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May 2010: Month of Anarchy
by NEAN Monday, Feb. 01, 2010 at 9:54 PM
monthofanarchy@neanarchist.net

The Northeast Anarchist Network (NEAN) is encouraging anarchists, anti-authoritarians and other comrades to turn this May into a Month of Anarchy, throughout the Northeast and beyond.

Tired of this recession caused by the greedy capitalists and their broken
system, sick of watching our communities fall deeper into poverty as
failed bankers get rich off tax-money bail-outs while politicians cut our
much needed social services, we call for a Month of Anarchy!

The Northeast Anarchist Network (NEAN) is encouraging anarchists,
anti-authoritarians and other comrades to turn this May into a Month of
Anarchy, throughout the Northeast and beyond. We aim to fill the entirety
of May with great festivals, gift-based markets, meetings, actions,
strikes, protests, picnics, performances, acts of solidarity, and other
practical demonstrations of a great alternative to authoritarian
capitalism: Anarchy! We want to reach out to our neighbors across the
entire region and show them that anarchy is something entirely different
than what they've heard, and something similar to how they may view a
better future. And we need your help.

Groups affiliated with NEAN will be organizing a wide variety of events
in our cities, but we are reaching out to all other like-minded groups
and individuals to help with these, and more importantly, to participate
with
your own initiatives.

NEAN has formed a May Month of Anarchy Coordinating Committee to help
initiate planning for this month, to provide ideas and resources, where
possible, to local organizers, and to keep track of and promote planned
events.

*If you or your organization would like to get involved with the
Coordinating Committee, endorse the May Month of Anarchy, or contribute by
planning events or in other ways, please contact us at:
monthofanarchy@neanarchist.net

Please send events in by March 20th so that we can create calendars and
literature connecting activities, so as to best publicize everyone's
efforts.

Here is a list of ideas we generated at the 9th Assembly of NEAN this
December (we would like to expand on this list, so please send your
suggestions):

-Participate in local May Day marches and events, or organize them where
they don't exist. Use these events to build relationships with migrant and
other working communities and unions, and social movement groups. You may
want to distribute literature or otherwise spread the word about the
anarchists, May Day 1886 and the 8-hour day movement. Create “8-hour Day”
half-sheets to leave at your work sites and in break rooms.
-We encourage warm up events leading up to May to build organizational
momentum.
-Run radical kid's games at festivals, picnics, and other community events.
-Skillshares (for ideas: http://neanarchist.net/skillshares)
-Strive to build images and systems of anarchy in our cities and towns,
such as participatory economics, community self-defense, open free spaces
and markets, etc
-Hold Assemblies (neighborhood, workplace, student, occupation,
anarchist, revolutionary and otherwise)
-Organize Really Really Free Markets (RRFM). Consider reaching out before
to learn what skills are already in your communities and what skills,
items, and services are needed (to help bring in community participation
as well as provide necessary services and items for free). Create/compile
handouts and pamphlets on Gift Economics for distribution at the RRFM (may
check “Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness” for materials, and we will also
have our own up on the NEAN website), and make Clothing Tags with info
about Gift Economics and the RRFM to pin to clothes, shoes etc. Try to
encourage established charities to participate.
-Hold Haymarket events around May 4th (example: History of the 8-hour
Day) to demystify and commemorate anarchist participation in winning the
8-hour day.
-Set up tables at street corners, parks and campuses and hand out
information, or create a Bike Cart Zine Library.
-Provide Alternative medicine and contribute anarchist perspectives to
the healthcare debate.
-Hold discussions and presentations on prison abolition and
community-based alternatives to incarceration.
-Revive disused newspaper boxes to fill with anarchist literature.
-Organize or join in letter writing campaigns to prisoners and/or
soldiers. Contact churches, ABCs, and community groups.
-Host panel discussions and speaking tours about local and national
issues, or about anarchism. Speakers can hold talks on anarchism that
dissolve into discussions (if you need help finding speakers, email us!)
-Make use of the current economic climate to make allies and articulate
anarchist alternatives.
-Promote Climate Justice.
-Soap Box (stand on a box and speak your mind to passers-by!)
-Hold Pre-US Social Forum Assemblies (as requested by the USSF)
-Acts of collective cultural production (i.e. plays)
-Guerilla Gardening.
-Check into Montreal Anarchist Bookfair folks (they do a similar month of
events in May)
-Try and help bring community together to work on collective projects.

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