Anarchist Movement Conference 2009

Anarchist Movement Conference 2009

June 6th/7th 2009, Queen Mary & Westfield College , Mile End, London

As the world economy heads deeper into an unprecedented recession, the spectre of social unrest is again spreading across Europe and the World. In the UK we have experienced an extended holiday from wide-spread class struggle as social democracy and capitalism worked hand in hand to maintain social peace. But as the guarantees of the banks have gone, so too have the guarantees that the state can manage the emerging social conflict, which could potentially turn into social rebellion unseen in the UK for decades.

So, where does that leave the Anarchist Movement? Are we relevant? Do we exist in a form coherent enough to actually be called a movement? Are we progressing? The Anarchist Movement Conference is a chance to put our ideas on the table and rebuild ourselves. The barriers that exist need to be broken down, the experiences and ideas of those involved in anarchist politics need to be shared, discussed, critiqued and debated. The task is urgent, practical and necessary – are we as a movement mature enough to face the challenge?

How and where should we organise? Who are we are speaking to? How do we relate to the wider world as anarchists? These are some of the discussions that might happen during the course of the weekend. We want this conference to be a historical turning point, a point where we manage collectively to come together to look at the problems and work towards the solutions. Anarchists from every federation, network and local group, those involved in diverse struggles from environmental direct-action to community work, trade unionism to DIY projects – we invite you and encourage you: Claim your place at the table and help make a movement!

If we truly aim to be part of making history we need to remake ourselves as an organised, pragmatic movement to become an effective part of revolutionary change. If we do not learn from the mistakes of the past we are doomed to repeat them. The anarchist ideals of mutual aid, solidarity and the desire to live as equals have been echoed throughout our history, in every country, by women and men, regardless of race or ethnicity. We have a proud history, this conference is both about recognizing where we have come from and organizing where we want to go. Be a part of it!

Anarchist Movement Conference 2009 will happen at Queen Mary & Westfield College on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th, 2009. The space will include 20 rooms and a large hall as well as a creche for both days. People will need to register before hand to ensure that the conference runs as smoothly as possible. More information will be made public every month as the conference takes shape.

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  1. So are you organising this then?

  2. well?

  3. Sorry for the late reply!!!

    South Wales Anarchists hope to have presence at the conference, but the organisation is open to the UK-wide anarchist movement as a whole.

    For more info, please email as above.

  4. so basically you’ve copied a statement from the organisers onto your blog? trying to take credit for the work of others.

  5. I think the point that is being made is that this isn’t an original blogpost, its a cut and paste, and you haven’t even referenced it as such.

    The biggest possible faux par in the blogsphere!!!

    How many other articles on this site are cut and pastes? I think we should be told, is this site another bulletin?:

  6. I know what you’re trying to say but you’re both barking up the wrong tree here!

    Firstly, this is a call out for the anarchist movement conference, which SWA are involved in organising, via the process of mandating a delegate to attend the organising meetings, (i.e. me) . So as such, the group has been involved in pulling this conference together, including this call out, and is perfectly entitled to put it up on its own website, reference or no reference.

    Secondly, no, this site is not another bulletin. The vast majority of articles here are original: that is to say, they have been written by the Editorial group. However, the underground/alternative media has always worked on the principles of copyleft (see Articles and stories, particularly those relating to direct action, are routinely blagged, massacred and re-jigged for the benefit of passing the information out as far and wide as possible. Whilst keeping the facts straight, of course.

    The article you link to relates to a commercial publication making money off someone’s article without crediting or paying them. No-one is doing anything like this here – no-one is making any money for a start! – and people who contribute to alternative sites/publications generally do so on the understanding I’ve outlined.

    I hope this makes it clearer. When the conference movement website has something else other on it than the call out above, you can be sure we’ll link to it from here.

  7. perhaps it would be wise just to give readers some original content, you can always link to the conference website too. No-one wants to read cut and pastes, it alienates people from blogs like nothing else.

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