Capital Terminus Collective
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (September 2007)|
|Part of the Politics series on|
The Capital Terminus Collective (CTC), was an anarchist group based in Atlanta, Georgia with sympathetic or contributing members throughout that state. It was affiliated with NEFAC and shared some members with the Atlanta group of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) . One of its members is an octogenarian and was a fighter in the anarchist Durruti Column during the Spanish Civil War. The group engages in various political activities including pamphleting, demonstrating against groups such as The 21st Century Paul Revere Ride and Hammerskins, and building community ties and awareness.
It was the idea of a few Atlanta attendees of the Million Worker March in 2004 to create an anarchist collective in Atlanta, and early in 2005, a few locals began holding study groups on anarchism and political theory. Apart from the study groups, the collective began organizing to promote the idea of a Southeast anarchist-communist federation, much like that of NEFAC, or FAI of Iberia.
In April 2005, with the intent of further spreading their desire to form a Southeastern anarchist-communist federation, members of CTC attended the 2nd annual Southeast Anarchist Network (SEANET) gathering in Charleston, SC. Capital Terminus held a workshop in the idea, and proposed it to the assembly, however, most of the attendees were not necessarily convinced of the idea. The collective continued however to spread the idea as best they could to parts of the Southeast.
July 2005 Conference
In July 2005, the CTC held the conference that was meant to establish a Southeastern anarchist-communist federation. Attending were people from North Georgia, Atlanta, and Athens, GA, as well as observers from the Northwestern Anarchist Federation (NAF) and participants from the labor union UNITE-HERE. At the beginning of the conference, it was clear that a federation was a goal that was too long term, and the conference became a "second formation" of the collective. The collective membership boosted to at least two-dozen, and potential for an effective organization was realized, and CTC was re-organized into three working groups. Two working groups were to focus on issues sorted out and elected by the assembly, which were Self-defense/Women's rights and the other Counter-recruitment/Anti-militarism. The third working group was for constant production of the newsletter, Anarchist Atlanta, and production and maintenance of a website. Coordinators were elected for each working groups and each acted autonomously within the whole. Prior to the Conference, the offices of Secretary and Treasurer had not been re-elected because of the short lived life so far, and the two offices were reorganized and new people were elected.
Self Defense/Women's Rights
In the following months, the Women's rights working group would decide to create a women's self-defense class as well as produce small leaflets to distribute throughout the community. These were coined "info-bombs." The classes fell through due to external complications and as to this date, the infobombs are still being produced.
At the beginning of the school-year, CTC met with Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition and adhered to their plan to flyer local football games with information concerning military enlistment, opt-out forms, and sign-up lists to receive more information. As the football season of that year ended, talk of doing the same thing at basketball games was discussed among the two groups, but nothing came of it. The GPJC continued with the efforts as CTC left the project.
Members drifted away and work ceased around 2008, one of the last public activities was hosting Andrew Flood's 'Building a Popular Anarchism' 44 city tour of North America in April of that year. The remaining treasury was donated in 2010 to a Haitian workers relief fund