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(en) Building An Anarchist Workers Network by NEFAC

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://nefac.northernhacking.org/
Date Sun, 18 Jan 2004 20:49:35 +0100 (CET)


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At a special strategy meeting in Boston in December
2002, we decided to initiate an Anarchist Workers Network
in the northeast so fellow anarchists and anarchist
sympathisers could get invlolved with us in labor struggles
regardless if they share the ideas of our platform or the
direction of our program.

Building an Anarchist Workers Network

As much as 'anti-capitalism' has gained popularity in the last
few years through the anti-globalization movement,
revolutionary-anarchist ideas and practices haven't spread
widely amongst working people. That's why NEFAC has
established a (modest) program of agitating around 'bread
and butter' issues, such as housing struggles, workplace
struggles and immigration rights. At a special strategy
meeting in Boston in December 2002, we decided to initiate
an Anarchist Workers Network in the northeast so fellow
anarchists and anarchist sympathisers could get invlolved
with us in labor struggles regardless if they share the ideas
of our platform or the direction of our program.

Despite all of their flaws, 'mainstream' AFL-CIO type unions
regroup millions of workers in our region and it would be a
sign of weakness and defeat if anarchists were to continue
to abandon them to the reformist bureaucracies. The
Anarchist Workers Network we envision would be active
simultaneously within and outside of these unions. Rank and
file workers could use it as a rallying point to gain power in
their locals as well as a tool to build cross-union solidarity.

As of yet, the network has been fairly quiet despite having
over 100 people sign up for it during NEFAC's 'Anarchy at
Work' speaking tour last May in Quebec and Ontario.
Meetings have been held in Toronto and in Montreal a few
'Solidarity Pickets' were organized this summer to support
striking workers at Labatt's and in the Old Port. A similar
speaking tour should be held in New England and the
Mid-Atlantic in the coming months, hopefully interest for the
network will manifest itself there.

An internet information list on workplace struggles has been
set up to help circulate local information throughout the
network. If you would like to be on this list, send an email to
mtl (at) nefac.net with the mention 'Sign me up for At Work'.
If the internet isn't your cup of tea, contact the local NEFAC
collective in your city to find out how you can get active. For
too long anarchism has been divorced from the labor
movement in North America, it's time to organize as
anarchists and more importantly, as workers, to fight the
bosses.
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Ed. Note:
See also: (en) US-CANADA, An update on recent activity by the Northeastern
Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC).
http://www.ainfos.ca/04/jan/ainfos00077.html


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