(eng)ACTIVE RESISTANCE -- CHICAGO 96

Willerer Greg (ugwiller@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu)
Sat, 21 Oct 1995 04:04:43 -0500 (CDT)


A C T I V E R E S I S T A N C E

A COUNTER-CONVENTION

CHICAGO, AUGUST 21-31, 1996

ACTIVE RESISTANCE is both convention and gathering, bringing together
individuals and collectives to create sustainable communities of
resistance. This union will engage intensive work on long term goals,
high spirited activism, as well as share in the challenge and fun
involved in putting this all together. We hope to accomplish a
great deal. And we know we'll have fun. The Counter-Convention
is scheduled to take place in Chicago for 10 days -- before, during,
and after the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

This is such a big project that organizing assistance from individuals
and organizations from outside of Chicago will be necessary (and greatly
appreciated). At a minimum we hope that you are intrigued enough to
spread the word, excited enough to be here. Even better, begin
participating in designing the process and structure now.

The structure currently being discussed for the Counter-Convention
involves devising ad-hoc mini-collectives to meet daily and address
specific tasks and topics. We hope to define, produce, develop,
change, connect -- ultimately to realize the community to which
we aspire.

We would therefore like for participating groups and individuals to
work out a set of projects, goals, tasks, some questions for us to
explore, and so forth for the Counter-Convention. For example, one
set of goals could include: developing tactics for confronting
gentrification, creating a network of communities combatting
gentrification, putting together resource manuals and determining
effective distribution for them.

By the end of the gathering we should know each other and our community,
have a set of goals and a plan for achieving them, and have had a lot
of fun in the process.

So send us feedback, criticisms, suggestions, and information about
your interest and willingness to participate. Also, let us know if
you can attend a planning conference this winter, probably between
Dec.28 and Jan.2 in Chicago. The focus topics will be organizing
the Counter-Convention, Developing the Network of Anarchist Collectives,
affinity group planning and direct action planning. You will be hearing
more about this soon.

In addition, you can assist in putting together a large mailing and
contact list to use in announcing and planning for next summer. If
you have a list of your own which you would like to share with us,
we would greatly appreciate it. We will pass these lists on to a
collective in Philadelphia working to compile a new edition of the
Radical Address List, to be published and distributed by the time of the
Counter-Convention next August. If you send us names and addresses,
please indicate Individual, Group, Legal Assistance, Publication,
Community Space, and/or Store. Obviously an address can have more
than one classification. If you do not want a listing to be published
or shared beyond our planning efforts, please indicate with an X.

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