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(en) US, Four Star Anarchist Organization* call to the Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarian Convergence in the 2010 USSF

Date Sat, 19 Jun 2010 11:31:45 +0300

A New World From Below: An Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarian Convergence at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum ---- The New World from Below workshops will take place both within the “official” USSF schedule and at the anarchist convergence space, so as to be part of the official USSF schedule, but also to get the word out on many other self-organized workshops as a part of our presence. Follow http://anarchistussf.wordpress.com/workshops/ * Four Star Anarchist Organization (4*@O) began in 2008, when a group of anarchists decided it was time to recreate an organized anarcho-communist presence in Chicago. Our original basis for unity was the Anarkismo statement, http://www.anarkismo.net/about_us but we have since finalized and established our own guiding Statement of Principles.

The name “Four Star” is a reference to the stars on the Chicago flag and indicates our intention to connect to local social struggles. We describe ourselves as an “anarchist organization” because we believe anarchist principles such as mutual aid, direct democracy, and direct action are effective when applied towards organizing and transforming social institutions.

Statement of Principles

The Four Star Anarchist Organization believes all people must have control over the basic conditions of their lives. Core values of cooperation, equality, and direct democracy guide our struggle toward a free society that transforms our relationships with our neighborhoods, workplaces, culture, the world in which we live, and each other.

* In our families, women, children, and all members must have equality and freedom from violence. We must be free to develop healthy, supportive relationships of our choosing as opposed to living conditions and arrangements resulting from economic, religious, cultural, or government coercion.

* In our neighborhoods, community and economic development must be freely decided by all. All people are entitled to quality housing, safe communities, healthcare, education, and other necessities of life.

* In our workplaces, we must have direct democratic control over the conditions of our labor and effort. Bosses must be replaced by the cooperative decisions and actions of those who work in homes, stores, offices, hospitals, schools, factories, and all other workplaces. This work must be based on fulfilling real needs rather than creating profits for the wealthy.

* In our communities, people must be free to develop and maintain culture–art, music, sport, and food–that reflects the best part of daily life in our society. Justice, respect, and passion can only thrive in a world where our popular culture is both social and cooperative.

* In our world as a whole, we must engage scientific principles and appropriate technologies to ensure a thriving and sustainable planet for all. Most people are experts on their own needs and we are able to solve even the biggest problems when we work together.

Four Star is committed to struggling against the lethal combination of oppression and domination that characterizes life in our society: capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, environmental devastation, and the state. Our vision is to help develop affinity and empower people by providing direct support to groups, communities, and individuals who are identifying solutions in their lives. To make this happen, we involve ourselves with social movements and promote anarchism, direct democracy, and militant direct action.

Version 1.0. Adopted April 29, 2009.
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