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(en) Australia, A Regional Anarchist Convergence: Towards a Federation

Date Thu, 14 Feb 2008 08:57:15 +0200



This event is going to be in Melbourne, Australia-so it might be quite difficult
for some comrades on this list to get to. If people are interested though, we
would be very keen to help with any needed fundraising or support. Contact us on
anarchist.federation.discussion@gmail.com. ---- Also if this could be forwarded
on to any collectives or individuals that might be interested that would be
really great. --- Note this isn't just being organised by Mutiny collective,
just using the e-mail. ---- Easter Weekend March 21-24, 2008 ---- Northcote,
Melbourne-location TBA ---- Accessibility note: the space is all on one level
and is quite accessible. --- This is an invitation open to all anarchists and
anti-authoritarian revolutionaries, to stake a claim on the present as our
revolutionary moment in the face of the thousands of repressions by the state
and capitalism.

Over the last five years there have been a number of large convergences about
anarchism/autonomism, generally connected to major summit protests. While these
moments were important, there has been a lack of space for more thorough &
detailed discussions of what our politics mean here & now, & for questions about
the development of substantial anarchist, revolutionary & liberatory groups
throughout society at large. This is an opportunity to do so.

An anarchist federation has been proposed. The proposal & discussion about it
can be seen at http://afederation.wordpress.com/

Some things that could be achieved from a new organisation include, but are not
limited to:

* improved solidarity work when individuals and collectives face state
repression;
* better support for anarchist spaces that already exist & the production
of a regular regional publication
* the development of greater momentum & support when collectives around the
region are organising around similar issues.

If we are to move towards such organisation there is much to be discussed with
groups & individuals of various tendencies & experiences. People who agree
broadly with the politics expressed in the federation proposal, whether or not
they identify as anarchists, are most welcome to join the convergence.

Revolutionary federations have a long history, including in this region, with
varying success. So we ask, what is the right way to do it? And is now the right
time?

To try and avoid another talkfest that ends in disarray, the convergence will be
structured around the hope of starting a federation. But we understand that not
everyone who comes might end up wanting to join a federation-or, that we may not
even form a federation at all. Still, we hope that coming together to discuss
our tactics & ideas & improve our communication will in itself be a success.

Involvement

We strongly encourage people to talk about their thoughts in collectives and
affinity groups beforehand, and to form proposals that can be discussed through
spokescouncil structures. If people are unable to come to the convergence, we
encourage you to send written response & suggestions.

If you are interested in helping organise the convergence please get in touch
with us (see our e-mail below). We want to make the process as decentralised and
horizontal as possible, & hope that practical tasks could be divided among
different groups, so please let us know if you can help with anything in particular.

There is also an e-list for organising practical aspects of the convergence.
E-mail us for details.

Tasks include: Safer spaces & grievance
Compiling a reader
Website
Fundraising
Writing a draft programme
Transportation
Facilitating meetings
Childcare

We are looking at doing fundraisers to subsidise travel for those who may have
to come long distances. Contact us if this would help you. In addition, please
let us know if there are any other issues that may stop you from coming to the
convergence.

If you see any benefit of gathering and discussing with other anarchists and
revolutionaries about how to strengthen our movement and propagate these ideas,
then bring that optimism (with the usual healthy dose of cynicisim) to Melbourne
in March.

Reader

Also we hope to put a reader out a few weeks before the convergence and we are
inviting collectives and individuals to write their responses to the proposal,
their ideas about what revolution means in the here and now, and what we should
be doing to expedite it.

anarchist.federation.discussion@gmail.com
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