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(en) Aotearoa-NewZeland, Imminent Rebellion #4 - Wellington: Anarchist Actions (and the lack of them)

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Date Wed, 2 Jun 2004 09:20:02 +0200 (CEST)


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IN OUR opinions these are the highlights of
anarchist happenings in Wellington. Currently
the black star shining bright in Wellington is
the anarcho-fem posse.Although newly formed,
regular meetings and events mean these Grrrls
are really getting down to smashing the patriarchal state.
Anarcho-fem's created a strong presence at
the Mayday march which, despite the rain, trots
and lack of any tangible target, was a fairly
positive event.

A contingent was sent to the anti-racist
demonstration in Christchurch and `No Diet
Day' was another event in which the anarcho-
fem's co-organized and pigged out on junk food.
A theory group called the `Anarchist Book
Club' was started in February to fill the void
in local anarchist heads. Anarchists here seem
to have a fear defining or even of discussing
anarchism. These fears come back to the fact
that a lot of what individuals consider anarchist
practice actually isn't. So in ignorance of what
anarchism actually is one can still lay claim to
being an anarchist while doing what one `wants
to do'.
So far ABC has covered the topics: Emma
Goldman on war, what anarchism is, violence
and pacifism and the next topic will be on
Racism and Sexism. ABC has a policy of
actually avoiding any action and keeping the
group strictly as a social discussion group.
Because of this guideline the
group has attracted a fair
share of university students,
new people and a pet Marxist.
ABC is especially a group
where people can come with
questions and criticisms of
anarchism. Some questions
we have been able to answer
easily, but others relating to
actions of local `anarchists'
always seem to reveal a
stumbling block to people participating in local
anarchist activities. We can best deal with this
by explaining anarchism isn't a dogma and we
aren't responsible for all anarchists.
Non unified Anarchists also had a presence
at the March 20th Anti-war rally with an
`anarchists for peace' banner (not between
classes I hope!). A leaflet made by a local soy
drinking anarchist ringleader was distributed
in its hundreds, black and other colour flags,
and anarchist placards also adorned the march.
The Magnetic fridge diary, although
surprisingly not actually magnetic, fulfils the
rest of its name well. If only more anarchists
were actually using it and turning up rather than
being introverts or focussing on their own petty
personal issues.
Unite! union has been campaigning in
Wellington, although the amount of anarchists
participating is abysmal. Peace Action and
Indymedia, two groups run on an anarchist
model, lack anarchists and the latter lacks
anybody aside the brave individuals who
continue to shoulder the burden.
To an outsider it may seem Wellington
anarchists are organized and active but things
are more disorganized than ever. Many projects
that were discussed at the tea party have never
materialised while it seems like it's the same
core people actually doing anything. Wellington
needs a cohesive anarchist group for effective
actions, with a strong theoretical basis. The
only consolation is at least anarchic women
have a functioning regular group to agitate
from.
- Megan, Ali & Uncle Tony


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