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(en) US, Houston, Texas. 2005 Anarchist People of Color conference set

From APOC <apoc@illegalvoices.org>
Date Tue, 4 Jan 2005 08:59:02 +0100 (CET)

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Following up a successful 2003 Anarchist People of Color conference in
Detroit, Michigan, the next Anarchist People of Color conference is
being proposed for October in Houston, Texas.
Since the 2003 event, there have been APOC regional gatherings new
collectives and many projects, and we’re still going strong. Where are
we as a unified movement? Come discuss Community Action, Theory,
Internal Struggles, External Struggles, with the larger theme of “We are
one, we are many, and we are a part of something bigger…”
--- Where: Houston, Texas --- Dates: October 7-9, 2005
And stay to march against 500+ Years of Colonization on Monday, October 10th in Houston (Columbus Day)!

Houston is one of the Southwest's most diverse cities, with a majority
Black and Latino population and robust Spanish-language media and
resources. It also has a rich oppressed people's history, including the
Camp Logan Rebellion (where Black soldiers clashed with police in 1917)
and Moody Park Riot (the 1979 uprising in response to the murder of Jose
Campos Torres).

Houston also has a plethora of resources including people of color-run
and funded community centers, housing, things-to-do, decent public
transit/light rail, access to bicycles for use conference attendees, two
international airports, culture and plenty of resistance.

We are also centrally located between both coasts for easier access from
all points and hosting the conference in Houston would allow for more
accessibility to those people from the South/Southwest, who were
underrepresented or unable to make it to the 2003 Conference in Detroit.

It is imperative that we beginning planning now as a conference of this
scope takes time and careful consideration as well as a lot of space for
feedback and open organizing.

As with the 2003 conference, the 2005 event is only open to people of
color. Those sympathetic to the conference are encouraged to offer
political support, solidarity and deep and honest understanding while we
hold this conference and build our movement. People of color who are
already self-identified as Anarchist POC, members of Anarchist and
anti-authoritarian organizations, young people interested in meeting
APOC movement veterans, community activists interested in
anti-authoritarian methods of organizing, and others in the communities
of color who would like to know more about Anarchism and autonomous
movements of color are encouraged to attend. People of color interested
in what we have to say is welcome, whether they agree with us or not
(although, obviously, wishing to disrupt the conference are not welcome).

Anarchism offers a dynamic ideology and methods of struggle against
racism, poverty, police brutality, and other issues affecting peoples of
color. We add ideals about building movements based on the masses of
people rather than charismatic leaders, and building a new kind of
radicalism recognizing that the political government is not our friend,
nor is electoral activity a way to obtain our freedom. We will get our
freedom and justice in the streets when we stand up and take back our
communities from the white power structure. Finally, we present a new
method of uniting all peoples of color against the common enemy, not
just capitalism and the state, but white supremacy/European domination
in all its forms.

Your conference fee will cover food, materials, and other expenses to
put on the conference. If you do not have any money, but arrive at the
door, no one will be turned away because they do not have resources to
pay. We only ask that you honestly tell us your situation. At this
point, there is a small amount for helping attendees defray costs, but
it is limited; if you can donate to it, see below.

We expect to provide housing for attendees in Houston's communities of
color. Housing will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Although organizers will do everything possible to provide housing for
all attendees, pre-registration for the conference is necessary, and
housing for those who don't pre-register is not promised.

This conference will be kid-friendly, we will be organizing childcare
and you’re welcome to take your little one along with you to sessions.

Facilities will be equipped for those with different needs. If you have
particular needs that go above and beyond things like wheelchairs and
visual aids, please note it in your comments on the registration form.

For conference materials, downloadable flyers, or anything else, visit
http://www.illegalvoices.org/conference/. You can also visit the site to
donate money. There is a list set up through the APOC site for us to
organize on; to participate, just send your name, level of interest,
commitment and what skills/committee you would like to contribute to,
just write to conference@illegalvoices.org.

List of Committees and Descriptions:

*Conference Planning (scheduling, planning, content, workshop
coordination, facilitator preparation, fundraising,
communication/accountability to all committees with regular updates and
progress report backs)

*Logistics (Houston, or host city will participate in this
committee--space, housing, food, equipment/resource scouting, local
promotion and support, fundraising, communication/accountability to all
committees with regular updates and progress report backs)

*Volunteer Coordination (cleanup, childcare, registration, etc.,
communication/accountability to all committees with regular updates and
progress report backs)

*Security (patrolling premises, first-aid, timekeeping,
communication/accountability to all committees with regular updates and
progress report backs)

*Media/Promotion (flyer making/printing/distribution, participating in
the creation of public service announcements and press releases,
submitting contacts for people of color news sites/publications/radio
shows, etc, regional outreach, communication/accountability to all
committees with regular updates and progress report backs)

*City-wide and Regional Groups (promotion within your locale,
fundraising for your group's travel expenses and conference fees,
community outreach, travel planning, child care and special needs
assistance while traveling, etc. accountable to their communities and
groupings as determined by needs and participants, also each city
coordinator or group would be encouraged to provide an email
address/contact info for people in that area to contact them who may not
have access to that information otherwise.)

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