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(en) Russia, Inter-regional meeting of the anarchist Autonomous Action in Ivanovo

Date Fri, 28 Apr 2006 09:50:59 +0300

Communique # 5 ; Coordinating Council, Autonomous Action
The inter-regional gathering of various groups federated to Autonomous Action (AD)
took place in Ivanovo on April 22-23, 2006. Representatives from AD-Moscow, AD-Minsk
(Belarus), AD-Ivanovo, AD-Ufa and AD-Nizhniy Novgorod attended the meeting.
The participants addressed the following points:
* Participation of Autonomous Action to the upcoming G8 Summit protests in St. Petersberg
* financing of various AD projects
* various technical issues concerning the website, Situation newspaper, etc.
The delegate from Belarus gave a detailed account of participating in what
took place in that country in March 2006. Next came local reports from the
various AD sections of central Russia and the Ural that gave people a sense
of the trends evolving at the organization.

One important result of the meetings came in the agreement on a need for a
common program for Autonomous Action. The program is not merely a burocratic
document -- it facilitates organizational self identification and self
awareness. People reached a decision to hold a special organizational
convention in the summer of 2007.

This convention is to be distinct in that it'll serve as the venue for
fleshing out Autonomous Action's common platform and require the attendance
of delegates from all federated groups. Several delegates from AD's
Coordinating Council said that they plan to propose the rescinding of AD
membership for groups that do not send a delegate or a mandate.

An tense debate arose around the extent of the Coordinating Council's
powers. Given the difficulty in resolving this issue the participants
decided to postpone the final deliberations until the next meeting.

Discussion on the following question closed up this event: "How does one
understand the social and political ideal of Autonomous Action and how can
we reach that ideal?" All those present had an opportunity to contribute to
the discussion on this question.

We'll publish a detailed account of the gathering in the next informational
bulletin called "Samoopredelenie" N.8. The Council will distribute the
bulletin to each federated group.

Coordinating Council,
Autonomous Action
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