We are a cadre organization based in the occupied indigenous territories of Turtle Island, North America, the so-called United States. We work to build a popular base for social revolution through grassroots organizing, with the ultimate aim of constructing a participatory, ecological, and libertarian socialist/communist society on a global scale. As the multitudes of popular social groups resist imperialism and fascism throughout the world, now is the time to put the platform and program of a socialist/communist revolution back on the progressive agenda within the metropolitan countries. Workers and oppressed peoples of the world, unite!
The word cadre comes from the French word for "framework," and generally refers to a core group of comrades who share a unifying political relationship. A cadre organization provides a general framework for the political praxis of revolutionary activists, and develops educational processes that help ensure a relative equality among all members. Minimally, we believe this organized framework should include (1) a common platform consisting of a shared analysis of the imperialist system, a vision of a socialist/communist alternative, and a strategy for waging protracted revolutionary struggle; (2) a common program of struggle that emerges from a process of social investigation, whereby cadre organizations identify potential strategic sites to concentrate forces; and (3) an organizational culture and style of doing politics that is collective, creative, humble, patient, accountable, and militant.
We aim to build an integrated multinational, intercommunal, polycultural, and intergenerational cadre organization, anchored among and loyal to the global working class, and strive to build a diverse membership reflective of the social composition of the multitudes of popular social groups within this country. However, we recognize, uphold, support, and defend the formation of independent, non-integrated cadre organizations among communities facing specific forms of oppression (such as racial, national, ethnic, gender, sexual, and/or disability oppression), or to constitute independent revolutionary caucuses within integrated organizations. Struggles for self-determination of oppressed communities - exemplified by the Black Liberation Movement - have historically had an emancipatory effect on the socialist/communist movement, as unity in diversity can only be established on the basis of autonomy within solidarity.
OFS is an affiliate of the Marxist Center, a network of revolutionary organizations committed to building working class counterpower from below and to the left. We understand Marxism in a broad sense, as an approach to transforming historical-geographical realities towards greater freedom for humanity within nature, and identify with various queer, feminist, indigenist, decolonial, ecological, autonomist, councilist, and anti-imperialist traditions within Marxism.