A declaration from the Anarchist Communist Federation of North America, and a few other assorted documents from 1980.
We live in a world in which the vast majority of people are manipulated and exploited for the benefit of a privileged few. The main goal of the members of these ruling classes is to increase their personal power and wealth by any means necessary. They try to blur the distinction between rich and poor by the use of myth that wealth is available to all. This irresponsible pursuit of economic and political power has brought about not only poverty and unrewarding lives for the vast majority, but threaten the existence of humanity with ecological disaster and nuclear war.
We are anarchists because we oppose the notion that the political state can be used to either protect or promote social revolution. The state is the graveyard of freedom and equality. It means privilege and domination on the one hand, subordination and poverty on the other.
We are communists because we believe that the wealth produced by society rightly belongs to society and not to the few who own and control the machinery of production and distribution of goods and services which have been produced by generations of working people.
As anarchists we recognize that the problems of hierarchy are not only based on the workplace. The habits of obedience and authority stem also from the daily subordination of women to men, children to adults and race to race. In the final analysis no social revolution can succeed without the simultaneous dismantling of all such hierarchical relationships.
We are opposed to the State and ruling classes which dominate every country today. In their place we propose the free federation of autonomous communities and workers' associations united by free agreement. In the struggle to achieve this society of free producers we advocate direct democracy, direct action and autonomy.
We have formed a federation because it is the organizational structure which best promotes the free coordination of activities among self-governing groups.
We urge all who share these goals to work with us.
Adopted July, 1980,
At the Sixth Conference of the
Anarchist Communist Federation of North America
Totally Eclipsed (Jordon Station, Ontario)
Nameless Anarchist Group (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
Syndicalist Alliance (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Rascal (Morgantown, West Virginia)
Resurgence (Champaign, Illinois)
No Limits (Madison, Wisconsin)
Bread and Roses (San Francisco)
Chicago Black and Red (Chicago, Illinois)
Libertarian Workers Group (New York City)
Soil of Liberty (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Creative Urge (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
INDIVIDUALS: All individual members must be affiliated with a federated group. An individual wishing to join the federation must request membership of an affiliated group and it is up to that group to determine whether to associate with a given individual or not. Individual applicants may choose between any of the local groups which will accept her/him. Once in the federation, an individual member may change her/his affiliation, but must always be affiliated with some group.
GOUPS: The base unit of the federation is the local group. A local group shall consist of at least three individual anarchist-communists living within one hour's traveling time of each other, but may include additional members living beyond this radius. Local anarchist groups that wish to affiliate must communicate their desire to federate to all groups presently within the federation. The applicant group has been contacted and has been given an understanding of the federation's principles and goals, the group or its representatives must then attend a conference of the federation in order to allow members from the other groups to meet them personally. After this the federated groups shall decide if they wish to associate with the applicant group.
NO BLOOD FOR OIL!
We of the Anarchist Communist Federation are vehemently and unalterably opposed to draft registration and conscription in whatever country they may occur
THE DRAFT IS SLAVERY
AND CANNOT BE TOLERATED
Once again young workers and students will be forced to risk their lives to maintain the profits of the powerful few. We condemn an economic system which forces youth into the military because no jobs are available.
We will aid and abet anyone engaged in anti-draft struggles or G.I. resistance within the military,
(Issued Spring 1980)