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(en) Canada, Montreal, Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Authoritarian Network

Date Thu, 17 Aug 2006 11:45:13 +0300

After three get-togethers so far over the summer, the efforts to create
an anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian network in Montreal continue.
We are currently in the process of discussing the principles of the
network (draft proposal included below), and will be considering the
structure and membership of the network at the next meeting.
> The next meeting of this effort will be THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 at
6:30pm. The meeting will take place at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204
(near the corner of Guy and de Maisonneuve, near metro Guy-Concordia;).
The proposed agenda of the meeting is: 1) Introductions ; 2) A
report-back from the three previous meetings (July 6, July 18 and August 8);
3) Continued discussion about the principles of the network (see below); 4)
Proposal about the structure of the network (membership,
communications, decision-making) ; 5) Next meeting and follow-up.

If you can, please bring snacks to share at the meeting. Childcare is
available on request; please reserve at least one day in advance by
e-mail or by phone. Whisper translation will be available for French,
Spanish and English. The meeting space on August 24 is wheelchair
accessible; don't hesitate to phone or e-mail for specifics. If you
would like the notes from the three previous meetings, get in touch by

INFO: rezo.anticapi@gmail.com.

[Here are the proposed draft principles of the network that are still
under discussion and debate:]

We are a network of communication and coordination for Montreal-area
anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian groups and individuals. The
network exists to reinforce our local struggles and day-to-day
organizing, in the spirit of openness, respect and solidarity. We come
together on the following principles:

We are anti-capitalist. We aim to abolish capitalism, not to reform
it, or accommodate ourselves to it. We oppose capitalism, neo-liberal
globalization and imperialism, as they are the pillars of a worldwide
economic, political and social system of domination and exploitation
of human beings and the earth.

We are anti-authoritarian. We support horizontal, grassroots
organizing, by and for the people who are directly confronting
exploitation, oppression and injustice. We are against all states and
governments, and we oppose all political parties and NGOs that serve
to co-opt social movements within prevailing systems of domination.

We are anti-colonialist. We recognize that Quebec, Canada and the
Americas are stolen land, robbed from indigenous peoples through a
process of ongoing genocide. We recognize and support the struggles
for self-determination by indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.

We are against patriarchy. We struggle against a system based on the
power and privileges of men and the exploitation of women in the
domestic, private, economic, social and political realms. We recognize
that women are on the frontline of struggles throughout the world.

We struggle on the side of all the oppressed and exploited – whether
as children, workers, the unemployed, aboriginal peoples, racialized
minorities, immigrants, women, queers, transfolk and others. We
support struggles for dignity, justice and self-determination by
oppressed peoples worldwide.

We actively struggle against all forms of oppression and domination,
including patriarchy, racism and heterosexism. We recognize and
actively work against these systems of oppression that co-exist with
capitalism, as well as against the ecocide of the planet.

We stand for direct solidarity, autonomy, direct democracy, mutual aid
and direct action. We respect a diversity of tactics within our
various struggles for social change, liberation and revolution. We
assert the right to resist, rebel and fight against all systems of
domination and exploitation.

[We are also considering the hallmarks of the People's Global Action
network: http://www.agp.org]
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