The Willamette Action Collective (referred to hereafter as WAC) is an anti-imperialist, environmental organization based in the Willamette Valley. Its goal is to work toward dismantling imperialist and capitalist systems of government and economics, and to promote a transition towards environmentally responsible systems. The WAC strives to create a world with indefinite environmental health where a justly-treated humanity has moved beyond capitalism to exist as a supportive and supported part of the global ecology.
The WAC believes that imperialist and capitalist economies, governments, and practices are overwhelmingly responsible for manmade climate change. The unrestricted exploitation of our natural environment and the exploitation of workers, specifically marginalized communities, have resulted in a global ecological and humanitarian crisis. To the extent that these exploitations have stripped the wealth, power, and means of production from the worker, so too have they removed the worker from their ecology. Most of humankind is more removed from nature than ever, and it is clear that the crimes against the environment and crimes against the worker are symptoms of the same disease.
While the WAC condemns imperialism abroad, so too we recognize that Oregon exists on stolen land. What is now called Oregon is the home of the Chinook, Clatsop, Chilwitz, Tillamook, Aftalati, Tualatin, Siletz, Yamel, Luckiamute, Yaquina, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Hanis Coos, Miluk Coos, Tutuni, Coquille, Chetco, Wahkiakum, Kathlamet, Cowlitz, Clackamas, Wishram, Wasco, Tenino, Walla Walla, Umatilla, Kalapuya, Ahantchuyuk, Santiam, Cayuse, Chelamela, Yoncalla, Molalla, Chasta Costa, Takelma, Tolowa, Shasta, Klamath, Modoc, Niimíipuu, and Paiute peoples, as well as the other peoples who inhabited this land before colonization. We recognize their sovereignty and see decolonization as an essential aspect of dismantling capitalism.
This WAC rejects all governments, institutions, economies, organizations, and individuals who perpetuate the destruction of our environment and the subjugation of workers through neoliberalism and imperialism. Furthermore, the WAC rejects discrimination, racism, bigotry, ableism, and prejudice of all kinds. The WAC strives to unite communities through environmental and agricultural outreach, coalition building, education, and direct action and will work in solidarity with other local and global organizations in the fight against imperialism.
We recognize that activism in the 21st Century requires multi-faceted organizing that extends from mutual aid, to direct action, to education, to general support and advocacy. We believe that through direct fundraising and through the development and promotion of fundraising events we can generate an opportunity for wealth redistribution on a localized scale.
This work is something we at the Willamette Action Collective do because we feel that it is necessary. The goal isn’t to “demonstrate” or “show” support, but to engage in projects with tangible outcomes that can have a direct positive effect for members of our community. As such, we are uninterested in utilizing donations as a virtue signaling opportunity for individuals or businesses that choose to work with us.