2 Principles

What should constitute the Minimum Principles of the UF? And what should its Political Orientation be? Should it be Socialist?

2.1 Principles and approaches

2.1.1 Pan African;

2.1.2 Progressive – Ubuntu from below;

2.1.3 Anti-xenophobic;

2.1.4 International solidarity;

2.1.5 Anti-imperialist;

2.1.6 Anti-racist;

2.1.7 Opposed to tribalism and ethnicity;

2.1.8 Non-sexist;

2.1.9 Feminist;

2.1.10 Anti-homophobic;

2.1.11 Against all forms of oppression and exploitation;

2.1.12 Non-sectarian;

2.1.13 Democracy form below:

2.1.14 Accountable;

2.1.15 Transparent;

2.1.16 Independent;

2.1.17 Based on dynamic processes of constant engagement and sustained participation by all in the life of the UF;

2.1.18 A politics of consistency that challenges us to actively reflect on and address our own racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, privilege, etc.;

2.1.19 A politics of mutual listening and learning , where we are all open to influencing each other and being influenced;

2.1.20 Working class and mass in character through:

2.1.20.1 Sustained and deliberate structuring of processes and structures in democratic ways;

2.1.20.2 Rooting the UF in places where the mass of working class people work and stay; and

2.1.20.3 Ensuring that the interests, social weight and power of working class people define and shape the UF as a whole;

2.1.21 Weighted towards mass organisations;

2.1.22 Community and workplace rooted;

2.1.23 Inclusive unity within democratic plurality, diversity and respect for everyone;

2.1.24 Open-ended space and processes of discovery and evolution with each other through:

2.1.24.1 Unlearning oppressive, undemocratic and problematic methods of organisation and struggle;

2.1.24.2 A collective openness to being influenced by new ideas

2.1.24.3 Listening to each other, sharing and learning from each other;

2.1.24.4 Humility to make the road by walking it instead of all-knowing permanent blueprints;

2.1.24.5 Developing new ways of relating to each other and working together;

2.1.24.6 Developing democratic ways of forging new visions for what we want collectively; and

2.1.24.7 Openness to reimagine and build more democratic and emancipatory methods and forms of struggle, debate and organisation.

2.1.25 And to make the UF relevant and effective in the here and now through sustained focus on building effective popular campaigns to win immediate demands whilst also constantly building for the long-term vision.

2.2 Areas of ongoing debate:

2.2.1 Non-collaboration; and

2.2.2 ‘African’ leadership of the UF.

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