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Anti-Authoritarian People of Color at the Earth First! Rondy
by anonymouse Saturday, Jun. 28, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Shout out to Anti-Authoritarian People of Color for a caucus or two at the Earth First! Summer Rendevous! All Anti-Authoritarian People of Color (APOC) are invited to attend two proposed caucuses at the Earth First! Summer Rendevous in Athens, OH. The first proposed APOC caucus is for Friday, July 4th starting at 12 PM noon (during lunch) and the second on Saturday, July 5th (during lunch).

Shout out to Anti-Authoritarian People of Color for a caucus or two at the Earth First! Summer Rendevous!

All Anti-Authoritarian People of Color (APOC) are invited to attend two proposed caucuses at the Earth First! Summer Rendevous in Athens, OH. The first proposed APOC caucus is for Friday, July 4th starting at 12 PM noon (during lunch) and the second on Saturday, July 5th (during lunch).

As the Anti-Authoritarian People of Color caucuses, reportbacks and statements are becoming more and more present at anti-authoritarian gatherings in the US, there has been more and more very open and forward white supremacy coming from the radical left. Sorry white progressives and white radicals but we (people of color) aren't going to take this shit from you ALL without a fight.

For more information on the Earth First! Summer Rondy visit: http://www.roundriverrondy.info/index.html

"Any serious discussion of race within our movement must begin with the candid recognition that Earth First! is a predominantly white movement. Following this recognition, a spring of interesting questions will naturally begin to arise from the curious, anti-racist, environmental activist. “Why are people of color so few in EF!? What patterns are perpetuated within EF! today that inhibit people of color from getting involved, and how can we change this? How can we better illustrate the connection between the struggles of people of color and ecocide? How can attitudes of white domination be dealt with openly and positively? What can I do?”

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Why Caucus?

While many of us are tired of having to hold white people’s hands with regard to recognizing privilege, the fact remains that there continues to be a simple misunderstanding—as well as outright ignorance and intolerance—about the need for an exclusively POC space.

Here’s why we caucus: POC-only spaces serve as safe spaces in which those of us most directly affected by white supremacy can find solidarity with each other’s shared experiences without having to deal with accusations of “reverse racism” and outbursts of white guilt. Moreover, they serve as a kind of social pressure valve where we may safely air our grievances. That way, outside of these spaces, we can have more productive conversations—keeping these feelings bottled up is emotionally and psychologically unhealthy, and is certainly not conducive to getting shit done." - excerpts from We See Color and It Fucking Matters By the Anti-Authoritarian People of Color Caucus, EF! 2008 Winter Rondy

For the full reportback visit: http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-http://www.cgi/http://earthfirstjournal.org/article.php?id=369&PHPSESSID=03da0012df35f08a7d786fc01850592b

(People of Color refers to folks who self-identify as a persyn of color, whether it be yellow, red, brown, black or mixed skinned people. Please be respectful of oppressed and disenfranchised peoples right and freedom to organize and network safely amongst themselves. People of Color can include, but is not limited to African, South American, Central American, American Indian, Caribbean, Southeastern Asian, Arab, Mediterranean, Indigenous Turtle Island and Aboriginal descent.)

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