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(en) Canada, Victoria Anarchist Bookfair: 150 Years of Colonialism: 150 Years of Resistance

Date Fri, 25 May 2012 22:55:06 +0300


Call to Participate in the 2012 Victoria Anarchist Bookfair: 1. Bookfair Dates & Contacts; 2. How to Request a Table; 3. Call for Workshops & Presentations Proposals; 4. Festival of Anarchy; 5. Volunteers needed!; 6. Listserve Subscription Options ---- The City of Victoria, located on unceeded Lekwungen Territory, is this year celebrating 150 years of colonialism through events that promote historical erasure. The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair will respond with illuminating stories of historical and ongoing colonialism while celebrating 150 years of resistance. As a catalyst for putting learning into action, we are also mobilizing to build opposition against the Northern Gateway Pipeline and other such proposals, which are a glaring example of ongoing colonialism on the West Coast.

1. Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Dates & Contacts

September 8th and 9th, 2012
Fernwood NRG Community Hall
1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory

We are pleased to announce the seventh annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair,
located on unceded Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The
Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over
North America and beyond. The Bookfair always includes workshops on a wide
range of topics. We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism
to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create
radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces. Participants with different
visions, practices, and traditions are welcome. Events include book and
information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more!

We are particularly seeking workshops that engage with our theme of
anti-colonialism and the mobilization to stop proposed pipeline projects in
B.C.. This can include presentations on radical theory, Indigeneity,
historical issues, participatory demonstrations, panel talks, facilitated
discussions, and everything in between—if you have an idea for a workshop, we
want to hear about it! We’re also keen on workshops that address, challenge,
and connect gender, sexuality, ‘race’, colonialism, ability, capitalism,
environmental destruction, workers’ struggles, and other issues affecting our
communities.

Please consult our Statement of Principles before sending your proposal. It can
be found on our website: http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

This year's deadline is July 15th, 2012.

We are proud to have received Monday Magazine's 'M Award' for Victoria's best
literary event in 2009.

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Contacts:
TABLES: tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
WORKSHOPS: workshops@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
FESTIVAL: festival@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
VOLUNTEER: volunteer@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
GENERAL INQUIRIES: info@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
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2. How to Request a Table for Sept 8 & 9
The heart of the Bookfair is the main room including booksellers, distributors,
independent presses and activist groups from all over BC, North America, and
abroad. If you’d like to table this year, please provide a short description
of your group and the materials you intend to distribute at the Bookfair.

There is no fee for tabling at the Bookfair, but we will be requesting 10% of
sales after expenses in order to help us cover the costs of the venue rental.

The deadline to request a table is July 15, 2012 (we cannot guarantee inclusion
on the poster or in our program-zine for late submissions).
EMAIL: tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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3. Workshop & Presentation Proposals: for Sept 8 & 9
The Bookfair organizing collective is currently seeking workshop and
presentation proposals.

As stated above this Bookfair we are looking to convene in order to challenge
the ongoing colonization of our communities and our minds. We are looking for
workshops that discuss Indigenous perspectives, de-colonialisation, social
struggles, and environmental issues. We also aim to foster a growing movement
in resistance to colonialism through the sharing of practical skills. Together
we can acknowledge our past and move forward with meaningful solidarity.

Workshops may be aimed at people who are curious about, or new to, anarchist
ideas and radical practices; alternatively they might address a topic in depth
for people who are already familiar with the subject.

Standard Bookfair workshops last for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in
between. While we are open to a variety of workshop formats, we recommend that
facilitators leave at least 20 minutes for discussion at the end of their
presentations. Each year we get a lot of submissions, but if we don’t have
space at the Bookfair, we still want to help make your workshop happen!
Please provide a title and short description of the workshop's content in your
submission. If your workshop is accepted, this information will be reprinted in
the program zine.

NOTE: The deadline for all workshop and presentation proposals is July 15, 2012
(after that date we cannot guarantee a timeslot at the Bookfair or inclusion in

our program-zine for late submissions).

EMAIL: workshops@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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4. Festival of Anarchy Events: Sept 1– 7 (various locations TBA)
In addition to the Bookfair, a "Festival of Anarchy" will take place during the
preceding week with diverse anarchist-themed events occurring at different
venues in Victoria. You can propose any type of event or activity: the only
limit is your imagination. Also this year the Urban Interventionists are
looking to coordinate artists to intervene in spaces around the city.
Installations, flash mobs, bike races, dance parties, punk shows under bridges,
guerilla art, graffiti, performances… and beyond.

Festival of Anarchy events as well as the Urban Interventionists are organized
autonomously from the Bookfair and, as such, venues are the responsibility of
Event Organizers—that’s you! The Bookfair Collective acts as a hub to
promote and coordinate these events. We’re committed to helping promote
autonomous festival events to the best of our ability through the program zine
and the website.

If you’re interested in having us promote your event, please provide a title
and short description of your program by July 15, 2012 so that we can include
it in our zine and on our website.
We strongly recommend Festival Events are NOT scheduled during the Bookfair's
operating hours. In general, contacting the Bookfair Collective about
scheduling dates before our proposal deadline is a useful way to ensure the
least number of event conflicts.

EMAIL: festival@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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5. Volunteers
We need your help! The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy
Collectives are always looking for new people to assist behind the scenes.
We’re looking for help in all kinds of areas such as postering, welcoming &
information tabling, room set-up, kids activities, counselling and safe-space
support, cleanup and more. The Bookfair is entirely volunteer-run and helping
out is a great way to get involved and meet new people. If you’re interested,
please read the volunteer descriptions, our collective principles and
accessibility statements on our website, and let us know how you’d like to
help out!

EMAIL: volunteer@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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6. Listserve Subscription Options
We do not send very many messages for most of the year, except as the bookfair
dates draw near, but if you no longer want to receive notices, please feel free
to unsubscribe from this listerve by sending an email to
vicanarcbookfair-unsubscribe@lists.riseup.net. If you have friends who you
should hear about what’s coming up, they can subscribe to this list by
sending a message to vicanarcbookfair-subscribe@lists.riseup.net.
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