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(en) US, Lawrence, Alt. Media, Anarchist gathering questions social structure

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Date Sat, 3 Jul 2004 07:17:54 +0200 (CEST)


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The "We Are Resisting" conference -- expected to draw anarchists to Lawrence
from around the country -- got under way Wednesday with a prisoner art show
at an East Lawrence gallery. "We have about 100 pre-registrations at this point,"
said Dave Strano, one of the organizers and a member of the Lawrence Anarchist
Black Cross. "I guess we're assuming a couple of hundred (attendees) throughout
the weekend, probably 150 to 300." The conference, with workshops on topics such
as globalism, oil dependency, the war in Iraq and Lawrence radicalism, goes
through Sunday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., and
the Burge Union, 1601 Irving Hill Road, on the Kansas University campus.
"This conference is about challenging everything, every aspect of
our lives, the way this country and capitalism function," Strano
said. "We want to see a future society that is participatory and
directly democratic."

The weekend culminates Sunday with a protest march to Fort
Leavenworth.

"Our goal isn't to cause any trouble ... but to bring attention to the
military base and the prison there," Strano said. "It's more a
visibility message. And for some people, it's a military base; some
people are scared of marching to military bases, and we're not
going to be afraid."

Other recent anarchist gatherings have drawn federal and local
law enforcement attention. Eighteen arrests were made last
summer during a protest at the Dole Institute of Politics
dedication. And 2002's North American Anarchist Gathering at
Clinton Lake was listed as a "date to watch" on the Web site of
the Overseas Security Advisory Council, which is run by the State
Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

Lawrence Police this week visited conference organizers with an
information pack from the Leavenworth Police Department.
Leavenworth Police officials did not return calls requesting
comment.

"We don't think that they'll be a problem," Lawrence Police Sgt.
Daniel Ward said Wednesday. "If a problem does arise, we'll
respond appropriately."

The event has been endorsed by a variety of Midwest left-leaning
organizations, including the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and
Justice.

"They're trying to draw some attention to some serious problems
today in the United States and in the world," said Allan Hanson,
the coalition's coordinator.

Strano said he hoped that conference participants would be
moved to go beyond election-year politics into regular action.

"We want to get people to think about what they can change on a
daily level," he said, "as opposed to once every four years."
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