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Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair 2010
by Hanna Quevedo
Friday Mar 26th, 2010 9:39 AM
The 2010 book fair took place on March 13 & 14 at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The book fair organizers wish to thank everyone who helped and partnered in this event, our speakers, and all of you for participating and making this a really worthwhile time for a lot of people.



From time to time problems do crop up around or in the book fair. This year an incident occurred at the event itself, in the book fair auditorium, that the organizers feel obliged to comment on. Following is a statement from the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair Organizing Group:



The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair organizers wish to publicly condemn the violent assault committed against author Lierre Keith at the Book Fair on Saturday, March 13. We wish to extend our apologies to her for not taking more rigorous measures to assure her safety at our event. We urge the Anarchist community and our allies to let the perpetrators of this ugly assault and their supporters know that we will not stand for this kind of violent bullying at our events or in our community.

We want to state the following for the record:

1) The three pies used to assault Ms Keith were in fact filled with red hot sauce and cayenne pepper. There was so much in the “pies” that you could smell the red pepper sauce in the area of the speaker’s podium after the attack. We had to warn speakers using the microphone after the attack to not put it too close to their mouths in order to avoid burning their lips from the residue that could not be removed from the microphone. The comrades who were present and who cleaned up the area have attested to those facts.

2) The assailants used a back door leading in from the parking area to gain entry to the auditorium stage which was above and behind the spot where Ms Keith was speaking. When the assault took place the perpetrators were standing approximately three feet above her. The blows were delivered from behind with considerable force. There is video showing the blows being delivered to Ms Keith.

If you want to provide us with more information about this attack, videos, pictures, etc., email us at abookfair [at] yahoo.com


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by addressed elsewhere herein
Friday Mar 26th, 2010 12:24 PM
In case you may have missed the thousand other related comments on Indybay here are some specific comments addressing this "statement" released by bookfair organizers.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/03/14/18640886.php#18642901



Otherwise, great pictures, Hannah. Thank you for sharing them.
by me
Tuesday Mar 30th, 2010 7:07 PM
We are active members of Bound Together Anarchist Bookstore collective, most of whom have devoted time to help with the 2010 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair as well as previous Book Fairs. While we are in general agreement with most of the statement recently put out by the "Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair Organizing Group," we want to state that we neither wrote nor approved of the final sentences, which read:

"We are asking anyone with information on the identities of the assailants, photos or additional video of the attack to contact us....We will make the information available to Ms. Keith."

We certainly wish we had been aware of the threats prior to the incident, and that better arrangements could have been made to protect Lierre Keith. However, we believe that the attack on Ms. Keith, her decision to file a police report, and the actions (and non-actions) of the community present (including Bound Together and the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair Organizing Group) provided an extremely poor example of what anarchists taking care of their own business could look like. We cannot support Ms. Keith in her decision to go to the police. If anyone wishes to pass information along to Ms. Keith, her contact information is available on the internet, but we do not wish Bound Together to be involved in making "the information available" to her.

Signed-The Bound Together anti bound together book fair committee committee (BTABTBCC) AKA -The Bound Together “anti pie statement” Committee (BTAPSC)
composed of Bound Together members: Jonny, Elizabeth S., David D.
by Ted H.
Tuesday Mar 30th, 2010 7:09 PM
Another dissenter,

Ted H.