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(en) US, Los Angeles Collective Network (LACN) Update

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Date Wed, 13 Apr 2005 16:58:24 +0200 (CEST)

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Los Angeles is a hotbed for class struggle. Fragmentation in the
movement is an obstacle for growth. The Los Angeles Collective
Network (LACN) intends on building a broad network, but at the same
time it intends to challenge the tactics and some of the ways things
get posed in the left. Connections are being built between rebels,
intellectuals, revolutionaries, youth, to fight against capitalism
and authoritarianism and we're all working collectively for change.
The network is encouraging people to dare to think for themselves and
to dream of a better world, but at the same time build our collective
strength and support a diversity of tactics while allowing for
individuals and collectives to take initiative.
We don't have the answers, but we hope to build the change that
we want to see.

The Los Angles Collective Network is building support, communication,
mutual aid alliances where we can share resources, alliances in
general, and laying down some theoretical foundation and analysis
to allow a movement to grow. Working in the communities, the
campuses, and in broader society, and learning from the people.
We will support struggles being waged by workers, activists and
students, and build them up. We emphasize the importance of
autonomy with solidarity.

The LACN meets Sundays 33 1/3 Books - 1200 N. Alvarado (off of
Sunset in Echo Park)
5pm-7pm , (suggested time change for meeting to start at 3pm?)

Contact: losangelescollectivenet@yahoo.com
Email Discussion List: lacollectivenetwork@lists.riseup.net


-May Day Week of Action - Agitate, Educate, Rebel
-May 1st - Immigrant Rights March in Downtown Los Angeles
-May 2nd - Los Angeles Community College Walk-Out, and Action
at South Gate High School
-May 3rd - Santa Monica College Action
-May 7th and 8th - Mayday Film Festival

Freedom Uprising Festival has moved to May 21st (sorry it wasn't
our fault)
We're having it at Santa Monica College, (in case we're unable
to hold it at SMC, we will have it at West L.A. College). Bands
and organizations (interested in endorsing and tabling) can
contact us. Please e-mail us if you are able to make that date
so I can get the flyer finalized with the names of the bands and
organizations who will be in attendance.

Newsletter (bilingual) -- to be distributed in the communities,
work places, and campuses

Excerpt from our last meeting's minutes (we send them out
throught our list) April 10

SCAF - (Southern California Anarchist Federation)
-Differences between networks and federations

-Federations - have delegates, have more accountability, and
require more discipline from the members, collectives pay dues

-Networks - struggle to see what we all have in common, has
general membership with a broad base

Los Angeles Collective Nework - wants to build support,
communication, mutal aid where we can share resources in L.A.
and even in Southern California, to fight fragmentation and
build alliances. We don't thing the network itself will grow
into something more cohesive in it of itself because there's
different interests that are involved -- but we're buiding the
alliances with people and collectives who want to build
something more cohesive, while challengin dogma, old tactics
in the left, and authoritative organization.

Southern California Anarchist Federation - has different chapters
in Orange County, San Diego, Antelope Valley, but not in L.A.
They're challenging activist tactics in Los Angeles, and focusing
in the communities. They're challenging issue hoping (which most
of the time comes from the student movement) where people hop
from whatever issue is popular at the time, and they're
challenging floaterism where individuals go from group to
group without taking up responsibilities -- floaterism and
issue hopping hurt the movement.

Suggestion: the LACN needs more structure

I-Witness Palestine

newly formed organization to train, support, fund people who
want to go to Palestine

Event: Free Palestinian Political Prisoners Forum on April 14th,
at 7pm, Downtown Labor Center 675 S. Park View St. 1st Floor
L.A., CA 90057 (accross from McArthur Park)
Speaking: Sahar Francis (Palestinian Lawyer), Suha qatamesh
(women's and prisoner's rights activist), Ala Jaradat
(ex-political prisoner and activist)

The Los Angeles Collective Network

We believe that by union and solidarity, we can achieve a
fundamental change.

This is why students, workers, and activists are coming together to
fight against capitalism which is the cause of all the misery here
and around the world affecting humanity.

One of the important things for us to achieve a better society is to
organize ourselves, and take direct action.

In order for action and organization to be effective we need to have
autonomy, union, direct democracy, a collective vision, and co-operation
amongst ourselves. We're an anti-authoritarian network opposed to the
vanguard structure in the revolutionary movement.

If you think you can have a better life than the one you're offered
you can join the movement.


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