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EDITORIAL: Reviewing The Principle Of Solidarity And FDP
09 May 2002
Modified: 10 May 2002
As if we need another commentary on FDP...however, I have nothing but positive to say
There is a sort of psychology that develops in the anarchist movement that I personally despise. Often, when one wants to maintain a radical image, but doesn't actually participate in radical organizing, the quickest way to rationalize the non-participation is to tear down the event or the people who do radical organizing. Why would you do direct action if the events are so faulty? And to place the burden on those who are actively organizing, taking risks, and dealing with consequences is I believe antithetical to the principle of solidarity. I think it is important for those people to review the principle of solidarity and what it means to them and the social revolution. I'm noticing this frequently, and it seems to be more exaggerated and apparent from the reaction to FDP.
I am someone from NJ that attended FDP and organized within my affinity, and let me tell you all that our group had a blast. Me and my comrades are having trouble understanding why there is such an inordinate amount of criticism being leveled. Since all the debate seems focused on negativity, here are the reasons I personally came out of FDP viewing it as a success.

1. There was direct action on the day of action without any arrests. You can measure it quantitatively and say more could have happened, but what did happened went without a hitch and that is more than what happens in the everyday.
2. The Wake Up The Earth Festival was fun and showed to the community that the anarchist community is not as scary as the corporate media would have you believe.
3. The May Day march had a large attendance.
4. I left workshops knowing more than when I had walked into them.
5. Crimethinc and Barricada were working together! :)
6. (AND THE MOST IMPORTANT!) I got the chance to hang out with and enjoy the company of people who I normally only have formal and working relationships with.

The faults of the event in total should be chaulked up as learning experiences for the next time it happens. After all, this was the first time anyone had attempted anything like this. EXPECT MISTAKES! And for those who are overtly critical...well, now YOU know what YOU have to do to make an FDP that YOU feel would be more effective. Thank you all who put your energy into FDP. Desiderata had a blast, and we hope a constructive debate can produce a bigger and badder FDP (or events like it) in the future. Onward!
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09 May 2002
Thank you so much. After spending months doing work, and a week and a half with no sleep, I was begining to wonder if I should ever do anything with the anarchist community again. It's nice to hear that someone had a good time. While I agree with many of the criticisms, many are not true and sometimes really rude. FDP was understaffed and underfunded, venues cancelled on us, cops were pressuring every community group we worked with, bands were cancelling, the list goes on, but we did the best that we could. WE tried to give people a place to stay and a good meal and hoped that they learned something. Next time, if there is one, it will be better, but that means we need Boston activists to be more involved. I had lot's of people from Boston come up to after and say that they would help next time, so please do! I'm bad at endings so everyone who came, hope you enjoyed it, the first time is always tough let's work on it and make it better.
next chance
10 May 2002
crimethinc is putting on an anarchist circus this summer that will be going through boston for a few days. this is a chance, coming soon to do even more and learn from the experience of fdp. please check out the site, or get in contact with me if you're interested in getting involved. to anyone who was involved with organizing fdp you're input would be extremely helpful for this event. even if you're not up to committing as much time and energy as you did for fdp again, just some info would be appreciated. please get in contact. thanks.