Manchester Anarchist Bookfair - full list of talks

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Sep 27 2010 21:27
Manchester Anarchist Bookfair - full list of talks

“Everything you wanted to know abut anarchism but you were too afraid to ask”
Members of different anarchist groups including Class War, the Anarchist Federation and Solidarity Federation talk about their organisations and offer their definition of anarchism.
This will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

“Steal a little and they throw you in gaol. Steal a lot and they make you king”
The case for prison abolition
Professor Joe Sim: Liverpool John Moores University

"Nick Heath - the Third Revolution”
Nick Heath on the wave of rebellions and uprisings of rank-and-file Russian workers and peasants across the country in 1919-1921 against the Bolsheviks, who were consolidating their grip on power. Contrary to the Bolsheviks' claims, these rebellions were not reactionary but in fact in support of the original aims of the revolution: socialism, and workers' and peasants' self-management. Taken together they can be referred to as a Third Revolution.

“Class Struggle in India, Gurgaon Workers' News”
Gurgaon Workers' News are a libertarian communist group in the Indian city of Gurgaon, who publish a newspaper of the same name and actively participate in the various struggles taking place in this industrial hub. A friend of these comrades, who has stayed and worked in Gurgaon for some time, will be discussing the experience, and shedding light on class and class struggle in India.
http://www.gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com

“Education: Students and Staff Working Together”
Like the rest of the public sector, higher education faces years of savage cuts. This will effect students and university workers alike. Over the last year there has been a number of examples of students and workers joining together to defeat planned cuts. The education workers network has organised this meeting to discuss ways students and staff can work together both locally and nationally to defeat the cuts.

“Zapatista Solidarity Group”
The Manchester Zapatista Solidarity Group and the Honduras Solidarity Group collaborate on the stall and the talk at the Anarchist Bookfair.
Since the coup in Honduras in June 2009, the Human Rights situation in this country has deteriorated dramatically. Labour activists, environmental activists and human rights activists are among the main targets of repression. The Honduras Solidarity Group monitors the situation and publishes a monthly newsletter.

3.30pm: Radical History Walk
Let the Loiterers Resistance Movement take you on a radical history tour of Manchester. Covering politics, culture, communication and more...
(Leaves Dancehouse at 3.30pm)

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www.bookfair.org.uk

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Sep 28 2010 19:36
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3.30pm: Radical History Walk
Let the Loiterers Resistance Movement take you on a radical history tour of Manchester. Covering politics, culture, communication and more...
(Leaves Dancehouse at 3.30pm)

How long will this walk take? Got to take a train back home about half 5.

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Sep 28 2010 19:58

I don't think you need to worry about missing your train - I don't think it'll go on for more than an hour.

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Sep 28 2010 20:18

Its good its happening, but to be honest the line up isn't that inspiring. I mean, no discussion about the crisis, no organising meetings about resistance against the cuts, no talk about practical or direct action activity? Was this due to lack of space?

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Sep 28 2010 20:34

Although I think the list of events looks really interesting, raw does have a point.

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Sep 28 2010 21:01

It seems pretty balanced given space and time and presumably the 'targeted persons'.

I mean something introducing anarchism to the inevitably good few newcommers, something historical, something on workers struggles internationally, something on fighting the education cuts etc.

Though if there was space perhaps 'raw' or 'ano' could offer something more specific on the current economic crisis and workers responses?

That said this bookfair isn't the only opportunity for discussion or organising around Manchester and the north.

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Sep 28 2010 22:15

Maybe having a general "anarchists against the cuts" open discussion, how should anarchists and libertarians involve themselves in the local anti-cuts campaigns, what do we have to offer to these struggles as anarchists...etc.

Unfortunately I am only one person and in London and sadly can't make it to Manchester. But its not about me offering something more specific, it should have been the priority of anarchists in Manchester to acknowledge the need for that discussion to happen and to have organised it.

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Sep 29 2010 06:16

Can't the manchester class struggle forum do a little talk/debate about the cuts?

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Sep 29 2010 06:17
Django wrote:
I don't think you need to worry about missing your train - I don't think it'll go on for more than an hour.

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Sep 29 2010 06:38
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Its good its happening, but to be honest the line up isn't that inspiring. I mean, no discussion about the crisis, no organising meetings about resistance against the cuts, no talk about practical or direct action activity? Was this due to lack of space?

That's not entirely true, if you read the post there's an organising meeting about resisting cuts in the education sector.

However, there is a very small organising group this time round (which has shrunk over the course of organising it), and we can't do everything. We basically have to rely on people coming forward to organise meetings, and simply don't have the time to run meetings ourselves given the jobs which need to be done on the day. Perhaps before dictating what our 'priorities' should be you could recognise this.

Overall, the talks are more varied and better than last year, and it looks like the general makeup of talks is similar to London this year, but on a smaller scale - there's no 'anarchists against the cuts' meeting there either that fits the description you've given.

Moreover bookfairs aren't the only (or necessarily the best) place to have anti-cuts meetings.

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Sep 29 2010 11:31
Django wrote:
raw wrote:
Its good its happening, but to be honest the line up isn't that inspiring. I mean, no discussion about the crisis, no organising meetings about resistance against the cuts, no talk about practical or direct action activity? Was this due to lack of space?

That's not entirely true, if you read the post there's an organising meeting about resisting cuts in the education sector.

However, there is a very small organising group this time round (which has shrunk over the course of organising it), and we can't do everything. We basically have to rely on people coming forward to organise meetings, and simply don't have the time to run meetings ourselves given the jobs which need to be done on the day. Perhaps before dictating what our 'priorities' should be you could recognise this.

Overall, the talks are more varied and better than last year, and it looks like the general makeup of talks is similar to London this year, but on a smaller scale - there's no 'anarchists against the cuts' meeting there either that fits the description you've given.

Moreover bookfairs aren't the only (or necessarily the best) place to have anti-cuts meetings.

Don't get me wrong, I think its fantastic that this is happening, and has happened on a yearly basis.

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Sep 29 2010 11:34
allybaba wrote:
Can't the manchester class struggle forum do a little talk/debate about the cuts?

That would be a bit too close to real life.

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Sep 29 2010 12:51
Werther De Goethe wrote:
allybaba wrote:
Can't the manchester class struggle forum do a little talk/debate about the cuts?

That would be a bit too close to real life.

What's your beef mate?

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Sep 29 2010 13:43

Is it just me, or does anyone else find narky, sniping comments a pain?

We should get 300 - 400 people through the door on the day. We've got discussions on class struggle in India and education struggles in the UK. Plus a major one on crime. On top of that, we're deliberately avoiding the sectarianism of having each anarchist group competing with each other.

We've also got a new venue.

The whole thing is costing around £900 to put on, plus of course loads of effort by a small group of people. So, please don't snipe.

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Sep 30 2010 10:05

Admin: no trolling.

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Oct 1 2010 07:42

tomorrow *bump*

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Oct 1 2010 12:07

Just to confirm details for any stall holders coming. we've got access from 10 am tomorrow. There's unloading space round the back of the venue, but it's not suitable for parking. There is a cheap car park nearby - we'll point it out when you arrive.

One of us will be outside the venue from about 9.30 in case anyone arrives early.

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Oct 2 2010 06:28

*****today****

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Oct 6 2010 10:38

After drying out in the morning I attended this bookfair from about lunchtime.

Better venue than last time though not a straight walk in off the street. I thought it seemed a bit less well attended than last year but not sure really?

The meeting on class struggle in India was really informative although not so well attended with unfortunately not enough time for discussion. I think it clashed with an extra slot on 'anarchist-feminism'.

For those new to anarchist politics I'm sure the bookfair itself would be interesting but inevitably for the rest of us it mostly seems old hat and a bit boring. The real interest is in the meetings and informal discussions and perhaps this area needs a bit more thought. For instance it might be a good idea in future for relevant literature to particular meetings to be available in the meetings or at least advertised at the end of meetings or alternatively for a short summary leaflet to be available on the meeting subject - just a thought.

I didn't get to all the meetings or see much of the entertainment so some sort of report back from the organisers (when they have recovered) and/or feedback from other people who went might be useful.

I believe some thought has been given to an event in the north with the emphasis on the meetings/debates/discussions rather than the books and perhaps that might be a better way forward - perhaps alternating with the more usual type of bookfair given the huge amount of effort and money these events require? ( which might also avoid the Councils moneygrabbing market licence demands?). Mind I would still personally favour something a bit broader along 'Libcom' political parameters as this might generate real debate rather than the standard ' we are all working together as anarchists line' which tends to predominate in the 'Everything you wanted to know....' sessions at bookfairs'

Anyway regards to the organisers of this event for all the hard work they put in.

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Oct 10 2010 17:04

As previous post - any chance of some feedback from the organisers or others who went along?