This year’s NYC Anarchist Bookfair will be held both in-person and virtually online. Meet us OUTSIDE in person on Saturday, October 2, at a Community Garden for an awesome exhibit of anarchist cultural materials plus festivities, from films, books, and zines, to art, performances, and bikes .
Join us online the following day, Sunday October 3, for virtual workshops, presentations, and panel discussions featuring anarchist writers, activists, and artists. The virtual book fair is organized by Kuñangue Aty Guasu – Assembly of Guarani and Kaiowa Indigenous Women Brasil [www.kunangue.com], with translation in English, Spanish and Portuguese, supported by the University College London Multimedia Anthropology Laboratory (UCL MAL) [www.uclmal.com] London].
This year, the NYC Anarchist Bookfair is especially celebrating the lives of anarchists in prison and in struggle. Our virtual panels, workshops, and presentations are built around the concept of Zero Money = Live in Mutual Aid.
How does money work from a macroeconomic perspective, and what we can do to destroy it? How can we imagine a different monetary system when money is often a tool of coercion, competition, and power? Should we destroy conceptions of value, quantification, or money completely? How can we cultivate opportunities for communities to experiment with different kinds of non-hierarchical, horizontal, and decentralized modes of economic cooperation? What would an anarchist economic structure and egalitarian economy look like? What role do mutual aid, mutual benefits, and welfare arrangements play in such an economy?
Egalitarian societies the world over have refused to account for credits, debits, taxes, or who gave and took what and when. Such refusal has served to prevent the comparison between powers and the reduction of human relations to inhuman regards. Different needs and desires drive our species in different and contradictory ways. “However, humans can choose for themselves which propensities guide us in which direction and, therefore, which human wills become the foundation of our humanity and civilization”— David Graeber.
Call for Panels, Workshops, Presentations
We invite you to propose panels, workshops, presentations, artwork, and films that look to a future of Zero Money = Live in Mutual Aid. We especially welcome proposals built around the following:
- Communal Care Networks – alternatives to policing; organized communal responses to individuals and groups in crisis; organized protection of trans people, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and the neurologically divergent; meeting needs versus punishing deeds; restorative justice; anti-violence work; children’s needs; collaborative home-making
- Decolonized Futures – Indigenous movements and solidarity in North, Central, South Americas and beyond; abolishment of police and prisons; land return; free schools; curriculum for black brown queer indigenous liberation; Water Protectors; Free Borders work
- Black Liberation – demolition of racist institutions; movement histories and presents; abolition work; housing justice; education and black bodies; racism in left movements; black women, queer, and trans empowerment
- Anti-Pharma-Capitalist Medicine and Healing – self-organization of free medical care; decolonized approaches to medicine and healing; trauma’s roots in systemic oppression; herbs and herbalism; energy and body work; sex work; pharmaceutical alternatives; street medics; community medicine; protest first-aid practices and strategies
- Food Autonomy – existing projects for the growing and sharing of food; plans and practices for appropriating spaces to grow food; redistribution of warehoused/garbage/privatized food; foraging and communing
- Zero-Money Economies – including Mutual Aid networks; Mutual Credit Exchange systems; worker-owned collectives; off-grid urban communing
- Resistance Organizing – BLM; General Strikes; Rent Strikes; Critical Mass; Worker Solidarity; Water Protectors and Anti-Pipeline struggles; Immigrant rights and Free Borders work; IWW; Antifa; Police Abolition; Prison Abolition; ACT-UP; Queer/Trans Liberation; Climate Justice; Earth First; CHAZ and other autonomous zones
- Anti-capitalist Media – Anarchist media collectives; open-source platforms and technologies; hacktivism; alternative internets; digital security
We are asking, What is in your mind that should we address, or is relevant to now…?
Our website started receiving material from you, booksellers, writers, poets,workshop proposal, art performance, films, music, media, etc
All deadlines [ Workshops . Care . Film . Art . Vendors Applications ] = September 15