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The Habits of Freedom:

Legacies of Paul Goodman

The June Anarchist Forum

On Tuesday, June 12, at 7:30pm, the Libertarian Book Club's Anarchist
will present a panel discussing the life, work and legacy of Paul Goodman.

who lived from 1911 to 1972, is considered to have been a pacifist,
anarchist, poet,
and author of novels and plays. He has been called one of the most
influential social critics of the 1960s. His famous book Growing Up
has been said to establish
him as “the philosopher of the New Left in the 1960s.”

He organized against
Vietnam War. His plans for organizing social structures included keeping
private cars
out of Manhattan. The panel will include Taylor Stoehr, who is Goodman’s
literary executor; Wayne Price; and Jonathan Lee, a filmmaker who will show a
preview of
his movie “Growing Up With Paul Goodman.”

After putting their ideas forward, the panel will answer questions
and respond to audience comments.

The event will take place at:
The Living Theatre
21 Clinton Street

Manhattan (just south of Houston St)

Coming from uptown,
take the F or V train to "2nd Avenue" (exit front of train on 1st Ave, walk
along Houston and turn right on Clinton) or coming from downtown, take the
F, V, M or Z train to "Delancey–Essex" and walk east on Delancey 3 blocks
and turn left on Clinton for 2 and a half blocks.

Everybody is welcome and invited to come and to have their say. There is no
set fee for the presentation, but a contribution to aid the LBC is
suggested. If
you have questions, contact the LBC /Anarchist Forum
e-mail: roberterler@erols.com

The Living Theatre and the LBC unite to let the Anarchist Voice be heard.

Two anarchist groups, that were begun in the 1940’s to get the word out on
what our society really is and how it can be healed if it switches to
anarchist principles, have united again to get our message heard. The
Living Theatre
has opened a New York show place again after years of wandering from site
to site. They have offered their new space to the LBC so that the Anarchist
Forum and other LBC events can have a home with our comrades.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

The Shacks Fight Back!
The Shack Dwellers Movement in South Africa

Three talks by Richard Pithouse of the South African shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Abahlali have fought for the right of Durban's shack dwellers to basic amenities — housing, water, land. This democratic grassroots movement has confronted the lies and evasions of local government and aid agencies to show that real participatory democracy is possible: when it is organised by and for the dispossessed.

Richard Pithouse, an academic and journalist who has been active in the movement since its inception, will talk about the struggle, show some short videos, and answer questions.

Community activists from the East End and South London will be in attendance. We hope that the parallels between Abahlali's struggle and that of Londoners fighting the decay and privatisation of their services will provide inspiration and a chance to think.

Please come and join in the discussion!

dr.woooo writes:

Summit: Non-Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture

Berlin, May 24-28, 2007

Two weeks before this years G-8 meeting in Heiligendamm near Rostock
various projects, initiatives and protagonists from the fields of art,
culture and political activism are going to gather in Berlin for
SUMMIT — Non-Aligned Initiatives in Education Culture.

SUMMIT is a proposal to question and to change some of the fundamental
terms of the debate around education, knowledge production and
information society.

SUMMIT seeks to bring together various approaches from different
genres and calls to come forth and unalign. Unalign from both, the
tendencies of bureaucratization and privatization of knowledge and
education. The four-day event focusses on four thematic tracks:
"Knowledge and Migrancy", "Self-authorization, -organization,
-valorization", "Creative Practices" and "Education unrealized and

Kibush 40 writes:

40 Years is Enough!
Six Days of Action against the Occupation of Palestine
June 6–12 2007

Global Day of Action — June 9 2007

Kibush 40 coalition – http://www.kibush40.org

The second week of June will mark forty years since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Six Day war. This is now the longest enduring military occupation in the world. While the Israeli government evades negotiations that would end the occupation and lead to a just peace, the lives of Palestinians continue to be crushed daily by closures and economic strangulation, their land confiscated for settlements and their communities made into prisons by the Segregation Wall.

At the same time, violence in the region continues to supply ideological fuel for the G8 governments in their ‘War on Terror’, explicitly declared as a never-ending, pre-emptive global war which justifies erasing civil liberties, supporting oppressive regimes, and attacking refugees and migrants. We are all victims of this war: in Palestine and Israel, in Iraq and in Colombia, in Germany and in the U.S.A.

80th Anniversary of Sacco & Vanzetti Executions

New York City, August 23, 2007

August 23rd is the 80th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti — Italian immigrants who were framed for a robbery and murder and themselves judicially murdered for being anarchists. In this country, has anything really changed?

NYC's Libertarian Book Club is organizing an observance for Thur., Aug. 23 (the day S&V were hanged), in Union Square (the sight of a mass rally of New Yorkers in support of the condemned).

Come to a meeting of the LBC on Wed. May 30, at 7pm at 339 Lafayette Street (the War Resisters League Building), Room 202, to join in planning for this observance. Five years ago, on the 75th anniversary of S&V's execution, we held a memorial in the same location that included music, performance (by the Living Theater), and a lecture by the late historian Paul Avrich.

Today, with Gitmo, the INS, and the ICE cops ruining immigrants' lives and anarchists and supporters of animal rights on a hit list of "terrorists," it's more important than ever to let the state know that we know our history.

339 Lafayette is at Lafayette and Bleecker Streets. It's easily accessible by the R and 6 Subway lines.

Tactics of Resistance: Limitations & Possibilities

London, Ontario, October 12–13, 2007

An interdisciplinary graduate conference hosted by the Centre for the Study
of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario, Canada

The aim of this conference is to discuss various forms of resistance.
Considering late capitalism's ability to accommodate sites of resistance and
the ensuing incapacitation of revolutionary tactics and impulses, we are
faced with the questions: Where can we find sites of resistance today? How
do social, cultural and political constraints impact on the prospects of
emerging forms of resistance? Must tactics always remain 'marginal,'
situational and contextual?

We are looking for papers addressing alternative conceptions and frameworks
of resistance, and their potential for revolutionary change. We welcome
students, professors, artists and activists to re-think resistance through
an interdisciplinary alliance.

2007 CrimethInc. Convergence

Athens, Ohio

July 26-31, 2006

RSVP to crimethincbooking@yahoo.com

Anarchist Camaraderie • Workshops and Discussions •
Direct Action Trainings • Planning for Mobilizations
through 2008 • Prisoner Support • Gift Economics •
Subversive Games • Anti-Capitalist Survival Skills •
Revolutionary Pleasure • Creating a Culture of

Please join us this summer for the sixth annual
CrimethInc. convergence, this time in the countryside
outside lovely Athens, Ohio. To attend, show up at 21
Kern Street, Athens, OH 45701 between noon and 10 pm
on July 25 or 26.

Make Capitalism History

Broaden the Mobilisation Against the G8 Summit
Call to Action by the Interventionist Left

June 2007. A never ending procession of demonstrators from all over the world, protesting against the summit of the G8 states, snakes through the streets of Rostock.

Tens of thousands greet the heads of government as soon as they arrive on the airport's runway and blockade the opulent conference location of Heiligendamm. Over and over again the smooth conduct of the meeting is threatened, as the summit's logistical support is disrupted by creative actions. In the public's eye are not the statements of the powerful, but the multiplicity of protests and resistance.

'Delegitimise the G8' is no longer a mere demand, it is what is actually happening on the streets, at the fences, in the debates in the camps and the countersummit – it is what is globally being recognised as the result of a series of preparatory Rostock Action Conferences.

For over a year, social movements, trade unions, campaigns of engaged Christians, different Non-Governmental Organisations, alterglobalists, the parties of the parliamentary and the networks of the radical left had prepared for this. Their common stance, their political will not to be separated in spite of their differences, rendered both the media's disinformation and the police's repression useless.

Call Out for No Border Camp in Ukraine 2007

The camp will take place from the 11th to the 20th of August 2007 in
the main region of transit and labor migration in Ukraine:

The eastward expansion of the European Union has resulted in moving
the walls of "Fortress Europe" to the Western border of Ukraine. The
Ukrainian region of Transcarpatia, of which the biggest cities are
Uzhgorod and Mukachevo, has become a new borderline, with increasing
militarization and major concentration of detention camps for refugees
from the countries of Global South and former USSR, who try to escape
war, totalitarianism or misery to the European Union countries. It is
hard to find any "open" information about the conditions in the
majority of these camps.

The condition of the refugees in Ukraine is very unstable: freedom of
movement is restricted; it is hard to get a job or medical care, and
no social security is provided. When one gets refugee status, the only
support they get from the state is a single payment of a petty 3
In recent years Ukraine has even extradited asylum seekers to places
like Uzbekistan, where they were imprisoned for years in the notorious
authoritarian regime's gulags.

"Between Primitive Accumulation and the New Enclosures"

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, March 30–31, 2007

Friday, March 30

A.D. White House, Guerlac Room


"Primitive Accumulation" as "Accumulation by Dispossession": An Introduction

Saturday, March 31

Multipurpose Room, Africana Studies and Research Center

"Neoliberalism, Neocolonialism, and the New Enclosures: The Case of Africa"


"War is the health of the state": Afflicted Powers, September 11, and the Need for Anarchist Analysis

"Modernity is many things. Secularization is one of them, and speed-up, and the cult of technics, and disenchantment of the world, and false orientation to the future. But right at the heart of capitalist modernity, we would argue, has been a process of endless enclosure. The great work of the past half-millennium was the cutting-off of the world's natural and human resources from common use. Land, water, the fruits of the forest, the spaces of custom and communal negotiation, the mineral substrate, the life of rivers and oceans, the very airwaves—capitalism has depended, and still depends, on more and more of these shared properties being shared no longer, whatever the violence or absurdity involved in converting the stuff of humanity into this or that item for sale. Enclosure seems to us the best word for the process's overall logic." — Retort, Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War

"These New Enclosures . . . name the large-scale reorganization of the accumulation process which has been underway since the mid-1970s. The main objective of this process has been to uproot workers from the terrain on which their organizational power has been built, so that, like the African slaves transplanted to the Americas, they are forced to work and fight in a strange environment where the forms of resistance possible at home are no longer available. . . Thus, once again, as at the dawn of capitalism, the physiognomy of the world proletariat is that of the pauper, the vagabond, the criminal, the panhandler, the street peddler, the refugee sweatshop worker, the mercenary, the rioter." — Midnight Notes Collective, The New Enclosures

The conference will gather four outstanding thinkers within the field of analysis that both relies on and extends Marx's disquisition in Capital (Volume 1) on what he calls "primitive accumulation." This process of the assertion of the right of private property over land that was previously held in common, that is, of enclosure, has in recent years been understood to continue to extend its reach globally and in ways that Marx could not have anticipated. The participants in the conference, mainstays of the Midnight Notes Collective and the Retort group, are among the most significant contributors to a theory and historiography of the New Enclosures, and to interventions aimed at recovering the commons. Iain Boal, George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, and Peter Linebaugh will join us. A reader gathering material pertinent to the conference will be available (contact Barry Maxwell).

Sponsors: Society for the Humanities; Institute for German Cultural Studies; Future of Minority Studies Research Project; MITWS (Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies Research Group); Africana Studies and Research Center; Ethics and Public Life Program; Anthropology; Asian American Studies; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; English.


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