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(en) Anarchist Anti-War Conference THIS WEEKEND Oct. 25-27

From Anti-Racist <smashracism101@yahoo.com>
Date Sun, 20 Oct 2002 01:30:25 -0400 (EDT)


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Join us for a great weekend in LA w/ Hip Hop, Dance,
and Rock Music w/ 2 Great DJ's and it's all for free.
Educate and EMPOWER yourself on why YOU.. Yes YOU
should be against war. 

"In all wars the object is to protect or to seize 
money, property and power, and there will always be 
wars so long as Capital rules and oppresses people." 
- Ernst Friedrich, War Against War (1924) 
POWER - People Opposing War, Empires & Rulers 
"The Many Faces of War, An Anarchist Perspective on 
War" 
WHEN: Friday Oct. 25 - Sunday Oct. 27 
WHERE: Arts in Action 
LOCATION: 4th floor of 1919 7th Street, Los Angeles CA
Near MacArthur Park (Between Westlake St & Bonnie
Brae) 
DIRECTIONS: From 101 Freeway exit SOUTH on ALVARADO,
Make a LEFT on 7th Street, and Arts in Action will be
1 light up on the LEFT HAND SIDE inside of a Building
that has "SWAP MEET" written on it. Arts In Action is
located on the 4th Floor of that Building 
FROM THE RED LINE STATION: Get off on
Westlake/MacArthur Park. Arts in Action space is
walking distance from there. 
COST: FREE! 
CALL: 949-436-1188 
EMAIL: Socalpower@wearepower.org 
WEBSITE: http://www.wearepower.org 
Volunteers are needed, Please contact us if you are 
able to help out!! 
DOWNLOAD FLYER: 
FRONT: http://www.wearepower.org/front.pdf 
BACK: http://www.wearepower.org/back.pdf 

"Freedom is what we make of it. If we stand against 
repression, authority and illegitimate structures, we 
are expanding the domain of freedom and that's what 
freedom will be. That's what we create; there is 
nothing to define in words." 
-- Noam Chomsky 
The "Many Faces of War" conference, was created by 
POWER(People Opposing War, Empires and Rulers) and 
many other organizations, as a direct response to 
educate and empower people to make informed decisions 
about the many different war's being waged all over 
the world. The three-day conference is totally FREE of

charge, each night of the conference we will hold a 
variety of musical benefit shows, all $$$ that is made

will go towards groups participating in the 
conference, and Arts In Action. 
The conference is an anarchist/anti-authoritarian 
perspective on war, it will focus on growing political

repression due to war, racism, immigration, 
patriotism, community organizing, anarchist history, 
and the overall effect that war has on regular people,

it will also be a time that we are able to come 
together and speak to one another on what ordinary 
people can do to promote an anti-war and 
anti-authoritarian political movement together, within

their own community. We want a better world, one 
without hierarchy, imperialists, or empires. We want a

new world, and we are hoping that through education 
and action we are able to achieve that common goal 
that binds us all together. 


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 25, 2002 

7:00 - 11: 30 
LIVE HIP HOP & SPOKEN WORD NIGHT 
HIP HOP 4 JUSTICE!!!

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
 2MEX & XOLOLANXINXO !!!
BlueKey Core-Tet 
Jupitersciples 
Yaoh & Scott Keltic Knot 
Over the Counter Intelligence 
Mechanizm 
Maj-eye & Prophetic 
Mezsenger 
Perceptual Klues 
Freedom Smugglers 


SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 2002 

10:00 - 11:30 
-Aspects of Environmental Destruction Due to War -
Candace 
-The Theater of Protest, Dissecting Resistance - The
Journal of Aesthetics and Protest 
-Self Defense - Gina & Colin 
-Education on ROTC/JROTC recruitment - Mike Novick of
Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and POWER 
- Art - Arts in Action 
- Beyond the culture of blame, punishment, and war:
building peace and building anarchy - Shawn McDougal 


11:30 - 12:30 
Lunch & Plenary 


12:30 - 2:00 
-Colonialism & Racism - Mike Novick from Anti-Racist
Action & POWER 
-The 2nd colonization of the Americas - Comite
Zapatista De Los Angeles 
-History and Prehistory of War - Ben Axiom 
-Globalization & War - Jim Araby from POWER 
-Invest in Caring Not Killing - International Wages
for House Work Campaign 

12:30 - 4:00 
-Challenging White Supremacy - Chris Crass, Kerry
Levenberg, Amiee Fishman 

2:00 - 2:30 
-Plenary 

2:30 - 4:00 
-Linkage between the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict &
the U.S. reinvasion of Iraq - Women in Black 
-Afghanistan One Year Later - Sonali Kolhatkar from
Afghan Women?s Mission and KPFK radio 
-War and it?s effect on the Indigenous People of the
Americas - Lupe Lopez and Lori Gonzales of Alianza 
Indigena 
-Iraqi Sanctions - Leah Wells from Nuclear Age Peace
Foundation & Voices in the Wilderness 
-Immigrants Know Your Rights - Los Jovenes 

4:00 - 5:30 
-Plenary & Discussion in Break out Groups 


5:30 - 7:00 
-Break 

7:00 - 11:30 
JUNGLE & HIP HOP DANCE/RAVE 

DJ MIYUKI (LA?s only female Japanese jungle DJ) 
DJ SHY (LA?s only female Korean hip hop DJ) 


SUNDAY OCTOBER 27, 2002 

11:00 - 12:30 
-Anarchist History Panel - Chris Crass, Matt Hart,
Ericka & Sam 
- Post 9/11 effects on Immigrants Rights - Hasan Hasan
& Beth from POWER 
-The Fight for Palestine - Tamara Rettino & Garrick
Ruiz from International Solidarity Movement (ISM) 
-Korean Immigrant Workers Advocate (KIWA) 
-Street Medics - Colin 
- Direct Action - Arts in Action 

12:30 - 1:30 
-Lunch / Plenary 


1:30 - 3:00 
-Amerkican History B side: White Supremacy, Violence
and Genocide - MCAlienmindcontrol 
-U.S Foreign Policy - Frank Dorrel 
-Political Prisoners / Prisoners of War - Anarchist
Black Cross Federation (ABCF LA) 
-Effects of Military & War in South America - Don
White From Committee in Solidarity With the People of 
El Salvador (CISPES) 
-War and it?s effect on workers & Unions - Jim Smith
from L.A. Labor News 
-History & First Hand experience about the War in El
Salvador - Yaoh from Atlachinolli Front & Cultural
Center of Anahuac 

3:00 - 5:00 
Panel Discussion on Anarchist Anti-War Organizing 

5:00-7:00 
Outdoor activity at Macarthur Park 

7:00 - 11:30 
ECLECTIC MIX OF RESISTANCE MUSIC 
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY: 

Mailuna 
P.C.P 
Bambu 
Suspect 7 
Sorimodum 
Idle 
Balagtsan Collective 
Cuauhtemoc 
Aztlan Unearthed 

If you would like to be involved in this conference, 
help give a workshop/suggest a workshop, or help out 
in any way please feel free to get in touch with us. 
Volunteers are needed, Please contact us if you are 
able to help out!! Also if you are in need of housing,

please get in touch with us, and we can help you out. 
Socalpower@wearepower.org or call 949-436-1188 or 
check out http://www.wearepower.org 
Also if you are interested in tabling, or selling 
times (Vendors) at the conference, please email or 
call us 

"...ironically, perhaps, the best organized dissenters
n the world today are anarchists, who are busily 
undermining capitalism while the rest of the left is
still trying to form committees." 
--Jeremy Hardy, the Guardian (UK) 

> From http://www.wearepower.org/
A three day event organized as a direct response
to educate and empower people to make
informed decisions about the many different
war's being waged all over the world. Totally
FREE of charge. This conference is an anarchist
perspective on the different aspects and types of
war, and how it affects us ordinary people in our
daily lives. It will focus on growing political
repression due to war, racism, immigration,
patriotism, and also to promote community
organizing, direct action/civil disobedience, and
anarchist practices. As Anarchists we do not
accept and refuse to obey the racist war's the US
military has waged or is currently waging on
people all over the world. This is a conference in
which we are able to come together and speak to
one another on what ordinary people can do to
promote an anti-war and anti-authoritarian
political movement within our own communities.
We want a better world, one without hierarchy,
imperialists, or empires. We want a new world,
and we are hoping that through education and
action we are able to achieve that common goal
that binds us all together. 
Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27

Mission Statement

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade
 Centre (WTC) and the Pentagon by suicide bombers,
 leading to over 3,000 deaths have grabbed world
 attention. 

 We anarchists, and anti-authoritarians condemn the
 attacks and extend our condolences to the families of
 those injured or killed. The death of thousands of
 ordinary civilians - including many ordinary workers - is
 not acceptable. The use of civilian aircraft for such an
 operation is authoritarian and coercive and shows the
 contempt of terrorists for human life. 

 It also shows that the terrorists are anti-working class:
 attacking people just because they are "American"
 regardless of their class position is reactionary and
 xenophobic. 

 At the same time as we oppose the terrorism of the
 bombers, we oppose equally the terrorism of all states,
 especially the US government. This capitalist
 military-industrial machine has been involved in more
 than 216 armed interventions against other countries and
 regions. We condemn any and all attempts by the Bush
 regime to use the attacks of 9-11 as an excuse for war
 against Afghanistan or any other country that is deemed
 to be a "terrorist" regime or part of the "axis of evil" by
 calling them that the Bush Administration is clearly
 trying to gather and build public support for a huge
 military campaign in those regions of the world. If those
 countries cannot be tied to the acts of 9-11 in any sort of
 way, then they are subjected to US "rule" that silently
 threatens that no state, except for the US is allowed to
 buy or construct "weapons of mass destruction. The
 main victims of the type of war the Bush Administration
 is planning will be ordinary people, workers and
 peasants. It will be the millions of children, like those of
 Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan who are already
 suffering in the Middle East, it will be the the farms,
 homes, hospitals, and schools that have been built and
 cultivated by families and communities over many
 generations. The ruling elite in those countries will be
 mostly unaffected because they have the money to hide
 and to protect themselves. Bush and the US elite were
 hardly affected by the WTC attacks, equally, the Jihad,
 Mojaheddin, and Taliban groups will also be unaffected. 

 We oppose, will organize and speak out in clear voice
 against any attempt by the US capitalist class to build a
 global "anti-terror" coalition or to increase their
 repressive powers. We are against the Bush campaigns
 of: 

    extending police powers of arrest and surveillance 
    Increasing military spending 
    Increasing spending on intelligence services such as
    the CIA 
    Building a US-led global military force against
    "terrorism" 

 The American people are still rattled by the destruction
 of the World Trade Center towers and part of the
 Pentagon. They are afraid that the U.S. still hasn't found
 Osama bin Laden. There are many in the Bush
 Administration who are taking advantage of this fear and
 exploiting the tragedy of 9-11, the administration want to
 use this fear to start a war against countries all over the
 world whom they claim are part of the "axis of evil".
 Remember: there is absolutely no connection between
 Any of these countries and the September 11th terrorists.
 But Bush is apparently planning a war anyway. Troop
 buildups are starting and a war could start later this year.
 To do this Bush will have to come up with reasons for a
 war, and so we can expect to see his Administration
 provoking and manipulate the regions he is planning on
 attacking and use the corporate media once again to aide
 him in this cause. President George W. Bush will also
 need to convince the rest of the world that another war is
 needed, the administration is already doing that by
 spreading propaganda and lies regarding the different
 countries in the region he is planning on attacking. We
 oppose the Rulers and "leaders" in the countries who are
 planning on using the 9-11 horrific incident to bring forth
 an international witch hunt and cause for millions in the
 world to suffer. These leaders, are the leaders in the
 interests of the wealthy, the corporate globalists,the
 imperialists, the nationalist, the racists, and those that
 pay them. They could care less about the poor, the
 un-influential, the workers, the ones suffering the most,
 the ones who will be directly effected by a war. 

 Let our voices be heard loud and clear together, let us
 work with one another and build with one another a
 world in which our communities stand together in unity
 and wage international empowerment without borders or
 nationalities blinding us. Think globally and act locally. 

 So Who Are We?

 For the most part we are Youth, Students,workers,
 parents, sons and daughters..plain people! from all over
 the US who want to work with one another in this
 anti-war movement, in our communities and schools
 from an anti-authoritarian perspective. 

 We believe that the main task as anarchists during this
 period is to speak out, educate ourselves, and organize
 ourselves in an effort to stop the US war drive, growing
 political repression, and to fight racism against ordinary
 people who are wrongly blamed for the attacks. People of
 color are the ones directly affected during this time, and
 will continue to be attacked even when we are told this
 war is over. 

 We ALSO call for support for Middle Eastern, North
 African, Central/South Asian and Indonesian workers
 against the fundamentalists. These goals can only be
 accomplished through mass action by the working class
 itself. 

 Our Demands: 

    We call on US soldiers - particularly those from the
    oppressed minorities in the US - to refuse to fight
    Bush's imperialist and capitalist war 
    Community based grassroots anti-war organizing
    and education 
    We call for a campaign of rolling mass action - in
    both East and West -against Bush's war 
    We call for proletarian risings in the Muslim world
    against capitalism, fundamentalism, terrorism and
    the US attacks 
    Freedom and democracy for Palestine/ Israel and
    withdrawal of all US forces from the Middle East 
    No compromise to our rights as individual human
    beings. We refuse to sit still and live in a police
    stateWe call on workers, activist and revolutionaries
    to mobilize against the war, and all consequences
    and actions that are taken by this war 
    working class action and working class autonomy! 

 Our group is a National organization and network of
 people, working towards ending the US War Drive. Our
 efforts are both through local and global communities by
 education and actively promoting and exposing the truth
 about the injustice and oppression causes by US
 militarism. We are a purely grassroots, community based
 organization. We are open to all who are working on
 peace and justice, we are non sectarian, non sectarian,
 and non hierarchical and work to build a strong
 decentralized national network of people working
 together who oppose the US military war drive and to
 help empower ourselves and each other in doing activism
 and organizing around these issues. We would like to
 encourage more people nationwide to get involved, hold
 meetings and start organizing. 

 We are dedicated on working with our Middle Eastern
 brothers and sisters not just by telling them how to
 organize but actually by listening and working along with
 Middle Eastern cultural groups and Islamic centers in
 educating ourselves and one another, and building a
 strong resistance against the war and US military
 occupation. 

 We Are Dedicated To: 

    Community empowerment based on grassroots, non
    sectarian, non hierarchical, decentralized education
    and anti-war organizing 
    Solidarity work with targeted organizations and
    people who have been effected by the Patriot Act 
    Community Education on the diverse cultures and
    histories in the Middle East, and the countries who
    are being targeted by the US War Machine 
    Community Education on U.S. militarism and
    imperialism in the Middle East and around the world
    Community Education on the impact of U.S.
    militarism on life within the U.S.especially for
    working-class people and people of color 
    Solidarity work with immigrants living in the US who
    are being harassed, jailed, or in some cases deported
    because of their race, religion or country of origin 
    Challenge white supremacy and patriarchy inside
    and outside our activist movement 
    Build and support creative non-violent and direct
    action Affinity group projects nationwide 
    Demand diversity and autonomy in organizing 
    Campaign against ROTC centers on campuses, and
    any other War research that goes on our local
    campuses 
    Mobilize students and youth of all ages to learn
    more, challenge, and confront those that support and
    direct the US War Machine 
    Educate on the practice and benefits of direct
    democratic and anarchistic forms of decision-making


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