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(en) US, RAAN Workshops in Philly, April 14-15th

Date Thu, 06 Apr 2006 11:20:16 +0300

The Revolutionary [anti state] Marxist Collective is hosting Nachie, co-founder
and organizer with the Red & Anarchist Action Network, for a series of events.
The Civil War in Venezuela: Socialism to the Highest Bidder
LAVA (Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Zone) 4134 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia PA
Friday, April 14th, 6.00 - 8.00 PM Cost: free, donations requested
RAAN organizer Nachie, who has just returned from a two month
stay in Venezuela, will be discussing the implications of Hugo
Chavez' "Bolivarian Revolution" to the developing revolutionary
potential both within and outside of the country. This workshop will
focus on areas of contradiction within the revolutionary process and
the ecological, indigenous, social, ideological, and international
issues that they reflect. Special attention will be paid to the current
state of the international Venezuela "solidarity" movement and
how/why anarchists and communists should be prepared to
intervene in it.

There will also be an exclusive showing of Nuestro Petroleo y Otros
Cuentos, (Our Oil and Other Tales) a blacklisted documentary on
the real cost of petro-populism, which has only been recently
subtitled in English for international distribution. Free copies of the
latest issue of Venezuela's anarchist newspaper El Libertario will
also be available, along with copies of the movie for distribution.

Parkour for Commies: An Introduction to Urban Freerunning
Location to be determined, check back soon or contact us
[potentially the art museum]
Saturday, April 15th, ~1pm
No cost

Members of the Red & Anarchist Action Network will be presenting
a crash-course in the basics of Parkour, an art combining the
philosophy and technique of military obstacle- coursing and the
urban environment. The workshop will be presented with special
attention given to the abilities of each individual and the proper
methodology behind implementing a high-impact urban training
regimen. We will also be incorporating into the physical training
itself a discussion of the philosophy behind Parkour and its potential
as a organizing tool for the serious preparation of direct action
culture. RAAN has been investigating the potentialities of Parkour to
the communist/anarchist movement for nearly a year and has
already organized a series of workshops and affiliated PK clubs in
Boston and Venezuela.

Defining the Red & Anarchist Action Network
The A-Space
4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 15th, 7.30 PM
Cost: free, donations requested

Since late 2002, the Red & Anarchist Action Network (RAAN) has
been constructing an alternative model of revolutionary
(dis)organization that has united anti-authoritarians from deep
ecologists to anti-state Marxists in a horizontal network consisting
entirely of autonomous affiliated action. In recent months RAAN
has begun paying more attention to the need to perpetually
rearticulate and discuss the organizational hypotheses being
proposed, as we strongly feel them to be unique in our movement.
We believe that the conditions we find ourselves in are more than
ripe for the emergence of a completely grassroots revolutionary
union based solely on mutual aid, respect, diversity of tactics, and a
no-bullshit culture that prides praxis over ideology. There is the
potential of a RAAN-affiliated presence organizing itself in Philly,
and this is our chance to make this process as transparent,
autonomous, and locally-relevant as possible. This workshop will be
arranged as an informal discussion covering a series of
interpretations of the network's experience, but also geared towards
addressing people's individual concerns and interests, and proposing
RAAN as a context for that discussion.

It is recommended, but of course not required, that those interested
familiarize themselves with the general concept of RAAN by
exploring the redanarchist.org website. Such familiarity would allow
the workshop to focus more exclusively on the immediate potential
for the RAANista model in this city.

Leninists of all stripes and other statists are strongly discouraged
from attending this meeting, as their views will not be welcome.

Contact the organizers at: phillymarxists (at) gmail (dot) com
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