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(en) US, New York City, April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!]

Date Thu, 13 Apr 2006 12:42:42 +0300

Anarchist Comrades: We are writing to encourage anarchists everywhere to organize
creative actions on Monday, April 17th, to bring the notion of anarchy to viewers of
the Hollywood film, V for Vendetta , a watered-down adaptation of Alan Moore's classic
anarchist graphic novel by the same name. April 17th marks the one month anniversary
of the US release of V for Vendetta, but in many countries the film is just now
premiering. While we feel the film's removal overt references to anarchy reflects the
agenda of the corporate media, our primary goal is not to protest the film, but to
expose moviegoers to anarchist ideas.
Actions can include leafletting, street theater, setting up lit tables at theaters,
postering campaigns--anything to bring the concept of anarchy to people who've never
been exposed to our philosophy. In NYC for example, we will be dressing up in V
costumes, and having V symbolically "assassinate" government and the state and act
out "deleted scenes”­acting out portions of the graphic novel where V speaks in
support of anarchy. (We are also flyering in costume at theaters on Fridays and
Saturdays while the film is in theaters.)

With these events we hope to educate moviegoers and draw media attention.
While many of us are skeptical of the corporate and in some cases even the alternative
media, they can be a powerful vehicle for getting the attention of large numbers of people.
Consider this article about us, from a newspaper that ran us as their cover story
While we obviously can't expect them to accurately represent our entire
message, we can at least use them to pique people's curiosity and drive people
to the website, where we can present an unfiltered message. To this end, we have
prepared a model press release available on the website that you can send to your
local media documenting your V for Vendetta related outreach activities., and will
be sending an international press release, which can include information on your
local actions if you email it to adam@wetlands-preserve.org or call Adam at (201)
928-2831 (or from outside the US: 00 +1 (201) 928-2831) .

However we recognize that some groups may choose to do actions, but may not
want to invite media. This is fine, but either way, PLEASE inform us of any
action you will be taking. Email aforanarchy@gmail.com

You can learn more about this campaign at http://aforanarchy.com. Additional
info is available in Spanish at http://vdevendetta.info/.

To assist you in planning your action, we have created a number of ideas and
tools that we hope you will find helpful.

* We have prepared a flyer to distribute at your local movie theater
where V is showing revealing the graphic novel's anarchist politics and
encouraging moviegoers to embrace anarchy. We've deliberately kept the
politics fairly general in an attempt to create a document that can represent
anarchists of all tendencies. Feel free to modify it to suit the needs of
your local community. And of course, if you don't like this flyer, by all
means, create one that you prefer. Click
http://homepage.mac.com/anon.csc/aforanarchy/images/flyer.zip to download

* Ideas on how to make V costumes

* Informational press kit to copy and distribute to reporters

* For downloadable and printable satires of the movie's posters, click
http://homepage.mac.com/anon.csc/aforanarchy/images/English%20Posters.zip (English) or
http://homepage.mac.com/anon.csc/aforanarchy/images/Spanish%20Posters.zip (Spanish).

* Access to a massive list of local journalists, including reporters in your
area that you can fax press releases to (email adam@wetlands-preserve.org for details).

* We have designed sticker mock-ups to promote the website that you can
download, print on sticker paper, and stick all sorts of places
Of course, we DO NOT suggest that you put them on V for Vendetta movie
ads, as this would be vandalism, and vandalism is against the law.

We invite you to use these resources and join us in any or all of the
actions listed above. Our hope is to lead moviegoers to a far more
radical place than the corporate filmmakers at Warner Bros intended,
and help to bring thousands of new people to the anarchist movement.
We thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.

For Anarchy,

(an ad hoc collective of New York City anarchists)
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