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(en) US, anarchist journal, Nor'easter #8 page 2-3

Date Wed, 07 Apr 2010 08:53:42 +0300


Inside Issue 8: Boston’s Corvid College Begins Classes - May 2010: Month of Anarchy -- NYC Anarchist Bookfair: April 17–18, 2010 --- El Barrio Is Everywhere --- The Beginnings of a Network Sexual Assault Policy --- Gabriel Kuhn Denied Entry to U.S., Speaking Tour Canceled -- An Interview with Jeff Fidget, Earthquake Medic -- A New SCUM Manifesto - Make Total W WOOF --- Review: American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein --- Review: The Coca-Cola Case -- Opinion: Copping Out in the Private Sector -- Opinion: Hydrofracking Opinion: The Anarchist Road to Detroit --- Reports --- Events ---- The Northeast Anarchist Network is a regional, horizontal organizing network in the Northeast, striving to link those committed to anti-authoritarian, anticapitalist and anti-oppressive struggles.

We recognize that the anarchist
movement has a diversity of perspectives
and priorities. We seek to nurture solidarity
and mutual aid among all participants of the
Network, especially in the face of repression.
Started in February 2007 by anarchists
from across the Northeast and Mid-
Atlantic, NEAN has grown through many
subsequent meetings around the region.
The process of creating this Network has
connected many groups and individuals and
has been a catalyst for the formation of new
groups and projects. We have reason to be
optimistic about the future of this Network
and region, and we welcome anyone
sympathetic to our goals to be a part of it.
www.NeAnarchist.net

The Nor’easter aims to provide an outlet
for anarchist-related news and events while
simultaneously introducing non-anarchists
to anarchism and plugging them into the
movement.

Points of Unity:
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism,
imperialism and authoritarianism.
2. A rejection of all forms and systems of
domination. Embracing the full dignity of all.
3. An attitude of active resistance toward
all state, corporate and other oppressive
institutions.
4. A call to direct action, support for
emancipatory social movements, advocating
for the liberation of all, as well as the
construction of local alternatives.
5. An organizational philosophy based on
decentralization and autonomy.

This network is specifically inclusive of all
Anarchist struggles and supports all of them as
long as they adhere to these Points of Unity,
even though not everyone in the Network
might consider a particular struggle a priority.
Anarchists must show solidarity with each
other’s struggles as a principle of revolutionary
necessity.

In order to embody these values, we see
the need for an Anarchist social revolution.

Affiliated Groups

Anarchist Black Cross (Boston)
Clara – lil_red-A-riseup.net
Jake – trenchesfullofpoets-A-riseup.net

Armchair Revolutionary Collective (West Chester)
Nick – idemandmydreams-A-yahoo.com

ATTACK! (Binghamton)
Kevin – bing.autonomous.action-A-gmail.com
Tom – nomadicschism-A-gmail.com

Boston Anti–Authoritarian Movement
Adrienne – cyd.grayson-A-gmail.com
Dave – pjleaf-A-gmail.com
www.baamboston.org

CT Workers Solidarity Alliance (Hartford)
Abbey – abbeydot.com-A-gmail.com
Matt – circleamatt-A-gmail.com

NEFAC Boston Local Union
Juice – thematch-A-riseup.net
Mckay – mckay-A-impresta.net

Pittsburgh Organizing Group
pog-A-mutualaid.org
www.organizepittsburgh.org

Silent City Distro (Ithaca)
info-A-silentcitydistro.org
www.silentcitydistro.org

Suffolk and Emerson Anti–Authoritarians (Boston)
Bruce – unsteady21-A-gmail.com

Syracuse Solidarity Network
Sera – syracusesolnet-A-gmail.com
http://syracusesolnet.wordpress.com

Wooden Shoe Infoshop (Philly)
Ed – ednatale-A-gmail.com
www.woodenshoebooks.org

For information about how your group
can affiliate with NEAN, send an e-mail to
affiliation-A-neanarchist.net.


Send all submissions to: noreaster-submissions@neanarchist.net
Next deadline: May 23, 2010

Have a story idea? Want to get local news out across the region? Contact Nor’easter
submissions with your pitch. Original photos/graphics are strongly encouraged;
please include captions, credits and author information. Nor’easter editors are likely
to edit submitted articles for basic grammar, punctuation, clarity and length. Articles
should be 800-1600 words; opinion pieces 600 words; and group reports 400
words. If you would like to submit a longer piece, e-mail noreaster-submissions@
neanarchist.net with details.

Write to the Editors

Want to give your opinion on one of these articles?
Send a letter to the editors, maximum of 200 words. Letter submissions are
assumed to give permission for reprinting unless otherwise noted. Please indicate if
you wish for the letter to remain anonymous. Not all letters are guaranteed to print.
Send corrections to noreaster@neanarchist.net
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Distribution

The Nor’easter is published to support the work of groups throughout the Northeast
and beyond. If you value independent movement media outlets, please consider
supporting the Nor’easter by submitting content, buying copies and getting the word
out there! Our focus is primarily on bulk distribution to groups, infoshops, distros,
and anyone else who wants a good outreach material.
50 copies for $15 by mail
E-mail noreaster@neanarchist.net or visit www.neanarchist.net/distribution for more info.

Month of Anarchy!

This May, groups around the Northeast
are organizing events as part of NEAN’s
2010 Month of Anarchy.
Month of Anarchy events are intended
to increase exposure of NEAN, affiliated
groups and anarchism in general to the
wider public.

See page 4 for details and a list of events.
Check neanarchist.net/monthofanarchy
as more events are announced.
Subscribe to the NEAN listserv at
lists.riseup.net/www/info/anetwork.
To get in touch with the
organizing committee, e-mail
monthofanarchy@neanarchist.net.

Nor’easter Issue 8
Editorial Collective
Bryn Roshong
Charlene Obernaur
Hannah E. Dobbz
Hunter Jackson
Jake Carman
Marie Skoczylas
Richard Vallejo
Stephen Goodman
Sublett
Wes Hannah
Nor’easter Collective

If you have some know-how you’d like to
put to use for the Nor’easter, or if you’d
like to learn and help out, e-mail us!
We are also interested in staying in touch
with writers, photographers and artists
who are interested in contributing to the
paper regularly.
noreaster@neanarchist.net
Join the Nor’easter friends listserv:
www.neanarchist.net/noreaster

Views expressed in the Nor’easter or on
the Northeast Anarchist Network Web site
do not necessarily represent the ideas
or opinions of the Nor’easter Collective,
Northeast Anarchist Network or affiliated
groups. Articles represent the opinions
of the author or other persons cited
within the text.

News from the Northeast
-----------------------

Boston’s Corvid College Begins Classes By Jake Carman

This spring, a new school in Boston
will begin classes in the tradition
of radical education. Influenced by
anarchist politics and ideas, Corvid
College claims to be “anarchic: self-
managed in spirit, horizontal in
structure.” Classes are for learners of all
ages, and courses range from Primitive
Daoism, to Anarchism and Religion, to
the Criminalization of the Immigrant –
there is even a class all about the Sacco
and Vanzetti case.
Eric Buck is one of the founders
of Corvid College. “During my years
at Goddard, [I] discovered the Ferrer
Schools in Spain,” he recalled. “Slowly,
as I began to read more and more in
alternative educational experiments,
I began to develop a picture of what
a college built around self-direction
in all respects might be – not just
pedagogically, but financially and
organizationally.”
Corvid College is a modern-
day incarnation of the educational
experiments of Spanish anarchists in
the early 20th century. In 1901, Catalan
anarchist and teacher Francisco Ferrer
y Guardia began a new tradition of
radical education by founding La
Escuela Moderna (or “The Modern
School”) in Barcelona. In Catholic and
monarchist Spain, La Escuela Moderna
aimed to free education from the
dominion of the church and “educate
the working class in a rational, secular
and non-coercive setting,” according
the mission statement. This technique
would flatten the teacher-and-student
hierarchy and promote independence
and free thinking to those who would
one day lead the working class in the
social struggle.
In 1911, two years after Ferrer’s
death, sister schools of La Escuela
Moderna sprang up
across the world.

In New York City,
Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman
and Voltairine de Cleyre opened the
Ferrer Center with nine students.
Other schools opened in South
America, Cuba, London and elsewhere
in the United States, often teaching
day classes for children and evening
classes for adults. Meanwhile, in Spain,
the revolution in education helped
promote a working-class consciousness
that proved valuable to the 1936
Spanish Revolution. Here in the United
States, Ferrer’s ideas were influential in
reshaping the educational landscape,
even among some mainstream private
schools.
Buck claims, humorously, that he
came to Boston “to escape academia.”
There, however, he and other radicals
devised a new kind of alternative
education that blended ideas from the
Modern School and Free Schools with
elements of traditional colleges.
“None of us know how to ‘do
community’ anymore,” Buck said.
“I think the college model can be
resuscitated and put to use in revivifying
the practice of community… This is
why the college model has been chosen
over other educational processes, like
the Free School or the skillshare group.”
Today’s Free Schools often take the
word “free” literally, in promoting social
and political freedom without charging
tuition. Using this model, teachers are
as free to teach what they want as the
students are to learn. Free Schools exist
everywhere from Portland, Ore., to
New York City to Australia.
Corvid College is not a direct
descendent of La Escuela Moderna, nor
is it quite a Free School. Instead, Corvid
draws from these earlier models to
become non-traditional in other ways.
For instance, Corvid College does not
plan to seek accreditation; instead of
grades and degrees, the organizers
hope students will develop portfolios.
“Accreditation is one of the primary
means of impersonal, professional,
institutional control over what
is taught today. [It] requires
institutionalization… We want
to be free of institutionality,”
Buck said. “Accreditation is
just one mark of the whole
system that destroys or
impedes the educative
impulse and
standardizes human
growth. In other
universities, students
should be demanding
the de-accreditation
of their university. In Corvid they
won’t have to.”
One criticism of Corvid College
is that some of its courses are quite
expensive for its lack of accreditation.
At $500, a course called The
Massachusetts Legal System, for
instance, costs almost half as much as a
course at UMASS Boston.
“Course fees at Corvid are set
by individual teachers, and higher
costs for a course indicate a teacher’s
higher needs,” Buck said. “Since we
find ourselves still in an economy that
is based on money and expect to for
some time, we wanted to make the
college function in such a way that if
someone wanted to make a living from
it, she could try. In other words, no
one is going to prevent anyone who
wants to propose a course (notice I did
not say ‘be employed’) from charging
something for it.”
While Corvid does not provide
financial aid per se, the school does
have some creative suggestions for
addressing the economic problem.
“Teachers offer a variety of
idiosyncratic discounts and cost
mitigations,” Buck said. “Some are
putting out a tip jar so students can pay
what they can. Some accept goods and
services in lieu of cash. Others offer
discounts when a certain enrollment
figure is reached or for paying cash in
full up front. Still others are teaching
for free because they can and want
to. Finally, since we value financial
transparency and directness and
despise bureaucracy, students living
under financial duress should contact
the course teacher directly and see if
any arrangements can be made.”
Even if some courses may be beyond
an individual’s means, participating
in radical education projects can only
encourage development and growth;
and if there is one thing the people of
our region need in these times, it is the
spreading of new ways of learning and
teaching.

Students can sign up for courses
at Corvid College on its Web site:
corvidcollege.wikidot.com.

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“I began to develop a picture of a college
built around self-direction in respects might
be – not just pedagogically, but financially and
organizationally”
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