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(en) ZACF (southern Africa) restructured

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
From Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation <international@zabalaza.net>
Date Wed, 2 Mar 2005 17:12:01 +0100 (CET)

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Comp@s, The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (ZACF) wishes to announce
that it has been restructured on a more deliberately platformist basis. The
restructuring was precipitated by two factors:
a) recent membership losses (due to a number of issues like the disorganised
state of the social movements within which we work, and the mobility of
unemployed black youth); and
b) the need for a clearer focus as an organisation with a set of unitary
The new, slimline Federation is structured around three fronts, served by three
member collectives, in areas where we have a proven capability:

1) PROPAGANDA FRONT (Zabalaza Books, ZB): printing, media, the Zabalaza
journal, academia. Current achievements include the near-completion of "Black
Flame", our 525-page new global history of revolutionary anarchism from
1864-2004, which looks like it will be published next year by AK Press, the
writing of articles on the anarchist movement in the mainstream press, and the
insertion of a course on anarchism into the political economy course at the
Rand Afrikaans University.

2) DEFENSIVE FRONT (Anarchist Black Cross, ABC): prisoners, immigrants,
Swaziland, Anti-Repression Network (ARN). Current achievements include the
establishment of relations on the ground with the Swaziland Youth Congress
(Swayoco) and the development of an analysis of the lack of democracy in
Swaziland, where we are attempting to set up ARN cells, and frequent contacts
with a network of some 200 self-declared political prisoners, many with a
guerrilla background, who are devouring anarchist reading material.

3) SOCIAL FRONT (Black Action Group, BAG): Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF),
Phambili Motsoaledi Community Project (PMCP), Working Class Crisis Committee
(WCCC), Wits university. Current achievements include the establishing of a
100-member-strong Motsoaledi Concerned Residents (MCR) structure in this
squatter camp in Soweto, and the holding of Red & Black Forum workshops at Wits
University, and for 70 WCCC members in Sebokeng, south of Soweto.

A SYNDICALIST FRONT will be opened later, when we have built up our membership,
but for the moment all syndicalist work will be considered part of the SOCIAL
FRONT and employed members are required to be active in their trade unions.
Bikisha Media Collective (BMC), which many of you have known since it was
formed from the ashes of the old Workers' Solidarity Federation (WSF) in 1999,
is dissolved as a member collective, but will probably be transformed into an
archive project under Zabalaza Books. The remnants of the Shesha Action Group
(SAG), Dlamini, and Zabalaza Action Group (ZAG), Umlazi, have been integrated
into the three remaining collectives.

This restructuring has meant a switch from a more organic towards a more
deliberate form of collective-building (while retaining the continuity of old
collectives like Zabalaza Books), but the normal rules of federation and
association under the ZACF Constitution still apply. Thus we still have a
federation of collectives, but each has a very defined set of tasks that is
aimed at building the Federation and inserting our ideas into social struggles.

red & black regards
- michael schmidt (zacf international secretary, southern africa)


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