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(en) North America, Report on Fourth Conference of the Northwest Anarchist Federation (NAF)

Date Wed, 21 Sep 2005 09:33:20 +0300

The Northwest Anarchist Federation’s fourth bi-annual conference was
held in Portland, Oregon on Labor Day weekend. There were more members in
attendance than at any previous conference. Since the last conference there has
been much activity towards advancing our points of intervention. The first point
of intervention is anti-imperialism, and within that working against military
recruiters. The second point of intervention is building militancy and
self-organization within the labor movement.
New members were voted in and a new collective was formed in Seattle.
The Aims and Principles were adopted with minor changes and are available on our
website at www.nafederation.org. During the lunch break we went and helped out
people making posters opposing military recruiters in schools. There was also
discussion on how to get more people involved in NAF. There is interest in
Olympia, Washington and Vancouver, B.C. on forming collectives and encouraging
them to join NAF.

Two documents were proposed, one on strategy and one on the role of
anarchist organization. These discussions were vital to develop more depth and
clarity to NAF’s points of intervention as well as to create a coherent strategy
to carry them out. This combination of theory and tactics is what is called
praxis. Both documents were discussed for a while and people offered input on how
to make them better. Committees were formed with interested members and the
writers to rewrite the documents with the suggestions that were offered. These
documents will be voted on by all members soon by a federal council vote and if
accepted then they will be posted to our website, www.nafederation.org.

There was a constitutional amendment that was delegated to some
people to write on what a “supporter” of NAF is and what that means in practical
terms to the organization and the individual/collective that would be deemed a
“supporter”. Also, federation wide “officers” (external secretary, internal
secretary, treasurer) positions were voted on and the people that were doing each
task remained on it, but will be rotated by the next conference. To help make the
rotation easier each “officer” has to share their skills and information to other
people in the federation. All of these discussions went smoother than they have
in the past partially due to experience and partially due to a more coherent
structure in NAF.

NAF’s fourth conference had an increased attendance of old members
and new members. We came out of our fourth conference with a better sense of what
we are attempting, influencing working class social movements with radical ideas
and tactics, and how we will accomplish this goal. The Northwest Anarchist
Federation invites fellow anarchists to write us and share your questions,
comments, or concerns.


The Burning Rose Collective, Portland, Oregon

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