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(en) [Argentina] Chronicle of the libertarian forum 'Building an extra-parliamentary alternative' (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:01:23 +0300
On Sunday, September 3, a Libertarian Forum was held in the city of Buenos Aires with the
attendance of about four hundred militants from various groups of the anarchist and
related movement who gathered to discuss a non-electoral social alternative. ---- A
libertarian movement that is made of adding the differences. ---- By MadreSelva
Editorial[video with recordings of the forum by Matanza VIVA on Facebook] ---- The rain
washes the sidewalk and the leaden city is set like a tango for another noonday Sunday
with demonstrators dawning in a cell. The street is silent, except for the mobile phones
that whistle the entrance of urgent messages that are crossed in versions found: they
release today; no tomorrow. Uncertainty causes that within minutes of starting the
Libertarian Forum someone mocionar suspend everything and burn the sky if necessary.
But the call is under way and the comrades of the community channel Antena negra in charge
of the streaming of the Forum, housed in the police station 30 after the Buenos Aires city
police kidnapping squadron drag them on the pavement, ask: follow ahead.
About four hundred people will attend the day. But let's start at the beginning.
This Forum was a call to meet to exchange ideas and experiences that help to think and act
from democracy and direct action, resistance and self-defense, to reflect collectively on
political tasks and anti-authoritarian historical perspectives. Without hegemonies or
programmatic objectives to fulfill but open to the future of deliberations.
Panel of human rights with the presence of family and friends of Luciano Arruga, Nilda
Eloy and Nora Cortiñas
Libertarian Socialist Action launched an invitation to the sea, which had a strategic
objective: before the elections, it is imperative for those who do not vote to catch up in
a debate that mirrors them in the difference and that seeks the encounter in what the sister.
The student group Juanito Laguna, the group of popular communication Matanza alive,
honeysuckle publishing and the Society of resistance west Virginia Bolten joined the
challenge of germinating conditions for groups, associations, and individuals are and, as
in the stew that was amassing since the beginning of the day, amalgamating the ingredients
and give them the necessary seasoning to "do" libertarian community.
It's Sunday 3 September and the dark clouds hide the sun again until you know where is
Santiago Maldonado? And no one, of those who are crossing the threshold of the house
culture of the neighborhood in Villa Crespo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is alien to this
The first thing you see when you enter the premises is a Fair with silkscreens, planks
with pamphlets, red and black that coexist with the rainbow aguayos, engravings, shirts
and photographs that snapshot social protest, beyond books and vegan hamburgers , some cd
and more posters, present the Committee of solitude with the Kurdish struggle, the agendas
of the comrades of the group The voice of women in the neighborhood of Lugano, Libertarian
feminists of the city of Olavarria, the popular library José Ingenieros .
The center of the scene has been occupied by girls who thrive origami from the loving hand
of the educators of the popular baccalaureate who came together.
The largest space, the auditorium, is packed and at times you have to go out to renew the
air and that you can enter other comrades. The Forum has started and takes the floor ASL
to welcome and put into context the social and political climate that crosses us. Like
petals that fall on the present ones, the voices of Free Way of Colombia, of the companion
Azizé that will speak of the revolution and the ongoing war in Rojava, of Fernando - the
brother of the maple lonoro Facundo Jones Hualas, stopped in the Unit 14 of Esquel-, and a
commission of colleagues of the National Alternative Media Network. The clap closed does
not let the storm that hits the trees outside in the sidewalk is heard.
The compas come and go by carrying tuppers and containers filled with lentil stew without
meat, in the Forum everything is discussed and even the need for a vegan option was a
point of the agenda.
At the same time as the lunch the workshops of Cyberactivism and Cartography of the social
struggle are developed. It smells of turpentine and paint, and the patches with the logo
of the Forum come out like choripanes of square.
It promotes the afternoon and for a moment the area of the Fair transmutes in a round to
the session on Education, where university militants, popular high school teachers,
secondary students who escape the occupations that are starring in their schools are mixed.
On the first floor are the Feminisms, until there arrived the comrades of Casa Karacol of
the city of Cordoba - one of the premises raided in the August 31 raid that will evoke
excited what would have pleased the beloved comrade Maite Amaya el Forum. The Pre and Post
Council of Villurka that creates networks and materials to accompany safe abortions in the
groups of people with disabilities. The Juanito Laguna relates day by day the 48 that took
the National University of Art to avoid the cuts in public art education, gratuitous and
of quality and in that frame to apply the law of Integral Sexual Education, fights that
also forge affections - and again present anarchism and its possibilities of exploring the
political power of friendship.
In the trade union plenary, trajectories as dissimilar as that of the companions of
precarious Scientists share the mate, for example, with that of the drivers of bus line 60
or the workers who recovered their positions in the newspaper Hoy! of La Plata, with the
FORA de Lomas de Zamora and the other municipal workers of the city of Lanus.
The main salon now witnesses the plenary of Human Rights and anti-reprisal struggle that
opens Nilda Eloy of the Association of former Disappeared Detainees. Vanesa Orieta holds
the voice like a banner and, again, the Forum is silent in the middle of an applause
because she is walking, slowly, with a smile that does not hide her joy, her confidence
and her hope: Nora. Norita Cortiñas is going to sit there, like one more, and in the
semipenumbra someone gives a tear like a kiss.
In the space of discussion of territorial struggles, the members of the Federation of
Grassroots Organizations, the Front of Organizations in Struggle, militants who have made
their experience in the Popular Front Darío Santillán, and the Mapuche referent Moira
Millán, of spreading their joy.
The afternoon drops the blind of the night and the phones do not shut up. Rumors of the
barricade say it is likely that at any moment detained protesters will regain their freedom.
It begins the reading of a document, which will officiate farewell to the day, where it is
stressed that the Forum sought to promote the meeting so that anarchism plays a leading
role as a social force.
Again the applause is like the sound of a thousand drums clacking in the chest and it is
not possible to ignore the cries of freedom! and present! to the fallen.
The band is now on stage and shows that you can raise the temperature a couple of degrees
higher. To the barricades, the closure chosen by the Artistic Club Libertad is like a
strawberry for dessert, worth the common place.
The place is already sweeping and folding the tables. The collective stops welcome those
who are going to return home chewing ideas, anecdotes and conspiracies.
The libertarian forum was, for an afternoon, that temporarily autonomous area of which Bey
speaks, a border where the different territories of the horizontal, antiauthoritarian,
anarchist, rebel, indomitable, came together without passports, became confused, accepted
and even narrowed in kisses, hugs and laughter.
The libertarian Forum showed that the anarchist, antagonistic, autonomous and free
movement is made of adding the differences, of speaking in other languages, of dwelling in
common practices without diluting our particularities, assuming them, enhancing them.
There is a beast outside the territory house, neighborhood, social center, union, which
feeds on speculation and terror. And another beast in the body territory, who from fear of
losing freedom makes his feast of selfishness. Both beasts bit the dust during the Forum.
While they were leaving, many compas asked in passing how does this follow? It continues
as it began, because this trip is circular, to finish to begin.
Health and Social Revolution and Why not? Ever onward to victory.
Final document of the libertarian forum
Companions, companions, companions:
First of all we thank all of you for coming to discuss and exchange in this long day full
of tasks, experiences, new perspectives, approaches and collective solutions to the great
problems that cross our class.
This Forum was organized with the joint effort of some militant and libertarian
organizations, on the basis of meeting to discuss the axes referred to the resistance and
fight against patriarchy; to the hard fights that we give in the union world; the complex
educational and student space; to reflect on the experience of our territorial
intervention; in the struggles for DD. H H. in a context of advanced state repression and
In the past we find ourselves in various opportunities and trajectories putting on the
table the need to discuss the fundamental elements of our militancy. However, the
imagination to transcend the barrier of intellectual debate or the accidental practice of
unity was not enough. We must, our companions and partners, join and redouble our efforts
to become a social force. As powerful as the dreams we harbor in our hearts.
The recent history of the libertarian movement is marked by the disconnect between our
organizational aspirations and its results. Although much is the delivery, the militancy,
the struggles that aware of libertaries we gave and we give in pickets and factories; in
assemblies and route cuts; in student mobilizations or in resistance against the advance
of the reaction, we could not channel organically. As libertaries, we are part of a
tradition that gave the popular movement many tools for combat. We were an active part of
the piquetero resistance, the construction of experiences in the world of trade unions,
which helped to form internal delegations and commissions of anti-bureaucracy, historical
struggles in universities and research spaces, in the struggle against patriarchy so
entrenched in our class and in the urgent need for the appropriation of feminism. In
recent decades we have built good ideas, great companions, sound criticisms of the stage
and the popular field, but the material translation of a period is a constant "re-start".
Many were also the companions who went away for lack of answers, by sectarianisms or
self-constructions, because the ivory tower is unattainable for our class.
We propose, we propose, to learn to rebuild ourselves as libertarian militants, to recover
the confidence that our ideological current is not a museum piece in the class struggle.
Learning is to look at each worker and each worker as an ally; is to know how to live in
permanent contradiction and to find the right methods to solve them and increase our
popular strength; is to learn that our ideology is fundamentally anti-dogmatic and we
should never become churches that give doctrinal purity: our ideology is the liberation of
the oppressive forces of Capital, the State and the Patriarchate.
Learning from a libertarian practice is also to live up to the construction in the short
and medium term for the working class, to get involved in consensual strategies, to
overcome the demands and to organize to build that new world today, to undertake with the
bodies a struggle from self-defense in the face of the violent attacks of capitalism and
patriarchy, but also of collectively rethinking, making organizations spaces where it is
questioned, separating the violent and abusive. Males can not be the priority in our
organizations, nor the homopolitan practices, nor the competition between partners. Where
we are not daily generating training, problematizing, raising awareness to prevent,
repudiating and denouncing the intolerable, wins the patriarchy, gains the machismo, gains
the oppression and the self-exclusion of the companeras. We want you alive and free. We
want to be organized.
The current situation marks the inequality of forces: from the Condor Plan and the
genocide to 30,000, the dominant sectors undertook the most ruthless advance on the
workers, breaking the solidarity, breaking bodies and minds with individualism and
consumerism, precarious structurally the lives of millions of people.
Those above seek to banish the idea of change and to enshrine the capitalist logic, the
idea that capitalism and the state can not be replaced. They seek to destroy any kind of
resistance. Proof of this is the repression, the dispossession of the original peoples and
the construction of these as internal enemies, as terrorists.
If we understand that today is marked by fragmentation, our main task is to rebuild
solidarity, the possibility of social change and the idea of Revolution.
The social organizations do not lie, the struggle gives results and we will continue to
demonstrate that we have the capacity to manage ourselves and the organization of life
that the State has today. An example of this is the valuable experiences we share in the
panels and debates today. If the State prohibits and denies public policies to women who
decide to abort, putting our lives at risk, we create Counseling; if the State does not
generate effective public policies or allocate a budget against gender violence, we plant
a camp, make protocols for action, raise awareness, prevent femicides, act collectively;
if they aim to make working conditions even more flexible, to retrace a century of labor
conquests, to lower our wages to make the regional economy more profitable with the Labor
Reform, we will continue to underpin the resistance and organization in the broadest unit;
if they want to make the forced disappearance of the common currency, a message of fear,
an excuse to safeguard the interests of the landowners and extractivist multinationals
there, we will be building dignified self-defense and the struggle for appearance with
life. We do not want to get out of our hands a partner or a partner. excuse to safeguard
the interests of the landowners and the extractivist multinationals there we will be
building the dignified self-defense and the struggle for the appearance with life. We do
not want to get out of our hands a partner or a partner. excuse to safeguard the interests
of the landowners and the extractivist multinationals there we will be building the
dignified self-defense and the struggle for the appearance with life. We do not want to
get out of our hands a partner or a partner.
For that, it is necessary to put forward the facts, to foresee, to strategically discuss
how we are going to stop in the face of conflicts, not to go after the next femicide, the
next 10 adjustment measures. It's not about being left on the left. It is a matter of
analyzing deeply and collectively what are the most effective tactics to develop for
resistance and the accumulation of power from below. To resist is not to stand still or
simply to be defensive. We must look at political creativity as a patient but firm
addition to the destabilization of the dominant sectors. The current stage of rearmament
of the working class has a high preparatory component and requires specific tasks: in
labor places and unions strengthening workers' awareness, from below, a combative and
participatory perspective; in social movements we should not accept reducing our struggles
to the merely vindictive, breaking with the pointy logics, building popular power. We are
unemployed workers and precarizades and we will propose to move forward in taking
seriously the programmatic debate of our sector and the development of power in the local;
from feminism we will do everything to continue deepening direct action and
self-management, together with the movement of women who believe in street combativity by
urgent and publicly felt demands to combat gender-based violence and heteronormative
culture. Sadness and anger should not blind us. breaking with the pointy logics, building
popular power. We are unemployed workers and precarizades and we will propose to move
forward in taking seriously the programmatic debate of our sector and the development of
power in the local; from feminism we will do everything to continue deepening direct
action and self-management, together with the movement of women who believe in street
combativity by urgent and publicly felt demands to combat gender-based violence and
heteronormative culture. Sadness and anger should not blind us. breaking with the pointy
logics, building popular power. We are unemployed workers and precarizades and we will
propose to move forward in taking seriously the programmatic debate of our sector and the
development of power in the local; from feminism we will do everything to continue
deepening direct action and self-management, together with the movement of women who
believe in street combativity by urgent and publicly felt demands to combat gender-based
violence and heteronormative culture. Sadness and anger should not blind us. from feminism
we will do everything to continue deepening direct action and self-management, together
with the movement of women who believe in street combativity by urgent and publicly felt
demands to combat gender-based violence and heteronormative culture. Sadness and anger
should not blind us. from feminism we will do everything to continue deepening direct
action and self-management, together with the movement of women who believe in street
combativity by urgent and publicly felt demands to combat gender-based violence and
heteronormative culture. Sadness and anger should not blind us.
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