Sunday, March 15, 2009

Anarchist Movement Conference 2009 (London, UK) // 6-7 June

Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 01:11:53 -0700 (PDT)
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Anarchist Movement Conference 2009
June 6th/7th 2009, Queen Mary & Westfield College , Mile End, London

As the world economy heads deeper into an unprecedented recession,
the spectre
of social unrest is again spreading across Europe and the World. In
the UK we
have experienced an extended holiday from wide-spread class struggle
as social
democracy and capitalism worked hand in hand to maintain social
peace. But as
the guarantees of the banks have gone, so too have the guarantees
that the
state can manage the emerging social conflict, which could
potentially turn
into social rebellion unseen in the UK for decades.

So, where does that leave the Anarchist Movement? Are we relevant? Do
we exist
in a form coherent enough to actually be called a movement? Are we
progressing?
The Anarchist Movement Conference is a chance to put our ideas on the
table and
rebuild ourselves. The barriers that exist need to be broken down, the
experiences and ideas of those involved in anarchist politics need to be
shared, discussed, critiqued and debated. The task is urgent,
practical and
necessary - are we as a movement mature enough to face the challenge?

How and where should we organise? Who are we are speaking to? How do
we relate
to the wider world as anarchists? These are some of the discussions
that might
happen during the course of the weekend. We want this conference to be a
historical turning point, a point where we manage collectively to
come together
to look at the problems and work towards the solutions. Anarchists
from every
federation, network and local group, those involved in diverse
struggles from
environmental direct-action to community work, trade unionism to DIY
projects -
we invite you and encourage you: Claim your place at the table and
help make a
movement!

If we truly aim to be part of making history we need to remake
ourselves as an
organised, pragmatic movement to become an effective part of
revolutionary
change. If we do not learn from the mistakes of the past we are
doomed to
repeat them. The anarchist ideals of mutual aid, solidarity and the
desire to
live as equals have been echoed throughout our history, in every
country, by
women and men, regardless of race or ethnicity. We have a proud
history, this
conference is both about recognizing where we have come from and
organizing
where we want to go. Be a part of it!

Anarchist Movement Conference 2009 will happen at Queen Mary & Westfield
College on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th, 2009. The space
will include
20 rooms and a large hall as well as a creche for both days. People
will need
to register before hand to ensure that the conference runs as
smoothly as
possible. More information will be made public every month as the
conference
takes shape.

To be involved: conference@haringey.org.uk // more updates soon at:
http://www.conference09.org.uk