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(en) Canada Ottawa, Meeting of New Anarchist Group - Nov 28

Date Fri, 23 Nov 2007 07:33:17 +0200

Common Cause Meeting --- Wed Nov 28 7:00 pm sharp --- Exile Infoshop --- 256 Bank Street --- Last month a new provincial anarchist organization called Common Cause was formed. To quote some their materials: "Our intention is not to build yet another small group of a dozen or so people but to begin the process of building an organization of thousands that will have a presence in every town, workplace and neighborhood across the province." --- There are currently Common Cause collectives in Hamilton, Toronto, Sudbury, and Kitchener-Waterloo. We are hoping to form a collective in Ottawa. For more information on Common Cause check out http://linchpin.ca --- The first project of Common Cause is to put out a free bimonthly newspaper callled Linchpin to be distibuted accross the province.

The Ottawa collective will provide local content for Linchpin, and
distribute the paper.

If you are interested in helping start a Common Cause collective in
Ottawa please come to the meeting or contact a_ottawa@mutualaid.org


Basic Policy Of Common Cause

Anarchism will be created by the class struggle between the vast majority
of society and the tiny minority that currently rule. A successful social
revolution will require that anarchist ideas become the leading ideas within
the working class. This will not happen spontaneously, it is up to anarchist
militants to participate in the existing social struggles as an organized

A major focus of our activity is work at those crucial points where
working class people are organizing together for control over their lives,
the decisions affecting them and against oppression. These areas stretch
from workplaces activity in the unions, to neighborhood activism, an ecology
movement that remembers class and in community resistance to forms of
oppressions targeting particular identities.

We also see it as vital to work in struggles that happen outside the
unions and the workplace. These include struggles against particular
oppressions, colonialism, imperialism and indeed the struggles of the
working class for a decent place and environment in which to live. Our
general approach to these, like our approach to the unions, is to involve
ourselves with mass movements and work within these movements, in order to
promote anarchist methods of organization involving direct democracy and
direct action.

We actively oppose all manifestations of oppression such as racism,
sexism, [religious] sectarianism and homophobia and we struggle against
them. We see the success of a revolution and the successful elimination of
these oppressions being determined by the building of such struggles in the
pre-revolutionary period. The methods of struggle that we promote are a
preparation for the running of society along anarchist and communist lines
after the revolution.

We oppose imperialism and colonialism but put forward anarchism as an
alternative goal to nationalism. We defend grassroots anti-imperialist
movements while arguing for an anarchist rather than nationalist strategy.

We recognize a need for anarchist organizations who agree with these
principles to federate on an regional, national and international basis.
However, we believe the degree of federation possible and the amount of
effort put into it must be determined by success at building organizations
capable of making such work a reality, rather than a matter of slogans.

To achieve balance between humanity and the natural world, we must create
a society which is based on the satisfaction of true needs such as food,
shelter, water, and community. Modern environmental destruction is a result
of capitalism's strive to commodify the natural world, for the wealth of a
small minority. We recognize that social transformation is the first step
towards ecological balance, not lifestyle changes or technological
innovations. We recognize that the destruction of capitalism is the only
avenue towards rescuing the planet's biosphere, and by extension, ourselves.
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