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(en) US, Lansing, New poster: Come November We Demand A Future! NO MORE REGIMES!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 9 Aug 2004 17:28:45 +0200 (CEST)


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This is the second poster produced by the Federation of Revolutionary
Anarchist Collectives of the Great Lakes Region (FRAC). We are anarchist
revolutionaries who struggle to put militant grassroots action at the
heart of social movements in our region and across North America.
This poster has been issued to correspond with the upcoming
presidential election and specifically the RNC to be held at the
end of August in NYC. It examines the agenda of the Bush
administration and attempts to highlight the interests of this
regime and its effects on us and our communities – locally
and across the globe. We also hope to highlight the ways that the
system we live under enables those on top (politicians, bosses
and cops) to take power away from the people, and some
suggestions for a different, more fundamental way of organizing
society rather than putting our trust in regimes like those of Bush
and his counterparts up on Capital Hill within the walls of power
and privilege - far away from where we live and struggle.

FROM THEN TO NOW - WAR ON THE WORLD

The elections of 2000 saw 8 years of Clinton and his
administration end. Gore, Clinton’s anointed successor, was
denied the office of Commander-In-Chief and instead the
administration of George W. Bush was installed. The
administration of Bush heralded in a new campaign for capitalist
domination – here at home and across the globe. With the
disappearance of the USSR 10 years earlier, the Western US
capitalist class could now move virtually unhindered. However,
factions within the ruling class thought Clinton had hesitated at
taking advantage of the new possibilities for capitalism to expand
and conquer global markets. With Bush now at the helm there
would be no hesitation. He would push forward and seek to take
control of the Earth, its peoples and its resources – there
would be no pause

From the start the Bush regime has pursued a course that has
fanned massive fires of anger and protest across the world. Under
the direction of Bush the United States government launched an
attack against Iraq – supposedly in response to Saddam
Hussein’s role in aiding the Al Qaeda movement in its
attacks on US capitalist and military targets, as well as
possessing weapons of mass destruction. Saddam, a brutal
dictator responsible for mass murder and torture of Iraqis and
Kurds, has however been determined to have had no connection
to Al Qaeda. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found.
The argument for the war has officially been debunked. The
information that was supposed to be the basis for the war has
been chalked up to bad inte

In the meantime the war continues to devastate the lives of
thousands of Iraqi and American people. In Iraq people are
having their families, children, towns and infrastructure
destroyed. Thousands of civilians have been killed by U.S forces.
Here in the States, despite the “Handover”, families
continue to lose their daughters, sons, sisters and brothers to
graves and VA hospitals.

The war stands as the main polarizing act in our world. For Bush
and the government it is the main issue at hand. It must be a
priority for us as well. Its course will impact us on every level.
But the global damage done by Bush extends beyond just the
war for Iraq. Adding to this injustice is a list of other destructive
acts such as the Bush Administrations pursuit of widely
unpopular trade agreements like the Free Trade Area of the
Americas. There is also the case of Bush Administration advising
the US pull out of the Kyoto Agreement (itself a mild band aid
accord designed to slow down the environmental devastation
caused by governments and corporations), and has instituted
what is known as the global gag rule that has had the effect of
shutting down funding for women’s health clinics a

FROM THE WAR FRONT TO THE HOME FRONT – WAR ON OUR COMMUNITIES

It’s not just internationally that Bush and Co. are waging
their agenda. Domestically there has been an unleashing of
repression that is responsible for attacking the labor movement -
informing bosses how to get around overtime-pay laws and
supporting the employers during Strikes and slowdowns. A major
example was when locked-out west-coast Longshore workers
staged protests against the War in Iraq. In Oakland, California
Longshore workers and their supporters were shot with rubber
bullets by police and arrested for their actions.

Under Bush’s lead there has also been an intensification of
the war against women by not only removing information about
women’s health from government websites but also by
signing the late-term abortion ban. This legislation further denies
women control of their bodies and the access to safe and legal
abortions. Women in states like Ohio must travel for hours for
basic counseling and abortion services, yet funding for sex
education and pregnancy prevention is diminished in our
schools. Government in any incarnation has sought to control
women, but Bush has ushered in a wave on attacks that are
reversing decades of struggle.

More repression here at home has been the Bush
Administrations coming down hard on immigrants through
measures such as the mandatory registration of immigrants from
Middle Eastern and Muslim Countries, the indefinite detainment
immigrants (example: Ashraf Al-Jaliani of Kent, OH), and the
deporting of hundreds of immigrants (example: Amina Silmi of
Cleveland, OH). 9/11 was used as an excuse by Bush to begin
instituting police state-like measures such as the PATRIOT Act,
which many communities have found to be so repressive that it
has forced them to declare themselves “PATRIOT Act-free
cities.”

Meanwhile, the Bush administration works toward making the
PATRIOT Act permanent and trying to enact an even more
repressive bill dubbed PATRIOT Act 2.

ANYBODY BUT BUSH?

Given how much anger has been brought about towards the
Bush regime, many people have begun to look for alternatives.
Many are turning to John Kerry. They are taking the stance of
“Anybody but Bush” while ignoring the facts that John
Kerry not only wants to increase the occupation of Iraq in both
size and length of time, but has also supported the PATRIOT
Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the
same policies of Bush towards Palestine and immigrants, and
even said that he is not opposed to nominating anti-choice
judges. Many people see the flaws with Kerry, the two-party
system, and the influence of the rich on the system and elections
so they turn to supporting smaller independent groups like the
Greens or Reform Party. We say that the problem isn’t who
is in charge

DISPELLING THE MYTH

This November 2nd they say we have choices. They say we can
change things. But come November 2 our only real choice will be
to continue to organize in our communities, our schools, in our
places of work and on our streets for real power. We must
organize for what our supposed “choices” will not allow
us - a future, a future with no more regimes! Left, Right or
center.

Under both parties - Republican and Democrat - our
communities have been racked with increasing unemployment,
cuts in schools and increasing health care costs. Representative
“democracy” forces us to choose a set of rulers to control
our communities and our lives. The myth that is perpetuated is
that these politicians represent your views in the decision-making
process. In reality you are voting for someone based on what they
say they believe on one or two issues. Then you are supposed to
cross your fingers and hope that they actually do what they say
they will do on those few issues that you are somewhat in
agreement with. As for the rest of the issues that you are in
disagreement with their views, you are out of luck. This is
because i

LOOKING AT THE WHOLE PICTURE

The control of our lives isn’t just stolen from us on a political
level. It’s taken from us in every area of our lives. We have
no power when the police are beating and killing our neighbors.
We have no say in the prison-industrial complex when it’s
locking up our family. We have no control over our workplaces
which are run like mini-dictatorships with the boss on top and us
on the bottom. To top it off, these are only symptoms of even
bigger problems. Under the current system there is nothing we
can do to put an end to patriarchy, white supremacy, or
capitalism. These are problems that cannot be solved by electing
someone new into office.

BUT WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

If we want to work towards having more control over our lives,
we must do more than casting ballots. There are other, more
direct ways to protest the unjust things politicians are doing on
local, state, and national levels. We cannot remain silent while
our government wages war. We cannot step back and ignore
attacks on the poor, people of color, immigrants, and women.
We have to make our voices heard, but reacting is not enough.

Our goal is to create a new society in which decisions are made
by the people who are affected, and where society as a whole has
power and responsibilities. Projects and public services would be
organized from the bottom up instead of the top down. This
would include guaranteed housing for everyone, adequate health
care, and workplaces where decisions are made through
workplace organizations comprised of those who are actually
doing the work themselves, not management and company
bureaucracy. All of these things would be accomplished by
groups of people with common interests who are working
towards specific ends. These groups would be linked up with
others within their region to reach their ends. This is nothing
short of a true grassroot

This might seem like a long way off, but we can start now by
building alternatives to the institutions that the government is
built on - institutions that perpetuate white supremacy,
patriarchy, and capitalism. By working with our friends,
neighbors, and coworkers on the problems that we face, we can
begin to initiate responses to problems on personal and then
community levels. In doing so, we can build community
networks of resistance, and then use those networks to forcibly
oust the structures of hierarchy that are in place now.

It is these struggles that make possible a society organized
around cooperation and need. Instead of one based on
domination, exploitation, and profit, we can create a society that
is based on the interests of humanity and the uplifting of all. It is
this future that we choose to organize and fight for!

Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives-Great Lakes Region

FRAC PO BOX 4502 EAST LANSING, MI 48826

frac@mutualaid.org
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The poster will be available within the next week.
For free copies please send money for postage ($2.50-$5) to:
FRAC PO BOX 4502 EAST LANSING, MI 48826


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