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(en) US, Lawrence, Kansas: We Are Resisting Conference June 30th - July 4th, A North American Convergence against Imperialism... Update

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# Less than 10 days to go! The Schedule page has been updated
and should be pretty much the concrete schedule. Things might
change before the conference, but barring any last minute line-up
changes, the schedule is accurate.
# It is highly recommended that anyone needing housing,
camping space, etc, register (see
http://www.kansasanarchist.net/WAR/register.htm) asap.
# Check in for the event will open Wednesday, June 30th at 5pm
at the ECM at 12th and Oread. For directions, questions, etc...
call Dave at 913-775-1399. That phone number will be the 24
hour contact number for the event.

The W.A.R. Conference will be a gathering for anti-imperialists
and anti-capitalists from across North America (and beyond!) to
come together and create a four day convergence of discourse,
critical analysis, education, skillsharing, and discussion on how to
continue to build a movement for social justice and collective
liberation.
The conference will be held at the University of Kansas, in
co-ordination and conjunction with a day of action against U.S.
Imperialism at Home and Abroad at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The W.A.R. Conference is being planned by some of same folks
that helped to plan for the 2002 North American Anarchist
Gathering that was held in Lawrence, Kansas. We hope to make
this event as successful as the previous one, and also strive to
make it better.



Goals of the War Conference:

# 1. The facilitation of dialogue and a forum for networking
betwen communtities in the struggle against imperialism.
# 2. Creating personal links and a sense of accountability between
those resisting imperialism.
# 3. Creating a forum for education to enable understanding of
the mechanisms of imperialism and its resistance.
# 4. Creating a broad based, non-reformist anti-imperiaist
movement that offers real alternatives to war, genocide, and
capitalism.
# 5. Highlighting imperialism in Leavenworth.
# 6. Creating an open forum for prisoners to talk about their
struggle.
# 7. Creating a sense of solidarity and mutual recognition of
resistance between those in and out of prison.

This site http://www.kansasanarchist.net/WAR/ will be
constantly updated for weeks to come.

THE SCHEDULE



Wednesday, June 30th


7:00pm - Freedom Unbound: Art from within American Gulags
An art show at 411 East 9th Street Lawrence, KS
Although over 2 million Americans are incarcerated by the
Prison Industrial Complex, there is neither enough display of
prisoner art nor a clear understanding of prison issues. Our goal
in showing prisoner art is to highlight the humanity often
overlooked in portrayals by mainstream media, and to allow
inmates a forum for expressing the conditions and experiences of
prison life. For many prisoners, art is a means of maintaining
positive mental health. Hopefully, the work on display will spark
in the viewer the desire to learn more about the oppressive nature
of prisons.
Freedom Unbound will feature Raegan Butcher, an ex
prisoner, showcasing poetry and stories of his experience within
the prison system, and live music, including local band Lila.
Raegan Butcher was born in Seattle on Jan 15, 1969 but moved
to rural Snohomish when he was very young. He has been writing
since the age of 16 and is, so far, the author of a chapbook of
early poems, END OF THE WORLD GRAFITTI and STONE
HOTEL: Poems From Prison. In 1996 he was arrested for armed
robbery and sentenced to 8 yrs in prison. He was released on
March 17th 2003 and he is currently at work on his next book of
poems.

11:00pm - At the Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204
Oread: Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment
This 50-minute documentary of a classic experiment in social
psychology began on Sunday morning August 14, 1971, with the
surprise arrests of students by the city police. It was terminated
prematurely on August 20, because the situation had become so
volatile that the researchers felt they no longer had control over
the guards and the safety of their research subjects. This unique
film reveals the chronology of the transition of good into evil, of
normal into abnormal. New film, flashback editing, follow-ups
20-years later, and an original music score combine to make this
an invaluable teaching resource for educators.
The day after the Stanford Prison Experiment, several guards
and prisoners were killed at nearby San Quentin Prison in an
alleged escape attempt by George Jackson, followed a few weeks
later by the tragic mass murder of rioting prisoners and hostage
guards at New York's Attica Prison. Does this mock prison study
tell us anything about the causes of such violence in real prisons?
Should this unethical research have been allowed to continue for
a week, or even permitted to begin? What does it reveal about the
nature of power and helplessness, and about the relevance of the
prisoner-guard metaphor in everyday life?

Thursday, July 1st


11:00am - Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
A fast paced, informative hour long examination of America's
adventures in Iraq, and their aftermath. Was the invasion really a
surprise? Why wasn't Washington's rhetoric against Saddam ever
matched by any real support to the Iraqi opposition groups? What
purpose can the embargo over Iraq serve if it is not to weaken
Saddam, a result it has evidently failed to achieve to this day?
What is behind the mysterious 'Gulf War Syndrome' that goes on
affecting thousands of Gulf War veterans and local populations.
The result of a two year investigation, with documents never
before seen on television and backed by interviews with the likes
of Desert-Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf,
Ramsey Clark, former UN Iraq Program Director Dennis
Halliday, archival footage, and moving images recently brought
back from Iraq, this is an incredible achievement. Its all topped
off with an original sound-track scored by acclaimed composer
Fritz Heede, and narration by two time British Academy Award
winner, actor John Hurt.

Noon - Lunch served at the ECM

# 1:00pm Palestine/Israel/US Conflict: History, Analysis,
Perspectives and Solutions. Joe Carr, International Solidarity
Movement (Workshop Room 1)
# Against Speciesism: The Case for Animal Liberation Aryenish
Birdie, Animal Outreach of Kansas
# This workshop will cover the ways in which animals are
exploited to become our food, fabric and legal scapegoats in the
cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Questions of ethics and
oppression and how they relate to non-human animals will be the
focus of this discussion. Visuals will be included to help
communicate the suffering animals endure in the food,
vivisection, wool and fur industries. The workshop will
commence with a brief introduction, followed by group
discussion for remainder of session. (Workshop Room 2) 2:00 pm
- Maximum Security University
A documentary about the 'educational program' at the
California State Prison at Corcoran, where prisoner fights and the
shooting of prisoners raged for 6 years. The California Dept. of
Corrections tried to cover-up the insane level of brutality at the
most deadly prison in the country, but guards smuggled video out
of the prison, being chased for almost 50 miles by other guards to
deliver this footage which brought the brutality to light. Not for
the squeemish. (Workshop Room 2)

# 3:00pm 9/11 in Context: A Marine Veteran's Perspective
Chris White, Veterans for Peace
Former Sergeant Chris White served in the Marine Corps
infantry from 1994-98, after which he earned his BA in Spanish
Education in California, his MA in Latin American Studies at
KU, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in history at KU. His
research in U.S. foreign policy in Latin America coupled with his
military experience led him to become a peace activist with
Veterans for Peace after the public outcry for war after the attacks
on 9/11. He has published seven anti-war articles with such
online magazines as Counterpunch and Z Magazine, and has
given numerous talks around Kansas over the past two years.
(Workshop Room 1)

# Non-authoritarian Group Dynamics Shaggy
# Many groups claim to be equalitarian and participatory. Yet, in
practice there are very few that live up to this promise. In this
discussion group we well look at the importance, difficulties, and
subtleties of working toward non-authoritarian group dynamics in
an authoritarian society. To get your thoughts rolling check out
the collective book at http://gecities.com/collectivebook and any
of the essays on their links page. DEATH ROW: JIMMY
DENNIS, CASE OF INNOCENCE Jimmy Dennis Support
Group
Jimmy Dennis has been on death row at at SCI-Greene in
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, since 1992 despite his innocence.
The details of Mr. Dennis' case will be presented by activists who
have studied the trial transcript and briefs. Participants will learn
how they can help bring attention to this outrageous case of
injustice. (Workshop Room 2)

5:00pm - Table Discussion: Creating a Movement for Direct
Democracy, Moving beyond the Elections
James Herod, Alexis Buss, and Cindy Milstein

7:00pm - Dinner at ECM with speaker Cindy Milstein
(Anti-)Capitalist Globalization
This talk will frame a conversation around some of the key
phenomena of globalization, paying particular attention to the
systemic "revolutions" underway in the economic, political, and
cultural realms. The aim is to better understand the qualitative
changes to capitalism in what's been called the age of
information, and how such transformations might inform our
anti-capitalist struggles. Capitalism today is the source of an
unprecedented global unity that thrives on an equally
unprecedented diversity. This paradoxical situation becomes
more complex when we consider the tangible possibilities created
by the increasing commodification of life: cooperation, flexibility,
multiculturalism, and so on. How do we show that capitalist
globalization necessarily comes at the expense of the bulk of
humanity and the natural world? How do we begin to find our
"way out" -- much less construct egalitarian forms of social
organization -- when we are more than ever products of a
capitalist society? Yet even as "free trade" extends material
suffering and deepens alienation around the world, it also supplies
the tools to dismantle capitalist social relations, and to craft a
grassroots globalization of freedom, solidarity, and plenty for all
instead. (Workshop Room 2)

9:00pm Film Showing with Scott Beibin from the Lost Film
Festival
If you like culture jamming, pie fights, riot porn, and hate
george w bush with a passion, you'll love the Lost Film Fest. It's
the traveling festival of truly independent/ anti-authoritarian/
anticorporate/ grassroots/ DIY media hosted by Scott Beibin
(Bloodlink Records, Evil Twin Booking). Lost Film Fest is a
laugh-a-riot event heavy emphasis on both “laugh” and
“riot) focusing on pranks against major corporations, and
government institutions. The West Philadelphia based roadshow
takes the Michael Moore shtick to the next level by incorporating
a sexy, smash-it up, radical anti-capitalist / anti-globalization
perspective. Truly “Too Hot For TV” since 1999, the LFF
has featured scathing and hilarious social commentary in the
form of narrative shorts, documented pranks, hot amateur protest
footage, and re-contextualizations. This is about smashing the
illusions cast by Hollywood, The Pentagon & FOXNEWS.
The unique program is an action packed 3 hours long, and
never drags. Beibin who tours with the films spins them in the
same way a DJ spins records, and narrates with amusing
anecdotes and behind the scenes information. Sporting a strong
guerrilla aesthetic, Lost Film Fest regularly appears at theatres
and universities, but Its' indigenous environs are squats, clubs,
warehouses, political convergences, & rooftops.
Some of the films in the Lost Film Fest program include:
The Horribly Stupid Stunt: (THE YES MEN) 16 mins: Posing
as the WTO, the yes men infiltrate a high profile international
trade meeting ending with hilarious results.
Gringothon (Gregory Berger) 10 Mins: A gringo living in
Mexico attempts to raise a guerrilla army to oust Bush.
GI JOE PSA's (Eric Fensler) | 10 Mins: Absurd re-mixes of
GIJOE psa’s. “Mr. Body Massage Machine..Go!”
NAFTA Dance (evolution control committee) 4 mins: Karaoke
by the folks who created “Rocked by Rape”.
Terror, Iraq, Weapons | (Mike Nourse) 3 min: A cut-up of a
Bush speech correctly re-contextualized.

Friday, July 2nd


9:00am - Breakfast at ECM

# 10:00am Anarchism and Spirtuality Daniel Coates, Kirksville
Anarchist Collective
# Spirituality plays, and has played, an important role in every
human society, but, unfortunately, this crucial element is often
overlooked by the traditionally atheistic anarchist movement. This
workshop will discuss the problems presented by the traditional
anarchist position regarding spirituality and explore how
spirituality can, and must, be an important part of the anarchist
movement. The workshop will be a constructive discussion.
(Workshop Room 1) Guerilla PR: How To Run An Activist
Media Campaign Rachael Perrotta, HammerHard MediaWorks
The corporate media is controlled by the same arch-capitalists
and transnational corporations we are fighting against.
Nevertheless, this media can be used to present our messages
and actions to huge numbers of people.
Workshop Topics:
* How to make a media lists of corporate, independent, and
student media.
* How to write a press release
* How to make media calls
* How to put together a press kit
* How to be a media spokesperson
* Analysis of several recent media campaigns, including FTAA
Miami
# Workshop participants will receive sample materials to refer to
when they do their own campaigns. (Workshop Room 2)
# Intorduction to Prisoner Support and Prison Abolition
Chantel, Lawrence Anarchist Black Cross
(Workshop Room 3)

Noon - Lunch with video Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the
Drug War
What was the point of Plan Colombia? Is the US government
still concerned with fighting drugs? Why have 20 years of drug
wars in the Andes resulted in a two-fold increase in cocaine
imported into the US in the last ten years alone?Could there be
alternate purposes to a plan focused on beefing up the brutal
Colombia military and spraying coca fields in rebel-held parts of
the country when coca is grown all over Colombia? And what
about oil, given that Colombia has the same oil potential as
Venezuela, currently the second largest oil supplier to the US?
The award-winning team that brought us Hidden Wars Of Desert
Storm now shed light on the complex issues of drug-trafficking
and civil struggle in Colombia and the impact of both the current
chemical-spray program, and the mult-billion dollar aid package
delivered to the military. Analysis and interviews with Noam
Chomsky, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, Colombian
Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt (later taken hostage by
the FARC), US Members Of Congress John Conyers and Jim
McGovern, US State Department officials, a World Wildlife Fund
scientist, as well as Colombians from all walks of life, including
guerilla leaders...Narrated by Ed Asner, this is another sterling
effort of illumination on a subject that isn't going to go away
anytime soon. (Workshop Room 3)

# 1:00pmThis is Class War!: Building a radical labor
movement(Workshop Room 1)
# Racial Identity and White Culture Assimilation Michelle and
Leslie(Workshop Room 2)
#


3:00pm
# A Walk Through History C.J. Brune and Christine Smith,
Feburary Sisters
Tour the structures and ruins of the resistance movement of
the 1960s in Lawrence that left two dead and precipitated the
growth of an urban guerilla army. When revolutionaries brought
"the war home" the battlefields were the streets of Lawrence and
the bunkers were houses where we lived. Walk with us through
the silent vigil that met every Sunday for 4 years to protest the war
in Vietnam. Pass the many communes that sheltered the people
and their plans. Stand in a moment of silent solidarity with Tiger
Dowdell and Nick Rice who died of police inflicted gunshot
wounds. Allow the power of our history to inspire you to mold our
future.
In 1972, the February Sisters, a group of women who were
upset with the conditions for women at the University of Kansas,
sought a peaceful means to institutionalize programs which
would rectify the situation. Inspired by a speech that was
delivered earlier that week at KU by feminist poet and author
Robin Morgan, the women occupied the East Asian Studies
building that used to be located near Corbin Hall.
# The women presented several demands that they wanted met
before they would agree to leave the building. Their demands
included the establishment of a day care center on campus and a
Women's Studies Program, both of which now exist at the
University of Kansas. Peace Activism in Palestine, The Stories of
ISM, Rafah, Rachel Corrie, and Tom Hurndall Joe Carr
# This presentation will feature pictures and diagrams and
details Rafah's situation, explains ISM's activities in Palestine,
and tells many stories of the people, actions, and atrocities Joe
experienced. It also includes a 10-minute performance poetry
piece he has composed about Rachel Corrie. (Workshop Room 2)
PEAK OIL: WHY GLOBALIZATION WILL FAIL AND
ANARCHY WILL SUCCEED Hudson Luce 1. Global or even
national capitalism is dependent on cheap oil.
2. Neither oil, nor any other form of fossil fuel, is a renewable
resource.
3. Cheaply obtainable fossil fuel will be mostly depleted within
20 years.
Oil is not a renewable resource, and neither is natural gas.
There was a finite quantity of each produced over a span of
millions of years, and this reserve has been significantly drawn
down.
To get oil and natural gas and other fossil fuels from the
ground, and to convert them into usable forms suitable for
producing energy and chemical feedstocks, are processes that
require energy in turn, to pump oil from the ground, to inject
drilling mud and water into the wells, to refine and distill
petroleum products such as gasoline.
The era of cheaply available oil has been over in North America
for over 30 years, and is rapidly coming to an end in the Middle
East. The year of peak production in the Middle East has been
calculated to be 2008, at which time the demand curve will begin
to exceed the supply available. This in turn will result in a price
increase, as more money (or military power) will chase a limited
supply of resources.
At $50 per barrel, it will become economical to use alternative
means of producing oil, such as tar sands and oil shale, and other
fossil fuels, such as coalbed methane and coal oil production.
These fuels will have their costs in turn, both in extraction and in
use, in their effects on the environment and on human and
ecological health. The amount of fuel for internal combustion
engines from these sources is far less than from crude oil,
therefore it will be impossible to meet the demand for cheap fuel
for transportation of people and goods. Global capitalism, and any
other form of capitalism which requires that goods be transported
to a point far from where they were produced, is dependent on
cheap transportation for those goods. Trains run on diesel fuel,
which comes from crude oil. Airplanes run on kerosene, which is
a petroleum distillate. Ships run on diesel fuel as well.
When it becomes prohibitively expensive to produce motor
fuels, it becomes prohibitively expensive to use them, if their cost
is figured into the cost of goods transported. Roads require
asphalt, and asphalt comes from the distillation of crude oil. The
only currently-existing form of transport for goods which could
easily be converted to alternate means of power is rail transport.
Air transport and long-distance trucking will not be industries
which will survive peak oil. The cargo shipping industry will
undergo a similar transformation.
The consequences of Peak Oil is that the capability to trade
with other nations reachable only by traversing long distances
over sea (or over land, if far enough) will undergo a precipitous
decrease, as will the capability to project the military force
necessary to perpetuate the American Empire and globalization.
My talk will scratch the surface of these ideas and their
consequences, offer some predictions, and will provide some
ideas of some means by which we can change our ways of living
so as not to suffer catastrophic change.
2 hours with break, question time, and handouts (maybe a CD
ROM) (Workshop Room 3)

# 5:00pm The Neo-Conservative New American Century:
Analysis and Discussion Lawrence Coalition for Peace and
Justice Strategy Implications of the Various Anarchist Currents
James Herod
# We will look at the various currents within contemporary
American anarchism from a strategy perspective. Currents to be
considered are: (1) Crimethinc (eg., Fighting for Our Lives, and
Days of War, Nights of Love); (2) Green Anarchy (and John
Zerzan and the whole anti-civilization spiel); (3) So-called
Post-Left Anarchism (Jason McQuinn, Bob Black, and Lawrence
Jarach, and Anarchy magazine, as well as Chuck Munson and
other individualists at Infoshop.com); (4) Libertarian
Municipalism, and the Alliance for Freedom and Direct
Democracy; (5) Northeastern Federation of
Anarcho-Communists (Northeastern Anarchist); (6) Temporary
Autonomous Zone (Hakim Bey’s T.A.Z.); (7) Wobblies, and
the Anarcho- Syndicalist Review (not synonymous I know); (8)
the Inclusive Democracy Project (Takis Fotopoulos, and the
journal Nature and Democracy); and (9) my own Getting Free
(not a current but at least a book), a three-pronged strategy for
reconstituting our social lives through neighborhood, workplace,
and household assemblies.
# Voices from Beyond the Bars Members of Lawrence
Anarchist Black Cross
This presentation will give a glimpse into the lives, thoughts,
and personalities of prisoners as we read letters, poems, stories,
and share art by prisoners from across the country and political
spectrum. (Workshop Room 3)

6:00pm - Behind the Mask: The IRA
A documentary based on interviews with militants from the
Irish Republican Army. It aims, not to represent the familiar
landmarks of the history books but to examine the personal
motivations, actions and sacrifices behind those events, tracing
the common experience of the guerrilla army - defence of their
people, taking up arms, combat, a life on the run, imprisonment,
political education and the constant risk of violent death.
(ECM-2)

7:00pm - Dinner at ECM. Dinner Speakers Kazi Toure will
speak about the importance of prisoner support. Ward Churchill
will discuss the "Future of Resistance".
Ward Churchill is a co-director of the American Indian
Movement of Colorado, Vice Chairperson of the American
Anti-Defamation Council, and a National Spokesperson for the
Leonard Peltier Defense Commitee. He is an associate professor
of American Indian Studies and Communications at the
University of Colorado/Boulder, and also serves as Associate
Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in
America at that institution. Churchill has authored such books as
a Little Matter of Genocide, The Cointelpro Papers, Agents of
Repression, Indians R Us, and Pacifism as Pathology.

8:00pm - Open Mic and Poetry Reading

10:00pm - The Weather Underground
This feature-length documentary film follows the rise and fall
of the Weather Underground - a group of several hundred young
women and men who tried to violently overthrow the American
government during the late 1960s and 70s. Outraged by the
Vietnam War and racism in America, the Weathermen battled
police in the streets, bombed the US Capital and two dozen other
buildings, and broke Timothy Leary out of prison. For almost a
decade, they lived underground and evaded one of the largest FBI
manhunts in US history. In this film, former members of the
Weather Underground including Bernardine Dohrn, Mark Rudd
and a number of others -- speak candidly about their own
thoughts and experiences many for the first time ever. What
drove the group to embrace violence? How did violence effect
their cause? How did it change them? And how do they feel
about their actions thirty years later?
The goal of The Weather Underground is not so much to give
answers but to raise questions. By exploring this controversial
subject with depth and balance, we hope to encourage a broad
debate of some of the most important issues of our time. What
would real social justice look like not just in America, but
throughout the world? What is our responsibility as Americans
for the inequalities of globalism? How do we as a society define
violence and terrorism? And can violence ever be justified in the
pursuit of social change?

Saturday, July 3rd


9:00am - Breakfast at ECM

# 10:00am Raise More Hell and Less Corn: A Walking Tour of
Populist and Socialist Historic Sites in Lawrence Bill Rimmers,
Ph.D, longtime Lawrence resident and raconteur, and Clark
Coan, longtime Lawrence social activist and historian.
# A walking tour of Populist and Socialist historic sites in
Lawrence will acquaint participants with these remarkable
movements which changed the face of America during its first
Robber Baron Laissez-faire Capitalism period. Ordinary farmers
and laborers “agitated, educated and organized” for
economic justice. Both movements were influential in Lawrence.
“Little” Annie Diggs was the most famous
nationally-known woman orator for the People’s Party after
1894. The Populist The Jeffersonian was published in Lawrence
in the 1890s. Henry S. Clarke, head of the Lawrence City
Council, was a Populist and treasurer of the People’s Party of
Kansas. Marcus Wells, the Socialist Party candidate for mayor in
1913, won nearly 40 percent of the vote. The Socialist Progressive
Herald was published in Lawrence and had a readership of 1,200
(in a population of 12,000) and was very influential. Community
Responses to Patriarchal Violence Lea Burgess-Carland,
Volunteer Program Director WTCS and Maggie VI Beedles,
Children's Program Director WTCS
How does your community respond to perpetrators of
interpersonal-patriarchal violence? How do you support the
survivor? Join us in exploring how each individual and every
community can respond to violence and abuse. In order to stop
the cycle of abuse, both institutionally and interpersonally, we
must develop strategies that do not rely on police response or
further violence in order to combat the problem. Abusers must be
held accountable and survivors must be supported by the
community. We will discuss the pros and cons of the different
ideas on the effectiveness for certain strategies, as well as develop
new approaches based on a pro-active outlook. (Workshop Room
1)

Noon - Lunch with a film showing of AfroPunk. Afropunk
A 66-minute documentary, explores race identity within the
punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or
typical "black history month" documentary this film tackles the
hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial
dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who
have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find
themselves in situations that could only happen to some one who
had to experience the duality of a person of color in a mostly
white community.
The style of the documentary inter-cuts interviews from scores
of black punk rockers from all over the nation with scenes from
our four protagonists' lives. They come from different regions,
generations, genders, and sexual preferences but their stories are
the same. The rock n roll nigger experience is the same.
AfroPunk features performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali,
Cipher, and Ten Grand. It also contains exclusive interviews by
members of Fishbone, D.H. Peligro of Dead Kennedy?s, Carley
of Candiria, and Chaka Malik of Orange 9mm fame to name a
few.

# 1:00pm The Populist March of Annie Diggs Characterization
through dance, narration, and period music Joan Stone
Annie Diggs (1848-1916) was on the march with pen, voice,
and body for workers' rights, woman suffrage, and fair treatment
for farmers from a home base in Lawrence (early 1870s to early
1890s) and then in Topeka. She played a prominent role locally
and nationally as a leading advocate for the working people of late
19th century America, who were left behind by mainstream
politics.
# Joan Stone, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence and Yale, teaches
dance history and choreography at the University of Kansas.
Since the late 1960s, she has created and performed dances with
a social message. The Populist March of Annie Diggs brings
together many of Stone's ongoing preoccupations: dance and
politics, women as history-makers, the progressive era of the late
19th and early 20th centuries, and the relationship between
gesture and word. (Workshop Room 1) U.S. Colonialism: The
Case of Leonard Peltier Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
(Workshop Room 2)
# SWITCH! Claven Snow, TrAnarchist
This will be a workshop in which one has the opportunity to
change his/her/hir gender presentation for hour, or however long
you choose. We will work with a little bit of clothing, a little bit of
makeup, some razors and whatever else we need to make you as
beautiful/handsome/rugged/dainty.... you get the idea. Mess with
your gender and have a lot of fun doing it.
There will also be a more serious discussion on gender and the
effects of presentation and internal identification in our daily lives.
These two events will be held at different times, so you should be
easily able to come to one and not the other if you choose.
(Workshop Room 3)

# 3:00pm Social Control, Global Control: Leavenworth and U.S.
Imperialism David Strano, Lawrence Anarchist Black Cross
# Leavenworth, Kansas: Home to one of the oldest Federal
Prisons in the country, and proud product of one of the oldest
military bases in the country. The majority of Leavenworth's
population is either directly employed, or directly involved with
the Prison Industrial Complex or the military. This workshop will
offer the history of Leavenworth, analysis of it's current role in
U.S. domestic and foreign control, and a look at how prisons and
military bases exert influence on local economies and
populations. (Workshop Room 1) Where We’re At: And
Where We Could Go From Here James Herod
"We" being the Peoples of the World. This is a general
assessment. The paper is divided into two parts: Oppression and
Liberation. Part One is divided into (1) Empire: Capitalists on the
World Stage, and (2) Fascism: Capitalists on the Domestic Front.
Part Two is divided into: (3) Wrong Roads and Dead Ends, and
(4) Anarchy as the Way Out. In the oral presentation at the
conference, since the material in Part One will probably be more
or less familiar to the audience, I will focus mostly on Part Two,
arguing that the era of representative government has come to an
end, that proposed solutions like expanding the United Nations
into a World Government are flawed, and that the chance of
creating a decentered world is on the historical agenda in a
serious way really for the first time in the modern world. I will
argue that anarchy is now the most viable strategy for defeating
the ruling class and getting out of capitalism and imperialism, and
then discuss ways in which this might be done, how anarchists
might help, and discuss some contemporary cases in point.
(Workshop Room 2)

5:00pm - Panel Discussion: Moving beyond white straight
male anti-imperialism: Inclusion of women,
transgendered/gender queers, people of color,
gay/lesbian/bi/pansexual peoples, and all others in a movement
for liberation. with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, CJ Brune, Claven
Snow and Dave Hill

7:00pm - Dinner at ECM with Speaker Roxanne
Dunbar-Ortiz.
In 1968, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz became a founding member of
the early women's liberation movement. Along with a small
group of dedicated women, she produced the seminal journal
series, No More Fun and Games.
Dunbar-Ortiz was also a dedicated anti-war activist and
organizer throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the war years
she was a fiery, indefatigable public speaker on issues of
patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and racism. She worked in
Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade and formed associations with
other revolutionaries across the spectrum of radical and
underground politics, including the SDS, the Weather
Underground, the Revolutionary Union, and the African National
Congress. But unlike the majority of those in the New Left,
Dunbar-Ortiz grew up poor, female, and part-Indian in rural
Oklahoma, and she often found herself at odds not only with the
ruling class but also with the Left and with the women's
movement. Roxanne has since authored several books including
Red Dirt: Growing up Okie

8:00 pm Live Music at ECM
Ryan RedCorn acoustic guitar and singer
The Deep Thinkers Lawrence anti-colonialist hop hip
Kelly Worthy Local Lawrence acoustic guitar and banjo
Savage Family Lawrence Native hip-hop
CypherRevolutionary Hardcore Punk from New York
David Rovics Inspiring revolutionary folk singer/songwriter

Sunday, July 4th


Protest Rally and March to Gates of Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas. More details to come soon.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, skillshare, film
screening, discussion, or anything else, please contact us.

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While being organized as a conference to bring together many
types of people from various backgrounds and outlooks, the We
Are Resisting Conference is being organized by anarchists, and
will have a focus on radical and revolutionary critiques and
solutions to modern day colonialism and empire-building.


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