WSF (1996): “The Spanish Revolution (1936- 7): A New World In Their Hearts”

WSF (1996): “The Spanish Revolution (1936- 7): A New World In Their Hearts”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

REMEMBER THE REVOLUTION
The 19th of July marked the 60th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution. For a brief time, capitalism and the State was replaced by solidarity, mutual aid, and respect for others. Workers and peasants, who were deeply influenced by anarchist ideas, ran society collectively and gained control over their lives, industry and land. A central part of the revolution was the struggle against a fascist attempt to take over Spain.

We must remember both the magnificent triumphs and tragedies of the Spanish revolution and attempt to learn from our comrades mistakes.

WORKERS AND PEASANTS ORGANISE
Anarchist- Syndicalist ideas had deep roots among Spanish peasants and workers. In 1911, a massive revolutionary trade union federation, Continue reading

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WSF (1996): “International Anarchist/Syndicalist News”

WSF (1996): “International Anarchist/Syndicalist News”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

Anarchist Students Jailed in Greece:

(From: Workers’ Solidarity Movement/ Ireland).

More than 100 Greek students, self- described Anarchists, have been given prison sentences ranging from 4- 40 months by the courts. This followed a three day occupation of the Athens Polytechnic in November 1995. More than 2000 protesters took refuge in the Polytechnic following clashes with the police on November 17, the anniversary of a bloody student uprising against the 1967- 1974 military dictatorship.

The media attempted to portray the occupation Continue reading

WSF (1996): “Don’t Wait For The Government! The Poor Must Take Back The Land”

WSF (1996): “Don’t Wait For The Government! The Poor Must Take Back The Land”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

The land question will be the site of massive struggle in the future. Since 1652, the colonial and apartheid governments have dispossessed the indigenous people of the land in favour of rich White farmers.

WAR AGAINST THE POOR
Today 60 000 mainly white farmers own about 87% of all land. But 68% of the rural population (mainly African and Coloured working- class people) live in extreme poverty. Labour control is extremely violent and unions rare. Unemployment is very high, as machines are used to replace workers.

In the bantustans, the chiefs control access to land and use this power to extract labour and taxes from working and poor people. They use their connections with the government to enrich themselves and enforce their rule. Women are denied access to land on the grounds of so-called tradition.

Whatever the role of the chiefs may have been in pre- colonial times, it is clear that they spent the twentieth century as allies of the racist capitalist state. The actions of these so- called “Bantu Authorities” are well known in the reserves.

Heavy use of chemicals on the “White” farms, and land shortages in the reserves, have led to massive environmental degradation. This worsens the conditions of the workers and the poor.

CAN THE RDP DELIVER?
The ANC- led government’s land reform policy is totally inadequate for the task at hand. Continue reading

WSF (1996): “Manifesto Of The Workers Solidarity Federation”

WSF (1996): “Manifesto Of The Workers Solidarity Federation”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

DOWN WITH CAPITALISM, THE STATE AND ALL OPPRESSION!
Capitalism and the State are the main cause of all oppression. Racism and sexism divide the working class, and help the bosses rule and super-exploit us and nature.

All social wealth is produced by us- the workers and poor. But we, the majority of the people, suffer terrible poverty and have no real control over our own lives. Instead, we are bossed around and exploited by the tiny ruling class: capitalists, military leaders, top State officials, professional politicians.

The State (courts, army, police, and government bureaucracy) is a centralised tool of the ruling class. It can never be used to create freedom for the majority.

MASS ACTION AND REVOLUTION FOR STATELESS SOCIALISM (ANARCHISM)!
In place of divisions among the workers and the poor, we want to transform the trade unions and civics into revolutionary bodies.

In place of the swindle of elections, we are for mass action and revolution against the capitalists, the State, and all oppression.

But we do not want the Soviet system that existed in Russia and China. This was not real socialism- it was Communist Party dictatorship and State- capitalism.

In place of exchanging one group of bosses for another, we want workers power through the unions and civics. Individuals should be free to act as they choose so long as they do not hinder the freedom of others. In place of capitalism and the State, we want Stateless Socialism (Anarchism). A free, equal society based on grassroots democracy in the factories and the community, and defended by a democratic workers army. This society can only be created by the mass of the people fighting in their own interests.

THE ROLE OF OUR ORGANISATION!
The Workers Solidarity Federation supports all struggles against oppression and exploitation. We aim to educate and organise the workers and the poor to make the revolution in their own name. We work within existing trade unions. We do not want to rule the masses or change society from above.

We proudly stand in the mass tradition of Anarchism/ Syndicalism. Our movement has historically attracted millions world-wide, because it serves the needs of the workers and poor, not the power- seekers and exploiters. If you agree with our aims, join us!

WSF (1996): “Editorial” to “Workers Solidarity” volume 2, number 2

WSF (1996): “Editorial”  to “Workers Solidarity” volume 2, number 2

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 2, third quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

Welcome to the latest Workers’ Solidarity: The Voice of Anarchist Syndicalism. This is the paper of the Workers Solidarity Federation.. We stand for mass action and revolution by the workers and the poor to smash capitalism, the state and all forms of oppression. We stand for Stateless Socialism (Anarchism).

The land question is a burning issue relevant to millions of poor and working- class Black people. We say: don’t wait for the government! The poor must seize the land.

July 19 marks the 60th anniversary of the Anarchist- inspired Spanish Revolution of 1936. This important event is discussed later in the paper. We also have articles on: fighting racism, the student movement, women’s rights, and news of international struggles.

Local Subscriptions a year R4 a year (including postage) Write to us for further Information on Anarchism and the Workers’ Solidarity Federation at:
WSF, PO Box 1717 Rosettenville, Johannesburg, 2130, Gauteng, South Africa.
WSF, PO Box 61853, Bishopsgate, Durban, 4008, Kwa Zulu- Natal, South Africa..
E- Mail: wsf_sa@geocities.com.

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WSF (1996): “International Anarchist Conference”

WSF (1996): “International Anarchist Conference”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 1, first quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

The red and black flag of Anarchism flew high in Spain in August 1995. The occasion was an international conference of class- struggle Anarchists and anti- authoritarian socialists.

More than 100 delegates were present. The comrades came from many countries, including Italy, France, Switzerland, Lebanon, Poland, Ireland, Sweden and Spain. The conference included debates about the unions, and discussions on the way forward in the fight against racism and other oppression. Continue reading

WSF (1996): “Fight Squatter Evictions”

WSF (1996): “Fight Squatter Evictions”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 2, number 1, first quarter 1996. Complete PDF is here

The last few months of 1995 have seen a wave of attempts by government structures to evict squatters in Gauteng. There are about 7 million squatters in South Africa.

In June 1994, the State, civic organisations and squatters agreed to call a moratorium on land invasions and evictions. According to this agreement, squatters settled before June 1994 would not face eviction. All land invasions after this period would be illegal. This agreement has been used to attack squatter communities.

MOFFAT PARK

Squatters were evicted from Moffat Park in south Johannesburg by the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. These actions were supported by conservative (White) residents Continue reading