The Precarious Union Of Anarchism And Feminism

The Precarious Union of Anarchism and Feminism:
A Response to "Re-defining Radical Feminism"

by Red Sonja (NEFAC-Boston)

Traci Harris' article 'Re-defining Radical Feminism' was published in NEA#4 (http://www.illegalvoices.org), opening the discussion about revolutionary feminism. My reply is an attempt to continue that discussion. Harris' article solidly outlines three important facets of this discussion, which I will address here: that it is our job to (1) Redefine Patriarchy and Radical Feminism for revolutionaries; (2) Show how forms of domination are connected; and (3) Redefine Radical Feminism in practice. My main criticisms are that Harris' agenda boils down to a multicultural liberalism and lacks a class-rooted analysis. Harris wants to re-define revolutionary feminism to a strategy (already problematic) - that of attacking white supremacy, all the while arguing for an analysis which recognizes the interconnectedness of oppressions. Attacking white supremacy is certainly a critical issue for revolutionaries, but what does this say about women's oppression explicitly?

Voices Of Anarchist Union Organizers

Anarchists working for big mainstream unions? The AFL-CIA? What the fuck are they thinking? No doubt they're just cashing in on the backs of the working class. Fat Cats. Sell-Outs. Labor Aristocrats. The Labor Movement is the mediator between capitalists and workers. We don't need mediation. We need a fuckin' Class War. Anyway. If you think the world's that simple, put down this journal [The Northeastern Anarchist], go to Hot Topics at the mall, and buy yourself a new shirt with a nice big circle A in the middle of it. Then go start the class war. Make sure you send us all a post card to let us know how it turns out. Of course the problem with this scenario is that it ain't gonna work, it ain't an anarchist social revolution, and the "masses" ain't gonna leap up and follow you on to victory. Call it a hunch, but the naive notion of spontaneous revolution is the biggest fallacy underpinning the "anarchist movement" in North America. I'll leave it for the big anarchist theoreticians (snicker) to ponder about the exact appropriate methods to achieve social transformation.

Fight The Power, Build The Power

"The Ruckus collective formed in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997 to discuss revolutionary politics at a local and national level and to develop a revolutionary praxis. Its main contribution locally has been the creation of Phoenix Copwatch, which has been patrolling the streets since early 1999. In the summer of 2000, Ruckus activists began talking about the need for a national or continental revolutionary organization. This led organizers to embark on a program of study with the goal of creating a proposal for a membership-based national or continental revolutionary federation." - Event Flyer
The (English-speaking) Western part of North America is perhaps the most hostile place in the hemisphere for anarchists believing in organization. Those of us believing in federations, cadre groups, tactical and strategic unity - or more simply the organizationalist trend of anarchism - are probably in the minority here. It is in this context that the Ruckus Collective has emerged in defense and promotion of organization. As their members described it, Arizona does not have a large radical tradition, although with the (relatively) recent emergence of the Ruckus Collective and the Phoenix Anarchist Coalition this is changing.

As Far As Organization Goes: We Are Platformists

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In Quebec, and more generally in North America, anarchism and organization have not been coupled well. Indeed, the last serious attempt to build a political anarchist group in North America date's back to the adventure of the Love and Rage Revolutionary Anarchist Federation [1].

Bringing Class Struggle Up-To-Date

Bringing Class Struggle Up-To-Date

by Flint Jones (Roundhouse Collective)

Building Revolutionary Nuclei

Building Revolutionary Nuclei

Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives (Great Lakes Region)

Nuclei is a fancy word that means seeds, kernels, cells, "the head of the comet', "a central point, group, or mass about which gathering, concentration, or gradual build-up takes place". Revolutionary Nuclei means a core group that is trying to learn, expand, develop, prepare opportunities in which we can help bring the struggle for total freedom and equality to higher and deeper levels; ultimately an uprising or "insurrection" that joins into an international anti-authoritarian Social Revolution.

A16 Revolutionary Anti-Captialist Bloc

We are all active organizers and participants of the upcoming protests surrounding the IMF and World Bank on April 9 -17. For us, these institutions are beyond reform. In addition to simply being "undemocratic" in themselves, they play a key role within a global capitalist system that must be abolished outright. That is why we are working with all our energy to bring the most effective resistance possible against them to the streets of Washington, DC.

We are calling for an organized bloc of all stripes of anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist revolutionaries at the upcoming demonstrations against the IMF/World Bank. We feel that it is important to present critique of these transnational financial institutions that is anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-colonialist in perspective, and accompanied by a revolutionary vision which advocates a radical transformation of society that is based on mutual aid, direct democracy and free association.

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