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(en) Russia, Krasnodar, 2nd general meeting of the Autonomous Action

From aleksei <itasitihki@tao.ca>
Date Fri, 4 Oct 2002 12:25:30 -0400 (EDT)

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> 2nd general meeting of the Autonomous Action

16th-18th of August Autonomous Action had its second
general meeting in the city of Krasnodar, Russia. Altogether 46
persons from Moscow, Nizhni Novgorod, Krasnodar,
Novorossisk, Chelyabinsk, Belorechensk, Sochi,
Izhevsk, Samara, Rostov-na-Donu, Kirov, Grodno (Belarus),  and Boston (USA)
came to meeting which was held in
a tent camp in the outskirts of the city, in the bank of the
river Kuban.

Besides members of the organisation, number of participators included guests
from several symphatizing organisations - Inter-Professional Union of Labour
(MPST-AIT), Rainbow Keepers, (council communist) Marxist Worker's Party
Anti-fascist Youth Movement (AMD) and North-East Federation of Anarchist
Communists (NEFAC, North America).

In the beginning, local groups reported about their activities.
Coordinatory council reported about membership and
funds of the organisation. It was noted that coordinatory council was
functioning only one month period during the
6 months that had passed since the previous meeting.

Autonomous Action accepted 2 new collective and 6 individual members to
organisation. A number of changes were accepted to both manifesto and
organisational principles of the organisation. For example it was accepted
that in case groups have consensus between each other about some decision to
be made, decision might be made without having it passed by
general meeting or referendum. A procedure of accepting new members to
Autonomous Action was discussed and passed, as
well as a procedure of the general referendum.

After a heated discussion the structure of the coordinatory council
coordinating the work between meetings was also changed, before membership
was open to any members but now it was decided that each of the groups
delegates one or several persons to participate, and these delegates must be
immediately recallable. Coordinatory council works in an e-mail list. If
local groups want, they may continuously rotate their presentation and
subject their delegate to imperative mandate. Coordinatory council has a
very limited power, for example it may approve membership of individuals but
not that of groups, and it has no right to exclude members. Current budget
does not allow council any independent decisionmaking on the finances.
Practically council only organises following meeting, takes care of
publication of membership bulletin and books (Avtonom-journal has a separate
redaction) and may subscribe some resolutions in the name of the Autonomous

Besides formalities, meeting discussed also practical actions.
It was decided that publication of one membership bulletin will be financed
from the federal funds during the year (some people decided to finance at
least one extra bulletin with their own money).  Group of Nizhni Novgorod
proposed that the campaign they will start against alternative service-law
which will come to force in January 2004 could be made a federal project.

A new redaction for journal "Avtonom" was chosen.
Four of the collective members named their delegates for
coordinatory council on the spot, and when meeting was finished these four
agreed with each other about practical mechanism of  functioning of the
council which was not an interesting topic to rest of the participants. It
was decided that Autonomous Action will republish Ken Knabb's book "Joy of
Revolution"  if commercial publisher does not proceed with the project
(first Russian edition by Siberian Confederation of Labour is sold out).

It was decided that a conference of Autonomous Action will be
organised in Moscow in the end of the January 2003. Conference has power
inferior to that of general meeting, conference has no right to change basic
documents of the organisation. It was decided that next general meeting of
Autonomous Action will be organised somewhere in the south of Russia in the
summer of 2003.

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