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(en) Canada, "UPPING THE ANTI": A CALL by Autonomy and Solidarity* FOR PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT

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Date Sun, 2 Jan 2005 09:44:02 +0100 (CET)


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Originally From: Tom Keefer <tom-A-tao.ca>
The network is pleased to announce the launching
of "Upping the Anti" a journal of theory and action devoted to engaging
with and contributing to debates and discussions taking place within
anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-oppressive movements and struggles.
"Upping the Anti" will provide a space for activists to write about the
role of feminism, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, class politics, queer
organizing, and anti-imperialism in the various movements that we are a
part of. We seek to address questions such as: What do we mean by
terms like oppression, imperialism, capitalism, and revolution? How can
we build anti-racist, feminist, and queer movements that are
anti-capitalist? What can we learn from the successes and failures of
anti-capitalist activists in the anti-war and anti-globalization
movements? How do we understand class relations, and what forces in
society can give rise to real alternatives to capitalism? How should
anti-capitalist activists connect with working class struggles both
within and outside of the trade union movement? How can revolutionaries
organize in ways that maximize our effectiveness but that don't
replicate old patterns of domination, control and sectarianism? What are
the strands within contemporary marxist and anarchist theory and
practice that provide answers or possible directions as to how we could
best begin addressing these questions?

Our first issue will include articles on: anti-capitalism and feminist
organizing, anti-oppression and the politics of responsibility,
anti-imperialism and anti-war movements, solidarity with Palestine,
immigration and refugee defense, what we mean by "working class
politics", the role of explicitly revolutionary organizations in
"movement building", the politics of "diversity of tactics" in the
anti-globalization movement, Aboriginal sovereignty and
anti-colonialism, the question of Quebec sovereignty as it concerns the
organizing efforts of English Canadian activists, as well as interviews
with anti-racist radical Grace Lee Boggs and indigenous writer and
activist Ward Churchill, and much more. (A table of contents of the
first issue, and the editorial for the first issue will be available on
the A&S webpage by January 15th, 2005.)

The publication will be launched as an electronic journal based on the
Autonomy and Solidarity website, with PDF and html versions of the
articles available for download and distribution. Limited numbers of a
print version of the journal will be available for distribution in
cities where supporters of the journal are present. If all goes well,
we plan on producing these journals quarterly. The first issue of the
journal will be out in February of 2005.

WHAT IS AUTONOMY AND SOLIDARITY?

Autonomy and Solidarity formed in September 2003 as a network of
anti-capitalist activists across Canada interested in discussing and
making contributions to a series of fundamental questions and debates
concerning revolutionary movements nationally and globally. Autonomy &
Solidarity launched its website http://auto_sol.tao.ca as a way to
provide information and anti-capitalist perspectives to activists. In
less than a year, over 800 people have registered as users of the site,
and the site features a regular flow of news and analysis with special
features on resistance to occupation and imperialism in Iraq,
Kanehsatake, and Haiti. There are A&S members in Toronto, Guelph,
Vancouver and Sudbury. If you would like to find out more about the
mandate and vision of Autonomy and Solidarity, please check out
http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/2 for more information.

WHO IS THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE OF THE JOURNAL?

The editorial committee for "Upping the Anti" is made up of three
people: Aidan Conway, Tom Keefer and Sharmeen Khan. Tom Keefer and
Aidan Conway live in Toronto and are currently enrolled in the MA
program of the York University political science department. Both have
been active in radical politics through student organizing, anti-war and
anti-globalization activism as well as by participating in a variety of
international solidarity campaigns in Toronto and Montreal. Sharmeen
Khan lives in Vancouver and has been active in anti-racist, feminist
politics through women’s centres, community radio and the alternative
media. As members of the editorial committee we are responsible for
collecting and editing the content of the journal (with the help of the
Advisory Board) and we make sure that the journal is financed, edited,
produced, and distributed. We are also the main contacts for any
questions or concerns you might have about the journal. Upping the Anti
is an autonomous project initiated by members of the Autonomy and
Solidarity network, and articles and editorials published in the journal
do not necessarily represent the views of all members of the network.

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE ADVISORY BOARD?

The advisory board is a group of activists across the country who are
supporting the editorial committee with feedback, assistance in content,
editing and design. There are currently 19 members of the advisory board
from cities such as Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton,
Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Vancouver, and Victoria. We are interested
in having other activists join the advisory board of the project,
especially from cities and regions not covered by current advisory board
members. If you are interested in receiving more information about the
advisory board, please email us at uppingtheanti@gmail.com

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

If you are interesting in contributing to the journal, we invite you to
contact the editorial committee with your ideas. We invite book reviews,
critiques, essays, opinion pieces and interviews. The final deadline
for contributions to the first issue of the journal is January 30th,
2005. You can help us by:

- Assisting us with editing and proofing.
- Working with us in doing graphic design and layout.
- Distributing the journal in your community.
- Helping us cover the financial costs of printing and distribution.
- Being on the advisory committee.

More information about the journal, will be posted on the A&S website at
http://auto_sol.tao.ca on January 15th, 2005. To receive updates about
the project or to get involved with the journal project, please email us
at: uppingtheanti@gmail.com.
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* Ed note: A & S is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
network.


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