The Scoop-

This August will be the launch of the Institute for Advanced Trouble-making, a week-long anarchist theory and action summer camp. Camp will take place from August 11th – 18th, 2017 in Worcester, MA.

Our long term goal for the I.A.T. is to create a lasting anarchist education hub in the Northeast that can train new and old organizers alike beyond the basics in anarchist theory, anti-oppression and movement building.
As Trump’s presidency has spurred a swell of activity and increased awareness of ongoing injustices, the I.A.T. aims to focus that energy to raise collective capacity to target injustice at a systemic level with effective direct action and campaign work.
We want to escalate and build skills in direct action, infrastructure building, and community organizing. We have seen the need for our movements to develop a more cohesive and strategic outlook for the days ahead- building innovative new strategies that can present a revolutionary challenge to the state, capitalism, and systemic violence.
The Institute for Advanced Trouble-making seeks to break limitations of the current action camp model and informal radical education spaces by combining a rigorous exploration of anarchist and social movement theory with concrete movement-building skills.
We plan to prioritize people already doing organizing work to attend the summer camp. Rather than an activism 101, our intention is to cultivate deeper understanding and praxis of anarchist organizing among people who are already doing some of that work.

Apply to Attend

Apply to Attend

We have limited space! Not everyone that fills out this application will be accepted to attend.
So please fill out this application with care and the IAT will get back to you!

We prioritize people of marginalized identities including POC, working class, trans or gender nonconforming, those with dis/abilities, LGBTQI, and women, but recognize that many of these may not be visibly apparent.

Unfortunately our space is not compliant with ADA standards and only parts of our facilities are wheelchair accessible, but as a collective we care about making our space usable for folks with wheelchair or other mobility needs. We are interested in discussing ways we can accommodate physical needs in the meantime as well as planning for greater accessibility in the future.

If you are only able to attend some of the week or after work that is fine!
We are creating a course schedule so that there will be some courses after regular 9AM-5PM working hours.

Courses

Our courses are still being solidified – so be sure to check back soon!

Course listing:

Burn Down the American Plantation: Revolutionary Abolitionism (3 sessions)

(Khaled and Layla)

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is a political movement dedicated to freeing people from bondage and building anarchist resistance. We situate our political movement in the context of the abolitionist struggle against slavery, and are continuing the tradition from Nat Turner to the black freedom struggle. We believe the US Civil War was never resolved, the slave system was not abolished and actually transformed, and our struggle today must begin from this point. Lastly, as anarchists, we believe that the state and capitalism are illegitimate, and we are calling for their abolition, while using the Rojava Revolution as a model for self-governance and revolutionary self-defense. This three-part workshop will explore these themes and strategy.

https://itsgoingdown.org/revolutionary-abolitionist-movement/

Khaled and Layla are collective members of The Base, an anarchist political center in Bushwick, Brooklyn, committed to the dissemination of revolutionary left and anarchist ideas and organizing

“The Anarchist Turn”: Understanding Anarchism in the Twenty-First Century
(2 sessions)

(Hillary Lazar)
Since the Zapatista uprising in 1994, anarchism’s influence has grown to the point where it is now arguably the primary organizing logic for the major recent mobilizations—from the Global Justice Movement, to Occupy, M15, and Greek antiausterity efforts, and now antifa resistance. Anarchists are also playing a vital role in helping to infuse a more radical perspective and praxis into the ongoing, interrelated struggles for racial, gender, queer, Crip, indigenous, and climate justice. This workshop will provide a brief historical overview of anarchism and what contributed to this shift along with taking a closer look at how it has informed organizing in recent decades. We will also specifically consider what anarchists can be doing to better strengthen and support current resistance efforts, counterpower projects, and transformative movements for collective liberation. Some of the questions we’ll be addressing include: What is the “anarchist turn,” and how has anarchism informed twenty-first century movements and activism? Are there ways to deepen its reach and influence today? How do we avoid appropriation/watering down of radical principles and practice? What are ways to be in better solidarity with other movements? How should anarchists work with nonanarchists, and in what contexts? What role does anarchism play in antifa resistance? And what else should anarchists be doing to help build a better future and free society for all?

Hillary has been involved with radical education projects since the 1990s, and is currently part of the efforts to organize graduate student workers, a mentor and trainer for Organize Pittsburgh, a collective member of the Big Idea Bookstore, and a content editor for Agency: An Anarchist PR Project. She is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches about social movements, gender, and power and resistance through an anarchist lens.

Learning Our ABCs: Exploring Accountability, Boundaries, and Consent in our Lives and Communities (2 sessions)
(C L H B K)
In this participatory workshop, we will collectively construct a clear definition of consent and affirmative consent practices using our own experiences as a guide. We hope to provide participants with tools and opportunities to practice running scenarios in order to better bring affirmative consent and clear boundaries into their lives and relationships. We also plan to open up space for participants to explore what happens when things go awry in our relationships and communities when consent isn’t well-practiced. We will be using frameworks and tools from the FemSex curriculum to guide this work including, but not limited to: role-playing, dialogue, storytelling (explicit and anonymous), and pod-mapping tools.

Anarchist Orientation in Grassroots Organizing (2 sessions)

(Todd May)

Todd is a professor of philosophy at Clemson, and author of Nonviolent Resistance: A Philosophical Introduction, The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralism Anarchism, and thirteen other books of philosophy, including work on Foucault and Deleuze. Long involved in many resistance movements from anti-apartheid to LGBTQ rights, Todd has recently been doing trainings in grassroots organizing around the upstate of South Carolina as well as organizing against the Clemson administration’s silence regarding the Muslim ban and racism on campus and in support of lower-paid staff at the university.

Everyday Anarchism: Aspirations, Solidarity, and Direct Action (3 sessions)
(
Cindy Milstein)

Cindy is the author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, coauthor of Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism, and editor of two anthologies, Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism, and the forthcoming Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief. Long engaged in anarchistic organizing, contemporary social movements, and collective spaces, Cindy has recently been part of solidarity projects countering displacement, gentrification, prisons, and police. Cindy was also death doula for three (biological and chosen) parents over the past four years.

Welding for Actions (2 sessions)
(A J)
Participants will learn the basics in welding, welding for blockades and action equipment, and welding in the field.

Intro to Non-Violent Direct Action (1 session)
(J A S)
The basics in planning and executing non-violent direct actions.

Innovations in Action Art
(S J)
Introduction to mass producing stencils, screen printing, vinyl cuts, mobile printing presses, and utilizing small manufacture for direct actions.

Decolonizing Anarchism (3 sessions)

(Maia Ramnath)

Organizing for the Long Haul
(Pavlos Stavropoulos)

Introduction to Social Ecology
(Pavlos Stavropoulos)

Art and Activism
(Kevin Lo)

Activist Climbing
(V H S S)

About

marsh

We are a small collective of long time anarchist organizers seeking to create a lasting movement education hub in the Northeast of the so-called US.

Although we are in the first stages of such a project we hope to build an anarchist school that can offer classes and training over the course of a full summer.

We are inspired by past radical movement education efforts that sought to bring organizers and  theorists together in generating practical movement tools, strategies, and tactics. We believe that in order to create dynamic movements capable of taking on capitalism, the state, and systemic oppression we need radical education infrastructure for and by organizers.

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