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(en) US, Houston,TX., APOC Conference Postponed from Oct 7-9, 2005 to March 3-5 2006

Date Thu, 15 Sep 2005 11:58:23 +0300


The Anarchist People of Color Conference scheduled for October
7-9, 2005 in Houston, Texas has been postponed due to a myriad of
urgent circumstances and the need for local organizers to turn their
attention to community efforts in this demanding time in our region.
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Anarchist People of Color Conference March 3-5 | Houston, TX conference@illegalvoices.org
The Anarchist People of Color Conference scheduled for October
7-9, 2005 in Houston, Texas has been postponed
due to a myriad of urgent circumstances and the need for local
organizers to turn their attention to community efforts in this
demanding time in our region.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the addition of over 100, 000
new and temporary residents from the Gulf coast, Houston is short
on help from the radical
community. We need to focus priorities on helping grassroots efforts
for hurricane survivors who have been intentionally left behind and
set-up by an arrogant capitalist state.

It is easy to say that we should continue with the conference as
scheduled, but our reality is the reality of most radical communities
in this country. We are in the process of building strength as the
world around us falls apart. Houston is the epicenter of many
struggles right now and it needs its own community members to
figure out what is needed here before we move forward with a
national conference
within a month.

There are many community efforts going on in Houston and not
enough being done by the larger radical community in terms of
support. We need educators, food, supplies and especially money for
community organizations that are supporting Katrina evacuees. A
clearinghouse is in the works of community centers, churches and
shelters that are housing people.

Additionally, Houston is preparing itself for the coming of the racist
border vigilante group, the Minutemen. Various community
organizers have been readying themselves for direct actions,
community patrols, and poster campaigns.

Not to mention the impending state lynching of Frances Newton this
Wednesday September 14th. While our hearts are heavy and the
mind overburdened-we must ready the fight. Houston’s gonna
pop.

With all of this going on in our community, we realize that having
additional people is not conducive to the needs that we have of
building our foundations and preparing ourselves adequately for
what’s to come. We need some extra time, we need to prioritize
and focus. With the date postponed, this conference can only be
bigger and stronger than our last.

Concessions for the APOC 2005 conference have been put into
place. Space is confirmed, we have the fundraising in motion, we
have the schedules, we have
the vision and ultimately we have the will and the strength to put it
together. We are simply asking for solidarity and support in our
decision to move it back to March.

As we move forward, we ask for more input and debate, for more
voices to be involved in the planning of the event. We have a great
need for discussions to happen at our event. What is our direction?
We have a need to figure out how to build solid networks,
foundations
and goals; engage in a critical analysis, create strategies and define
common visions, goals.

In the coming weeks, we will be setting up a conference specific
website with discussion forums, room for debate, and more
information about what is going on in the Belly of the Beast. New
and established community organizations are creating mechanisms
for support where people can plug in.

Right now, give your support in various ways. If you had in your
plans to come to Houston already, come. There will be ways to plug
in and be a resource. Let us talk about the format of the conference
and how we can use the coming months to have a solid foundation.
There is also work at home, now. Build parallel institutions that
foster self-determination, self-definition, unity, courage and hope.
People in our communities know what is going on, now more than
ever. How do we serve their needs and unite them across cultural
and economic lines to take this system down by creating the
alternative?

Get together with other people of color in your cities, communities
and regions. Build for March. If you can come help before, let us
know and we will set you up.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

In Struggle, from the Heart of the Beast,
Karla Aguilar and Heather Ajani-Villalobos

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