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2013 Anarchist Book Fair: Sunday | Mission Dist.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 - All Day | Cost: FREE
San Francisco Armory | 1800 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

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24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Anarchists, socialists, card-carrying members of the ACLU, radicals and assorted ne’erdowells will descend on the Oakland Omni Commons for the 24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair.

The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is one of the largest annual radical gatherings in the world with thousands of people attending and over 100 vendors sharing books, pamphlets, posters, artwork and more.

2020 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday April 25, 2020 | 10 am to 6:30 pm
Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland

View Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair Schedule

The Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is an annual event for people interested and engaged in radical work to connect and learn through book and information tables, workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films and more.

They have created an inclusive space to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster productive dialogue between various political traditions and anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect our movements’ strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics.

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Sunday | 24th Annual Anarchist Book Fair | Oakland

Main speakers room

  • 12pm – UnReal Estate – A Late 20th Century History of Squatting in the Lower East Side (Fly): UnReal Estate is an archive project founded by squatter artist Fly in 1995 – this slideshow presentation will focus on the 80s & 90s & will highlight photos & drawings of Squats, Squatters & Actions including: C Squat, Fetus, (& fire that destroyed it 1992) Glass House (& eventual eviction 1994), ABC No RIO (1980), Cooper Union Riot of 1993, Illegal Demolition of 5th St Squat by the City 1997, Dos Blockos (& 1999 eviction) plus E 7th St. fire – reconstruction & survival – ending with our success in taking 11 buildings to legal status.
  • 1pm – Anarchist Bookfair Poster Artist: How I Tried and Failed to Solve the Anarchist Image Problem (Hugh D’andrade): Hugh has created the poster for the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair for 10 years now. Hugh will show slides of his work and discuss the problem of representing anarchist ideas in popular media.
  • 2pm – The Sex Workers’ Rights Movement: Current Local, National, and International Struggles for the Rights of Sex Workers (Shannon Williams, Cyd Nova): Join local sex workers’ rights activists for a discussion of the current state of their movement to end criminalization, stigmatization, and violence against sex workers.
  • 3pm – On Foreclosure and Eviction Defense (Angela MacWinnie): The talk will discuss the housing justice work in Portland, Oregon with a focus on some of the ideas, approaches, challenges and lessons from the last two years of housing organizing and eviction resistance work.
  • 4pm – Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire Panel (Hexe, Gayge Operaista): What does it mean to “queer” the world? How does the radical refusal of the mainstream codification of LGBTQ identity as a new gender norm come into focus in the context of anarchist theory and practice? Gayge Operaista will discuss the dire need to both provide explicitly queer perspectives on the class struggle and to reinvigorate a working class movement for queer liberation. Hexe will discuss power structures, sexuality, consent and the anarchist community.

“Cafe” Room

  • 11pm – Toward Social Revolution against Climate Barbarism (Liz López, Sky Cohen, Javier Sethness Castro): This discussion will synthesize the latest scientific findings on the state of Earth’s climate systems and examine the contributions social anarchism can provide as regards the development of radical, collective interventions aimed at disrupting the death-drive of capital, in defense of life.
  • 12pm – Anarchy Comics Revisited (Jay Kinney, Paul Mavrides): The editors of the legendary
  • anarcho-punk comic celebrate the publication of Anarchy Comics: The Complete Collection with an irreverent discussion of dour leftism, humor as propaganda, the inside scoop on comix publishing, and thinking outside the artistic box.
  • 1pm – Joshua Kahn Russell
  • 2pm – Asia’s Unknown Uprisings: 1986-1992 (George Katsiaficas): While the Arab Spring has been widely covered in the mass media, decades before it, a series of uprisings was able to dislodge the rule of entrenched regimes in the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Burma, Nepal and Thailand. Because of longstanding civil traditions, none of the bloodshed characteristic of the current degeneration of the Arab Spring occurred. The form of these uprisings and their striking similarity to more recent ones reveal the unfolding global uprising that is underway.
  • 3pm – What Does Utopia Look Like? (Cindy Milstein): Like trash pickers in a vast landfill, rebels often engage in the task of scavenging useful fragments in the here and now, from the given social reality, so as to, as Martin Buber put it, “sketch the picture of an idea in process of development”: utopia. But what do our portraits consist of, and how do those images shape our resistance and experiments? Let’s go exploring together.
  • 4pm – Activist Ethnography and Militant Research (Annie Paradise, Andrej Grubacic, Manolo Callahan): Whether they have been described as movement research, activist ethnography, research militancy, co-research, or worker’s inquiry, the idea of community- based research has been an important part of the left-libertarian tradition. The focus of the our workshop will be to explore the methods, examples, and possibilities of militant research and inquiry as political activity.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, Fairs & Festivals, Literature, San Francisco
Address: 1800 Mission St., San Francisco, CA