Phoenix Anti-Capitalist Conference 2015
The 2nd Phoenix Anti-Capitalist Conference is rapidly approaching, and will be held at the Nile Theater on Sunday, February 8th. In coming together, we celebrate 2014's mounting resistance in Arizona and across the U.S., reflect upon the fluid context of our struggle, and learn from our experiences to prepare for the coming year. The Conference provides a unique opportunity for active and aspiring radicals in Arizona and across the Southwest to come together, make connections, and strategize on creative ways of building a counter hegemony to the fascistic right-wing dominance of the region.
We are building off of last year's conference, which brought 250 people from all over Arizona to engage in more than 20 panels and workshops on local issues, autonomous community building and building solidarity between struggles. This year, we've lined up more panels on local fights, radical strategies and some amazing out-of-town speakers. We will again provide free vegan lunch and accept donations at the door without turning anyone away.
Our hopes for the event are that rad folks get the chance to meet and further develop their individual and collective analysis of capital and the state, both locally and nationally. If you are coming from out of town and need a place to crash, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to get you set up as best as possible.
We will continue to update the schedule as each speaker makes their presentation details available. We are currently full on speakers but have space for tables, so please feel free to reach out if you'd like to use this opportunity to share your cause or action. Make sure to stay updated by regularly checking out this page.
This event is being paid for out-of-pocket by the organizers, and any and all donations are desperately needed and will be greatly appreciated. Please consider doing below this article, at the link provided.
10:30 – 11:30 - Reality as Playground
Open discussion/workshop based on utilizing urban environments to re-imagine our social landscapes as playful spaces for interaction. Provocative and playful approaches to challenging the mundane social norms of public life. Activating unused spaces, instigating random and thought provoking situations, blurring the lines between participant and observer In an effort to disturb the drab routines of work, school, and shopping.
Presenter- Joey G (aka Phil Freedom), creative imagineer behind the Anarchist Library, Mob Action, Conspire, PhxBux, and the Endless Seam. Involved in special projects, interactive performance art, poetry, and disturbance.
10:30 – 11:30 - Reconceptualizing Solidarity Networks: Their Limitations and Their Potential
A former member of Steel City Solidarity and Common Cause discusses using solidarity networks for neighborhood organizing. Sol-nets represent an innovative strategy of combating slumlords and thieving bosses by utilizing collective struggle and direct action. Their model of organizing is effective, is easily implemented and thus has been widely duplicated. Yet like everything, they have serious limitations and untapped potential. The presentation will be in part a 101 on sol-nets and why they are important to expanding the struggle. The rest will attempt to address those limitations and how we can further the cultivation of working class power, via neighborhood assemblies and the generalizing of solidarity and self defense.
Presenter: Carpe Locus Collective
11:30 – 12:30 – Glamarchy!
Queer and trans* issues are human rights issues. 53% of anti-queer hate crime murder victims are trans* women, and 73% are people of color. This is a call-out for other radicals to build solidarity and support within the Black Lives Matter movement for the lives of black trans* sisters. Discuss ways to shine and light and help bring an end to cismisogyny within our community, as well as systemically.
Presenter: Jerel is a non-conforming queer and advocate for queer and trans* issues. His advocacy is inspired by witnessed misogyny within and outside of the queer community, in Phoenix as well as Oakland.
11:30 – 12:30 – Grabbing Back: Against the Global Land Grab
Climate change ravages the earth, while wealthy elites try to grab as much of the world’s diminishing resources as possible. As Vandana Shiva writes, land is life. But land, and the struggle to possess it, is also power—colonial and corporate power, to be sure, but also the power of the dispossessed to rise up and call for an end to the global land grab. Grabbing Back maps this struggle, bringing together analyses that uncover the politics of cultivation and control. In this unprecedented collection, on-the-ground activists join forces with critically acclaimed scholars to document the commodification and consumption of space, from foreclosed homes to annihilated rainforests, from ecotourism in Sri Lanka to the tar sands of Montana, and to outline the strategies and tactics that might stop the destruction.
Presenter: Alexander Reid Ross is a journalist and co-founding moderator of the Earth First! Newswire. His work has been featured in CounterPunch, The Ecologist, Defending Dissent, and the Cambridge University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security. His anthology Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (ft. Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva) is out through AK Press. (via Skype)
12:30 – 1:30 – Ally Privilege
An honest discussion of ways that white radicals and those that consider themselves “allies” can actually be detrimental to conversations about race because of their unwillingness to analyze and critique their own behavior.
Panel: Monica Jones is an internationally known advocate for sex worker's rights. Her frontline activism has caused her to be targeted by law enforcement, but she has used her experiences to help shut down a coercive social program that was targeting sex workers with the assistance of Phoenix PD. She works with SWOP Phx to build respect for the autonomy of women and trans* folks in her community, and beyond.
Nat Ismaili. Queer Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cis female from Phoenix. Working to vaporize the cis hetero white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. Types 140 words per minute. Occasional misandrist. Life: 3, Strength: 5, Magic: 2
Rashaad Thomas is an USAF Veteran, Fashion Designer/ Stylist, Poet, Yoga Instructor, and Community Activist. Rashaad uses art and Black experience as a dialect of the Black vernacular to engage communities and advocate cultural consciousness. Rashaad’s desire is to be heavily involved in education legislation/ policy to ensure Black and other marginalized communities have access to adequate education, housing, and employment.
12:30 -1:30 - Praxis - Actions Informed by Theory and Theory Informed by Action
This presentation inspires participants to clarify their vision of the anti-capitalist "better world" and the beliefs and values-- the theoretical base from which one operates in selecting and organizing the multiplicity of actions possible to make the vision a reality.
Presenter: June Terpstra is on the faculty of Northeastern University Justice Studies Department and has been an anti-capitalist activist and educator for over 25 years. She was the founding director of shelters, youth centers, and women's centers in Chicago and helped organize protests in the USA and globally.
1:30 – 2:30 - LUNCH- Free vegan food provided by Tempe and Glendale Food not Bombs
2:30 – 4:00 – Anarcho-Patriarchy
The first 45 minutes of this panel will be a discussion only for women, trans* and fluid people.
The second 45 minutes is open to everyone, for a frank and challenging discussion of the ways that misogyny is perpetuated in radical circles, and the ways it effects us all.
Panel: Charlie (Tucson), Rose (Carpe Locus, Phx ABC, Phx IWW), Beth (Carpe Locus, Phx ABC), Nat (person who has opinions), Laine (Carpe Locus), Lauren (Tucson ABC), Ned (Flagstaff)
4:00 – 5:00 Reclaiming the Commons: Rethinking infrastructure that is insurrectionary, liberatory and sustainable
This accessible presentation will examine the importance of creating grassroots spaces, organizations and coop business models as part of resistance to capitalism and exercising power from below. It will address some of the limits and promises of rethinking the way we create, run, and dismantle our current social and political movement models to avoid the nonprofit trap, or organizations and spaces that are unproductive; creating openings for liberatory and insurrectionary engagements that are living and dynamic.
Presenter- scott crow is an anarchist speaker and author. He has spent his varied life as an underground musician, coop business owner, political organizer and worker. He has been called a jackass, but thinks of those words as fond reflections of noble animals. He is the author of Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press) and other books. He can be found at www.scottcrow.org
4:00 -5:00 Closed discussion except for queer and trans* folks.
Presenter: Ned (Flagstaff)
5:00 - 6:00 Native Perspectives in Media
This presentation discusses the evolution of the fight against native mascotry from a strategic standpoint, highlighting successful social media campaigns and wins.
Presenter: Jacqueline Keeler is a Navajo/Yankton Dakota Sioux writer living in Portland, Oregon and is a founder of EONM.org (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry). She has been published in Salon.com, Indian Country Today and the Nation. She is finishing her first novel "Leaving the Glittering World" set in the shadow of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State during the discovery of Kennewick Man. (presenting via Skype)
5:00 – 6:00 Self-Defense
Workshop on presenting self-defense training in a non-hierarchical and inclusive environment. The first part of this workshop will include a discussion on how typical self-defense and martial arts spaces operate as masculine and exclusive environments, as well as how these features can be combated, and the benefits of doing so. The workshop will end with a brief foundational self-defense lesson by Laine. If you would like to participate in the self-defense lesson, non-restrictive clothing is recommended but not required.
Presenter: Laine is a Tae Kwon Do black belt with ten years of experience. She is currently training jiu jitsu at the white belt level and teaches free ladies' (women, trans*, and fluid) self-defense classes in Tempe.
6:00 - 7:00 Settler Colonialism
Using the stages of colonization as defined by indigenous artist Gourd Hill aka Zig Zag, we will see how settler infrastructure played a crucial role in the colonization of O'odham land. Followed by an analysis of the ways activist culture perpetuates white supremacy and interferes with indigenous resistance from the exercising of settler privilege instead of providing support.
6:00 - 7:00 Phoenix Radical History
Radical history of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, including groups such as Bring the Ruckus, Phoenix Cop Watch, etc.
7:00 – 8:30 - Survive the Fight: Building Secure Communities
Discussion of practical ways of protecting yourself from infiltration and arrest. Focus on the nuances of what a more secure community looks like, not built on suspicion but on trust and genuine relationships, and how this better prepares a community for when repression does hit.
Panel- Tucson ABC & Phoenix ABC
kevin shaw of Flagstaff will be onsite doing massages for donations to the conference! This service will only be offered during specific time slots, so that ve can participate in the conference as well. Watch for their massage area and sign-up list. Limited spaces will be available.
kevin shaw is a massage therapist who hopes to decommodify the healing process and safely deconstruct the power dynamics between practitioner and client. ve would like everyone to experience bodywork when they are ready to, in their own way.
This event is being paid for out-of-pocket by the organizers, and any and all donations are desperately needed and will be greatly appreciated. Please consider doing so at the link below.
Speaker lists and extended descriptions of presentations will continue to be posted on this page.