This is an extended translation from Spanish on the founding of the FACC (Federación Anarquista de Centroamérica y el Caribe;Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation)
-Communication committee FACC-
The F.A.C.C. is born!
After several months of preparation, pre-congress debates, and after the call for a first conference for the formation of the Anarchist Federation of Central America and Caribbean (FACC), comrades from different countries and situations in the Central and Caribbean regions (with international observers) met in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic) on 21 and 22 March this year, to test ideas, to meet and to establish differences and similarities.
We express our satisfaction for the founding of FACC, which is a channel for solidarity and cooperation of anarchists in the area, transcending the border constraints that capitalism and states impose on us, a federation of trends that seeks to fan the relationships between the various groups in the region and its diaspora.
Founding members of the Federation are: Taller Libertario Alfredo López (Tlal) of Cuba, Kiskeya Libertaria of Dominican, Comrades of Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Bonaire and Miami (There are other groups that wanted to participate in the FACC congress and even to be members, but for different situations could not yet become a part of the Federation).
The federation is based on the principles of consensus, solidarity and acceptance of diversity of individuals and groups in their trends and practices, focusing on review of activity and study within the two regions, and is characterized as a federation with a horizontal organization.
According to decisions by consensus, it was agreed that the membership criteria are:
– Individuals and/or collectives that call themselves anarchist.
– Individuals or groups acting horizontally.
– One of the active member federations vouches for individuals or collective applicants.
– Unanimous consensus is required for entry of individuals or groups to the federation.
– New entrants into the federation wait a maximum of two months time to achieve unanimity in consensus.
The Federation has already formed one committee; Communications Committee, and three committees have been created by voluntary individuals who; “Anti-repressive” committee, “Anti-nationalist” committee and “Self-organising” committee.
The formation of the Federation marks a milestone in the history of the anarchist movements in the regions, since never before has a space existed to share experiences and work together critically.
We have chosen the path of freedom and horizontality and ask that our allied comrades elsewhere join us in this new journey towards this ancient ideal, one that is constantly renewed, to result in anarchy!
Committee of communications F.A.C.C.-
This is a translation into English from the original document in Spanish. The translation has been made for mates of the Anarchist Federation (Afed) regarding the birth of the FACC (Federación Anarquista de Centroamérica y el Caribe;Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation). The translator declares no conflict of interests.Translated by Diogenes Libertario who declares solidarity and support with the FACC. ¡Viva la FACC!