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(en) US, NYC, V for Vendetta - Mon, 4/17: A for Anarchy Action Day

Date Wed, 12 Apr 2006 11:08:01 +0300

While V for Vendetta has been playing for a few weeks in the US, its only just
premiered in Spain and a range of other for countries. The time is now here
to ramp up this effort! We're calling for creating actions worldwide to educate
moviegoers on the promise of anarchy and to take a parting shot at the
corporations behind the film V for Vendetta film for eviscerating the anarchist
politics of the original V for Vendetta graphic novel.
12:30-1:30PM TIme Warner Center, 59th St and Columbus Circle
1:45-2:30PM DC Comics, 1700 Broadway between 53rd and 54th Streets
2:45-3:30PM AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd St. at 8th Avenue (this may change closer to date)
Come to leaflet, hold posters and banners, take pictures and video
(bring your cameras) of the action!

If you'd like to participate in the street theater, email us at

Also email us if you'd like to help us to collect contact info for
anarchist groups around the world and help us contact media reps for
the day of action.

Details on the NY Action

We'll perform street theater, leaflet, hold a banner promoting the A
for Anarchy website (http://aforanarchy.com), and hold
posters--detournments of V for Vendetta movie posters courtesy of our
creative comrades in Spain (visit their site at http://vdevendetta.info).

To challenge the film's liberal politics, our street theater will
feature a two-faced Clinton-Bush under the control of the ruling
class and corporate power. The anarchist V will chase off these
scoundrels and speak to the notion of a society without capitalism
and the state.

We'll begin our action at the Time-Warner Center, home to the largest
media conglomerate
the world has ever seen (Time-Warner, with revenues last year of $43
billion), creators of the V for Vendetta film. It's no surprise that
an institution at the heart of global capitalism would never expose
mass audiences to anarchist thought. We'll be visiting their office
not to protest them, because we don't expect them to "reform" or to
be "more open to our message", since we call for nothing short of the
wholesale destruction of the entire economic system they
dominate. Rather, we intend to use their presence as a backdrop to
illustrate the real agenda of corporate films like V for Vendetta,
which co-opt the style of subversion yet never provide the kind of
substance that would fundamentally challenge their interests.

Next, we'll visit DC Comics, the creative robber barrons who used
tricks of intellectual property to retain ownership of V for
Vendetta, allowing their corporate parent, Time Warner to create a
film that fundamentally betrayed V for Vendetta graphic novel writer
Alan Moore's original anarchist vision. DC has a long history of
bilking creators and destroying anarchist heroes--they did much the
same with the original anarchist comic book hero--Superman! That's
right, Superman. In the first 2-3 years of Superman comic books and
comic strips, the Man of Steel was a far cry from the character we
know today. Described by co-creator Jerry Siegel as "a thorn in the
side of the establishment", this Superman's tagline was not, "Truth,
Justice, and the American Way," but rather "Champion of the
Oppressed." Instead of super-villians and space aliens, he used
direct action to fight slumlords, munitions manufacturers and their
lackeys in government, warmongering heads of state, and the execution
of innocent people. Within three years, DC had seized control of the
character and began transforming him into the toothless symbol of
status quo "justice" we've known for decades.

Finally, we'll take our message directly to the moviegoing public by
performing our street theater in front of the exiting crowd of a V
for Vendetta matinee screening, inspiring them to connect the
insurrectionary action of the V movie with an explictly anti-statist
and anti-capitalist politics, and to recognize that eliminating
oppressive governments isn't just for the movies!
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