About

The Organization for a Free Society (OFS) stands for the self-emancipation of humanity from all forms of oppression, especially from the global imperialist system that is responsible for the horrific misery experienced by billions of people. As an alternative to imperialism, we fight for participatory socialism: a system based on democratic, decentralized, cooperative, egalitarian, and ecological institutions.

To achieve this visionary objective, we work to build a united front of grassroots social movements, alternative institutions, and popular defense forces to lead a social revolution with majority support of the people. We have established this organization as a catalyst, guide, and defender of this project. Only through the overthrow and abolition of the imperialist system, and the construction of participatory socialism from below, can humanity can finally actualize a free life for all people.

A detailed introduction to our politics can be found here.

OUR WORK

The members and supporters of OFS have been active in a variety of grassroots struggles on multiple fronts for nearly 10 years.

(This is not a comprehensive list, it is only intended to show a range and depth of work, not represent every one of the thousands of ways OFS members participate in building revolutionary movements nationally)

Anti-War, Anti-Militarism, and Peace

  •  Opposition to the occupation of Palestine by Israeli settler-colonialism, including organizing demonstrations against the Israeli bombing of Lebanon and Gaza. OFS cadre have directly participated in nonviolent civil resistance in Palestine and Israel.

  • Opposition to U.S. imperialism’s wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria, including coordinating campus and community mobilizations and direct actions against military recruiters and war profiteers, and working with Veterans for Peace (VFP), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and the War Resisters League (WRL).

  • Opposition to U.S. imperialism’s counter-revolutionary interference in Latin America, especially Venezuela, Bolivia, and Cuba. This has included work with Hands Off Venezuela and the Venceremos Brigade, with OFS members traveling to Cuba on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

Anti-Fascism

  • Opposition to fascism within the USA, especially organizing to oppose police, prisons and border militarization, and anti-immigrant racism and government mass surveillance.

  • OFS members have organized movements supporting the families of the 43 disappeared student activists from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Mexico

Class Struggle, Anti-Capitalism, and Workers’ Power

  • OFS members held staff and rank-and-file positions within a variety of labor unions and workers’ centers, including the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Restaurant Opportunity Center of New York (ROC-NY), Retail Action Project (RAP), Domestic Workers United (DWU), and Brandworkers.

  • OFS cadre participated in most of committees created by the Occupy Wall Street general assembly, and participated in Occupy’s precursor, New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts and Bloombergville. During the course of Occupy, OFS members and supporters advocated for the occupation to extend itself by forming popular democratic assemblies in neighborhoods and workplaces, and occupying homes in danger of foreclosure and eviction.

  • Albany OFS members have been active with The Albany Social Justice Center

Anti-Racism and National Liberation

  • OFS members participated in demonstrations and direct actions following the police murders of Travon Martin, Sean Bell, Akai Gurley, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and too many other young people of color. OFS members participated in demonstrations and direct actions emerging from Black Lives Matter.

  • OFS members co-founded the NYC chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

  • OFS members held staff positions at The Fortune Society

  • Albany OFS launched the Capital District SURJ Chapter

  • Albany OFS was part of launching Upstate Black Lives Matter.

  • Albany OFS help start Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration

Education and Student Power

  • OFS cadre co-founded groups such as Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Radical Student Union (RSU), and New York Students Rising (NYSR).

  • OFS cadre participated in alternative education projects, such as Without Walls and the Brooklyn Free School.

  • OFS Cadre have been part of the Wildfire Project as trainers for social justice.

Ecology

  • Worked with Powershift, 350.org, and the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), advocating participatory socialist solutions to the environmental crisis.

  • Albany OFS members have held staff organizers positions with NYers Against Fracking

  • OFS members were active in working with Occupy Sandy Hurricane Relief.

Feminism and LGBTQ Rights

Internationalism

  • OFS members co-sponsored demonstrations in support of the Rojava Revolution, the Kurdish people’s struggle against the fascist Islamic State, and against Turkey’s war against the Kurdish Freedom Movement.

  • OFS members were invited by the Kurdish Freedom Movement to speak in Hamburg, Germany on the economics of participatory socialism.

  • Represented OFS and taught courses at the 1st and 2nd Course for international trainers with the MST (Landless Workers Movement) and social movement groups from 40 countries in Brazil.