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(en) US: What Is the Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA*)?

From Victor Chernov <wsany@hotmail.com>
Date Wed, 16 Mar 2005 08:51:22 +0100 (CET)


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Dear comrades
Please find the text of a leflet we distributed this weekend at the "Our
World, Our Rights: Conference on Global Justice" and victory rally in
support of the Immokalee farmworkers in Louisville, Kentucky. WSA also
participated in a excellent and very particapatory workshop on "New Worker
Organizing". The participants included activists from various independent
farmworker organizations, low wage worker groups and workers centers.
In solidarity,
Workers Solidarity Alliance

What Is the Workers Solidarity Alliance?

W.S.A. is an activist organization that believes in grassroots empowerment
and strives for a future self-managed society. Which means that our
structure and method of operation are based on the following principles:

DIRECT DEMOCRACY – We advocate workers, tenant and community organizations
where the membership directly controls them, charting their direction. This
means that key decisions need to be made through assemblies of the members,
through direct democracy, not by hierarchies of paid officials and
professional staff. Delegates, representatives or shop stewards are directly
answerable, accountable and serve at the discretion of the membership. They
are also subject to immediate recall by a majority of the members.

DIRECT ACTION – In our opinion, this type of action which is most effective
and most empowers working people. Through direct action we retain control of
our own struggle and avoid surrendering that control to so-called “experts”
of often questionable loyalty.

SELF-MANAGEMENT – Ultimately we wish to participate in the building of a
society where all distinctions of class and privilege are eliminated. A new,
self-managed society where the wealth we produce is shared equally and
fairly by all. We do not think it is possible to build such a society by
surrendering authority to new political parties and new politicians. History
has demonstrated that such parties, however good their stated intentions
might be, often backslide and become not much better then the one they
replaced. It is the concept of the ruling elite which we must oppose, and it
is only by grassroots struggle that wealth and power can be fairly and
equally shared by all. We therefore seek to create member-controlled
organizations within the workplace and community. These organizations are
the foundation upon which a society based on direct democracy, solidarity
and self-management may be built.

Workers Solidarity Alliance
National Office
339 Lafayette Street – Room 202
New York, New York 10012
Tel: 212-979-8353 Email: wsan@hotmail.com
www.workersolidarity.org
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* [Ed. note: WSA is an anarchist organization.]




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