AFEM2014 statement regarding the French Anarchist Federation
Trigger warning: Rape Apologism
When we started organising this anarchafeminist project, organisers either did not know about the situation at the last congress of the French Anarchist Federation (Fédération Anarchiste or FA), or had been assured the issue had been resolved. Actually, since the wave of resignations at their last congress, nothing has been done to make the FA or some of its members accountable or safer.
You can see the resignation letters of two comrades and organisers of Afem here:
When the issue was raised on our own organising list, it was made painfully obvious by some people’s reactions that there was no will from the FA or its members to acknowledge any wrongdoing or apologise, which caused harm to our members. We wish to apologise for this and state that we will always hold a believing stance towards people who call us or anybody else out, and will soon draft a Safer Space Policy which makes it clear and easier to enforce.
We offer our full support to our comrades, and will not be welcoming any official support or funding from the FA, and incite them to review their mode of organising and their behaviours to conform to what we see as fundamental principles of anarchism.