Abstentionist posters and anarcho-syndicalist perspectives on elections

[Version francophone]

The electoral circus has begun in Quebec.

As anarcho-syndicalists, we believe necessary to promote a systematic abstaining stance. This is why we share here two posters as an answer to statist propaganda and electoralist brainwashing.

The fact that we don’t vote is the logical result of our revolutionary project.

It’s delusional to think that our emancipation will come from parliament. We’ll only be able to realize anarchist communism (only economical and political system that insures our individual and collective emancipation) by organising our struggles in a horizontal, egalitarian fashion… and far away from political parties.

For us, « leftist » parties place social movement’s and well intentioned activists’ energy in an electoralist dead end that offers only disappointment, treason, instrumentalisation, manipulation, lies, illusions, etc. While the electoral machine of the « leftist » parties are being built, minds and thoughts of social movement activist are pushed toward statist alienation and electoral wait-and-see attitude. If there is no capitalism with a human face and if the state is the wheel of our exploitation, then we’ll have to abolish both to be free.

In the end, we stay convinced that we have nothing to expect from the state, it doesn’t matter who’s in power. Both « right » and « left » parties reproduce and support state and capitalism that lean on oppressions and systematic exploitation. Elections contribute to the alienation of our lives.

Download the posters by clicking the links below

Elections everywhere – Text

Elections everywhere – plain poster 
Elections everywhere - Text-1Elections everywhere

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Affiches abstentionnistes et perspective anarcho-syndicaliste sur les élections

[English translation]
Le cirque électoral reprend de plus belle au Québec.

En tant qu’anarcho-syndicalistes, nous croyons nécessaire de promouvoir une position abstentionniste systématique.  C’est pourquoi nous partageons ici deux affiches à diffuser en réponse à la propagande étatique et l’endoctrinement à l’électoralisme.

Notre abstention est la suite logique de notre projet révolutionnaire.

Il est illusoire de croire que notre émancipation viendra du parlement. On ne pourra concrétiser le communisme libertaire (seul système économique et politique garant de notre émancipation individuelle et collective) qu’en organisant nos luttes de manières horizontales, égalitaires… et loin des partis politiques.

Pour nous, les  partis « de gauche » orientent les énergies des mouvements sociaux et de militant-e-s bien intentionnées dans un cul-de-sac électoraliste qui n’offre que déceptions, trahisons, instrumentalisations, manipulations, mensonges, illusions, etc. Tandis que se construit la machine électoral des partis « de gauche », les esprits et les idées des militant-e-s des mouvements sociaux sont orientés vers l’aliénation étatique et l’attentisme électoral. Il n’y a pas de capitalisme à visage humain, l’état est le rouage de notre exploitation. Il faut abolir les deux pour être libre.

En somme, nous restons convaincus que nous n’avons rien à attendre de l’état, peu importe qui est au pouvoir. Tant les partis « de droite » que « de gauche » reproduisent et soutiennent l’état et le capitalisme qui s’appuient sur les oppressions et l’exploitation systématiques.

Les élections contribuent à l’aliénation de nos vies.

Élections partout – texte

Élections partout – Poster

 

 

Stuff Your Sexist Boss doesn’t want you to know – distribution at 2018 Montreal anarchist bookfair

Thanks to the generosity of Solidarity Federation (Britain Section of the International Workers’ Association), we successfully distributed 65 copies of « The Stuff Your Sexist Boss doesn’t want you to know » at 2018 Montreal anarchist bookfair. Copies were on DIRA table. If you liked this pamphlet, you may also want to have a look at other Solidarity Federation publications available at L’Insoumise anarchist bookstore at 2033 Saint-Laurent in Montreal.

Description of the pamphlet taken from Solidarity federation’s Facebook Page

[On April 27th], SolFed [Solidarity Federation abbreviation] [was launching their] new pamphlet called the Stuff Your Sexist Boss (doesn’t want you to know). It is the result of a lot of Solfed members putting together their experiences with organising against sexism in the workplace. With a cover illustration especially drawn by Bahar Mustafa.

Sexism is a constant presence in many workplaces where it can take many forms. From lower pay, to expectations of unpaid work, to sexual harassment by bosses, other workers or customers, sexism means women and workers seen as women are treated unequally on the basis of sex or gender. [Their] new pamphlet looks at the reality of sexism in the workplace and what we can do about it.

As anarcho-syndicalists we favour direct, collective strategies that build and maintain a culture of resistance in the workplace. While it’s not always possible to directly confront sexism at work, there is still much that can be done to make work more bearable and undermine sexist behaviour. Coping strategies can allow workers to deal with things on a personal level while tactics of resistance can help you to actively fight against unequal treatment, objectification, harassment and structural disadvantage. In this way workers can organise and fightback, building a culture of solidarity and support at work, which ultimately means you and others experiencing sexism are less isolated and more likely to win.

ANNULATION / CANCELLED | Forum anarcho-syndicalisme et intersectionnalité / Anarcho-syndicalism and Intersectionality Forum

EDIT: Following a low number of confirmation on Facebook events, the event is cancelled. We’ll organize events in the futur.  // Suite à un faible nombre de confirmation dans les événements Facebook, nous annulons l’événement. Nous organiserons des événements dans le futur.

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Merci de partager! // Thanks for sharing!

Événement Facebook // Event Facebook

Samedi 28 avril 2018
12h30 à 16h30

Bibliothèque anarchiste DIRA, 2035 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal.
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Saturday April 28th
12h30 to 16h30
Anarchist Library DIRA, 2035, Saint-Laurent bld. Montreal.

Continuer la lecture de « ANNULATION / CANCELLED | Forum anarcho-syndicalisme et intersectionnalité / Anarcho-syndicalism and Intersectionality Forum »

Forum | Cahier de textes / Reading notebook

Voilà enfin la compilation des textes soumis et suggérés pour le forum. La date officielle est le samedi 28 avril en après midi. Plus de détails à venir.

Here is at last the list of submitted and suggested texts for the forum. The officiel date is Saturday April 28 in the afternoon. More information to come.

Intersectional pan-unionism by IRESMO
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Le pan-syndicalisme intersectionnel par IRESMO

Texte de F. Jones / F. Jones’ text

Commentaire anonyme / Anonymous comment

Anarcho-syndicalist Trans-Feminism by Piper Tompkins

Lectures additionnelles / Further readings