Statement by the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF).
Submitted to Enough is Enough
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International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces, North America Foundational Statement
Today we announce the North American incarnation of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces, previously active only in Rojava. We do this as Americans in the imperial center who have the mind and conscience to see that the interlocking systems of oppression (capitalism, statism, patriarchy, racism, colonialism etc) exist to extract wealth from those who need it most, for the benefit of a ruling class whose desires are met in luxury. We see that capitalism relies on both systemic racism and patriarchy to keep the exploited classes fighting amongst themselves rather than rising together. We see nationalist and imperialist wars being perpetrated for profit at the expense of the poor and working class. We see climate change ushering in late/end-stage capitalism, wherein the inherent contradictions are finally causing the machine to break down. Perhaps a monkey wrench thrown into the gears to accelerate the breakdown of that machine would be an ethical response, provided that we also work to create a more just and sustainable present to build a bridge into the future, through community self-determination, democratic confederalization, intersectional anarchism, and mutual aid.
We are autonomists. This means we believe that both sovereign individuals and their communities of voluntary association should be self-determining to the fullest degree possible. If their autonomy is threatened they have the right to engage in revolutionary self-defense.
The people of Chiapas, Mexico inaugurated the first postmodern autonomist revolution in 1994, and we love and honor them for it. We believe that in Rojava this autonomism has evolved into a form that can spread virally around the world and adapt to local conditions- experimental democratic confederalism. Let us begin with perhaps the most important thing Öcalan ever said: Human liberation begins with women’s liberation. Jineology offers a starting point for the social revolution: the emancipation and empowerment of women, trans women, femmes, and non-males. Secondly, Rojava has made it clear that the nation-state is a toxic entity that operates against human interests, and those non-state solutions are possible through local community empowerment and mutual aid. Through voluntary association, as anarchists have always said was possible.
Finally, the women and men of YPJ/G have shown us that a tactically flexible revolutionary self-defense is possible, and that victory is not a utopian ideal. We import this praxis and into North America and hope other competent people will import it to their cultures of origin. For the first time, we see the building of a truly planetary revolution, where the insurrection of any People against the oligarchs of plutocracy is an insurrection of the human species against the cancer of exploitation, domination, and violence exerted by a ruling class that is both predator and parasite. All autonomist struggles are one; all revolutionary self-defense belongs to the same movement. It has become a question of survival in a time of ecocide. Together we stand in solidarity with the struggles of our comrades worldwide.
Resisting fascism is the first and most urgent task, whether against Erdogan in Turkey or Nazis in America. Fascists are the vanguard of the ruling class, pathetic deluded creatures twisted into sadistic bootlickers. They are a right-wing death cult, who would destroy the world just to exercise their functions of hatred and despair. Fascism is an infection that must be not only contained but in time eradicated. It is anti-life. Capital and the State are also anti-life, and their time will come. But the fascist tendency towards mass violence makes regulating them the first priority of internationalist revolution; this is why we choose to confront this threat directly in every space and platform. We do not give fascism a platform therefore denying it the ability to spread.
We must never forget the struggle we fight calls for diversity of tactics. Community self-defense also means helping people be fed, housed, cared for medically, and loved. The IRPGF-NA will engage in mutual aid work to improve the material living conditions of those who need help. We do this out of holistic concern for the well-being of our communities — guns alone don’t keep people safe. Medications and infrastructure also keep people safe. We agree with Kropotkin that while bloodshed is inevitable under revolutionary conditions it should be minimized to the degree possible, and by helping the marginalised through their opression we can show the possibility of systems counter to the those of their oppressors. One way to minimize violence is to create strong networks of mutual aid and symbiosis, to facilitate trade between autonomous communities, and to help train communities in armed self-defense. We will encourage the development of councilism and autonomism in North America. This has the added benefit of creating dual power structures that can in time replace State functions and control.
We of Boston Mountains Anti-Racist Action and Anti Fascist Action Arkansas are honored by the trust and friendship of the autonomist International and of the IRPGF in Rojava. We’re aware of it as a sacred connection that we’ll do all in our power to honor and fulfill. Our first action will be on May 29, Heather Heyer’s birthday, when we will initiate an offensive against fascists in their home territories.
One humanity, one world, many autonomist revolutions.
Biji Berxwedana Rojava! ¡Viva la Revolución!
Newroz, March 20th, 2018
International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces
Boston Mountains Anti-Racist Action
Anti Fascist Action Arkansas
International Committee for Revolutionary Self-Defense
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