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(en) US, ABOUT THE REVOLUTIONARY ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT By A.N.A.
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:16:28 +0300
The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is a political movement dedicated to freeing
people from bondage and building resistance in the United States. We situate our political
movement in the context of the abolitionist struggle against slavery and continue in the
tradition, from Nat Turner to the Black Liberation Movement. We believe the Civil War was
never resolved and the system of slavery transitioned into the prison industrial complex.
Our struggle today must begin from this starting point. Lastly, as revolutionary
anarchists, the abolitionist struggle must be extended to the state and capitalism, the
perpetrators of oppression. The revolutionary movement in the US today is at a cross
roads, as fascist movements are expanding, and the state becomes increasingly
authoritarian. The Rojava Revolution, in northern Syria, provides us with a model for
revolution today with its foundation in communal and council based political organization
and militant defense.
SHORT TERM GOAL: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
We will create networks for those facing detention, incarceration, deportation, or white
supremacist violence to escape and live with dignity. We invite revolutionaries to help
build a contemporary underground railroad, outside the reach of the state.
Revolutionaries, social centers, and antifa groups that are already active can help build
greater infrastructure of resistance to support those fleeing the state. From this
foundation, we set the political framework for the next stages.
LONG TERM GOAL: BUILDING THE ABOLITIONIST PROJECT
For the Abolitionist project to be successful we must eventually transition from
resistance to a revolutionary situation. Relationships and groups built through the
underground railroad have the potential to become the foundation for organized defense
groups, local councils, and regional/national councils.
We invite comrades to coordinate our activities regionally, and nationally as part of an
Defense of oppressed people and of our political projects is paramount. We propose
developing and tying defense teams to localities and collectives that are based on
The Neighborhood Council
As the Underground Railroad network grows outside the jurisdiction of the state and
reactionary forces, it is built through non-hierarchical relationships of trust.
Collectives and councils developed according to needs, issues, and political motivation
involve people in neighborhood self-governance.
Conflict Resolution and Revolutionary Justice
Forms of conflict resolution are essential for developing revolutionary relationships.
Social cohesion, rather than punishment, must be the foundation. Abolitionist political
growth seeks to destroy the prison, yet those oppressing others must be combated.
Abolition of Gender
The same forces that put people in bondage also utilize gender roles as a source of
domination. Overcoming imprisonment and liberating humanity from captivity must happen
simultaneously with the abolition of gender constraints.
Expropriation and the Cooperative Economy
To carve out an autonomous territory, or to begin the revolutionary process, goods, land,
and tools must be expropriated, or taken away from those who withhold them. We are
striving towards a situation where necessities cannot be taken away from those who need
them, but instead are shared with those who lack them.
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