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Summery of proposals received at time of going to print
This summery is for ease of reading, apologies if it doesn’t exactly match original intention of proposals, there will be space at gathering for proposer to elaborate.
Anti-capitalist bloc at the March 26th Demo
Digital security for activists session to encourage secure organising
Organise networks to resist Austerity cuts by sector, eg welfare, education etc
Network X elect 2 spokespeople, rotating and recallable
That no group can call themselves network X
Not to attempt to reach consensus on matters of strategy and tactics
Discuss when where to have next network X gathering, how regular
Consider a broad set of basic principles for unity
Consider drafting a statement of intent text representing the people who attended this network X gathering
To produce a bulletin to distro at critical points of contestation to build class consciousness
Direct Action training events to skill up
Consider how to better support people arrested at future actions
Assist the formation of peoples assemblies as a space to unite local struggles
Consider how to build solidarity towards a European wide general strike
1) We would like to encourage people to make decisions in small groups utilising consensus, there will be a workshop on sunday 9-10am as we expect decisions will not be likely on saturday, there will also be guides to using consensus and you can always ask one of the organisers if you are unsure or have concerns.
2) We are trying to avoid making decisions as one gathering this weekend, and encourage people to see this as an opportunity to do it themselves, no permission or necessity for ‘Network X’ to sign off on anything. There will be plenty of space to announce those plans, discussions, strategies and organisations that have been proposed, and will come out of the weekend, to the whole gathering. And to develop them and use Network X as a platform for their success.
Proposals will be introduced at the afternoon session of the Saturday – ‘What is Network X’, see agenda – and will inform the discussions there. These discussions may lead to new proposals – or no proposals – which will be typed up Saturday evening and printed ready for Sunday.
The proposals below are split into the three sessions within which they will be discussed – Politics, Organisation, and Strategy. They are to discussed on the day, and we encourage people to not out rightly reject any, but to look for positives to be brought together.
BE AWARE. The gathering may decide not to make binding decisions on any proposals, but instead minute and develop them.
THEY WILL ONLY BE PUT INTO THE PRINTED AGENDA FOR SATURDAY IF THEY ARE 150 WORDS OR LESS. IF THEY ARE MORE THEY WILL HAVE TO BE INTRODUCED ON THIS WEBSITE AND BY WORD OF MOUTH. PROPOSALS FOR THIS AGENDA WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THURSDAY MIDNIGHT, AS WILL AMENDED PROPOSALS.
A series of Admin proposals
a) Network X will gather nationally once every 6 months.
b) We will have rotating spokespeople, two from each region minimum (ideally gender split) to be part of an agenda working group.
c) That it will be open to any who wish to join as long as they agree with our principles and act according to the decisions made by the Network.
d) We choose 2 spokes for the next 6 months and 2 for the 6 months after so that there can be an effective handover prior to spokespeople changing.
e) They will be instantly recallable.
“The proposal is intended to address the issues of autonomy, creativity,
decentralisation and the harmful effects of overusing consensus decision making.
I propose the following organisational principle of ‘critical plurality’:
1. We will not try to reach consensus on matters of strategy* and tactics, although
critical discussions of such issues are very important.
2. Political principles are only decided for the sake of clarity for people outside
the movement rather than creating a harmful conformity. As a group we unite under
common broad aims and we respect and support all elements of the group with
differing views and methods of achieving that aim.
*By ‘strategy’ I mean theoretical plan of resistance, rather than actions
themselves, there is a group of ‘strategy proposals’ that I think would more
correctly be called ‘action and creation proposals’.”
The austerity measures are attacking different sectors of the working
class at different times and in different ways, we should therefore organise in networks per sector so as to best co-ordinate resistance to the austerity measures. We propose that as a starting point sectors should be:
General (for everything else)
and that when large enough groups emerge in the General network we should create new networks for different sectors. They will allow us to confront each of the austerity measures directly as they affect us.
Structure of Network X
Like it is now, a group that calls and facilitates the gatherings, could
be Ninja in Manc, could be any one of the groups that comes to visit, and is simply facilitating the formation of tactical and objective-lead spaces. i.e general strike coming up – lets gather (all locally most probably) and plan our tactics and affinity groups and blocks.
The need for precautions and safety mechanisms online and with mobile devices is pressing. This includes:
– secure email addresses (e.g. Aktivix, Riseup);
– browsing security and protecting your IP address (e.g. GoogleSharing plugin);
– a protocol about using Facebook (it should be used for outreach only and to inform about public meetings, actions, events);
– the implications of carrying and use of mobile phones to be raised.
Set up a working group to support and facilitate security, and facilitate responses to security issues and future proposals.
The economic policies of both this Government and the previous one are both fundamentally flawed for the same reason. The previous Labour Government borrowed massively during the boom years and the current Conservative-Liberal Coalition Government is cutting massively during a recession, or at the least a stuttering recovery. A Keynesian approach of counter-cyclical interventionism tells us that the Government should save money during a boom so it can create jobs and demand during a recession. The role of the Government must be to implement economic policies specifically designed to allow it to negate the worst excesses of global capitalism, manifest in the kind of financial crisis and subsequent recession that the Government now uses to justify these ideologically driven cuts. The depth and speed of these cuts is unprecedented and the outcome will be a slow jobless recovery if not a ‘double dip’ recession. Having said this, the Coalition line that this is the ‘inevitable’ budget because of the Labour ‘mess’ left to them is simply not true, whilst our public debt levels are unsustainable in the long term, they could be sustained in the short-medium term. The ‘markets’ are far more concerned about the existential crisis of the Eurozone. The economic policies of the Government are a reckless gamble with the British economy when we teeter on the edge of being plunged back into recession when the cuts hit next year, the cuts must therefore be stopped.
Proposal from the London committee of The Commune (under 150 words):
Since we cannot hope to beat cuts by organising ‘actions’ ourselves,
part of our role should be to propagandise for our ideas amongst the working-class for mass, self-organised direct action, and against capitalism (not just against cuts). We should produce printed (and
other) material with this aim; politically honest, low on jargon, and
based on real working-class experience (not just giving ‘the line’).
* We should produce a Network bulletin which can be distributed to
relevant section of the working class at potential flash points: e.g.
6th form students in early February, council workers before April. We
should distribute it nationally.
* We should encourage any industrial networks to produce relevant
bulletins, and support their distribution. Bulletins could
potentially also be produced for individual work-places or in local
In general, we need to make the case for our politics before a
diverse, working-class audience.
Points of convergence/principles of unity
1) Direct Action – most times actions speak louder than words. The
network facilitates and propagates direct action ideas and tactics which
can be used to support pickets, strikes, economic blockades, days of
action and mobility on mass demonstrations.
2) Solidarity – solidarity with students, workers, and local and
international struggles against austerity
3) Autonomous self-organisation – support for mutual aid and
organisation unreliant on political
4) A commitment to a sustainable commons – this means a focus on
securing a land, resource and atmospheric commons for all, for an
un-financialised, un-marketised access to housing, land, water,
atmosphere, reinforcing a climate justice, anti-privatisation and
Role of Network X
To be a tactical space for likeminded groups and non-aligned people to
come together, share tactics and ideas, give eachoter mutual aid and
solidarity in meeting targetted objectives, to converge on key pressure
points/days of action/strikes/mobilisations
To be as decentralised as possible – tactical spaces set up in
localities, for eg London Network X which can function like a ‘rebel
alliance’ or similar space. People dont say, ‘Im from network X’ but
that they might go to network x mtgs or their group is part of the
network but noone would necessarily be able to represet because the
network is a tactical space and network rather than a group or
To be an inspirational space for political alternatives – a bit like
Zapatismo was not about people following the politics or practices of
the Zapatistas chapter and verse, but about an attraction and
inspiration to and by the ideas of the movement.
To have regular gatherings focusing on key events – the March TUC demo,
any strikes, student mobilisations, Govt votes or proposals going
PROPOSAL POLITICAL – AGAINST CAPITALISM, FOR LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISM
We are against all forms of capitalism whether private, state or
self-managed. While privatisation is often the form in which attacks on the working class takes – using the transfer of ownership to attack wages, working conditions or the social wage, this is equally the case when
industries are nationalised or mutualised (cf. Northern Rock in the UK, or Mondragon in Spain). As such our interests lie in opposing all attacks on the working class, not just specific forms of legal ownership.
The current crisis and the austerity measures being enacted internationally are a crisis of capitalism, not simply of the financial sector or public sector finances. Responding to austerity means fighting against what is just a new wave of attacks on the working class, in continuity with previous governments and crises. Concessions and reforms to capitalism can only be
won via sustained class struggle, the disruption of the economy and every day life. We have no interest in the management of capitalism, and our response to this crisis should be focused on the material attacks, not diverted into the realm of public policy via tax evasion and bonuses – even if those two were ‘fixed’ they would not halt austerity measures, nor remove the inherent exploitation of capitalism.
We support the actions of our class in our own interests. We are opposed to all those who claim to be our representatives, like the trade unions or political parties which seek to manage capitalism supposedly on our behalf.
Workplace struggles often begin within the official structures of the trade unions, but as with the recent student protests, union leadership and structures are incapable of taking action which threatens their position as representatives – whether this is expressed by legal restrictions on strike action, ‘criminality’ of tactics such as occupations, or the fact that the interests of union leaders are not the same as, and are often opposed to,
In place of capitalism we want a classless, stateless and moneyless society based on solidarity, co-operation and the principle ‘from each according to ability, to each according to need’ – a libertarian communist society.
REGIONAL DIRECT ACTION TRAINING CAMPS
While the recent surge in direct action has been exciting and inspiring,
it is also true both that, as police oppression increases, we will find
it more challenging to take effective direct action, and that
inexperienced activists have risked themselves and others on recent
actions through ill-preparedness.
We would propose a series of regional direct action training camps,
focused on training as many activists as is possible in effective
direct action skills and tactics. For this movement, a focus on urban
direct action would probably be preferable.
We would like to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this proposal,
how it fits into our wider understanding of the movement, and how it
could be taken forward. We suggest the formation of an initial working
group to discuss financing, potential scheduling, potential locations,
and training sources, followed by 2-4 regional working groups (depending
on capacity) to plan each training camp autonomously.
Proposal on creating People’s Assembles for the Network X strategy strand.
Submitted by A World to Win.
We support the view put forward in the call for this weekend that it is not just the cuts but capitalism itself that is the problem, and we think this challenge can be addressed by a strategy based on creating People’s Assemblies.
People’s Assemblies can become a democratic alternative to the failed, undemocratic political and economic system.
Delegates to Assemblies will represent ordinary people’s interests, whether they are young or old, in work or unemployed, in the public or private sectors, trade unionists, women, students, anti-capitalist political groups, minorities and community groups.
Communities whose services and living standards are being attacked by the Con-Lib coalition as part of their rescue package for the capitalist economic system, need a way of moving beyond resistance towards a direct challenge to the state.
A network of People’s Assemblies can facilitate a transition to a democratic society based on cooperation and self-determination in place of profit and corporate power.
People will want to decide the way forward for their own local assembly, but the main thing is to challenge the lie that there is no alternative to the capitalist system. Some of the things they could do are:
* defend communities against closures, evictions, and job losses
* campaign against the transfer of services to corporations and
* fight for democracy and a charter of rights
* campaign for action on climate change
* oppose war and the secret state
* struggle against racism and attacks on minority communities
* build international links with movements and people in other
* make plans for not-for-profit economic and financial models
* develop models of democratic power to replace the present state.
Local and regional People’s Assemblies would aim to democratise British society as a whole in new ways:
Co-ownership of resources. The key areas of the production and financial process, including land, power, transport and mineral resources would transfer from private shareholder ownership into forms of co-ownership.
These resources would be held in trust by locally-elected bodies and placed under democratic control.
The workplace. All workers should have the right to democracy at work, whether in a factory, hospital, call centre, in public transport, civil service, local government, offices, shops, schools, colleges or university.
All major decisions would require the consent of the workforce.
Self-management would be encouraged in place of hierarchies.
Education. School, college and university students and staff would have the right to jointly plan and run their institutions.
In an economy which depends on the ?ows of capital, commodities and information, the economic blockade is one of the most effective ways that students, precarious workers and the unemployed can participate in the struggle.
By blocking roads, businesses, transport networks and other parts of the economy we can spread the struggle to other sections of society, to stop the process of production and build up the pressure against the austerity measures.
We can only win if strikes, street unrest and other forms of direct
action spreads beyond national borders, therefore we will argue for
and work towards an indefinite European general strike. This offers the possibility of defeating the austerity measures and being able to create a different world which puts human needs first.