Contributions to the anarchist movement conference discussion
Early June saw the first attempt in 10 years to hold an anarchist movement conference in the UK. Around 250/300 people attended over the 2 days in London, including a few from Bristol. At Bristol’s anarchist bookfair next Saturday, one workshop (room 1, 3 to 4pm) will feedback and discuss the event. How we move the anarchist movement on to being a more relevant, dynamic and successful movement is a key question for many anarchists, whilst others question whether we actually have a defined anarchist movement anyway, and if we do need one how could it be structured, and to what purpose? Much to think about! To get the discussion moving, we reproduce here 2 comments circulated on the anarchist conference organising email list. Names have been removed, but the comments are otherwise unedited. Contributor A has been active in the London anarchist movement for a good 10 years, and spent time in prison abroad after a confrontation outside a summit. Contributor B has been active in London for at least 20 years and has been involved in organising a number of national events, as well as local groups. (NB: see here for more on the anarcha-feminist intervention).
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Recent months have seen anarchists from across the country meeting to plan and organise an Anarchist Movement Conference for 2009. This will take place on 6 & 7 June at Queen Mary & Westfield College, in East London. So far there has been minimal interest in Bristol for the conference, perhaps because people have been busy? Will this change? Continue reading Callout – Anarchist Movement Conference 2009
June 6th/7th 2009, Queen Mary & Westfield College , Mile End, London
(Details taken from the Conference 09 website)
As the world economy heads deeper into an unprecedented recession, the spectre of social unrest is again spreading across Europe and the World. In the UK we have experienced an extended holiday from wide-spread class struggle as social democracy and capitalism worked hand in hand to maintain social peace. But as the guarantees of the banks have gone, so too have the guarantees that the state can manage the emerging social conflict, which could potentially turn into social rebellion unseen in the UK for decades. Continue reading Callout For Anarchist Movement Conference 2009
Anarchist Conference will be on 6 & 7 June in London
The following callout has been circulated to anarchists across the country by the Practicalities Group, which was formed at the first anarchist conference planning meeting on 17 January.
To join the organising elist go here
To contact the organising group email firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd planning meeting details and draft agenda
Date: Saturday 1pm-5pm February 21st , 2009
Venue: Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB
Nearest Tubes: Euston (10 mins) , Kings Cross (7mins) , Russell Square (2 mins)
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