1992 ANARCHIST GATHERING
IN LONG BEACH
Collective Meeting
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.
Collective Meeting
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 (me) getting arrested for writting down the cops badge number.  And a girl
from Canada having her arm broken by the Long Beach fascist police.   That late night people went to
the station to do jail solidarity.

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 advantages to this are innumerable, and we would just
like to acknowledge them 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
Here are the list of 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
YOUTH LAW AND ANARCHISM - This worlshop was an introduction to youth law and the steps to take if
the youth is arrested.  Youth Law is different from Adult Law for many resons.  It also related Youth Law to
Anarchism with different tactics to use for Direct Action.  *HEMP AND ITS IMPACT, *POLITICAL
PRISONERS, *BLACK BLOC - A discussion on the Black Bloc as a tactic in resistance.  A look at how the
Black Bloc has been employed in the United States.  *WORKERS SABOTAGE - Ways to tell your boss
"where to go" by stealing, destroying computer systems, undercharging, letting customers steal, conspiring
with other employees, not working, doing drugs and having sex on the job, stealing time back, and blowing
up your boss. *HOBOISTIC LIVING - A how to and introduction to travel for transportation, adventure, and
fun.  *DRUGS AND HOW THEY DEFEAT THE REVOLUTION - Open Discussion, *HISTORY OF
ANARCHISM IN MEXICO - A look at the beginnings of Anarchist ideas in Mexico with a focus with a focus on
influential people and organizations and activities.  Also, an examination of the role and participation of
Anarchist before and during the Mexican Revolution.  *Web Collective - Critique and discussion on the
Web Network being an effective tool for networking in Southern California.  *PERSONAL ANARCHISM -
The workshop was a forum to discuss various ways that anarchism can be utilize in everyday life.  Theft,
crime, cops, and the "greater system" will be analysed as to how they affect individuals or don't.  An
individual adventure.  *SITUATIONIST INFLUENCE ON ANARCHY - A brief intro to the Situationalist
International, it's history, ideas, and works.  An overview of their accomplishments and the relevance of
Situationalist theory to the modern day Anarchist Movement.  *ANARCHO AGRARIANISM - The search and
the struggle for liberation land tenure.  Covering contemporary issues such as homelessness, squats,
economic inequality, the housing crisis, the environment, governmental territoriality, and hunger.  This
workshop examine international and historic anarchist perspectives and action on land tenture.  The
workshop then used group process to formulate a modern and regionally appropriate vision of future land
tenture, and a plan of action to achieve this goal.  
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