Announcing the 2009 Anti-Racist Action Conference
- ANNOUNCING THE 15TH ANNUAL ANTI-RACIST ACTION NETWORK CONFERENCE!
OCTOBER 9TH-12TH, 2009 IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
During the weekend of October 9th-12th, the Anti-Racist Action Network
will be holding its 15th annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. We are
inviting all members of Anti-Racist Action as well as all
anti-fascists who agree with our 4 Points of Unity (see the end).
The conference, taking place over 4 days, will include ARA's annual
plenary, caucuses and discussion on current issues facing
antifascists. Various workshops and several social events are also
planned. Organizations will be tabling all weekend as well.
Please note that only Network-affiliated chapters will be allowed to
attend the private sessions of the plenary. All registered attendees
may come to the public portions. If you are a part of a non-affiliated
chapter or collective that wants to become affiliated with ARA-NET,
please see the organizers as soon as you arrive. All friends of ARA
are welcome and encouraged to participate in the rest of the weekend.
We are envisioning this conference as a gathering of all dedicated
anti-fascists -whether in Anti-Racist Action or not - and would like
to see this year's conference include as many people and new ideas as
possible. The ARA Network has had a very interesting year, with member
collectives publishing multiple periodical publications, opening
social centers, organizing demonstrations, and combatting
fascist groups. We hope that you will come and add to the momentum!
If you are new to anti-fascism, please come and learn from our
experience (and help us open our eyes to new possibilities);
If you are a former member, please come and get back in touch with us;
If you are an unaffiliated chapter - for whatever reason - come to the
conference, meet other antifascists and take the opportunity to learn
more about ARA-NET and what benefits there are
to being a part of the Network.
Over the next few weeks, we will be confirming the details of the
conference and will send out a registration form and more specific
details. For now, please mark the date on your calendar and plan to
join us in Pittsburgh for our annual conference!
Hope to see YOU there!
The Anti-Racist Action Conference Planners
ANTI-RACIST ACTION NETWORK'S 4 POINTS OF UNITY:
1. We go where they go: Whenever fascists are organizing or active
in public, we're there. We don't believe in ignoring them or staying
away from them. Never let the nazis have the street!
2. We don't rely on the cops or courts to do our work for us: This
doesn't mean we never go to court. But we must rely on ourselves to
protect ourselves and stop the fascists.
3. Non-Sectarian defense of other Anti-Fascists: In ARA, we have
lots of diff
erent groups and individuals. We don't agree about
everything and we have a right to differ openly. But in this movement
an attack on one is an attack on us all. We stand behind each other.
4. We support abortion rights and reproductive freedom. ARA intends
to do the hard work necessary to build a broad, strong movement
against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, discrimination
against the disabled, the oldest, the youngest and the most oppressed
people. We want a classless free society. WE INTEND TO WIN!