About the 2017 Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair
How much does it cost to attend the bookfair?
Nothing. Zero. It’s free! But we are happy to take your donations at the event to help fund next years bookfair!
Who is organizing this event?
The bookfair is organized by a small collective of local residents from varying collectives around the city. We share a diversity of backgrounds and experience, and we struggle to create a bookfair that can hopefully reflect the diversity which is Los Angeles.
Do I have to be an anarchist to attend?
No! We encourage everyone to explore anti-authoritarian ideas and models for organizing. Since we are not a top down movement or political party, our tactics, ideas and avenues for social change vary. We encourage everyone to engage locally in their neighborhoods, network with like minded organizers, develop new strategies, learn new techniques in our common struggle, and maintain autonomy and flexibility wherever needed. Indeed, it is our flexibility in action that gives us collective power, especially when we network together.
Will there be childcare available?
How do I get in touch with the organizers if I am a member of the press?
Please Contact Us and we will get back to you ASAP!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 8/30/2017
2017 Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair
Join Us for two days of Workshops, Books, and Music
Saturday and Sunday, October 28th and 29th, 2017 in Leimert Park Plaza
Leimert Park Village is located on W. 43rd Pl between Degnan Blvd & Leimert Blvd, 90008. Parking available ($2/day) on 43rd and Degnan
Submission deadlines for vendor applications and workshop proposals:
Application forms are here: Vendor Form (tabling) or Workshop/Presentation Form.
Press Contact: info AT la.anarchistbookfair DOT com
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LOS ANGELES, CA – Please save the date for Saturday, October 28th, and Sunday, October 29th, 2017, for the Seventh Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair at Leimert Park Village! Please join us as we relaunch this radical space for discussion and organizing.
As members of the Book Fair Collective, we believe it is essential to express protest and rebellion against the highly authoritarian capital-State system that by its very nature offers nothing more than endless war, vast social inequality, and utter ecological ruin.
We seek to promote solidarity and unity among the various communities in struggle of Los Angeles, Southern California, and the occupied region of the U.S. Southwest. We have two themes for the Book Fair this year: “Red and Black October: Revisiting the ‘Unknown’ Anarchist Revolution of 1917 A Century Later,” and “From the Media to the Streets: Against the Resurgence of the Alt-Right.”
In February 1917, during the depths of World War I, struggling proletarians and peasants launched a revolution in Russia that overthrew the hated Tsar, opening the field to the liberation of the land, cities, and—indeed—the world. Workers, peasants, and soldiers organized themselves in soviets (or councils), seized the land, took control of the factories, and mutinied en masse.
Yet this emancipatory social revolution met with fierce repression by the Bolshevik Party, which seized power in October 1917, thereafter mobilizing to suppress the anarchists and autonomous workers’ and peasants’ movements through the Red Terror and “War Communism.” The result of a victorious authoritarianism defeating the popular revolutions was the rise of Stalin and the defamation of communism and radicalism in the minds of many.
At this year’s Book Fair, we are interested in exploring the history, antecedents, legacies, and futures of the Russian Revolution, notably in light of its often-misleading representations, which render its anarchist aspects “unknown.” We believe that the courageous example of the people in revolt toppling despots is especially relevant to our situation in 2017.
In the last several years, the far right has been growing in prominence in State-sponsored platforms and in grassroots organizing around the globe and in the U.S. in the past few years. The election and inauguration of Donald Trump has not only continued and aggravated the acts of violence against the oppressed but also pardoned, legitimized, and emboldened explicit white supremacists, the KKK, and the Neo-Nazi “Alt-Right” with newfound confidence, while the inescapable profiling of political coalitions and incidents by the media propagates information in unprecedented ways.
How did we get here? What are the threats of fascist organizing today? In what ways do existing forms of oppression and the newly rising far-right force fortify each other? What kinds of successful strategies have different communities adopted against the far-right, both today and in the past? While our first theme explores the past and the futures of 1917, our second theme invites you to consider the contemporary conditions of resistance: “From the Media to the Streets: Against the Resurgence of the Alt-Right.”
We believe the two themes complement each other. In light of the rise of the far-right as a movement in the streets and on open political platforms, we see an urgent need to organize community self-defense and social revolution against the far-right. We must also remember, however, that the ideals espoused by the fascist force are the very ones that the modern State is founded upon: certainly the United States. Is it so strange that Donald Trump, a real-estate mogul and a television personality, now holds the executive position of the government of the United States—a country founded upon and sustained by slavery and the genocide of indigenous peoples, the exploitation of nature, obsessive conformism, and accumulation of private wealth?
We must recognize the lineage of our comrades, past and present, in this country and globally, that have always resisted against such regulatory norms and the violence of the capitalist State and its beneficiaries in ways both minute and colossal, known and unknown. At the core of this lineage of continued resistance, we locate the anarchist spirit of solidarity and striving for freedom.
In the meantime, as we face the resurgence of fascism at the centennial mark of the Russian Revolution, the depth of imperialist militarism and ecological destruction continue to threaten us, fueled by the pervasive logic of capitalism that sustains the far-right and the State.
We believe that anarchist ideas and organizing practices are more relevant and important now than ever before. How do we advance popular power against a system that is prepared to destroy humanity and nature simply to uphold privilege and irrationality? This is our challenge. We hope you will join us in asking the questions, finding the answers, and discovering the joy and power of solidarity in the collective struggle for the creation of a better world.
You can download applications to present a workshop or be present at the bookfair as a vendor by accessing our website at https://la.anarchistbookfair.com. Admission to the book fair is free of charge. We are currently seeking sponsors who wish to support this year’s fair, and we thank Ben Caldwell and the Leimert Park Village for hosting us. We hope to see you the weekend of October 28th!
Love and solidarity,
The LA Anarchist Book Fair Collective
Admission to the book fair is free of charge
This year’s book fair is sponsored by Kaos Network and the Leimert Park
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 8/30/2017
2017 Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair
¡Acompáñenos para un Par de Días de Talleres, Libros, y Música!
El sábado y domingo, 28 y 29 de octubre del 2017 en la Plaza de Leimert Park
La comunidad de Leimert Park Village se ubica en W. 43rd Pl entre Degnan
Blvd & Leimert Blvd, 90008. Se puede aparcar ($2/diario) en 43rd y
Fechas límites para solicitudes de talleres y vendedores:
30 de septiembre del 2017
LOS ÁNGELES, CA – ¡Les pedimos el favor de agendar el sábado y domingo
28 y 29 de octubre del 2017 para la Séptima Feria Anarquista del Libro
de Los Ángeles en la Plaza de Leimert Park! Acompáñenos mientras que
recreemos este espacio radical para la discusión y organización.
Siendo integrantes del Colectivo de la Feria Anarquista del Libro,
creemos que es fundamental expresar la protesta y rebelión en contra del
sistema netamente autoritario capitalista-estatista que según su propia
naturaleza no nos ofrece nada más que un sinfín de guerras,
desigualdades vastas, y destrucción ecológica total. Queremos promover
la solidaridad y la unidad entre las varias comunidades en lucha de Los
Ángeles, el sur de California, y la región ocupada del sudoeste de EUA.
Los temas de la Feria de este año son “El octubre rojinegro:
Reconsiderando la revolución anarquista ‘desconocida’ de 1917—un siglo
después,” y “Desde los medios a las calles: En contra del resurgimiento
En febrero 1917, durante la plena Primera Guerra Mundial, el
proletariado y el campesinado en lucha lanzaron una revolución en Rusia
que derribó al Tsar tan odiado, así abriendo paso a la liberación del
campo, las ciudades, y el mundo entero. Lxs proletarixs, campesinxs y
soldados se organizaron en soviets (concejos), ocuparon la tierra,
tomaron control de las fábricas, y se amotinaron de forma masíva.
Esta revolución social liberadora se enfrentó con la represión
brutal de lxs bolcheviques, quienes tomaron el poder el octubre del
1917, y posteriormente se movilizaron a suprimir a los anarquistas y los
movimientos autonomos de obrerxs y campesinxs a través de la Terror Roja
y el “Comunismo de Guerra.” El resultado de un autoritarianismo que les
venció a las revoluciones populares fue el surgimiento de Stalin y la
difamación del comunismo y el radicalismo en la mente de muchxs.
En la Feria del Libro de éste año, nos interesa explorar la historia,
los antecedentes, los legados y los futuros de la Revolución rusa,
considerando en particular su representación a menudo falsa, que oculta
sus aspectos netamente anarquistas. Creemos que el ejemplo valiente del
pueblo en revuelta derrocando a los déspotas es sumamente pertinente a
nuestra situación en 2017.
Durante los últimos años, la derecha extrema se ha estado expandiendo
por medio de las plataformas estatales y la organización popular en el
mundo y los Estados Unidos. La elección e inauguración de Donald Trump
no sólo ha continuado y empeorado la violencia en contra de lxs
oprimidxs sino que también ha indultado, legitimizado y alentado a lxs
supremacistas blancxs, el KKK, y el “Alt-Right” neonazi con una
confianza nueva, mientras que la vigilancia inescapable mediática de las
coaliciones politicas e incidentes difunde la informacion de maneras sin
¿Cómo llegamos hasta aqui? ¿Cómo nos amenazan lxs fascistas hoy en día?
¿En cuáles maneras se fortalecen entre sí las formas vigentes de
opresión con las fuerzas nuevamente surgiendo de la derecha extrema?
¿Cuáles estrategias éxitosos se han adoptado entre las comunidades
opuestas a la derecha extrema, tanto históricamente como actualmente?
Nuestro primer tema explora el pasado y el futuro de 1917, mientras que
nuestro segundo tema les invita a contemplar las condiciones
contemporáneas de resistencia.
Creemos que los dos temas se complementan, el uno al otro. Teniendo en
cuenta el surgimiento de la extrema derecha como movimiento abierto en
las calles y en las plataformas politicas, vemos la necesidad urgente de
organizar autodefensas comunitarias y la revolución social en contra de
la extrema derecha. Igual tenemos que acordarnos que los ideales
proclamados por éstas fuerzas fascistas son los mismos en que se basa el
Estado moderno, y Estados Unidos sin duda. ¿De veras nos parece raro que
Trump, un magnate de inmuebles y una personalidad de la televisión,
ahora sea el jefe ejecutivo de los Estados Unidos—un país que se basa en
la esclavitud y el genocidio de lxs indígenas, la destrucción de la
naturaleza, un conformismo reinante, y la acumulación de las riquezas
Hay que reconocer la linage de nuestrxs compañerxs, pasadxs y presentes,
en este país y por todo el mundo, quienes siempre han resistido tales
normas regulativas junto con la violencia del Estado capitalista y sus
beneficiarixs de escala granda y chica, conocidxs o no conocidxs. En el
núcleo de ésta linage de la resistencia contínua vemos el espiritu
anarquista de la solidaridad y la lucha por la libertad.
Mientras tanto, nos enfrentamos con el resurgimiento del fascismo cien
años después de la Revolución rusa, la profundidad del militarismo
imperialista y la perdición ambiental—todo impulsado por la lógica
perversa del capitalismo que sostiene tanto al Estado como a la extrema
Estámos ciertxs que las ideas y prácticas organizativas anarquistas
retienen toda su relevancia actualmente, y que de hecho son más
importante hoy en día que en cualquier otro momento histórico. ¿Cómo se
puede avanzar el poder popular en contra de un sistema que está
dispuesto a destruir la humanidad y la naturaleza simplemente por
mantener las relaciones actuales del privilegio y la irracionalidad?
Esto es nuestro desafío. Esperamos que nos puedan acompañar en hacer las
preguntas, hallar las respuestas, y descubrir la alegría y el poder de
la solidaridad en la lucha colectiva hacia la creación de un mundo
Se pueden descargar las solicitudes para presentar un taller o tener
presencia en la Feria Anarquista del Libro como vendedor accediendo el
sitio web de http://la.anarchistbookfair.com. Entrar a la Feria es
grátis, y agradecemos a Kaos Network y Leimert Park Village como
patrocinadorxs este año. Igual buscamos a otrxs que quieran apoyar el
esfuerzo de la Feria Anarquista del Libro. ¡Esperamos verles el 28 y 29
Amor y solidaridad,
El Colectivo de la Feria Anarquista del Libro de Los Ángeles
Principles of Unity
Principles of Unity – LA Anarchist Bookfair Collective
1. We reject capitalism and all other forms of authoritarianism, including but not limited to patriarchy, white supremacy, statism, militarism, feudalism, imperialism, colonialism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism, and speciesism.
2. We recognize the importance of process to social change. How we organize now prefigures the new world we are building. We are committed to developing respectful, non-hierarchical relationships based on trust and solidarity, from the interpersonal to group dynamics. How we function socially with each other is a living example of the world we want to build. Abusive behavior is not tolerated.
3. We are committed to the development of direct, participatory democratic processes that are open and transparent to its membership. A prerequisite to participation in the decision-making process within our collective is the commitment of one’s labor to the group.
4. We favor self-management in all aspects of life: economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological.
5. As transitional means toward the end of collective liberation, we support syndicalism, radical community organizing, direct action, autonomism, councilism, libertarian municipalism, mutual aid, dual power, the Commune, and the general strike.
6. We express our solidarity with all those oppressed by the existing system, including women, children, LGBTQI individuals, Indigenous peoples, people of color, workers, the unemployed, the poor, refugees, migrants, and the homeless.
7. We declare ourselves to be internationalists and humanists, enemies of settler-colonialism and war, whether prosecuted by imperialist powers or “anti-imperialist” regimes.
8. We reject individualism, nihilism, and defeatism as serving the established system, and we repudiate identity politics, which essentialize groups of people politically along racial, ethnic, or sexual lines, thus fragmenting the movement. We also manifest our rejection of “national anarchism” and related third-positionist attempts to meld the liberatory impulse of anarchism with such retrograde ideologies as chauvinism and fascism.
9. We further declare our sympathy for non-human life and the millions of other species with which we share this planet; we express our opposition to pollution, ecocide, global climate catastrophe, and the instrumentalization of the natural world, as well as to the factors impelling these.
10. As an alternative to the myriad horrors of the capital-State system, we advance the cause of libertarian socialism, by which we mean a classless, stateless movement of movements that would put an end to the vast irrationality, brutality, injustice, and suffering for which capital is responsible.
Statement on the Seventh Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair – 11/26/2017
By LA ABF Collective
We members of the Seventh Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair Collective want to thank everyone who supported us and participated in this year’s Anarchist Book Fair, which took place a month ago at Leimert Park Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29. Lamentably, as attendees, speakers, and vendors know, the Fair’s first day was abruptly shut down by people we have identified as Black Hebrew Israelites and/or New Black Panther Party (NBPP) members or sympathizers on Saturday afternoon, less than two hours after the fair began. In this way, while Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s opening presentation on “White Nationalism as a Challenge to Anarchists” went superbly—and stay tuned for its airing—many of the subsequent workshops and presentations that day were either canceled or sparsely attended as a consequence of the disruptions targeting the Book Fair. Most vendors left the Plaza out of concern for their physical safety.
On Sunday, the Book Fair went much more smoothly, as it was integrated into the monthly Art Walk organized by our co-sponsor, Ben Caldwell of Kaos Network. However, before expanding on how the Fair went on Sunday, we want to discuss two factors we believe contributed to the disruptions on Saturday: our own missteps as a Collective, and the imposition of Little Black Cart (LBC) despite our having banned them this year. While the political views of the Black Hebrew Israelites and the NBPP do clash with our own principles, we believe that our collective mistakes outweigh the anti-anarchist perspective of the disrupters, in terms of importance in contributing to the problem.
1) As we have stated in previous communiques, we a Collective needed to have done more outreach in the Leimert Park community before the event, and we should have arranged for local security rather than looking to Redneck Revolt to provide this in a historically and presently Black community. To the first point, we did public outreach in the Plaza on Sunday October 1 and tried again on October 15. That we didn’t do more is at least in part the result of a lack of capacity and time, but an error nonetheless. Regarding Redneck Revolt, our thought process—flawed as it was—was concerned more for white supremacists targeting the event, in light of the attempt by neo-fascists from Vanguard America and the Proud Boys to storm the Houston Anarchist Book Fair on Saturday 24, 2017, as well as disruptions of public anti-racist seminars organized by the Committee for Racial Justice in Santa Monica in July and August 2017 by the neo-Nazi “Red Elephants.” We did not anticipate that the ABF would be disrupted by Little Black Cart (LBC), Black Hebrew Israelites, and/or members and sympathizers of the NBPP.
2) About an hour into the Book Fair on Saturday, individuals affiliated with Little Black Cart (LBC) imposed themselves on the plaza, despite the fact that we had explicitly banned them this year due to their distribution of the eco-fascist journal Atassa. Ultimately, while we as a Collective together with Redneck Revolt met their imposition with a confrontation, we ended up allowing them to continue their plan of installing themselves so as to avoid larger problems. Ironically, this decision was another mistake, because LBC brought copies of issue 5 of Black Seed (summer 2017) and used their imposed presence to distribute these. On page 9 of this newspaper, adjoining the article “Murder of the Civilized,” there is a meme of a chimpanzee holding a Blackberry:
Given that Leimert Park Plaza is the heart of the Black community in LA, what purpose could be served by freely handing out a publication with clearly white-supremacist messaging other than to provoke the community hosting the Anarchist Book Fair? Such a move entirely fits with LBC’s nihilist approach.
Shortly before LBC showed up, a small but highly vocal group of Black nationalists who we believe to be Black Hebrew Israelites and/or NBPP members or sympathizers presented themselves in the plaza, openly taking issue with the Book Fair’s presence in the community, both due to the presence of several white and/or queer-presenting people and to the specifically anarchist orientation of the event. Though we conceded several of their demands in an effort to de-escalate tensions, these individuals ended up intimidating vendors, attendees, participants, and Collective members so as to clear the plaza. Several who were present at the ABF can attest to the virulently misogynistic and anti-queer language the disrupters used to achieve their aims. Although one table was flipped, the situation didn’t escalate to physical violence against individuals; rather, most vendors and attendees left the plaza to avoid any outbreak of such violence.
We want here to clearly state that, although the Book Fair was disrupted on Saturday by Black nationalists, LBC’s imposition only exacerbated the situation in the plaza, particularly when some members of those who we identified to be Black Hebrew Israelites and/or NBPP members/sympathizers picked up Black Seed and saw the image mentioned above.
The events from that weekend serve as a learning experience because of the complex issues that arose from a multitude of angles. It is also important to highlight that the response we had on Sunday was a display of solidarity as community members were welcoming and open to discussing issues that have surrounded Leimert Park. We heard from several local community members expressing their disagreement with the approach of the disrupters the previous day, as they intimidated Book Fair vendors, visitors, participants, Collective members, and the Leimert Park Plaza community itself. Although deep community ties cannot be made overnight, our intent with choosing Leimert Park was to establish accessibility to working-class folks, in parallel to last year’s choice of CIELO Galleries in South Central. This has been an improvement over previous Book Fairs, some of which had been held in primarily white neighborhoods.
We as Collective members realize that this year’s Book Fair was a major learning experience, not only about how to deal with unexpected disruptions on Saturday, but also about seeing that there are many facets that lead toward enhancing community-building, especially in Leimert Park. We are hopeful that this year’s events will only help to make future Anarchist Book Fairs in LA develop stronger ties with local communities and be more oriented toward the struggles of people of color.