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(en) US, [rnc-da] RAVAGE THE RNC: Take the Streets, Take Control! Call for Direct Action at the Republican National Convention in New York City August 29th - September 4th 2004

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Date Sun, 9 May 2004 06:29:03 +0200 (CEST)


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In over 150 years of existence, the Republican Party has never had
their convention in New York. But in over 150 years of existence,
there have never been three thousand lives of innocent civilians to
exploit all in one major metropolitan area. And you can bet that
they'll be exploiting them every second that they're in town. Every
photo opportunity, every fundraising dinner, every trinket sold will
take full advantage of the tragedy of September 11th to turn Bush's
reign of terror into a two term affair.
The September 11th attacks have been used as a pretext for
implementing an Orwellian program of social control at home and
abroad. During the last four years under the Republican
administration the US has accelerated its longstanding policy of
bombing, pillaging and terrorizing other nations of the world, while
expanding domestic repression to unprecedented levels.

Two wars of aggression have resulted in the deaths of over 20,000
innocent people and the occupation of two sovereign nations. Thousands of immigrants and people of color have been secretly
detained, some for years, and many others have been deported. The
Bush administration is systematically gaining control of women's
bodies, choices and lives through legislation, judicial review and
redirection of federal funds. With the passage of the PATRIOT Act
and other repressive policies, the goose-step of imperialism is
becoming swifter while ignoring the true roots of terrorism; war,
capitalism and the State.

Beginning on August 29th, the Republican Party will hold its
five-day long convention in New York City. By holding the
convention in New York, George W. Bush is spitting in the face of a
city that still bears open wounds, exploiting the misery of 9-11 for
his own political gain. The fear of terrorism instilled in the
American public by the Bush administration will be used to justify
state terrorism in the streets of New York this summer, as
expressions of dissent are met with brutal force. New York will represent the biggest opportunity for resistance to
empire in decades. Inspired by mass anger and disillusionment with
the policies of the Bush administration, the potential is
incredible, and the authorities realize this. The response to these
protests has already been determined. Armed with a $25 million
donation from the federal government, the city of New York will
attempt to define the terms of our free speech and right to assemble
in ways that will minimize our impact. The city will use tens of
thousands of police in an attempt to maintain rigid control over the
protests.

Despite the use of such highly militaristic forms of state
repression, hope is not lost - the Bush administration's drive
towards the illegal invasion of Iraq generated the largest worldwide
demonstrations in history. Even the lowest estimates put 500,000
people on the streets of New York City this summer. The city of New
York will be forced to deal with not tens, but hundreds of thousands
of people coming to voice their opposition to these past four years
of war and deceit. In the face of these numbers, the possibilities
will be endless. The streets will be ours, and this is an
opportunity we refuse to miss.

As anti-authoritarians, we call upon people from around the world to
come to New York City to participate in creative mass direct action,
of the likes not seen in the United States since before the
September 11th attacks. Critics say that our movement is dying; we
must regain the militancy that our movement once had, showing our
critics how wrong they really are, and teaching the ruling elite
where the power really lies in this country. We must remember that it is our labor that keeps things
functioning: without us, the cities stop, without our obedience,
they have no rule. Only our absolute refusal will effectively
challenge the State. As Mario Savio said: "There is a time when the
operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at
heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part,
and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the
wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to
make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it,
to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will
be prevented from working at all!"

The time has come to move past outmoded and predictable tactics,
expanding our strategy to include innovative tactics that will
forever dispel the notion that the State, in any way, is in control
of our lives. To get involved in creating a direct action framework for the RNC
please join this listserve: http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/rnc-da.

The Convention is less than four months away - let's start
organizing now!

See you on the streets in August! In Solidarity,

Midwest Unrest - Chicago, IL
New Jersey Anti-Racist Action - New Brunswick, NJ
Baltimore Homes Not Jails - Baltimore, MD
Stelton (A) Collective, North-Eastern Federation of
Anarcho-Communists (NJ NEFAC )

To endorse this call, please email rncda@hushmail.com
rncda@hushmail.com with "Endorsement" as the subject. From: junkyard21-A-ziplip.com


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