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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Joint Statement: A discussion process between AL and CGA (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:55:35 +0300
Faced with the generalized hardening of the social and political situation, Alternative
Libertaire (AL) and the Coordination of Anarchist Groups (CGA) began a few months ago a
process of discussion of which one of the possible outcomes is a unification, with the
foundation of a new libertarian communist organization. For more than fifteen years our
two organizations have participated, separately or jointly, in many fronts of common
struggles, while keeping their specificities. ---- The capitalist attacks and the social
retreats they cause considerably weaken the camp of the workers. It is all the more
difficult, in this context, to mobilize against the reinforcement of the repressive and
security apparatus - permanent state of emergency, anti-terrorist laws, criminalization of
the social movement, police squaring of the popular districts -, against the hunting of
the migrants, or against the fascist and reactionary danger.
With the defeat of the movement against the labor laws in 2016-2017, and the difficulties
of this spring to counter attacks at the SNCF and the university, the social movement
seems to be out of strategy. Yet the class struggle continues, as evidenced by many local
and sometimes victorious strikes and struggles. But for the past ten years, these
scattered resistances have struggled to coalesce into a vast resistance movement capable
of reversing the balance of power with the state and capitalism.
The implication of social anarchists and libertarian communists in social struggles is
therefore more than ever necessary. Our task is immense, we can not be satisfied with
defeatist lamentations or, conversely, with triumphalist proclamations that would obscure
the importance of long-term political work.
Unity is strength
Even though it is currently in difficulty, the social and trade union movement remains a
key player in the construction of a possible counter-attack. Because it brings together
the most proletariat in all its diversity, whether in companies or neighborhoods. Because
it is the embryo of a possible collective appropriation of the means of production without
which there is no conceivable anticapitalist revolution.
This is why the libertarian communists and social anarchists make it the essential vehicle
of their revolutionary strategy. Without forming a maneuvering faction, they strive to
bring about federalist, self-managing and anti-patriarchal and anti-racist practices. They
and they defend a policy of building struggles by the base, away from the bureaucratic
routine of the dirigiste, the electoral illusions as the agitation of ultra-left
incantatory and no tomorrow.
However, the libertarian current can not be limited to act anonymously within the social
and trade union movement. He is also responsible for developing an organization that gives
visibility to the anti-capitalist and self-managing project we carry.
A delimited process
It is on these shared observations that AL and the CGA began, since February 2018, a
process of discussion with a view to a possible rapprochement of our organizations.
An endless discussion would turn empty. AL and the CGA have therefore developed a precise
roadmap with successive discussion points and verification points, each to ensure
collective control of the process. It should last about a year and, if it ends, lead to a
joint congress that will decide whether or not unification. A congress is the choice of a
transparent process, with the participation of everyone, far from "staff negotiations "
and underhand deals. AL and the CGA have behind them a history, a functioning, practices,
guidelines developed collectively ; only a congress has the legitimacy to modify them.
The process of discussion between AL and the CGA may be open to other libertarian or
revolutionary anarchist communist groups.
Libertarian Alternative (AL) and Coordination of Anarchist Groups (CGA)
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