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About NAF, contact details, drafts aims and principles
The Northwest Anarchist Federation is federation of collectives and individuals in the Pacific Northwest working to bring about revolutionary change in our region, as well as support and work in solidarity with others both regionally and worldwide working towards Revolution.
The Northwest Anarchist Federation
The Northwest Anarchist Federation is a bi-national organzation based
in the Pacific Northwest coast of North America We are opposed to all
forms of capitalism and the state. We are fighting for a
revolutionary movement that has the power to chalenge government,
politicians employers, and bureaucrats. In place of the system of
oppression and war that both Canada and the U.S. are, we envision
building world based on stateless communism.
We want housing, food, dignity at work, access to education,
freedom, and a voice in how our live are run. We want democracy,
equality, justice, and peace. These are natural rights that belong to
all people. The complete fulfillment of these basic rights can only
be achieved through revolution. We will fight for these rights until
We are denied these rights because the system we live within is
built on structural inequality. Our aim is to abolish that system and
replace it with libertarian communism.
The Fourth NAF Conference, Labor Day Weekend, 2005
The Northwest Anarchist Federation will hold its fourth conference
labor day weekend in Portland, Oregon. If you are interested in
attending as a visitor or potential member, contact the
Anarchist-Communist Union of Portland at ACUP@NAFederation.org.
Interested In Joining NAF?
Send an email to the local union nearest to you and we'll get in
touch with you.
Victoria, B.C., Canada
Seattle, WA, U.S.
Portland, OR, U.S.
From Unfinished Buisness No 2: Agitational publication of the
NORTHWEST ANARCHIST FEDERATION - NAF U..B.. B U P.o. Box 112
Portland, O R 97232
AIMS AND PRINCIPLES
These Aims and Priciples are still being discussed and have
not been voted in by the Federation.
1. Anarchist Communism is a theory of social, economic, and
political organization. As such, the principles of anarchism are best
demonstrated by example rather than illusory rhetoric. Anarchism is
not based in crude dogmatism, but shapes itself according to the
needs of the situation. Thus, as an organization, anarchist communist
principles guide our activity, but we define our path based on the
condition and situation of our region. Six essential tenets guide our
internal and external organizing as a federation.
i. Direct action is taking action independently rather
than appealing to the power of politicians, bureaucrats, and
employers. It is when we take power into our own hands through
strikes, sabotage, shutdowns, ect..
ii. Direct democracy is the equal and direct participation of
working people in the decisions that affect us.
iii. Solidarity is the common concern for the struggles we face
each day together. It is the combination of unity and action.
iv. Self-organization. Working people must build autonomous
organizations in defense of our rights. Our self-organization
originates from our needs and actions.
v. Tactical and theoretical unity are necessary for effective
coordination of our activities and resources. They ensure a
strategically based organization.
vi. Collective responsibility is the wholesale responsibility of
our organization to us, and us to our organization. Thus we are all
responsible to each other as much as to ourselves.
2. We believe in the necessity of revolutionary organization.
Libertarian organization is both the means and the ends of
revolution. An anarchist communist revolutionary organization will
not lead the revolution. We participate within social struggle,
seeking out the radical elements within them. We encourage, support,
develop, participate, and popularize the radical elements within the
social struggles that mirror our six basic tenants.
3. Revolution is the only path of true social change. While we
support all victories of working people, we also recognize the
limited nature of reforms. Reforms are steps towards total
revolutionary change when they are achieved through revolutionary
tactics and are based in an area of struggle that contains the power
to eventually create revolution.
4. We are diametrically opposed to any incarnation of the
professional state. The state and the system of structural inequality
formerly known as capitalism go hand in hand in exploiting working
people. To abolish the state, capitalism must be abolished. To
abolish capitalism, the state must be abolished.
5. We recognize that our class is horizontally divided along the
lines of race, gender, age, ability, and economic position within the
working class. We realize that a united class can only be achieved
through solidarity within struggle.
6. We are internationalists who organize for worldwide social
revolution. Complete revolution must abolish all nation-states and
organize the world based on culturally autonomous communities and
workplaces federated in directly democratic federal organizations.
This said, we critically support national liberation struggles;
meaning we seek out and support the radical and libertarian elements
within these struggles. We see the defeat of colonialism and
imperialism as a step towards international revolution. As a
federation within industrialized and imperialist nations, we see it
as our responsibility to attack the imperialist beast at home in
solidarity with colonized peoples around the world and within North
7. We are a regional organization because each region of North
America is subject to specific economic and political pressures not
felt in other regions. We can most effectively coordinate our
resources, energies, and activities by organizing on a regional
basis. This does not prevent us from networking our federation with
other federations and organizations in North America and the rest of
the world, it only defines our focus.
1. We want housing, food, dignity at work, freedom, and a voice in
how our lives are run. We want democracy, equality, justice, and
peace. All these things are natural rights that belong to all people.
The complete fulfillment of these basic rights can only be achieved
through revolution. We will fight for these rights until we win. We
are denied these rights because the system we live within is built on
structural inequality and neo-liberalism. Our aim is abolish that
system and replace it with libertarian communism.
2. We want to take back power in our communities and workplaces,
and make democracy a reality. Thus, we want to socialize and
democratize the economy, putting it under the control and ownership
of all people.
3. We want to eliminate horizontal oppression within the working
class through participating in and popularizing solidarity in
struggle. We support, respect, and provide solidarity to the
autonomous organizations within our class that struggle for their own
collective liberation and the collective liberation of the working
class as a whole.
4. The work of organization lies in working within these movements
to radicalize them, building their autonomy from the state and
bureaucrats, and pushing them towards revolutionary goals amid the
fight for reforms.
5. We will stop at nothing short of the international working
class revolution. We will organize tirelessly towards this end and
will defend it by any means necessary.
From the NAF website