.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER IF YOU ARE COMING by e-mailing lani@akpress.org.
Remember, if you need translation, housing or childcare, please tell us
beforehand so that we may accommodate you. Breakfast and lunch will be
served both Saturday and Sunday, and will be FREE.
We are asking folks for a five-dollar donation at the conference, but give
what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For the latest flier, and any other information you might need, go to
www.sfbayapoc.org, contact lani-A-akpress.org or call (510) 208-1700.

Notes on Transportation You will NOT be able to find parking, as there
will be another huge event going on at UC Berkeley the same day as the
conference. Take public transportation, walk, or ride a bike if possible.

All the info you need about public transportation

For driving directions to UC Berkeley http://www.berkeley.edu/map/, but
you shouldnt dive unless you have to!

For a map of the area around Barrows Hall -

Attached is the most current schedule of events. Please note that it is
subject to change, and if you are coming and you see a workshop topic that
is sorely missing, we encourage you to speak up and organize it! There
will be tons of space outside the building, and there may even be an extra
room for last minute additions : )

Thank you for coming.


Schedule for the Anarchist People of Color Bay Area Conference

Friday, April 16th

6pm until whenever
Potluck dinner at
the Long Haul Infoshop
3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
(2 blocks from Ashby BART, Across from La Pea Cultural Center)
Phone (510) 540-0751

A place to register, check-in for the conference and just hang out and meet folks.

Saturday , April 17th

9:30am breakfast

10:00 11:30am Panel What is Anarchism to us?
A chance to hear the varying opinions on what anarchism means to different
folks, and how they came to anarchism.
Barrows Room 122
Ali is a student organizer for Student for Justice. He has done work around
issues regarding student equity, student
empowerment, the state budget cuts, and supporting workers/classified staff on
campus. He is also a member and
supporter of the IWW, has worked to start an IWW chapter in San Jose, and is
part of the Furious Five anarchist
collective in the South bay.
Lani Riccobuono is a prison abolition organizer, independent media activist and
member of the AK Press collective in
Oakland. She was born and raised in the bay area, and feels like anarchism has
made her a much saner human

11:45am 1:15pm Workshop Session 1

1) Food Not Bombs
Barrows Room 136

2) Autonomous Movements in Mexico
Barrows Room 151
Facilitator - Cassandra Lopez from the Chiapas Support Committee

3) Organizing: Intro, Tactics and Strategies
Barrows Room 155
Workshop with popular education games where we learn how the capitalists operate
and how we can fight back.
Facilitator - Sonya Mehta has been an organizer on campus, in the streets and
now at the workplace. She is an
organizer with Young Workers United, an independent labor union for young people
in the service sector.

4) LGBTIQueerAPOC- creating a movement with room for all of our love:
A space created for and by self-identified queer/sexually deviant folk.
With the aim of engaging in dialogue on how to approach queer people of color
issues within anarchist, queer, people
of color communities and the world at large.
Barrows 122
The goal of this workshop is for facilitation of a self-created space for
Queer folks. With focus on Queer-APOC issues in anarchist, queer, people of
color and other communities in our lives.
Some discussion might include but is not restricted to-the following topics:
1. What does it mean to us to be a queer anarchist of color?
2. Queer issues in anarchist communities
3. Queer issues in people of color communities
4. Queer and of color in our inter-personal relationships
5. In correspondence with question 4: How do we build evolving
environments for each other and ourselves at
the same time? What makes us safe (emotionally and physically)?
Facilitator - Camille

1:15pm - 2:30pm Lunch

2:45pm - 4:15pm Workshop Session 2

1) The struggle for Anarchism cannot begin until the Indigenous struggle is won
Barrows Room 151
In this workshop we will develop ideas that approach questions of nationalism
from a more positive direction than
anarchists usually do. Why is nationalism inspiring to people? Furthermore we
will identify what an indigenous
perspective could look like and express why it should be the foundation to an
anarchist perspective and not just a
sidebar that is only discussed when native issues arise.
Facilitator - Aragorn! is an active member of the Bay Area anarchist community.
He is a stumbling writer and
participant in a number of collectives with concerns that range from vegan baked
goods, serving web pages, to what
the composition of an anti-authoritarian politic for people of color would look
like. He is an Odawa (Ottawa) Indian
on his mothers side.

2) Self-Defense
Barrows Room 122
An Interactive presentation of basic techniques, concepts and applications
related to unarmed self-protection against
both armed and unarmed assailants.
Notes: Participants will be asked about any health conditions that may affect
their ability to participate. Participants
are invited to videotape the seminar so they have a reference tool to take home
with them (this is optional and based
upon group consensus).
Facilitator Greg Lewis is a long-time organizer: (Black Autonomy International,
IWW, numerous coalitions against prisons, war, police brutality and poverty in
the Seattle area). He is a certified
personal trainer: (ACE certified), karate instructor: Certified black belt;
Kenzen Karate-Seattle, WA. He has over 20
years in the martial arts experience (Western boxing, muay Thai, taekwondo,
karate, Brazilian jiujitsu).

3) Drug War
Barrows Room 136
This participatory panel will talk about how the drug war targets women and
communities of color and has been used
to justify the largest prison build up in U.S. history. We will also talk about
why harm reduction solutions to addiction
make more sense than incarceration and state repression.
Micha Frazier is an Oakland resident and harm reduction activist.
Christina Wilson lives in Oakland and is a long time Bay Area anti- prison organizer
Roger White is a criminal justice researcher and writer living in Oakland

4) Sexual assault and response in communities of color
Barrows Room 155
Facilitator - Nisha Anand of San Francisco Women Against Rape

4:30pm 6pm Workshop Session 3

1) Copwatch
Barrows Room 151
Facilitator - Mickey

2) Direct Action
Barrows Room 122
Facilitator - Mojgone Azemun

3) Globalization & Global War: A Bottom-up View Of Empire & Resistance
Barrows Room 136
Too often, globalization is seen through the eyes of the boardrooms that it puts
in charge of the world. In this talk, I
try to show globalization through the eyes of the peoples it attacks, especially
indigenous peoples whose cultures are
under siege and urban radicals and the global South. For the Zapatistas,
globalization is the Fourth World War -- a
global attack on the indigenous and a global reorganization of power. For many
Africans, globalization is a
recolonization of their continent around a few Northern-aligned governments and
many private corporations. For
some indigenous North Americans, globalization is the Western effort at conquest
turned on itself -- the moment when
even the Euro-American World is no longer exempt from colonization.

On all these fronts, the battle has been joined, not by force of arms but with
massive human creativity which is
reshaping our world from the bottom up. We can learn from the strengths of these
movements. Some of these are: the
ability to forge identities of resistance, and to paralyze governments and
economies will building new forms of living,
the concept of counterpower, and the practices of revolutionary autonomy.

This workshop and its participants to join in asking what if . . . What if
North American movements against economic and military empire saw the world from
the bottom up instead of the
top down? What if people at large came to see themselves surrounded not by U.S.
normality, but by a new age of
empire or a fourth World War? What if we are not the spectators of, or
exceptions to, evolutionary change, but
participants alongside the rest of humanity? How would we resist and what would
we create?
Facilitator Carwil James

4) Personal and Mutual Respect: Responses to Racism in the Anarchist Community
Barrows Room 155
In this workshop, we will talk about our experiences in the anarchist scene
and develop individual and collective
strategies and tactics to respond to racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny.
Come prepared to share, learn,
struggle and come up with some concrete responses.
Facilitator Spoken word artist/performer/MC/author Solidad Decosta is a mixed
race herm/queer woman of black
latina maternal ancestry. Equal parts street journalist, storyteller and 40
something crone to be with leo moon
credentials, her work encompasses the why and where of life outside the boxes in
a label obsessed world, and the what,
when, who and how of everything else.

6:00pm - Check-out, announcements
caucuses (self-organized)

later on, time and location to be announced party!

Sunday, April 18th

10:00am breakfast

10:30am Noon Workshop Session 4

1) Free Palestine!
Barrows 155
This workshop will take a look at the history of struggle for Palestinian
people. It includes a film and discussion. In
addition to the Palestinian resistance movement, we will discuss solidarity
efforts here in the Bay.
Meera Vaidyanathan is a long time activist for the liberation of Palestine. She
was a founding member of Students
for Justice in Palestine, and now works with SUSTAIN (Stop US Aid to Israel
Now). She currently works with the
University Students Cooperative Association, towards cooperative and affordable housing.
Sara Nafici is a founding member of Students for Justice in Palestine and now
works with SUSTAIN. She has
championed environmental justice causes, and is currently working at the Garden
for the Environment, a SF
learning/teaching garden.

2) Panel on different anarchist theories (anarcho-syndicalism, post-left,
eco-anarchism, etc.)
Barrrows Room 122
*Ariel Celeste: Post-Left Anarchism
Ariel is a member of the Girl Army self-defense collective and of RACE.
*Carwil James: Co-Ho With Soul (Challenging Intersecting Systems of Domination)
Carwil is an organizer within Direct Action to Stop the War and a researcher on
the praxis of revolutionary social change.
*Eddie Yuen: Anarchist Theory Beyond Eurocentrism
Eddie is the co-editor of Confronting Capitalism: Dispatches from a Global
Movement, and on the activism and social change faculty at New College.

3) Education and Anarchism
Barrows Room 151
This workshop will address the role of anarchism in the classroom and other
learning environments. We will discuss
popular education techniques, discipline and authority and cultural forms of
learning and teaching. True to our word,
this workshop will focus on participatory learning.
Facilitator - Julia Sen is an educator in a bilingual class at a South Bay
elementary school. She has been an activist
and organizer with Students Organizing for Justice in the Americas, anti-war
efforts, and many other movement for
justice. She graduates this year from the Education for Social Justice masters
program at USF.

4) Self-Defense
Barrows Room 166
Facilitator - Greg Lewis
(For workshop description and facilitator bio, see this workshop under Session 1)

5) Environmental Racism Another Manifestation of Genocide
Barrows Room 174
This workshop will focus on environmental justice and will include activities
and discussion on this topic. We will
address issues of environmental racism and learn about how grassroots community
power can shut down local
corporate polluters that profit from our health and environment.
Facilitator - Jessica Tovars experience with environmental justice started with
growing up in East LA, next to one of
the most toxic cities in Southern California. She began her organizing career
as an active member and chair of
MEChA. She currently works for Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice.

Noon 1:00pm work caucuses

1:00pm 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm 3pm Discussion/Report Backs
El Fin!
From: Carwil James <fishe-A-igc.org>

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