A presentation and discussion with a comrade from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For the exchange of ideas and experiences of anarchist thought and action, with a focus on resistance to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. [Note: the summer Olympics 2012 are coming to London, and the same process is happening here – massive budget overspend to be covered by us taxpayers, massive profits for private contractors, more gentrification & exploitation & social control. What can we learn?]
Wednesday 3 June at 7.30pm. At Kebele social centre, 14 Robertson Rd, Bristol BS5 6JY.
All welcome – free entry/donations welcome.
The following text has been circulated by supporters of the BC anarchists speakers tour. Well worth a look for background reading and info is the BCanarchiststour blog. Meanwhile the No 2010 site has excellent anti-Olympic action news and info, whilst the blog Confrontation seeks to report on social conflict across Canada.
‘The “Bosses Grand Idea,” the Olympics, so aptly termed by Greek anarchists in the time lead up to the 2004 Athens Olympics, is coming to Vancouver in 2010. We say it is already here.
Before winning the Olympic bid in 2003, urban development, tourism and resource exploitation were heavily promoted as a way to sell BC on an international level. Not just an event, the Olympics functions to market this land, through ski resorts, mining, shipping ports, highways and security; to catalyse and secure the projects of the bosses. The Olympics serves to enforce projects of exploitation and social control across British Columbia that will, in many cases, integrate and bolster capitalist infrastructure internationally.
Initially, anarchists in British Columbia, were inspired to participate in anti-Olympics efforts by the ongoing indigenous resistance to ski-resorts and development, destroying land and ways of life. By continuing in long-term pre-existing struggles, indigenous resistance is at the forefront of the anti-Olympics fight.’
This event in Bristol is being hosted by the Anarchist Bookfair Collective and Bristol ABC Prisoner Support Group.