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Common Action General Assembly Report

category north america / mexico | anarchist movement | news report author Thursday February 12, 2009 05:13author by Andrew - Common Actionauthor email nwcommonaction at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

January 2009

The weekend of January 17-18, members of Common Action, an anarchist organization in the Northwest United States, traveled from across the region to convene in Olympia, WA for our third general assembly. Members representing the cities of Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Portland were in attendance.

The weekend of January 17-18, members of Common Action, an anarchist organization in the Northwest United States, traveled from across the region to convene in Olympia, WA for our third general assembly. Members representing the cities of Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Portland were in attendance.

In the four short months since our last general assembly in September, Common Action members have continued their work in neighborhoods and workplaces, focusing on issues of immigrant solidarity, youth and student organizing, and more. Drawing from these experiences, the general assembly was largely devoted to discussions about internal education, identifying the issues that matter most to us as an organization as we continue to organize, learn and grow.

An important topic among our discussions at the general assembly was transformative justice, a radical response to conflict. Together we forged a commitment to learn more about incorporating transformative justice principles into our political practice. This includes a mandate to develop processes of accountability for situations of sexual assault and abuse that involve Common Action. Altogether, these conversations are part of Common Action's developing focus on collective liberation - striving to understand and practice different struggles against racism, sexism, capitalism and other issues in all their complexities and intersections.

Speaking of intersections - another topic for discussion was Intersections, our regular newsletter. Two issues of Intersections have been produced so far, and the general assembly provided a chance to reflect, evaluate and affirm our goals with the project. In 2009, the newsletter will appear quarterly with a print-run of several thousand. The latest issue, with features on education, GI organizing, the Twilight franchise, and more, is due out in March. It will continue to be available on the internet via our website. For a copy of the current issue or information about back issues, contact us at nwcommonaction@gmail.com.

Last but not least, we affirmed our commitment to working with like-minded anarchist organizations. Towards this end, we have joined the effort to create a discussion bulletin with similar anarchist groups. Our work as an associate of http://www.anarkismo.net will also continue.

The work we do in our communities won't stop, the struggles won't stop, and neither will Common Action - now to the future!

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textCommuniqué of the Mexican Anarchist Black Cross following the declarations of the FD Govt. 23:15 Tue 18 Dec by Mexico ABC 0 comments

In recent days, following the events of the demonstrations on December 1st for the presidential inauguration of Enrique Peña Nieto, during which the police forces, both of the Federal [national] and Federal District [Mexico City] forces, brutally repressed demonstrators - officials of the Federal District government, amongst whom were the head of government of the FD and the capital's attorney, have made statements declaring that those responsible for the clashes are anarchist groups.[Castellano] [Français] [Deutsch]

pso.jpg imageThe creation of Prairie Struggle Organization, its politics and its goals 16:00 Tue 05 Jun by Prairie Struggle Organization 0 comments

In the last 5 months, some anarchists from Regina have been engaged in the difficult process of creating a revolutionary anarchist organization and debating its political influences. As a result of these meetings and debates, we are proud to finally announce the existence of Prairie Struggle Organization based in Regina. To hopefully start a dialogue with anarchists in the west of Canada and beyond, we feel it important to let you know why anarchist politics in Regina are taking this direction.

Cover of Northeastern Anarchist #15 imageNortheastern Anarchist #15 available now! 23:54 Thu 05 May by Flint 0 comments

This issue is on Ecology, Industry, Crisis and Alternatives: bell hooks on Intersectionalism, Transit Organizing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City; Indoor Fish Farms, Solar Power, Green Building, "The Vegetarian Myth", Ecological & Economic Crisis, and more...

bookfairmagon.jpgmid.jpg imageActions + Conversations + Intersections 2010: Second Annual Los Ángeles Anarchist Bookfair 06:07 Sat 30 Jan by Rockero 1 comments

Sunday, January 24, 2010

HOLLYWOOD - For the second consecutive year, Los Angeles anarchists organized a bookfair, which, in addition to facilitating exchanges between vendors and literature-hungry readers, also provided an array of panel discussions, workshops, and most importantly, quality interactions with fellow activists in the liberation movement.

black_flame_cover.gif imageBlack Flame launch in Mexico 17:16 Mon 23 Nov by Michael Schmidt 3 comments

Black Flame co-author Michael Schmidt held a mini-launch of the book at a colloquium with professors of journalism and international affairs at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 26. Schmidt was invited to Mexico to train Tec students in covering conflict in transitional societies, especially given the drug war currently ravaging Mexican society. Extracts of his talk, “The Journalist as Activist,” in which he located activist journalism within the Mexican anarchist tradition, follow:

ucl.jpg imageThe UCL campaign! 09:11 Thu 17 Sep by Cause commune 0 comments

This fall, the Union Communiste Libertaire (UCL) will launch a campaign against the economic crisis. Besides a poster and a 4-page analysis, the organization wants to organize a provincial tour with an Argentine anarchist militant to talk about their experiences during the severe economic crisis that hit there and was the scene of a real popular uprising.

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UCL: a new organisation is born… image‘Ruptures’ – Spring 2009 special edition 23:12 Thu 30 Jul by Ruptures 3 comments

In May 2009 a new organisation in Canada’s Francophone Quebec, the Libertarian Communist Union (UCL), published a special edition of their ‘Ruptures’ journal on the internet. Here you can read an English translation of the (French in original) editorial:

textCommon Action General Assembly Report, April 2009 23:45 Wed 06 May by Andrew 0 comments

From Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, April 26, members of the anarchist organization Common Action met in Seattle, WA for our fourth general assembly. Members from Seattle, Bremerton, Tacoma and Olympia were in attendance, as well as a guest from Portland. We came together to continue developing our politics together, start work on new Common Action projects - and sing lots of karaoke.

textGood Bye 2008 ! 21:23 Mon 29 Dec by Collectif anarchiste La Nuit 0 comments

This is the annual retrospective of the Collectif anarchiste La Nuit (Quebec-City UCL local collective). It's a way to answer the question "but what does an anarchist collective eat in winter" and measure the progress made...

(Republished from the Voix de faits blog: http://voixdefaits.blogspot.com/2008/12/bye-bye-2008-bi....html
Translation thanks to a collaborative effort between Google and some the UCL-FdCA Anarkismo team...) [Français]

textAnarchy from A to Z: U for Unity 19:02 Wed 01 Oct by Cause commune 0 comments

The Quebec collectives of NEFAC are re-organizing themselves. Basically, the Quebec and American sections of the Federation have decided to form two solid but independent organizations. On 22 and 23 November, we will be holding a congress at the Métropole where the manifesto and constitution of a new Quebec-specific anarchist communist organization will be adopted. We will be taking the opportunity to begin a dialogue with comrades who are close to us and see whether it is possible to integrate more militants in this process which will affect all parts of Quebec. Français]

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imageShould Anarchists Raise a Program of Demands? Jan 21 by Wayne Price 1 comments

This essay is slightly expanded from one which was rejected by a US anarchist magazine for political reasons. It deals with a disagreement among activists: Should we propose that the movement raise a program of demands? I think that anarchists should, but with a more libertarian-democratic version than the liberals and state socialists. The essay is followed by a response to the political points raised by the editors of the anarchist journal.

textFighting for the Future Apr 17 by Adam Weaver and SN Nappalos 0 comments

This essay is an argument for moving towards national organization in the United States. It explores the limitations of political organization today, recent positive experiences, and possible ways to build on the present to push forward.

imageBuilding Power and Advancing: For Reforms, Not Reformism Mar 03 by By Thomas 0 comments

"We shall carry out all possible reforms in the spirit in which an army advances ever forwards by snatching the enemy-occupied territory in its path." - Errico Malatesta(1)

imagePlatform of Rochester Red & Black Dec 31 by Rochester Red & Black 0 comments

These are the points of unity for the entire collective, reflecting the ideas that inform our organizing work.

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A post-conference report from the Workers Solidarity Alliance's 2012 Gathering in St. Louis MO

textM1 Mayday Statement Apr 30 First of May Anarchist Alliance 0 comments

Since May 1, 2006 we have seen a slow opening up of mass struggles on a scale not seen in recent memory, amplified by the silent economic crash in 2008. From the massive day without an immigrant to the historic Arab Spring; the Wisconsin workers uprising to the prisoners strikes in Georgia and California; Occupy Wall Street to the rallies for Justice for Trayvon Martin; General strikes of students in Chile and Quebec and of workers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. People committed to real change cannot help but feel the wind in our sails. People are rising and refusing, struggles are igniting, common ground is revealing itself, we are beginning to feel and take back our power, everywhere.

Despite the rise of new fighting forces, pain is growing not decreasing. Symbolic changes at the peak of empire—codename Obama—have only served to further entrench the direction of decline, with Democrats bringing the stick when the Republicans aren’t there to make their bad cop look good. Deportations have increased, prisons are overflowing, the local face of a global war given new legitimacy, while organized racist violence dares to seize an ever greater public stage. Cutbacks and the destruction of public safety nets pay for corporate welfare and bankers’ bailouts. Ecological destruction continues apace: tar sands mining, fracking, nuclear power, and the daily grind of a system that cannot long coexist with dignified human life on earth.

textlast call for NYC Anarchist Book Fair workshop Proposals Mar 15 0 comments

The 6th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair will be held on Saturday April 14th, 2012 @ Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York City with workshops continuing through April 15th

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Mayday is not only a time to remember the sacrifices of so many before us who fought against all authority – capitalism and the state, patriarchy and white supremacy, empire and ecocide – but also a time to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of our movements today. In recent months the world has again been changed by the actions of masses of ordinary people.

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