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Saturday June 14 2008
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FINAL UPDATE - Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair

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Workshop schedule now available! See below.

Hamilton's Anarchist Bookfair

Fellow underdogs unite in underdog city for a day of workshops, discussion, networking and of course literature!

Date: June 14, 2008
Time: 10am - 4pm

Place: Westdale Highschool
700 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario

une 14th marks the day that the Common Cause Hamilton local will be hosting our first Anarchist Book Fair. In a city with a vibrant history of working class struggle such as Hamilton, the Book Fair presents a unique opportunity for people coming together to network,learn and build community.

The Hamilton Anarchist Book Fair is a one day event being held at Westdale Secondary School at 700 Main St. West, just outside downtown. The day will kick off at 10am and go until 4pm. Radical bookstores, publishers and collectives will fill the cafeteria space of the school while the Hamilton Food Not Bombs chapter will be providing free vegetarian meals. Admission is free or by donation (pay what you can) and child care is provided.

Over 20 vendors have confirmed so far and we expect the number to grow as the date approaches. So far they include Exile Infoshop, Red and Black Notes, Upping the Anti, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), Great Worm Express Distro, Empowerment Infoshop, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Insurgence Records, Rebel Time Records, Free Society Distro, Internationalist Notes and others.

We have three workshops featuring a number of experienced organizers and activists involved in a wide range of struggles.

Workshop Schedule

11:15 – 12:30 – Fighting Back on the Job in the 21st century.

New workplaces and new forms of production require new ways of fighting back.

Marc Young, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World - Toronto, Rolf Gerstenberger, president of the Hamilton-based United Steelworkers of America local 1005 and an organizer with the Migrant Workers Family Resource Center, will lead a discussion on the challenges facing us today, as workers, and on emerging forms of workplace resistance.

1:00 – 2:15 – Radical Feminist Organizing

What is the relationship between anarchism and feminism? What is anarcho-feminism? What are the challenges of radical feminist organizing within anarchist movements and beyond?

Tobie Marven, a member of the Ireland-based Revolutionary Anarcha-Feminist Group (RAG) and Alyson McCready, a local feminist activist at McMaster University will lead a discussion on these subjects and more.

2:30 – 3:45 – Solidarity Activism with Indigenous Peoples

Organizers from the Six Nations, Hamilton Solidarity with Six Nations, the Tyendinaga Support Committee and the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement -Guelph will be on hand to lead a discussion on the struggles of indigenous peoples in Ontario and beyond and on the challenges of building an effective solidarity movement.

Anyone interested in anarchism and radical politics, or are just curious, should not miss this opportunity to learn more about it and meet others who want to fight for a new world.

Potential distributors: there is no tabling charge and there is still room available. Please contact us ASAP if you wish to table at the bookfair.



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Exile Infoshop

The EXILE Infoshop opened MayDay 2007 as Ottawa’s first-ever (that we know of) Infoshop with an actual, physical space. We are a radical and activist resource center, library and bookstore, though we also intend to sell some local art and vegan goodies. We’re working to become a central networking space for local grassroots projects and organizations in the city.

thoughcrime ink

thoughtcrime ink is a non-profit, anti-capitalist apparel collective. So just what is an anti-capitalist organization doing selling t-shirts, anyway? Through sales of our activist- and politically-themed products that are union printed, “sweatshop free,” and US/Canadian made, we hope to create a significant self-sustaining fund for activist groups. All profits from the sale of thoughtcrime ink merch go directly to grassroots groups in Edmonton that are actively working towards a better tomorrow.

Empowerment Infoshop

‘Empowerment’ is a volunteer-run radical community centre dedicated to providing the tools, resources, and space for the grassroots organizing of environmental action and positive social change. We at Empowerment are proud to be part of a global network of Infoshops, autonomous spaces, projects & people dreaming and working for a better world, and are committed to helping Londoners become better global citizens through our information and action campaigns, alternative media resources, and fair trade.

Red and Black Notes

Red & Black Notes is a libertarian socialist project based in Toronto, Canada. The focus of the project is twofold : To circulate information from a libertarian socialist perspective, both current and historical, and to provide a forum for discussion of those issues.

Global Aware Independent Media

GlobalAware is a collective of journalists, photographers, writers, graphic designers, web professionals and concerned individuals working towards environmental justice and social change.

Great Worm Express Distribution

Ride across the cultural dessert! “Great Worm Express Distribution sells various types of independent media. The focus is on zines, however I also sell music, and I have plans to sell books and videos in the future.”

Upping the Anti

Upping the Anti is a radical journal of theory and action which provides a space to address and discuss unresolved questions and dynamics within the anti-capitalist, anti-oppression, and anti-imperialist politics of today’s radical left in Canada.

Internationalist Notes

Journal of the Internationalist Workers Group.

Rebuild Distro

Rebuild printing offers a variety of block prints on fabrics and paper as well as radical disability zines and comic books.

Free Society Distribution

Distributes a large collection of zines, books, cds, vinyls and more.

Insurgence Records

Class-struggle punk and hardcore record label. Albums are literature too!

Rebel Time Records

Featuring music and merch from bands that “sound like the soundtrack to your next (molotov) cocktail party (figuratively speaking of course.)”

The Factory Line

Art and radical politics combined: music, films, literature from independent artists.

Incite Distro

A new Hamilton distributor of counter culture music, movies, books and magazines. Featuring titles from PM Press, AK Press as well as punk magazines, political music, and more.

Skydragon Centre Zine Distro

A large collection of zines from the Skydragon Centre's zine library.

Compasspoints Press
Zines and chapbooks by Sarah Pinder

AW@L (Anti-War at Laurier)

AW@L is a former working group of Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group and an active student activist group at Wilfrid Laurier University dedicated to peace and the struggle against the imperial war machine. We are striving to bring attention to War Issues in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and to bring about positive change for peace.

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty(OCAP)

OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people. In addition, we provide direct-action advocacy for individuals against eviction, termination of welfare benefits, and deportation. We believe in the power of people to organize themselves.We believe in the power of resistance.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.”

Common Cause
Common Cause is an Ontario anarchist organization that wants to see anarchists active in every town, neighborhood and workplace across Ontario. And they have a pretty cool newspaper and pamphlet collection too.

Miasma Infoshop

Kingston-based infoshop distributing books, stickers, zines, flyers, t-shirts and more with the intention of spreading awareness about anarchist and anti-authoritarian ideas and local projects.

Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF)

The Toronto local of the ABCF will distribute literature in support of political prisoners and prisoners of war including indigenous prisoners in Ontario.

Guelph Union of Tenants and Supporters (GUTS)

GUTS is a grassroots anti-poverty group. We started as a group of tenants who came together to pool our resources in order to help one another. We have spent the last 4 years learning about and organizing around issues of poverty in Guelph . We try to help people help themselves when they are facing negligent or harassing landlords, welfare caseworkers, or employers. We don't want to to be another social service agency and offer band aid solutions; we want to empower ourselves and one another as we work and fight

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