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(en) Colombia, Libertarian Action INTERVIEW U.S. Libertarian Communist Federation common struggle (ca) [machine translation]
Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:01:05 +0200
International Column ---- In an effort to establish and strengthen relationships with
international libertarian organizations, we conducted the following interview to mate
Antonio, militant political organization common struggle, an anarchist federation with
several years of experience in the United States, whose reflections on the inclusion of
libertarian ideas in the social world are a valuable contribution to the consolidation of
the anarchist movement in Colombia. ---- Libertarian Action: What is Common Struggle? ---
common struggle: It is a revolutionary anarchist organization which started in 2000, in
response to the wave of mass protests against neoliberal globalization, with the name of
Northeast Libertarian Communist Federation (NEFAC). Back then joined several libertarian
communist groups in order to create a revolutionary anarchist organization that focuses on
participation and stir in the social struggles of northeastern North America, including
the United States and Canada.
For strategic reasons we separated in different organizations. Now there is the
Libertarian Communist Union in Quebec, Canada and the Libertarian Communist Federation
Common Struggle-USA. Currently there are four federated groups in the three states of
Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. There are also several private members in
Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.
AL: How do you understand the common struggle anarchism?
LC: We understand anarchism as a critique of the domination of one group or person over
another. That includes the economic dominance of capitalism, but also the domain of the
state, patriarchy, imperialism and white supremacy.
AL: We know that your bets are directed to study and theoretical development, anarchist
propaganda and insertion into how popular struggles have developed this work?
LC: We spend a lot of energy and emphasis on social inclusion. We are mainly active in
workers movements, struggles for housing, movement of students and workers of educational
institutions and anti-prison struggles and anti-criminalization. Our goal is to
participate in these movements to be more successful, but also to support and promote the
most libertarian, most revolutionary of them. We believe that revolutionary consciousness
develops more deeply in the context of struggle and confrontation with domain structures.
While it is important to understand that space to reflect on our experiences in social
struggles. Then organize study groups and public forums to discuss more with our allies.
We also have a newsletter called Freedom. In this publish newspaper articles, statements
and analysis of social movements.
AL: What other anarchist groups there in the U.S.? How does common struggle with them?
LC: There are many small groups of anarchists and anti-autoritariaos revolucionariaos in
the United States. We are participating in a process of regrouping with several
organizations. Our purpose is to build an organization from coast to coast and principled
libertarian in a united strategy of social inclusion. Other participating organizations
include the Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA), Miami Autonomy and Solidarity, Wild Rose
Collective, Four Star Anarchist Organization, Rochester Red and Black and Dawn. Each group
has its own history and geography, but we believe in the need to expand the scale of our
AL: And internationally, what relationships have?
LC: Internationally, we are part of the network of Anarkismo.net. Also we discussed more
actively with organizations and militant anarchists in Latin America, the Caribbean and
the Arab world. We interesadasos to share, learn and coordinate more with our colleagues
AL: How does the union struggle in the northeastern United States? How does common
struggle with unions?
LC: The union struggle in our region consists mainly of workers' unions of the service
industry and immigrant workers. While bureaucracies of these unions are lackeys of the
Democratic Party, has been an increase in the unionization of low-income workers and more
militant tactics in campaigns. This could be seen as a result of the economic crisis and
the wave of
resistance caused by the movement "Occupy." Some militants common struggle we are part of
unions, both mainstream and radical unions, for example, the union Industrial Workers of
the World (IWW). We understand our role as grassroots activists and militant strategies
catalizadorases facing both the employer and the union bureaucracy.
AL: What is the current state of social movement in the U.S.? Are acceptance and influence
LC: It is difficult to speak of a unitary or monolithic social movement in the U.S.. Most
organizations that could be considered as part of a social movement are small, weak and
competitive. There are two major limitations in the development of popular movements in
this country. One is the prevalence of non-governmental organizations, why even organizing
campaigns often begin working class, are constrained by the competitive and hierarchical
structures required by law. Another limitation is that many radical activists from the
banks prefer to criticize rather than surrender to a prolonged struggle, in which they
have to work and talk with people who do not necessarily share his ideals
revolucionarioas. An innovation that has changed the narrative and the possibilities was
the movement "Occupy." Although it was limited by many factors, also opened a space for
new forms of struggle, criticism of the system by the capitalist and popular participation
in something could be called a movement. Many believe that the revolutionary moment
"Occupy" is over, but we left with many lessons, relationships and more popular consciousness.
AL: What is your reading of Obama's reelection? Do you have the support of the working class?
LC: Obama's reelection is indicative of some important social currents. First, wrapped in
all the electoral battle is the emergence of new social forces in American society. For
many people the 2012 elections represented the confrontation between white-supremacist
society and the "new majority" people of color. Obama and the Democrats are more
supportive of the working class that their Republican opponents because rhetoric is more
attractive to working people. However, the reality is that his administration is
fundamentally in favor of neoliberal capitalism and U.S. imperialism.
AL: What challenges are facing today?
LC: The anarchist movement in the U.S. has been very disorganized, ineffective and
insular, then a challenge is to try to establish social inclusion strategies developed
with respect to social movements. We are few people (about 50), so we are not militant
enough to introduce libertarian ideas in movimientosamplios.
AL: Do you want to add anything else?
LC: A salute to the comrades of Bogotá, Colombia and Latin America. We need more and
better coordination between our humble efforts because we are fighting against the same
systems of oppression even though we live on different sides of the borders.
Arise and struggling!
Who are we?
The Libertarian Action Editorial Board, is a collective of libertarian principles seeking
to practice in the field of alternative information by publishing the newspaper
Libertarian Action, virtual media and other physical publications. Here is our policy
objectives and principles:
Strengthen communication through organized anarchism and the different social and popular
1. Generate and disseminate publications discussions occur against anarchism and social
2. Complete an information work and agitation.
3. anarchism position in discussions of Colombian popular movement.
a) Alternative Information: Build a critical analysis from anarchism looking
disseminate news and views about social movements and outside the information monopoly.
b) Popular Feminism and Sexual Diversity: By popular feminism, reproductive and sexual
diversity, towards the destruction of patriarchy as a socio-political system (within the
capitalist logic); against sexism, homophobia and all forms of sexism .
c) effective Solidarity: Our daily task is to contribute to strengthening the global
resistance, but just as we believe that the struggles we see no borders need to understand
the differences at the local level by the cultural or socio-political, so it is important
support the various social struggles that take place in our territory for alternative
e) Libertarian Communism: We start libertarian communism as political horizon for
building an equitable society in economic, political and social.
f) Autonomy and Self-Management: We seek the political consolidation of Anarchism,
clearly not be back to the other social struggles, without sacrificing autonomy from third
parties such as parliamentary political party, authoritarian processes, corporations, etc.
... avoiding legitimacy of the state and possible cooptation, maintaining our political
g) Social Environmentalism: We believe it is the people who must decide how to manage
and conserve natural resources, social and environmental equality, not big corporations or
the State, who placed the human being the master of the rest of nature , destroying
ecosystems by mere economic interests. We advocate fights promoted by environmentalists
working and popular classes against capitalist and imperialist domination over our
h) Class Struggle: recognize the class struggle in favor of the exploited economically,
socially and culturally, in order to confrontation against the domination and oppression
of any kind.
i) Multiculturalism: The construction of a free and equal world inexorably must start
from the recognition of the other, and plurality as intrinsic quality of the people, from
whom emanates the power transformer.
j) Antiespecismo: We start to recognize that the life of the other species is as
valuable as human life, therefore we support the struggles antiespecistas and for animal
a) horizontal and assemblyism: We are in constant struggle with this hierarchical
system and therefore must seek an inclusive organization where we are all members come to
decide the committee, that is why we are committed to direct involvement and argued to
generate spaces discussion and consensus. Assembly meetings are the maximum space for
b) Commitment Militant: Taking a project that attempts by communicating, contacting
networks struggle, we need everyone including the Committee must perform work according to
their abilities to help achieve the objectives proposed.
c) Self-management and direct action: Self-management and direct action to resolve
problems arise autonomously, seeking alternatives in economic fields, political and
social. We believe in self-management as the direct method for solving problems, making
the appropriation of space and building always from below.
Self-financing: In the process of autonomy and self-management is necessary to place the
field of self-financing. We mean that our projects will be funded by us, and we do
d) Members: Organically within the Committee will only consider ourselves individuals
as a communication node but not a platform for organizations meeting. This does not deny
that those members have other jobs.
e) training and Spaces of Encounter: Within the committee collected several individuals
with different intellectual insights therefore saw the need for proper functioning of the
organization, create spaces of constant training to be qualified on issues surrounding
journalism. Also see the need for a presence in space given to alternative media to grow
quantitatively and generate effective solidarity against other media.
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