Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Common Cause Anarchist Group Formed in Ontario

On September 29th in Toronto a new Ontario anarchist-communist organization, Common Cause, held our founding conference. Preparation for this founding conference had taken place over several months culminating in a speaking tour of six Ontario cities under the title 'Building a Popular Anarchism'. --- The conference agreed a basic policy document (below), a constitution, a structure for the specific conditions of Northern Ontario, affiliation with and a basic publication plan both online in terms of a website and a free printed newspaper which will be distributed in large numbers. The name 'Common Cause' was selected for the new organization and individual officers were elected to fill various administrative tasks.

In advance of the founding conference a statement of intent had been circulated which included "Our intention is not to build yet another small group of a dozen or so people but to begin the process of building an organization of thousands that will have a presence in every town, workplace and neighborhood across the province."

By the time of the founding conference we were still a long way from this eventual goal but dozens of people in ten Ontario cities have become involved with developing Locals in Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Windsor and Kitchener-Waterloo as well as other members around Ontario. It is our hope this will greatly expand in the days, months and years to come. We hope you will unite and struggle with us to build a world free from exploitation, oppression, ignorance and war.

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Blogger Renegade Eye said...

What is meant by the specific conditions of Northern Ontario?

11:48 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

I presume it refers to the fact that Northern Ontario is very diffeent from the southern part of the province. It is not industrialized to the same extent, is largely resource-extraction based and has a large First Nations population. The North is a sort of internal colony of the South and the Northerners are aware of this.

7:46 AM  
Blogger mollymew said...

From a location in Minneapolis (about the same as southern Ontario)think the Shield in Wisconsin beyond farming country, add 1,000 miles,take the entire native population of the Dakotas and put them there and you'll get the general idea of the different conditions.Spread the whole thing out over the space of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Montana combined and take away 95% of the roads. That would be "about" the same difference. Actually not so hard to picture in American terms if you add a few exercises of imagination.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Larry
Did you receive copy of the Polish anarchist INNY SWIAT magazine with your article on Landauer?
JT from Poland

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Larry
Did you receive copy of the Polish anarchist INNY SWIAT magazine with your article on Landauer?
JT from Poland

11:29 AM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Hi JT, No I did not get the magazine. I moved about 18 months ago, please email me at for my new address, thanks Larry

11:44 AM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

This blog of Maori activists, are close to anarchism. I'm not sure if I told you about it:

8:28 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Thanks Ren! I didn't know of this blog. There are some other web sites that he would be interested in that I could send.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

This blog would be a worth a visit. Very interesting person.

1:02 AM  
Blogger Werner said...

Hello Larry,

Pardon me for being nosy but it looks like you haven't posted for over a month. Is everything all right?


7:24 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Sorry Werner, but I have simply been too busy what with the two books I am working on, ATN, and the new BC Anarchist Writers Group, to keep up with this blog.I know I should have written something about this. Hopefully next week I can start posting again.

9:16 PM  

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