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5th Conference of the NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists
18 Mar 2002
Modified: 20 Mar 2002
Brief Overview of the 5th conference of the NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists, held in Baltimore February 22nd to 24th.
The 5th semi-annual conference of the NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists was held in Baltimore, MD from Friday, February 22 to Sunday the 24. Well over 50 people were in attendance at the conference which saw a significant expansion of NEFAC’s membership as well as a conscious move to develop a serious long-term strategy centered around strategic interventions in concrete areas of the class struggle.
The membership of NEFAC has now expanded to include 8 member collectives and 5 supporter collectives. The member collectives are Sabate (Boston), Roundhouse (Baltimore), Tute Nere (DC), Sophia Perovskaya (Boston), Barricada (Boston), Quebec City Local Union, the Montreal Local Union, and La Bete Noir (Montreal). Supporter collectives are Freyheyt (Toronto), RASH (Montreal), De Cleyre (Philadelphia), Facing Reality (Montreal), and Thomas Payne Park (New York). To these can be added numerous new individual adhesions as both members and supporters.
The most significant development of the conference was the conscious decision to move out of the “activist crisis” mode (summit-hopping and reactive politics) and begin developing a campaign of concerted, long-term interventions in specific areas of the class struggle. After a lengthy discussion regarding what areas to prioritize, it was decided to create three separate caucuses around the issues of housing/gentrification, anti-poverty work, and workplace struggles. The caucuses are to brainstorm on these issues and develop proposals for concrete federation wide interventions in the future.
These issues were chosen as they are issues which affect the daily lives of working people, and thus provide anarchists with an opportunity to conduct struggles which relate to the day to day life of people, serving as gateways to radicalization and a broader rejection of the system as a whole and the building of a revolutionary dual power.
The next significant development was the creation of a permanent women’s caucus to deal with issues relating to gender and patriarchy both within the federation structure, as well as within our organizing and activity. This came following small group discussions around the issues of race and gender, an activity and form of discussion that we hope to see continued at future conferences.
Furthermore, the conference designated Barricada as the International Secretariat collective, as well as the official agitational monthly of NEFAC . There was also a speakers bureau created (to be managed by Roundhouse), a Warchest fund (by Sophia Perovskaya), a working group to re-write the aims and principles, and endorsement of the Festival del Pueblo in Boston, the regional mobilization against the G8 in Ottawa, and mobilizations against the IMF/WB in Washington DC in October.
People overwhelmingly felt that it was a productive and inspiring conference, which was also marked by a direct action in conjunction with ACORN (see Direct Actions Takes Out the Trash article), and marked an important step forward in the development of NEFAC as a stable and mature federation with a clear political program and revolutionary strategy.
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So ....
18 Mar 2002

While you were participating in this event, did you happen to ask ACORN why they thought it was a good idea to be union-busters? Or whether they planned to continue their policy of physically harassing employees who are union organizers? Or whether they had put any thought into whether ACORN will continue its "Fire on Sight" policy for union organizers in its shops?
don't tell
18 Mar 2002
well oscar has one thing right .... ACORN is a buncha union-busting bastards. they been doin the shit for years but recently they've fired organizers in philly, seattle, texas, etc in a big way.

what i can't figure out is why NEFAC or barricada .... even if they did this event with people who work with ACORN .... would keep on publicizing that fact like they were proud of it or sumthin. sure .... the action was pretty good and kudos for it but why you keep on mentioning ACORN and giving them publicity and shit .... especially attatched to your name.

are ya'll just un fuckin informed or do ya'll have some sort of problems with the unions!? damn. do some fuckin research before you run all over publicizing some group.
Get over it already!
19 Mar 2002
Okay, we get it, ACORN are union busters... No one is disputing this. The support we did with ACORN was isolated to one grassroots initiative in the neighborhood where our conference was taking place. Period. We do not uncritically support ACORN. However, we do support the self-activity of the working class and direct action struggles, and are not interested in remaining confined in a purist anarchist ghetto forever. We want to involve ourselves in class and popular struggles, as anarchists, and unfortunately this often means (critically) working with less-than-perfect organizations along the way.
and .....
20 Mar 2002
okie. good. glad to hear it. but what's this shit about 'less than perfect' groups? if you were working with locals as locals and as members of that community thats fuckin awesome and like i said before mucho kudos. but if you were actually working with acorn AS ACORN on purpose on some sorta organizational basis, then that shit is definitely not in any way cool.

and if you werent working with them organizationally why the hell do you keep promoting them and associating them with your name in all of your press releases? that's the part that confuses me. you could just as well have said they were local activists and not have associated union-busters with nefac or even worse with anarcho-communism in general. it makes it look like nefac doesn't either a) know that acorn is doing this shit or b) doesn't care. so, if you were working with local activists because they were local activists not because they were acorn, why go to such great lengths to point out that these local activists were in acorn in two separate press releases?