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Date Wed, 9 May 2018 23:04:29 +0300

Posted on May 5, 2018 - Federation Tags: caribbean anarchism, cuba, Latin America
Two cuban anarchists prepare a sign with logo of Abra social center to be hung
We are excited to reprint the below statement from our Cuban anarchist comrades announcing the opening of the ABRA social center and library in Habana today May 5, 2018. Comrades with the Taller Libertario Alfredo López and allied groups have been working for over 10 years to rebuild an anarchist presence in Cuba and the establishment of a permanent space for social and political activities represents a tremendous step forward. The International Relations Committee of Black Rose/Rosa Negra (BRRN) has sent a message of revolutionary greetings and solidarity - we wish the comrades of ABRA great success! --- Cuba -- Anarchy in celebration! Inauguration of the LIBRA Social Center and Library takes place today, May 5, in Havana

Since May 5, 2018, a new stage in the self-emancipatory process of Cubans and Cubans began, with the opening of ABRA: Centro Social and Biblioteca Libertária.

This commitment of the Alfredo López Libertarian Workshop (anarchist, anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist initiative that emerged in 2012, which is part of the Anarchist Federation of the Caribbean and Central America), with effective and vital involvement of related groups such as the Cuban Critical Observatory, Ranger, as well as some other individual energies; intends to build an autonomous and sustainable space in Cuba today.

A space to promote experiences and practices independent of any foreign or national government, or institutions that represent them, focused on the capabilities of those involved. From ABRA we will insist on a practice that prefigures the kind of sociability we dream of, and a kind of friendly relationship with the environment, which translates into a minimum of consumption with a maximum of own non-polluting solutions.

This new commitment is essentially anticapitalist, since capitalism promotes a kind of relationship between people that is based on utilitarianism, supremacy, competition, greed, anything that does not lead to the sociability that we aspire to. This is sustained by states, corporations and corporations that dominate and deprecate the world and our country. That's why the Social Center stands on the other side of all this.

On the other hand, emancipation is not possible without being part of the communities. That is why ABRA exists before and within them, not unrelated to the oppressions they suffer, nor the victories they achieve in their struggle. It also engages in the dynamics of resistance and creation of other similar groups, which give space in our Center and in our projects. ABRA aims to provide a space for all those sociabilities, people and groups of affinities that are not limited to the narrow framework of the government-opposition conflict, stimulating the direct and self-directed approach in the various issues of daily life, as well as the creation in all the spheres of reality.

This space is actively against discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, territory, level of education, economic status, and any other that violates the dignity of the people. However, it recognizes the plurality of thoughts (political, ideological, moral, etc.), without ever giving up exercising our own.

ABRA is a place of socializing, amidst a commercialized and guarded city, and offers a space for local, national and international counterintelligence, self-taught formation, celebrations, celebrations and meetings, seeking to encourage the precarious countercultural scene , productive and autonomous, existing in Havana and in the region of Cuba.

The Cultural Center constitutes a space of horizontal communication to give voice to those national and international experiences that are not of interest to the hegemonic agencies, but which tax an antiauthoritarian and emancipatory perspective that interests those who struggle in Cuba.

Here the means and ends do not contradict each other: they are the horizontality, the freedom of the person and the effective participation from the direct involvement.

Social Center and ABRA Library

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