Sunday, May 13, 2007

Principles of the Anti-Capitalist Network of Montreal

We are a network of communication, coordination and collaboration for Montreal-area anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian groups and individuals. The network exists to reinforce our local struggles and day-to-day organizing, in the spirit of openness, respect and solidarity. We come together on the following principles:

- We are anti-capitalist. We aim to abolish capitalism, not to reform it, or accommodate ourselves to it. We oppose capitalism, neo-liberal globalization and imperialism, as they are the pillars of a worldwide economic, political and social system of domination and exploitation of human beings and the earth.

- We are anti-authoritarian. We support horizontal, grassroots organizing, by and for the people who are directly confronting exploitation, oppression and injustice. We are against all states and governments, and we oppose all political parties and NGOs that serve to co-opt social movements within prevailing systems of domination.

- We are anti-colonialist. We recognize that Quebec, Canada and the Americas are stolen land, robbed from indigenous peoples through a process of ongoing genocide. We recognize and support the struggles for self-determination by indigenous peoples throughout the Americas.

- We are against patriarchy. We struggle against a system based on the power and privileges of men and the exploitation of women in the domestic, private, economic, social and political realms. We recognize that women are on the frontline of struggles throughout the world.

- We struggle on the side of all the oppressed and exploited – whether as children, workers, the unemployed, aboriginal peoples, racialized minorities, immigrants, women, queers, transfolk and others. We support struggles for dignity, justice and self-determination by oppressed peoples worldwide.

- We actively struggle against all forms of oppression and domination, including patriarchy, racism, anthropocentrism and heterosexism. We recognize and actively work against these systems of oppression that co-exist with capitalism, as well as against the ecocide of the planet.

- We stand for direct solidarity, autonomy, direct democracy, mutual aid and direct action. We respect a diversity of tactics within our various struggles for social change, liberation and revolution. We assert the right to resist, rebel and fight against all systems of domination and exploitation.

We also endorse the hallmarks of the Peoples' Global Action (PGA) network, as adopted by diverse social movements in Cochabamba, Bolivia in September 2001 :

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive globalisation.

2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.

3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.

4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.

5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.