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(en) US, UNCONVENTIONAL STRATEGIES FROM REBEL COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE EMPIRE - Exerpt from the Journal*

Date Sat, 15 Dec 2007 22:08:54 +0200



DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL 25-28/8/08 CONVENTION --- DE NVER, CO. REPUBLICAN NATIONAL
1-4/9/08 CONVENTION ST PAUL, MI NN ESOTA ---- At the 2008 Democratic ---- and
Republican National Conventions, the politicians who piloted us into unwinnable
wars, ecological catastrophes, and grievous imbalances of wealth and power will
attempt to recast themselves as the only ones who can rescue us from them. ----
It's up to us to shut them down and open up the horizons of another future.
AMERICA IS UNDER A SPELL. ---- BEWITCHED BY THE SPECTACLE OF POLITICS, we
confuse elections with freedom, representation with self-determination. We look
to politicians to solve our problems, and when they fail we replace them with
other politicians. ese politicians have been unanimous in their support for a
disastrous war based on false pretexts.

They are unanimous in defending borders that tear up families and
countrysides while enabling corporations to export jobs, exploit worker
and pillage resources. ey are unanimous in pushing cutthroat compet
tion as the only possible economic model, even as the gulf widens
between rich and poor and profit-driven environmental destruction
causes global warming to accelerate at a catastrophic pace.
ey've created these problems, and now some of the same politicians offer
solve them for us. ey try to maintain our attention by debating whether to
change this or that detail. But it is foolish to expect different results from
appealing to the same class of people: we can only extricate ourselves from the
mess they've made by acting for ourselves, without so-called representation.

In 2008, we will interrupt the Democratic and Repub
lican National Conventions ---- the biggest electora
spectacles of all ---- AND BREAK THE SPELL.

Our protests against war, global warming, and exploitation must be directed
against the electoral system itself, so they are not reabsorbed and neutralized
when new politicians offer to "represent" us. Our protests must interrupt the
practical activity of the politicians--otherwise, they can be brushed off, to
remain in the sphere of personal opinion. Even if we do not throw off their
power entirely, the most efficient way to exert leverage upon politicians is by
bypassing them to make the changes we desire ourselves, so they can offer us
nothing and must struggle to catch up.

We are proposing a strategy for each convention, a general framework to
coordinate our individual efforts so they add up to something powerful. is must
be public, so thousands of people can take part: a good strategy is effective
regardless of whether the authorities are forewarned. is framework must offer
space for a wide range of tactics and plans, so a diverse array of people can
participate. Inside this framework, participants can craft their own roles,
retaining as much privacy as they need to play the parts they choose. If we
succeed in disrupting the political spectacle of the conventions, politics in
this country will never be the same.

WHO WILL WRITE THE FUTURE



UNCONVENTIONAL DENVER is committed to creating a framework to
facilitate direct action for the DNC protests.



Unconventional Denver hosted a consulta in early October
to discuss the role of these protests in the mobilization against the
conventions and in the larger context of struggle. eir goals include:

SHUT DOWN, DISRUPT, OR
DELAY the convention and associated events

PROVIDE A
FRAMEWORK of ongoing direct action against the DNC



that will also build momentum
for the RNC protests and links

between anarchists that will
continue beyond the conventions


FURTHER EFFORTS TO STOP RACIST DEVELOPMENT and the targeting of


immigrant communities


WORK IN A MULTI-RACIAL COALITION with a multi-racial turnout for
the events







HAVE PARTICIPANTS LEAVE FEELING MOTIVATED and inspired about direct
action and the anarchist movement


HAVE SUCH A GOOD TIME and create something so magnificently awesome


that no one will ever want to leave. Ever. al





RECREATE68, a group that includes people who have been
organizing in
Denver for decades, plans to provide
logistical support for the mobilization.
Teir goals include creating a resource center for action medics with a free


clinic, staffed by doctors and nurses, that will be open to all. ey
also plan
to maintain two convergence spaces and a 24-hour occupation of the
Civic Center Park for housing, events, and information. Visit their
website: WWW.RECREATE .ORG


Recreate68 has scheduled an anti-war march through


downtown for Sunday, the day before the convention
begins. There have been discussions about a day of

coordinated action on Monday, the opening day
of
the
conventions. The next step is for on-the

ground organizers and activists across the

country to
communicate and hash out a plan.

TO participate in this discussion, visit


unconventional-action.pbwiki.com or

join the listserv
unconventionalaction

at lists.riseup.net.


Another consulta has been


scheduled for January 18-21 in


Denver, where a strategy will

be finalized. To
contact local


Denver
organizers, email


unconventionaldenver @

riseup.net.

Elements story of denver's March 17, 1973} Downing Street
Bombing - An explosion went off at the Crusade for Justice
headquarters. By the end of the night one Crusade
member was dead, and 17 people were injured
including 12 police officers. The incident made way
for bogus charges against Crusade members as well
as stepped up harassment, brutality, and frame-ups
from the Denver police against Crusade for Justice
and the Chicano community in general.

October 12, 1991} Columbus Day
Parade Confronted by AIM- After broken promises
by Columbus Day parade organizers, American
Indian Movement activists blocked the parade
route, setting off resistance to the celebration of
Columbus and its legacy of genocide, slavery and
racism which continues to this day.

.
1993-2004} Police Murders Go Unchecked
In the 11 years that Colorado Governor Bill Ritter
was District Attorney to Denver, more than 80
people were killed by police without one criminal
charge being filed. is includes the death of Ismael
Mena, shot in his sleep during a drug raid when police
barged into his house by mistake, having had the wrong
address, as well as Paul Childs, a 15 year-old African
American special needs boy shot to death by
police after refusing to drop a kitchen knife
clutched to his chest. The officer who
murdered Childs later went on to receive a
promotion and a raise.
March 11, 2002} Denver Spy
Files Uncovered- e ACLU discovered a
database kept by the Denver Police for
over 50 years monitoring social justice
and environmental groups including
Food Not Bombs, the Direct Action
Network, the American Indian
Movement, and the Breakdown Books collective. Two years
later FBI agents would harass anarchists planning to attend
DNC and RNC protests.


NO isn't on the nallot

(New!) Unconventional Strategies Newspaper
http://www.hackasheville.com/nornc/uaftp/downloads/paper_spreads.pdf (full
resolution pdf -- 8mbs) (low-res jpg: front cover,
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pages 2-3, pages 4-5,
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pages 6-7, back
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