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    News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo The Daily News Record Friday, September 30, 2005 Anarchists Cook Up Convention
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      The Daily News Record
      Friday, September 30, 2005
      Anarchists Cook Up Convention
      Event To Feature Workshops In Harrisonburg
      By Lee Zion

      The anarchists are coming to town.

      Harrisonburg's Rising Up Collective will host the first
      Virginia Anarchist Gathering, a conference and networking
      opportunity for Virginia-area anarchists.

      The weekend event, from Oct. 20-23, will take place at
      various locations in Harrisonburg and is expected to bring
      about 100 anarchists to the city.

      Harrisonburg resident Peter Gelderloos, 23, one of the event
      organizers, said that the event would pull people from
      throughout the state, as well as North Carolina, West
      Virginia and the District of Columbia. Harrisonburg was the
      ideal location, he said.

      Laura von Dohlen, 20, and also from Harrisonburg, echoed
      that point.

      "We thought Harrisonburg would be a great location to host
      such an event. There are numerous anarchists around
      downtown, and we thought it would be a good time to hold
      something like this," she said.

      A preliminary schedule put out by the group promises "a
      weekend of skill-sharing, workshops, passion groups,
      networking, friend-making, strategizing, community
      activities, music and good food." Other events include film
      screenings and hiking, along with a "mutual aid" component
      where people will unite to work on a community aid project
      locally, von Dohlen said.

      "We're bringing a lot of people into town. Why not bring
      these people together to do something good for the town that
      is hosting them?" she said.

      Why Anarchy? Why Now?

      Gelderloos cautions that the anarchist political philosophy
      is not what people assume it is. For example, during the
      coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the media reported tales of
      chaos and hooliganism, calling this "anarchy."

      But as it later turned out, the reports of violence in New
      Orleans were greatly exaggerated -- and where it did happen,
      it was in areas where the authorities existed, such as the
      Superdome, he said.

      The true story of Hurricane Katrina was that people were
      quick to help each other in the face of adversity. More
      importantly, they did it when there were no leaders stepping
      up to the plate. That's the lesson of the past few months,
      Gelderloos said.

      "In Virginia specifically, and in the country at large,
      there is a growing amount of disappointment with government
      over the war in Iraq. And Katrina has shown people they
      don't need government, that they can manage their own lives
      better without government," he said.

      Court Decision

      Meanwhile, a recent Supreme Court decision has made it
      easier for the government to take away the property of
      law-abiding citizens. Kelo vs. City New London, which
      expanded eminent domain, has angered most business owners
      and homeowners, Gelderloos said.

      "The vast majority of the public say that government has
      become such a centralized power that they can take homes and
      businesses away. The government has gone too far when it
      dominates an entire aspect of peoples lives," he said.

      Anarchists, by contrast, believe in less government. They
      are not a political party, but a gathering of like-minded
      people, Gelderloos said.

      Gelderloos invited anyone to come to the event.

      "Don't be afraid. Anarchy isn't chaos, just because it's
      been presented that way dozens of times," he said.

      For information on the event, e-mail
      mailto:vagathering@...

      Contact Lee Zion at 574-6274 or
      mailto:lzion@...

      --
      Dan Clore

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