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(en) US, Third Conference of the Northwest Anarchist Federation conference report

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Date Tue, 12 Apr 2005 08:53:22 +0200 (CEST)

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The weekend of March 25th, 26th, and 27th the Northwest Anarchist Federation
(NAF) held its third conference in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. All three
cities that NAF has local in, Portland, Seattle, and Victoria, were
represented. Since our last conference NAF has been engaged in the class
struggle through out the Northwest. The Victoria Anarchists Collective has
continued their organizing in the Canadian Federation of Students, fighting
for democracy within the CFS and fighting to keep higher education in
British Columbia affordable for working class students. They have also begun
laying the groundwork for opening an anarchist info-shop in Victoria, where
there is no community space for anarchists. The Seattle Local Union of NAF
has continued its work of anti-military recruitment. Seattle NAFers were
part of the inspiring events of January 20th, where military recruiters were
forcibly kicked out of Seattle Central Community College. In Portland, the
Firebrand Collective has continued the publication of its rank and file
workplace agitational newspaper, ‘The Firebrand”. Firebrand has also been
heavily involved in the labor movement in Portland, taking part in strikes,
and building a community flying squad. They have also been organizing
against the closing of public schools and were instrumental in bringing
together different neighborhoods into a coalition, The Neighborhood Schools
Alliance. The Burning Rose Collective was voted in as a member collective.
They have been distributing class struggle propaganda and tabling at events
in Portland.

In an effort to tie the work of NAF collectives and local unions into a
united strategy, we decided upon two points of intervention based off of the
organizing we are already doing. Anti-Imperialism with a focus on anti-war
and anti-recruitment and Workplace Struggle with a focus on building rank
and file autonomy and organization were decided upon as the areas we would
federally organize around. Aiming to build not only our tactical arsenal, we
will be publishing NAF Discussion Bulletins to discuss the theoretical basis
for our points of intervention. We feel this is a positive and practical
step towards building our praxis as a federation.

Continuing to lay down the basic framework of our federation, we discussed
and agreed upon our Aims and Principles. They will be published soon on our

Fulfilling the mandates of our second conference, NAF has begun its regional
speaking tour. In February we spoke in Portland, and we spoke in Seattle the
Friday, March 25th. We will be speaking in Victoria and Vancouver B.C.
sometime this summer, probably in August. To further the influence of
anarcho-communist ideas within the Northwest, we published the first issue
of our regional agitational newspaper, ‘Unfinished Business’. We analyzed
the content of the first issue and are excited about developing the
agitational into a strong voice for our federation and anarcho-communism.

New officers were voted into federal positions and the editorial committee
for Unfinished Business was moved to Seattle. We analyzed our internal
structure and made improvements to it. We also have set goals for the
federal officers to further the capability of NAF to serve as an effective
element within the class struggle throughout the Northwest.

After a little more than one year since our first conference in Portland in
January 2004, we are excited about the internal development and organization
we have achieved. We are moving forward in the development of our tactics
and theory and their application in the class struggle in the Northwest.
Over the next year we are aiming to increase our membership and become
further engaged in the class struggle through the Northwest.

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