Social Revolutionary Anarchist Federation
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The Social Revolutionary Anarchist Federation (SRAF) was a loose-based federation of American anarchists of different stripes. Co-founded by Jim Bumpas who published the SRAF newsletter during its many years, SRAF held irregular continental Anarchist conferences. One was at Wild Cat Mountain State Park in Wisconsin; the Milwaukee organization hosted this meeting. There was one in Columbia Iowa, one near Champign Illinoirs, and others. At a 1977 SRAF gathering, the Anarchist Communist Tendency, which would later be called the Anarchist Communist Federation, was formed. A small, photocopied, English-language discussion bulletin was published from the early 1970s through 1989. Known as the SRAF Bulletin or the 'SRAF BULL', it was composed of letters and articles sent in by readers and others. There were lively correspondence-style discussions that took place over several issues and there were usually responses in each issue to letters and items in prior issues. The last editor of the discussion bulletin was Billy Mick.
SRAF and its subgroupings founded a number or periodicals, including Black Star, and STRIKE.
Most of the contributions came by mail from various points in North America such as Vancouver, New Orleans, Minneapolis and Morgantown, West Virginia. There were contributors who sent in news and updates so that readers would know what was happening with the movement in other areas. Some contributors asked questions that were answered by reader/contributors in the next issue. The role of the editor (or editors) appeared to be minimal.
In 1983-85 there was controversy over a member/contributor named Joffre Stewart whose postings were known for anti-Israeli as well as anti-semitic content. Eventually, due to complaints, and a discussion that took place in the pages of the bulletin over whether to censure or remove Mr. Stewart's many contributions, The Bulletin was offered with and without Joffre. Another 80's controversy was the "Bob Black vs. Processed World" conflict which involved a dispute in San Francisco between Black and the Processed World collective that escalated into violence. The bulletin came out irregularly in the 80's and was 10 or 15 pages in length, 4 inch by 6 inch. Organizations listed as affiliated with the federation during the eighties included Bayou La Rose, Reich Study Group (apparently referencing Wilhelm Reich), and the 'Horse and Goat People'.
Affiliated groups include The Living Theater, etc. Chicago, Champaign, Columbia, Clouquet MN, Minneapolis, Milwaukee.
- Jim Bumpas at the Anarchist Encyclopedia
- Declaration of the Social Revolutionary Anarchist Federation (1972)
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