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(en) US, ARA Conference, All Antifas Out to Chicago Oct 18-20!!!

From Mick <mickblack47@yahoo.com>
Date Sat, 28 Sep 2002 14:04:20 -0400 (EDT)

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>--- ARA Chicago <ara_chicago@ziplip.com> wrote:
Calling All ARA Chapters and Fellow Antifas!!
All Out to Chicago October 18-20!!
2002 Anti-Racist Action Conference!!

It has been an eventful year since the last conference.  The Battle of
York, the May 11 National Alliance march in DC, "The War On Terror", the
Israel/Palestine conflict, the death of William Pierce, the National
Alliance march in DC August 24, the Baltimore 28, the potential war on
Iraq, the ousting of Billy Roper...  With all that has happened over the
past year there is plenty to talk about and plenty of work to be done.

Check-in will be from 6pm-Midnight on Friday at the Autonomous Zone (The 
A-Zone, 1573 N. Milwaukee Suite 420, Chicago IL 60622).  You are STRONGLY 
encouraged to arrive during this time to make everyone?s lives much
easier.  Also Friday night there will be a book release party and
discussion panel with J. Sakai and Don Hamerquist, the authors of
Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions and workshops/discussion. 

(Please note that ONLY ARA Network affiliates will be admitted to the 
plenary sessions, but all friends of ARA are welcome and encouraged to 
participate in the rest of the weekend.).  This year's workshops will be 
broken up into 3 tracks.  They will potentially be: Building/Re-Building 
ARA, Self-Defense/Security, and the Rise of State Fascism  (The schedule
of  workshops will be announced soon!).  There will also be a benefit for
the Baltimore 28 on Saturday evening.

A registration fee of $25 will be asked of all conference attendees.  This

covers access to the conference, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and 
breakfast on Sunday. Please RSVP to Chicago at the address below if you
plan on attending the conference.  Space is still available for tabling. 
To reserve a table for a fee of $25, please contact us as soon as


Let's start this off by mentioning just how greatly we would
appreciate it if y'all could pre-register, so this whole thing can
flow along smoothly!

The fee this year is $25.00, which covers some meals, housing,
childcare and a hip little conference booklet (complete with maps,
places to eat/hang, conference schedule, etc.) which you will
receive at the check in point.  For those who can't afford the
registration fee, we are asking for at least 2 hours of volunteer



Tel # and/or E-mail
ARA Chapter (If any)
(Non-ARA conference attendees will be asked to sit out of select

Affiliation (ARA, NEFAC, FRAC, WCOTC, Friend of ARA, etc)

Will you be needing childcare?  _____  How many and what ages?
(Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be needing childcare
so  that we can make appropriate arrangements!!!)

When will you be arriving and by what mode of transportation?

Will you need directions to the check in site via public transit?

(If you don't need housing, feel free to skip past this bit.  If
you would like help finding a hotel, call us right away!)

How long will you need housing?
Do you have allergies?
Do you need a bed (for health reasons)?
Will you have a young one (or more) with you?
I am ...  (Check all that apply)

         ___  a smoker           ___  a non-smoker
         ___  a vegan    ___  a vegetarian       ___  an omnivore

Anything else we need to consider?


How many hours would you like to volunteer?  __________
Is there a specific day you'd like to volunteer on?
___  Saturday   ___ Sunday

What sort of volunteer work would you be interested in?
         ___  Facilitating a workshop    ___  Childcare
         ___  Food Preparation                   ___  Set up
         ___  Clean up

Please take a moment to read through the workshop topics
before answering the following.

Do you wish to host/help with one of the workshops?  What are
your ideas?


Do you wish to host a workshop that we've neglected?  Which section
would you put it under?


Tables will cost $25.00.  There will be no charge for the people
working the tables, unless they plan to participate in the
conference- in which case they will need to pay the full registration fee.

Name of Tabling Group

Number of tables needed:
         ___ 1/2 table   ___  1 table    ___  2 tables

Check in will be taking place on Friday night from 6:00 to Midnight
at the Autonomous Zone.  We strongly encourage that people come in
at this time, but should this not work out for you - PLEASE, PLEASE,
PLEASE contact us so that we can make other arrangements for you.

Directions for those of you driving into Chicago and looking for the 
Autonomous Zone:

Come into Chicago on I-90/94.  Get off at the Armitage exit and go
west (away from the lake).  Drive until you hit Milwaukee ave. and
then turn right onto Milwaukee.  Go about 2 blocks, and you will
find the A-zone on the right hand side next to the Congress

Should you have any problems or need to tell us last minute
details, please call the ARA Chicago line : (312)409-1432.

Registration forms can be mailed to:

ARA Chicago
1573 N. Milwaukee  PMB 420
Chicago, IL   60622

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