Founding Congress of the new international anarcho-syndicalist and revolutionary syndicalist.

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May 8 2018 16:42
Founding Congress of the new international anarcho-syndicalist and revolutionary syndicalist.

Founding Congress of the new international anarcho-syndicalist and revolutionary syndicalist.

On the weekend of May 11 to 13, the founding Congress of the new Labor International will be held in Parma, which aims to bring together anarcho-syndicalist and revolutionary workers from all over the world. The Congress will be presented at a press conference on Thursday, May 10, at 11:00 am at the headquarters of the USI-AIT in Parma -in Vía Testi, 2, venue of the Congress-. Likewise, a public presentation is scheduled on the same day at 9:00 am in the Municipal Employees Circle -en Vía Mentana, 31A-.

This important event is the culmination of a previous phase of international meetings, designed to give continuity to the ideals of the International founded in Berlin in 1922. Yesterday, as today, and even more so tomorrow, a libertarian, assembly and international trade union organization is needed combative, in order to defend workers effectively today and, at the same time, establish the pillars to build a new society in freedom and equality, without relation to the mechanisms of political and economic power.

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USI-AIT (ITA), CNT-E (SPA) , FAU (GER) , IWW NARA (USA-CAN), IP (POL), ESE (GRE), FORA (ARG), GG/BO (GER), FOB (BRA), Vrije Bond (OLA), IWW WISERA (IRL/GB), Rocinante (GRE), Mov. Pop. Rifeño(MAR), Rojava (KUR),Trab. base Brasil (BRA), CNT-F (FRA) and many others.

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May 8 2018 18:39

Can someone explain the nature and geographical extent of the IWW's involvement (if any?) in this new organisation ?

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May 8 2018 20:18

I don't think IWW NARA delegates have a mandate besides "go there".

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May 8 2018 21:17

Let the "games begin"

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May 8 2018 21:23

Let the degeneration begin.

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May 8 2018 23:49

If only we could merge the IWA (1922), the new 2018 one, and all the other revolutionary syndicalist and anarcho-syndicalist unions. This would be the best idea as far as I know. And then begin to further improve relations with the IFA. Then we would have a much stronger anarchist movement. Show me why I'm wrong, but I doubt many of you will disagree.

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May 9 2018 01:13
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If only we could merge the IWA (1922), the new 2018 one, and all the other revolutionary syndicalist and anarcho-syndicalist unions. This would be the best idea as far as I know. And then begin to further improve relations with the IFA. Then we would have a much stronger anarchist movement. Show me why I'm wrong, but I doubt many of you will disagree.

I mean if you want to ignore the the material world these organizations exist in and are shaped by, then sure, just cobbling them all together into One Big Really Tiny Org sounds like a great idea

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May 9 2018 04:42

Who or what is "GG/BO (GER)"?

Edit: Never mind, it's the Gefangener Gewerkschaft-Bundesweite Organization ˗ Prisoners' Union- National Organisation (http://column.global-labour-university.org/2016/01/interview-with-german-prisoners-union.html)

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May 9 2018 06:05

MALATESTA, I don't know if you are aware but this whole stuff is the outcome of some years of attempts to split the IWA and also to move it towards attemots to merge with organizations which diverge from more specifically anarchist positions. So no, this is something which is making the anarchist position much weaker. And at least in the case of Spain, many FAIistas have keft or been kicked out of the CNT-R so the organuzation cannot support it, akthough there are some folks there that do as IFA has many tendencies.

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May 9 2018 06:05

MALATESTA, I don't know if you are aware but this whole stuff is the outcome of some years of attempts to split the IWA and also to move it towards attemots to merge with organizations which diverge from more specifically anarchist positions. So no, this is something which is making the anarchist position much weaker. And at least in the case of Spain, many FAIistas have keft or been kicked out of the CNT-R so the organuzation cannot support it, akthough there are some folks there that do as IFA has many tendencies.

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May 9 2018 12:43

Do you know Akai who asked for the state subsidy to the FAL? the expelled ones that today you are defending. Those people were not expelled because they were anarchists, oh no, the anarchists and anarcho-syndicalists are the majority in today's CNT. They were expelled for not paying, for insulting, for skipping CNT's internal regulations, for sabotaging it, for not abiding by the agreements.
If it had been for anarchists, how do you explain that there are still FAI groups whose members are affiliated and are active members of the CNT?

Stop supporting a reactionary group that has the name CNT and anarcho-syndicalism / anarchism for something almost religious, please.

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May 9 2018 13:17
Spikymike wrote:
Can someone explain the nature and geographical extent of the IWW's involvement (if any?) in this new organisation ?

The North American IWW's 2017 Convention (which is based on mandated delegates from its branches) voted to send people. I think there were some broad guidelines on what those people are supposed to bring to this but I can't remember. The other Regional Administration of the IWW, based in the UK, is also participating in some capacity.

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May 9 2018 13:28

There are lots of different anarchists - but that's for another post. Anarchists have been known to support strange things, so I don't care about these labels. As for what is reactionary or not, I reserve the right to see things in the opposite way to the guys here with strange fantasy game names.

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May 9 2018 14:02

If you are not able to see that you are helping people who have signed EREs, ask for state subsidies for the FAL, which have Falangists (Tarragona) and sexists in their ranks (Tarragona, Albacete, Chiclana ...), which have been expelled by not paying, for insulting, for skipping CNT's internal regulations, for sabotaging it, for not abiding by the agreements. In addition to that he added that they were not responsible for the death of a historic militant who had a fatal accident in his exlocal ...
However, you use the argument that many Faistas no longer support the CNT, well I tell you that there are also many Faistas who are active in their unions. Even if you do a search in the anarchist cooperatives, collectives and associations in Spain you will see that they support the current CNT and not the Spanish section of IWA.
But of course, you can believe what you want. A pity that you continue spending your time in supporting them.

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May 9 2018 15:39

What is a pity is that your way of dealing with your problems with your comrades, until you make real enemies, in order to avoid smelling you own shit. Luckily I figured things out sooner rather than later so I don't waste my efforts. As I said, my assessment is very different and I'm not likely to be tricked by bullshit. In any case, time will tell all.

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May 9 2018 16:10

Think IWW WISERA are sending observers only, and look forward to seeing how it goes. It could be really positive for the organisations involved and lead to much more practical co-ordination across borders. I also hope different syndicalists can move away from bashing each other. I get there have been real historical fights but we need to move on and focus on organising.

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May 9 2018 17:16

What is WISERA??

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May 9 2018 17:32

Its the IWW Regional Administration based in the UK, but it also includes the German IWW.

doug
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May 9 2018 18:37

Haha, yeah it stands for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England Regional Administration. Folk wanted an alternative to Britain & Ireland.

Pretty sure Germany is now in a different RA, though.

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May 9 2018 18:46
akai wrote:
MALATESTA, I don't know if you are aware but this whole stuff is the outcome of some years of attempts to split the IWA and also to move it towards attemots to merge with organizations which diverge from more specifically anarchist positions. So no, this is something which is making the anarchist position much weaker. And at least in the case of Spain, many FAIistas have left or been kicked out of the CNT-R so the organuzation cannot support it, akthough there are some folks there that do as IFA has many tendencies.

The OP is a newer and young comrade. Please approach informatively and "gently".

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May 9 2018 21:10

I didn't think I was being rough here - just saying. That's why I said "I don't know if you are aware" because it sounded like someone who didn't know this story.

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May 9 2018 21:50
akai wrote:
I didn't think I was being rough here - just saying. That's why I said "I don't know if you are aware" because it sounded like someone who didn't know this story.

It was said in general, to anyone who wants to reply. While I don't agree with the OP, just wanted to share they're still developing/learning

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May 9 2018 22:41
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Haha, yeah it stands for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England Regional Administration. Folk wanted an alternative to Britain & Ireland.

Pretty sure Germany is now in a different RA, though.

Yeah it's the UK & Ireland IWW, formerly ERA, formerly BIRA, formerly BIROC, etc. etc.

God knows what we'll be called after the next annual conference lol.

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May 10 2018 04:57

As for developing/learning folks, I totally get it. The problem on the internet is that you don't always get any sense of who you are communicating with. Although I appreciate that internet gives us some opportunities, it also has many faults.

But for developing/learning folks, without any wish to discourage anybody, one thing that should be learned upfront is that historically, both anarchism and syndicalism and anarchosyndicalism as embracing a variety of approaches, some of which do not always co-exist. Perhaps sometimes they can, but that takes a certain level of respect for others which has not been the case here. The most important thing in all this to learn is that movements are not necessarily made by throwing everything together, but by careful assessment of the situation around you and finding ways to start real activity. Then going on consistently.

The poster asks to be shown why he is wrong. While he may not be wrong as such, because obviously it would be better if people could cooperate better, he may not understand all the issues which make this unlikely to happen.

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May 10 2018 22:55
akai wrote:
And at least in the case of Spain, many FAIistas have keft or been kicked out of the CNT-R so the organuzation cannot support it, akthough there are some folks there that do as IFA has many tendencies.

Example: there are two FAI members that are in favor of the new international and are working in this way in CNT, that 2 years a go were General Secretaries of their regionals. Also nearly all the anarchist that were in the anarchist groups of action in the 80's that were imprisoned and now a dais are in CNT working in the same way. Only one person I know that is not, now is in the spanish IWA section, after putting a building buy with CNT money in his name, expelling from his union all the young anarchist of his local union because they asked for the account book of the union (the union never had it) etc.
Also there are ex IFA members in CNT in responsibility positions.

So your position doesn't have so much sense. Please, focus in your organization and stop to say bullshits about other organizations.

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May 11 2018 10:34
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Entrevista al Secretario de Exteriores de la CNT

Con motivo del Congreso fundacional de la Nueva Internacional, entrevistamos al Secretario de Exteriores del sindicato, Miguel Pérez. Nos explica los entresijos de este histórico evento, que pretende crear un espacio que relanzará las ideas libertarias a nivel mundial.

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May 11 2018 10:38
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[FOB] Saudação à Conferência Internacional de Refundação da AIT

Estimados companheiros e companheiras,

Enviamos saudações desde o Brasil à Conferência Internacional de Organizações Anarcossindicalistas e Sindicalistas Revolucionárias.

A Federação das Organizações Sindicalistas Revolucionárias do Brasil (FOB – antigo Fórum de Oposições pela Base) é uma organização sindicalista revolucionária, constituída em 2010, para agrupar militantes sindicalistas e do movimento estudantil que realizavam oposição às correntes socialdemocratas e ao sindicalismo de Estado no Brasil.

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May 11 2018 11:11
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L’anarcosindacalismo rinasce a Parma: in città una sessantina di delegati da tutto il mondo per il congresso (ri)fondativo

Arrivano da ogni parte del mondo, e faranno nascere una cosa nuova: è questo, in estrema sintesi, quanto sta per avvenire nel sindacalismo di ispirazione anarchica. E avverrà a Parma.
Nella sede di via Testi, presso l’Ateneo Libertario, si è tenuta la conferenza stampa di presentazione dell’evento. I primi ospiti, due rappresentanti canadesi ed uno statunitense dell IWW ( PER APPROFONDIRE LEGGI ), hanno cominciato a riempire la sede, primi arrivi di un gruppo di una sessantina di ospiti.
A spiegarci il programma e le motivazioni dell’iniziativa sono stati Angelo Mulé e Massimiliano Ilari.

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May 11 2018 13:46

Some good stuff from the Google Translation of the interview with CNT's Secretary of Foreign Affairs melenas posted above.

Miguel Pérez wrote:
In what fields do you think that the New International is more likely to be useful to workers?

As I said before, it is time for our international organizations to start making positive contributions to the development of their local sections. From the moment that anarcho-syndicalism and revolutionary syndicalism are no longer useful, but necessary for workers and workers from all over the globe, an International that contributes to their development and settlement can only be positive. In this sense, sharing experiences, training and resources would be a first step in many cases.

In addition, often working conditions, wages and life in a territory are determined by the place it occupies in a global chain of production and consumption. An international organization is in a position to provide perspective and analysis to this global structure and to provide the framework in which to plan a response. There is no doubt that our resources will be very limited in this regard for a long time, but the objective is to move forward so that we can tackle the response to large global processes.

Finally, in the sense of the above, international solidarity has to materialize in acts that go beyond issuing communiqués or holding pickets of solidarity. The concrete form of this solidarity will depend, of course, on each particular case, on the needs of the sections involved, etc. but the new International should tend to propose joint processes and projects that respond to these needs according to their possibilities. These cases should be addressed with imagination, creativity and resolution and in that sense, the role of the relationship committee can be fundamental in facilitating these processes.

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May 11 2018 13:36

^^^^^ Candidly, there didn't need to be a split to provide for this.

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May 11 2018 14:09

Comrade, aren't you substituting the idea of the IWA for a/syndicalist internationalism? I think the facts speak for themselves: a long-running acrimonious internal dispute (that benefited nobody), 90+% of the IWA taking the position that the international structures couldn't function, the lack of coordination with non-IWA revolutionary syndicalist organisations across the world. Why do an organisation's initials matter so much?

We'll see how far the new international does in living up to the aims described above. But they're achievable with good will and participation. And this sort of thing needs to happen if we're to live up to our ideas!