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(en) US, anarchist journal, Nor'easter #8 page 4

Date Thu, 08 Apr 2010 11:09:51 +0300

May 2010: Month of Anarchy By THE NEAN COMMITTEE FOR A MONTH OF ANARCHY ---- We are tired of this recession caused by the greedy capitalists and their broken system. ---- We are sick of watching our communities fall deeper into poverty as failed bankers get rich off tax-money bail-outs and politicians cut our much-needed social services. We call for a
Month of Anarchy! ---- The Northeast Anarchist Network ---- (NEAN) encourages anarchists, anti-authoritarians and other comrades to turn this May into a Month of Anarchy throughout the Northeast and beyond. We aim to fill the month of May with festivals, gift-based markets, meetings, actions, strikes, protests, picnics, performances, acts of solidarity and other practical demonstrations of a great alternative to authoritarian capitalism: anarchy!

We want to reach out to our neighbors across the region
and show them that anarchy is different from
what theyâve heard and instead similar to how
they may view a better future. And we need
your help.

Groups affiliated with NEAN will be
organizing a wide variety of events in our
cities, and we are reaching out to all other like-
minded groups and individuals to help with
these, but more importantly, to create your
own initiatives.

NEAN has formed a May Month of
Anarchy Coordinating Committee to help
initiate planning for this month, to provide
ideas and resources for local organizers, and to
keep track of and promote planned events.
If you or your organization would like
to get involved with the Coordinating
Committee, endorse the May Month of
Anarchy, or contribute by planning events
or in other ways, please contact us at

Scheduled Month of A narchy Events
For more events as they are announced visit

May 1
11 a.m., Black and Red feeder march. All
anarchists and anticapitalists, meet at 11
a.m. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway (at
Hanover St.) at the mouth of the North
End. We will bring the history of May Day
along with us as we march to the Boston
Common. Called by the Sacco and Vanzetti
Commemoration Society. Participating
groups include a number of anarchists,
socialist and other leftist groups, as well as
Bread and Puppet. 12â2 p.m., Rally for the
rights of all workers, migrant and non, on
International Workers' day, at the Boston
Common. Will include speakers and music,
followed by a march. Organized by the May
Day Committee.
Month of Anarchy kickoff: alley cat bike race
on May 1 from noon to midnight. Check the
NEAN Web site for details.
May 4
5:30 p.m., Remembering Haymarket: the
Origins of May Day. Meet at Park Street
Station on the Boston Common to read the
words of the Haymarket Anarchists, whose
deaths helped the U.S. working class win
the eight-hour day, and launch a legacy of
organized anarchism. (Rain location is the
Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Ave.,
Boston.) Organized by BAAM.

May 14 Boston
The Bomb, a play about the Haymarket
Affair. As he lies in a Latin American city,
dying of consumption, Rudolph Schnabelt
confesses his involvement in the most
notorious act in labor history, the bombing
in Haymarket Square. We hear about
his coming to America, immigrant life in
the slums of New York and Chicago, his
involvement in the struggle for the eight-
hour day, his conversion to anarchism, and
the road that led him to throw the bomb
that killed eight policemen, and sent five
of his comrades to their deaths. Dealing
with issues that range from immigrant
and workers rights, to anarchism and the
question of militancy, The Bomb, takes a
look at our own history and the origins of
may day. Location and time TBA.
May 15
A People's Celebration of Howard Zinn. 1
p.m. at the Old South Church, in Copley
Square, Boston.
The East End Share Fair, a Really Really
Free Market, will take place in Friendship
Park (the Bloomfield neighborhood
of Pittsburgh) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hosted by the East End Mutual Aid
collective. For more information, contact
May 23
The Food Not Bombs Festival, on the
Boston Common. Month of Anarchy folks
will also host a Really Really Free Market
at this event.
Peter Gelderloos, author of How
Nonviolence Protects the State , is
presenting his new book, Anarchy Works,
and talking on various other subjects,
including Nonviolence, the War on Terror,
and Revolution; Democratization and
Insurrection in Europe; and Democracy as
Totalitarianism. 7 p.m., at Encuentro 5, 33
Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston.
May 25
MAY 29-30
10 a.m.â5 p.m. Montreal Anarchist Bookfair
2010 at the CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle (a
short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro) Free.
Welcome to all!

NYC Anarchist Bookfair:
April 17â18, 2010

When anarchists picture New York
City, they often think of the Young
Lords mobilizing thousands to anti-
gentrification rallies in Spanish Harlem,
or trans folks and drag queens hurling
beer bottles and shoes at cops during the
Stonewall Rebellion. Some remember
when, 15 years ago, Mayor Giuliani sent
tanks rolling through the East Village
to evict squatters; or when, in 2006, the
city mourned the loss of New York-based
radical journalist Brad Will, murdered by
fascists in Oaxaca. Like most U.S. cities
populated by immigrants, people of
color, poor folks and queers, New York
City has been a hotspot of resistance for
the past 150 years.
In 2009, the NYC Anarchist Film
Festival preceded the Anarchist Bookfair
and fliers hung on dirty steel poles in the
Lower East Side that read: âFrom Gaza
to Greece: The Burning Continues.â Itâs
been over a year since the murder of a
15 year old in Greece and since Israelâs
ruthless bombing of the Palestinian
people, and state repression continues â
but so does the resistance.
On April 17 and 18, New York
Cityâs (A) Collective will host the Forth
Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair
at the Judson Memorial Church
in Manhattan, bringing together
thousands of anarchists for two days
of panels, presentations, workshops
and skillshares. In addition to
academics presenting their work,
organizers will strategize to establish
an anarchist presence at various
convergences and rallies, and
homelessness activists will distribute
information about how to squat in
New York. The week of the bookfair
has been deemed âAnarchyfest,â
a celebration that encourages
anarchists across the city to occupy
spaces and hold actions.
The bookfair isnât just a call to
converge; itâs a call to get organized;
itâs a prelude to a summer of anarchy
in the city.
NYC Anarchist Bookfair
April 17â18, 2010
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
For (A) events happening in NYC, go to:
E-mail submissions to: nycanarchist@gmail.com.


Event Ideas
generated during
the Ninth Assembly
of NE A N this
ââ Participate in local May Day marches
and events or organize them where
they donât exist. Use these events to
build relationships with migrant and
other working communities, unions
and social movement groups.
ââ Organize warm-up events leading
up to May to build organizational
ââ Run radical kidsâ games at festivals,
picnics and other community events.
ââ Organize skillshares (for ideas, see:
ââ Build images and systems of anarchy
in your cities and towns, such as
participatory economics, community
self-defense, open free spaces and
markets, etc.
ââ Hold assemblies (neighborhood,
workplace, student, occupation,
anarchist, revolutionary and
ââ Organize Really Really Free Markets
(RRFM). Consider reaching out
beforehand to learn what skills are
already in your communities and what
skills, items and services are needed
(to enhance community participation
as well as to provide necessary
services and items for free).
ââ Create or compile handouts and
pamphlets on gift economics for
distribution at RRFMs (see the
Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness or
NEAN Web sites for materials), and
make clothing tags with information
about gift economics and the
RRFM to pin to clothes, shoes, etc.
Encourage established charities to
ââ Hold Haymarket events around May
4 to demystify and commemorate
anarchist participation in winning the
eight-hour day.
ââ Set up tables at street corners,
parks and campuses to hand out
information, or create a Bike Cart
Zine Library.
ââ Provide alternative medicine and
contribute anarchist perspectives to
the healthcare debate.
ââ Hold discussions and presentations
on prison abolition and community-
based alternatives to incarceration.
ââ Revive disused newspaper boxes to fill
with anarchist literature.
ââ Organize or join letter-writing
campaigns to prisoners or soldiers.
Contact churches, ABCs and
community groups.
ââ Host panel discussions and speaking
tours about local and national issues
or about anarchism. Speakers can hold
talks on anarchism that dissolve into
discussions (if you need help finding
speakers, e-mail us).
ââ Make use of the current economic
climate to make allies and articulate
anarchist alternatives.
ââ Promote climate justice.
ââ Stand on a soapbox and speak your
mind to passers-by.
ââ Hold pre-U.S. Social Forum
assemblies (as requested by the
ââ Perform radical plays.
ââ Start guerilla gardening.
ââ Bring community together to work on
collective projects.
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