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(en) US, SC. Southeast Anarchist Gathering April 15-17, 2005: Charleston's Burning

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Date Thu, 24 Feb 2005 13:04:21 +0200 (IST)


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To this end, the second annual gathering of the Southeast Anarchist
Network will be held April 15-17, 2005 in Charleston, SC. As a tool,
we hope the SEANet conference will help us get to know each other
better, communicate, & share resources, and will increase our ability
to respond to and organize against repression, as well as to help us
better understand how the anarchist movement is developing.
Meet people who share your anti-authoritarian passions, and who want
to support each other in challenging oppression!
**Open to all anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and folks curious about
anti-authoritarian approaches to social change**

In 1822, slave owners in Charleston, S.C., claimed they had uncovered
a plot among the people they enslaved. Ostensibly planned by
Denmark Vesey, a carpenter and ex-slave, the conspiracy allegedly
called on the enslaved and free blacks of Charleston and its
surrounding countryside to rise up, kill the Governor, slaughter the
white population and set fire to the city before leaving on ships bound
for Haiti.

Recently, historians have cast doubt on the coerced confessions of
slaves and the testimony of terrified whites, suggesting the entire plot
was a fear-induced fabrication by owners. Whether the conspiracy is
truth or myth, the lesson remains the same two centuries later: the
class of plantation owners and bosses remains in perpetual fear of
insurrection by its working class. And for the oppressed, the Vesey
conspiracy stands as an awesome projection of the possibilities for
militant action on the part of a people who have - for
centuries - been made to bow down in fear.

With a history of abolitionists, pirates, feminists and war
resisters, Denmark Vesey's story is just one among many tales of
resistance rising from South Carolina, oft neglected and forgotten by
radicals in other regions. Yet across South Carolina and the southeast,
we have seen both struggle and hope blossom like the yellow
jessamine in spring.

For the past two years, southeasterners have used the spring as a time
to gather, network and share our own tales. We do not wish to see this
season pass by without seizing this amazing opportunity.

To this end, the second annual gathering of the Southeast Anarchist
Network will be held April 15-17, 2005 in Charleston, SC. As a tool,
we hope the SEANet conference will help us get to know each other
better, communicate, & share resources, and will increase our ability
to respond to and organize against repression, as well as to help us
better understand how the anarchist movement is developing.

We envision the conference to focus on networking and building an
anarchist infrastructure across our region. We hope to see a lively mix
of passion groups, discussions and speakers, as well as plenty of time
for entertainment pleasure and subversion. And the beach.

Although we are not interested in challenging or being challenged by
organizers who advocate an authoritarian approach, we do want to
encourage activists and organizers who work outside of anarchist
communities, scenes and groups to join us at this gathering.

We ask that y'all pre-register for the gathering so we have an idea of
how many folks to expect.

Working groups have formed across South Carolina to set up logistics
for the weekend, including food, childcare, registration, housing, and
entertainment. Setting these pieces in place, however, will require
work not just within Charleston, but also throughout the Southeast. If
you have something to contribute, please email allie@riseup.net or
visit us on the web at http://www.southeastanarchist.org (update
coming soon)

Turning the murmurs of discontent into a mighty roar -
Come spring, Charleston's burning!

Signed,
SEANet- Charleston, SC
SEANet- Columbia, SC
SEANet- Rock Hill, SC
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*Registration*

(This info will only be used by conference organizers to prepare food,
housing, etc. Feel free to use nicknames/pseudonumns and skip
questions you
are not comfortable answering.)

The SEANet hosting Collective will be providing free housing and food
throughout the weekend.

Suggested Donation: $5-$20 plus, no one turned away,
please send concealed cash to the PO box ahead if
possible. Donations will also be accepted at the
registration tables upon arrival. Please let us know on the registration
form below about any housing, food, childcare or accessibility needs
you may have. You will be sent exact logistical info once you're
pre-registered.

Please copy the following text and email it to allie@riseup.net or mail
it to:

Daniel
1400 Greene St.
PO Box 81082
Columbia, SC 29225

*Registration Form*

Are you registering as an Individual or a Group?

Group/Collective or Individual Name:

Number of individuals:
Names:

Where you live:

E-mail(s):

Address/Phone:

Other groups You Are Part Of (Collectives, Organizations, Coops,
etc):

Do you need Childcare?

How many kids? What ages? Info we should know about them ahead?

Can the childcare coordinator contact you to get suggestions for
childcare?

Do you need housing? (Wheelchair accessible housing is available,
please
note your need)

Accessibility issues? Do you need a bed or is floor-space OK? Other
needs?

Preferences of who to be housed with?

Do ya wanna camp?:

**Will you need Spanish-English interpretation? (We will try to
accommodate requests for Spanish interpretation)

Do you have any special food/dietary needs? Allergies?

Will you have a vehicle while in Charleston? (In order to pair you with
housing you can get to)

Are you willing to be a contact for a "passion group"? If so, what one
would you want to create/be the contact for? "Passion groups" are
small groups of folks who share a common
anarchist/activist/organizing passion and will meet several times during
the gathering to network, lounge, plot and plan....

Will you want to set up a literature table? For what group? Can you
bring your own table? (We might be able to provide a few tables if at all
possible, but try to bring your own)

Can you bring art to display, or music, poetry, puppets etc to perform?
If so, what? There will be talent show time and pre-planned performers
on both Fri and Sat night. Anyone is welcome to contribute a few minutes
during the talent show, and if you have something longer, there's a
small chance there will be time on the "pre-planned" portion of the
evenings. Let us know what you have in mind. Women, people of
color, young folks, old folks, children, LGBTQQ folks and
gender-queers encouraged to contribute!!

Ways you can help out during the conference: Childcare? Cooking?
Driving your vehicle? Providing housing in Charleston? Spanish
interpretation?

Things you want to see happen during the conference, interests you
have, other stuff we should we know about you... (We will do our best
to incorporate as many ideas as possible into the structure of the
gathering)

You're done!


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