Go here now: cvilleanarchism.org
Go here now: cvilleanarchism.org
Thanks everyone who made the bookfair possible through help, workshops, or just showing up!
Throughout this week, we’ll be changing the website to a hub for news, texts, and organizing for anarchists in Charlottesville and beyond. Stay in touch! Our new e-mail is now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s some events that will be coming up in the future (add any other ones in the comment section!):
- March 31st – Day of Action in Solidarity with the Wisconsin struggle
- April 15-17th – Weekend of Resistance Against the IMF and the World Bank http://imfresistance.org/
- May 1st – May Day: International Day of Workers’ Struggles http://maydayrva.org/
In love and solidarity,
The C’Ville Bookfair Crew
The Charlottesville Community Childcare Collective will be making its grand debut during the bookfair! E-mail them at email@example.com for inquiries. Here’s a post from their blog:
Charlottesville Community Childcare will be providing child care at an event for the first time this Saturday. We will be hanging out with kids at the Anarchist Book Fair from 1 – 7 pm, and we cannot wait! The fair is being held at Random Row Books and the Garage, and we are excited to be able to welcome children to the event. We also cannot wait to meet lots of other people who may be interested and willing to share ideas. Perhaps we’ll see you there! We’ll be the ones covered in paint/chalk and playing with legos.
Shirts everywhere! Different colors! Get ‘em at the bookfair! Pre-order some through e-mail?
The funds will go towards bookfair expenditures (printing and merch), gas money for long-distance travelers, and the remainder will go towards local projects like the blooming Charlottesville Prison Books Collective.
We’re also getting buttons, courtesy of the Dream City Collective in DC!
Here’s a few things we thought would be useful to help you get here:
Getting into Town
-We have an Amtrak Station, Greyhound Station (across the street from Random Row!) and a small airport
-if you’re driving, we’re an hour west of Richmond and 2.5 hours southwest of DC
While you’re in Town:
-the two places that the bookfair is held are very close to one another
-most of the places that are offering housing are pretty close by
-there is a free trolley that runs on a loop between the University and Downtown
-there are quite a few buses: the University ones are free, most of the town ones aren’t
-feel free to ask us for help if you’re confused!
The Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair is less than a week away! I hope you’re all as excited as we are.
Some of you have asked if there’s anything you can do to help us. We definitely have a few things that we need done, and would love your help.
If you’re local:
-help us flyer (anywhere, anytime, but especially other Festival of the Book events and radical events/spaces in town)
-host out of town people! We’ve got a lot of people coming into town who need a place to stay for a night or two- bed, floor and couch space would be appreciated
-tell your friends, professors, peers, clients, roommates, coworkers, partners and people you run into on the street and facebook friends
If you’re from out of town:
-invite folks from your town!
-offer up rides to other people
Please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org to help us out with these things!
Also, if you need anything (housing, childcare, etc) please let us know and we will work to accommodate you.)
Thanks so much + see you soon!
So in case you haven’t heard, anarchists, homeless folks, students, and others are now going into their 8th day of occupation at the Monroe Park in Richmond, VA. They set up a small camp site on their first day and have made it through and expanded out with semi-permanent structures to establish a free, safe, and truly public space for everyone in downtown Richmond.
Recently RVA cops busted up some other homeless camps in town and those folks are now staying at the Monroe Park occupation, so the occupiers need camping supplies like: tents, tarps, blankets, and sleeping bags plus anything else that would make their time easier. In the spirit of solidarity, we’ll be holding a supply drive throughout the bookfair for Monroe Park. Lots of Richmond folks are coming, so they can just take it along. Visit http://monroeparkoccupation.wordpress.com/ for more info and many videos and pictures!
Please bring what you can, if not, then save it up for actions in our town
Note from organizer: We made this short list for the welcome packet of the Bookfair, however, one individual thought it was relevant enough as generic framework/principles for future anarchist events, so they posted it up on the internet.
Things to do while at the bookfair space:
1. Get to know the organizers, publishers, and strangers present. Make new friends, we’ve been intentional about making this a priority.
2. Say hello and thanks to all those who helped put this together: those from Random Row, the Charlottesville Community Childcare Collective, the bookfair organizers, Joyful Dissent folks, everyone who offered housing, and countless other folks.
3. Be respectful, y’all. This includes respecting genders; don’t be afraid to ask what pronouns someone prefers to be referred to by or to state your own preferences.
4. To those anarchists present with some sort of personal tension between them: use the chance to talk out differences, let out frustrations, or otherwise do anything constructive to keep things from hurting the actual flow of the event. It is all too often personal drama gets in the way of mutual organization.
o That said, there’s a big difference between “personal drama” and “personal violence”. Serious issues like sexual assault, racist bigotry, queer/trans-phobia, etc. are the opposite of personal drama in that they not only get in the way of organizing when their effects are kept silent, but also are what we are committed to working against. When we say “drama” we mean fussing over tactical differences, gossip, snobbery, etc.
5. Walk around, enjoy yourself.
6. Scheme and organize!
Things NOT to do while at the bookfair space:
1. Be an uniformed cop, undercover cop, informant, or a snitch. Anarchists have a long history with these folks and it isn’t pretty.
2. Make assumptions about knowledge levels, gender, comfort levels, abilities, etc.
3. Hang out only with those who look like you and talk like you.
4. Keep all of your ideas and dreams bottled up in your head and/or blog
Please respect the spaces you walk around, whether as privileged folks strolling around isolated working class neighborhoods, guests sleeping over at someone’s house,or just human beings coming into a town you know little of. Use the bookfair as a chance to ask locals about Charlottesville and its history.
PS. Check out this Crimethinc article on the Wisconsin situation (click image):