Olympia Assembly: Points of Unity

From Olympia Assembly

1. Horizontal Community Democracy and Free Association:

Decisions should be made by collectives and individuals getting together on an equal footing within free association. Direct democracy within free association is a way of making decisions without ruling classes in a way that empowers collectives and individuals and enables free agreement and disagreement. We desire to put an end to all social hierarchies and authoritarianism in order to create a genuinely free and equal society; this goal must be reflected in our organizations, affinity groups, and movements. Self Management, collectively and individually, is essential in our daily lives, for sustaining a leaderless/leaderful movement, and fostering participatory relations. The Olympia Assembly is committed to empowering individuals involved by providing resources and trainings on conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, public speaking, communication, and direct action.

2. Direct Action:

Direct action is doing action, periodic or organized, that is not mediated by hierarchs. We must use our power to address our concerns, taking responsibility for our actions and our communities. Direct action sidesteps representative policy makers, unjust laws, and bureaucracy to directly accomplish our goals and represent ourselves. Direct action can take many forms and we respect a diversity of tactics. Individuals/collectives doing actions without agreement from a particular assembly should act autonomously rather than in the name of other people. Such autonomous actions based on shared ideals are encouraged. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement against activists and others. This could look like: – Rent strikes, office occupations, road blockades, independent media, reclaimed housing/land, and more! -Build Autonomous Communication and Information Sharing Institutions and Networks to ensure safe and direct connection amongst the people in our communities and networks. – Build Broad Civil Action Units to engage in Massive Civil Disobedience, Occupation and General Strike Actions to stop the advance of political and economic reaction.

3. Collective Liberation & Solidarity:

We recognize the multiplicity of struggles that are needed for collective freedom, and that we must work together to create the kind of world we know is possible. We believe that every person is worthy of dignity and respect, and that within systems of oppression everyone suffers. We commit ourselves to dismantling – within ourselves and our communities – racism and colorism, sexism, transphobia, ableism, islamophobia, anti-semitism, sizeism, settler colonialism, and capitalism. We have Solidarity across communities and across borders, this is not just about our backyard we want freedom throughout the globe. This could look like: – Build Self-Defense Committee’s and Educational Campaigns to protect our communities from state and reactionary militia repression and terror. – Build Sanctuary Networks to Defend Immigrants, Muslims, Organizers and the Persecuted.

4. Cooperative Economics & Mutual Aid:

We believe economics should be done in a way where decisions are made by communities, workers, and consumers directly. Everyone is entitled to the necessities of life (food, water, shelter, energy, healthcare, education, etc), starting with those most in need. We are for the direct reclamation of our common spaces and infrastructure out of the hands of capitalists and the state and into the hands of people directly . This could look like – – Build Community Farms and Food Distribution Centers to address basic subsistence needs of the people in our communities. – Build Production or Supply Chain Networks and Alliances to ensure food security an sovereignty on municipal and larger scales. – Build Community Energy Networks and Centers to address basic energy needs in our communities and municipalities. – Build and Reclaim Common Spaces to ensure that communities have space for various types of production, community engagement, and the practice participatory democracy and community governance. – Build Cooperatives (Worker, Consumer, and Community) to address the basic material and service needs of the people in our community.

5. Ecological Stewardship:

The Earth is facing an environmental crisis on a scale unprecedented in human history. This environmental crisis is already responsible for high levels of human suffering and mass extinctions around the world. We are committed to envisioning an ecological society and taking direct action to make it reality. We are against fossil fuels and strive towards alternative clean energy sources.