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Here are some of the details as promised! More is in the works but this is quite a huge thing as is. The mini tours times and locations will be posted soon enough. Here are some details in no particular order. Exciting!

Anti-Authoritarianism and Resisting Illegitimate Authority:

Dr. Levine will define authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism, and he will discuss definition controversies. Next, he will discuss his path to writing Resisting Illegitimate Authority, including how he became an activist in the mental health treatment reform movement and began focusing on authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism in the larger society. Dr. Levine will then discuss Resisting Illegitimate Authority, which is a book about anti-authoritarians and also for them. Much of the book is devoted to profiling a diverse group of U.S. anti-authoritarians, all of whom having something to teach about anti-authoritarian triumph and tragedy, and Dr. Levine will discuss some of these profiles and offer ideas for anti-authoritarians struggling to survive and have a good life. Following the talk, Dr. Levine will take questions and comments.

 

Bio: Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His latest book is Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models (2018). His earlier books include: Get Up, Stand Up (2011); Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic (2007); and Commonsense Rebellion (2003).
He is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, Truthout, Salon, AlterNet, Z Magazine, and the Huffington Post. His articles and interviews have been published in the New York Times, Skeptic, Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times, and numerous other magazines. He has also contributed chapters to the books: The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2011); Writing Without Formula (2009); Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders: Depression (2009); and Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry (2007).
Dr. Levine is on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, and he is on the scientific advisory board of the National Center for Youth Law. A longtime activist in the mental health treatment reform movement, he is a member of the International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry. He was born in 1956, grew up in Rockaway in New York City, graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York, and received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

Life, Death, Intimacy, and Memory:  Friendship. and integrity as Core Motivator of Political Struggle.

Why do we engage in political struggle, if not to better our own lives and those we care deeply for?The purpose of this talk is twofold:  The first is to remember those close to us that have fallen in the struggle. This not to say only those who were involved in political action, as all life lived under Capitalism is struggle and is political, with or without intent. Nor is it to pay lip service to those distant relationship we may feel solidarity with (i.e. Heather Heyer, Willem Van Spronsen), but those who we knew personally and intimately, and to remember them not just as political actors but as people who were worth struggling  for and alongside of, and to not let their memory fade in this day and age of short term memory and information overload. 

The second is to identify the ways in which we felt intimacy with those we’ve lost and how those intimacies motivated us to engage in political action, not just for a faceless idea of the oppressed masses,but for ourselves and those we care about who are subject to points of oppression shared with those masses.  Furthermore, to find ways to better treat and deepen our bonds with those still alive and to use our shortcomings, real or perceived, with those we’ve lost as a reference point, with specific focus on the ways that our milieu has failed in that regard.  How can we create friendships that are true and intimate and based off material relationships and mutual respect, rather than on Machiavellian networking, or purely symbolic relationships like Comradery or Solidarity?

 

 

On Everyday Resistance-
Kevin Van Meter

Description: Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is going on, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Kevin Van Meter, author of Guerrillas of Desire, will map these undercurrents, describing the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism, while showing that it remains an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand. Join the Kevin for a reading and discussion.

bio: Kevin Van Meter is an organizer and independent-scholar based in the Pacific Northwest and author of Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible published by AK Press, amongst other works.  Van Meter can be reached via his website at www.readingstruggles.info. 

 

Free your mind: Workshop on critical thinking and imagining what freedom would mean for you?

Presentation/discussion description to come

Re-Reading Orwell, Re-Thinking Anarchism-
Kristian Williams

Can anarchists learn from the left’s failings, or are we destined to repeat them?  Kristian Williams will revisit Orwell’s trenchant critique of the orthodoxies and culture of the left, applying his complaints to the contemporary anarchist movement and advocating a thorough reassessment of anarchism as it presently exists.  

Bio : Williams has been active in the anarchist movement for more than twenty-five years, and is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, Between the Bullet and the Lie: Essays on Orwell, Whither Anarchism?, and the forthcoming Resist Everything Except Temptation: The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde.

Anti-police Terror Project Sacramento

“The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World and the Idriss Stelley Foundation. APTP is not a non-profit organization.”

Specific presentation description to follow

 

Prospects for a Green Syndicalism: 

Steve ongerth of the Environmental Unionism Cacus of the IWW and a number of forest defenders who are active in struggles in our bio-region discuss the environmental struggles we face and discuss the prospects for  expanding them to class wide struggle.

Better bios and description is in the works

Defending Rojava –Debbie Bookchin

 Debbie Bookchin, recently returned from the autonomous Kurdish-led region known as Rojava, will talk about the history of Rojava, and discuss why it is critical to defend this feminist, ecological, democratic project from the ongoing onslaught by Turkey and its jihadi allies as well as the Syrian regime. She will also discuss how ideas of social ecology have influenced the Kurdish freedom movement and why the Rojava project is relevant to progressive politics in the U.S. today. 

Bio :Debbie Bookchin is a long time journalist and author who has won awards for her news feature and investigative reporting. She has reported and written for a number of publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, and The Nation. She served for three years as Bernie Sanders’ press secretary when he was first elected to Congress from Vermont. She is the daughter of two activist parents. Her father is the philosopher and social theorist Murray Bookchin who is credited with originating the critical theory known as social ecology which had a major impact on the New Left of the 1960s, the Alter-Globalization movement, and more recently the Kurdish autonomy movement with its anti-capitalist, reconstructive, ecological and communalist vision of social organization. Her mother, Beatrice Bookchin, worked alongside her father for more than 50 years contributing to the development of his ideas and running twice in Burlington City Council elections on a radical, municipalist platform that proposed a grassroots democracy, ecological stewardship and a moral economy as part of a project to develop a countervailing power to that of the nation-state. Many of the ideas that have animated the Kurdish autonomy movement, can be found in Bookchin’s latest book of essays: The Next Revolution Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy, which Debbie coedited.

 

The Revolution Starts with Justice : 

This ambitious presentation based on a couple year long research effort, hopes to briefly survey some great answers from past and contemporary movements and criticize where efforts fall short.

Capitalism is built on legal codes made over time primarily in law offices and court rooms, the legal apparatus of state administers the hierarchies in social relations in a similar way, where the house always wins. State justice is another arena of conflict between the oppressed and oppressor, between the rights of the individual and society. Where most often regardless of the evidence the stronger, richer party wins.
We need Autonomous justice processes and institutions that do better; that are able to competently and justly resolve conflicts while growing the strength of revolutionary movement to right wrongs in the world.The revolution that we need to create to get free and attempt to create a just balance between one another and our ecology requires organizational and philosophical practices that are up to the task. We need revolutionary justice, a partisan practice that embodies our revolutionary anti-authoritarian ideals.

Learning from what’s working (has worked) and investigating what hasn’t and why is essential, to find the best answers, the best practices from which to start to build working revolutionary justice models now, for a more just future.

 

 

Bio of presenter(s) to come

Presentation based on lengthy research project based on research of literature, interviews and discussions about the necessity, tradition and successful contemporary practices of revolutionary justice;The Revolution starts with justice!

 

Horns of the Trilemma

Strategizing for an Era of Nonbinary Conflict

By the Crimethinc ex-workers collective

Once upon a time, anarchists saw ourselves as engaged in a two-sided struggle between the common people and the institutions of power. Today, as the future of neoliberalism becomes uncertain, we are increasingly finding ourselves in three-way fights that pit us against both the reigning authorities and far-right nationalists driven by their own vision of civil war.

How do we strategize for conflicts that involve three or more sides, so that one adversary does not benefit from our victories against another side? This has been a problem for anarchists at least since the Russian Revolution.

In this presentation, we will introduce the concept of non-binary conflict, consider case studies of contemporary three-sided conflicts around the world, and discuss how this can inform our struggles against fascists, the Trump administration, and the centrists of the Democratic Party.

 

Dayrle Lamount Jenkins

TALK DESCRIPTION:

Replacing Them: How we go forward in 2020.

After the past three years of a political climate in turmoil, next year we hope to correct the course. While there are many suggestions as to what that course is, the consensus always excludes the far right that dominates today’s climate. How do we change that, how have we fought them in the past and how do we fight them in the future and most importantly, who are we fighting. This will be a discussion about what we have seen and what to expect as we go forward.

BIO

Daryle Lamont Jenkins is the founder and Executive Director of One People’s Project (OPP), a Philadelphia-based anti-hate organization that researches, monitors and reports on right wing groups and individuals that seek to polarize communities. Founded in 2000 and working under the motto “Hate has consequences”, OPP has become a go-to resource on such matters, and has been instrumental in the fight against hate. Jenkins has appeared on A Current Affair, the Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and AM Joy with Joy Reid, ABC’s 20/20 and in countless newspaper and magazine articles as well as documentaries focusing on antifa’s fight against the so-called “alt-right”. He is featured in the documentary Alt Right: Age of Rage, which will be in theaters on Aug. 17 and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) plays him in the motion picture Skin, which also stars Jamie Bell, Danielle MacDonald, and Vera Farmiga.

 

Pan-african social Ecology Modibo Kadalie

Modibo Kadalie has spent nearly six decades as an activist, organizer, teacher, and scholar in the civil rights, Black power, and Pan-African movements. In this collection of interviews and public talks, he reflects on the sit-ins, boycotts, strikes, urban rebellions, and anticolonial movements that have animated the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. Kadalie demonstrates how the forms of direct democracy that have evolved through these freedom struggles present the promise of a future defined by social liberation as well as ecological healing. 

This concise, radical, and iconoclastic book connects Black liberation struggles to ecological activism in the era of climate change, calling on present and future generations of activists to reconnect with the spirit of past movements without lionizing individual leaders or lending legitimacy to any governments or politicians.

 Confirmation Description and bio to come– May join us by video chat

 Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom
John Mink, editor of

 Confirmation Description and bio to come

OTCA Building community in public in real time and space

 Confirmation Description and bio to come

All Ages/ Kids Corner

We will have activities for all ages in this space so while some activities are for bigger kids there will be toys, books and art stuff plenty of other fun stuff to do.

Local Children’s author reading: 

Description and bio to come

Growing up Dancing dancing demonstration and presentation

 Description and bio to come

Children’s boxing demonstration-  get moving, safe fun hitting a bag

 Description and bio to come

Sister’s  reading books

The Knee High Puppet Company  2:30s how

Omen quest

Card weaving

Learn to do Card or Tablet Weaving:

Card-weaving is one of the oldest and most versatile textile techniques. Its history can be traced back 6000 years to ancient Egypt. Traces have also been found throughout Europe, India, and the Middle East. This presentation is most suitable for older kids about 10 and up. However it should be fun to see no matter your age Here is more info on card weaving provided by the presenter: www.hollowtop.com/spt_html/weaving.htm , www.theloomybin.com/cw/doc/tutorial1.pdf , www.earthguild.com/products/riff/rcdweave.htm

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If you are interested in tabling or presenting, or just helping out there is still time! Consider printing out the book fair poster and putting some up to help spread the word.

https://wp.me/a3MWE2-qU   (print a copy of the poster)

 

Can you believe it’s the 10th one?! We’re excited to celebrate our big anniversary with those of you who’ve shared in this tradition all these years, and with those of you who are joining in for the first time!

We’re cooking up a Book Fair that you can really sink your teeth into, and we’re not just talking about the free food that our chefs will be serving up all day. Our line-up of speakers and workshops are sure to sate your intellectual appetite. And of course there will be an abundance of books to peruse, brought to you by Anarchist publishers like AK Press, PM Press, Black Powder Press, and more. We are in the process of confirming many publishers that are new to us, such as On Our Own Authority publishing. So many groups that are new to our Book Fair will be tabling. And just in time to wrap up your holiday shopping, if you’re into that kind of thing. There will even be a gift wrapping station, using old Anarchist newspapers! And as always, the Kid’s Corner will have activities for the littles all day. As the event draws nearer, we’ll post the schedule for the bus that will bring you directly to us. Attendance is free of charge.

This year‘s theme is Anti-Authoritarianism, as we wish to explore what we see as the root of our social, and by extension our environmental, ills. We want to help shine a light on the way Authoritarianism is playing out in the world at large, and how it relates to our social movements and to us as individuals. We also want to celebrate and keep the flame burning in the long-standing Anarchist tradition of fierce and courageous resistance to Authoritarianism.

With all that being said, we’re excited to announce our keynote speaker, Bruce Levine, who will be talking about his book, Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being An Anti-Authoritarian — Strategies, Tools and Models!

We’ll also be hosting Crimethinc, authors of books such as Work, No Wall They Can Build, and From Democracy to Freedom, and Kristian Williams, author of Our Enemies In Blue, and Between The Bullet and the Lie. Stay tuned for more details on their presentations.

Workshops will include a Crash Course In Critical Thinking, and an Interactive Exploration of Freedom.

There’s still time and space for more presentations and workshops so feel free to hit us up with your ideas! You can private message us here on Facebook or email us at humboldtgrassroots@riseup.net. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the Book Fair!

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The lessons offered by the Zapatista movement of Chiapas, Mexico are more pertinent now than ever. As the “pink tide” of left Latin American governments recede and the right resurges throughout the Americas and the world, the Zapatistas offer a different way forward. Instead of seeking state power, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to build an autonomous government system beyond the logic of capital and the nation state, and continuously resist attacks on their communities by all sides of the Mexican political spectrum, including the current “progressive” Lopez Obrador administration. Autonomy Is in Our Hearts gives a detailed account of this autonomous government system based on hundreds of testimonies from within the Zapatista base communities. It is rooted in Dylan’s own experiences of years of Zapatista solidarity work and as a student of Tsotsil, a Mayan language indigenous to the highlands Zapatista communities of Chiapas.
Dylan analyzes the autonomous government system through the conceptual language of Tsotsil imparted to him by his Zapatista teachers. The foundations of autonomous government lie in long traditions of indigenous understandings of labor, spirit, social change, self-defense, capitalism, and the good life. The words “Freedom”, “Justice”, and “Democracy” emblazoned on the Zapatista flag are only rough translations of concepts such as ichbail ta muk’ or “mutual recognition and respect among equal persons or peoples,” a’mtel or “collective work done for the good of a community” and lekil kuxlejal or “the life that is good for everyone.” Autonomy Is in Our Hearts provides a comprehensive analysis of Zapatista autonomous government that unfolds a new political language for understanding their movement. It is one of the first and most in-depth studies of the political categories of Tsotsil and an indispensable guide to the inner workings of Zapatista autonomous government. Both a good introduction to the Zapatistas and a new perspective for those already familiar with their movement, it is important reading for engaged intellectuals, activists, and organizers.
Praise: “This is a refreshing book. Written with the humility of the learner, or the absence of the arrogant knower, the Zapatista dictum to ‘command obeying’ becomes to ‘know learning.’” —Marisol de la Cadena, author of Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice across Andean Worlds
“Autonomy Is in Our Hearts is perhaps the most important book you can read on the Zapatista movement in Chiapas today. It stands out from the rest of the Anglophone literature in that it demonstrates, with great sensitivity, how a dialectic between traditional culture and institutions and emerging revolutionary and regenerative forces can play a crucial role in liberatory social transformation. It shows us what we can learn from the indigenous people of Chiapas about a politics of community, care, and mutual aid, and—to use a word that they themselves use so much—about a politics of heart. A great strength of the work is that the author is a very good listener. He allows the people of Chiapas to tell their own story largely in their own words, and with their own distinctive voice.” —John P. Clark, from the Foreword
“Autonomy Is in Our Hearts takes us step by step through the first two grades of the Zapatistas’ international primary school in politics called the escuelita, and carefully describes the ongoing revolution of everyday life in the autonomous municipalities of Chiapas. Most importantly, this book studies the Zapatistas in their own language. In the syntax and semantics of precolonial languages are encoded the seeds and harvest of a post-capitalist present and future. If, as the Zapatistas say, ‘the word is our weapon,’ then this book is a glimpse into an armory for decolonization.” —Quincy Saul, coeditor of Maroon the Implacable and member of the East Coast Chiapas Solidarity Committee



Dylan Eldredge Fitzwater has encountered the Zapatistas as a human rights observer, as a participant in several international gatherings, and as a student at the Zapatista language school in Oventik. His most recent permanent residence was Portland, OR where he worked at Burgerville, a regional fast-food chain, and organized for the Burgerville Workers Union, an affiliate of the Industrial Workers of the World. He is currently on the road living out of a van and selling Zapatista coffee through MonkeyBear Coop.

 

 

 

 

Are you a tenant? Do you want to learn how to get your deposit back, deal with habitability issues, or to secure affordable housing? Join Humboldt Grassroots at the Labor Temple on Friday, June 21, from 6 to 9 pm where we’ll have a tenants rights presentation, discussion, and potluck. That’s Friday, June 21st from 6 to 9 pm at the Labor Temple 840 E Street in Eureka for tenants rights.

Learn how to get from begging for your deposit back, decent housing and affordable rent to bargaining.

Join us for May Day, the original Labor Day! May 1st is the Day all over the world that we celebrate our collective struggle for freedom and honor all those who live and die in solidarity for a free and just society. It is even bigger this year! Ten groups are co-organizing, and seven performances confirmed there are more being confirmed, find them here as we update. This year is going to be huge! There is going to be a Rally, March, and Festival starting at noon going till 9 pm. The event will begin with a rally on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse at noon. An interpretive march will start at 1:00, where you can learn about historic local struggles. The march will bring us to the Old Town Gazebo in Eureka, where you can enjoy some music, hear from speakers, and visit with tablers who are doing great work for our community. From 2:00 to 4:00, we will hear from speakers on a wide variety of topics covering the history of May Day, local unionizing and labor struggles, economic democracy, racial justice, and immigrant rights, ecological resilience, and anti-colonization/ anti-imperialism. Beginning at 4:00, we’ll celebrate with music and dancing, compliments of Moonsong Band, Irie Rockers, Dead Bird Son, DJ Pressure, Unholy Orifice, Blackplate, and more!
 
The eight Anarchists martyrs persecuted and killed for organizing for the eight hour day and for being anarchists advocating for a free and just society. It was their anarchism was put on trial not any alleged crime on the books advocates for better conditions for working people, the eight hour day and the emancipation of humanity put them in conflict with all tyrants. For that, the court sentenced them to death. We will hear more about that when our local historian gets on his soap-box to tell us about it!