North Texas Organization of Autonomous Associations for Social Liberation


I realize that’s a bit of a mouth full, but it’s only a proposal title that encapsulates pretty much what I think needs to happen. We are standing on a precipice. Either we fall or we stand firm on our feet. A century ago the Wobblies talked about “One Big Union” but impregnated in the phrase is the admission that the slogan is economistic. We do not live on bread alone. This is not just about worker’s liberation, but more broadly: social liberation. A more appropriate slogan might be “One Mass Organization.”

We realize the significance of getting organized. That’s why we form the associations that we do. We know there is power in numbers. But too often most of our associations are unaware of or disconnected from others even though we share important commonalities.

That’s why I think it is important we begin discussing and debating these commonalities and ultimately the formation of a North Texas Social Forum to bring together delegates from various associations in the North Texas area for the purpose of establishing a mass organization to knit us together with the threads of solidarity.

I feel we should retain autonomy for participating associations and should deliberate with each other in order to coordinate our joint efforts utilizing non-violent revolutionary tactics aimed at total social liberation. I also think we should pay close attention to the mass organizations structural framework to ensure that each autonomous association is empowered to have a say to the degree they are affected, and so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past in regards to hierarchical structures that alienate and create castes.

If not now, when?

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