Plan C was officially formed in early 2012, we have 4 local groups (Leeds, London, Manchester and Thames Valley) active around issues such as education, anti-austerity struggles, anti-fascism and the politics (and crisis) of work. The main group currently involved in this platform is Plan C Manchester (MCR) but other parts of our organisation will also be involved. Our organisation has a focus on experimental approaches to organization and activity, seeing ourselves as one regroupment beyond the current impasse of both contemporary anarchist and socialist currents. Our members span several political generations and sets of experiences from alter-globalisation and environmental movements to the recent anti-austerity struggles.
We see this platform as the beginning of a dialogue between some of us that are asking similar kinds of questions. As crises ripple across state borders and nationalist and racist “solutions” become more visible an international anti-national perspective becomes more necessary. Through this initiative we are looking forward to encountering different perspectives and developing politics in common. We don’t want to replicate failed attempts at building hollow coalitions or yet more sporadic days of action. We think we can achieve better than that. However, we need to start with realistic initiatives, plans and strategies – a large scale international movement does not just come about through belief or magic but concrete step, this platform is one of them. The challenges of moving beyond symbolic exchange to long term, meaningful political engagement are vast but we are excited to be part of this process