Upcoming Events for April

Enemies of Society (Reading Group)

April 5th at 7PM

Following the reading group on Novatore’s Towards the Creative Nothing we will read together one of Novatore’s inspirations- Henrick Ibsen. Ibsen’s play is called A Public Enemy with ten speaking characters. Each of us can take on a character, or split them as we see fit and we will read the play as the characters together. Reading time about two hours and we will start at 7 pm.

“As audiences by now expected, Ibsen’s next play again attacked entrenched beliefs and assumptions; but this time, his attack was not against society’s mores, but against overeager reformers and their idealism. Always an iconoclast, Ibsen was equally willing to tear down the ideologies of any part of the political spectrum, including his own”

Text can be found here http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2446/2446-h/2446-h.htm
or at the library.

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Towards Unsettling Paths (Reading Group)

April 16th at 7PM

We will be discussing a text that was published in Wreck, that relates to the role of the ally, indigenatity and anarchist identity.

“The alienation we experience under capitalism keeps us all too confined for anarchists to not look at our relationships and actions as opportunities for expansion. It would be a bare minimum to provide whatever resources we can to those we have affinity with. Relegating ourselves to the role of supporter or “ally” will do no one any favors when expressing support to indigenous camps or responding to attacks by the state against those who are categorically oppressed. I am only “in the way” if I am disrespectful to those I move forward with, the same as if I am not moving forward myself. The state is already my enemy until death and beyond, when I reach out to those who it attempts to destroy, I am trying to strengthen all our struggles. For us to ever have a chance of unsettling ourselves we must be unrested and unruly, never without initiative.”

The text can be found in full here – https://wreckpublication.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/towards-unsettling-paths/ and here – http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/llud-towards-unsettling-paths

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Post-Left Reading Group

April 19th at 7PM

Every text we have read has brought up Nietzche. Now is when the post-left therapy group will discuss Nietzche. We will start with the first essay in the Genology of Morals. http://home.sandiego.edu/~janderso/360/genealogy1.htm

For more Nietzche fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6esRZLAR1Q

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Wreck Launch Party

April 24th at 3pm

Join us for the launch of the third edition of Wreck, your favourite (read: the only) local anarchist publication! Sorry everybody but we had to postpone it the the following sunday, it’ll be an afternoon event this time.

In this issue, we have a couple articles that deal with the current context in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and accounts of struggle there. There is also an account of the struggle at Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island) where indigenous, anarchist and other forces are stopping the construction of a liquified natural gas plant. There is a review and analysis of the concepts and implication of a book written by a Yippie and anarchist from Vancouver and areas close by. There is a devastating critique of “safety” in the radical imagination. There is some coverage of events elsewhere on this continent that might be of interest to anarchists locally. And some other stuff.

We will have a talk about the new edition, give out new copies, and hang out.

A Conversation on Nihilism

April 25th at 7PM

Help us welcome Aragorn, author of “Nihilism, Anarchy & the 21st Century” and “Anarchy & Nihilism: Consequences,” for a workshop and conversation on the topic of anarchist nihilism.

There is a version of anarchism that defines it as the most hopeful of perspectives. It is a political summation of a fierce faith in the capacity of humans to be free. Nihilism, on the other hand, is often described as an expression of hopelessness, political and existential. Anarchist nihilism attempts to exceed both positions by moving past the falseness in the hope/not hope binary and asking questions that range from the deeply personal (identity) to the most /realpolitik/. Rather than a strict political, metaphysical, or individuated perspectve the anarchist nihilism we will discuss will be one of practice. How does one “do” an extreme critical position?

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Saturday Folk Show

April 30th at 7PM

Pages from The Oak Tree – Victoria/Pender Island

Something between Louisiana Blues and Eastern European old time. These three folks blend six instruments into a macabre sing-a-long and pour it over a waltzing old-time mosh pit…. or something
https://pagesfromtheoaktree.bandcamp.com/releases

Drawin Wolf – Pender Island

A multidisciplinary artist and musician currently creating in Dawson City, YT
https://drawinwolf.bandcamp.com/

Stick and Poke – Vancouver

Stick and Poke is a witchy west coast folk punk band consisting of Lauren Boyko and Alison Soldink. Both musicians are singer songwriters and acoustic instrumentalists. Constantly learning and creating magically melancholy harmonies for all those who wish to listen.
https://stickandpoke.bandcamp.com/

Stations – Vancouver

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Accessibility Info: The venue is situated on the south side of Blood Alley Square. There are several cobblestones, but there is ramp access and it’s an open space once inside. There are fewer cobblestones to navigate coming from Abbott as opposed to Carrall. The washroom is not fully WC accessible, the doorway is about 27 inches wide.

This event is taking place on occupied and unceded Coast Salish Territories.

 

 

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum (Film Screening and Discussion)

Wednesday, March 2nd @ 6:30 PM

This event will consist of a screening of “The Inmates Are Running the Asylum”, followed by a discussion. The film covers the founding, running, and eventual co-optation of the Mental Patients’ Association (MPA). Ideally, the film will facilitate critical comparisons between the MPA and the current climate of service organizations in Vancouver, and explore the possibilities for bottom-up organizing around issues of mental health care.

Vancouver’s MPA was formed in 1970-1971 as a grassroots response to de-institionalization and tragic gaps in community mental health. Inverting traditional mental health hierarchies, the group put former patients and sympathetic lay supporters in charge. MPA provided homes, work and a sense of belonging and self-determination to ex-patients.

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Defending Lelu, Flora and the Skeena Watershed

February 16th @ 7pm

The proposed Petronas LNG development on Lax U’u’la (Lelu Island) and Flora Bank, part of the Skeena River estuary near Prince Rupert, will certainly fail. The struggle is being fought out on many fronts–legal, political, scientific, cultural, economic, in the media, out on the land and out on the water–by a coordinated and determined group of Tsimshians who will never back down or be bought off. The resistence is being led by the Gitwilgyoots, with the support of the Allied Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams, other Tsimshians from Hartley Bay to Metlakatla to Kitsumkalum, Gitxsan and Wet’sutwet’en hereditary chiefs, crews with Haida, Babine, Tahltan, Nisga’a, Haisla and people from all over. According to an insider at the B.C. Premier’s office, Christie Clark is “shitting her pants” over the situation. Petronas is on the verge of cancelling the project.

Please join us for a discussion of on-the-ground-and-water aspects of the resistance with defenders from the camp. The event will be of special interest to people wanting to visit the island and join in direct but disciplined tactical responses to aggression by Petronas contractors and who have respect for the Tsimshian hereditary system. We will also screen the new short film “A Last Stand for Lelu” (https://vimeo.com/152232324).

Donations to help pay for the costs of fuel, one of our main ongoing expenses, are appreciated. Note that seating is very limited.

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More info:
http://www.laxuula.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Pacific-NorthWest-LNGPetronas-on-Lelu-Island-949045868451061/?fref=ts

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Accessibility Info: The venue is situated on the south side of Blood Alley Square. There are several cobblestones, but there is ramp access and it’s an open space once inside. There are fewer cobblestones to navigate coming from Abbott as opposed to Carrall. The washroom is not fully WC accessible, the doorway is about 27 inches wide.

This event is taking place on occupied and unceded Coast Salish Territories.

 

Reading/Discussion Group: Autonomous Self-Organization and Anarchist Intervention

February 27th, 7pm

“A revolution capable of destroying all domination and exploitation will have to be based on the self-organized struggle of those who suffer domination and exploitation. We are among these exploited and dispossessed individuals, but as anarchists we come to the struggle with more than the need for an immediate improvement of conditions. We also have specific ideas about how the present world functions and desires and dreams of a fundamentally different world Thus our participation is an intervention aimed toward the revolutionary destruction of this social order and the creation of a new world based precisely on principles of self-organization.”

Inviting all to a reading/discussion group around the subject of autonomous self organization, using the 2005 publication “Autonomous Self-Organization and Anarchist Intervention” as a discussion starter.

The reading can be picked up in pamphlet form beforehand, at 38 Blood Alley, or read and printed online at https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-autonomous-self-organization-and-anarchist-intervention-a-tension-in-practice.

Reading/Discussion Group: “Green Nihilism or Cosmic Pessimism”

February 29th, 6pm

Inviting all to a discussion of the text “green nihilism or cosmic pessimism”

The reading can be picked up in pamphlet form beforehand, at 38 Blood Alley, or read and printed online at https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/alejandro-de-acosta-green-nihilism-or-cosmic-pessimism

This event is taking place on occupied and unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Women Talking to Other Women

February 21st @ 6PM

38 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 0C4

The purpose of this event is to analyze anarcha-feminism as an alternative to mainstream liberal feminism, as well as a fundamental (though often discredited) aspect of anarchism. Ideally, by focusing on feminism as a point of struggle rather than an identity label (i.e., as an unending process rather than a series of rights-based campaigns), we can talk about what anarcha-feminist organizing might look like.

A feminism rooted in anarchism acknowledges that equality and capitalism can’t co-exist; that eliminating leaders takes precedence over striving for women leaders; and that co-operative, anti-authoritarian organizing is the means that should become the ends.

The reading below is suggested as a conversational starting point, but isn’t mandatory. If you want to just hang out, that’s fine too.

Anarchism: The Feminist Connect, Peggy Kornegger:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/peggy-kornegger-anarchism-the-feminist-connection

The event is open to self-identified women.

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Accessibility Info: The venue is situated on the south side of Blood Alley Square. There are several cobblestones, but there is ramp access and it’s an open space once inside. There are fewer cobblestones to navigate coming from Abbott as opposed to Carrall. The washroom is not fully WC accessible, the doorway is about 27 inches wide.

This event is taking place on occupied and unceded Coast Salish Territories.

 

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Anarchy 101: Workshop & Discussion

February 27th @ 2pm

38 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 0C4

A introductory workshop and conversation dealing with a simple premise: “What is anarchism, anyway?”

Come learn about anarchist ideology, practice, and history, or just share with the group what it all means to you.

Everyone is welcome!

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Accessibility Info: The venue is situated on the south side of Blood Alley Square. There are several cobblestones, but there is ramp access and it’s an open space once inside. There are fewer cobblestones to navigate coming from Abbott as opposed to Carrall. The washroom is not fully WC accessible, the doorway is about 27 inches wide.

This event is taking place on occupied and unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Reading Group: Anarchism & Ressentiment

Saturday, January 30th @ 6pm

We will engage with Saul Newman’s text, Anarchism and Ressentiment which can be found here http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/saul-newman-anarchism-and-the-politics-of-ressentiment

“Nietzsche believes that this attempt to exclude and deny power is a form of ressentiment. So how does anarchism overcome this ressentiment that has shown to be so self destructive and life-denying? By positively affirming power, rather than denying it — to ‘say yes’ to power, as Nietzsche would put it. It is only by affirming power, by acknowledging that we come from the same world as power, not from a ‘natural’ world removed from it, and that we can never be entirely free from relations of power, that one can engage in politically-relevant strategies of resistance against power. This does not mean, of course, that anarchism should lay down its arms and embrace the State and political authority. On the contrary, anarchism can more effectively counter political domination by engaging with, rather than denying, power. “

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