FORA Turns 110 with a Full House

Red and black flags draped from the
balconies and 500 people filled the
Verdi Theater in the heart of La Boca.
The image called to mind another time
when workers' congresses were
frequent in this Buenos Aires neighborhood. The Argentinian
Regional Workers' Federation (FORA in Spanish) turned 110
last May 25 but the celebration never looked back
nostalgically on the good old days – it demanded instead
the rebirth of revolutionary unionism. 
For more than four hours the half a thousand workers
who had come from all over the country reviewed the
organization's history and analyzed the future
perspectives of the current struggle. The FORA's
practices' applicability and legitimacy can easily
be found in the union-dictatorship of the CGT, a
faithful servant to the bosses, an organization
whose response is further and further removed
from what the workers expect.

Past and present actors from FORA presented
from different positions the keys that
allowed this 100 year old organization
to write some of the most brilliant pages in
the Argentinian workers movement. There
was also an analysis of the possibilities of
action coming into view after the important
restructuring process the new generations
have brought to bear, turning FORA into a
steadfast tool for the workers to wield in
the struggle for their emancipation.

The event, with the presence of Carlos Martín,
CNT Spain activist and delegate from
the IWA, gathered together members of all
the Resistance Organization Federation as
well as sympathetic anarchist groups that
showed their support for the union
organization, proud to be the only one
that has stayed true to its ideals and that is
determinedly beginning again in Argentina.

Press Secretary Federal Committee 
FORA (foracf@fora-ait.com.ar)
May 26, 2011

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