Over the weekend I travelled up to Auckland to attend the Radical Youth hui. Overall, I thought the hui was pretty good – a good mix of experienced activists (including long term RY members) and people for whom the hui was the first (or one of the first) explicitly political events they had attended. Before the hui I was a little worried that, being 21, I might feel a little old, but I didn’t actually experience that much at all – noone really treated anyone else any different because of their age, which was a refreshing surprise. Aucklands Burning has a brief report on the hui as well.
I ran three workshops at the hui – a male gender caucus, a direct action workshop and an introduction to anarchism. I thought I’d repost them here for anyone who might be interested in some of the things we did, or for people who attended the workshops and wanted to refresh their memories. These are just my notes to run the workshops from, discussions obviously progressed beyond them – if anyone’s got any questions just ask in the comments. Cheers to everyone who came to my workshops and made them what they were :)
Male Gender Caucus
Opening – name round, guidelines (respect, not interrupting, speaking list if needed), ask for honesty, don’t want to hear what people think we want to hear, but rather what people think.
Game – Moo
15-20 minutes discussion on gender relations during hui
Safer spaces policy – read out loud. Will this change how we act? What does the fact that we need such a policy mean for behaviour in past?
Things to pay attention to during hui:
Who is speaking and for how long?
Who gets listened to?
Body language – our own and others
Do we want to come up with a statement on how we as men will act during the hui?
Do we support progressive speaking lists if facilitators feel they are needed?
20-25 minutes discussion on consent – break into groups of 3-4, discuss following three questions for 15 mins then report backs for rest of time
How has consent worked in your relationships in the past?
What does it mean to “seek active consent”?
Why do men have a responsibility to seek active consent?
20 minutes discussion on supporting survivors and confronting perpetuators of rape/intimate violence (continuing in same groups) within our communities
How can we support survivors?
As radicals, how do we relate to the (in)justice system?
What are practical methods we can use to confront perpetuators of rape/intimate violence?
5 minutes closing round
Direct Action Workshop
Opening – name round (if needed)
5 mins Game – Swords and shields
20 minutes brainstorm + discussion on ideas for direct action
Go outside, 45 minutes blockading techniques
Standing, sitting, moving (banner bloc), Octopus, concentric circles, breaking through cop lines, de-arresting
15 minutes practicing with d-locks on a vehicle.
Getting used to the feeling of wearing them, practice getting locked on speedily, discuss possible uses and where they work best.
30 mins tips and tricks
Planning – scouting, roles, run-throughs, media (independent and capitalist), contingency plans
On the day – Interaction with cops, security guards, public, pull out if needed
After – Debrief, mood check, lessons to learn
5 mins closing round on how workshop went (what people enjoyed/didn’t enjoy, ideas for future)
Introduction To Anarchism
Opening – Name round (if needed)
Game – Shoot or shake
10 mins – brainstorm of political ideologies
Briefly touch on differences between them and anarchism
15 mins – History of anarchism around the world
1st international, Spain, Russia. Resurgence of anarchist tactics (if not anarchism) in 60’s/70’s in anti-war, feminist, New Left etc.
10 mins – History of anarchism in Aotearoa
early radical unionism, constant presence (even if small), lack of intergenerational contact
10 mins – Anarchism in Aotearoa today
Run over different anarchist groups (and groups with high anarchist involvement) in different centres
15 mins – Personal utopias
Round of our personal utopias – what they’d contain, how they’d function etc
10 mins – Differing streams of anarchism
Cover anarcho-communism, -syndicalism, anarcha-feminism, eco/green anarchism, anarcho-primitivism, insurrectionary anarchism, “anarcho”-capitalism (fun to mock), mutualism, collectivism, individualist anarchism.
Cover how common each are in Aotearoa, and where relevant if there are other parts of the world they are especially strong
15 mins – Questions and answers