About Us

The Federation of Egalitarian Communities is a network of communal groups spread across North America. We range in size and emphasis from small agricultural homesteads to village-like communities to urban group houses.

Principles of the FEC

Each of the FEC communities:

  1. Holds its land, labor, income and other resources in common.
  2. Assumes responsibility for the needs of its members, receiving the products of their labor and distributing these and all other goods equally, or according to need.
  3. Practices non-violence.
  4. Uses a form of decision making in which members have an equal opportunity to participate, either through consensus, direct vote, or right of appeal or overrule.
  5. Actively works to establish the equality of all people and does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, class, creed, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  6. Acts to conserve natural resources for present and future generations while striving to continually improve ecological awareness and practice.
  7. Creates processes for group communication and participation and provides an environment which supports people's development.

Why We Exist

Because we share so much, and because we are committed to a vision of community which transcends our individual groups, we have joined together to cooperate on publications, conferences, recruitment efforts, community support systems including health care, and other mutually supportive activities. Our aim is not only to help each other; we want to help more people discover the advantages of a communal alternative, and to promote the evolution of a more egalitarian world.

By joining the FEC, each member community commits to contributing a certain amount of money (based on income) and labor (based on membership).  This money is used to subsidize travel for labor exchange, scholarships for educational opportunities that will benefit member communities, and making loans to benefit communities and projects aligned with our values.  Some, but not all, of our communities pay into a community health fund called PEACH which provides assistance to communities which are obligated to cover the health costs of each of their members.

In terms of our labor contributions, individual delegates and other members of FEC communities decide what projects they value and wish to work on.  For the continuance of the federation, each full member community is obligated to select a delegate (or two).  These delegates

 our annual assembly if possible.

Get to Know Us

Each of our member communities is unique.  Together, our federation cooperates to share values, money, and labor in a way that benefits us all.  Our constitution describes the way that the FEC determines community membership and makes decisions about what to do with our collectivized resources.

Connect With Us

We cannot promise utopia, but if you are seriously interested in our joyous struggle, we invite you to come and see for yourself. To arrange a visit, contact the individual community you want to go to. Other opportunities to connect with us include conferences on community living.

If you are part of an existing community that is interested in potentially joining the FEC, see info on becoming an FEC community.

For other queries, please e-mail secretary@thefec.org.