Student Anarchist Federation is Born!

  • Posted on: 25 April 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>The newly formed Student Anarchist Federation is the culmination of 3 New England Gatherings in Boston. The first meeting had students from over 12 schools and 4 cities. Continual work has produced the following document as a basis for organization. The organization is still very young and is in the process of growing and as a result, the SAF is waiting for additional collectives and regional SAF groups to federate. This is a call out to anarchist students across the country to join us! --Boston Student Anarchist Federation

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Student Anarchist Federation (SAF) Statement of Values

The current capitalist society intentionally limits the availability of education in pursuit of profit. The SAF seeks to actively challenge authority and expand the political space for student power, create student-faculty-staff alliances, and broaden the idea of education. The struggle for a just educational system is an integral part of a larger struggle for a just world.

We, members of the Student Anarchist Federation, strive to build a space for anarchists and sympathizers. Our definition of “student” is not limited by ageist terms or to those attending a college or university. This organization is open to people of all ages who agree with our values, structure, and statement against oppression. The SAF envisions an educational system in which all those desiring to learn be given that opportunity within a communitarian and horizontal organizational framework. We aim to build new, liberated educational structures consistent with our values.

The Student Anarchist Federation identifies as anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, anti-patriarchal, anti-transphobic, anti-ableist, anti-ageist, and against all other forms of oppression. We recognize that all oppression is connected and stand in solidarity with our comrades in the international fight for liberation. We actively promote and practice values of mutual aid, direct democracy, egalitarianism, autonomy, and solidarity in our struggle for a more just and compassionate world.

Organizational Structure

Structure: The structure of the Student Anarchist Federation (SAF) consists of a federation of collectives and geographic regional groups (example Tufts AAC and Boston SAF as being two units). Students who are not part of an individual collective can still be part of a regional organization. Federated groups will agree to the organizational statement of values but will have autonomy to work on local issues as well as unifying for larger campaigns.

Membership: Is open to all people interested in working on issues directly and indirectly involving students. All new members will be given info packets detailing the SAF’s values and anti-oppression principles in addition to related literature. Members are expected to participate in meetings whenever possible and to fulfill the expectations of the anti-oppression and values structure of the organization. It is up to the local collective and regional organization to decide whether individual members are carrying themselves appropriately within the federation. The membership lists will be maintained by local organizations, with numbers published nationally.

Congresses: National Assemblies will occur every year. These will act for the purposes of discussing national strategy and developing more infrastructure and power for Anarchists nationally. Regional congresses are encouraged between collectives and locals. Nothing these congresses decide will be fully binding unless all affiliated regional and collective organizations adopt it. Instead, statements and initiatives will be released as agreed by the congress.

National Working Groups: There will be organizing groups to accomplish specific functions, such as running the website, developing materials, legal support, anti oppression, membership recruitment, retention, and outreach. Other ad hoc groups and caucuses will form to address intersectional issues and campaigns. In order for working groups to be recognized on the website, they must consist of at least 3 members.

Funding: Members will be urged to donate $1-$10 on a monthly basis through Wepay (alternative to Paypal) or in person. This is not required and is based on ability to do so. Funding will go towards materials and website until the first congress further discusses needs.

SAF Statement of Anti-Oppression

1. We acknowledge that power and privilege can play out in our group dynamics in destructive ways. We must challenge supremacist practices which marginalize, exclude, or de-humanize others. Privilege, like power can be used for positive purposes but should be used with awareness and care.
2. We can only identify how power and privilege play out when we are conscious and committed to understanding how white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, and all other systems of oppression affect each one of us. Each person who enjoys privileges granted by systems of prejudicial power (no matter how radical or revolutionary) must recognize the benefits and costs of their privileges. We must take responsibility for our prejudices and actions which perpetuate oppression.
3. We acknowledge that until we have clearly committed to anti-oppression practices, all forms of oppression will continue to divide our movements and weaken our power.
4. We acknowledge that developing anti-oppression practices is a life-long work and requires a life-long commitment. No single workshop is sufficient for learning to change one’s behaviors. We are all vulnerable to being oppressive and we need to continuously struggle with these issues and behaviors.
5. We acknowledge that dialogue and discussion are necessary and we need to learn how to listen non-defensively and communicate respectfully if we are going to have effective anti-oppression practice.
6. We speak only for ourselves, and commit to hearing each other and creating opportunities for all voices to be heard, especially for those that have been historically marginalized or silenced, and for those that continue to be oppressed.

Personal Practices
· I challenge myself to be honest and open and take risks to address racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression and hate head on.
· When I witness or experience oppression or abuse of power, I will interrupt the behavior and address it on the spot or later, either one on one, or with a few allies. I will be encouraging, rather than aggressive.
· I will challenge the behavior not the person. I will be sensitive and promote open dialogue.
· I won’t generalize feelings, thoughts, behaviors, etc. to a whole group.
· I recognize when someone offers criticism around oppressive behavior. I will treat it as a gift rather than challenging the person or invalidating their experience. I shall give people the benefit of the doubt and won’t make assumptions.
· I will acknowledge that the intent of an action may not have been malicious but the impact could have been. I will try not to write off people who make mistakes because I don’t want to be associated with them. I will help them admit what they did and take responsibility for making reparations for their behaviour.
· I will be mindful of how I project myself and my views and how I use body language and tone to assert power and control even without meaning to. I will challenge “macho-bravado” in myself, my friends and in my activism.
· I will respect the community, its space, and the decisions it makes.
· I commit to taking the action necessary to build this community. I aim to break down gendered divisions of labor.
· I understand that I will feel discomfort and pain as I face my part in oppression. I realize that this is a necessary part of the process of liberation and growth.
· I will support my comrades and be gentle with them through the process of our collective struggles.
· I won’t feel guilty, but rather I will feel responsible. Being part of the problem doesn’t mean I can’t be an active part of the solution.
· I will maintain these practices and contribute equal time and energy to building healthy relationships, both personal and political.

Organizational Practices
· We will commit time for organizational discussions on discrimination and oppression.
· We will set anti-oppression goals and continually evaluate whether or not we are meeting them.
· We promote an anti-oppressive framework and analysis in everything we do, in and outside of activist spaces, as expressed in the SAF Statement of Values.
· We recognize that oppression involves complex issues which need adequate time and space to address.
· We create opportunities for people to develop skills for effective communication about oppression.
· We promote egalitarian group development by prioritizing skill shares.
· We respect different styles of leadership and communication.
· We don’t push historically marginalized people to do things because of their identity (tokenism). We consider only their experience, skills, and interests.
· We make a collective commitment to hold people accountable for their behavior, so that the organization can be a safe and nurturing place for all.

Meeting Practices
· It is the role of the facilitator to ensure that the space is safe and welcoming for everyone. It is also the responsibility of each participant to contribute to this.
· Participants commit to active listening by not interrupting people who are speakin and not monopolizing conversations.
· Participants will be conscious of how their use of language may perpetuate racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other oppression and hatred, either in person or online.
· Participants will not call people out who have not spoken.
· Participants will be conscious of how much space they take up and how much they speak in a group. They will practice “stepping up, stepping back” so they can each contribute to equal participation.
· Participants will respect different views and opinions.
·Participants commit to creating a safe space that balances race, gender and age participation.
· People who haven’t yet spoken will get priority through the system of progressive stack.
· Participants are encouraged to use the word “ouch” to draw attention to what they find oppressive. Likewise they are encouraged to use the word “oops” to acknowledge when they may have done something oppressive.
· Five minutes at the end of each meeting will be reserved for reflection on group dynamics during the meeting.
· We will commit to taking notes in the interest of transparency, while being mindful of security culture.

Meeting Space Guidelines

We have established the following guidelines for the space and meetings:
Use of the Space
1. This space / meeting is open to all people who abide by these principles and practices.
2. This space / meeting is not open to law enforcement officers.
3. This space / meeting is not open to the media without the consent of all participants.
4. No violence or threats of violence (verbal or physical) will be tolerated. Violence includes racist, sexist, homophobic, and any oppressive language or behaviours.
5. Respect for the health and well-being of everyone in the space and the space itself is a priority. No actions or substances are allowed that would jeopardize this climate.
6. Everyone is responsible for taking part in maintaining the space. Leave your workspace / meeting space cleaner than you found it.
7. This space and all activities within it are non-sectarian and non-authoritarian.
8. Space will be chosen with consideration for accessibility.

The Anti-Oppression framework is adapted from a combination of sources including: Lisa Fithian from the “Anti-Racism Principles and Practices” by RiseUp DAN-LA, Overcoming Masculine Oppression by Bill Moyers, the FEMMAFESTO by a women’s affinity group in Philadelphia, the RANT Trainers Collective Anti-Oppression Principles and Practices, and the Occupy Boston Commitment to Anti-Oppression.


inb4 NEFAC!!!
inb4 NEFAG!!!!
inb4 trolling
inb4 your politics are boring

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Participants are encouraged to use the word “ouch” to draw attention to what they find oppressive. Likewise they are encouraged to use the word “oops” to acknowledge when they may have done something oppressive.


I cannot believe that this is an actual thing.

I say ouch, you say oops! Stop oppressing!

I don't know why everyone's being so negative about this; I think it's a very positive development and you did a great job putting together the materials.

I am wondering how you plan to deal with the enforcement of these policies. I know enforcement is a word some anarchists might not like but it is a real need. Having some more ideas about this would be helpful for me and comrades in my organizations. Thanks.

>Having some more ideas about this would be helpful for me and comrades in my organizations.
>me and comrades in my organizations.
>in my organizations.

I think we found your problem.

No it's not. It's zero development, and perhaps even a negative one.


Because what we need is active and offensive organizing. Federalism only creates bureaucrats, platform heads, who'll never give a shit about the real, ongoing struggles that aren't managed by the leftist bureaucracy.

"Federalism only creates bureaucrats, platform heads, who'll never give a shit about the real, ongoing struggles that aren't managed by the leftist bureaucracy."

Yes, this organization is really just a front by a vast conspiracy of leftists to "manage" and "recuperate" social movements into our bureaucracy. Insurrectos sound more and more like conspiracy theorists everyday.

Oh let them have their Federation, jerks.

Student anarchists, Awesome! Federation with lost of rules ... to me is kind of boring and stifling, but to each their own. But please don't be annother student-loan/student-debt or similar single-issue activist group!

Let me offer some questions for you to address. I don't care, but other people will.

What are your specific goals? How do you plan to achieve them? Why do you have to organize specifically as students as opposed to just people/anarchists?

They recognize the necessary solidarity with all oppressed groups, but still call themselves "students". I suppose mentally challenged, homeless bums aren't glamourous enough for this group, but those
are some of the people crying out for solidarity as well. I suppose this student group will eventually get around to hearing from everybody...sometime after they graduate.

Name seems redundant seems anarchists are basically all students. They stop shortly after they graduate.

What if you become an anarchist after you graduate?

The rules seem overly concerned with niceness and 90's-type behavior modifications. This rule would change in a New York minute if I was a member.


Let's start a pool on how long this will last.

I give it till December 2012 before it implodes.

organizations and identities are bad. come on, it's 2012, you should know this.

Yes! YES! More groups! More acronyms! This will completely liberate the fuck out of us. We need to COMPLETE the alphabet soup of organizations that all-use-the-same-fucking-tactics to get to the revolution!
Quantify or die!

i don't think this organization is one that i personally would join.

needs more rules.

>the SAF is waiting for additional collectives and regional SAF groups to federate.

Didn't you read Bonanno?

Don't wait, attack!!!

Can anyone link me to this article Overcoming Masculine Oppression by Bill Moyers?

That manarchist has been oppressing me for years now. I'm glad he's finally being unmasked for the tyrant he is.

not real

it's very real to a handful of bourgeois university students

...and for us working class students and non-students too. We are also capable of reading, writing, and participating in creating an organization.

cool story bro

Troll on troll.find another artical to get your ego's off on.

These are the kids who will leave you alone when it comes time to throw bricks through the Starbucks window.

I suppose they wear black berets and chic sunglasses inside wine taverns. Oh well, they have a long way to go before they grasp anarchism, but they have to start somewhere, and the future of earth desperately needs the conversion of the bourgeois mentality into an anarchist consciousness.

what weird planet do you live on? You think this is the beat generation? Im convinced most of the trolls on here have never participated in actual anarchist struggles and lack any clue what the world is like outside of their computer chairs. The fact that there are enough anarchist students to form an organization seems impressive.

Also I dont think this organization based on what I have read limits people to not working on other things or being in the IWW/rank and file union organizing..etc. You think its a waste of time for students to organize, you dont have to do it (and clearly you arent)

No one is stopping you from organizing a network of Internet Anarchist Trolls.

"No one is stopping you from organizing a network of Internet Anarchist Trolls."

It iz exists:

Wellll, the WEIRD planet I live on is Long Island, where I preside over the Corporate Anarchist Action Group!!
Our aim is to buy friends and cause chaos within the banking sector.

aren't 99% of anarchists in the u.s. college kids anyway?

no, they aren't

1.) does this group DO anything besides try and grow it's membership and self flagellate?
2.)is this even connected to anarchist thinking, other than with the anarchist symbol and the word itself? fuck this makes you WISH for nefac. at least when they say they are anarchists I believe them. the ideology here seems hook line and sinker what the marxist-feminist professors have been pushing for about 20 years now, the only reason to dress this up as anarchist is to maybe try and inject a little "dangerous" seeming "relevancy" into what is an incredibly tiresome and quixotic project.

'tiresome and quixotic',,,well chosen adjectives as a summary,,,,

It's only tiresome and quixotic when they're not endlessly surfing, blogging, commenting and texting, sorta like what I'm doing right now...

How can you be anti capitalist and live in America? That's what this country is built on. Granted greed is a problem of capitalism and others pay but its way better than communist China or Russia or Iran. So if you don't like capitalism then get the HELL out of MY country because I consider this group and the May 1st walk out of work day to be 100% treason against the country you fools live in. May God be with you and us all as you people try to raise hell here in my homeland.

This is Did you somehow expect to find people that love capitalism? How the hell did you even find this site?


way more fun than that 140 proof shit

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