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(en) US, NYC, Call by Don't Just Vote, for a Direct Action Contigent for RNC

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Date Sun, 8 Aug 2004 06:48:45 +0200 (CEST)

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The whole world is watching New York City as the Republican
National Convention comes to town to coronate Bush, and this
election will be the most watched election in history. But whether
you vote or not, voting is the least effective strategy for having a
say in society. You can vote once or twice a year, but it's what
you do every day that counts. Only through direct action and
direct democracy can we seize back power over our own lives ...
and for the days of Republican National Convention, we are
calling for a contingent in the streets to do exactly that.
Let's play no legal games with the lackeys of Bush. You cannot
give a permit for free speech: freedom is ours at birth and no
government can take it away. We refuse to march into any
ridiculous "Free Speech Zone," a cage of barbed wire and steel
reminiscent of Guantanamo Bay. People should never blindly
submit to the orders of the police or any self-proclaimed elite of
protest organizers that leads us straight into disaster against our
common sense.

Instead, the Don't Just Vote Take Action contingent will
demonstrate that against all odds we can organize ourselves and
take action, even if New York City is under full paramilitary
occupation. It is equally important we keep a radical message of
direct action at the forefront of the RNC at every major event,
even if we do not agree with the organizers of a particular event.
We must defend ourselves against possible attack like family and
keep our spirits high.

Even though it is a permitted march, in the spirit of solidarity we
will participate in the United for Peace and Justice march on
Sunday August 29th to give a radical voice to what otherwise
might be a reformist event. Come prepared and meet beneath the
"Don't Just Vote Take Action" banner and giant Dragon: dress
appropriately and bring your own banners, flags, drums, and
music, and together march as cluster of affinity groups with our
allies. As for the events afterwards on Sunday, if possible many
of us will participate. The next day on Monday we will march
again with the one of the Poor People's marches to help defend
the march from possible arrests of immigrants, people of color,
and others who are normally targeted by the racist police force.
We will support the call for action on Tuesday. We are open to
merging our contingent with as many others to build strength
and solidarity for the RNC and will keep lines of communication
open at the spokescouncil meeting.

Direct action isn't just marching without a permit. Every day of
the Republican National Convention will be a day of autonomous
action by affinity groups employing a diversity of tactics: from
crashing the lavish parties of the Republicans, to committing and
supporting acts of civil disobedience and showing up where the
Republicans least expect us. There's no lack of opportunities!

The torture in Abu Gharib is nothing new to those who have
been tortured in the prisons of America, and the bombed rubble
of neighborhoods in Iraq resembles all too well neighborhoods
across America destroyed by "free trade" and trickle-down
economics. From the poor sent to die in Iraq for corporate profits
to the countless victims of the American military across the
world, it is in the best interest of people everywhere to unite and
strike at the heart of greed and war that is the Republican
National Convention. Will future generations look back on us as
the "Good Germans" who stood idly by when action was called
for? Or will we take a stand?

It's time to take the power back - and no ballot box can do that
for you. To all those who support this call, we encourage you to
get in touch, endorse it, and take to the streets in New York City!

The exact point of mobilization for Don't Just Vote Take Action
contingent will be announced both over the Internet and in the
spokescouncil meetings in New York City before Sunday.

For more information, to endorse the call, or to otherwise get in
touch e-mail: info@dontjustvote.com
*[Ed. Note: This initiative was started by a group of
American anarchists who met after the NCOR conference
in Washington, DC in Janaury.]

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