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(en) Colombia, Libertarian Action INTERVIEW U.S. Libertarian Communist Federation common struggle (ca) [machine translation]

Date 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 work coordination.

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 across borders.

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 libertarian ideas?
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 struggles.

Specific objectives:
1. Generate and disseminate publications discussions occur against anarchism and social movements today.

2. Complete an information work and agitation.

3. anarchism position in discussions of Colombian popular movement.

Political Principles:
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 communication.

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 specificity.

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 territories.

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 liberation.

Organizational principles:
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 decision-making.

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 different activities.

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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