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(en) US: Workers Solidarity Alliance 20 Years Young!

From Victor Chernov <wsany@hotmail.com>
Date Mon, 21 Feb 2005 11:04:34 +0200 (IST)

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We electronically transmit below an artcile that appears in the forthcoming
issue of the Workers Solidarity Alliance's newsletter "Workers Solidarity".
A Brief History of the W.S.A.
2004 marked the 20th anniversary of the W.S.A. Never a large organization,
we have always made up for it in spirit.
Originally a network of anarcho-syndicalists* and class struggle
anti-authoritarians in the early 1980s. The network included the magazine
"ideas & action", began in 1981, and the Libertarian Workers Group organized
in New York City in the 1970s.

It was flexible in its approach to workplace organizing, which was
integrated into the WSA when it was founded in New York City in November
1984. Identifying with the syndicalist tradition, the WSA affiliated with
International Workers Association in 1984 - until recently. However, the
WSA continues to be sympathetic to the traditions and Principles of the

Although the WSA's main strategic focus is on the labor movement, the WSA
also believes that a working class-based movement needs to be broadly based
in working class communities, not just in the workplaces, and that the movement
needs to be anti-racist, anti-sexist, and internationalist in character.
These concerns are expressed in the WSA's "Where We Stand" statement
developed in the 1980s.

Surely the WSA can not claim credit for the adaptation of other workers
organizations alternative approaches to workplace and community organizing.
On the other hand, we have seen others draw similar conclusions as we have in
developing a variety of alternative and self-managed movements and ideas.
Many very similar to the ideas we envision and have been advocating for.
Examples of this can be seen in the growth of workers centers; the concept of
"solidarity unionism"; self-managed independent unions; "flying picket squads";
independent organizing against sweatshop conditions and other forms of
workers themselves organizing on their own and in their own name.

WSA documents and some articles from "ideas & action" may be viewed at our
website: http://www.workersolidarity.org .

In forthcoming issues of "Workers Solidarity" we will explore our views.In
this issue please find an article on the roots of the WSA.

For a free sample copy of our newsletter or further information on the
W.S.A. please contact us as follows:

WSA, National Office
339 Lafayette Street - Room 202
New York, NY 10012 (usa)

*Anarcho-syndicalism comes from the French and Spanish languages literally
meaning anarchist unionist or anarchist labor unions. An
is an anarchist worker activist.

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