Workshops

We are excited to have some great workshops and talks at the book fair this year. Here are the descriptions:

The Unquiet Dead: Anarchism, Fascism, Complicity & Heartbreak

Anarchism and fascism are political siblings, and our century-long conflict is of mythical proportions. I will discuss the historic drift towards fascism made by several anarchists who became founding participants in Italian fascism, including Mussolini himself. Next, I will describe the emotional background of fascism at large and its commonalities with some anarchist rhetoric or emotions. I hope to end with a group reflection about how we may best address these feelings in each other and ourselves before we become enemies.

Anarchy as Life / Anarchism as its Embrace

Shawn P. Wilbur, Libertarian Labyrinth

It’s natural to think of anarchism as the necessary, but fundamentally negative work of critique and resistance. We live in a world that presents us with no shortage of fundamentally archic elements, which stand between us and a free, anarchic life. We may have visions of a “positive anarchy,” in the form of some “anarchist society,” but we seem to struggle imagining anarchy itself in positive terms. There is, however, a tendency in the anarchist tradition that has understood anarchy as positive and impersonal, vital and fecund–and that tendency has included figures as well-known as Emma Goldman, Mikhail Bakunin and P.-J. Proudhon. And perhaps there are lessons to be learned from this more unfamiliar aspect of the thought of some very familiar thinkers.

If anarchy can be conceived as intimately connected to notions like life, sex, fecundity, progression, etc., what, in practical terms, would it mean for anarchists to embrace that anarchy? Do existing anarchist practices and the core principles of anarchism reflect an orientation towards that sort of anarchy, or are there tensions in the anarchist milieu between an anarchic emphasis on evolution and movement, and a movement that is forced to try to find a relatively fixed, stable footing in an arguably anarchic social and historical context?

After a brief account of how these concerns arose from my work on the Emma Goldman anthology, Anarchy and the Sex Question, and the preliminary work on the Bakunin Library project, and a short survey of some expressions of the tendency, we’ll dive into a discussion of those practical questions.

Years in Struggle: Infiltrators, Investigators, and Informers
Personal Reflections on Repression

The state is resurrecting past strategies and experimenting with new methods. It is a prudent time to consider what it has looked like when the state goes beyond street violence and court cases to stop resistance.

We will be discussing our personal experiences with undercover cops, home visits, threats, targeted stings, FBI interrogations, guns, prosecutions, and federal prison. Our personal narratives cover our participation in social movements spanning the last 20 years. [Tchkung!, Infernal Noise Brigade, Seattle Anti-Capitalist Convergence, The A Word, among others] We will reflect on the physical and psychological toll of dealing with repression.

History is a weapon. How can past outcomes inform our potential to protect ourselves and those we love? How do we support people under attack while leaving open space for constructive criticism of their choices? How does the state’s propensity to target particular types of people as leaders relate to our own necessary considerations of power dynamics?

Supporting Sex Workers While Smashing Human Trafficking

Violet Left & Laura LeMoon

Sex work is widely known as the oldest profession in the world. But, what about people who don’t choose this life for themselves? In today’s world it’s very important to protect those who have chosen to do any of the various forms of sex work whilst still helping to smash human trafficking. This community conversation is open to anyone 18 years or older and will be guided by Violet Left & Laura LeMoon. For any questions, concerns, or necessary accommodations feel free to email violetleftcollab@gmail.com

Queer Perspectives on German Autonomous Culture

The G20 put the German autonomen in an international spotlight because of the riots in Hamburg. The German left and the autonomen (many people in the general milieu don’t identify with autonomen anymore) is a complicated network of vaguely affiliated groups in the left (that are often fighting with each other) in a complicated time and place where they are being forced to interact and include people outside of their norm; namely POC, refugees, and black Germans. German autonomen culture, while supporting the idea of equality and specifically supporting Jewish people and, problematically, the Jewish state of Israel; historically does not include POC or even many white women, queer, and trans people in their organizing ranks and their solidarity with migrant people and POC is complex, fraught, and usually ends at platitudes and/or practicing charity over mutual aid. Race discussions in Germany are deeply fraught, and only a small amount of people engage with them, though that number has been steadily growing. I propose to shed a little light on the complications of the German scene in general from my own perspective as a working class, non-academic (this is an important distinction in Germany as the academic class is definitely a class, in the Marxist sense, not just something people do for a job and some debt and then move on) transgender US citizen of European and indigenous background. I generally classify my perspective on this as decolonial and feminist.

Freedom Itself…
An anti-state presentation and discussion on free speech and fascism

When anarchists and anti-fascists attempt to deny fascists and other
far-right groups the ability to publicly organize, we are often met with
accusations of denying fascists’ right to free speech. This presentation
will examine what the “right to free speech” actually means, trace
historical examples of free speech as a reactionary tool, and argue for
alternate models for liberation that don’t rely on the state as
protector or give platform to those who wish to see us dead or imprisoned.

Gentrification and Hip Hop

Description coming soon…

FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions, updated for 2017.

Is the Book Fair accessible?

Yes. The Vera Project is wheelchair-accessible. The door to the lower level (all tables, some talks, and restrooms) is at the bottom of a ramp. The door to the upper level (where some talks happen) is at street level. A wheelchair elevator connects the two floors. Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are on the ground level. The bathrooms are full-time gender-neutral.

What about for those with chemical sensitivities?

We ask that attendees be aware of the impact scents and other chemicals have on others, and refrain from wearing products that could compromise the health of other attendees. The book fair will ensure that there is scent-free soap in the bathrooms.

That being said, this is a public event, and we do not have the ability to completely guarantee a chemical-free environment, so we also encourage those with sensitivities to plan accordingly, and to contact us directly with specific concerns both before and during the event.

Is the Book Fair a safer space? What is your safe space policy?

Please read our entire survivor support statement.

In short, we recognize that capitalist civilization is rife with abusive and oppressive dynamics, and that anarchist and other radical spaces all too often recreate these. We are at once too realistic to believe that the book fair is somehow above or apart from these dynamics, and too fanatical to find that reality tolerable. If you are concerned about your physical and emotional safety, especially as regards encountering the perpetrators of past interpersonal abuse or violence, we encourage you to do what you need to maintain your safety. This can include confiding in friends and comrades, asking an individual to leave, or otherwise addressing the situation. The organizers have varied experience with mediation and conflict de-escalation, and as such are not comfortable with being put in the position of playing judge, or jury, or cop. We also don’t want to welcome shitbag abusers to our event, and if said shitbags are present, we would like to know so we can either handle them or at least not be caught off guard when someone else does.

I think someone at the Book Fair might have beef with me. Will you keep me safe from them/ decide who was right following said dispute?

No. We will act to keep the integrity of the Book Fair as an event safe to the greatest extent possible. Anarchy is not a perfect utopian world of peace and harmony, it is a living tension with both mutual aid and conflict. That said, if you punch someone on the premises, you will need to leave. If you call the cops to the book fair, you need to leave. If you are trying to get us, as organizers, to work through some outside political drama, help muddle through the drama with your former house/collective member, expect to get some mostly disinterested responses. Figure out how to coexist. If you can’t do that, take it a couple blocks away to work it out. Mutual combat is totally legal in Washington, so at most you get popped for disturbing the peace.

I’m a bit concerned about being filmed or recorded at an anarchist event. If I show up will I be on a watch list?

The Book Fair asks that, as a condition of entry, people refrain from taking pictures without the express consent of all those captured in such. If you have concerns about photography that you see happening, we encourage you to either talk to the person doing the filming to make sure they are aware of this policy, or to find an organizer to do so. People who insist on continuing to film will be asked to leave. The same holds for audio recordings, although some presenters and panels may record their talks. If you have a definite reason to not be on camera, use your best judgment. If you are concerned that the lizard people are reading your brainwaves using cell phone towers and have written a manifesto about it that you sell along with a complimentary artisanal foil hats, we might be interested in having you table outside in the wingnut section (Truthers, LaRouchies, Avakianators, and Sawantites need not apply or bother showing up).

Is this a kid-friendly event?

Yes. We are endeavoring to provide (limited) childcare. If you have specific needs or questions, or want to be involved in this aspect of the book fair, please email childcare.sabf@riseup.net.

I just hopped into town from Pocatello/Sacramento/somewhere else and I have my dog/ferret/cat with me. Can I bring her in to the Book Fair?

Pets are not allowed in Vera, although service animals are welcome.

My new bike is really expensive, I’d prefer to bring it in and wheel it around with me while I peruse the anarchy mall. That’s okay, right?

Nope. Lock it up outside. It’ll be there when you get back, or you will be experiencing a moment of the lumpen proletariat righteously expressing their alienation by stealing your fixie. Or at least a moment of real life.

Send us your workshop and talk proposals by July 10

One of the most exciting aspects of the book fair is the variety of talks, discussions, and workshops we have the pleasure of hosting. We try to present a range of topics of interest to anarchists ranging from the theoretical to the very concrete, from the local to the far-away. We welcome and will consider all proposals.

If you think you have something that would be of interest to the audience at the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair, please drop us a line. We are accepting proposals until July 10th, at which point we will start selecting from what we have already received. Later submissions will also be considered, space allowing, but we may give priority to the ones that came in on time.

Announcing the 2017 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair

It is happening again…”

We are happy to announce the return of the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair. This year the book fair will be on Saturday, August 26th, and this year we will be returning to our longtime home, the Vera Project at Seattle Center.

As always, our desire is to create an opportunity for old friends to come together, new connections be made, and for those new to anarchy to have an opportunity to engage with the many and varied perspectives of what has been called the Beautiful Idea. While anarchists are often portrayed through our direct confrontations with the state and capitalism, a book fair allows a space where people have more of an opportunity to converse, exchange ideas and, hopefully, learn from each other. Here we can find commonalities and intersecting goals, as well as further flesh out those places where our individual projects and desires diverge.

In addition to being an opportunity for anarchists to more generally share ideas, we find ourselves in a particular moment where anarchist ideals, action and forms of organization are particularly prescient. Corporations are expanding and speeding their exploitation of the last wild parts of the earth in complete disregard for the rapid and global ecological catastrophe. Immigration raids have received more spectacular media coverage in the last handful of months, aiding in expanding the territory of the border; whether that be the ICE Agent in your head or the increased number of border patrol agents on the so-called “Mexican border.” White supremacists and fascists have moved closer to the centers of power both in the United States and abroad, and as a result, their minions are emboldened and escalating attacks on those most marginalized by capitalism. Leftist politicians offer empty solutions like increased minimum wages as palliative care while seeking to consolidate their own power under the authority of the state. All the while, the Seattle Police Department lead the charge into “21st century policing” and we find our old tricks of the trade growing out of date with their escalated tactics of control in the streets. Yet, what can be conceived as the new normal swings both ways; violent street confrontations between emboldened white supremacists and anti-fascists grace the headlines almost weekly, immigrants held at the Northwest ICE Detention Center rattled their cages with a hunger strike in mid-April, and their are murmurs of pipeline expansion in the Coastal Salish territories that could potentially see fierce resistance as per the precedent of those in the so-called “Northern B.C.” territories. In this context, more people as of late are considering radical politics as they are brought face to face with the misery of daily life under capital and democracy.

Let us find new experiments to play with on this liberatory path.

–2017 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair Crew

Survivor Support and Solidarity

We live in a society predicated on violence that is both systemic and extremely personal. While many events make claims to creating “safer spaces,” we think it is important to recognize that, given the realities of life, no space is truly “safe.” Likewise, as anarchists, we do not feel drawn towards playing judge or jury. That said, we respect the needs of individual survivors to do what they need to do to keep themselves safe, and will do our best to stand in solidarity with actions to those ends. Our solidarity does not extend to the involvement of police or other state or legal apparatus.

If you feel like your safety is compromised* during the book fair, please seek out and organizer or book fair volunteer for support. If you have concerns ahead of time, please check in with us so we can do our best to support you.

* Offer does not apply to law enforcement, known snitches, fascists, or authoritarians.

2016 Talks

The following talks are planned for the book fair this year.

And these two are nearby at Pipsqueak:

10:30 – 11:30

No Tolerance 4 Rape Culture

No Tolerance 4 Rape Culture is an intersectional activist network and community formed to dismantle the systems of oppression that contribute to rape culture within musical and artistic social spheres. We are action and education oriented to most effectively accumulate and distribute accessible tools to create safer spaces for marginalized people.

After Sacramento: Antifa Resistance and the Rise of the Far Right

Eugene Antifa

As the Trump phenomenon continues to galvanize far right groups across the country, stoking the flames of white supremacy, xenophobia, and Islamaphobia, Antifa resistance has taken a firm stance against the further institutionalization of neofascism in American politics and culture. Most notable among the recent anti-Trump protests was the scene played out in Sacramento on June 26th, where white supremacist groups were effectively barred from rallying at the state capital by Antifa resistance—a scene that ended with several Antifa comrades being stabbed. In the wake of the event, discussions about violence and first amendment rights have saturated social media threads, and the phenomenon of “doxxing” has become a tactic utilized by those on both the right and the Left.

Racism and fascism are nothing new in American politics and culture, but in recent years they have taken on new forms and found new outlets for spreading their ideology. In this talk, we will explore the rise of far right groups such as the Traditionalist Workers Party, the Alt Right, and the 3 Percenter movement, as well as the emerging culture of the far right in response to Trump’s rise in mainstream politics. We will also explore strategies for responding to the further recruitment, organization, and institutionalization of the far right, both as a means of stopping neofascism in its tracks and of building toward a more unified vision of the Left. 

11:45 – 12:45

Tools That Cut Both Ways: Thoughts on Anarchist History and Publishing

Shawn Wilbur

There is an approach to the study of the anarchist tradition that focuses on the process of documentation, with the guiding assumption being that at least one of the ways that we can put our history to use in the present is simply by confronting it in all its diversity. History is messy and, as a result, a continued engagement with anarchist history is one guard against the solidification of nominally anarchist ideology. With projects like Corvus Editions and the Libertarian Labyrinth archives, I’ve probably been as ardent a champion of that approach as anyone in recent memory. And I like to think that there have been some real positive, practical results from the years of saying, over and over again, “But wait! There’s more! Anarchism’s possibilities are far from exhausted!” That said, I’ve also had a very intimate experience of the strategy’s failures and incapacities.

One of the successes of the long campaign was that a few years back I became sufficiently known as someone who knew things about anarchist history that presses started wanting to turn some of that knowledge into “real books”—and not just little, insignificant books. Suddenly, I found myself in a position where I could not help shaping the reception and understanding of some very prominent figures and central texts. I had been pretty cozy being the champion of figures like Sidney Morse, Eliphalet Kimball, Jenny d’Héricourt and “He who was Ganneau.” Work on Proudhon has been less cozy, certainly, but increasingly satisfying in a personal way, while the public impacts follow their own much slower course. All of that fit well in the life I have been eking out.

Then, out of the blue, I was the editor—and pretty much the whole team, if truth be told—of the collected works of Bakunin in English. I was preparing new editions of “God and the State” and Nettlau’s “Short History.” I had potential outlets for my Proudhon translations. And Déjacque. And Ravachol. I had the opportunity to produce a mass-market introduction to anarchism. And, of course, I had a chance to weigh in on the question of Emma Goldman and feminism.

The transition from working at the margins of both anarchist publishing and anarchist history to work somewhere much closer to the core of both involved a lot of complicated rethinking about the uses of the tradition for practical purposes. I want to talk about some of the new projects, the process of turning them from Corvus-style document collections to “real books,” and the standard that I have been developing for judging when a work of anarchist history or theory is really finished and ready to be unleashed upon the world.

I started with a sort of general question: “Is this a tool yet?” It has always seemed necessary, if I was going to bring a manuscript to a publisher, that it have a fairly clear use, adapted to present or foreseeable future problems. But as I wrestled with the revisionist elements in some of the projects, the criterion became a bit more specific: “Does it cut both ways?”

To “cut both ways,” in this context, means that not only does the work of history provide some means of dealing with present, “real-world” problem, but it does so in a way that at least has a fighting change of clarifying what it means to confront present problems as an anarchist. Sometimes that means confronting problems in the anarchist tradition itself. Sometimes that simply means updating old analyses. And sometimes, finally, it simply means recognizing our entertainments and consolations as such and presenting them accordingly.

This talk—which I hope will fairly rapidly become a conversation—is, first, an opportunity to introduce the new Emma Goldman anthology, Anarchy and the Sex Question, and to preview some forthcoming books, but it is also a sort of explanation and position-taking regarding the work that I do as a writer, translator, archivist, publisher, etc. If you’ve ever wondered just what is driving my various projects, well, I’m right there with you sometimes—but I think perhaps I’m ready to explain.

Animal Resistance, Solidarity & Liberation

No New Animal Lab

No New Animal Lab has been the largest grassroots animal liberation campaign in the United States in over a decade. Drawing from the history of pressure campaigns such as SHAC, built on a foundation of horizontal networking, embracing tactical diversity, and strengthening our solidarity through radical coalition building, No New Animal Lab became the vehicle for the resurgent U.S. animal liberation movement, emerging after decades of repression and cooptation. This presentation will focus on this history and how it has shaped the organizing model of No New Animal Lab. The campaign will serve as a case study for a more effective and uncompromising movement for animal liberation in the United States. This presentation will provide a lens into the current state of the movement, critiquing the internal and external barriers that we face, and outlining a path forward to realize animal liberation.

1:00 – 2:30

APOC and QPOC Against All Oppressions Decolonizing Caucus

APOC, QPOC LGBTQ, POC Lefty radical alternative folks autonomous People Of Color, Indigenous and Mixed Race ONLY caucus &h; meet up. Against All Oppressions for Decolonizing our personal experiences in being marginalized and profiled both in society, our alternative living communities and in the radical Left. Common spaces & community where we should be welcomed but somehow & times treated as the Other, or for some disconnected to our people and roots due to our white passing identity. This may be general treatment that leaves us with feelings of inadequacies to people not liking you or don’t want to work with you, maybe due to hidden or undiscovered ethnocentrism which is the legacy of our shared colonization.

APOC (Autonomous People Of Color) was started at the 2003 APOC Detroit conference, then Hurricane Katrina happened which drew away all our POC folks for support. So, we restarted from a national call-out for it to be at the 2008 Bay Area Book Fair for APOC, QPOC and POC radical & alternative folks that felt marginalized by main white anarchy-left. It manifested into all the APOC and Decolonize organizing from all these years since.

2:45 – 4:15

Autonomy in Syria

Our goal is to promote a more nuanced analysis of all revolutionary activity in Syria, including Rojava as well as liberated Syria, and beyond. The presentation will include a portion of the documentary concerning the Syrian revolution by Spanish anarchists found here.

Outline:

  1. Welcome
    1. Decolonizing anarchism opening – “what if” questions
    2. Describe the overall scope and goal of the presentation.
    3. Lay out guidelines and principles for discussion.
  2. Brief presentation of Democratic Confederalism in Rojava
    1. Goals/vision
    2. Examples
  3. Brief presentation on liberated Syria (should it be liberated syria or revolutionary syria?)
    1. Goals/vision
    2. Examples
      1. Omar Aziz
      2. LCC’s
      3. Movie clip?
  4. Discussion Questions
      1. We started out this conversation by considering different scenarios and how they complicate the realities of revolution. Revolutions are messy and made up of imperfect people – how do we come to terms with that? Especially when we are not of the culture or society, but are in many cases colonizers of it?
      2. How do we walk the line of being critical of movements while supporting people in building new (realities? Systems? A new world?) for themselves?
      3. Challenge support predicated upon ideas of perfection

Examples from Rojava and from other revolutionary groups in Syria are imperfect, and what can we learn from their experiments?

Why the Bolivarian Revolution Failed and Why We Should Care

Clifton Ross

Clifton Ross is a former supporter of the Bolivarian process under the late Hugo Chávez who shifted his support to the social movement and left opposition in the spring of 2013 (See the article published here, at counterpunch.org).

The Bolivarian “Revolution” under Hugo Chávez proposed to revive the moribund concept of socialism in the twenty-first century and he drew supporters not only from what remained of the traditional left, but also from social movement activists of the World Social Forum, autonomists and even much of the anarchist and libertarian left throughout Latin America and the world. In the first phase of the Bolivarian project, Chávez proposed direct, participatory and “protagonistic” democracy to replace the old corrupt (what he called “false”) representative democracy and apparently favored local control of the economy. He drew on libertarian thinkers when he argued for the “Socialism of the Twenty-First Century” which he suggested would be based on cooperatives and “co-management” of large industries rather than nationalized industries and a centralized economy under state command. He proposed local rule under community councils that he funded and these would eventually, he suggested, be the basis for a “Communal State.” This would become known as “Petrosocialism, an economy funded by oil revenue rather than a “new mode of production.” This money would be used to fund not only the development of Venezuela (“endogenous development”) but also to build “Latin American Unity” with projects like ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas), Petrocaribe (subsidized oil to Latin American neighbors) as well as to fund political parties in Spain (Podemos) and other international initiatives (UNASUR, Banco del Sur, Telesur, etc) and to mold public opinion in the U.S. and the UK.

Despite oil prices well over $100/barrel, there wasn’t enough money to fund all these ambitions and by 2008 Chávez’s project was faltering so by 2008 he began to borrow on future sales of oil, thus taking the country deeply into debt. As the cooperatives had failed, Chávez began expropriating and nationalizing industries, placing trusted generals and other military figures in control of the enterprises and the state, and he began to increase state power over the economy as a whole. At the same time he had begun to increase his control over the media and further consolidating control over all branches of government by using his power to rule by decree. Gradually, the “Socialism of the 21st Century” began to look like its predecessor of the 20th century.

The leftists who supported the Bolivarians are responding to the crisis in various ways. Some continue to find ways to defend a government widely seen as corrupt and incompetent and unable to meet its most basic obligations, such as ensuring its citizens have access to food, clean water and other elements of modern life such as functional cities, etc. They do this by denying or minimizing the current problems of the country or by blaming them on “the oligarchy” or “the imperialists” for “economic warfare.” Given the US actions in the Cold War, especially against Arbenz (Guatemala, 1954) and Allende (Chile, 1973) and Castro (Cuba,1961- the present), such assertions might seem valid, were they supported by some evidence, but the bulk of the evidence places responsibility for the collapse in Venezuela and the unfolding humanitarian disaster on the Bolivarian government. Ross will offer an alternative social movement left critique of the failure of the Bolivarian Revolution in this presentation.

The failure of the Bolivarian Revolution raises questions about what sort of realistic alternative economic proposals, if any, the broad left has to offer to the modern, heterogeneous urban world; questions about where we need to focus our attention to effect change in our world; about whether or not a “revolutionary process” can be introduced top-down; what a “revolutionary process” would look like in the present; and why did those of us (including this writer) on the libertarian left decide to support the Bolivarian process in the first place? Finally, Ross focuses on the failure of the Venezuelan social movements to question power (Chávez) and of international social movements to support social movements within Venezuela when they did push for change, such as during the student uprising in February 2014.

4:30 – 6:00

Everything is in Utter Chaos: The Situation is Excellent

El Errante (pzs)

A review of anarchist tactics and practice from Canada (Hamilton, Ontario), France (Paris, the ZAD, Nantes) and Brazil (São Paulo): Communes, Contestation and Camaraderie.

The workshop will discuss my most recent travels through North America, the Northern European continent and South America. Topics will include reviews of pre-insurrectionary organizational forms known as collectives, cooperatives, occupations or the more generic, communes. Of interest in the discussion of these organizations includes the dialectic of structure versus structurelessness, decision-making processes, participant responsibilities, induction and orientation of new communards, and characteristics specific to each social and environmental milieux from which they arise. The various types of contestation that were observed will be described; street actions, props, weapons, personal protective gear, resource acquisition and allocation, manipulation of space for security, tactical considerations, and recruitment and training of fighters and militia. Particular attention will be paid to the tactical innovations of the French milieu known alternately as the appellistes, the Invisible Committee or the Tiqqunists. While their theoretical material is a tangle, much of their practical work has proven extremely effective and should be studied and perhaps utilized by North American anarchists. Finally, principles and mechanisms of camaraderie, engagement and discourse were observed and the impact of these less belligerent activities have also shown to be effective in communicating basic ideas of anarchism to unaffiliated radicals, and folks looking for political ideas that make sense to the individual, a philosophy that that fits. No small task in an age where most democratic political forms produce in intelligent individuals only disgust and loathing.

Attica Prison Strike Info

Free Us All

The 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, Attica Day National Prisoners Strike Sept 9th, 2016

Prisoners across the US have called for a nationally coordinated work stoppage and prison strike starting on Sept 9th, 2016, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising.

Prisoners are organizing this strike in order to put an end to prison slavery. Many prisoners are forced to work for little or no pay. The 13th amendment to the US Constitution legally allows continued slavery in US prisons. It states, “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall havebeen duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

Slavery is still alive and well in the prison system. This is a call to support prisoners in ending slavery in America.

In order to help the efforts of these prisoners organizing nationwide, please spread the word about September 9th to those you know behind bars and to supporters on the outside.

More information about how to support this effort as well as frequently asked questions about the strike can be found at https://supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org/sept-9-2016/.

At Pipsqueak:

11:00 – 1:00

Stay Safe, Stay Dangerous: Protest Safety/ Less Than Lethal Weapons Primer

Puget Sound Medic Collective will offer a basic workshop on how to stay
safe and protect each other in the streets. While this is NOT a first aid
or street medic training, it is intended to give folx some idea of the
forms of less than lethal weapons we’ve experienced in Seattle and provide
a basic understanding of best practices for treatment. We hope to provide
context to the history and ethos of street medic work, excite interest in
learning more about direct action medical skills…and you’ll get to
practice an eye wash!

2:45 – 4:15

Amanda Schemkes, Attorney & Grassroots Organizer

This workshop will cover the constitutional “rights” that are most relevant
to protesters (and how to assert those “rights”), tips for dealing with law
enforcement encounters, and security culture basics to keep your community
safer.

One month until the 2015 book fair

Dear friends,

We are delighted to announce that planning for the 2015 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair is well underway. The seventh annual book fair will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, and will once again be hosted by the Vera Project. We are currently accepting requests for table space as well as proposals for talks.

Tables are $50 for the day (or $25 for half a table!), with proceeds supporting not only the book fair itself but also other friendly projects (in years past we’ve given money to L@s Quixotes Library, Seattle Food Not Bombs, PNW Grand Jury Resistance, Riseup.net, the Prison Doula Project, and others). If your table doesn’t make any money or can’t swing the full price, don’t let that stop you from getting in touch with us–we will do our best to work with you.

We are also looking for individuals with a desire to contribute to the organizing process. If you enjoy flyering or postering, have new ideas to bring to the table, or want to organize a social event around the book fair weekend, drop us a line. We will also need help the weekend of the book fair setting up and taking down tables and chairs.

To propose a workshop, request a table, or find out how to get involved, please use the contact form here.

Or email us directly at seattlebookfair@riseup.net.

We look forward to seeing you this August!

2014 wrap-up

The 2014 book fair is done. Many thanks to all the people who helped make it happen, whether by setting up and tearing down (and setting up, and tearing down…), tabling, participating in discussions, or just showing up. Expect a slightly more full recap after the organizers have gotten some beauty sleep.

Oh yeah – there were some items left over at the end of the book fair. If you think you lost something, email us, and we will see if we have it.

Almost here!

The 2014 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair is less than a week away. The book fair hours will be 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. Discussions and workshops will start at 11am on Saturday, and 11:30am on Sunday. The final schedule of workshop times will be up within the next day.

See you next Saturday!