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Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army Training in Brighton

The next Basic Rebel Clown Training will be held over the weekend of
June 24th and 25th in Brighton on the south coast of England. The address and
all other details will be supplied upon registration.

What is it?

A two day intensive training in becoming a Trickster, Fool, Rebel Clown
and Open Hearted Idiot.

A few things you should know about the trainings -

- The training is for adults (16+)

- We are sorry that we are currently unable to offer child care.

- There is no charge to the candidates for the training.

- You should bring - Clothes you can move in. Lots of water. Food to share and
an open heart.

- You are expected to attend both days.

- You will not be asked to do anything you feel unable to do, but you should be
prepared to push yourself from where you feel comfortable.

Rebel Clowning Trainings

Like all armies, people who wish to join the ranks of CIRCA have to undergo
training. Before going into baffle with CIRCA, recruits take part an intensive
"big shoe camp" where they learn Basic Rebel Clown Training (BRCT). At the end
of the BRCT you will be capable of taking on any CIRCA mission but will be
advised that further training is necessary as learning to be truly stupid and
discovering our clown is a longer process. Becoming a clownbattant can be
challenging, but it's a rewarding life.

The training will involve games and exercises which develop a spirit of
subversive play, help us work efficiently as a group, become more
spontaneous in life and during actions, and begin the process of finding
the clown that resides in all of us.

There are five phases of BRCT:

* Finding the Inner Clown

* Subversive Play

* Civil Disobedience and Direct Action

* Buffoon Manoeuvres

* Marching and Drilling

If you are Brighton-based and can accomodate rebel clown trainers or trainees
coming from afar, please let us know! Prospective clowns come from all around
to take part in the training, and we hope to be able to find beds for all for 1
or 2 nights.

Please email training@rebelclown.net to register or for more information...
Places are very limited...We look forward to hearing from you 8-)

"‘This is Forever’: From Inquiry to Refusal
- A Discussion Series Dedicated to Understanding the Current Composition of Political Movements and Struggles Using the Lens of Autonomist Thought.

Presents the First Event in the Series:

Conricerca as Political Action

Friday, June 16th - 7pm - $5 to $10 donation

'Conricerca as Political Action: Inquiry and Italian Social Movements'

@ Bluestockings Books, Cafe & Activism Center

172 Allen St. NYC

After the researcher photographs reality, the moment arises where one can transform it.

This is the main thesis put forth by the concept of conricerca, or co-research, which is yet another concept that draws its origins in the rich history of Italian autonomia, Italian social movements of the 60s and 70s, and the tradition of workers and militant inquiry.

Conricerca is an inquiry into the contemporary class composition of the working class and social struggle. It is not a sociological or academic tool, but rather one for political and radical action.

The discussion will focus on two aspects of conricerca: first on the roots of conricerca as concept and practice inside the history of Italian operaismo of the 1960s and 1970s; the second part will show the contemporary experiences of militant inquiry, primarily the Precarity WebRing, a project within the EuroMayDay movement.

Join Italian activists Gigi Roggero and Anna Curcio for this discussion as part of the ‘This is Forever’: From Inquiry to Refusal discussion series to be hosted by Bluestockings Books. Visit www.teamcolors.blogspot.com for more information on, and an events listing for, the series.

Speaker Bios:

Gigi Roggero (1973) is a movement activist and a Ph.D. student at the University of Calabria. Roggero is co-author of Futuro Anteriore, Gli Operaisti, and Precariopoli, and author of Intelligenze Fuggitive. He was part of editorial collective for the militant review DeriveApprodi.

Anna Curcio (1971) is a movement activist and doctor in the department of sociology at the University of Calabria. She is co-author of Precariopoli, and author of La Paura dei Movimenti and other articles on Global Movement and Labour Conflicts. Curcio participates in the editorial board of the journal PW_R."

"Anarchism, Workers' Liberation and Economic Vision for a Post-Capitalist

Tom Wetzel, Workers Solidarity Alliance — Bay Area

TUESDAY, MAY 30 — 7 p.m.


339 LAFAYETTE STREET (corner of Bleecker Street)


Tom's talk will deal with alternative models for a future society posed by
class struggle anarchists, including participatory economics (parecon).

Please bring your ideas and inspiration to contribute to the

Tom is a long time labor and community activist, and is a founder of the
San Francisco Community Land Trust, and orgnizer of the recent fare
strike in SF.

He is currently a free lance writer and a regular contributor to ZNet.

He is working on a book about self-management and the labor movement.

Workers Solidarity Alliance

339 Lafayette Street-Room 202

New York, NY 10012

tel. (212) 979-8353


Taking Back the Dollar: Alternative Economies

New York City, June 2, 2006

Friday, June 2nd, 6:30 p.m.

Wollman Hall, enter at 66 West 12th Street.

Admission: $10, free for students and New School alumni with ID

Economies reflect what is considered valuable, and for some, what is
ethical, or even fundamentally human. They marginalize or exclude what
is considered detrimental to the system, those things that get labeled
as parasitic or contraband. In order to change these definitions and the
populations they point to, we can try to depose, reform, or diversify
our notion of economies. This panel discussion includes artists,
organizers, writers, and activists who reject or slyly compete with the
capitalistic system of buying and selling. By disrupting basic economic
processes, by proposing gift economies or autonomous forms of collective
production, do they challenge the idea of personhood as defined by
owning something, some amount, some trait, or some capacity? Are
alternative economies anti-American? Are they perhaps subverting
familiar notions of citizenship, producing alternative subjects?

Panelists: Carolina Caycedo, artist; Paul Glover, economical activist;
Yates McKee, writer; Matthieu Laurette, Paris-based artist; Maka,
Yomango Mexico, activist, artist. Moderator: Gregory Sholette, artist,
writer, activist. Sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art and
Politics on the occasion of their year-long investigation of notions of

The Critique of Civilization and the Growing Crisis

John Zerzan

May 29th London Anarchist ForumRampArt Centre – 7:30 PM

15 Rampart Street London

For more information: londonevents2004@yahoo.co.uk

May 31st, University of Leicester Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy – 3:30 PM

Ken Edwards Building Room 501, Leicester

For more information: bartelby@refusingstructures.net. Maps/directions here.

Today we experience a deepening crisis in every sphere, which urges us to rethink our acceptance of the most basic social institutions. Divisions of labor and domestication, the cornerstones of civilization itself, are in need of problematizing. The absence of fundamental critique would mean that we accept an unfolding, multifaceted disaster as merely inevitable. Might we find, in the prospect of a new paradigm/ framework/vision that breaks out of the confines of failed earlier approaches to health and liberation? Keeping in mind that there should never be a single “correct” path, there is much promise in what is called anti-civilization theory, primitivism, and green anarchy in various parts of the world. Mass society and its technological imperative are now increasingly seen as the problem, not the solution.

John Zerzan is an anarchist author and activist and editor of Green Anarchy magazine. His writings include Elements of Refusal (1988), Future Primitive (1994), and Running on Emptiness (2002). He has also edited Against Civilization (1999) and (with Alice Carnes) Questioning Technology (1991).

"Night of the Marching Plague"
New York City, May 24, 2006

Marching Plague
By the Critical Art Ensemble

Book Release, Talks and Screenings

Wednesday May 24, 2006 — 6:00–8:30pm


540 W. 21st Street

Please join us for a book launch and an
evening of conversation concerning contemporary
warfare: an anti-war event.

Critical Art Ensemble present their latest book,
Marching Plague: Germ Warfare and Global Public Health
published by Autonomedia and coinciding with the
inclusion of their film “Marching Plague” in
the 2006 Whitney Biennial. This event is open to the
public free of charge and will take place at Eyebeam,
540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Aves.

The evening will include brief presentations by
artists Gregg Bordowitz and Paul Chan and CAE Defense
Fund representative Lucia Sommer.

Films from Peggy Ahwesh, Lynn Hershman and the Yes
Men, along with the Critcal Art Ensemble's film
"Marching Plague", produced/commissioned by Arts
Catalyst, will be screened on monitors throughout the

Marching Plague examines the scientific evidence and
the rhetoric surrounding biological warfare,
particularly the development of anthrax and other
bio-weapons, and makes a strong case against the
likelihood of such weapons ever being used in a
terrorist situation. Studying the history and science
of such weapons, they conclude
that for reasons of accuracy and potency, biological
weapons lack the efficiency required to produce the
widespread devastation typically associated with

Anonymous Comrade writes

Renewing the Anarchist Tradition 2006
Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals (due July 15, 2006)

September 29 to October 1, 2006
at Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont

We are now accepting proposals for individual presentations and panels for the 2006 Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference (RAT), sponsored by the Institute for Anarchist Studies. In particular, we encourage people of color, queer, transgender, and intersex people, women, people raising children, indigenous people, people with diverse abilities, working-class people, those outside academia, and others who are frequently underrepresented as speakers (for a variety of reasons) to send in proposals. Also, if you feel alienated when you look at the list of past RAT presentations on our Web site or think that important issues that should be considered through an anarchist lens are being left out, you probably have a presentation proposal to offer. Please get in touch. And please feel free to forward this e-mail to others who may be interested in participating in and/or attending this weekend.

Elisee Reclus Conference

New Orleans, Oct. 27–29, 2006



October 27-29, 2006

Loyola University

New Orleans, LA USA

Last year marked the 175th anniversary of the birth of Elisée Reclus and the 100th anniversary of his death. A conference in New Orleans scheduled on the occasion of this double anniversary was postponed because of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, but it has been rescheduled for this fall. At that time we will gather to discuss the life and work of Reclus and to investigate the ways in which his legacy is relevant to our world today. The conference is planned to coincide with the New Orleans Bookfair, and conference scheduling will allow time for participants to attend that event also.

Book Release
Clandestines: The Pirate Journals of an Irish Exile
By Ramor Ryan,
AK Press 2006

ABC No Rio Thursday 25th May 7.30
Reading, discussion, refreshments
Photo Exhibition featuring Timo Russo's work.

"At once celebratory and self-critical, Clandestines offers a geography lesson of the shadows, where borders are disregarded, revolution is in the air, and adventure is always just around the corner."—Jennifer Whitney, co-author of We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism

Ramor Ryan is a rebellious rover and Irish exile who makes his home between New York City and Chiapas.

"Czech Anarchism & Anarcha-Feminism"

Marta Kolarova
New York City, May 18, 2006

Learn all about Czech Anarchism & Anarcha-Feminism! @Bluestockings

Thursday, May 18th @ 7PM
$3 to $5 Suggested


Marta Kolarova will discuss the history and
development of the anarchist movement in
Czechoslovakia. Special attention will be paid to the
anarchist feminist movement, and connections to the
global movement and international influences will be

Marta has worked with Reclaim the Streets!,
and has organized protests for Prague 2000. She
currently writes for Czech anarchist and
anarchafeminist publications, and is doing research on
gender, social movements and globalization.


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