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(en) 2004 Activity Report for the Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC)

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Date Thu, 13 Jan 2005 19:49:49 +0100 (CET)


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A report covering our activities throughout the region over the past year...
--- GENERAL --- Like always, some collectives have disbanded over the past
year (Cipriano Mera in Ottawa, Bad Apple and Roundhouse in Baltimore, ophia
Perovskaia who merged with Class Against Class in Boston, and Firefly in
Malden who disbanded), while long term work has enabled smaller collectives
to consolidate by recruiting new militants (Punching Out in Toronto, Green
Mountain Anarchist Collective in Vermont, La Nuit in Quebec City).
Three new collectives, Impact in Montreal, L'Accolade in Sherbrooke
and Les Vas-Nu-Pieds in St-Georges, also joined in Quebec.
Individual members and supporters are still struggling to form or
reform functioning collectives in a number of cities (York PA,
Petersborough ONT) while a new collective, Nemesis, was just
granted supporter status in Baltimore.

NEFAC held two general congress last year, one in Baltimore and
one in Montreal. Congresses are where we review our general
strategy, and to strengthen our internal organisation.

Militants are also starting to organise sub-regionally. While for
obvious linguistic reasons Quebec NEFAC'ers were the first to set up
a 'Quebec Regional Union' a few years back, comrades in the
Mid-Atlantic sub-region also started a 'Regional Union' last year to
coordinate work between NYC, Philly, Baltimore and New Jersey.

In Boston, a daylong retreat was held by the various NEFAC
collectives to review current activity and internal functioning of the
local union, and to plan strategy for the future. There is also talk of
holding a New England sub-regional meeting down the road.

NEFAC-Montreal and NEFAC-Toronto have been involved in
solidarity work with the Mohawk community of Kanesatake.

NEFAC is still a member of the International Libertarian Solidarity
network: http://www.ils-sil.org

THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENT

We have developed our theory through our various publications as
well as public talks that have been held in a number of cities.

The new 'NEFAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Union' organized an
'Anarchy at Work Tour' featuring NEFAC'ers involved in their
workplaces (both as trade-unionists, members of worker's coop and
organisers). The tour stopped in Baltimore, Philly, York, and
Pittsburgh.

NEFAC-Montreal organised several public events including a video
showing on Fernand Pelloutier and early French syndicalism, a talk
about workplace struggles and racism, a public reading of Ricardo
Flores Magon texts, and a public meeting with a comrade from Al
Badil Al Taharouri who talked about anarchism in the Arab world
and the situation in the Middle East.

NEFAC-Montreal was also deeply involved in the Montreal
Anarchist Bookfair (with one member part of the organising
collective). They had one of the largest tables at the bookfair and held
workshops on organising your workplace with the Vermont
Downtown Workers Union and Pissed-Off Projectionists, Anarchist
involvement in the struggles against the Charest Government with
labor and student (anarchist) activists and anarchists and
revolutionary periods.

La Nuit (NEFAC Quebec-City) organised a video night about the
anarchist involvement in the Algerian War of Independence, gave a
talk on racism and the extreme right to student groups and another
one on the history of anarchism in Joliette (a town outside of
Montreal). Members of NEFAC-Quebec also participated in the
Journee autogere (a full day of workshops on self-management, held
in Quebec-City. NEFAC did not organise this event directly, but did
both present and co-facilitate work-shops on "From General Strike to
Generalized Self-Management, Some isolated experiences in
Quebec", "Experiences of Self-Management in the Cultural Field"
and "Can Community Groups Bite the Hand's that Feed Them?").

Punching Out (NEFAC-Toronto) have been hosting the 'Rebel
Worker's Film' video nights in Toronto. They also did a talk on "An
Introduction to Anarcho-Communism", as well as a panel discussion
on "Anarchists in the Social Movements" at the Toronto anarchist
bookfair.

Open City (NEFAC-NYC) hosted a study group on anarchist
organisation and members gave a class on 'Marxism and
Anarchism', a talk on election and anarchism.

Boston members have been putting together an introductory talk on
anarcho-communism and organization. The talk was given at the
Lucy Parsons Center last spring, and they hope to organize similar
talks throughout New England. One member of Boston NEFAC was
also invited to speak to a class at the Institute for Social Ecology
(Plainfield, VT) on "Anarchist Organization and the Platformist
Tradition".

The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective (NEFAC-Vermont) have
worked hard on "Neither Washington Nor Stowe: Common Sense for
the Working Vermonter", a local anarchist-communist manifesto
which was published in their magasine. The manifesto deal with the
specifics of the Vermont political and economical situation and
outline what an anarcho-communist society, based on radical union
and revitalised town meeting, could look like locally.

Members of NEFAC organised, or participated in, several panels and
workshops in a number of public event: most notably the Montreal
Anarchist Bookfair (Mtl), Renewing the Anarchist Tradition
(Plainfield, VT), Christianity and Anarchism (NYC), Life After
Capitalism (NYC), Political Alternatives for Another World
(Quebec-City), etc.

Federally we are (still) working on a position paper on workplace
struggles. Various collectives have been mandated with developing
position papers on a number of other issues (immigration,
anti-racism, patriarchy etc.).

AGITATION AND PROPAGANDA

Two new NEFAC publications were launched this year: Strike! and
Cause Commune.

Mid-Atlantic militants were mandated by the federation to launch
Strike! Two issues of Strike! were published this year. It is a cheap
agit-prop tabloid newspaper intended to be sold at demos, on picket
lines, during events, etc. The federation is currently reviewing the
format to see if we're going to keep it or try something else.

In Quebec, NEFAC started publishing Cause Commune, a free 4
pages bi-monthly tabloid. Launched in March, the newspaper had 4
issues this year and 12,000 copies where distributed. The paper is
made of anarchist opinion and (mainly labor) articles. See
http://www.nefac.net/blog/59 for details.

GMAC is currently the only collective with a local publication:
'Catamount Tavern News' which has been distributed statewide for
two years now.

Issue no 9 of the Northeastern Anarchist, NEFAC's English
language magasine, has been published. The theme this issue was
Anti-Militarism, Anti-Electoralism, Wages For Housework, and
more! http://www.nefac.net/node/1172

Issue no 4 of Ruptures, NEFAC's French language magasine, has
also been published. The theme this issue was on Nationalism,
Racism and the extreme-right from a Quebec-focused as well as
international perspective. http://www.nefac.net/node/1263

The NEFAC website http://nefac.net is updated almost daily with
news and analysis from NEFAC, social movements we're involved
in, and anarchist-communist organizations internationally. This year
was a big step forward for us, as we decided to build and operate our
own autonomous server (which explains the numerous down periods
we've experienced). Since it's inception in July, our website
readership has more then doubled (though it is still modest).

Members are heavily involved in local radical infoshops and
bookstores in Boston (Lucy Parsons Center), Baltimore (Red
Emma's), Philadelphia (Wooden Shoe) Montreal (DIRA, an
anarchist library-infoshop, and L'Insoumise, a new bookshop) and
Quebec City (La Page Noire).

Members in Canada are also deeply involved in community
newspapers and radio. Members of NEFAC-Quebec participate in
two weekly radio-programs while a member of NEFAC-Toronto
hosts a weekly OCAP radio show at York University and members of
NEFAC-Montreal are doing the same in a monthly labor radio-show.
Members of NEFAC-Quebec write for L'Infobourg and Droit de
Parole, two community newspapers, while members of
NEFAC-Sherbrooke do the same for Entr


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