Tables, Workshops, and Events

TablesPM pressCamas Books and Info ShopHeart and Hands Health Collective – AK Press – Spartacus Books – Retail Action Network – Radical Buttons – The Outhouse Treasury – Leftover Crafts – All I Have Is What I Am – The Oystercatcher – Fight Back

To propose a table contact tables@victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca

Workshops:

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16th

3pm: Lyndze Harvey (Anarchist Parenting and Teaching: Connecting Our Practice with our Passion)

4pm: Retail Action Network (Worker Power and Workplace Rights)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17th

12pm: Cindy Milstein (Rebillious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief)

1pm: What’s in my baggie: field drug testing

3pm: Why legal support and radical legal solidarity is crucial to our social movements in an era of increased political repression

4pm: Heart and Hands

Saturday

3pm: 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: Worker Power and Workplace Rights

A workshop on your legal rights in the workplace and discussion on how to increase the power we have as workers.

Saturday

12PM: Rebillious 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: What’s in my baggie? Substance identification and harm reduction.

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

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 asprin for demonstration perposes. 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.

3PM: Why legal support and radical legal solidarity is crucial to our social movements in an era of increased political repression

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 2000/ (PM Press
, 2015) 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.