Communalism For Cascadia is a collective of individuals who seek to raise awareness of the viability of democratic confederalism and social ecology for achieving an autonomous Cascadia and protecting our ecosystem. We believe that an autonomous Cascadia is possible in our lifetime, and that democratic confederalism is the best political system for achieving this goal. As social ecologists, we believe that our ecological problems stem from social problems. The domination of the Earth by humans, stems from the domination of human by human.
Statement of Values
Local Food and Water Security
The importation of food from outside of our bioregion is unsustainable. Food production must be localised and accessible to everyone, and done in a decentralised and small-scale manner that fosters biodiversity (e.g. permaculture and agroecology), rather than monocrop production which poisons the land with pesticides and decreases biodiversity. Water is a precious resource, and as our ecological crisis deepens it will become increasingly scarce. We must take immediate steps to protect our bioregional water supply and ensure that it is accessible to everyone.
Under capitalism the ecological damage we are inflicting on the Earth has reached crisis proportions of such a magnitude that it poses an existential threat to all human and non-human life on this planet. We must take immediate steps to begin transitioning to a form of social organisation that exists within the ecological limits of the biosphere.
Technology as it exists today is largely applied to the domination of the natural world and the domination of human beings. We must immediately begin to use technology in a manner that respects the ecological limits of the biosphere, and which moves to eliminate scarcity, illness, and work from society. We do not believe that technology is in and of itself oppressive. We believe that its application within the framework of the capitalist system is. Sustainable energy such as wind and solar are an important part of a future free and ecological society.
As hierarchy is the root of our ecological crisis, any alternative form of social organisation that seeks to exist within the ecological limits of the biosphere must be non-hierarchical and participatory. Democracy must be the foundation of a future society free from ecological destruction and tyranny.
The authors of this blog acknowledge that it is written on occupied and unceded Coast Salish territories, belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We cannot turn back the clocks to before colonisation. However, we must work together to build a society that seeks to preserve Indigenous cultures, and respects Indigenous autonomy as well as their land.
We recognise that various forms of oppression are interconnected, and that a liberatory society must seek to abolish oppression of all kinds. We are opposed to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, as well as others which may become apparent as our understanding of oppression changes and expands.
As capitalism is an international system, the revolution must also be international. From Cascadia, to Rojava, to the Lacadonan Jungle, and throughout the world, we stand in solidarity with all struggles of the oppressed for liberation.