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DISBANDMENT IMMINENT? [28 Feb 2007|11:23pm]

At tonight's meeting, we discussed the possibility of terminating the
non-organization known as the Rochester Anarchist Forum, in order to
make room for new, better-organized efforts. It seems pretty dead, at
this point. Anyone interested in the issue should come to next week's

Equal Grounds
750 South Ave.
Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Please note that the rochester-anarchists mailing list and
liberaterochester.net are independent of RAF, and will remain operational.

-Chris (A)
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Oaxaca Presentation [04 Dec 2006|06:34am]

The December 6th Rochester Anarchist Forum will feature a presentation and discussion on the anarchist implications of the current rebellion in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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[30 Oct 2006|05:45am]

I'll be giving a presentation on market anarchism and local currencies at this week's Rochester Anarchist Forum. I'll talk about the various schools of thought that make up market anarchism, how market anarchist strategy can be incorporated into our present efforts to build a free society, and how local currencies fit into this. Discussion to follow.
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New location for RAF meetings [21 Oct 2006|05:57am]

The weekly Rochester Anarchist Forum meetings will be moving from Java's to Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge starting on Wednesday, October 25th. Bodhi's is located at 274 North Goodman Street, in the Village Gate Square.
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[17 Sep 2006|08:27pm]

Hey!  the Albany Skill Share is in Six Days!!!
After Party features Nuclear Family, Pony Pants, and Barking Spider!  Come danse your panse off!!

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Albany Skill Share, 9/23, all day long [24 Aug 2006|12:32pm]


please forward widely...

Albany Skill Share
Saturday, Sept. 23rd.
8 Elm St.
Website with Last Year's Pics

The Albany Skill Share is an annual workshop
series whose goal is to facilitate interactive and
hands-on workshops at low or no-cost to participants.

We attempt to hold a wide array of workshops
covering various topics in a safe setting for
evryone. Our general theme tends towards issues of
self-sustainability but we do offer workshops
covering many other topics and skills.

The theme of our second annual skill share in
Albany is the human body. Most of the workshops
will revolve around physical, mental and social

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New website for local anarchists [31 Jul 2006|08:51pm]

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Screening of Soma: an Anarchist Therapy and Workshop [13 Jul 2006|12:22pm]

Screening of Soma: an Anarchist Therapy and Workshop

Hungerford Bldg Gallery Space
Door 7, 1115 E. Main Street

Wednesday, July 12 7pm-9:30pm

Call 585-305-1594 for more info

Soma: An Anarchist Therapy (DVD shot in Brazil subtitles in English)
difficulty walking and half-blinded from torture by the Brazilian
dictatorship, 79 year old Roberto Freire continues to develop
completing his life's work. Incorporating the ideas of Wilhelm Reich,
politics of anarchism, and the culture of the martial art / dance
angola, Soma is used by therapists organized in anarchist collectives
fight the psychological effects of authoritarianism.

more info: somadocumentary.com

Workshop Description:

Nazis Vs. Zapatistas: Struggles Against Co-optation

The workshop examines philosophies, structures and psychology,
comparing authoritarian models to those that are consensual,
communitarian or autonomous. Informed by Zapatista principles, the
workshop develops a skill set for identifying, challenging and
defeating the authoritarian tool of co-optation.

more info: http://nickcooper.com/a


flyer: http://nickcooper.com/antipowerflyerlow.jpg

Those interested in a new Rochester anarchist group, contact Chris:
489-5796 or chrispowers at riseup dot net
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Anarchist Meeting: Part Deux [19 Jun 2006|10:34pm]

Last thursday's meeting went well. 8 anarchists showed up, and we're excited about getting some projects/actions going. We'll be having weekly meetings on wednesdays at 7:30 pm, starting this wednesday. We're aiming for a mixture of theoretically and practically oriented discussion, as well as some social/fun stuff.

This week we'll be at Java's (16 Gibbs Street). If you're interested in further updates, join the mailing list.
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Anarchist Meeting Today! [15 Jun 2006|12:34am]

Several Rochester-area anarchists will be getting together at the Spin Caffe today (6/15) at 7:30 PM. It'll be an informal get-to-know-people gathering. Anyone interested, anarchist or otherwise, is welcome to attend. The Spin Caffe is at 739 Park Ave, corner of Park and Somerton.
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Update on the Nazi Rally and Counter-Protest [09 Jun 2006|01:18am]

After some further discussion and speculation, our revised estimate for the number of Nazis that will be showing up in Buffalo is about 15-30, including groupies. A couple different groups will be showing up to oppose them, so hopefully we'll have a decent turnout.

I'll be outside the Village Gate plaza from 12:30-1pm on saturday, and I'll depart from there, along with anyone who cares to join. Contact me if you want to meet, or want directions to where the counter-protest is happening. If I don't hear from anyone beforehand, I'll just skip the Village Gate and head directly to Buffalo.
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Nazi Rally in Buffalo next Saturday [05 Jun 2006|12:37am]

There's going to be a Nazi rally in Buffalo on June 10th. Anyone interested in going down there to counter-protest?

More info...
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libertarians, free-marketers, in Rochester? [14 Sep 2004|04:27am]

Are there any libertarians, or people who are for libertarianism, or propertarianism, here? In Rochester? I just came back from the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and am really excited about talking with, and exchanging ideas with, fellow libertarians. I'm trying to start a sort of group meeting for Rochester-libertarians (I'd consider myself the most radical of that group, anarcho-capitalist or propertarian).
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Basic Principles of Anarchism [19 Jul 2005|11:59pm]

There's been discussion recently in anarchists about the common misconception that "anarchy is chaos" and ways to address it. Someone posted a pamphlet which does a good job of dispelling the common myths about anarchy and anarchists, as well as outlining our basic ideas. It's laid out for printing, so if you want to hand it out to people, make double-sided copies and fold them into book form. If you read it on a computer, you'll have to read in zig-zag fashion. Just follow the page numbers.
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Rochester Anarchy Meetup Group [09 Jul 2005|08:22pm]

There's a group on meetup.com for anarchists in Rochester, which has been somewhat active this year.

EDIT: Well, that's lame. The group has no organizer, which renders the message boards and private messages between group members nonfunctional. In order to become an organizer for the group, you have to pay meetup.com $20 a month.
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[24 Jun 2005|07:55am]

Hey all,

I've introduced myself in the past, but I am currently a libertarian who is investigating anarchist philosophy. I am posting this to this community as it's the only anarchist one I'm currently a member of, and want to get some additional input from people other than two friends and a sibling.

I have a question for the primitivists (if there are any here), who I think have the strongest real (not just philosophical) evidence for their arguments, given the history of human society. I may have gross innaccuracies in my assumptions of what constitutes anarcho-primitivism, and if so feel free to correct me and point them out.

While anarcho-primitivism is very easy to envision in a historical context, and under the assumption that an overthrow of technology could take place in the modern day, can you show that an anarcho-primitivism would be sustainable? Take into consideration that the earth has a very large population, of which modern technologies are used to provide farming techniques efficient enough to meet the food supply of a large portion of this population.

As I see it, mass starvation would occur, and with that, violent organizations to take over other "tribes" resources and redistribute it amongst themselves. Other "tribes" would likely join together in defensive structures which would eventually lead back to something resembling states and nations, and with it the invariable re-rise of technology.
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LGBT Issues inside Rochester City Schools... [21 May 2005|05:06pm]

Hello Everyone:

I live in Buffalo, but grew up in Rochester and attended Rochester City Schools from 3rd until 12th grades.
I graduated from Wilson Magnet High School in 1997. Eight years ago, there was no mention of gay people in my high school whatsoever. It was assumed we were not there. I was very much closeted in high school, but when I got to college I became less so. When I found the same situation at Canisius, I started a gay-straight alliance there.

I have been in correspondence with a woman who works inside a city high school and has been experiencing harassment because of the GSA club she started there two years ago. I am sorry to hear that things have not improved (and may have even gotten worse) in the eight years since I’ve been a student in the RCSD.

Please, please please take a few moments to read her story, and to write letters to the D&C/City/Empty Closet regarding this issue… Thanks.

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[14 Apr 2005|04:48pm]

Hey, I live in Albany, but Rochester isn't too far away. I just joined the community. Thanks
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[03 Mar 2005|08:40pm]

Name? (an)drew

Age? 23

Are you a student? High school? College? yes

Do you have a job? What kind of work? yes, yes, yes

What strain of anarchism do you follow (anarcho-capitalism, syndicalism, primitivism, etc.)? If you're not an anarchist, are you a minarchist? Undecided, but have anarchist tendencies? syndicalism, strains of materialism and feminism culled from deleuze & guattari, derrida reading nietzsche, etc., but i don't really give a fuck about theory if you can dance the dance

What led you to adopt your current ideology? What did you previously believe? this doesn't answer the question, but: i was active in the iww on the west coast and involved in several organizing drives with them, some very successful, also several other radical groups; i'm a big fan of being liberated from a lot of bourgeois neurotic bullshit and as a result i like doing more creative pro-situ-inspired stuff too.

Are you part of, or do you know of any anarchist groups in Rochester? yes, yes

Are you involved in any local projects, anarchist or otherwise? yes, yes. are you?

Where do you want to go from here? further
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Hola anarchists [09 Feb 2005|05:08pm]

[ mood | drunk ]

Thought I'd introduce myself, Dave Bisers. Anyway, I'm currently working as a secretary type person for Sears but have an interview with Monroe County planning department for an entry level position in the very near future. I graduated from RIT with an economics degree. As far as ideology, i might be characterized as an eco-anarchist, but fine distinction suck ass and are overly academic. I'm interested in actually living as an anarchist and forming an intentional community that acts on anarchist principles. I race bicycles and seek to reform our built environment, i.e. our cities and towns into places in which one does not need a car, where community is rich and life is lived at the pace of a pedestrian, not an automobile. Anyway, i'm intested in practical ideas. Adios.

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