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For The Caribbean Anarchist Federation
central america / caribbean | anarchist movement | press release Monday September 01, 2014 09:10 by Taller Libertario Alfredo Lopez Cibaolibertario at gmail dot com
For all this we propose a constitutive meeting of the F.A.C.-C [-Central American] (Caribbean and Central American Anarchist Federation) in the Dominican Republic in March of 2015. We call individuals and “delegates” of anarchist collectives in the region to join us in this meeting that will be an initial decisive moment to compare and coordinate actions, ideas and supplies based on the topics/themes that would emerge from each collective according to their location. [Castellano]
For The Caribbean Anarchist Federation
Kiskeya Libertaria (Dominican Republic) and Taller Libertario Alfredo Lopez (Cuba)
The Caribbean has been one of the privileged settings where the so called modernity, that explosive mixture of capitalism and statism, has shown its least respectable face to the world. That persistent and well distributed barbarism, among the agents of the Spanish, English, French, Dutch... empires has created, centuries later, a world of detached islanders, attentive to the signs of the old and the new colonial metropolis and castrated, in many cases, from the possibility to talk among ourselves without tutelary mediators.
The second half of the twentieth century brought to the Caribbean the frenzy for decolonization and [the creation of] “sovereign states” that in sum have become another step toward the lack of communication, apparently mitigated in later years by the unions and alliances among the Caribbean states. But in any case, it is the union of the heads of states that they present to us as “the unity of peoples.” It is not, and has not been, except for few and beautiful occasions, an alliance of concrete communities or of people united in an arduous liberating and anti-authoritative ideal.
The compas from Kiskeya Libertaria in the Dominican Republic and from the Taller Libertario Alfredo Lopez in La Habana, have decided to join forces to come together and organize ourselves in a Caribbean Anarchist Federation. This Federation aims to combine purposes here and now for a society based on the principles we want to apply of self-management, voluntary association and mutual aid opposing all social relations based on hierarchies, authoritarism and forms of discriminations such as statism, capitalism, clacism, sexism, racism, colonialism, urbanism, industrialism, academicism, among innumerable manifestations of power more or less institutionalized.
In the face of this framework of dominations we also want to contrapose our response of mutual aid, self-management and solidarity with a clear anti-authoritative and libertarian spirit. This federative project will not promote a particular form of anarchism beforehand, because we don’t see anarchism in any of its currents as a dogma; rather, we see it as a movement of cohesiveness, of free learning and dedicated towards the world we want without oppression, exploitation, sacred authorities or paralyzing orders.
In that sense, this Federation will work for solidarity and self-management and for the creation of cooperative projects among those peoples and collectives that coherently self-identify as “anarchists,” but also among those who without proclaiming an anarchist condition, live and work on a daily basis and in any setting, under the community-driven and liberating spirit shown in their actions without shepherds and flocks, or leaders and followers.
Defining the geographical limits of the Caribbean has been a difficult for various social sciences. However, for us this isn’t a problem, but a possibility. The Caribbean region is not only formed by its islands or the adjacent mainland territories, the Caribbean exists there where there are those who feel and suffer its contradictions and inequalities. The Caribbean also exists where there are friends and compañerxs who share its ideas, feelings and struggles.
For this reasons, those of us who encourage this Caribbean Anarchist Federation will work hard toward integrating with compas from Central American, from where in 2010 the first attempt towards a federation that we know of in Central America and the Caribbean was born, through the compas from the Colectivo La Espiral and their magazine La Libertad in San José, Costa Rica.
From the Colectivo La Espiral we should carefully take on the suggestions that to create a regional federative process “it’s important to first strengthen the local processes of formation and influence of a libertarian practice and mentality”, but as they themselves point out, the regional federation can be “a means to invigorate and strengthen our identity (…) always having our feet on the ground”
What is the meaning of anarchism in our region…? What are its possibilities? Which are its limitations and difficulties…? Those are some of the questions that the compas from Central America left us four years ago and that could be the subject of dialogues in assemblies in any locality as the base of this new effort for regional organizing.
What we dream of is not escorted by the glory of any “objective possibility;” contrary to others, we don’t believe that negotiating disfigured fragments of our ideals, or putting them to indefinite hibernation for better times, we could move forward beyond what we already know. We deem necessary every kind of effort that could transfigure into reciprocal affection and trust that could in turn become factors of firmer alliances from where our federative effort could grow in a safe way.
For all this we propose a constitutive meeting of the F.A.C.-C [-Central American] (Caribbean and Central American Anarchist Federation) in the Dominican Republic in March of 2015. We call individuals and “delegates” of anarchist collectives in the region to join us in this meeting that will be an initial decisive moment to compare and coordinate actions, ideas and supplies based on the topics/themes that would emerge from each collective according to their location.