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150 Years of Colonialism: 150 Years of Resistance: Call to Participate in the 2012 Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

Call to Participate in the 2012 Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

by Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

Dominion Stories, →Victoria

150 Years of Colonialism: 150 Years of Resistance
Call to Participate in the 2012 Victoria Anarchist Bookfair

~~Please Forward Widely!~~

The City of Victoria, located on unceeded Lekwungen Territory, is this year
celebrating 150 years of colonialism through events that promote historical
erasure. The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair will respond with illuminating
stories of historical and ongoing colonialism while celebrating 150 years of
resistance. As a catalyst for putting learning into action, we are also
mobilizing to build opposition against the Northern Gateway Pipeline and
other such proposals, which are a glaring example of ongoing colonialism
on the West Coast.

1. Bookfair Dates & Contacts
2. How to Request a Table
3. Call for Workshops & Presentations Proposals
4. Festival of Anarchy
5. Volunteers needed!
6. Listserve Subscription Option

1. Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Dates & Contacts

September 8th and 9th, 2012
Fernwood NRG Community Hall
1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria, BC, Lekwungen Territory

We are pleased to announce the seventh annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair,
located on unceded Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia. The
Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with participants from all
over North America and beyond. The Bookfair always includes workshops on a
wide range of topics. We seek to challenge colonial attitudes, introduce
anarchism to the public, foster dialogue between various political
traditions, and create radical, inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces.
Participants with different visions, practices, and traditions are
welcome. Events include book and information tables, workshops, readings,
films, presentations, and much more!

We are particularly seeking workshops that engage with our theme of
anti-colonialism and the mobilization to stop proposed pipeline projects in
B.C.. This can include presentations on radical theory, Indigeneity,
historical issues, participatory demonstrations, panel talks, facilitated
discussions, and everything in between—if you have an idea for a workshop,
we want to hear about it! We’re also keen on workshops that address,
challenge, and connect gender, sexuality, ‘race’, colonialism, ability,
capitalism, environmental destruction, workers’ struggles, and other
issues affecting our communities.

Please consult our Statement of Principles before sending your proposal.
It can be found on our website:

This year's deadline is July 15th, 2012.

We are proud to have received Monday Magazine's 'M Award' for Victoria's
best literary event in 2009.




2. How to Request a Table for Sept 8 & 9
The heart of the Bookfair is the main room including booksellers,
distributors, independent presses and activist groups from all over BC,
North America, and abroad. If you’d like to table this year, please
provide a short description of your group and the materials you intend to
distribute at the Bookfair.

There is no fee for tabling at the Bookfair, but we will be requesting 10%
of sales after expenses in order to help us cover costs.

The deadline to request a table is July 15, 2012 (we cannot guarantee
inclusion on the poster or in our program-zine for late submissions).



3. Workshop & Presentation Proposals: for Sept 8 & 9
The Bookfair organizing collective is currently seeking workshop and
presentation proposals.

As stated above this Bookfair we are looking to convene in order to
challenge the ongoing colonization of our communities and our minds. We
are looking for workshops that discuss Indigenous perspectives,
de-colonialisation, social struggles, and environmental issues. We also
aim to foster a growing movement in resistance to colonialism through the
sharing of practical skills. Together we can acknowledge our past and move
forward with meaningful solidarity.

Workshops may be aimed at people who are curious about, or new to, anarchist
ideas and radical practices; alternatively they might address a topic in
depth for people who are already familiar with the subject.

Standard Bookfair workshops last for 50 minutes with a 10-minute break in
between. While we are open to a variety of workshop formats, we recommend
that facilitators leave at least 20 minutes for discussion at the end of
their presentations. Each year we get a lot of submissions, but if we
don’t have space at the Bookfair, we still want to help make your workshop
Please provide a title and short description of the workshop's content in
your submission. If your workshop is accepted, this information will be
reprinted in the program zine.

NOTE: The deadline for all workshop and presentation proposals is July 15,
2012 (after that date we cannot guarantee a timeslot at the Bookfair or
inclusion in our program-zine for late submissions).



4. Festival of Anarchy Events: Sept 1– 7 (various locations TBA)
In addition to the Bookfair, a "Festival of Anarchy" will take place
during the preceding week with diverse anarchist-themed events occurring
at different venues in Victoria. You can propose any type of event or
activity: the only limit is your imagination. Also this year the Urban
Interventionists are looking to coordinate artists to intervene in spaces
around the city. Installations, flash mobs, bike races, dance parties,
punk shows under bridges, guerilla art, graffiti, performances… and

Festival of Anarchy events as well as the Urban Interventionists are
organized autonomously from the Bookfair and, as such, venues are the
responsibility of Event Organizers—that’s you! The Bookfair Collective
acts as a hub to promote and coordinate these events. We’re committed to
helping promote autonomous festival events to the best of our ability
through the program zine and the website.

If you’re interested in having us promote your event, please provide a title
and short description of your program by July 15, 2012 so that we can
include it in our zine and on our website. We strongly recommend Festival
Events are NOT scheduled during the Bookfair's operating hours. In
general, contacting the Bookfair Collective about scheduling dates before
our proposal deadline is a useful way to ensure the least number of event



5. Volunteers
We need your help! The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair & Festival of Anarchy
Collectives are always looking for new people to assist behind the scenes.
We’re looking for help in all kinds of areas such as postering, welcoming &
information tabling, room set-up, kids activities, counseling and
safe-space support, cleanup and more. The Bookfair is entirely
volunteer-run and helping out is a great way to get involved and meet new
people. If you’re interested, please read the volunteer descriptions, our
collective principles and accessibility statements on our website, and let
us know how you’d like to help out!



6. Listserve Subscription Option
Please consider this message an invitation to sign-up to our listserve. We
do not send very many messages for most of the year, except as the
bookfair dates draw near... and then things become exciting! If you are
interested in receiving our notices, please feel free to subscribe to the
list by sending a message to

Thank you!


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