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Confirmed Tablers and Workshops

Confirmed tables: AK Press, PM Press, Camas Books & Infoshop, Radical Buttons, Retail Action Network, Spartacus Books, Heart & Hands Health Collective, Drawing Wolf Studio, Black Cat Press, The Outhouse Treasury, Bean Zines, Causerie Publishing, Distro Lucia, Faustus Faustus Games. Fight back. housefulofwindows, terah li, Meika Johnson, Bug Cru, and Samuel Morgan, More Than One Street, Fools Paradise Distro, bitter burr distro, eclipse journal, Nikki Franco

Tables are still available contact tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca for a table.

Workshop schedule:

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16th

12-12:50pm: Canada and White Supremacy
https://www.facebook.com/events/1527109150661191

1-1:50pm: How to Fight Fascism
https://www.facebook.com/events/2024280771126753

2-2:50pm: The Urban Anarchist Movement in Canada and the US West Coast
https://www.facebook.com/events/1555708921157580

3-3:50pm: Syria’s Anarchists: A Report Back by Cody Bergerud
https://www.facebook.com/events/1880214638973347

3-3:50pm: Lyndze Harvey (Anarchist Parenting and Teaching: Connecting Our Practice with our Passion)
https://www.facebook.com/events/267673730411127

4-4:50pm: Retail Action Network (Worker Power and Workplace Rights)
https://www.facebook.com/events/469073913456412

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17th

12-12:50pm: Cindy Milstein (Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief)
https://www.facebook.com/events/138973423262537

1-1:50pm: What’s in my baggie: field drug testing
https://www.facebook.com/events/1705400606422297

2-2:50pm: Why legal support and radical legal solidarity is crucial to our social movements in an era of increased political repression
https://www.facebook.com/events/138801316714699

3-4:30: Heart and Hands (Neck & Shoulder Acupressure)
https://www.facebook.com/events/125513641436723

Workshop Descriptions:

SATURDAY

12pm-12:50pm: Canada and White Supremacy

The University of Victoria Feminist Undergraduate Community Collective has struggled to address the covert and insidious white supremacy that is built right into the institutions of education in the colony of Canada. Our wall was intended to reveal the truth of racism in our communities that is so often denied as a still existing force of oppression. We present to the community our art of resistance, our project, the struggle to construct it, and the effect it had on the community. We invite you to hear this story and see that the covert nature of white supremacy exists.

1pm-1:50pm: How to Fight Fascism

The consciously organized working class could stop a
burgeoning fascist movement in its tracks. But how do we get there and do we have time? This workshop will be analysing the methods & organizations used to fight fascism, from the 1930s to the present.
This workshop is presented by Fight Back.

2pm-2:50pm-Robin Hlytka- The 21st Century Urban Anarchist Movement in Canada and the US West Coast

This workshop will explore the contemporary anarchist movement in urban centres of Canada and the West Coast of the United States, primarily focusing on anarchist spaces. The aim of the workshop is to delineate the rich repertoire of infrastructure-building in various cities, tracking some of the differences in tactics and services offered to their communities. In the past 15 years, anarchist projects with a physical space in North America have included infoshops, social centers, workers’ cooperatives, publishers, hackerspaces, libraries, cafés, an art gallery and a social club. These groups foster a community presence and a collective identity, and are prefigurative because the participants’ political visions are embodied in the organizations and activities they sustain and develop. Collectively, these anarchist projects create an infrastructure of resistance that challenges capitalist socioeconomic assumptions while simultaneously providing alternative forms of non-hierarchical social organizations and relationships

3pm-3:50pm: Syria’s Anarchists: A Report Back by Cody Bergerud

Over the last year, armed forces of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava) have been battling against ISIS and Syrian government forces to expand their territories and provide sanctuary to thousands fleeing oppression. The anarchist revolution in Rojava, which is dedicated to establishing a poly-ethnic society based on grass roots democratic structures, gender equality, freedom of religion, cooperative economics, and ecological responsibility is one of the most important developments in the Middle East. Please join Cody Bergerud, who served as a medic in Rojava, for an update on the current situation.

3pm-3:50pm Lyndze Harvey: Anarchist Parenting and Teaching: Connecting Our Practice with Our Passion

Abstract: Over the last few years, as a parent, educator, and researcher, I have spent countless hours engaged in the question of how to avoid interacting with kids in a way that teaches them to be docile, obedient, individualistic, and disconnected. Contemporary, mainstream, and conventional approaches to parenting/teaching do not encourage the type of thinking that is associated with social change, self actualisation, or moral consciousness, but rather relies on the belief that war is the law of social order, which means that parents and teachers remain preoccupied with compliance and uncomfortable with child/student empowerment. Most startling is that even those who are ardent about teaching kids to resist, and consider themselves to be ‘progressive’ or even ‘radical’ educators or parents, fail to align their passion with their practice. In this presentation, I examine the barriers that keep us chained to this unhappy paradigm, such as the belief that kids need boundaries, without the control of children chaos would ensue, and the widespread need to perform a specific concept of the role of ‘responsible adult.’ But the focus of this interactive discussion will be on interrupting this narrative and making the connection between what is already rooted in our anarchist philosophy and the ways in which we can understand, interact with, and support kids in practice. Come and explore another perspective on solidarity!

About the Author: Lyndze Harvey is currently working towards a PhD in the Social, Cultural, and Foundational Studies department in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She has recently completed a thesis discussing why moral education should be abandoned, and proposing it is replaced with ‘Pedagogies of Resistance.’ This work, directed towards North American, contemporary educators, utilises concepts of critical pedagogy to encourage teacher transformation through “the praxis of ‘letting go’” and a three-part approach to teaching resistance in the common classroom. Lyndze is also mother to two little rebels under six and has worked in education (both conventional and outdoor) for nearly 15 years.

4pm-5:30pm-Retail Action Network: Worker Power and Workplace Rights

Join the Retail Action Network for a workshop on your legal rights in the workplace and discussion on how to increase the power we have as workers.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17

12pm-12:50pm Cindy Milstein- Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

We can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for everyone. Addressing what in a better world would be unnecessary losses–for instance, due to colonialism or capitalism, climate catastrophe or borders, killer cops or displacement, white supremacy or patriarchy–this workshop will explore how mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity.

1pm-1:50pm- Evan- What’s in my baggie? Field drug testing

This workshop is for harm reduction. Drug use will continue regardless of state imposed laws. People who choose to use drugs deserve to be able to do so safety.

This workshop will go over simple drug testing techniques able to be preformed by individuals without a science background. We will be using color mnemonic reagent tests with thin layer chromatography to separate potential mixtures.

The workshop will be using over the counter medication such as aspirin for demonstration purposes. People are welcome to bring samples to test off Fernwood NRG property after the workshop but please consider the following. This workshop is open to the public, bringing know or suspected illegal substances is incriminating. Only a match head sized amount is needed for test. Do not bring more than is needed for a test for the safety of you and those around you. All substances are destroyed in the testing process.

2pm-2:50pm- Kris Hermes: Why legal support and radical legal solidarity is crucial to our social movements in an era of increased political repression

Drawing on a case study that took place more than a decade ago, author and longtime activist Kris Hermes will discuss why radical legal support is crucial to sustained political activism and social movements.

Hermes wrote /Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC as a means of showing the extent to which the state will go to repress political activity—today’s policing model was largely developed during this period—and the types of creative strategies and tactics that activists did and still can employ to push back on the legal system and its consequences.

Hermes will facilitate discussion around these questions and more:

* What are legal collectives and why are they important to our
political movements?
* How can we organize militant political actions in ways that are
likely to mitigate legal harm?
* Why is solidarity among arrestees so important to their legal outcomes?
* Why is encouraging solidarity with arrestees so vital to sustaining
our political movements?

Hermes will also draw on recent examples of legal crackdowns on
dissidents, such as the malicious prosecutions of ‘black bloc’
protesters arrested in Washington, DC on Inauguration Day 2017, and upcoming actions expected to take place against pipeline construction in Coast Salish territory.

3pm-4:30-Heart and Hands Collective- Neck and Shoulder Acupuncture

Pain in the neck? Weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you a teeth grinder?

Learn a simple and relaxing sequence of acupressure points that will release tension, decrease pain and relieve stress. Done with a partner, this sequence is safe, easy to learn, provide relief for a variety of stress-related tensions and
help build mind-body awareness. Participants will work in pairs.

12th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

We are pleased to announce the twelfth annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more! Get involved! Please get in touch with proposals for workshops and tables by August 15st, 2017. Late proposals will be considered but may not be included promotional material.
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1. Bookfair Dates & Contacts
2. How to Request a Table
3. Call for Workshops & Presentations Proposals
4. Volunteers needed!
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1. Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Dates & Contacts
September 16th and 17th
Fernwood NRG, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory

We are pleased to announce the twelfth annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. The Bookfair always includes workshops on a wide range of topics. We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.

Participants with different visions, practices, and traditions are welcome. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings,films, presentations, and much more!
Please consult our Statement of Principles before sending your proposal. It can be found on our website:http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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Contacts:
TABLES:tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
WORKSHOPS:workshops@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
VOLUNTEER:volunteer@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
GENERAL INQUIRIES:info@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
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2. How to Request a Table for Sept 16th and 17th
The heart of the Bookfair is the main room including booksellers, distributors, independent presses and activist groups from all over BC, North America, and abroad. If you’d like to table this year, please provide a short description of your group and the materials you intend to distribute at the Bookfair.
There is no fee for tabling at the Bookfair, but we suggest 10% of sales after expenses in order to help us cover costs.

EMAIL:tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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3. Workshop & Presentation Proposals: for Sept 16th and 17th
The Bookfair organizing collective is currently seeking workshop and presentation proposals.
As stated above this Bookfair we are looking to convene in order to challenge the ongoing colonization of our communities and our minds. We are looking for workshops that discuss Indigenous perspectives, de-colonialisation, social struggles, and environmental issues. We also aim to foster a growing movement in resistance to colonialism through the sharing of practical skills. Together we can acknowledge our past and move forward with meaningful solidarity.
Workshops may be aimed at people who are curious about, or new to, anarchist ideas and radical practices; alternatively they might address a topic in depth for people who are already familiar with the subject.

Standard Bookfair workshops last for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in between. While we are open to a variety of workshop formats, we recommend that facilitators leave at least 20 minutes for discussion at the end of their presentations. Each year we get a lot of submissions, but if we don’t have space at the Bookfair, we still want to help make your workshop happen!

Please provide a title and short description of the workshop’s content in your submission. If your workshop is accepted, this information will be reprinted in the program zine.
EMAIL:workshops@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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4. Volunteers

We need your help! The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy Collectives are always looking for new people to assist behind the scenes. We’re looking for help in all kinds of areas such as postering, welcoming & information tabling, room set-up, kids activities, counselling and safe-space support, cleanup and more. The Bookfair is entirely volunteer-run and helping out is a great way to get involved and meet new people. If you’re interested, please read the volunteer descriptions, our collective principles and accessibility statements on our website, and let us know how you’d like to help out!
EMAIL:volunteer@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

11th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair call for participation

We are pleased to announce the eleventh annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more! Get involved! Please get in touch with proposals for workshops and tables by July 15th, 2016. Late proposals will be considered but may not be included promotional material.

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1. Bookfair Dates & Contacts
2. How to Request a Table
3. Call for Workshops & Presentations Proposals
4. Festival of Anarchy
5. Volunteers needed!
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1. Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Dates & Contacts

September 9th and 10th
UVic Student Union Building Upper Lounge, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory

We are pleased to announce the eleventh annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, located on unceded Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all over North America and beyond. The Bookfair always includes workshops on a wide range of topics. We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.
Participants with different visions, practices, and traditions are welcome. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings,films, presentations, and much more!

Please consult our Statement of Principles before sending your proposal. It can be found on our website:http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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Contacts:
TABLES:tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
WORKSHOPS:workshops@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
FESTIVAL:festival@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
VOLUNTEER:volunteer@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca
GENERAL INQUIRIES:info@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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2. How to Request a Table for Sept 9th and 10th

The heart of the Bookfair is the main room including booksellers, distributors, independent presses and activist groups from all over BC, North America, and abroad. If you’d like to table this year, please provide a short description of your group and the materials you intend to distribute at the Bookfair.

There is no fee for tabling at the Bookfair, but we will be requesting 10% of sales after expenses in order to help us cover costs.

EMAIL:tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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3. Workshop & Presentation Proposals: for Sept 9th and 10th

The Bookfair organizing collective is currently seeking workshop and
presentation proposals.

As stated above this Bookfair we are looking to convene in order to
challenge the ongoing colonization of our communities and our minds. We are looking for workshops that discuss Indigenous perspectives, de-colonialisation, social struggles, and environmental issues. We also aim to foster a growing movement in resistance to colonialism through the sharing of practical skills. Together we can acknowledge our past and move forward with meaningful solidarity.

Workshops may be aimed at people who are curious about, or new to, anarchist ideas and radical practices; alternatively they might address a topic in depth for people who are already familiar with the subject.

Standard Bookfair workshops last for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in between. While we are open to a variety of workshop formats, we recommend that facilitators leave at least 20 minutes for discussion at the end of their presentations. Each year we get a lot of submissions, but if we don’t have space at the Bookfair, we still want to help make your workshop happen!
Please provide a title and short description of the workshop’s content in your submission. If your workshop is accepted, this information will be reprinted in the program zine.

EMAIL:workshops@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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4. Festival of Anarchy Events: Sept 5th – 11th (various locations TBA)
In addition to the Bookfair, a “Festival of Anarchy” will take place during the preceding week with diverse anarchist-themed events occurring at different venues in Victoria. You can propose any type of event or activity: the only limit is your imagination. Installations, flash mobs, bike races, dance parties, punk shows under bridges, guerilla art, ghraffiti, performances… and beyond.

Festival of Anarchy events are organized autonomously from the Bookfair and, as such, venues are the responsibility of Event Organizers—that’s you! The Bookfair Collective acts as a hub to promote and coordinate these events. We’re committed to helping promote autonomous festival events to the best of our ability through the program zine and the website.

If you’re interested in having us promote your event, please provide a title and short description of your program by August 15, 2012 so that we can include it in our zine and on our website. We strongly recommend Festival Events are NOT scheduled during the Bookfair’s operating hours. In general, contacting the Bookfair Collective about scheduling dates before our proposal deadline is a useful way to ensure the least number of event conflicts.

EMAIL:festival@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

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5. Volunteers
We need your help! The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy Collectives are always looking for new people to assist behind the scenes. We’re looking for help in all kinds of areas such as postering, welcoming & information tabling, room set-up, kids activities, counselling and safe-space support, cleanup and more. The Bookfair is entirely volunteer-run and helping out is a great way to get involved and meet new people. If you’re interested, please read the volunteer descriptions, our collective principles and accessibility statements on our website, and let us know how you’d like to help out!

EMAIL:volunteer@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

10th Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

VICTORIA, UNCEDED SONGHEES TERRITORY, BC – The waves of anarchy will be hitting Victoria this September as we gather to celebrate the 10 years of anarchism in Victoria with The Annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair at the Fernwood NRG, located at 1240 Gladstone Avenue. The bookfair raises awareness about anarchism and social justice while celebrating the values of autonomy, mutual aid, community, and solidarity. Participants include booksellers, presses, zine makers, and artists from all over North America and abroad, as well as affiliate groups such as Camas Books, UVIC Pride Students’ Group, Food Not Bombs, CFUV Women’s Radio Collective, VIPIRG, AK Press (from San Francisco), Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network (VIC FAN), The Anti-Violence Project, and many more!

Workshops will focus on personal, practical, and political applications of anarchist theory and practice as well as historical and contemporary Indigenous issues, notably efforts to stop proposed pipeline developments on Indigenous territories in British Columbia. Some of the topics covered at this year’s Bookfair include Solidarity Politics for Building Resilient Communities, Parenting and Teaching so that Kids can learn to Resist, Self Care for People Who Care, and How to Preserve Veggies using Home Canning Techniques, to name just a few. We will also be hearing from Mark Wilson of YES2SCS, who will be talking about the benefits of Harm Reduction and how safe consumption sites save lives.

Bookfair attendees can look forward to a lively exchange of ideas, stimulating literature and entertaining events all weekend. Food will be available and a family space will be provided for parents and children. As media spokesperson Nate Moss says, “We are encouraging anarchists and non-anarchists alike, to gather and exchange ideas on alternative ways of being.”

The Bookfair will be preceded by a Festival of Anarchy—a whole week of entertainment including a film screening and skype in discussion with Frank Lopez who will be showcasing “subMedia.tv a Decade of Subversion Megamix,” performances by Indigenous Hip Hop group Savage Family, as well as the CFUV Women’s Radio Collective dance party on September 12th and a folk show on Sunday the 13th.

The Festival of Anarchy and Bookfair exemplify the positive changes that can be achieved when we take action. Because anarchism eschews political representation in favour of personal choices and decision-making, the supportive, curious, and skeptical are encouraged to act for themselves: come and see how anarchism works.