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[Arava& BGU] Anarchist Uri Gordon promotes "most important international anarchist congress"

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Dr. Uri Gordon

Environmental Ethics & Activism
Contact: uri@riseup.net

Uri Gordon is an Israeli anarchist theorist and activist. He is a lecturer at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Ketura, Israel. One of several anarchist theorists to come of age during the anti-globalization movement at the turn of the twenty-first century, he has worked with anarchist and radical movements including Indymedia, Peoples' Global Action, and Anarchists Against the Wall. Active primarily in Britain and his native Israel, Gordon has participated in protests at international summits across Europe.

Gordon's book Anarchy Alive!, based on his PhD research at Oxford University, was well-received by reviewers. He wrote a guest editorial following the Second Lebanon War in Anarchist Studies volume 14, issue 2, and contributed an article on anarchism in Israel to the subsequent issue. He has written reviews for The New Formulation, and Perspectives on Anarchist Theory.

Gordon's work has also appeared in mainstream Israeli newspapers; he has written articles for the English language edition of Haaretz addressing the 20072008 world food price crisis, and carbon emission trading, and the Jerusalem Post featured Gordon's "Right of Reply: Anarchy in the Holy Land!" in the op-ed in its June 12, 2007 edition.
Publications by Dr. Uri Gordon

Courses Taught:

Environmental Ethics

Environmental Politics
Environment and Society
Social Analysis of the Environment
Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar

International @ congress, St Imier, August 8-12, 2012
14/01/2012 21:53

This is set to be the most important international anarchist congress for
the last couple of decades. If anyone is thinking of going please email me



To organizations, groups, collectives and interested individuals

Dear comrades,

From the 8th to 12th of August 2012, an international anarchist meeting
will be held in St-Imier (Western Switzerland) for the 140th anniversary
of the anti-authoritarian First International, which was organized in St.
Imier in 1872.

So far, the organizations that have initiated and are organizing this
important event are : the Anarchist Federation (AF), International of
Anarchist Federations (IAF), la Fédération Libertaire des Montagnes (FLM),
lOrganisation socialiste libertaire (OSL), and Espace Noir. IAF will hold
its own congress in St-Imier during the time of the international meeting,
and it is likely that the federated organizations of Anarkismo will do so
as well. Red and Black Coordination will also be present.

These international gatherings are open and organized by different units
of the international anarchist movement:

1. The International of Anarchist Federations (IAF)
2. Anarkismo
3. Anarcho-syndicalist Red and Black Coordination (CGT, CNT, SAC-Sweden,
4. International Workingmens Association (IWA)
5. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
6. Independent collectives and organizations of international groupings

The international gathering is open to all groups acting at the
international, national, regional or local levels, as well as individuals
on the basis of adhering to the  St. Imier 2012  statement.

This meeting aims to provide a challenging and structured dialogue around
and based upon the idea, that anarchism is a general, consistent political
ideology that generates and is an actor in popular struggles, based on an
identifiable theoretical foundation that is constantly evolving.

In addition, we could say that anarchism is capable of accommodating
political complexities tied to strategic proposals/intermediate targets/a
general project of alternative self-management, that is libertarian,
federalist, and in line with social ecology.

It is from this general approach that we successfully proposed and adopted
the structure of the St. Imier meeting according to some strong political
elements, common to all groups that will participate.

These elements are:

a) A roundtable on  Anarchism and political innovation  : capacities of
contemporary anarchism to innovate and face political situations that are
more complex than those of the first historical period, against fascism,
authoritarian regimes, environmental and ecological challenges, and
against economic and social changes (emphasis on the contribution of
Malatesta, Fabbri, Berneri, Abad de Santillan, and Daniel Guérin).

b) A roundtable on  New territories of anarchism, introduction or
reintroduction of anarchism in Africa, Asia, and Latin America 

c) A roundtable on  Making anarchism today , covering the interesting or
exemplary practices and activist interventions, notably in Europe and the
Anglo-Saxon countries.

d) A roundtable on  Anarchist alternatives in action  and how to
articulate alternative experiences to the revolutionary project and

e) A roundtable on  The Debt Crisis, the politics of austerity, and
social and popular resistance. 

f) A closing session of St. Imier with the adoption (if possible) of a
common political resolution.

An opening meeting will be held in order to present the St. Imier Congress
of 1872 and what it meant for international anarchism. A final public
banquet that will be open to all of the local population is also expected.

We intend to leave St. Imier with a reinforcement of unifying connections
and a federation as significant as possible for the comrades that are
present. We aim to build a systematic political exchange, identifying,
defining, and deepening convergences, defining disagreements politically
and theoretically, and studying collaborative projects.

On this basis, except for the final meeting, each roundtable will result
in an outcome document, as precise as possible, that each collective will
use afterward at its convenience. The groups present will, as a matter of
course, be free to establish collaborations and associations they deem

It is not a matter of wanting to prolong St. Imier at any cost, but to
exploit the full potential of events. St. Imier will also have a material
and symbolic importance because of the number of comrades that this
initiative will attract. To come together in the thousands to debate, to
decide, and to open collaborations and free associations is highly
valuable. Social-anarchist groups will be the most well represented at
this meeting and as a result will strengthen the capacity to organize the
anarchist intervention in struggles and the organization of resistance in
a challenging, open, and coherent manner.

For each group, we propose free association on the basis of an agreement
and, as far as resources permit, a financial contribution according to the
size of the organization (300, 600, or 1000 Euros).

In addition to registration, we ask that each group tell us which
contributions they could make to the meetings :

- Proposals for conferences, workshops, and activities
- Translations
- Provision of infrastructure equipment (mobile kitchen).
- Technical expertise for the organization of the self-managed village.
- Activists that would be able to be there a little before and during the
meeting to ensure the organization and functioning of basic services

The internal organization for the preparation of the International
Gathering functions with working groups and a committee of organizations.
One can join at any time.

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