AADC Report-back from the NYC 7th Annual Anarchist Book Fair 2013
As the common phrase goes, “There is not other place like home”
On April 6th 2013, New York City, anarchists from different cities including Washington DC. We gathered to share, learn, give workshops, present documentaries, art, music and more. With three different locations close to each other, which made it easier to go into the different workshops, but when the anarchist family get together it is always full of surprises.
Among all the activities the workshop “Creating A Safe Space, Conflict Resolution” was supposed to be about ways and techniques in creating those safe spaces, but the workshop took an interesting twist when a conflict between some of the local members of the NY anarchist community arrived creating confusions and discontent. In the end, as most of us had experienced in other cities, when dealing with similar situations, avoiding conflict doesn’t improve the relationship among individuals therefore at this meeting the issues were talked about and an agreement to follow it was put in place. It was somehow although controversial, the workshop did provide a space for open discussion in the end. Complaints were heard and this is an important step when creating a safe space. We hope attendees and organizers took it as an experience to learn from.
There wasn't much of a police presence, besides the security that was left to search people's bags. The Anarchist Alliance DC workshop Called "The Anarchist Involvement with Occupy DC: Tactics, Theory, Practice & Conflict. Speaker: Nancy Munoz was given on Saturday from12pm to 1pm., it gave us the opportunity to find the relation between the experiences of anarchists at ODC and other Occupations from other cities, the struggle of anarchist's permanence at the occupations. Other DC anarchists came along with a great workshop Why Anarchists Should Care About The IMF, World Bank, and G20?: where people were able to have a better understanding of the importance of radical approach to this topic.
Anarchist Book fairs and others anarchist events are crucial for the continuity of the anarchist community and the involvement of individuals in our communities. It was a great opportunity to network with others. Thanks to all the organizers of the NYC 7th Annual Anarchist Book Fair, Our DC anarchist community will continue organizing and growing, we will not step back, So stay tune!
NYC Anarchists Book Fair 2013 Link http://www.anarchistbookfair.net/
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