Four Star Anarchist Organization hopes to see a global revolution that rids the world of the state, capitalism
, and all forms of oppression. We are actively building the world we wish to see while tearing down the old one.
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What We Do Four Star prioritizes education and practical work over meetings and assemblies. While collective decision making is important to us, we believe our true power is in our work and in the streets. There are a number of projects that Four Star runs, leads, and contributes to. A few examples are: Chicago Anarchist Film Festival (CAFF) - Through CAFF we educate ourselves and others about a multitude of issues. We often use CAFF as a tool to plug into Chicago struggles by working with existing groups and screening relevant films. Lucy Parsons Worker Center (LPWC) - The Lucy Center is a solidarity network based off of the Seattle Solidarity model of worker/tenant casework. We help people who take stands against their boss or landlord by helping them create direct action campaigns intended to force their boss or landlord to give into a set of demands. At the same time we are creating a network of solidarity, we are building a movement based around direct action. Material Solidarity - Another function of the Lucy Center, Material Solidarity is a team of people who collect, store, and distribute physical goods to the workers/tenants involved in LPWC casework as well as groups taking up actions Four Star believes should be supported. For example, in 2011 when a parent group at Whittier Chicago Public School occupied a school building to fight it’s demolition, Four Star provided a back-up electricity generator when the city turned off their power.
Who We Are The Four Star Anarchist Organization believes all people must have control over the basic conditions of their lives. Core values of cooperation, equality, and direct democracy guide our struggle toward a free society that transforms our relationships with our neighborhoods, workplaces, culture, the world in which we live, and each other. Four Star Anarchist Organization (4*@O) began in 2008, when a group of anarchists decided it was time to recreate an organized anarcho-communist presence in Chicago. In 2011-2012, we helped form the “A New World In Our Hearts” network, which connects us to sister organizations all over the country. “Four Star” is a reference to the stars on the Chicago flag and indicates our intention to connect to local social struggles. While we feel no love for the city’s elite, this is our home and someday, we hope to see it free. We describe ourselves as an “anarchist organization” because we believe in anarchist principles such as mutual aid, direct democracy, and direct action. Internally, Four Star prioritizes developing the skills of its members, providing a space to discuss and respond to current events, and supporting each others’ political work outside the organization. Externally, we initiate and collaborate on political campaigns, host educational events, participate in protests, provide material solidarity to the struggles of others, organize alongside those battling their landlords and bosses, and always leave room to reexamine and revise our methods to reflect our evolving understanding of the world in which we live and the world we’d like to create.
Statement of Principals The Four Star Anarchist Organization believes all people must have control over the basic conditions of their lives. Core values of cooperation, equality, and direct democracy guide our struggle toward a free society that transforms our relationships with our neighborhoods, workplaces, culture, the world in which we live, and each other. •In our families, women, children, and all members must have equality and freedom from violence. We must be free to develop healthy, supportive relationships of our choosing as opposed to living conditions and arrangements resulting from economic, religious, cultural, or government coercion. •In our neighborhoods, community and economic development must be freely decided by all. All people are entitled to quality housing, safe communities, healthcare, education, and other necessities of life. •In our workplaces, we must have direct democratic control over the conditions of our labor and effort. Bosses must be replaced by the cooperative decisions and actions of those who work in homes, stores, offices, hospitals, schools, factories, and all other workplaces. This work must be based on fulfilling real needs rather than creating profits for the wealthy. •In our communities, people must be free to develop and maintain culture–art, music, sport, and food–that reflects the best part of daily life in our society. Justice, respect, and passion can only thrive in a world where our popular culture is both social and cooperative. •In our world as a whole, we must engage scientific principles and appropriate technologies to ensure a thriving and sustainable planet
for all. Most people are experts on their own needs and we are able to solve even the biggest problems when we work together. Four Star is committed to struggling against the lethal combination of oppression and domination that characterizes life in our society: capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, environmental devastation, and the state. Our vision is to help develop affinity and empower people by providing direct support to groups, communities, and individuals who are identifying solutions in their lives. To make this happen, we involve ourselves with social movements and promote anarchism, direct democracy, and militant direct action. Mid-Term Goals 1) Make anarchist ideas more accessible; make anarchism an idea that can be a leading idea. •Educate ourselves through study •Educate ourselves through experience and analysis of the experience •Implement our ideas in part 2 work 2) Make anarchism a movement that can organize effectively and develop working class leadership. •Participate in organizing •Develop anarchist principles of organizing based on our experiences •Support each others’ work