It was talked about, as all things are that never come to life, but in mid. Oct of 1992 something happened
here that doesn't happen to most things: Action was taken.  In a house in Long Beach there was packed in the living room about 35 people.  They were determined that if at all possible this gathering would happen.  It was not easy, there were many disagreements.  These meetings happened every week, where not only was the gathering brought to being, but it also strengthened the Anarchist community in the local area, which had been seperated by inactivity.

The plan was for three days, two which would be dedicated to workshops, and third day there would be a Free Day Picnic.  Saturday afternoon there was a play about the Haymarket Eight and saturday night there was  a benefit show to cover the costs of organizing the gathering.
The event went very well with Long Beach Food Not Bombs serving lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday and Sunday.  All things went very well with only minor problems until the night of the benefit show.  That night was fine with Seth, Empirismo and Autonomy having already played when Long Beach Police came to tell us that we did not have all the legal stuff needed to have a show.  It ended with one of the organizer J.Lee getting arrested for writting down the cops badge number.  And a girl from Canada having her arm borken by the Long Beach fascist police.   That late night people went to the station to do jail solidarity.

...child care, housing, infomation booth, free day, first aid, food, benefit show, workshop organization, guide booklet, hay market play, csulb bureacracy / schedule...  All these committees played a crucial role to realize this gathering, without them it would have been an impossibility.

INFORMATION BOOTH
The information booth was a constant fixture throughtout the weekend of the gathering.  It was located on the CSULB campus.  The primary capacity of the info booth assist in people who have lost their way, or mind, to coordinate the housing situation, and late breaking information.

Workshops:

*EARTH FIRST- Radical Environmentalism,  *Bioregionalism,  *Personal Power Structures, *Violence and Non Violence,  *Direct Action - This one was for information purposes.  The big stress was not getting caught (security measures).  But it also dealt with low tactics.  No cameras and no tape recorders were allowed because it was undercover cops favorite workshop, so we watched what we said.  *SEXUAL ABUSE / WOMEN ONLY SPACE - A discussion on the origin of the exploitation of women, why it continues on; encompassing rape, incest, molestation, sexual harrassment, and what we can do to prevent, assert, and cope with such.  *SEXSIM - A workshop for people to discuss the subtle and obvious aspects of sexism that women deal with everyday by opening communication between men and women.  *SLINGSHOT ON THE SMALL PRESS - An open discussion on the techniques people have employed to get their message out.  A coming together of people to openly discuss their trial, tribulations, and triumphs of publishing on the small scale. *ECONOMIC CAPITALISM - The present world crisis of capitalism and it's effect on the working people.  Brief ideas of burgeious economic ideology.  Also to include a Marxist critique.  *DISCORDIANISM - Introduction to Discordianism, as interpreted by Sparticus and an introduction to non linear thinking, including anarchist theory as a non linear form of politics.  A look at the factionalization of anarchist groups and the function of Discordianism in the reforming of anarchy theory in a extra political sense.  The usefulness of Discordian anarchists and the necessity of non rigid thinkers in "the scene".  *HISTORY OF ANARCHISM - A glance at anarchist involvement in the Spanish Revolution and Russian Revolution, as well as the Haymarket Affair in the United States......   ( more workshops continue on the next page)

COLLECTIVE COMMITTEES
In preparing all the resources that entail an event such as this, a number of probelms arose in the who-does-what sector.
To resolve this problem, responsibilities were broken down into categories (i.e... cooking, utensils gathering, menu planning, and so went to the Food Committee; choosing the bands, arranging the gig, and the sort went to the Show Committee, etc).
This specializtion of labor allowed people to choose their role, apply their personal interest, and accomplish what in fact needed to be accomplished.  The advantag-
es to this are innumerable, and we would just like to acknowledge them...

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