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People of Colour Space

Rm210

This is an open invitation for people of colour only (POC – including racialized, indigenous, immigrant,
queer/trans folk of colour) to come to the POC Space at the 2014 KW Anarchist Book Fair.

The room will be an intentional space of solidarity for those who battle racism as part of our daily lives, and not necessarily as our “activism.” Feel free to come into the space as a retreat, or to engage in consensual conversations with other folks in the room. A possible purpose for the space could be that we build new relationships, relax, eat in peace, debrief, or share some love, care, jokes, and gentleness during a day that can be tiring. The POC Space will have volunteers in the room all day.

2:00­-3:30pm

Discussion in the POC Space Janice Lee will facilitate a discussion for POC only, on these questions: What are some struggles we encounter as POC in anarchist and radical­identified spaces? How can we promote anti­racism and allyship without doing all the educating ourselves? What are strategies for solidarity between POC?

Janice is an artist/organizer who is trying to be unapologetically anti­racist, better at intersectional anti­oppression, and still be motivated by gentleness, community and love.

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Schedule of Events!

9 am

  • KW Anarchist Bookfair begins! Tabling opens.

9:30am

  • Kidzone opens -­ Rm 108

10-­11:15am

  • Aarchism 101 -­ Rm 201
  • Radical/Anarchist Birth -­ Rm 203

11:30-12:45pm

  • A Look into the Anarchist Movement in Poland -­ Rm 201
  • Silence Fiction: Voice, Resistance, and Animal Politics ­- Rm 203
  • Organizing Solidarity Networks in Ontario; Tips, Trip Ups & Telling Moments! -­ Rm 301

1 pm

  • Lunch! – Main floor hallway

2-­3:30 pm

  • Discussion in the POC Space -­ Rm 210 (open for people of colour only)

3-4:15pm

  • Unsettling Oppression: Towards an Anti­ Colonial Anarchism -­ Rm 201
  • Gentrification as Class Warfare -­ Rm 203
  • Solidarity Unionism and the Fuelers’ Strike at Porter Airlines -­ Rm 301

4:30pm

  • Strategizing for the Long Haul ­ Activism Over 30 -­ Rm 201
  • Workers’ Control: Does it Actually Work? ­-Rm 203
  • Working Class: A Skinhead History ­- Rm 301

5:30pm

  • Kidzone closes

6pm

  • Tabling closes

7pm

  • Afterparty!

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Chill Space

Rm209
Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the bookfair crowd? Want to relax, read a zine you just picked up, or maybe take a nap? Come check out the Chill Space and have some quiet time to yourself. We’ll have some arts and craft materials available in the room if you would like to make something.

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Women, Trans and Queer Space

Rm208
Manarchists got you down? Did something not sit well with you in a workshop or maybe you overheard something you want to process in a safer space. Come check out the women identified space. Located in room 208, we’ll be hanging out all day. Whether you need support about something specific or if you just want to talk about the patriarchy and how it affects our lives, come check us out.
Kat Wombwell is a local anarcha­feminist with an interest in trauma and the politics surrounding it, as well as feminism and anarchism generally. She has worked in the community for three years doing crisis support.

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Childcare at the KW Anarchist Bookfair

Kid Zone
Rm108 ­ 9:30am­5:30pm
Prepare for a day of crafts, activities, snacks, and MUSIC.
The childcare space this year will have it all!! So kids and parents come and get involved in radical childcare fun! A room has been dedicated to children and parents to play and engage with our fantastic volunteers from 9:30am – 5:30pm.
Parents, if you would like to check out the bookfair on your own, we welcome you to drop off your kids! Just make sure to talk to a volunteer and fill out a registration form before you go!
During the day there will always be 2 or more volunteers in the childcare room. Note, that one of which will have strong childcare experience and standard first aid knowledge.
Music with Richard Garvey! Richard is going to teach us some awesome songs that we will be able to sing, play and dance along too! If you have any instruments of your own that you would like to bring, please do!! After some jumpin’ jamming sessions we will put on a show with our friends!

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What is Anarchism?

What is Anarchism?
Anarchism is a political tradition that argues for struggle against all forms of oppression, hierarchy and domination. Anarchists are revolutionary, meaning that they aim to completely eradicate all coercive relationships, structures and institutions such as racism, sexism, capitalism and the state. Anarchists work to create a society based on equality, mutual aid, co­operation and horizontal relationships.
Anarchist history is rich and full of vibrant movements and struggles. Feminist, disability, labour, queer, anti­racist and anti­colonial struggles have all been influenced by and influenced the development of anarchism as a political theory and movement. This means that anarchism is a lived and constantly developing political theory with people experimenting in different ways to put their politics to practice.
Have more questions about anarchism? The KW Anarchist Bookfair is the perfect place to be! Check out the zines and books in the tabling room, and if you can, attend the Anarchism 101 workshop. Check out some other workshops and talk to some people at the bookfair about anarchism. You can also check out some internet sources ­we recommend the Anarchist FAQ at anarchistfaq.org.

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Welcome to the Second Annual K-­W Anarchist Bookfair!

Welcome to the Second Annual Kitchener­-Waterloo Anarchist Bookfair!
It’s finally here, Kitchener­Waterloo’s biggest radical educational event, the KW Anarchist Bookfair!

We aim to foster an environment that educates people who are new to ideas of anarchism as well as bring experienced anarchists into discussions about strategies and tactics against oppressive forces.
While we are hosting tablers that are selling books, zines, art and all sorts of goods, the main focus of the bookfair are the workshops. The Bookfair Collective has selected workshops that deal specifically with anarchism and anarchist tactics, strategies and ideas. We hope that today will be an engaging and positive experience, and that this event will spur conversations and encourage people to build towards the world we all hold in our hearts.
Before moving on with your day, we ask that you take a look at the Accessibility and Safer Spaces policy to help create and maintain an environment that will make todays event enjoyable for everyone.
If you have any suggestions for the Bookfair Collective, you can drop a card in the suggestion box at the welcome table or email us at kwbookfair@gmail.com. You can also make a donation to the Bookfair Collective to help make the KW Anarchist Bookfair a sustainable yearly event.
Thanks for coming out. Enjoy the tablers, workshops and free food!

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2014 Workshop Descriptions!

Anarchism 101  (10:00 AM – 11:15 AM)
By Anarchist Bookfair Collective
What is anarchism? This workshop will seek to answer that question with a facilitated discussion on several key components of anarchist thought and tradition. We will also discuss what it is that anarchists do.

Elysha is an alienated and chronically unemployed queerdo who enjoys travelling by bike and book. Since being fired from her last job, she has compiled a zine about jokes, and baked a lot of bread.
Dan is an anarchist organizer in KW. He likes discussing politics, making art, and playing with his cat.

Radical/Anarchist Birth  (10:00 AM – 11:15 AM)
By Beth Murch
Who “owns” birth? Who gets to determine what is “proper action” at a person’s birth – the individual giving birth, or the capitalist system that profits when they follow institutional protocol? Who determines who a pregnant person “invites” to their birth to support them – a hospital or clinic’s protocols or the birthing family itself? Who are we to prescribe a mandatory experience for birthing people?
The terms, “radical birth and/or “anarchist birth” can allow for the acknowledgement of traditional midwifery and “wimmin’s wisdom”. It acknowledges that each person must inform themselves and make the choices that are best for themselves and for their families, and recognizes that for some, birthing without medical guardianship can be a legitimate, political choice. This workshop will explore and debate these concepts, propose possible future actions, and leave room for those (of all genders) who wish to share their stories to do so. Babies welcome.

Beth Murch is a community wyse womyn, full spectrum doula, birth worker, independent placenta service provider, reproductive justice activist, and spoken word artist. She can be reached at beth.murch@gmail.com

A look into the anarchist movement in Poland  (11:30 AM – 12:45 PM)
By Olga and Kuba
Two anarchists, who are members of a few anarchist collectives in poland will present you with a little look into the anarchist movement in poland. We’ll talk about attitudes and methodes used by different groups of people calling themselves anarchists/activists.
Themes of our discussion will include anarcho punx, the squatting/tenant movement, the Anarchist Federation, antifascists, the LGBTQ movement, shale gas blockades with a historical background of these movements to contextualize the situation in poland and the conditions of anarchist organizing there. It will hopefully be another step in building cooperation across that
big ocean that divides us.

Olga – I lived in Poznan, big city with two squats right in the city center. I love garlic.
Kuba – Member of Tektura collective, Autonomous Social Center “Cicha4″ collective, Rhythms of Resistance Lublin.

Silence Fiction: Voice, Resistance, and Animal Politics  (11:30 AM – 12:45 PM)
By Lauren Corman
This presentation draws on feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonialist, and other liberation-based movements and theories to articulate an approach to animal advocacy that foregrounds agency and resistance (see, Hribal, 2011). As intersectional analyses are (and should be) increasingly centralized in animal advocacy and (critical) animal studies, the move to connect human and animal oppressions is enhanced by representations beyond victimhood and voicelessness. Unfortunately, animals remain strangely erased in coalitional activism and intersectional scholarship that fails to acknowledge the complexity of their lives. Field research on animals’ cultures, sociality, and emotionality helps shift this framework. Lessons from a diversity of liberation movements also significantly strengthen such efforts.

Lauren Corman is a Sociology professor at Brock University. She teaches Critical Animal Studies, and hosted the radio show Animal Voices for about a decade.

Organizing Solidarity Networks in Ontario; Tips, Trip Ups & Telling Moments!  (11:30 AM – 12:45 PM)
By Steel City Solidarity & KW Solidarity Network
Solidarity Networks are organizations of volunteers that use direct action and mutual aid to defend themselves against bad bosses and landlords, among other antagonists. This workshop will give a brief introduction to the Solidarity Network model and how it has been applied by the Kitchener-Waterloo Solidarity Network and Steel City Solidarity.

Unsettling Oppression: Towards an Anti-Colonial Anarchism  (3:00 PM – 4:15 PM)
By Sâkihitowin Awâsis
This workshop will provide a brief overview of colonization and the ongoing impacts it has on Indigenous ways of being. How the colonial processes of dehumanization and dispiriting subjugate Indigenous Peoples and the earth will be reflected upon from an anti-capitalist perspective. This will provide an understanding of how activists reproduce colonial power dynamics in their organizing. Lastly, strategies for supporting decolonization and Indigenous resurgence in anarchist organizing will be explored.

Gentrification as Class Warfare  (3:00 PM – 4:15 PM)
By Common Cause
Our neighborhoods are more than just physical environments made up of concrete, glass and steel. They are more than nameless crowds of people abstractly grouped together to work, sleep and consume. They are vibrant communities,buzzing with the daily rhythms of life and culture. They are contested spaces, where capitalism’s endless drive for profits clashes with the resistance of those asserting their right to exist. Gentrification represents the ever shifting front line of this conflict–and a potent site of class warfare in the 21st century.
This workshop will introduce some of the history and theoretical concepts that provide the context under which contemporary gentrification takes place. From there, we will move on to explore strategies of building community resistance that can bring the fight against capital and the State to the neighborhoods in which we live.

Common Cause is a specific anarchist-communist organization, with branches in Hamilton, Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. This workshop will be facilitated by Alex, a member of Common Cause Toronto.

Solidarity Unionism and the Fuelers’ Strike at Porter Airlines  (3:00 PM – 4:15 PM)
By Toronto IWW
On January 10th, 2013 twenty-two fuelers at Porter FBO walked off the job for higher wages and better working conditions. Toronto members of the Industrial Workers of the World provided strike support, and worked with the fuelers to move the strike from sidewalk pickets to ferry blockades. Practical anti-capitalism means struggling in the economic realm. The Porter strike demonstrates the challenges as well potential for a working-class movement that fights on the job.In this workshop, fuelers and IWW members will discuss the strike and its implications for practice.
Lina and Matt are currently students at York University and members of the Toronto branch of the Industrial Workers of the World. Both are members of the IWW’s Solidarity Committee and participated in the Porter fueler’s strike in 2013.

Strategizing for the Long Haul – Activism over Thirty  (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
By Leslie and Mac
Why are there so few activists over thirty? How do we balance livelihood, child care, organizing, health and friendships? What have older generations learned about the ebbs and flows of staying part of radical, transformative movements? This participatory workshop will reflect on past experience of long term activists, and strategize for lifelong struggle!

Lesley Wood is interested in helping more people stay engaged in revolutionary work as they exit their early 20s. She’s been rabble rousing since the 1980s in a wide variety of movements. She tries not to take herself too seriously.
Mac Scott has been organizing around poverty, immigrant rights, environmental justice and indigenous solidarity for a good long while, mostly in Toronto.

Workers’ Control: Does it actually work?  (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
By Steve Izma
Dumont Press Graphix operated as a worker-owned typesetting shop in Kitchener from 1971 until 1987. As well as providing typesetting and printing services as a means of income, its members also produced newspapers, pamphlets, books, posters, and other print-based communications expressing a politics of radical social change.
Nonetheless, keeping the business going meant that the Dumont workers engaged in day-to-day operations at an entirely different level of effort and intensity than any other workplace would require. They needed not only to participate in the capitalist market, but, given their commitment to the egalitarian values of the New Left and the counterculture of the late 60s, they also had to get along with each other under the de-personalizing circumstances of commerce.
Steve Izma will outline Dumont’s history and its relationship to the Left and the counterculture, and raise issues about workers’ control for a general discussion.
Steve Izma worked at Dumont during most of its existence. He currently works at WLU Press and for Between The Lines Publishing. Shop stuff on the website!

Working Class: A Skinhead History  (4:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
By Analia and Mark
Looking at the historical and cultural origins of skinhead identity, from its 1960s Jamaican and British roots to contemporary global interpretations of the subculture. This workshop will place a specific focus on the growth and movement of the skinhead subculture on turtle island.

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Contested Spaces

A message from the Bookfair Collective on space in KW

We exist in a capitalist state where governments use their power to push for capitalist growth. It is in the interest of capital to make growth happen, and in terms of the city, capitalists will physically alter the city for the sake of generating profit. They aim to increase property values and get a bigger return for their investments. Generally the cost of living rises, and displaces those who can’t or won’t pay for it. This process, called gentrification, is a phenomenon happening in many cities in North America, and made evident in Kitchener with the construction of expensive condos, the prevalence of expensive restaurants and the increase of the police budget and presence. The Faculty of Social Work is a part of this gentrification process in downtown Kitchener as it increases prospects for investors to make big returns. It also pumps out social workers that are often the gatekeepers of the faceless bureaucracy of the welfare state with the goal of making people work for a wage.

Gentrification seeks to push out the poor so that wealthier people can move into city centres to spend their money. But the poor are not gone, the gentrifiers have not won. Anarchists and other activists who criticize capitalism remain situated in this struggle between gentrifying capitalists and moving elsewhere to pay cheaper rent. The city then is literally a contended space for existence. So what do we do? How do we actually contend with gentrification?

One tactic could be to take the space back – even if temporarily. Let’s take it over while we can, like at this Anarchist Bookfair event, and let the gentrifiers, police and government officials know that we will not simply pack up and leave, but we will remain defiant against their wishes of displacing marginalized people.

 

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2014 Poster

11x17 bookfair crow poster

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