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(en) Canada, Report from the 2008 Ontario Conference of the anarchist Common Cause + Linchpin #5 notice

Date Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:59:37 +0300

On August 16 and 17, 2008 Common Cause, an Ontario Anarchist-Communist
organization, held it's second annual Ontario-wide conference in Hamilton,
Ontario. In attendance were members from Common Cause Branches in Hamilton
Ottawa and Toronto as well as observers from the Four Star Anarchist
Organization based in Chicago. --- We started with reports from Ontario Officers
and local Branches, which gave us a good overall view of the organization in our
rookie year. We were generally pleased with the progress we have made as an
organization since our founding Conference in 2007 though we recognize that we
still have a long way to go before we represent a significant revolutionary

In 2007/ 2008 significant activities included organizing the 1st
annual Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair, which was a smashing success;
Publishing five issues of the free Linchpin Newspaper which currently
has a print run of 1700 copies with many more downloaded off our
popular website; Regular public anarchist discussion groups in
Hamilton, Ottawa, and a book club in Toronto.

Much of the first day was spent working on proposals on our internal
democratic structures, and in the end we passed significant amendments
to our constitution.

The second day was split between political discussions on subjects
such as a proposed Equity Policy, Gender and Women's oppression, and
Nationalism and anti-imperialism. In the end no papers were adopted.
However, some of them were sent to working groups and an proposal was
passed that we we hold a yearly day-school to work on policy
development and building our member's skills.

We also discussed our activities and strategies in relation to the
Labour movement; Indigenous struggles; The G8 summit in 2010; Our
publications such as the Linchpin Newspaper; and working with other
Anarchists and organizations on the Left.

We also held elections for our officer positions, which saw a
significant rotation of officer positions with only the Ontario
Secretary and Treasurer returning for a second term in 2009.

At the end of the conference we felt that we had made real progress
moving forward our democratic structures; discussions on political
positions; and future activities. We're going into our second year as
a stronger maturing organization and will continue to work steadily
towards building anarchist social revolution in Ontario and
internationally. This conference made it clear that Common Cause is
here to stay.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with Common
Cause please contact us at:

Common Cause
P.O. Box 347, Station E
772 Dovercourt Rd.
Toronto, ON, Canada,
M6H 4E3

Email: commoncauseontario@gmail.com
Web: http://linchpin.ca


Linchpin #5. OUT NOW and available for pick up / downloading

This is the August / Sept 2008 issue of the Linchpin paper, published
by Common Cause. We publish articles written by our members as well as
by others involved in action / movements. Please contact us if you
would like to contribute or have any feedback.

We make copies of this paper available in the Ontario communities in
which we have a presence, and are always looking to expand. If you'd
like to get involved in helping in our distribution efforts, please
contact us.

Please contact us if you would like to contribute or have any feedback
at http://linchpin.ca/contact

Copies are available at a number of locations, including:
HAMILTON - The Skydragon Centre, 27 King William St.
OTTAWA - Exile Infoshop, 256 Bank St.; Oneness Grassroots Promotions,
430 Rideau St.
TORONTO - Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord St.

PDF of Linchpin issue 5 to download - http://www.linchpin.ca/files/issue5.pdf

In this issue;

Autoworkers – Nothing to Lose

According to the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW), the Canadian auto
industry including both assembly and parts has lost a total of nearly
30,000 jobs since 2001. If autoworkers do not respond strongly, even
radically, to this blatant attack on their livelihoods, it is likely
that these trends will continue in both Canada and the USA, writes
Mick S.

Residential School Apology: An Anarchist View

Residential schools were a project to spread capitalism. Residential
schools were meant to turn Indigenous peoples into settlers and make
them workers and peasants for the capitalist system. Harper will never
apologize for the real goals of the residential schools, writes Rev.

It's the Stupid Economy

Hard as it is to ignore when people walk away from their homes en
masse, cannot manage their debts en masse, cannot afford to heat their
homes, or drive their cars en masse – and when whole economies
contract around the cost of supplying the fuel necessary to bring the
goods to market, it would seem inevitable that tough times are ahead,
writes Big B.

Against the State and Capital on the High Seas

Thanks to the work of a rare breed of historians (see below) we now
know that the pirates of the 17th and 18th centuries, rather than
violent thieves, were in fact rebels against the oppression of the
young modern state and of a still-emerging capitalism, writes Marley

Practicing Anarchism

There is a widespread belief that anarchism means chaos and
disorganization instead of its true meaning: direct democratic control
over all aspects of society including the economy, social and economic
equality and liberty. However, at least for one night in Hamilton,
those 20 or so people who attended Kim Keyser's talk, "The
Prefigurative Organization," got a glimpse of what anarchism really
means, reports Marley B.

Hamilton's Anarchist Book Fair and Monthly Discussion Groups

Read a brief report on Common Cause Hamilton's successful Anarchist
Book Fair held in June and join us for our monthly anarchist
discussion groups.

Toronto Bad Books Club

If you are in the Toronto area, join Common Cause Toronto's book club
held the first Saturday of every month.

Ottawa Anarchist Discussion Group and Fall Conference

Common Cause Ottawa is keeping busy re-starting Ottawa's long running
monthly Anarchist Discussion Group and putting together the Organizing
for Justice conference for late fall.

You can read all of the articles at http://www.linchpin.ca/issue5
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