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(en) USA, Northern California, Weekend of RAAN* events at Free Mind Media

Date Thu, 07 Sep 2006 13:34:43 +0300

Check out: www.freemindmedia.org for descriptions and copies of the
flyers. Here's a brief rundown:
1.) Defining The Red & Anarchist Action Network
Time: Saturday, Sept 9th, 6pm
Where?: Free Mind Media Infospace, 546 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa
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 the Bay Area,
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 RAAN 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."
2.) Venezuela: Socialism To The Highest Bidder

Time: Sunday, September 10th, 6pm
Where?: Free Mind Media Infospace, 546 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
Flyer: JPG flyer for the event is available here!

"RAAN organizer Nachie, who has just returned from a two month
stay in Venezuela, will be discussing the implications of Hugo
Chavez' "Bolivarian Revolution" on the developing revolutionary
potential both within and outside of the country. This discussion 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. In addition we will be relating issues in
Venezuela directly to struggles against mountaintop removal coal
mining in the United States, and using this as a platform to
discuss wider issues of capitalist infrastructure consolidation."
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