Portland, Oregon: Winter Autonomous Convergence on January 23
Monday, January 23 from 4-7:30 pm at North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth, there will be an assembly to serve as a forum for strategizing and an entry point to get plugged into radical organizing.
Are you doing a #J20 solidarity and/or fundraising event the weekend of January 20th?
On January 20, 2018, people around the US will host solidarity and outreach events to support defendants from Trump's inauguration, Standing Rock, and other ongoing struggles and to create new connections for the road ahead. Here, you can read about a few examples of these events and some resources you can use to organize your own!
Read the original call here:
"Build the Base, Take the Initiative."
Let us know, and we'll get you on the map! Thank you Crimethinc for compiling this list!
In response to a call to action from Crimethinc for J20 2018 community organizing initiatives, some anarchist in portland are calling for a convergence of anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, and autonomous organizers to break out of their alienation and meet each other face to face in hopes of coordinating for action, growing together, and practicing mutual aid. We would like to propose a regular event series of anti-authoritarians and autonomous folks happening once per season for the purpose of
1) creating a public forum as an entry point to get plugged into radical organizing
2) a forum for different cliques, crews, organizations, and tendencies to find each other, build affinity, and collaborate.
3) A way for our communities to have in-person discussions on pressing and important issues in Portland.
4) Providing an opportunity for tabling, political education, and outreach.
This is not a platform for political parties, ballot initiatives, or authoritarian/oppressive bullshit.
We will provide coffee, tea, & snacks and be tabling radical literature. Please feel free to contribute to the snack table and if you or your organization is interested in tabling contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction & Games (45minutes)
GENERATE DISCUSSION TOPICS FOR SPACEBAG (20 minutes): Suggest ideas for discussion in break-out groups. The following prompts might facilitate forms ideas to discuss.
What are problems in Portland or regionally that can be addressed through autonomous organizing?
What are ways we can defend ourselves and our communities?
What are the challenges in Portland that prevent us from working collaboratively with each other? How can we address them?
What are issues or current events in Portland that are important to discuss?
SPACEBAG: ROTATING DISCUSSION GROUPS (1 hour): Choose a discussion group to explore and converse about a specific topic from the brainstorm session. You will have 20 minutes with that group. Use butcher paper to write down notes from the conversation to share with the following group members and during our "report back" session all together. Before rotating, choose a facilitator from your discussion group to remain while the rest of the group rotate to another discussion topic group. The facilitator will fill in new group members about the previous conversation, building continuity through rotation rounds.
Round #1 (20 minutes) Round #2 (20 minutes) Round #3 (20 minutes)
BREAK (15 minutes)
Report back from discussion groups: All together, we will share and discuss our thoughts, notes, questions, and possible next-steps from break out groups (20 minutes)
"FIND EACH OTHER" project groups: An opportunity for people/groups to share what projects they are working on, why they are doing it, and how people can get plugged in. Project "pitches" (15 minutes) Round #1 (15 minutes) Round #2 (15 minutes)
Announcements & Wrap up: (Mingling encouraged)
RESOURCES, NEWS, ANALYSIS: It's Going Down: https://itsgoingdown.org/ Submedia.tv: https://sub.media/
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