Houston Anarchist Bookfair 2017

We’re proud to announce that Houston ABC will be coordinating the 2017 Houston Anarchist Bookfair! On Sunday, September 24, 2017, Houston Anarchist Black Cross will host a one-day convergence to network, grow, and celebrate anarchist and anti-authoritarian projects in Texas and the surrounding region. Join us for books, workshops, and discussion to celebrate and expand our southern radical communities of resistance!

We welcome proposals for workshops, panels, film screenings and the like, and especially encourage people from Texas, neighboring states, and the south and southwest/la frontera generally to submit proposals. Proposals are due ___ and can be submitted on the form at http://www.houstonanarchistbookfair2017.wordpress.com.

We will also have opportunities for publishers, distros, bookstores and others to table. If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch with us at htxanarchistbookfair2017@gmail.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and what aspect you’re interested in helping with.

The event is free, with no registration required. We are committed to making this a safe, welcoming space for all people who are genuinely interested in the Anarchist Bookfair, including gender diverse folks, people with disabilities, parents, children, femmes, women and people of color. If you experience harassment, abuse, assault, or any other kind of violation during the book fair, or if someone who has engaged in such behavior in the past is adversely affecting your participation at the book fair, or if you need support for any other reason, please do reach out to us at htxanarchistbookfair2017@gmail.com.

FAQ
Can I participate if I am not an anarchist?
Absolutely! Whether you are a communist or other type of radical looking to network with like-minded people, or simply curious to learn more about anarchism and radical projects going on in Houston and the region, we want to welcome everyone who is genuine in their interest in the book fair. On the other hand, fascists, cops, trolls, and others who only wish to subvert the purpose of the book fair are most decidedly not welcome.

What is anarchism anyway?
We’re sure that every anarchist at the bookfair would offer a different, and at times divergent, definition of anarchism. But here’s one quick definition!

Anarchism is a set of revolutionary political ideas which seek a fundamental transformation of society toward expansive visions of individual and social freedom. Within this is a comprehensive critique and rejection of all forms of hierarchy and structured relationships of domination–including the State, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and heterosexism–as well as visions of a free society built on human freedom, equality, solidarity, and mutual aid.

Why a book fair?
Anarchists around the world have long organized book fairs as spaces to gather, share ideas, and network. In the age of e-readers and digital, online organizing, the idea of a book fair may sound anachronistic. But we believe that much of the power that our political movements have and can build grows out of the relationships we have with one another–as individuals, organizations, and communities. And when it comes to building relationships, there is really no substitute for face to face interaction: sharing space, learning, speaking with each other and working together. We hope to facilitate that with the workshops, presentations, and discussions that are being planned, and the space that we create. There will also certainly be plenty of books, pamphlets, t-shirts, and stickers available! As the late Texas-born anarchist Lucy Parsons said, “Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.”

Why now?
The United States has long been a terrifying landscape for many across the world–a white-supremacist, settler-colonialist, capitalist, hetero-patriarchy. The rise of the Trump regime and the grassroots fascist right has stripped away much of the old window dressing and intensified the myriad attacks on people of color, women, poor people, queer and trans people, Muslims and Jews, migrants, and others. Millions want to begin fighting back or redouble their efforts.

Those who are newer to the resistance might be looking to get plugged in, learn new skills, and sharpen their analysis. Those who have been in the game for a minute might be looking to find new inspiration, new camaraderie, new creativity, and fresh perspective. All of us are looking for ways to move forward together in dark times. Our gatherings are more important now than ever.

Why Houston?
Texas, and especially Houston, has a well-earned reputation for being the epicenter of the U.S. petrochemical industry, the locus of reactionary political movements that were laughed at until they came to power, and the home state of several war criminal presidents. Usually thought of as backward or irredeemable rather than hip, radical, or enlightened, the whole region is often overlooked by much of the U.S. left that is concentrated on either coast.

But there is–and always has been–resistance here too: from the Black soldiers at Fort Logan who went to war against the police and Jim Crowe in 1917, to the neighborhood that rebelled in 1977 when the cops who murdered Joe Campos Torres got off with a $1 fine; from hosting the first National Chicana Conference in 1971, to hosting the National Women’s Conference (and the radical feminist protests outside of it!) in 1977; from direct actions against war profiteer Halliburton and logging company Maxxam in 2004-05 to the resistance of the Tar Sands Blockade against the Keystone XL pipeline a couple years ago; from the 2003 Radical Encuentro Camp to the 2011 Houston Anarchist Bookfair; resistance in the belly of the beast has always been strong.

we do a lot with what we got, despite lacking money and the reputation as a “radical city”. In this tradition, we are proud to welcome anarchists and other radicals from across the region to the 2017 Houston Anarchist Bookfair!

Contact:

SEPTEMBER 24 2017 – HOUSTONANARCHISTBOOKFAIR2017.WORDPRESS.COM – HTXANARCHISTBOOKFAIR2017@GMAIL.COM

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June 11th 2017 – International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason & Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

June 11 is the international day or solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners! We will be screening If A Tree Falls (2011), writing letters and cards of support to anarchist prisoners and selling vegan tamales at a sliding scale to raise money for Marius! For more information on this see https://june11.noblogs.org/.

Children are very welcome and Solidarity Houston has a children’s corner with books, crafts, and games.

Solidarity Houston is wheelchair accessible space through the front entrance, and has one gender neutral wheelchair accessible bathroom (does not have an accessibility bar). The space is not currently scent free. Service animals always welcome, non-human animal companions are welcome as well. If you have any other accessibility needs or questions, please email us at houston_abc@riseup.net!

Parking is in the back of the space, along the train tracks. We recommend you don’t park in the Mi Charro lot, as they are known to tow people, but if you need an accessible space to park make sure you don’t park in a marked spot. Bikes can come into the space. The new green line of the metro rail has a stop right in front of the space, for those using public transportation.

RSVP on Facebook! Come through and bring friends!

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In Remembrance of Sekou Kambui

Sekou Kambui

Last night, we lost a Black revolutionary elder, a former political prisoner, a civil rights leader and a good and kind person.

Sekou Kambui was a New Afrikan political prisoner had 47 years of his life stolen from him by the carceral state. Born in Gadsden, Alabama in 1948, Sekou was involved in groups such as the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He got involved in the Black Panther Party while living in Chicago and New York in the late 1960s, and later joined the Republic of New Afrika and Alabama Black Liberation Front, among others. He was also a soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He was captured in Birmingham in 1975 and falsely charged with the murders of two white men in retaliation for his revolutionary political organizing. He was sentenced to two life terms, but received parole in June 2014. During his time in prison he was an accomplished jailhouse lawyer, advocating for the rights of other inmates. He suffered tremendous retaliation and abuse for his organizing and advocacy on the inside. After his release he worked with the Free Alabama Movement and continued to travel, speak, and organize against prison slavery and mass incarceration.

We were lucky enough to be part of his support team through the parole process. He was a good man, and we will miss him deeply. We honor his passing by remembering his life, his sense of humor, and the ways he changed the world for the better. Rest in power, Sekou.

 

Sekou Kambui on Life After 47 Years as a Political Prisoner: https://vimeo.com/175268039

Interview with Sekou Kambui: https://houstonabc.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/interview-with-formerly-incarcerated-political-prisoner-sekou-kambui/

Remembrance of his life from the Aboriginal Writer / Radyo Inteligenta Indigena:

https://aboriginalwriter.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/rip-bro-sekou-kambui-republic-of-new-afrika-bppbla-veteran-and-former-political-prisoner/

 

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Updates

This is late getting to the blog, but if you don’t follow us on Facebook or aren’t on our support member list, you may not have seen this!

ABC is at a critical moment! Recent changes have left us with only one member based in Houston, and we’ve been struggling for a while to keep the group fully functioning due to various issues in collective members’ lives. Regardless, we’re working hard to keep our important prisoner support work going. We’ve received lots of help in the past year from our amazing support members, and we hope that there are folks out there interested in maintaining ABC.

Our plans include:

– Regular letter writing/open collective meeting times so it’s easier for folks to get involved on Tuesdays 6-8 pm at Solidarity Houston!
– Finally releasing our newsletter of writings and art from incarcerated folks
– Expanding our zine catalog and focusing on sending literature out (we’ll be sending out a call to zinesters for contributions soon!)
– Collaborating with Austin ABC to expand our Queer Prisoner Pen Pal Project
– Collaborating with the amazing folks at Houston IWOC

If any of this interests you, or you have your own ideas, hit us up! We hope that by reaching out, we’ll be able to keep ABC going.

See you at our next meeting!

Lena

 

Email with any questions!: houston_abc@riseup.net

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Death Row Exoneree Ronald Keine to speak at Solidarity Houston

The US houses the biggest prison population in the world and is one of only a few “industrialized” countries that continue to implement the death penalty. Houston ABC invites you to join in the larger conversation regarding death penalty abolition in the US as we present the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement (DPAM) and death row exoneree Ronald Keine. DPAM will present problems with the death penalty from both ethical and economic perspectives, while Ronald Keine will discuss his experiences as an innocent man on Death Row. Ronald Keine will also discuss the effects of his imprisonment on his family, friends, and community.

More information on DPAM can be found here: http://www.abolitionmovement.org/

More information on Ronald Keine can be found here:
http://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/exonerees/ron-keine.html

WHEN: April 10th, 2016, 6-8PM

WHERE: Solidarity Houston, 6733 Harrisburg Blvd. Houston, TX

The event is free and open to the public.

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Cindy Milstein’s Taking Sides Tour

When/Where: Tuesday March 29, 6:30-9:30 PM at Solidarity Houston, 6733 Harrisburg, Houston TX 77011

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/979929825418012/

Event Description: Join Cindy Milstein for a discussion of the topics of the new anthology “Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism”. We will have a community discussion following Cindy’s talk to examine the issues raised in “Taking Sides” and how they play out in Houston.

ABOUT “TAKING SIDES”
The lines of oppression are already drawn. The only question is: which side are you on in the struggle against the violence that is white supremacy and policing? “Taking Sides” supplies an ethical compass and militant map of the terrain, arguing not for reform of structurally brutal institutions but rather for their abolition. Its thirteen essays are sharp interventions that take particular aim at the role of nonprofits, “ally” politics, and “peace police” in demobilizing rebellions against hierarchical power. The book offers tools to hone strategies and tactics of resistance, and holds out the promise of robust, tangible solidarity across racial and other lines, because in the battle for systemic transformation, there are no outside agitators.

Cindy is the editor of this collection of essays, notable partly for the dialogue it contains: many of these essays actively disagree with each other, sharpen each other’s thinking, and together, are a powerful book.
For more on the book, including its contents, see:
https://www.akpress.org/takingsides.html

this is a FREE event. Cindy will be selling copies of Taking Sides at the event for $12.

Solidarity Houston has a copy of Taking Sides in the library, for folks that would like to read it before this event.

ACCESSIBILITY / PARKING / NO COPS NO JERKS
Solidarity Houston is a wheelchair accessible space with one gender neutral bathroom. We are not currently scent free. If you have accessibility needs, please message the organizers at least a couple days before the event and we will do our best to accommodate.

Parking is in the alley behind the building, on both sides of the train tracks. Do not park in the Los Charros parking lot, YOU MIGHT BE TOWED.

Solidarity Houston is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-racist and feminist space.

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Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

Houston ABC, Rice Left and Rice Queer Resource Center present a screening of Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria  on March 9, 2016.
Screaming Queens chronicles the events leading up to and following the riots against police harassment at Compton’s Cafeteria in 1966. This is one of the first trans riots in the US and predates the famous Stonewall riots by approximately 3 years.

The event is free and open to the public.

Where: Rice Cinema 2030 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (http://ricecinema.rice.edu/Events.aspx)
When: Food and reception at 6:30PM , Film begins at 7PM
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