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(en) Day of Direct Action: 2/15

From emergency@riseup.net
Date Mon, 27 Jan 2003 06:42:20 -0500 (EST)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

Like hundreds of thousands of others, we absolutely oppose U.S. capital?s 
criminal conspiracy to invade, occupy and ravage Iraq. We also object to fact 
that the Bush-Cheney petroleum plutocracy has manufactured a crisis in the 
Persian Gulf to divert attention away from the latest social disasters produced 
by a collapsing U.S. economy and neoliberalism?s escalating war against the 
poor and working classes. 

The protests and demonstrations of the last three months have been important in 
mobilizing those who reject the imperialist machinations and militarist 
adventures of the U.S. government and its two or three allies. But time is 
running out. We recommend intensifying  criticism of and resistance to the 
capitalist death machine by making the day of protest scheduled for Saturday 
February 15 into a day of direct action.    

?Direct action? means ?do it yourself?: instead of standing around in the cold 
holding signs and listening to someone else do all the talking, a program of 
direct control opens up the opportunity for you to express your own opposition 
to what is being done to you and in your name. It is an important step towards 
creating a situation on your own behalf and forcefully acting on an issue of 
immediate concern to your friends and community. The most effective instances 
of direct action have always been independent, original,  and creative feats 
that outsmart those who want to control and discourage us; it can cover a wide 
assortment of activities, ranging from autonomous acts of resistance, refusal, 
and sabotage, to self-organized collective street projects, to wildcat 
workplace occupation strikes-- there are an unlimited number of sites of 
potential intervention. Most importantly, though, direct action unifies, 
focuses and fortifies a sense of solidarity: each time we act for ourselves, we 
get a better sense of our individual strengths and our collective commitment.

We therefore call upon individuals, groups, collectives, and networks engaged 
in pro-democracy opposition to exploitation, war, and the State to make 
February 15 an international day of direct action, freedom, and unlimited 

A public service announcement from Emergency Mass Action

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