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(en) US, San Francisco, March 19th Anarchist March Against War

From anarchistaction@riseup.net
Date Fri, 11 Mar 2005 11:37:09 +0100 (CET)

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Anarchist March and Contingent on March 19th A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition
Demonstration on 2nd Anniversary of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
WHAT: Demonstration on Global Day of Protest on the Two-Year Anniversary
of the Iraq war.
WHEN: 11 AM March 19th, 2005.
WHERE: Corner of 18th and Dolores St. Mission Dolores Park San Francisco
WHO: Anarchist Action (We are a grouping of several Anarchist collectives,
affinity groups and individuals through out the San Francisco bay area. We
have come together to organize our own forms of resistance based around
anarchist principles. We are a public formation open to other like minded
individuals and groups.)



On March 19th and 20th 2005, people
across the world will march to
commemorate the invasion of Iraq two
years ago, and to oppose the ongoing
occupations of Iraq, Palestine,
Afghanistan and Haiti. As the United
States government is preparing to even
further escalate its empire building in
Iran, Syria, and North Korea we must
further organize our resistance and move
beyond peace rallies and purely symbolic

The war and occupation of Iraq and
Afghanistan, like all wars between
nations, has proven to dispel the initial
war propaganda about disarmament or human
rights. It is about control over
resources. It is about making profits for
those who own and control society,
expanding their business and military
empires. It is also about distracting
poor and working people in the U.S. away
from discontent with our lives under
twenty-first century American capitalism.
It is about increasing blind patriotism
and nationalism. It is an attempt to get
us to identify with our rulers and
exploiters, in the face of a foreign
enemy. It is about further destroying our
educational system and cutting funding
for hospitals and the very few social
services left for the poor, elderly, and

We will not be confused or distracted. We
are clearly opposed to this war, and all
wars between nations, whether sanctioned
by the U.N or not. But our alternative is
not pointless grumbling, an abstract plea
for “peace” or an attempt to convince our
rulers that war is not in their interest.
War between nations is never in OUR
interests. In a society largely stuck in
a debate between capitalist war and
capitalist peace, we hope to show that
another kind of peace is possible, a
peace without poverty, without
exploitation, without governors, bosses
and managers. But to achieve that kind of
peace, another kind of war is necessary,
a war that sees not only Bush, Blair, Bin
Laden, or Saddam as our enemies; but all
bosses, bureaucrats, politicians, police,
landlords and capitalists. Continual and
perpetual war is a feature and component
of the capitalist system. No anti-war
movement will succeed without a clear
anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian

We see our mobilization on March 19th as
part of the process of broadening and
expanding not just an Anarchist movement,
but also as an attempt at breaking the
stagnation and retarding effect of
pointless rallies and endless speeches of
the mainstream anti-war movement. We are
also trying to move beyond predictable,
symbolic, and easily controllable
breakaway marches, which have in of
themselves become part of the spectacle
of the anti-war movement in the U.S.

In Solidarity,
Anarchist Action

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