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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL spécial de juillet-aout - policy,, XIII e U of Congress: Batteries recharged (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:58:12 +0300

Stop for a moment, think together, get in tune. This was the purpose of the AL congress, which brought together some 100 delegates to Nantes from 3 to 5 June to take stock of the situation on the eve of the Labor XXL law announced by Emmanuel Macron. ---- XIII th AL Congress has been, essentially, a cohesion of Congress. It did not reveal any deep divergences within the federation, and the confrontations were quite constructive and respectful of the different sensibilities. " Progressing together " could be the formula concluding these three days spent at the Manufacture des Tabacs in Nantes. ---- For once, the agenda was not saturated with texts to be discussed in plenary sessions, which allowed for free discussion workshops to be set up on various themes: business / trade unionism ; Antipatriarchy ; Web ; Monthly Alternative libertarian ; The desire to " change scale " by questioning the militant mode (rhythm, jargon ...). A meeting of women activists was also held in a non-mixed manner, as now at every federal AL meeting.

Exhaustion of the strategy of the anti-capitalist fronts

The 2015-2017 activity report does not list all that the local groups have done in two years - something impossible - but discloses the " general trends " of LA's action on the fighting fronts: enterprises / Social movement (opposition to the Labor law and contestation of the state of emergency) ; International solidarity (aid to migrants and support to the Kurdish left) ; Anti-racism (denunciation of police offenses and participation in the Resume Initiative) ; Ecology (struggle of Notre-Dame-des-Landes and protest of Cop 21) ; Feminism (campaign against violence against women, call for a women's strike on 8 March) ; Culture (anniversary of the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution).

The general orientation motion takes note of the exhaustion of the strategy of the " anti-capitalist fronts " carried by AL since 2007, a strategy which has recorded some local successes but " could not be sustained, Engagement of non-encumbered individuals, or lead to a national framework ". This does not call into question the will to build a broad anti-capitalist movement, but without a " permanent framework " and with " more flexible forms ".

The congress was held at the Manufacture des Tabacs in Nantes.
Finding ways to mobilize mass

Let the revolutionaries stick together, we need them in the period, which AL wanted to analyze without catastrophism but with lucidity:

Social decay, decommissioning, deindustrialisation, popular districts wrecked, disaster areas ... These are the ingredients of a social revolt. Accumulation of defeats for the social movement, racist attacks unleashed against Rroms and Muslims, speech of sovereignist withdrawal on a "national capitalism" ... There are elements of a deviation of this social revolt towards scapegoats and False solutions. Empowerment and impunity of the police forces, a state of emergency ad æternam, reduction of democratic freedoms and safeguards, strengthening of social control and State supervision ... There is the means of a possible authoritarian regime, fascistic.

Faced with this, we must find the ways of mass mobilization, taking into account the increasing impact that repression will have on " extralegal " action .

The return on the movement against the Labor Law, one year away, concretely discusses the tools of the struggle (union action interpro AG, practical economic blockades, " ruckus " ...), and its shortcomings: " How many revolutionaries among the truckers, dockers, cleaners, refiners who blocked the country ? Too few. " Unless we believe that we can change society through elections, or by a minority activism-spectacle, it is crucial to settle permanently in the places of production, including the takeover by the first concerned. Is the sine qua non of a self-managing socialism. It is a real challenge that calls for " voluntarism without blindness ".

Sustainable location at production sites

The environmentalist motion advances AL's reflection on " the place of humanity in the living world " by exploring the transformations that would be necessary in urban planning, the agricultural model, the food paradigm (advocating a " Significant reduction in meat consumption ") and land-use planning in a society rid of capitalism.

The motion on digital technologies and free software commits AL to " contribute to the development of a counterculture, then a real popular culture of free software, which gradually marginalizes commercial and proprietary software ". A Librist commission was created that will help local LA groups to seize these tools, especially those promoted by the popular education network Framasoft .

Organizationally, LA's bylaws have been groomed to align them with the reality of federal operations. The democratic procedure to be applied in case of sexual assault by an LA activist has also been enhanced in the light of experience gained - AL is a women-friendly organization closed to violent men and a member has been excluded For this reason in January 2017.

Finally, the federal secretariat has been half renewed and rebalanced ; It now includes 12 comrades (8 men, 4 women , 5 in Ile-de-France, 7 in other regions). Alternative libertarian ? Dressed for new adventures !

Émilie, Guillaume, Myriam, Théo (AL Congress Committee)


Delegates from CGA, NPA [1]and Ensemble had the opportunity to speak on the first day. Other organizations - OA, UPML - sent a message to the delegates. Several organizations from the Anarkismo libertarian communist network also sent messages: FARJ and FAC (Brazil) ; The FA de Rosario (Argentina), the FAU (Uruguay) ; The OSL (Switzerland).

In a message of friendship, the Kurdish Democratic Council in France hailed the " frank and uncompromising support " AL " in the development of democratic confederalism project in which the Kurdish movement aspires not only for Kurdistan but also for all The Middle East ".

As our comrade Arthur Aberlin , who is currently engaged in the YPGs on the Raqqa front, wrote to the delegates: " This solidarity will be all the more necessary once Daech is defeated, because we will lose the meager support we receive The share of the imperialists. As the comrades here say, the real social and political struggle will begin at that moment ! "

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