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(en) US, Chicago Anarchist General Assembly and Strategy Session (ca)

Date Mon, 17 Apr 2006 11:06:19 +0300

Saturday, April 29, 2006 10am - 3 pm (10am - 11am brunch) Association House of Chicago 1116 N. Kedzie
During the last decade or so, varying forms or anarchism have enjoyed a surge
in popularity on the global level. Still this resurgence does not enjoy mass
appeal at any scale large enough to accomplish what anarchism typically proposes -
to present a winning challenge to the hegemony of capitalism and the state as the
defining and controlling regimes which dominate the peoples and destroy the
lands of the entire planet. There seems to be little shift in the general
misery of a vast proportion of humanity. Meanwhile, the basis for
free and enjoyable life is everywhere under threat, whether that
threat presents itself as global warming, or the rollback of human
rights and civil liberties advanced through social movements of the
past. Meanwhile, most first world peoples are indoctrinated to
identify and behave primarily as consumers. Here in the US,
American flags still wave. Yellow ribbons still cling to the back of
SUVs. Many struggle to survive amidst affluence.

Individuals and groups who are serious about an anarchist vision for
the future of humanity on a scale larger than a squat or a punk show,
cannot help but contemplate the lagging pace at which anarchism
manages to gain a foothold in the imaginations of our families,
friends, coworkers, neighbors, and others in society, let alone in the
political, economic, and cultural realms of the material world.
Surely, any anarchist solutions to the sorry state of the world must
inherently be solutions which are effective, accessible, inviting, and
created by a wide majority of the populace, since it is a majority that
is afflicted by capitalism and the state.

How do anarchists and their allies develop an understanding of the
world around them that can empower themselves and others to take
action and create lasting contributions to freedom in their world?
What kind of strategies can we develop to work through the feelings
of anger, resentment, fear, powerlessness, apathy, cynicism,
ignorance, and faith in the existing powers toward our goals of a free
humanity and a living Earth? Is the impact and effectiveness of
anarchist thought and action diminishing in Chicago and beyond?
What can be done about this? What is the continuing relevance of
anarchism or of anarchist solidarity with non-anarchist liberation
movements around the world in the twenty-first century?
This General Assembly and Strategy Session will provide a
structured forum within which to address these questions as well as
to tackle several of the "big picture" issues that affect our daily
struggles for freedom and autonomy, but which are often overlooked
amidst the stress of responding to the crisis inflicted upon our
communities by the capital and the state.

State of the World (too broad?).
Assessment of Enemies, state(s), capital (synopsis of major
developments or brainstorm areas for research priorities in this area).
Assessment of Anarchist strengths, limitations. (brainstorm)
Assessment of Left and Right. (open with political synopsis)
Assessment of Workers and Peoples. (open with demographic and
labor stats or synopsis)
Chicago and surroundings
Timeline of urgent issues and possible responses.
Non-urgent points of strategic interest, or grassroots support
ID strategic allies
ID points of contention
What is capitalism doing?
What is the state doing?
How is capitalism evolving?

Participants should have some identification as or solidarity with
anarchists (or left libertarians, libertarian Marxists, unaffiliated allies,
Criticism is welcome, but should be constructive.
While debate and disagreement are natural, conversation should be
respectful and tolerant of difference.
We want this to be a safe and empowering event for everyone
Anyone who would exhibit violent, threatening, intimidating, or
oppressive behavior, language, or presence during the proceedings
are unwelcome and will be asked to leave.
Anyone showing repeated disregard for security culture will also be
asked to leave.
This is a private event closed to corporate media. Law enforcement
officials are not welcome and should not enter the location without
presenting a valid search warrant.
-- No Points of Unity; but Ground Rules. See below.
-- No consensus necessary beyond Ground Rules; only non-binding
-- Gives the anarchists et al. a chance to identify genuine affinities
and air legitimate disagreements.
-- A chance to learn who is doing what and coordinate toward
"long-term" objectives, revolution.
-- The General Assembly and Strategy Session are not meant to
exist in place of action; rather they should let strategy inform our
-- A chance to address theoretical issues and big picture questions
that get overlooked due to the day-to-day constraints of capital on
our work and our lives.

-- This is NOT an announcement session for other events, protests.
-- This is NOT a workshop.
-- This is NOT a skillshare.
-- This is NOT a collective or new organization requiring a
commitment beyond the event.
-- This is NOT a pan-left/liberal coalition; not to be coopted by
Stalinists, Maoists, Socialists, Liberals, etc.

Please rsvp at www.maydaychicago.org/
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