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(en) Czech, AFED: Autumn Congress AF - Report on the regular meeting of members of the Anarchist Federation [machine translation]

Date Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:46:33 +0200

The second regular weekend of the Anarchist Federation in autumn was held in East Bohemia. The first participants arrived already on Friday, which was used to get to know the local hospitality and, in their warmth, to discuss and chat about not only various activist topics, but also life. These informal parts of federation congresses are especially important for getting to know each other, finding common interests, and hence for a greater consolidation of the team, whose parts are scattered throughout the country and often beyond its borders for the rest of the time. ---- After a morning dose of gingerbread (with icing and the initials of the Federation), tea to warm up and a welcome with those who arrived on this day, the classic agenda could begin. We left an unpleasant drizzle behind the window and after the obligatory presentation circle it was possible to present papers from regions, which usually form the beginning of each congress. The level and form of the activities corresponds to the possibilities that are in the particular place, especially the personnel. The trend of activities that do not necessarily need a label of our organization - support for the revolution in Rojava, involvement in the movement for climate justice, Food Not Bombs, a fundraising event, anti-fascist activities etc. In addition, putting up a wall newspaper A3 , distributing anarchist newsletters Bottom, graffiti, posting banners, distributing anarchist publications, offering Zapatista coffee...

We agreed on the date and place of the next congress, membership fees were collected (who does not know it is collected at least 50 CZK per month, so everyone gives according to their capabilities and if you do not have, you can ask for a waiver and travel expenses). The members of the Foreign Secretariat of the AF reported on events within the International Anarchist Federations (IFA) and on the course of the congress held this year in Ljubljana. We discussed social networks, which we are generally not big supporters, especially in terms of security, social control and marketing manipulation. The Federation has a profile on Facebook, Twitter and Mastodon, and we are also considering an Instagram penetration. It was acknowledged that we managed to prepare and issue a climate number from below very quickly, and several suggestions have been made on the issue of the next issue, which should be in line with the purpose of this newsletter, namely the distribution at public events related to the topic. As for the anarchist revue of Existence , it is necessary to postpone the publication of the nearest issue, both for technical reasons and for the preparation of texts on the main theme, which will be houseprojects. For the next issue, the theme of the climate movement is slowly emerging with an anarchist view of different approaches. The AF publishing team then informed about a tour on which Peter Gelderloos spoke in Brno, Liberec and Tábor about the book Anarchy Works . In addition, the team presented plans to promote the latest book Anarchist Memories, which undoubtedly deserves the attention of the wider reading community, and a draft editorial plan, especially as regards popular pocket brochures.

There was a lively debate on working with supporters, financial support for the prosecuted members of the Federation, or other solidarity activities regarding the threatened social revolution in Rojava. Thanks to the newcomers, we were able to discuss plans to raise awareness about specific gender issues, as most of us found that much of the above was a great unknown to them. During the congress a mini-campaign was launched spontaneously and outside the program "Thanks, we can. As a fact? ", Which is a reaction to the uncritical celebration of the post-November development. The attendees divided among themselves tasks, such as issuing the November issue of the A3 wall paper , designing stickers and ensuring their production.

And while some of them went to their homes after the official part of the congress, others stayed in a social conversation until Sunday.

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