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The National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) is an annual event that brings together activists from a variety of issues, struggles, ideologies and backgrounds for a weekend of learning and reflecting on the state of progressive movements occurring locally, nationally and worldwide. Through diverse workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, tabling, and the creation of an open and safe space, NCOR seeks to promote organized action amongst participants against the injustices and inequalities that are confronted in people's daily lives and in the world. NCOR is held on the main campus of American University in northwest Washington, DC, and has been since the conference began in 1998.

While the overall political mood of the conference is that of anarchism, the event draws both speakers and participants across the spectrum of the left - from the International Socialist Organization to the Catalyst Project to the Green Party.

NCOR is partially funded by American University's student Club Council, the rest coming from admission to the conference. This has forced NCOR (now an official "club" on campus) to adhere to official campus policies, including having to forgo catering by the local Food Not Bombs chapter, as food in AU's student union building must be professionally catered for insurance reasons.

Controversy

Some American University Students oppose the use of university funds for the support of the conference. In the past incidents have been reported where students on the way to classes have been harassed. Also, incidents have been reported including some scuffles between Fraternity members and conference participants resulting in several warnings being issued by the university's Pan-Hellenic Council.

Additionally, some campus organizations have expressed reservations about the amount of funding that the group receives relative to the appeal of the programming it provides to the campus. It is one of the most highly funded, receiving in excess of $4,000 per year, a large sum in the university's appropriation process.

The date change (at the insistence of the American University administration) caused NCOR to be "held [...] during spring break," [1] though some students chose to stay behind to attend, volunteer, and organize the conference.

A group of students attempted to stop NCOR during the lead up to the 2007 conference, but were unsuccessful.

October 2008, it was announced that future NCOR events were indefinitely canceled due to no current American University students volunteering to be part of the next organizing collective. [2]

References

  1. ^ NCOR official says conference faces annual struggle to stay at AU - News
  2. ^ http://ncor.wordpress.com

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