FAA ending formal relationship with RAC-LA / FAA termina relaciones formales con RAC-LA

Dear friends, comrades, and supporters,

FAA is forced to end its official partnership with RAC-LA because of unresolved concerns about (1) the lack of democratic or horizontalist decision-making within RAC-LA & (2) the failure to exercise internal transparency within RAC-LA, especially with regard to funds. In September 2015, we met with RAC-LA to reach a compromise and/or resolve these problems, and we brought a proposal outlining our suggested solution (see the proposal below). At this meeting the unelected, unofficial leaders of RAC-LA refused to consider any possible compromise or resolution. They have maintained this position ever since.

We remain open to resolving this problem and/or reaching a compromise. However, as long as the self-appointed leadership of RAC-LA refuses to sit down in a respectful manner, as equals, to reach such a compromise or resolution, we are forced to end formal relations between our two groups.

We remain committed to the goals of food justice and the building of communities that are “revolutionary” and “autonomous” in Los Angeles, and we remain supportive of the Sunday food distribution efforts. We regret that this split between our groups has taken place, and we remain open to respectful, good-faith efforts to resolve these outstanding differences.

In solidarity,

The Free Association of Anarchists (FAA)

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F@@ Proposal to Solve Internal RAC Problems

1. Voting.
We propose that all decisions require a vote of all comrades involved or affected. Each comrade gets one vote. Votes can happen at meetings, by email, and at the park (in a circle). Vote totals can be added up and reported at the next meeting, over email, and at the park.

2. Money.
We propose that monthly treasury reports are maintained neatly and shared with comrades. We propose a binder in the RAC space and a report at every meeting.

3. Conflict Resolution.
We propose developing a process for resolving interpersonal conflicts at meetings. We can then use this process to resolve problems and restore damaged relationships. We will propose one possible process at this meeting, but we are open to working within RAC to develop our own process (or processes) together.

4. Work.
We propose asking comrades to sign up for specific tasks for new and ongoing work. After seeing how many comrades sign up for different tasks, we can figure out what work we can realistically accomplish.

Estimados/as amigos/as, compañeros/as, y seguidores/as,

FAA se ve obligado a terminar su asociación oficial con RAC-LA debido a preocupaciones no resueltas sobre (1) la falta de toma de decisiones democráticas y horizontal dentro de RAC-LA y (2) la falla de ejercitar transparencia interna dentro de RAC-LA, especialmente con lo que se refiere a los fondos. En Septiembre del 2015, nos reunimos con RAC-LA para llegar a un acuerdo o resolver estos problemas, y llevamos una propuesta delineando nuestra solución sugerida (encuentre la propuesta abajo). En esta reunión los/las líderes no elegidos/as, no oficiales de RAC-LA se negaron a considerar cualquier posible compromiso o resolución. Ellos/as han mantenido esa posición desde entonces.

Nosotros seguimos abiertos a resolver este problema y/o llegar a un compromiso. Sin embargo, durante el tiempo que el liderazgo autoproclamado de RAC-LA se niegue a participar en una junta de una manera respetuosa, como iguales, para llegar a dicho compromiso o resolución, nos encontramos forcados a terminar relaciones formales entre los dos grupos.

Seguimos comprometidos a los objetivos de la justicia alimentaria y a la construcción de comunidades “revolucionarias” y “autónomas” en Los Angeles y los mantenemos apoyando los esfuerzos de distribución de comida los domingos. Lamentamos que esta separación entre nuestros grupos haya sucedido, y seguimos abiertos a esfuerzos respetuosos y en buena fe para resolver estas diferencias pendientes.

En solidaridad,

La Libre Asociación de Anarquistas (FAA)

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Propuesta de F@@ para Resolver Problemas Internos en RAC

1. Votacíon
Proponemos que todas las decisiones requieran el voto de los compañeros/as involucrados o afectados. Cada compañero/a tiene un voto. Las votaciones pudieran suceder en las reuniones, por correo electrónico, y en un círculo en el parque.

2. Dinero
Proponemos que cada mes haya un reporte nítido de tesorería para compartir con los compañeros/as. Proponemos que haya un folder en el espacio conteniendo los reportes y que se dé un reporte en cada reunión.

3. Resolución de Conflictos
Proponemos que desarrollemos un proceso para poder resolver problemas interpersonales en las reuniones. Podríamos, entonces, usar este proceso para resolver problemas y restaurar relaciones dañadas. Nosotros vamos a proponer un proceso en la reunión, pero estamos abiertos a trabajar con RAC para desarrollar un proceso (o procesos) junto(s).

4. Trabajo
Proponemos pedirles a los camaradas que se enlisten en trabajos específicos para nuevos trabajos y trabajos ya en marcha. Después de ver la lista de apuntes, pudiéramos ver el trabajo que realísticamente podemos lograr.

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New Black Flag Available – Special Issue on the Politics of Oppression

https://theanarchistassociation.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/black-flag-vol-15-fall-20151.pdf

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LA-ABCF: Running Down the Walls 2015!

We Want To Run With You!

On Sunday, September 6th, 2015 at 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Anarchist Black Cross Federation and RAC-LA will host the 5K Run/Walk/Bike around MacArthur Park. Runs with take place in Denver, New York, and other cities. This Run is designed to raise much-needed funds for the ABCF Warchest program and for RAC. We are attempting to reach the goal of $3,500 with the run. Funds will be divided between the two programs:

ABCF Warchest:
The ABCF Warchest program was created in November of 1994. Its purpose is to send monthly financial support to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War (PP/POWs).  The Warchest funds are divided and distributed through monthly stipends to political prisoners who receive little or no financial aid. Prisoners use this money to cover the basic necessities of everyday living. These funds have been used by prisoners to pay for stamps, shoes, clothes, as well as assisting their families with what little they can.

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities (RAC):
In the aftermath of the May Day 2007 police riot targeting migrant workers who dared stand up for our human rights, members of the MacArthur Park area and others joined together to support those with no papers and those with no means. RAC-LA came forward to aid the community in self-organizing such that with the help of each other we might make an inhuman way of living a bit more bearable while at same time acquiring the means to one day transform this system into an image of our own humanity.

If  you are able, we would love for you to organize a Running Down the Walls in your location.  We wish to expand the solidarity runs to more cities and prisons.  In past years we’ve had runs in: Albuquerque (NM), Arcata (CA), Ashland, (OR), Bellefonte (PA), Boston (MA), Connecticut River, Dannemora (NY), Denver, (CO), Detroit (MI), Elmore (AL), Guelph (CAN), Inez (KY), Los Angeles (CA), Marion (IL), Mexico City (MEX), New York City (NY),  USP. Navosta (TX), Pelican Bay (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Sandstone (MN), Tucson (AZ), USP Tucson (AZ), and Toronto (CAN).  Regardless of how you identify politically, your support for RDTW is an important statement of solidarity for all movements for social justice.  We recognize the contributions to the struggle given by a diversity of PP/POW’s imprisoned for their pursuit of liberation.

Let Us Know:
Every year we get runners who are unfamiliar with Political Prisoners and the movements they came from.  We read statements of solidarity from PP/POW’s before each run begins because we want people to run with PP/POW’s issues on their minds

•If you are able to run, please write us and let us know that you can run and your thoughts on the run.
•If you are not able to run, we still want your words, your thoughts, your knowledge and encouragement.
•Please mail us your statements of solidarity as soon as you can.
Stay up & Stay Strong!
–LA-ABCF

Los Angeles Branch Group of the
Anarchist Black Cross Federation (LA-ABCF)
PO Box 11223
Whittier, CA 90603

la@abcf.net

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New Black Flag – Summer 2015 – Available Now

Click on the drop-down menu labeled “Projects” (near the top of the page) and select “Black Flag.”

Or just click on this link: https://theanarchistassociation.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/blck-flag-vol-14-summer-2015.pdf

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5 Reasons to Give This Month: A Message from Our RAC-LA Comrades

5 Reasons to Support RAC-LA This Month

Read on or CLICK HERE (http://bit.ly/1HHjZeV) ANYTIME TO DONATE via our secure PayPal link.

Reason #1: RAC-LA is one of the only completely-grassroots efforts in LA to directly uplift the least empowered. Nearly all of the people served by our weekly giveaway of 150+ boxes of free organic food are poor, homeless, or recently-immigrated people of color. All of our work is a volunteered labor of love, with no government support and no corporate underwriting.

Reason #2: The Community Center run by RAC-LA and its partners is YOUR resource. It provides a radical-friendly safe space for organizing, community enrichment, education, and outreach. We welcome our partners-in-struggle to make use of it. Contact John at johnaimani3@gmail.com (English) or Melva at racateers@gmail.com (Ingles y Espanol) to find out how.

Reason #3: RAC-LA and its partners do their best to support YOU. RAC members and participants support and participate in all sorts of progressive and radical social causes locally, including efforts to stop police violence; end state surveillance; eliminate poverty; and defend and liberate the poor, womyn, queer people, trans people, immigrants, people of color, homeless people, non-human animals, and all other oppressed or exploited beings. We fight alongside you, and we support your efforts. We ask for your help in a spirit of mutual respect and mutual aid.

Reason #4: Every penny donated to RAC-LA helps support our food program or our community-empowering programs at the Community Center. Whether it’s the direly-needed food program or our ever-evolving-and-expanding-programming at the Community Center—including our free tutoring sessions, free classes, free study groups, and free cultural events—every donation to RAC-LA is a re-investment in the community and its struggle for peace, freedom, equality, and prosperity.

Reason #5: WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU. RAC-LA has no formal roster and no official leadership. We are of, for, and by the community. Everyone who works with us, supports us, and/or gives to us is—in ways big or small—a part of RAC-LA. In other words, you are RAC-LA. We are forever grateful for all of your help, and we can’t succeed in our efforts without your ongoing support.

Please consider donating now: http://bit.ly/1HHjZeV

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Study Group This Saturday, June 13th, @ 3 Worlds Cafe

We’re continuing the Lexicon series–this week’s topic is White Supremacy. Download the reading here: http://anarchiststudies.org/lexicon-pamphlet-series/lexicon-white-supremacy/
No previous knowledge is assumed and no homework is assigned—just coffee and good discussion among comrades.
WHAT: F@@ Study Group on White Supremacy
WHEN: Saturday, June 13th, 2015.  3:30pm for coffee and snacks. 4pm reading/discussion begins.
WHERE: 3 Worlds Café, 3310 S Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011
WHY: Because, in the sage words of Angela Davis, “racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.”

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Please Help Support the RAC Community Center in the New Year: A Message from RAC-LA

Please Help Support the RAC Community Center in the New Year: A Message from RAC-LA

Friends, contacts, and comrades,

We are very grateful for the ongoing support we’ve received in the past year, and we wish to thank all of our supporters for their generous gifts, donations, and volunteer labor.

In 2015, RAC-LA is continuing to build community power and local self-reliance through the mutual aid food program in MacArthur Park. As always, we need your support to continue and expand our work, and—most urgently—to help fund our community center (2515 W. 7th St.), which we’re working hard to develop into a 7-day-a-week resource for the community.

Please consider donating through our secure PayPal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JEXQA6K5YVBM8

 

Current Programs/Works-in-Progress at the Community Center Include:

–Free academic tutoring for local students on Thursday afternoons.

–Affordable, healthy food available to the community in-between Sunday food giveaways.

–A safe, inclusive community meeting space available to local groups and collectives.

Plans for Upcoming Programs at the Community Center Include:

–Expanded tutoring services 7 days a week.

–Expanded food access programs.

–Literacy programs/English classes.

–Women’s/Community self-defense classes.

–Legal clinics/advising services.

The Free Association of Anarchists (F@@) would also like to thank RAC for its help in planning and carrying out our 2014 Skid Row X-Mas Day Clothing and Breakfast Giveaway, which was the biggest and most-organized yet. The community center was integral in storing and sorting clothes.

All of these programs, in-progress or still in the planning stages, can only happen with your support.

 

How You Can Help

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Melva (English and Spanish) at racateers@gmail.com for more info.

 

To make the community center possible, we need to pay the rent, electricity, and maintenance costs.  RAC is completely grassroots and community-run. We make no profits. We receive no government support and no corporate sponsorship.

 

Everything we do is made possible by community efforts, RAC member commitment, and generous support from donors like you.

 

Please consider donating through our secure PayPal link here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JEXQA6K5YVBM8

 

Every gift made to RAC goes to maintaining the food program, the community center, and all of the other desperately-needed programs we are trying to institute there—programs run by, and for, some of the least-served communities in our city.

 

What is RAC-LA?

Revolutionary Autonomous Communities, Los Angeles (RAC-LA) is a totally grassroots community organization that runs a weekly Food Program on Sundays, 10am-5pm, in MacArthur Park.  RAC was founded in the aftermath of the brutal police crackdown on the immigrant rights march of May 1st, 2007.

 

The food program empowers the local community to feed itself, aiding with the distribution of more than 150 boxes of free, organic food per week. The program serves an ethnically diverse cross-section of the most under-served members of the community, including the poor, the homeless, and the recently-immigrated.

 

Community members themselves are the backbone of RAC, working in concert with local activists to get this critical work done.

 

Thank you for all of your support, and please keep us in your thoughts for donations and volunteering.

A better world is possible, and we can get there together. Venceremos!

 

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