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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #296 - Libertarian Communist Congress of the Allier, Birth of a new federation (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:41:59 +0300
That's it: almost 200 people participated in the AL-CGA joint conference, from June 8 to
10 in Allier. And decided to found, together, the Libertarian Communist Union. A small
event in the revolutionary movement, usually more used to splits and divisions. ---- A
large meeting room decorated with banners reminiscent of years of struggles, crowded bays
of activists of all ages peeling copious conference notebooks (90 pages !) In a merry
tumult ... It is with some emotion that the commission prepared the first session of the
AL-CGA Joint Conference on Saturday, June 8th. An exceptional congress since he had to
decide - or not ! - their unification. ---- Coming from all over France and Belgium,
nearly 200 people took part, two-thirds from AL and one third from CGA, including a
significant number of new and new. Despite this unexpected influx - only 150 delegates
were expected - the comrades from Auvergne had organized an impeccable welcome at the
Vert-Plateau site: organic meals, excellent beer, entertainment for the children and even
a small concert on Sunday night.
This joint congress closed a process started at the end of 2017. Eighteen months of
discussions had made it possible to verify that AL and the CGA were in agreement on - by
sight - 90 % of the subjects: the ecological urgency, the conception of libertarian
communism and revolution, anti-patriarchy, anti-statism and criticism of state socialism,
the driving force of class struggle, revolutionary syndicalist practice, strategy based on
social struggles and self -organization, antifascism ...
It remained to decide the less consensual points: the extent of our anti-electoralism, the
Marxism-anarchism and some feminist and anti-racist issues. It is therefore logically on
these points that the debates were concentrated. This may have given observers the
misleading impression of a general dissensus. Yet this is what a convention is all about:
not holding a high-mass of self-deception, but debating and settling disagreements.
From this point of view, the sessions were held in a constructive atmosphere, with the
opinions expressed not really drawing an AL-CGA divide.
Given the large number of presentations, speaking time was limited to two minutes (instead
of the usual three). It's a little short, but it forces to condense its arguments, and it
promotes the flow of speech.
Anti-Electoralism and Marxism
Finally, on the issue of anti-electioneering, it was established that he can " be no
real democracy under capitalism. That is why, without making abstentionism an intangible
dogma, we are boycotting the institutions of the state and the representative
elections.[...]Far from being a contempt for the people who vote, the anti-electoralism we
profess is political and not limited to the elections: it revives the spirit of the First
International which affirmed that "the emancipation of workers must be the work of the
workers themselves ". "
As far as the report to Marx is concerned, the UCL certainly rejects the " statist
illusions conveyed by Marxist currents and theories " but points out that " libertarians
have largely drawn, like Bakunin in his time, and without fetishization, in the
materialist and dialectical thought synthesized notably by Marx. It continues to occupy a
singular place for those who want to change the world. Especially when it does not go
astray in economic over-determination. For us, there is neither destiny nor fate: it is
all of us who, through our action, make history. "
On the anti-racist issue, the congress affirmed its support for minorities victims of
oppression and discrimination - for example, Islamophobia - in particular by encouraging
their self-organization. Not in a blind way, however: the solidarity of the UCL will " in
the first place to the movements which, with the anti-racist struggles, associate a
democratic project of social emancipation by relying on the action of the popular classes".
Finally, the UCL sees in the fight against patriarchy a " specific struggle that is not
reduced to the fight against capitalism, although both feed on each other. Capitalism
takes advantage of the free labor still largely done by women, "a job that generally
benefits men " within our social camp " . Which supposes a real revolution among the latter.
Debates on the manifesto and the statutes were followed by voting on the 70 amendments put
to the vote - a very high number, which is explained by the exceptional nature of this
congress - and a vote by values on the name of the future unified organization.
The role of the federal secretariat
Monday morning was devoted to the vote of finalized texts and the name UCL (arrived at the
head the day before), and to the mandate of the new federal secretariat (SF). Testimony of
a certain enthusiasm, no less than 28 people (!) Have applied to represent the eight
operating commissions (treasury, web, newspaper, internal relations, external relations,
dissemination, international, training) and six commissions. intervention (work, youth,
anti-patriarchy, ecology, antifascism, SO). These mandates come from 18 local groups ;
two-thirds of LA and one-third of CGA ; 20 % are women.
In a self-managing organization, the mission of the SF is not to " give " the line, but
to set the guidelines decided collectively, in congress and in federal coordination.
Mandates to the SF will have to find their marks in a new environment ... Good luck to
them and them !
After this final plenary session, AL and the CGA met separately to take stock of the
congress, and voted their self-dissolution. Not without a pinch to the heart. It's the end
of a twenty-eight year adventure for one ; seventeen years for the other. UCL, succeeds
them. With responsibilities. As one congressman said in conclusion: " We can only
congratulate ourselves for having obtained a building permit. Now, for our political
current, it is a vast building site that opens. "
Congresses of the Allier
And the " heritage " in all this ?
What to do with the analyzes and orientations of AL and the CGA adopted over the years on
multiple issues (fight against dismissals, protectionism and free trade, Palestine,
Kurdistan, national liberation struggles, nuclear, prostitution ...) ? We scratch
everything with a stroke of pen and we start from scratch ? Only nay.
An evaluation commission has been mandated to identify all these orientations, and to
propose to the federation either to renew them as such, or to declare them obsolete, or to
update them. This work will be done gradually, and subject to the approval of each federal
coordination for the next two years.
Messages of encouragement
Several organizations sent the Allier delegates either political comments or friendly
greetings - and often both.
For France, let us mention the messages of the NPA , the FA , the OA , the CNT - SO , the
Association Autogestion , the Association of the unitary communists (Pierre Zarka), the
French Jewish Union for peace , the association Survie (fight against Françafrique) and
the Kurdish Democratic Council in France .
Delegates from FDCA (Italy) and OSL (Switzerland) sent greetings directly to the rostrum.
Of the Spanish state, no less than four organizations had written: CGT , CNT , Solidaridad
Obrera and Catalan Embat . But the largest contingent came from South America, with a long
common message from CAB (Brazil), FAU (Uruguay), Vía Libre (Colombia), Núcleo
pro-Federación (Chile), FAR and Roja y Negra (Argentina).
The texts had to collect 66 % of " for " to be adopted. All have crossed this
threshold: the manifesto of UCL (94.90 %) ; federal statutes (86.53 %) ; the " rules of
procedure ", which sets the qualified majorities for decision-making (85.42 %) ; the
financing scheme of the federation, with the scale of contributions (95.59 %). The UCL
name was approved at 84.39 %.
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