Some more to add to our #introductions post which would be good to know about us.
Our core values and foci are as follows:
- Anarchist communism
- African focus
- LGBTQ+ rights
- Solidarity with other organisations
- Direct democracy
These have been ratified and agreed upon on by all of our members.
(tiny voice) also defining what Anarchism is
@Nikolai_Kingsley what do you mean?
@yac_ct fuck yeah welcome to the fedi! glad to have you here
@liaizon thanks!! We have had the idea to join for a while but we only recently organised a social media working group to do it haha
@yac_ct whats the anarchist presence like in cape town?
@liaizon due to our young age (as people and as an organization) we are not fully connected with the rest of the activist scene as of yet. However, we have links with one other anarchist specific group here, and there are other general socialist groups here as well. The main anarchist organisation here, as far as we can ascertain, is the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, but they are mostly active in Johannesburg and Makhanda as far as I know (i.e not so much here)
@liaizon there are many social movements that have bottom up structures and that we support, such as Abahlali BaseMjondolo, but I think there are fewer specifically anarchist organisations. This is part of the reason that we decided to start our own youth anarchist organisation.
@yac_ct this is great to hear thanks for the thoughtful response. Do yall have a physical space there to organize in?
@liaizon there are some activist centers and places where bigger organizations go, but we are just meeting in each other's houses. We are looking into using community halls for meetings too. Currently we are quite small so it isn't too much of an issue for us
@yac_ct interessting. Post some stuff about daily live and how all goes. And welcome on Mastodon 🌍
@yac_ct you said you follow the Platformist tradition, is the collective associated with the Zabalaza Anarcho-Communist Front?
@GreenandBlack no, we are not affiliated in any official capacity. Many of our members do agree with them and we run reading groups with some of their Anarchist Political School pamphlets.
I would add that we follow the platformist tradition mostly with regards to the 4 principles of platformism (unity of theory & tactics, collective responsibility, and federalism), but we do not aim to be *the* platform or general union of anarchists.
@yac_ct good to know! Do you work with any other groups or organizations in Cape Town like Abahlali baseMjondolo or the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign?
@GreenandBlack there are some other small groups that we work with but we are not very established in the activist scene due to our young age (of the members and of the group itself).
I am not sure to what extent Abahlali has a presence in Cape Town, if they have one at all. I heard about an incident in which an Abahlali organizer was assassinated by government (I think) for attempting to start a branch in Philliphi, so I'm not sure if they've done anything here beyond that. (1/2)
@GreenandBlack we wholeheartedly support the struggles of these people and will be hoping to get in touch with some local squat groups and organisations soon. Our members come from the suburbs and we are privileged so these struggles do not affect us personally and we are not involved in them directly. We have been made aware of a specific struggle by some students in a school to try and get a brick school built instead of shipping containers, so hopefully we can connect... (2/n)
@GreenandBlack with them and see in what ways we can help. So far we have taken part in the climate protests and facilitated one reading group, with another planned. It can be slow progress at times because the majority of our members are in high school so we do not have as much free time as we would like.
@GreenandBlack We are just getting off the ground so there's a long way ahead and many potential ideas of things to do!! We are all excited to learn and help out wherever we can.
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