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(en) US, Seventh Anarchist Book Fair of Los Angeles

Date Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:55:37 +0300

Join us for a couple of days of workshops, books and music! On Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, 2017 , at Leimert Park Square. ---- We ask you to schedule on Saturday (28) and Sunday (29) for the 7th Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair in Leimert Park! Join us as we recreate this radical space for discussion and organization. ---- As members of the Collective of the Anarchist Book Fair , we believe that it is essential to express protest and rebellion against the purely authoritarian capitalist-state system which, according to its own nature, offers us nothing more than a myriad of wars, vast inequalities and destruction ecological value. We want to promote solidarity and unity among the various fighting communities of Los Angeles, Southern California, and the Occupied Southwest. The themes of the Fair this year are " Black October: Reconsidering the 'Unknown' Anarchist Revolution of 1917 - A Century Later " and " From the Media to the Streets: Against the Rise of the 'Alt-Right' ."

In February 1917, during the First World War, the proletariat and the peasantry launched into a struggle in a revolution in Russia that overthrew the hated Tsar, thus paving the way for the liberation of the countryside, cities and the whole world. The proletarians, the peasants and the soldiers organized themselves into soviets (councils), occupied the land, took control of the factories, and mutinied in a massive manner.

This liberating social revolution collided with the brutal repression of the Bolsheviks, who seized power in October 1917, and subsequently mobilized to suppress the anarchists and the autonomous workers 'and farmers' movements through Red Terror and "Communism of War." The result of an authoritarianism that defeated the popular revolutions was the emergence of Stalin and the defamation of communism and radicalism in the minds of many.

At this year's Book Fair, we are interested in exploring the history, background, legacies and futures of the Russian Revolution, especially considering its often false representation, which hides its purely anarchistic aspects. We believe that the brave example of the people in revolt when overthrowing the despots is highly relevant to our situation in 2017.

Over the last few years, the far right has been expanding through state platforms and popular organization in the world and in the United States. The election of Donald Trump not only continued and worsened violence against the oppressed as he also pardoned, legitimized and encouraged white supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazi "Alt-Right" with new confidence, while inescapable media surveillance of coalitions policies and incidents discloses information in unprecedented ways.

How did we get here? How do the fascists threaten us today? In what ways does oppression strengthen with the newly emerging forces of the far right? What successful strategies have been adopted between communities opposed to the far right, historically and in the present? Our first topic explores the past and the future of 1917, while our second theme invites us to contemplate the contemporary conditions of resistance.

We believe that the two themes complement each other. Taking into account the emergence of the extreme right as an open movement in the streets and political platforms, we see the urgent need to organize community self-defense and the social revolution against it. We have yet to remember that the ideals proclaimed by these fascist forces are the very ideals on which the modern state is based, and the United States certainly. It seems strange to us that Trump, a real estate mogul and television personality, is now the chief executive of the United States - a country founded on slavery and genocide of indigenous people, the destruction of nature, reigning conformity, and the accumulation of private wealth .

We must recognize the lineage of our comrades, past and present, in this country and throughout the world, who have always resisted such regulatory norms, along with the violence of the capitalist state and its large and small-scale beneficiaries known or not. At the heart of this line of continuous resistance we see the anarchist spirit of solidarity and the struggle for freedom.

Meanwhile, we are confronted with the resurgence of fascism 100 years after the Russian Revolution, with the depth of imperialist militarism, and environmental destruction - all driven by the perverse logic of capitalism that sustains both the state and the far right.

We are convinced that anarchist organizational ideas and practices retain all their relevance today, and that they are in fact more important today than at any other historical moment. How can one advance popular power against a system that is willing to destroy humanity and nature simply by maintaining the current relations of privilege and irrationality? This is our challenge. We hope you can join us in asking questions, finding answers, and discovering the joy and power of solidarity in the collective struggle to create a better world.

You can download the invitations to present a workshop or confirm attendance at Feirta of the Anarchist Book as a seller by accessing the site at.anarchistbookfair.com . Admission to the Fair is free, and we thank the Kaos Network and Leimert Park Village as sponsors this year. We are still looking for others who want to support the efforts of the Anarchist Book Fair. We look forward to seeing you on October 28 and 29!

Love and solidarity,

The Collective of the Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair

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