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(en) Ireland, Subvert & Resist - Anarchist Federation Conference in Belfast, 2nd Feb

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 11 Jan 2003 11:17:35 -0500 (EST)

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> From: "Brian Durney" <durneys@gofree.indigo.ie>

At least once a year the Anarchist Federation hosts an open
forum. The next one, Subvert and Resist is in Belfast on Sunday
the February 2nd from 12.30p.m to 7 p.m.. All are welcome.


12.30-1.30 Ecology and Activism:

A short talk and workshop given and led by a member of the AF
(London). The member has been an eco-activist for over 20 years
and is author of the popular AF pamphlet: Where's there's Muck
There's Brass

1.30-2.30 Gender, Class and Anarchism.

Open discussion introduced by the Women's Commission of
Organise! - A.S.F . 

"The women's commission started as an initiative of the ASF when
we asked ourselves why women are not more involved and how to
make space for them to be involved the way they would like to

"the women's movement in western Europe has come to a dead end.
I would like to link it to the class struggle perspective. In
recent years when it has been so cool to go to protests against
globalisation most of us tend to forget that the struggle is at

This talk/workshop focuses on the women's movement today, and
what pro-active measures women can take to organise class

2.30-3.30 Break

3.30-4.30 The Other Marxism.

Council Communism is a Marxist current which developed in
Germany and Holland, during the years of the German and Russian
Revolutions, in opposition to both Social Democracy and

Autonomism is a Marxist current which developed in Italy in the
60's and 70's. It is characterised by:

(1) Emphasis on worker's autonomy from capital, that is as
opposed to Marxist viewpoints which see the working class pushed
hither and thither by the 'crisis of capitalism', Autonomism
sees capitalism as being forced to adapt to working class

(2) Emphasis on worker's autonomy from the 'official
representatives' of the working class (i.e. parties and unions),
and seeing class struggle as developing in spite of, not because
of, unions and parties.

(3) Emphasis on the autonomy of sectors of the class in their
fight against specific oppressions. That is the 'right' (for
want of a better term) of women, gays, minorities, to organise
independently against their oppression. 

A talk given by a member of the AF (Bristol), experienced
activist, and co-maintainer of the web site: Class against Class


4.30-5.30 Prisoner Support Workshop. 

How can we improve the support network for anarchist prisoners
in Britain and Ireland? 

5.30-6.00 Break 

6.00-7.00 Anti-War Direct Action Workshop.

By the time we gather to discuss this, war in Iraq may already
have broken out. This workshop offers a practical brainstorming
opportunity for the libertarian response to the war.

Venue: is upstairs in the Front Page bar. To get there you first
find the front of the City Hall, walk down the road directly in
front of it as far as the Belfast Telegraph building (near the
cathedral), turn left, past the Irish News (on the right), past
the statue of Lenin (on the left) until you come to a pub with a
tacky flashing red neon sign called the Front Page. 

For further details, contact the AF at: (00353) 086 328 3732 or
email us at: contact@afireland.cjb.net

Anarchist Federation


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