Anarchism, Pornography, and Being an Ally: Conflict and Collaboration in the Past, Present, and Future.
Saturday 6:30 to 8:30
CIIS Room 304, 1453 Mission Street (between 10th and 11th)
In response to the criticisms of the Armory Community Center as the venue for the 18th Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, the organizing committee has taken several steps, including organizing a forum to address some of the issues raised, at a venue outside of the Armory so that those critical of the venue would feel comfortable attending.
The forum will be Saturday March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CIIS. This moderated discussion will include two sections:
Mapping the conflict: What is the actual issue here? Is it pornography? BDSM? Kink.com’s labor practices? How anarchists interact with institutions and/or with non-anarchists? This first section will attempt to parse out the conflict so that those present have greater understanding of the priorities and values that have shaped the debate, and what the divides in our community actually are. This will happen as a large group or in smaller groups depending on how many people are present.
This will be followed by a group discussion with guiding questions provided by the moderators.
For background on this debate, please read:
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s Letter on the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
- On recent criticisms of this year’s Book Fair venue
- San Francisco Bay Guardian: “Anarchists play rough: Kerfuffle over radical book fair in the porn palace”