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(en) US, Southern New England Regional Consulta for Civil Resistance to End the War in Iraq by CLASH*

Date Thu, 29 Dec 2005 14:07:27 +0200

We are confirmed for January 21st, 2006, 9AM - 3PM for Capital Community
College in downtown Hartford, CT. Details, outreach info, etc soon to come.
So mark your calendars and let us know if you want to be involved in any
aspect of organizing the consulta.
Essentially, a consulta is a gathering of people to discuss strategy,
tactics, skills and general planning for action. There were regional
consultas all around North America in preparation for the direct
action against the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit in
Miami, in November 2003, which, despite the problems experienced
in the streets, were great experiments in grassroots democracy and
direct action organization in the post 9/11 age. Our aim is to bring
together people from around the Southern New England to discuss
direct action and civil resistance strategies against the war in Iraq, in
response to national and international call-outs (see resources page).
This consulta is being organized by the CLASH* collective,
Voluntown Peace Trust and the Hartford Catholic Worker

Already, we have had a great response in interest of this effort. This
is an exciting time, and we need all of your participation to ensure a
most effective campaign and strategy.

Right now, we have a rough idea of the program. Please please
please get in touch if you or someone you know can help out with
any workshop, particularly the anti-oppression one. We think it's
pretty fundamentally important to pro-actively challenge the biases
and prejudices in our movements, particularly in the antiwar
movement, that is characterized so well by its whiteness, but also for
other similar problems.

Draft Program:

Security Culture

Affinity Group Training for Trainers



Anti-oppression within the movement

General Strategy Plenary (if you have agenda items to propose,
please email them to us @ HartfordConsulta@yahoo.com).

Latest Update - 12/28/05
Things are beginning to pick up. We're doing well at the infoshop
this month, and hopefully we'll be able to knock out this months
(and last month's!) rent after our New Year's Eve Party. See
http://www.BehindTheRocksInfoshop.8m.net for more info on that
and lots more!

And as if maintaining and expanding the infoshop weren't a big
enough task, we're also collaborating with the Hartford Catholic
Worker community and the Voluntown Peace Trust to hold a
consulta in January. See the right hand column for more info.


The infoshop project is lagging, so we're kicking it into high gear.
See our new website @ http://BehindTheRocksInfoshop.8m.net for
more info on the badass projects we're putting together and how you
can (PLEASE) help or utilize them.

10/5/05: Due to some crappy circumstances, we need to scale
back our hours at the Behind the Rocks Infoshop (what
is an infoshop? check out wikipedia.org and do a
search). So, for an indefinite amount of time, we'll
be open Mon-Fri 6-9 PM, and saturdays, 1-7 PM.

During the month of October, we'll be going out into
the community in which our storefront is located to
let people know what we're doing and to find out how
we can better accomodate folks in the surrounding
Behind the Rocks neighborhood of Hartford. With any
luck, we won't end up another white activist island in
the middle of a community of color.

In september, our first month of operation, we did
okay in bringing our share of the rent. However,
mainly we brought in money from our grand-opening
fundraiser and the Hope Out Loud peace festival, and
now through library memberships as we had hoped. In
order to be sustainable, we are really going to be
pushing membership, which runs from $0-5 month, or for
those who really want to support us but who are
financially strapped, $10-15 for 6 months, and
$25/year. So please stop by when you have a chance,
take out a card, and borrow a book or video.

Our categories currently consist of:
General Progressive, Peoples' History, Class, the
State, Marxism, Anarchism, Alternatives,
Practical/DIY, Gender, Queer Politics, Race, Media,
Peace, Art, and Misc. We are of course sill accepting
book donations, and right now we're pretty much all
set with furniture, though if you have some nice
bookcases, we'd be happy to take them off your hands
for you.

For folks who want to be involved in this project or
the CLASH collective in general, please come out our
next meeting on Sunday, October 9th at 5 PM, at the
Behind the Rocks Infoshop, 418A New Britain Ave.,
Hartford, by the corner with Hillside Ave.


Hope Out Loud peace festival was wonderful - we sold out of all our
copies of Crimethinc's new book "Recipes for Disaster," and a bunch
of other periodicals and pamphlets. I gave a speech about the
anti-war movement, and a bunch of people asked me to post it
online. It is in the "Documents" section of this site.

Join antiwar and social justice activists from around the northeast for
a day of discussion on strategy, tactics and skill-sharing, and how we
can utilize direct action and nonviolent civil resistance to stop the
war. The antiwar movement is seeing a revival at the grassroots,
fueled by cries for greater movement democracy and leadership
accountability. More and more activists are becoming tired of asking
politely for peace through solely lobbying and well-behaved
protesting; will you be a part of it? Click the graphic above for more
* The CLASH is an anticapitalist antiauthoritarian initiative
within the PGA spectrum - http://clash.8m.net/
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