Monday, October 30, 2006

Welcome! (General Info from 2006)

You are invited to the first ever Saskatoon Anarchist Book-fair happening November 11th-12th (yes, this November!) at Le Relais Community Centre, located at 308 4th Avenue North.

Saturday: all day book-fair, from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. FREE!

Saturday night: Pirate-themed dance party from 7:00 pm - 12:30 am. (Licensed, sliding scale admission: $4 - $10)

Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm bookfair. FREE!

Free vegan food, childcare, and workshops during the bookfair.

To learn more, please scroll down or click on the links in the navigation bar on the right.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! We will need people to help out with:

-Kitchen: help with washing dishes during the bookfair, assist meal prep
-Child-care: to give the parent/guardian a chance to experience the bookfair
-Billeting: keep an anarchist at your house!
-Set-up, Take-down, Clean-up: tables, sweeping, bathrooms, etc.
-Postering and distributing flyers

Hope to see you all there!!

Mad love,

The Saskatoon Crew

Friday, October 27, 2006

Saturday Night Pirate Dance Party information (last year)

Saturday November 11 7pm (sharp!) @ Le Relais - 308 4th Avenue North
Saskatoon Anarchist Bookfair Dance Pirate Party ! ! !!
All Ages, Licensed Bar, Sliding Scale Admission $4-$10

Performances by:
Freud - Live Getting-the-Party-Started
Friendly Neighbourhood House & Breaks from Mehta Youngs!
Debit Card - Live Elektro & Crunk
deconstructed for your pleasure by Nem Gostimirovic!
Merry Jollies - Jon Vaughn mixes up
Delirious Elektro Jams and the Happiest of House Songs!
Holzkopf - Jake Hardy mixes up the
Beats and Grooves according to the Non-Capable Philosophy!

COme EArly!!! and REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PIRATE GARB ON YOUR BODY! it is very important that you do so. :D

Put the ARRR in Anarchy!!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

2006's List of Vendors + Workshop Schedule

Confirmed vendors:

- Haymarket Collective, Calgary
- Food Not Bombs, Calgary
- Black Books, Edmonton
- Edmonton Small Press Association
- Thoughtcrimeink, Edmonton
- Mondragon Bookstore, Winnipeg
- Junto Local Ninety-One anarchist-run lending library, Winnipeg
- Turning the Tide [R]evolutionary Media, Saskatoon
- Seeds of Change Community Centre, Saskatoon
- Kudzu Press and Distro, Saskatoon
- Pop Quiz music label, Saskatoon
- noncapable recordings, Saskatoon
- Creating Local Connections Canada
+ more!


If you haven't let us know that you want to come yet, or how many people are coming from your organization, please do so that we can set you up with a home!

Workshop Schedule:
9-9:30: Set up of tables, etc. Come help out!
9-12: Drop-in breadmaking from scratch in the kitchen! Make bread, buns, and cinnamon rolls for all the bookfair-goers.
10-11:Fuel alternatives

Kirk will discuss the conversion of diesel vehicles to run on waste veggie oil, hunting for grease in the city, and ask what kind of vehicles our grandchildren might transport their food in.

11-12: Talk - As a community of people fighting for certain social and political issues, where we are coming from? What is our outlook, and where are we headed? Relocated to Saskatoon from Montreal, speaker Farzad Bawani works at a regional psychiatric centre, and is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology.

12: Free vegan lunch
1-3: bikes & anarchism

what barriers come up in practice against organizing non-hierarchically and practicing anti-oppression politics around gender, race, and class? We'll talk about some that came up at the bike dump community bicycle space in winnipeg and (if you want) in your own projects. we'll also touch on gentrification and the politics of cycling, and get your hands dirty with a hands-on bike repair segment, too! for more on the bike dump, see

3-5: Guide to Action- getting inspired, informed and involved

You have an issue that you’re concerned/ passionate/pissed about…now how to make that into something tangible? In this workshop we will look at strategies to get involved and get active on issues you are passionate about. We will also have a discussion about blockades to activism and talk about how to overcome them. Come prepared to share, discuss and debate!

5-6: Film screening & Supper
Film: ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE - introduced by R Room's video short
CCNN (Corporate Controlled News Network)
Directed by: Robert Kane Pappas
USA (2004) 108 min.
Mind being controlled? Orwell Rolls in his Grave is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn't talk about: ITSELF. This fascinating documentary reminds us that 1984 is no longer a date in the future.

6-6:30: Take down of the bookfair, party set-up! Come help out!

10-10:30: Set-up. Helpers needed!
10:30-12: Sewing workshop - learn to make underwear out of old t-shirts! Underwear is one of the most expensive and hard-to-find items to buy without supporting sweat-shop labour. In this hands-on workshop, Steph will lead you through the steps of adapting and drafting a pattern, then using a sewing machine and a serger to complete a professional-looking pair of undies! All materials will be supplied, but if you have a special t-shirt that you'd like to use, feel free to bring it. Get excited about your first pair of home-made, personalized underwear, and learn skills that can be applied to any sewing project!
PLUS Blockprinting workshop - Learn to cut linoleum or use pre-cut pieces, such as the ones used to make the images on the bookfair poster, to print onto paper or fabric. If your underwear need decoration, block print an image on them! All materials will be supplied.

12: Free vegan lunch
1-2: Zine-making time! Get creative and make a short booklet about whatever you want!
2-4: Group Transition & Cohesiveness -
Christine will lead a dicussion of effective processes for grassroots and/or consensus-run organizations to work through changes without losing group cohesiveness. This includes a discussion on how realistic goal-setting can ensure success, and a hands-on activity where teams will work together to apply these ideas to realistic situations.

4-5: Film screening & Clean-up
Directors: Benjamin Garry & Ryan McKenna
USA (2003) 53 min
This simultaneously fascinating and incendiary documentary covers the full controversial history of the radical movement, MOVE, created by John Africa in the 1970s Philadelphia, and up to the present day. The story is analyzed by its neighbors, Philadelphia journalists and other outside opinions, and told through interviews with actual MOVE members, supporters, and the MOVE 9 - political prisoners who are currently serving 100 years each despite a clear lack of evidence. Racism runs rampant in this heartbreaking contemporary account of state violence. Narrated by Howard Zinn.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006


Edit 10/30/06:
Well, the beernight fundraiser was a great success (not to mention a crazy party!). We managed to clear ~$250 dollars off TWO KEGS, which means a)there was a beautiful amount of support and b) some experienced beer drinkers in the house!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out, helped out, and is continuting to put out (energy...). You are unbelievable!

Big love,

The Crew