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(en) America, Official Report on the Second Conference of the Federation of Northwest Anarchist-Communist (FNAC)

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Date Wed, 29 Sep 2004 23:30:37 +0200 (CEST)

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Victoria, British Columbia was the meeting grounds for the second
conference of the Federation of Northwest Anarchist-Communists Labor Day
weekend, 2004. FNAC members from Victoria and Portland were present. The
Seattle group was unable to attend. The focus of the weekend centered on
pulling FNAC out of the realm of discussion and into an active class
struggle organization. The discussions and proposals focused on FNACís
constitution, a northwest agitational magazine, and a public speaking tour.
The conference started with confirming the membership of FNAC. At the
moment, the Portland, Oregon based Fireband Collective is the only
member collective of FNAC, although Victoria FNAC members are in the
process of forming a collective. Each locality has been mandated to pull
itís collective(s) and individual(s) into a Local Union. The purpose of
the Local Union is to provide more structure and accountability within
local organizing. The Local Union is comprised of all members from itís
geographic area, including individuals and collectives from adjacent
areas. Local Unionís are being organized in Victoria, Seattle, and
Portland. Although small, we have no doubts of our ability to grow once
we can offer a functioning and viable federation.

The issue of why FNAC has floundered for nearly three years was
analyzed. The concept of FNAC was born from the activities of the North
East Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC) and the Federation of
Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives: The Great Lakes Region (FRAC).
Seeing the success of these two organizations, the initial call for the
formation of a northwest federation did not take into account the amount
of local Anarchist-Communist organization needed for a functioning
federation and the dedication required. With a turn over of the initial
founders of FNAC, militants who have been drawn into FNAC found
themselves in a disorganized mess, mainly that the organizing happening
was not organizing, but theoretical discussions on an email list-serve.
Seeing the disorganization of FNAC, the newer militants drawn into the
effort over the last year have put focus on face to face contact,
physically visiting each other and making the personal contact and
relationship necessary for a federation to truly form. Over the last
year we have supported each others local organizing, building more
regional solidarity. We also credit NEFAC for sending a delegate to our
first conference and advising us in technical and realistic aspects of a
regional federation. With a committed base of militants for the
federation, we found ourselves needing a constitutional structure to
assist us in maintaining collective responsibility, the development of
our theory and tactics, and our active, public presence within the
northwest of North America.

The constitution proposed at the first FNAC conference was amended and
re-proposed at our second conference where a few more amendments were
added and the constitution was ratified. The new constitution takes into
account the size and needs of FNAC at present, directing the
organizational structure towards strategically growing the federation
and consolidating the federal offices to ensure needed work gets done.
Federal officers were elected at the conference and federal council
delegates have been elected from each local union.

Traveling to different cities in the northwest on a speaking tour about
the federation, our efforts in local struggles, and theoretical and
historical issues and events was decided upon. In the early months of
2005 we will embark on our speaking tour, hoping to draw
Anarcho-Communists militants into the federation and fundraise for
FNACís upcoming publication.

The final agenda item was the creation of a northwest Anarcho-Communist
agitational magazine. The Victoria Local Union volunteered to act as the
editorial collective for the agitational. FNACís upcoming agitational
will focus on struggles taking place in our region and around the world
with an Anarcho-Communist analysis. A smaller portion of the magazine
will be devoted to theoretical issues, with agreement that FNAC members
should attempt to contribute to the Northeastern Anarchist, the
theoretical publication of NEFAC. The first issue of FNACís agitational
is scheduled to appear sometime in November.

The second conference of the Northwest Federation of
Anarchist-Communists closed with feelings of accomplishment and
dedication towards the tasks ahead of us. After almost three years of
discussion we are beginning to feel optimistic about the success of a
serious class struggle anarchist-communist federation in the Northwest.


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