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Scranton Radical Book Fair with free market and lectures held at Marywood in Scranton on April 9

Scranton Radical Book Fair with free market and lectures held at Marywood in Scranton on April 9
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From a press release:

The annual Scranton Radical Book Fair and Really Really Free Market, held this year on Saturday, April 9 starting at noon in the Nazareth Student Center at Marywood University in Scranton, aims to promote the ideas of social, environmental, and economic justice in the area. The book fair will include an exposition of lectures, demonstrations, books, zines, pamphlets, art, video, and other cultural and political creations.

Bring what you can; take what you need. A really, really free market puts in to practice the anarchist principal of mutual aid. Basically, the fair’s organizers are challenging the notion that the capitalist “free markets” are “free” (or even fair). Instead of being free, capitalist markets depend on scarcity to keep prices for goods and services high. This scarcity means that, by design, some people can’t afford to get what they need, but it does create profit for capitalists.

The idea of the Radical Book Fair at Marywood (2300 Adams Ave., Scranton) is to create a space to explore ideas and perspectives that are often excluded or marginalized and to broaden the range of dialogue and conversations in the community. Come meet people looking to connect with others interested in these ideas or simply to experience a point of view you might not have heard before. Whether you are an old radical with deep ties and knowledge or just curious and looking to find out more about these ideas, this book fair is for you.

Presentation schedule:

Noon: Jess Meoni – The Graphic Design Techniques and Cultural History of Radical Publications

12:30 p.m.: Shalefield Organizing Committee

1:15 p.m.: John Dobbs

1:45 p.m.: Daryle Jenkins – Standing Up and Shutting Down Pennsylvania’s Fascists

2:15 p.m.: Break

2:30 p.m.: Mitch Troutman – Coal Region, Stories and Potential: Organizing in the Anthracite Region Today

3 p.m.: Margo and Marnie Azzarelli – Labor Unrest in Scranton

3:30 p.m.: Break

3:45 p.m.: Suren Moodliar – The Human Right to Water as a Movement Building Project

4:15 p.m.: Joe Ramsey – The Critical Communist Writings of Richard Wright: Lessons for Us Today

5 p.m.: Jamie Longazel – Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania

6 p.m.: Poetry reading, featuring Amanda J. Bradley, Maggie Gilbertson, Brian Fanelli, Sarah Zane Lewis, and Daryl Sznyter