Earlier this month, Warren Wilson College hosted the NC Rising 2 Conference. The focus of the conference was Anarchist Interventions and held workshops on Prisoner Support and Prison Abolition, Friendship, Accountability Processes, Forest Defense, Knowing Your Rights with the Police, and Terrible Freedom.
Panel discussions took place each of the three days of the conference and our audio team was able to capture almost all of it. Below are brief descriptions of the discussions followed by links to the audio content.
Panel 1: Repression and Counter-Repression
Repression and Counter-Repression brought together people from all over who had recently been coping with repression to discuss its current framework. Panelists spoke from a variety of perspectives from within “ecological,” “animal liberation,” and “anti-capitalist” struggles. The contributions of each will help broaden our understandings of how repression acts against revolutionary projects and how a practice of revolutionary solidarity can reduce some of the effects of repression and help us to construct an environment of counter-repression.
• What is the framework of repression under which we are operating?
• What is “Revolutionary Solidarity”? What is its function? What are its means?
• How, in such a paralyzing condition of surveillance and political condition of weakness, can we move towards a practice of revolutionary solidarity?
Hugh, who just survived a long legal battle over I-69-related charges;
Katherine, of the Friends and Family Of Daniel McGowan;
Neil, a member of Internationalist Prison Books Collective and a supporter of the Asheville 11, defendants recently accused of 112 misdemeanors and 34 felonies;
Talia, a survivor of Minnehaha Free State repression, member of the Coldsnap Legal collective, worker for the NLG, and member of the Conspiracy Tour.
This panel was moderated by an editor of Rolling Thunder magazine.
The recording of the first half of this panel was incomplete and poorly recorded. The second half is here:
Panel 1, Part 2
Panel 2: Contemporary Anarchist Practice
Contemporary Anarchist Practice brought together panelists from Modesto Anarcho, The Institute for Anarchist Studies, Letters Journal, Oakland 100, and the Institute for Experimental Freedom to discuss what the contemporary anarchist project is and its relation to political opponents and other revolutionary struggles. The discussion will seek to understand how the anarchist project differs from other revolutionary projects, who or what is its protagonist, and by what means that protagonist realizes its goals. Each panelist brought their own methods and strategies to the table in order to clarify why they perceive this or that position to be most beneficial and where they perceive the vulnerabilities of a de-centered economy to be.
• What is the anarchist project and how does it differ from the social democratic project, or other revolutionary projects?
• In classical Marxist concepts of “Class Struggle” the protagonist of history is a revolutionary-subject: the proletariat. Who is the protagonist of the anarchist project? Why?
• Capitalism is de-centered. The forces of its order are irregular—with and without uniform. There is global, amorphous and diffuse techniques of policing and management; there is no Winter Palace or Bastille of which to lay siege; within these conditions, where do anarchists position themselves for attack and for refrain in order to sustain a total war?
Cindy, the Institute For Anarchist Studies;
Doug, Modesto Anarcho;
Don, Letters Journal;
Maximillion, the Institute For Experimental Freedom;
Finn, Oakland 100 – a group that supports those arrested during the Oscar Grant rebellion.
This panel will be moderated by Hugh, of Stop I-69, Black Dog Press.
Panel 3: Social Spaces in Struggle
Social Social Spaces in Struggle brought together panelists with a wide variety of backgrounds to discuss the function of social spaces in a revolutionary project. The panelists drew on their experience with worker-owned co-ops, squats, cultural centers, and infoshops in order clarify some of the limitations of these structures and discuss the potential for deeper interventions. Each panelist was ti reflect on these challenges and to bring a strategy for how the limits of social space are overcome in order to propose techniques that make our spaces into positions.
• What role does space play in the revolutionary project?
• How have these spaces failed at intervention or been recuperative?
• Reflecting on the function spaces play, how can we overcome these limitations?
Jason, Scissortail Social Space and a participant in the Barcelona squat movement;
Emma, a collective member from Firestorm Cafe & Books, a worker-owned co-op;
Padraig, who works with a long-term squatting project in the Midwest.
This panel will be moderated by Matt, a longtime EF! organizer.