Solidarity Demo with Oaxaca

Monday, June 7th at 1:00pm

Monday, June 7th at 1:00pm

Background:

On June 8, anti-authoritarians and human rights activists are trying to break the paramilitary blockade of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala in Oaxaca. We need to support them to help avoid another massacre.

In 2006, Oaxaca was the site of one of the most inspiring, important social rebellions of the decade. Between the brutal crackdown of the Mexican state and the constant harassment by paramilitaries, dozens of people have been killed and the rebellion was largely crushed, but parts of Oaxaca are still organizing their autonomy.

For five months, the Triqui village of San Juan Copala has faced severe paramilitary repression for declaring itself autonomous from the Mexican state and the neocolonial capitalist policies it enforces.

On April 27, paramilitaries attacked a convoy that included activists, anarchists, and humanitarian workers trying to reach the village to lift the paramilitary siege. Two people, Beatriz Alberto Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, were killed and several were wounded. Beatriz, an indigenous Mixtec, was a long-time advocate for food sovereignty, community water management, soil conservation and indigenous autonomy. She directed the organization CACTUS (Centro de Apoyo Comunitario Trabajando Unidos). Jyri, 33 years old, was a Finnish human rights activist who had been involved in the Fair Trade movement and delivering humanitarian aid to Africa.

On May 15, paramilitaries kidnapped and beat 12 women and children inhabitants of the municipality, who were later released. On May 20, paramilitaries assassinated Cleriberta Castro and her husband, Timoteo Alejandro Ramirez, who was the leader of the indigenous Yosoyuxi community within the municipality.

Multiple indigenous, Zapatista, anti-authoritarian, human rights and other groups are calling for a second caravan to lift the blockade of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, arriving on June 8.

For this reason, we are calling for a day of solidarity actions the day before, on June 7, to create pressure and prevent another massacre. The paramilitaries work on behalf of the Mexican government and Mexican and international corporations invested in the area. They do the dirty work that provides the basis for state control and commercial investment.

As comrades in Oaxaca go face to face with the paramilitary thugs, all the rest of us need to let the bosses of the paramilitaries know there will be consequences for more brutality.

Call-ins or protests at Mexican consulates, visits to corporations invested in Mexico, counterinformation and direct action are all necessary. Because solidarity spreads or it dies.

Decentralized Solidarity Actions on June 7: Against Capitalism and its Death Squads! For Indigenous Self-Determination!

–anarchists and anti-authoritarians in Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Tacoma and beyond.

Para más información en español

http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/oaxaca-mexico-nuevo-ataque-paramilitar-causa-dos-muertos-san-juan-copa

for more information in English see

http://elenemigocomun.net/

http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/11159

via Tacoma Anarchist Network

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The Northwest Anarchist Conference

Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th. 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

At The Evergreen State College, Olympia

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, Washington 98505
Inside Building Seminar II, room E 1107

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A Short Introduction to the Convention:

The idea and focus behind this conference is to bring different types of anarchist practice to the for-front and begin moving away from specific theoretical engagements. Rather than taking theory and separating it from its everyday practice. This is an attempt at allocating theory the ideas brought up in discussion and talked about and beginning to practice them (IE. Praxis). There will be no specific theory leading the discussions or dialogue throughout the time except for the person. The set up is to have the ability to talk and discuss the ideas in an open manner. So after every discussion there will be a small open dialogue about the ideas.

What is anarchist practice either to the individual or collective? How do different anarchist theories engage in their practice everyday? Is the point to find a comfortable space of habitation within capital? Or is it attack capital at its heart? Or is it to create alternatives to capitalism?

Presentations:

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Neither I nor we.
Experimentation with form, practice, and context as anarchist practice.

April 24th – doors open at 12:30

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Presenter: Aragorn!

Anarchist practice should have the vigor to fail, to stand alone and to work with others. Instead of couching our actions in archaic, or brittle ideas we should dare to try things that we know will not work, work with people we don’t particularly like, and suffer alone on points others are ambivalent about.

Drawing from years of working on anarchist projects, from psuedo-platformist, diy lifestylist, to publishing projects I will speak to a practice against imaginary revolutions, false unity (or solitude), and towards the practice of the unknown.

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WHO OWNS YOU?: Self-Ownership as a Basis for an Anarchist Theoretico-Practical Synthesis

2:30 – 4:30 PM

Presenter: Apio Ludd

I don’t think that it is possible to separate genuinely anarchist theory and practice. To engage theoretically is to engage practically and vice versa. Stirner’s idea of self-ownership provides a powerful basis for anarchist theoretico-practical endeavors with broad and deep implications that, at the same time, provide no easy answers. I will endeavor to show the absurdity of conceiving of theory and practice separately while working out the implications of self-ownership as a basis for anarchist theoretical endeavors and for the synthesis of the various endeavors of different individuals in a way that can strengthen all without enforcing an artificial unity.

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Anarchy in 2010: Are We up to the Challenge?

April 25th – doors open at 12:30

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Presenter: John Zerzan

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Identity Politics: Tactically Inefficient

2:30-3:30 PM

Alexander & Aria

And Much MORE!

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email us for any other information about the event:
aconferencenw@gmail.com