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Anarchist People Of Color Conference (8/3 Update)

One of the biggest needs is supporting travel costs for area groups to attend. Without people, obviously, we have no conference, so those wishing to support the conference are encouraged to help local folks make it to Detroit. Some groups are organizing travel support, while others are raising funds for travel stipends. Whatever the case, cost is always a big issue, so please help others attend if you can't.

Please note we have a newly updated version of conference Frequently Asked Questions. Catch it at: . In it, we address a lot of new questions -- everything from bringing kids to sessions to attendance by lighter-toned people of color -- so check it out, and feel free to submit other questions you think others might benefit from.

If you are interested in facilitating a cultural caucus to bring like minds together, email apoc@illegalvoices.org about getting on the schedule.

Please encourage others you know are headed to the
conference to please pre-register, because we're organizing housing based on the needs expressed. URL is

-- thanks!

Everyone is encouraged to exercise common-sense security in the city of Detroit and at the conference. Organizers recently received a threat that may not be serious, and our conference has been mentioned on a white-power message board. These underscore the need to practice personal security.

The following lists workshops currently being hosted at the conference. The most up-to-date batch of workshops is at
for your review. This page is also in a printer-friendly format. We are expecting to add more in the coming weeks, as the submission deadline is September 20 (maybe sooner, as spots are being booked up). If you are interested in presenting, please visit and
complete a workshop submission.

Ernesto Aguilar
supporting the APOC conference

........................

APOC Conference Schedule [as of 3 Aug. 2003]

- Strategy/Vision on Making Anarchism Relevant to Our
Communities

Description: An open discussion on strategies, tactics, experiences and ideas for organizers and others to make anarchism relevant to our neighborhoods, and to all communities. Presenters: TBA

- Building an Anarchist People of Color Organizing
Network

Description: This will be a presentation and facilitated discussion on the creation of an anarchist people of color organizers' network as put in 'Anarchist People of Color Network Proposal'. The purpose of this workshop is not to debate organization versus anti-organization politics, but to unite those who see the need for such a network to talk about the proposal and the necessity for such movement-building. This will also be the first major face-to-face discussion about this proposal, released in July. Presenters: Ernesto Aguilar and Heather Ajani

[Bios: Ernesto Aguilar is a writer and organizer active
in anti-authoritarian movements since the early 1990s.
He recently co-founded Houston Copwatch, and hosts the
weekly Latino-issues radio show Sexto Sol on Pacifica
station KPFT. Heather Ajani, who has recently moved to
Albuquerque, NM, has been involved in Copwatch for
over four years and is a member of Bring the Ruckus.]

- Herbs, People's Medicine

Description: We will investigate wild weeds and trees
growing in the city. What plants can be used for food
and medicine. How to take health care into your own
hands. Presenter: Kwah Waadabi

[Bio: Kwah Waadabi is an herbalist who teaches workshops on people's medicine throughout the Northeast. He has had a private practice for ten years and ran a anarchist herb collective apothecary in Vermont. He has taught at the Avena Institute for Botanical Medicine and helped found the Boston School of Herbal Medicine. Kwah has an intimate knowledge of
plant and tree medicine. It would be preferable to lead the workshop outside. We will look at plants in urban areas that could help sustain people.]

- Anarchism 101

Description: This is a workshop aimed at those who are
new to and/or exploring anarchist/anti-authoritarian
ideas. No question is a dumb question, so bring the
things you've been wondering about, and an open mind.
Presenters: Rotating presenters

- "Karate means 'empty hand,' so it's perfect for the
poor man"

Description: An interactive presentation of basic
techniques, concepts, and applications related to
unarmed self-protection against both armed and unarmed
assailants. Presenter: Gregory Lewis

[Bio: Long-time organizer (Black Autonomy International, IWW, numerous coalitions). Certified personal trainer (ACE; Ashmead College-Seattle, WA) and Karate instructor (black belt; Kenzen Karate-Seattle, WA). Over 20 years in the martial arts (boxing, muay thai, taekwondo, karate, Brazilian jiujitsu). 10 years experience as an event staffer
(i.e. bouncer). Recently fought in the local Toughman
boxing competion (Tacoma, WA) and a bare-knuckle, full-contact karate demonstration (Everett, WA).
Taught self-defense seminars for numerous progressive
organizations including Home Alive, Anti-Racist Action, and Horizon House. Notes: Participants will be asked about any health conditions that may affect their ability to participate. Participants are invited to videotape the seminar so they have a reference tool to take home with them (this is optional and based upon group consensus).]

- From Compounds to Congress: White Nationalism in the
U.S.

Description: As we begin the 21st century, nationalism
has once again become a prominent feature on the
national and political landscape. Across Europe,
ultra-nationalist political parties have risen to
prominence, sharing power presently in Austria, Italy,
while building a large electoral base in France and
the United Kingdom. In the United States, the counter
part to these movements has been the emergence of
white nationalism as a significant political
phenomenon. Political and social space is being
contested by white nationalists in this new period.
The battles will be fought in youth subcultures, and
within social spaces of American society. This
presentation will explore the ideas, the broader
political aims and organizing strategies of the white
nationalist movement, and how anti-authoritarians can
build a framework to respond. Presenter: Eric Ward

[Bio: Eric Ward has been an organizer against the white
nationalist movement since 1992. He has edited three books about white supremacy; The Second Civil War, American Armageddon, and Conspiracies: Real Grievances, Paranoia, and Mass Movement. He is a contributor to the anti-fascist monthly Searchlight Magazine, published in London, England.]

- Women of Color and Feminism

Description: To facilitate discussion with women of
color around our various struggles and how they relate
to traditional feminism. This session would allow for
open discussion in a women's only setting to openly
explore issues surrounding women of color. Presenter: Heather Ajani

[Bio: Heather Ajani, who has recently moved to Albuquerque, NM, has been involved in Copwatch for over four years and is a member of Bring the Ruckus.]

- Qualities of An Anarchist Community Organizer &
Organizing Youth

Description: In this period very little has been written about the qualities of a revolutionary anarchist organizer. Taken from years of experiance, and seeing what does and does not work in community organizing, Munyiga touches on some basic qualities that will make one a more effective people's organizer and more of a Human Being in the process). The second part, Youth Organizing, deals with the organization of youth of color for struggle in this period. Again taken from over 30 years of youth organizing, from his
high school days, to his leadership of the Black Student Union while in University, to organizing street and community youth now, this work-shop will shed some light on effective youth organizing in the 21st century and beyond. (All from an Anarchist perspective). Presenter: Munyiga Nosakhere

[Bio: Munyiga Nosakhere is a member and organizer within the Black Community Network of Community Organizers in Western Canada. He presently is the program coordinator of the Black Community Youth & Resource Center in Regina Saskatchewan, and was active in several Black Revolutionary Nationalist groups in the early 70's. In the late Eighties he became
attracted to the ideals of anti-authoritarian class based revolutionary anarchism, and has worked tirelessly in projects benifiting the African Black Working class and poor. He has workecd behind the scenes in building many communty, youth and student organizations. He lives amd works in Regina, Saskatchewan.]

- Panel on Grassroots Solutions for Challenging Police
Brutality and Misconduct

Description: On this interactive panel, organizers
from various facets of the struggle against police
misconduct in our communities will share their
organizing experiences, give ideas for local work, and
talk about ways for building grassroots solutions for
the epidemic of police violence plaguing our
neighborhoods. Presenters: JoNina Abron, Southwest Michigan Coalition Against Racism and Police Brutality; Lorenzo Komboa Ervin, Black Autonomy Network of Community Organizers; Heather Ajani, Copwatch; others?

- Watching the Right

Description: Workshop that will help attendees learn how to identify people working in right/far right/racist circles and how to combat them. Presenter: Daryle Lamont Jenkins

[Bio: Daryle Lamont Jenkins is the co-founder and spokesperson for One People's Project, an anti-racist watchdog organization that monitors and reports on right-wing activity. Established in 2000 in the aftermath of a racist rally in Morristown, NJ, One People's Project maintains records and information of not only racist groups but the individuals as well. It is OPP's intent to make certain that these groups are not allowed to function in any capacity.]

- The Drug War: An Anarchist of Color Response

Description: Will talk about the difference in Marxist, Anarchist, and Progressive approaches to the drug war and about strategies that we can use to defeat the police repression connected to the drug war in communities of color. Presenter: Roger White

[Bio: Roger White is a criminal justice researcher for the Data Center, a social justice research and training organization based in Oakland Ca. He's also a member of East Bay Uprising, an anti- authoritarian of color collective focused on police repression and the drug war.]

- We Got the Camera: Building Local Copwatch Groups

Description: An informational workshop with advice on
how to start a Copwatch group in your area--what is
needed and how to get started. Presenter: Heather Ajani

[Bio: Heather Ajani, who has recently moved to Albuquerque, NM, has been involved in Copwatch for over four years and is a member of Bring the Ruckus.]

- Addressing Classism in Our Movements, Our Communities
and Ourselves

Description: Facilitated discussions about internalized oppression, which will talk about constructive, concrete ways to check these -isms in anti-authoritarian movements.
Presenters: TBA

- Addressing Sexism in Our Movements, Our Communities
and Ourselves

Description: Facilitated discussions about internalized oppression, which will talk about constructive, concrete ways to check these -isms in anti-authoritarian movements.
Presenters: Walidah Imarisha (and others)

- Addressing Heterosexism/Homophobia in Our Movements,
Our Communities and Ourselves

Description: Facilitated discussions about internalized oppression, which will talk about constructive, concrete ways to check these -isms in anti-authoritarian movements.
Presenters: TBA

- The Necessity for Collective Liberation Perspectives
in POC Revolutionary Work: Defeating the Divide and
Conquer Strategy by Building Bridges Beyond Race and
Culture

Description: Q&A/community session with elders and
others. Presenters: TBA