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NCOR Call for Workshop Proposals!

6th annual National Conference on Organized Resistance neeeds workshops!! send in yer proposals now!
THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ORGANIZED RESISTANCE


The National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) collective is
currently accepting workshop proposals for the 6th annual NCOR, which will
take place January 24-26, 2003, at American University in Washington, DC.
Last year the conference brought over 1000 participants and over 50
workshop facilitators from all over the country (please see
www.organizedresistance.org for last year's line up).

Diversity is the theme of this year's NCOR. We believe that all our
movements for social justice must embrace real diversity--including
diversity of age, gender, ethnicity, experience, mindset, background, and
specialty--in order for us to unite and successfully resist multiple forms
of oppression. We also believe that we must recognize and respect a
diversity of movement tactics, including political protest through art and
culture; through religious and secular rituals; and through acts of civil
disobedience and militant non-violence. We look forward to having a large,
diverse group of activists in one place, exchanging ideas, learning from
each other, building relationships, and creating stronger, more dynamic,
more radical movements for social justice.

WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOPS?

NCOR provides an open forum for discussion among activists in progressive
movements. Workshops this year will be broken down into three "tracks:"
strategy/theory, case study, and skills.

Strategy/theory workshops will address broad, philosophical questions in
our movements and allow a constructive critique of our actions. Some
examples of workshops in the strategy track last year include "Feminist
Direct Action," "Toward Directly Democratic, Confederated Communities,"
and "Militant Nonviolent Resistance."

The case study track will explore the inner workings of movements for
social change. Some examples of case study workshops from last year are
"AIDS Drugs and Corporate Greed," "Gentrification and Globalization," and
"Transgender Issues in Radical Communities."

The third track of skills has been added this year in hopes of creating
workshops geared toward sharing specific skills for better organizing and
better living. Examples of workshops from last year that would fit into
this category include "Fundraising for Radicals," "Media Skills" and "The
Art of Protest."

Workshops may be facilitated by one person or a panel, and may be held in
lecture or discussion format. The time allocated for each workshop is
generally 1 1/2 hours, but we are allowing space for a few three-hour
workshops this year.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PROPOSAL?


To propose a workshop for NCOR, a one to two page description of your
workshop is needed by October 14. You may want to refer to the attached
list of workshop ideas we are hoping to solicit proposals on, but do not
feel limited to this list. In addition, please submit your name, the
organization you are representing (if applicable), full contact
information, one reference, and a short biography of yourself and/or your
organization. Also, please note how your workshop fits into one of the
designated tracks above.

Please send in your proposals via email to
 proposals@organizedresistance.org

If this is not possible, please use the mailing address, or fax number
listed below. You will be notified of the status of your workshop by the
second week in November. Should your proposal be accepted, a confirmation
of your availability is needed immediately thereafter, whereupon travel
and housing accommodations will be made for you.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
NCOR Website: www.organizedresistance.org

If you want more information about NCOR but do not plan on presenting,
please visit our website.

To become a member of the NCOR 2003 listserve, visit:
 http://lists.mutualaid.org/mailman/listinfo/ncor
You will receive only conference updates and information on this listserve.

Also, if you're interested in renting a table at the conference, please
email us with "table" in the subject line.

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You may e-mail proposals to:  proposals@organizedresistance.org

You may fax proposals to: 202-885-3317 (Attn: NCOR)

You may mail proposals to:
National Conference on Organized Resistance
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Attn: CASJ
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Below are four groups of sample workshops we hope to include in this
year's conference. This will give you an idea of the kinds of workshops we
are looking for.

Submit your proposal now and be part of this growing event!

We hope to see workshops on:

1) Theory and Strategy of:

Past, Present, Future: Anarchism
Ethical Eating
Undoing Ageism
Alternatives to Capitalism
Guerrilla Theory & the Art of Protest
True Diversity Vs Cooptation
Community Service and Challenging the System
Structural Oppression
Theories of Labor & Class --Marxism & Beyond
Radical Queer Theory/Sexual Politics
Deconstructing Ableism
Animal Rights-- Differing Schools of Thought
Spiritual Roots of Political Resistance

2) Case-Studies such as:

Update on the Middle East
AIDS in Africa & Worldwide
Indigenous Resistance in the Americas
Hip-Hop, Punk, Folk, and More: Music and Culture of Resistance
Gentrification in DC
Reproductive Rights & the Radical Left
The Prison Industrial Complex & the American Correctional Association
(ACA)
Argentina-- Grassroots Reconstruction After the Economic Collapse

3) Specific Skills such as:

Media Techniques & Venues
Fund-raising for Radicals
Acquiring and Maintaining a Space
Building Non-Hierarchical Organizations/working groups/collectives
Facilitation and Consensus Process
Ethical Shopping (addressing animal rights & consumerism)
Effective Community Outreach
Organizing a World Bank Bonds Boycott in Your Community

4) Finally, we would like to have space at the conference for facilitated
discussions and fishbowls including:

Fighting the Isms within Our Own Movements
Addressing Activism from a Beginner's Perspective
Privacy vs. Public Accountability: an ethical discussion of researching
and reporting oppressors
Regional Discussions (based on city/state or region)

****PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY!!!****

homepage: homepage: http://www.organizedresistance.org
address: address: Washington, DC