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Oct 12 2010 17:04

My lips are sealed on the matter, it won't be brought up again. wink

syndicalist
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Apr 16 2012 23:18

Calling all foot loose north american anarcho-syndicalists and class struggle anarchists, join the W.S.A.

The process for signing up is more or less as follows:

1. Read and agree with our political statement, "Where We Stand" http://workersolidarity.org/?page_id=78 and our Constitutionhttp://workersolidarity.org/?page_id=469

2. Be in contact and collaborate with WSA members (local group/members if one exists, regional delegate, corresponding secretary etc.) for at least 90 days prior to becoming a member

After that, if there no problems and you definitely want to sign up, then...

3. Pay dues

Arguably a fourth requirement would be general participation in discussions, local organizing (work with your local group/try to build a local group), internal education, etc., although this rather harder to formally or strictly enforce when it comes to our more isolated members.

Our dues policy is in the constitution, but here are the most important bits.

Article 5: Dues

Section 1. Members shall pay dues directly to the Treasurer.

Section 4. Dues shall be $18 per quarter for an employed person making the equivalent of at least $8 per hour for a full workweek but less than $12 per hour. Dues shall be $24 per quarter for an employed person making the equivalent of $12 or more per hour for a full workweek. Dues shall be $12 per quarter for an employed person making the equivalent of a full workweek paid at more than $5 per hour and less than $8 per hour. Dues for a full-time student or homemaker, a retired or unemployed person, or an employed person making the equivalent of under $5 per hour for a full workweek shall be $7 per quarter.

Contact: wsa.corresponding.secretary[AT]gmail.com

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Apr 17 2012 01:37

Well I sent an email inquiring as to membership and I have yet to receive a reply. I would like to join Mr. T

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Apr 17 2012 18:39
BanjoRed91 wrote:
Well I sent an email inquiring as to membership and I have yet to receive a reply. I would like to join Mr. T

Thanks. But it's prolly unlikely that this would be a good political fit for both.

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Apr 17 2012 19:21

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syndicalist
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Apr 17 2012 21:59
BanjoRed91 wrote:
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Sorry for not being a bit clearer.

WSA members don't tend to belong to political organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America. We are not into a sorta united frontism between political socialists and class struggle anarchists.While most folks have no problems working in coalition on specific issues with folks of different points of views. It has been our experiance that if the political differences and practices are so wide and apart, both you and the organization will have significant differences. This would prolly lead to a political seperation. So, it's prolly best not to go through that process.

That said, I'd be happy to engage in conversation with you here, as time permits. Perhaps
there's a misunderstanding of your politics and so forth.

It's best to be up front and honest, then to have ill feelings later.

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Apr 17 2012 22:15

Keep in mind I'm not heavily involved in DSA, nor do I subscribe to their moderate Harrington ideology. I am looking for a good anarcho-syndicalist group to join that I can find similar-minded people and help build that group.

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Apr 17 2012 22:29
BanjoRed91 wrote:
Keep in mind I'm not heavily involved in DSA, nor do I subscribe to their moderate Harrington ideology. I am looking for a good anarcho-syndicalist group to join that I can find similar-minded people and help build that group.

Thanks for the quick reply. My comments are not meant in a disrespectful manner. So please take them in a comradely way.

I see that you've gone through a number of groups (a number of folks do). I see that you must've just left the SPUSA after near 3 years. I always thought the SPUSA was more militant then the DSA, no?

So it'd be interesting to hear about your political transitions and attraction to anarcho-syndicalism. If this list is too public, feel free to email me at syndicalistnyc[AT]gmail.com.

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Apr 17 2012 22:36

Nah, this is fine. SPUSA is riddled with multiple (and I mean multiple) problems, with an adolescent clique-ish nature of the national organization and its various factions.

But I've come to the point where I don't really belief the electoral system can solve anything, SPUSA won't get elected, liberal Democrats are still supporters of neoliberalism, militarism, and imperialism, and I don't think that a more leftist party in power would change any sort of status quo.

After reading Bookchin, Kropotkin, and a lot of self-management and syndicalist literature I find myself more in agreement with anarchism in that I see oppression from capitalism as stemming both from the economic system and the state as the defender of that system. Being a member of the IWW since last September has astonished me, the idea of being directly involved in all decision-making processes of the union and giving voice to all members is what makes it such a great organization and I love it.

So that's it in a nutshell, I really think statist ideology does not fully grasp the role the state plays in oppression, and I think that self-management of people in their lives free from capitalism and the state to be the most practical and liberating of all ideologies. I still have a lot to learn though

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Apr 18 2012 11:59

BanjoRed91, re-send your email to syndicalistnyc[AT]gmail.com. I'll pass it on.

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Apr 18 2012 15:58

Just got a reply yesterday, thanks though!

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May 26 2012 21:24
syndicalist wrote:
Calling all foot loose north american anarcho-syndicalists and class struggle anarchists, join the W.S.A.

The process for signing up is more or less as follows:

1. Read and agree with our political statement, "Where We Stand" http://workersolidarity.org/?page_id=78 and our Constitutionhttp://workersolidarity.org/?page_id=469

2. Be in contact and collaborate with WSA members (local group/members if one exists, regional delegate, corresponding secretary etc.) for at least 90 days prior to becoming a member

After that, if there no problems and you definitely want to sign up, then...

3. Pay dues

Arguably a fourth requirement would be general participation in discussions, local organizing (work with your local group/try to build a local group), internal education, etc., although this rather harder to formally or strictly enforce when it comes to our more isolated members.

Our dues policy is in the constitution, but here are the most important bits.

Article 5: Dues

Section 1. Members shall pay dues directly to the Treasurer.

Section 4. Dues shall be $18 per quarter for an employed person making the equivalent of at least $8 per hour for a full workweek but less than $12 per hour. Dues shall be $24 per quarter for an employed person making the equivalent of $12 or more per hour for a full workweek. Dues shall be $12 per quarter for an employed person making the equivalent of a full workweek paid at more than $5 per hour and less than $8 per hour. Dues for a full-time student or homemaker, a retired or unemployed person, or an employed person making the equivalent of under $5 per hour for a full workweek shall be $7 per quarter.

Contact: wsa.corresponding.secretary[AT]gmail.com

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Jul 22 2013 01:22

I hope that this isn't seen as a thread necro, but I sent an email a while back expressing interest in possibly joining the organization and received a response about potentially setting up a phone interview. I replied with my number around 10 days ago but haven't heard anything (email or otherwise) since. Was just wondering if there was anyone on here I could contact in case the secretary is unable to get back to me.

Thanks!

(btw, hi everyone!)

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Jul 22 2013 02:50
ElQuico1960 wrote:
I hope that this isn't seen as a thread necro, but I sent an email a while back expressing interest in possibly joining the organization and received a response about potentially setting up a phone interview. I replied with my number around 10 days ago but haven't heard anything (email or otherwise) since. Was just wondering if there was anyone on here I could contact in case the secretary is unable to get back to me.

Thanks!

(btw, hi everyone!)

Hola comrade. I just sent you a PM. I'll also forward this to the right person.