Recap: Anarchist Café

With consent, I’m publishing a recap of the DFW ALL meeting that took place Saturday, Sept. 15. There was no formal agenda, but the conversations strayed into three general areas of discussion. Individuals put forward recommendations for opportunities to participate locally, resources for discovering left-libertarian and other radical ideas, and lessons learned from past experience.

Participation Opportunities

(in alphabetical order)

  • Black Cat Collective: The mutual aid group pursues opportunities to circumvent the artificial scarcities that hike the costs of maintaining a living. Affinity groups like the Arcane School foster creative thinking through workshops and seminars.
  • Community Cultivators: Based in Austin, this groups has a presence in Fort Worth that hosts seminars to learn about self-maintained agricultural systems in urban environments.
  • DIY communities: 1919 Hemphill (in Fort Worth) and 406 Arts (in Dallas) are grassroots venues for DIY projects.
  • Peaceful Streets Project: Based in Austin, PSP employs a multifaceted approach to reducing the institutionalized violence taking place in our communities. Additionally, there is an upcoming local seminar that will be announced soon.
  • Students for a Stateless Society: Open to all people who desire knowledge, the rebooted S4SS is a networked student organization intended to maximize chapter autonomy and coordination.
  • Students for Liberty: The campus group is putting on its Dallas Regional Conference on October 13 at the University of North Texas.
  • Tar Sands Blockade: This campaign takes non-violent direct action to defend the victims of eminent domain seizures.

Recommended Resources

(in alphabetical order)

Lessons Learned

  • For attracting visitors to a booth, a tabling kit needs to be engaging but not overwhelming with information. It also helps to have a variety of media (like books, pamphlets, and multimedia) for people to consume at various price levels. Banners help too.
  • Seminars can also be effective tools for radicalization.
  • Direct action is often most impactful and sustaining when its backed by and enacted with community input.
  • Consensus-based decision making in a group setting garners greater participant commitment, guarding against acrimony and antipathy.

I’m sure some ideas weren’t recorded in the notes since we had such a great turnout, so please let me know if there’s anything not mentioned.