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(en) Holand, vrije bond: ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR AMSTERDAM 2020
Tue, 1 Dec 2020 09:53:32 +0200
We have had long and expansive discussions about the book fair this year because
of the corona pandemic. And we have decided we will have a physical event,
although it will be in a very different form than usual. We take the pandemic
very seriously and haven't made this decision lightly. We are aware of the
dangers we face today and the need to keep our exposure to each other to a
minimum as to not risk more widespread infections. Because of this we have taken
a lot of measures to ensure the book fair can happen as safe as possible, but
more on this later. We want to save lives and make this world less dangerous. To
be able to do this we have to organize politically and we have to do part of that
in real life. The Anarchist Book Fair Amsterdam isn't just a fun event to go book
shopping, it is also the place where comrades meet and make plans, where new
people become active and where new projects are launched. In a time of a
worldwide health crisis, an emerging economic crisis and rising tides of
conservatism and fascism, we have to step our game up. It is now that we have to
come together (in a safe way), organize and fight back. What we do as a political
movement matters and can and does actually save lives. We should keep looking for
new ways to organize, especially now.
This year the Anarchist Book Fair Amsterdam will happen in a much smaller and
different form. We will not have workshops and will only have a very small amount
of stands. Instead we will have 2 days of discussions and brainstorms about how
to fight for a better world. Especially during the crisis fighting for each other
is all the more important, while it is also getting more difficult. We still want
to have a physical event, because we believe it is important to bring people
together to make plans, exchange ideas and just to see and meet comrades.
The day will have timeslots for which you have to make a reservation. There will
be a maximum of 25 people per timeslot.
We are going to have a completely different event to make it as safe as possible.
Each space will have a limited capacity of people as to not overcrowd the spaces
and have room to keep 1,5 meters distance from everybody. We will have the event
split up in different timeslots for which people have to make a reservation. This
way we can keep the amount of visitors within our maximum and prevent a big line
in front of the door. Wearing face masks will be mandatory at all times inside.
Amount of people allowed inside
The big hall and cafe both have a maximum of 30 people per room. But we will keep
each timeslot to a maximum of 25 people. This 25 will be excluding the volunteers
(which is 1 or 2 people per room). We will keep the numbers of volunteers as low
as possible during open hours to help minimize the amount of people who are
present. The volunteers will show people where to go and ensure that everyone
wears their face mask covering both the mouth and the nose. In the breaks between
the timeslots all the rooms will be cleaned thoroughly from head to toe. We
encourage you to clean your hands after visiting each stand and keep distances
between others and the people behind the stands. We will provide disinfectants
throughout the room but you have the responsibility to use them.
The full program will be announced on Monday November 23.
We are also planning to organize a more full version of the Anarchist Book Fair
Amsterdam in the spring of 2021 at an outside location. More information will
For questions you can reach us at:
November 28 & 29
Plantage doklaan 12
PROGRAM OF THE ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR AMSTERDAM 2020
You can make a reservation by mailing us at
email@example.com. Please mention for which timeslot you want
to make a reservation. There is a maximum of available spots per timeslot. It is
first come first serve, so if you want to attend, mail us as soon as possible. If
you know you can't come anymore, but have made a reservation, we ask you to
notify us, so someone else can take your place.
Of course you don't have to use your legal name to make a reservation (we would
advise you not to), but please do remember the name you use when you show up to
the book fair, cause we will keep track of who has a reservation and who hasn't.
All timelots will follow the same pattern. There will be a talk or discussion for
an hour and afterwards there will be 30 minutes for browsing stands and talking
to and hanging out with comrades. The timeslots end a quarter to the hour at
which moment we will ask everyone to leave. We do this so we can use the last 15
minutes to clean everything before the next group enters. We ask everybody to
respect this and leave when asked to. We also want to ask people to not hang
around in one large group in front of the door after they've left the book fair.
Modern right wing radicalism and Qanon 11.00-12.45
These last years have seen a lot of developments and new trends in right wing
radicalism. From "gamergate" through Milo Yinopolis to Richard Spencer, the alt
right has been able to gain a momentum that other factions before them could not.
The alt right is mostly building on memeculture and new factions in social
conservatism. Most recently, fucking Qanon has emerged as a global phenomenon.
In this collective discussion we wil talk about defining Qanon, try to place it
in its context and see what historical parallels we can draw. We will also talk
about how we can combat this phenomenon from an antifascist perspective.
As a starting point of the discussion we recommend that you to watch part 2 of
this video (37:39 onward) that we think is very informative in defining the
Abortion Network Amsterdam -Talk About the Struggle for Access to Safe
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Europe, adding numerous obstacles to
abortion travel (again!), it definitely doesn'twas help that on October 22nd the
Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled abortion in the case of foetal abnormalities
(one of only 3 instances where abortion in Poland
is legal) to be unconstitutional. This decision instantly sparked protests and
strikes across Poland, having been yet another assault on reproductive rights in
Poland in the last years. The developments in Poland have had a tremendous effect
on Abortion Without Borders, a
network of six organisations across Europe helping people from Poland access
which Abortion Network Amsterdam is a part of. In this talk we would like to
present what we as ANA do to support abortion seekers who have limited access to
this medical procedure, discuss the impact of COVID and talk about the reactions
of the intersectional feminist movement to the recent ruling in Poland.
Protests in Belorussia and the role of anarchists 15.00-16.45
Neither Iran, nor Greece, the persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa should stay in the
Abtin Parsa will give a short talk about the current situation. After this there
will be a discussion in which he will also parttake. The solidarity campaign to
stop any attempts to deport or extradite him are still going strong. So we
especially want to invite people who want to know more about his story, the
current situation and possibly assist in the solidarity campaign to come to this
The persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa is an former political prisoner with an
atheist view from Iran who was imprisoned by the Islamic regime for one year and
half. Even after his release from prison, he came under pressure from the Islamic
regime, and in 2016 escaped to Greece from Iran. In Greece the persecuted
anarchist Abtin Parsa joined the resistance movement and began to struggle
against the systematic oppression perpetrated by the Greek state against society,
especially immigrants. During these struggles, he was arrested and even tortured
several times by the Greek state. After the Greek state revoked his political
asylum he fled Greece and applied for political asylum in the Netherlands. A few
weeks ago, the Dutch state rejected his political asylum application and intends
to extradite him to Greece. If the persecuted anarchist Abtin Parsa is extradited
to Greece, he may end up to Greek prisons or even extradited from Greece to the
Islamic state of Iran, where his life will no doubt be in serious danger.
A more complete version of the story can be read here.
Africa Roots Movement 11.00-12.45
The Africa Roots Movements organization experiences in the Netherlands in
relation to black liberation experiences around the world.
Discussing narratives around police abolition 13.00-14.45
This summer the horrific murder of George Floid sparked worldwide insurections
and revolts against the police under the flag of Black Lives Matter. The police
murders in the US and especially the inspiring resistance against them have
encouraged people in the Netherlands to rise up as well. As can be seen in the
massive Black Lives Matter protests all over the country. These movements have
also sparked a renewed interest and traction in ideas about police abolition and
defunding the police. As anarchists we have always been involved in struggles
against the police, in this collective discussion we will discuss what has
changed in narratives around policing, what has not, and how we advance our
struggle for police abolition.
What can we do to build networks of solidarity with people from different
communities fighting against police brutality and institutional racism? How can
we popularize the idea of abolition as opposed to reform? How can we connect the
struggle against the police with other struggles?
Organising politically during Corona 15.00-16.45
This is an open discussion to talk about the impact of corona on our political
organising. Some of our events and activities are being cancelled because we want
to practice social distancing. Meanwhile there are people losing their jobs,
houses and in general struggling to survive. During this crisis it is more
important than ever to practice solidarity and to fight for our lives together.
What are topics we have to focus on that most severely affect people nowadays?
How can we support those in trouble? What can we do to combat growing state
surveillance and police intervention? How can we support those targeted by state
repression? How can we build long term projects and campaigns in a time of so
much uncertainty? And how can we do all these things while dealing in a
responsible way with the corona pandemic?
If you have been asking yourself these questions, have some possible answers for
them or are just interested to discuss these topics in the hope of finding and
sharing new ideas. Come to this discussion!
Mental health during corona 17.00-18.45
During this pandemis one of the main ways of dealing with it have been social
distancing'. The term, introduced by state agencies, betrays a way of looking at
the world. A better term would have been physical distancing, because we have to
stay physically somewhat away from each other not to spread corona. But these
rules apply more and harsher where it comes to our social lives and other things
that capitalism cares little about. People have to continue to work, shops can
stay open and our social lives have been disrupted completely. The state and
capitalism prioritizes profits and productivity over our safety and happines.
All of this is incredibly taxing on people. On top of that is added the fact we
can hardly see each other nowadays and a lot of our old suport networks and
coping mechanisms have become inpossible or irresponsible. There are people
struggling with mental health issues they've had from before the pandemic or
people dealing with newly developing ones during (and maybe because of) the
pandemic. We have to find ways to support ourselves and support each other. How
can we set up support networks during a pandemic? How can we keep physically
distancing, but strengthen our much needed social ties?
The discussion is open to everybody, but we want to explicitly make this a space
that prioritizes people who are dealing with mental health issues or those that
are supporting people that do. If you are or know someone who has been dealing
with mental health issues, wants to support people that are or both, please come
to this discussion.
Movie: Pride 19.15-22.00
Doors open at 19.15
Movie starts at 20.00
The movie is about a group of Lesbians and Gays who decide to support the miner's
strike during in the 80's and struggle against Thatcher. In these bleak corona
times and the coming of winter we can all use an inspirational story about
solidarity. Pride is exactly that!
Before the movie starts there will be some time for catching up with comrades,
hanging out and chatting. After the movie we will ask everybody to leave, because
we can't stay open past 22.00.
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