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Anti-Authoritarianism and Resisting Illegitimate Authority:

Dr. Bruce E Levine

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

– Vito

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?

  Bio: My name is Vito.  I’m from the central valley and I do tattoos and art stuff to feed myself.  I was involved with the production of the journal Modesto Anarcho and the organizing surrounding it for several years before it was discontinued.  My talk was motivated by the untimely death of my close friend Rachel Montoya and the book I’m writing/compiling to help preserve her memory. The topic of the talk has been broadened from its original idea, as inspired by conversations I’ve had with friends about intimacy and memory and the shortcomings I and others see within our milieu.  The goal of the talk is not only to create a temporary space to share the memories of those close to us in order to give those memories some durability, but to find ways that we might draw our still living friends in closer and deepen our bonds, and to use those bonds as the core animating force in our political struggles

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?

This presentations and discussion will help you think critically and imagine what freedom means, what it would mean for you. There will be some presentation and facilitated discussion as participants explore the meaning of freedom.

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.

Prospects for a Green Syndicalism (Green unionism)

Steve Ongerth of the Environmental Unionism Cacus of the IWW, local union organize Mario Fernadez and environmental activists and forest defenders  who are active in struggles in our bio-region discuss the environmental struggles we face and discuss the history and prospects for expanding them to into a class wide struggle.

Green Syndicalism what it is and what it looks like in practice ? (ecology.iww.org )This presentation and discussion  will explore Green Syndicalist ideas, strategies and tactics. How the labor movement and indigenous, environmental, climate justice movements are coming together around common struggles.

Defending Rojava – Andrej Grubačić

Andrej Grubačić, 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 for anyone wants to make positive change in the U.S. today. 

Bio :
Andrej Grubačić, is Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Social Change, CIIS -San Francisco, and Visiting Professor at the University of Rojava in Qamislo. Author of Living at the Edges of Capitalism : Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (Berkeley : UC Press).
Andrej Grubačić has written on cooperation and mutual aid in world history, world systems theory, labor history, he is an advocate of an anarchist approach to world-systems theory, Grubačić is one of the protagonists of “new anarchism“,

 

The Revolution Starts with Justice!

– Humboldt grassroots

Presentation based on a couple year long research on Revolutionary Justice. Briefly surveys the topic: What revolutionary Justice means and why it is essential part of any serious revolutionary movement. Covering illustrative examples from the past and present and showing where some 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 here and now.

Replacing Them: How we go forward in 2020.

-Dayrle Lamount Jenkins

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 what to do about 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.

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.

Horns of the Trilemma

Strategizing for an Era of Nonbinary Conflict

-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.

 Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom

 

Teaching Resistance is a collection of the voices of activist educators from around the world who engage inside and outside the classroom from pre-kindergarten to university and emphasize teaching radical practice from the field. Written in accessible language, this book is for anyone who wants to explore new ways to subvert educational systems and institutions, collectively transform educational spaces, and empower students and other teachers to fight for genuine change. Topics include community self-defense, Black Lives Matter and critical race theory, intersections between punk/DIY subculture and teaching, ESL, anarchist education, Palestinian resistance, trauma, working-class education, prison teaching, the resurgence of (and resistance to) the Far Right, special education, antifascist pedagogies, and more.

Talk and reading by Greg Bee author of Goodbye to Toxic Boys. Goodbye Toxic boys is a codependent love story, which isn’t necessarily an anarchist book, but I am an anarchist, and my ideals are in it. The themes of my book are love and people helping each other. As well as healing from toxic relationships and overcoming toxic masculinity.

 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 Alpha fitness-  get moving, safe fun hitting a bag

 Description and bio to come

Sister’s  of perpetual indulgence reading children’s books

The Knee High Puppet Company  2:30 pm show

The Knee High Puppet Company delivers an abdominal workout with every show. Featuring the many characters of Isaac Bluefoot, Knee High entertainment engages the imagination like a two year old to bubbles. We provide puppet shows for parties, events and even custom puppet videos via the internet. We preform kids shows, adult shows and that subtle blend of the two. All ages of entertainment under one puppet roof.

Websitehttp://inkbot.tv/tagged/knee-high

Omen quest

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 sharing something 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)

 

Schedule

Meeting room

10am Say Goodbye to Toxic

11am Teaching resistance (video presentation)

12pm Life death intimacy and memory

1pm Freedom

2pm Revolutionary Justice

3pm on everyday resistance

4:30 Defending Rojava (Video presentation)

Main hall

11am Re-Reading Orwell, Re-Thinking Anarchism

12:30 Green unionism

1:30pm Horns of the Trilemma Strategizing for an Era of Nonbinary Conflict

3pm Replacing Them: How we go forward in 2020. Daryle Lamont Jenkins

4:30 Anti-Authoritarianism and Resisting Illegitimate Authority by Dr. Bruce E Levine

Kids Corner

Card table weaving
Boxing Demo

Knee high puppet company 2:30

Sisters of perpetual indulgence story time and

Times are based on participation unless otherwise specified

 

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!

There has only ever been one march for women in Humboldt County and it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of.

 

Eureka Women’s March Protest surrounds truck that attempted to run over protesters as they crossed. EPD and journalists block 101 south.

The first “Women’s March On Eureka” event, held in January of 2017, was rife with oppressive policies that mirror the very system of patriarchy and white supremacy that fittingly places Donald Trump as the figurehead of the whole mess. The event was to not only include the grossly patriarchal and racist institution of the city police, it was to be led by it! And the organizers assigned official “monitors” to mix into the crowd and snitch to the police on any marchers who dared to “step out of line,” a line that was determined for us by the police.

The organizers did not reveal this information to prospective attendees until just two days before the event was supposed to happen. A “march” that was very clearly shaping up to be a parade for the patriarchy, one that was expressly permitted and regulated by the institution that most of us thought we were going out there to protest. The very institution that oppresses women, the group we’re supposed to be “marching” for.

I expressed my alarm at their choices to the organizers via their public event page. In response, they chastised me as “divisive” and quickly moved to silence me by removing my post. But they did not manage to get it down before it was noticed by a handful of folks who were also alarmed to learn of the organizers intentions. Folks who also recognize the systems and institutions that oppress us.

I was contacted by women of color who had been approached by the organizers to speak “for their people,” in an attempt to display racial inclusivity in the most tokenizing of ways. These women were contacted completely at random, based solely on their race, while never having put themselves forward as delegates for the people of their race. Furthermore, they were informed that if they were to speak at this “Women’s March,” they would be disallowed from expressing ideas ‘against’ anything, including Trump. They were told by the organizers to “keep it positive,” in an act of policing not only the messages that were supposed to represent the people of their races but also the emotions of participants. Just a whole lot of policing going on.

I also heard from folks concerned that women were being represented in a narrow way that sought to erase the voices and legitimacy of our trans sisters, which further reflects the system of patriarchy. Another important factor that event organizers had failed to mention was the colonization of the very ground we were to march upon, where indigenous peoples, the Wiyot, had enjoyed a home before white settlers brought their systems of terror and devastation.

With only one day until this charade of a parade was scheduled to take place, a handful of us decided to attempt to organize a protest. We posted a call-out for at least 50 people to commit to publicly protesting the policies of the event organizers and of the institution they were reinforcing, that of the partriarchal, colonial, white supremacist, capitalist, police-state. Within an hour we had our dedicated 50, and then some.

On the day of the event, nearly a hundred protesters gathered together on the waterfront of Eureka, under a banner that denounced the oppressive institutions that ultimately brought thousands out to the streets that day, even if not all in attendance fully understood what brought us there. As the parade passed, we raised our voices, chanting and singing our messages to the mostly silent crowd, which brought many smiles, nods of approval, handshakes, and hugs from them. Some joined our ranks and eventually we began to march, until it was time for the leaders of the parade, the Eureka City Police, to make a U-turn bringing them face-to-face with hundreds of us who let them know in no uncertain terms that we see who they are, we know what horrific systems they enforce, and we do not approve.

At that, we broke from the parade and marched ourselves out into the 101, luring the police away from the platform and pedestal they’d been provided by parade organizers. By my count, there were more than 300 of us chanting, singing, drumming, and dancing in the streets. Do not be fooled by lapdog media accounts that attempted to minimize our gathering by focusing on the few who chose to have themselves arrested that day. We made a large, jubilant, powerful display of resistance. We marched in solidarity with women and all other oppressed people that day. To my knowledge, it is the only women’s march to ever happen in Humboldt County because it was the only march in express resistance of patriarchy. For me, that march brought a lot more than a sense of empowerment and joy. It broadened and strengthened my connection with other solid resisters who I have had the pleasure and honor of organizing with over the past couple of years.

I’m pleased and relieved to see that the parade that deemed itself The Women’s March in Humboldt County finally had organizers with enough understanding of the oppressive systems we find ourselves in that they decided to cancel the event to draw attention to some of its flaws. As for the organizers who’ve decided to continue the tradition of ignorance this year, there will always be those. But it’s my deepest hope that soon enough, more and more people will wake up to the truth about our situation, and the resisters of these oppressive structures we’re all subject to will be enough to overcome those who uphold them. With that goal in mind, we must continue to work and fight our way toward freedom.

I recommend reading and organizing discussions of the following text for a quick study on the roots of patriarchy and how it is tied to all systems of oppression:
http://www.freeocalan.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/liberating-Lifefinal.pdf

Bright Starling

(The first version of this interview appeared in print in the 4th Humboldt Grassroots paper that came out in early 2012. It wasn’t well edited at the time, most of the editorial collective was missing for good reason, repression of HGR members who participated in Occupy Eureka was in full swing, in early 2012.) Hurt, Kristian Williams most recent book, is a collection of articles on the what, where, why and how of torture, and how it must be stopped. Hurt argues convincingly why stricter laws and more human rights observers can’t end torture. Human rights observers are deceived and not given access is not provided full access to necessary information by governments. Thus, tons of torture goes unreported. So to end the practice of torture, we must dismantle the institutions and systems that benefit from inflicting maximum pain and suffering. That means creating a real democracy the prison abolition movement and the feminist movement collaboration described in Critical Resistance 10 conference. How do we dismantle the prison and the police state while keeping people accountable and safe? That conversation needs to be had to find and share solutions to replace systems of oppressions rely on torture with community power that relies on real democracy. Torture and democracy don’t mix the whole concept of torture is the subjugation and dehumanization of another runs as the complete opposite to the practice of justice, equality, solidarity and the universal freedom of all humanity. I asked some questions of Kristian Williams. Also, I have a few questions about a few topics discussed in Hurt: How has the use of torture terror and physical subjugation you describe in Hurt, played out in your view in the repression against the Occupy Wall Street Protests across the country? I haven’t really done a thorough study of Occupy and the state’s response. There are a couple of notorious instances of the cops using pepper spray to force compliance (UC Davis) or as a kind of gratuitous punishment (NY). By my reckoning that instrumentalization of pain counts as torture. And I think it’s telling that those were probably the incidents that proved most discrediting to the cops. I mean, it really backfired for them and generated lots of sympathy for the protesters. Of course, the fact that there was video was crucial to have that political effect. I wanted to know more about your work with Critical resistance and  Incite, what your assessment of the current prison abolition movement is, where you think it is going, and the political change for real democracy(anarchism) needs to go? I haven’t myself done any work with Critical Resistance or Incite directly, aside from attending the CR10 conference and contributing an article to the CR newsletter. But the organization I’m part of, Rose City Copwatch has taken a lot of inspiration from the joint statement by CR/Incite about the need to address community violence without relying on police and prisons. Part of our work over the past many years has been advancing the notion that there are and can be alternatives to the official criminal justice system. We put out a pamphlet a few years ago profiling quite a number of those existing alternatives. It’s on our website, rosecitycopwatch.org. That, of course, has a natural overlap with my intellectual work, especially the afterword to Our Enemies in Blue. I think the prison abolition movement has made impressive strides in the past 15 or so years. It’s really managed to establish itself as a legitimate position on the political spectrum — to such a degree that the state is beginning to co-opt some of the ideas about restorative justice and the like. And the advances of the prison abolition movement have also had the effect of completely changing the left’s agenda around policing as well. It used to be that anti-cop organizing was almost entirely under the sign of police accountability, but in the past dozen or so years there’s been a shift more and more in the direction of abolition. As for next steps: I think we’ve done a pretty good job in pushing the notion that there could be ways to resolve disputes and respond to violence that the community controls directly and that doesn’t rely on locking people in cages. But so far we have not done nearly enough regarding actually creating and sustaining those alternatives. I hope we’ll see more experiments in that area in the years to come. What are your suggestions? Do we need to create better anarchist media? Should radicals put more of an emphasis on organizing in their neighborhoods than into protest camps? Do you suggest we protest specific police practices and policies? Yes. We need all of that. I’m always reluctant to try to tell people what to do, though, because political strategy needs to be tailored to a specific context. What makes sense in Portland right now may make no sense in Humboldt — and may not make sense in Portland in six months, either. I know you described how torture is hidden in plain sight in your book, but what impact does that tacit knowledge tend to have on people? How is a regular person who hasn’t been arrested affected by torture in our society? Torture has effects far beyond its immediate victims. It also traumatizes their families and loved ones, it’s disruptive to their communities, it intimidates those who even just her about it, and it indeed casts a shadow over the entire society. It’s a kind of terrorism, and I don’t use the word hyperbolically. People are afraid of prison, for example, in large part, I think because they’re so scared of what happens to people in prison. That fear is itself a system of control, every bit as real and the walls and the razor wire. And of course, living in a society stratified by race and class, certain types of people are vastly more likely to be sent to prison than others. In particular, Black men are more likely to be incarcerated than any other group. The effect of that imprisonment, and of some of the things that happen to them while they’re there, has been pretty devastating to the Black community. take care, Kristian