|Groupe Anarchiste Colère Noire - Montréal|
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|We are a newly formed anarchiat group from Montreal. We come from different anarchist collectives who decided to take the movement further towards liberation and freedom. We plan to do different direct actions, targeting capitalism in general, participating in protests and starting a newspaper or an e-zine.|
|Platform/Points of Unity
We are revolutionary anarchists who believe in the elimination of all forms of oppression.
We are against capitalism because of its inherently exploitative and alienating character and its need to put profits above anything else. We want to replace it with mutual aid and a cooperative, bottom-up, and democratic form of communism where those who work control the means of production. We go by the maxim: “To each according to their need, from each according to their ability.”
We are against the nation-state because it is the main tool of the ruling class to keep power in the hands of a small elite, centralizing power away from our communities. We want to replace it with directly democratic decision making structures that allow for all involved and effected to have a meaningful say in the direction of their community and world.
We are against the oppression of women and for women’s liberation. We believe in full equality in all aspects of life, unapologetically support reproductive freedom and women’s control of their own bodies. We encourage leadership and participation of women, and feel no one can be free when half the world is not.
We are against white supremacy and all forms of imperialism, racism, chauvinism, and reactionary nationalism. We uphold the right of oppressed people to self-determination and cultural diversity. We encourage leadership of and participation by people of color.
We are against heterosexism, homophobia, and the simplicity of the dual gender system. We are for the liberation of lesbian, transgendered, gay, bi, and all queer people.
We uphold the right all people to self-defense by any means necessary.
We believe in the creation of dual power and actively work towards building a new world in the shell of the old politically, culturally, and economically by both challenging and confronting oppressive institutions as well as creating our own.
We are skeptical of, but do not outright reject, reformist politics. We believe that reforms are a necessary, but by no means a complete, part of the revolutionary project and will continue to push for revolutionary solutions even after reformative ones win victories.
We are dedicated to the principles of criticism/self-criticism. No one is above being criticized and we view it as a healthy, productive aspect of strategizing and organizing. We do not mold the world to our politics but mold our politics to the ever changing world.
We believe in solidarity and consider all those fighting for a more just, equal, and fair world our allies in a general sense. We will defend all comrades against attack. We will support, to one degree or another, all movements working to build revolution in the world and break the chains of oppression.
[taken from the Burning River Collective, as long as we don't write our own manifesto, we wil use these points of unity]
Groupe Anarchiste Colère Noire
Unity in strategy is key for any revolutionary organization to succeed. The essence of any strategy should be the attempted answering of three main questions: 1) What kind of world do we live in? 2) What kind of world do we want to live in? and 3) How to we get from the way the world is to the way we want it to be? The general answers to the first two questions are found in our Platform/Points of Unity. There we describe, purposefully brief and open to expansion, the way the world is and a vision of a world worth fighting for. This section is our general answer to begin getting to that point.
A. Radicalizing Local Movements
If we are to be successful in our endeavor to spread the theory and practice of revolutionary anarchism we must have a coherent strategy that can tap into popular movements, community organizing, mass demonstrations and upheavals. This strategy can only be successful if it is coordinated amongst the anarchist cadre and takes on a consistent, principled, and dedicated character.
By consistent we mean that we will have certain members who take part in certain organizations’ work on a long term basis, that members will do regular political work rather than the occasional or sporadic approach, and that the organization as a whole will constantly attend speakers, forums, protests, rallies, etc. to show support, build our popular movements, and promote revolutionary anarchism as a viable alternative to the current order.
B. Working With and Amongst Oppressed People
It is essential that we build primarily with people who are objectively oppressed in this society and who have very little reason to see capitalism and the state exist. This includes various sections of the population and is most represented in the ghettoes and barrios of northeast Ohio. We must build our support base in these areas as much as possible by following the idea of the late Kwame Nkrumah who suggested that revolutionaries live amongst the oppressed, learn from them, and build with them rather than for (charity) them.
This does not mean that we should avoid or ignore work amongst all those who are willing to work with us as revolutionary anarchists. But, as a strategy, it means that we prioritize building resistance with the most objectively oppressed groups in this society.
C. Spreading Revolutionary Anarchism
The power of knowledge should never be underestimated. While there are literally millions of people within the U.S. who have nothing but disdain for capitalism and the state, that is not enough. It is fundamental that we spread the idea and possibility of a world without oppression in concrete terms and well thought out ways. There are two primary ways this can be done:
Educational Materials. This includes flyers, newspapers, and all literature. This includes the distribution of the anarchist paper, Onward, building a revolutionary anarchist distro, and the continuance and expansion of our monthly study group sessions.
Personal Discussion. This includes informal discussions with groups and/or individuals, formal discussions at open forums and events, speaking engagements, rallies, etc.
Revolutions, especially those in imperialist nations, that truly wish to fundamentally take on exploitation and injustice must be internationalist in character. Internationalism requires us to work in solidarity with international struggles for liberation, seek out and work with international revolutionary anarchist and liberatory forces, and constantly interject the importance of a global understanding in all areas of society and struggle.
E. Building Counter-Institutions
The final facet to our strategy is attempting to create counter-institutions to meet the material needs and revolutionary desires of people in ways that emulate revolutionary anarchism. This may include food and clothing centers, housing, bookstores, community centers and more.
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