Sunday, December 8, 2013

Who Are You and What Is "Wobblyism"? An Overview...

This is the homepage for the Wobblyism project. "Wobblyism" is a term we adopted to describe our organizing methodology. 

As current Wobblies drawing heavily (though not exclusively) from Wobbly organizing traditions of the past and present, we felt that the term fit well. We don't see ourselves as creators of a completely new or unprecedented set of ideas - much of the content of this piece will sound familiar to any experienced organizer. But we haven't seen the best concepts and practices of the workers' movement synthesized in quite this way.

Wobblyism, then, is a distinct practice of revolutionary unionism drawing on the lessons and experiences of many different movements. We are unionists in a broad sense, but Wobblyism confronts pro-capitalist unionism that has come to dominate the workers' movement over the last several decades, especially in the US. Practical yet visionary, this methodology puts our day-to-day organizing on a path to genuine social transformation.

So who are we?

We are workers fighting for a better life. By building power on the job, we are winning meaningful improvements for ourselves, our families, and our fellow workers throughout the supply chain. We are proud members of the Industrial Workers of the World.

History proves that we workers have the power - together - to make the changes we need to improve our lives. We are re-igniting unionism where we have power - on the job. This is our movement. We are capable, and we are worth it.

Through solidarity and leadership development, we are building a generation of empowered and confident workers who can fight for themselves and their class.

We stand with the international working class across the globe.  We stand with workers across the scope of races, ethnicities, ages, genders, sexualities, abilities and languages. We look out for each other, and that makes us strong. An injury to one is an injury to all.

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