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(en) US, The Friendly Fire anarchist: CASCADE Journal is released for the USSF

Date Thu, 24 Jun 2010 18:38:39 +0300

First of all, we are pleased to present a short collection of writings from selected authors on the subject of capitalist crisis and anti-authoritarian response(s). The collection, Cascades: Conversations in Crisis, features original works from Peter Gelderloos, Erik Forman, Isaac Hawkins, and Ian Paul. This is part of ongoing project Friendly Fire is involved in that will soon produce two larger written works by Ian Paul and David Zlutnick around this same theme for the Institute for Anarchist Studies.
CASCADE Journal is released for the USSF ---- Hey there rabble-rousers, hooligans, and miscreants! ---- This is a special posting from the Friendly Fire Collective, on a field trip to Detroit, MI for the 2010 US Social Forum!

We're really excited for the coming week to be hanging out with thousands of incredible activists and organizers from around the country here in Detroit. We're also really excited about a few things we've been working on especially for the USSF.

(Click here to find out more about the USSF) http://www.ussf2010.org/

To view the aforementioned works please click on the links below:



The articles in the journal include:
1 - On Crisis by the Friendly Fire Collective
2 - Crisis as Pacification by Peter Gelderloos
3 - Economies and Ecologies in Crisis by Isaac Hawkins
4 - A Flowering of Subjectivities: Rethinking Antagonism in the Desert of Crisis by Ian Paul
5 - The New Workerism: Capitalist Crisis, Proletarianization, and the Future of the Left by Erik Forman

Next, the Friendly Fire is organizing and participating in a few workshops and panel discussions over the next few days here in Detroit:

- Popularizing Radical Politics: How We Convey Our Ideas and Ideals (with the Institute for Anarchist Studies)
- Antiauthoritarian Praxis in Times of Economic Crisis
- Direct Democracy and Autonomy: Collectives, Assemblies, Self-Organization (with the Institute for Anarchist Studies)

**Please see below this email for full descriptions, locations, and dates/times!**

All of the above are part of the anti-authoritarian track that is been organized by a grouping of individuals and organizations from around the country called the New World from Below Organizing Collective, with which we are proud to be working. NWFB has done an amazing job incorporating dozens of workshops and panel discussions under this track, as well as setting up an entire convergence space that can function as a hub for anarchists and anti-authoritarians during the USSF and will be hosting awesome events. For more info on all the stuff going on in relation to this, check out this website:


This week should be great and we hope to see many familiar faces from around the country in Detroit as well as meet lots of people as well. If you're in Detroit, we hope to see you at one of the events or around the convergence center. (Please come say hi!) If not, we hope to see you somewhere else soon--at a party, in a meeting, at a bookfair, or in the streets.

Until next time, comrades.

- The Friendly Fire Collective



Friendly Fire at the 2010 United States Social Forum:

Popularizing Radical Politics: How We Convey Our Ideas and Ideals
presented by the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the Friendly Fire Collective

Wednesday, June 23 * 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon * Wayne County Community College: 349

Radical political thought is often hard to communicate to wide audiences for the very simple reason that it is viewed as, well, “radical.” But if we seek to expand our politics beyond our already-established milieus, we must find a way to transcend this seeming barrier. The subject of this panel discussion is exactly that: What are effective ways of engaging with those who do not already agree with our message, clearly communicating what our actions and words mean to say, and still further, using this messaging to then draw new people to our ideas? Participants in this discussion will draw on their backgrounds in writing, design, media, and other forms of dialogue to present various perspectives on communication between radical activists and those they desire to influence, politicize, and perhaps join them.

Antiauthoritarian Praxis in Times of Economic Crisis
presented by the Friendly Fire Collective

Wednesday, June 23 * 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. * WSU Cohn: 224

This panel features anarchists from around the United States on the topic of the financial crisis, centered on issues covered in the journal Cascade, published especially for the U.S. Social Forum by the Friendly Fire Collective. Some of the questions explored in the journal are: Why has there failed to be large-scale radical-leftist resistance to the crisis, and how can we imagine building projects to combat the crisis in the future? Panelists will discuss why it is critical that antiauthoritarians develop cohesive and convincing arguments for alternatives to capitalism in North America. Not only is it necessary to make transparent the structures of domination at work under the crisis but we also must imagine the tools with which to dismantle them. We hope that this combination of analysis and strategy can be a breeding ground for new and exciting anarchist praxis in the United States over the coming years.

Direct Democracy and Autonomy: Collectives, Assemblies, Self-Organization
presented by the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the Friendly Fire Collective

Thursday, June 24 * 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. * Cobo Hall: W2-64

For many of us, political organizing isn’t about the demand for justice and equality in specific instances but rather the transformation to a just and egalitarian society. This starts with the way we work: from the bottom up. Over the past decade there has been a resurgence in nonhierarchical organizing based on antiauthoritarian models, including everything from small collectives, large general assemblies, housing cooperatives, participatory economic models, and more. Through these methods of organizing, people are able to prefigure their desired society while maintaining a participatory framework in the present. Yet even as the advantages become evident and these forms spread, top-down organizing throughout the Left is still the norm, if not in name then in practice. In this workshop, antiauthoritarian organizers discuss various models of nonhierarchical organization, along with their uses, benefits, setbacks, and successes, drawing on personal experiences and contemporary examples of direct democracy and autonomous structures.

For more info on anarchists and anti-authoritarians at the USSF: www.AnarchistUSSF.wordpress.com
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