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(en) US, Washington, DC. J20 Anarchists & PGA people Calls to Action!

From Johnny (A) utonomy <autonomia68@riseup.net>
Date Sat, 18 Dec 2004 15:46:33 +0100 (CET)

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All out for an anarchist mobilization against centralized powerÖat
the 2005 Presidential Inauguration: Washington, DC - January 15-20th. As
George W. Bush is coronated on January 20th, the question is not
if there will be protests, but what shape these protests will take.
Thousands are organizing to oppose Bush's Inauguration. As the
liberal and authoritarian groups negotiate permits with the powers
that be, itís time to put forward an alternate vision of protest; one
of resistance to, not cooperation with the authorities.

Four years ago anarchists marched on the Inauguration, hundreds
strong. The police set up check points forcing thousands to adhere to
bag and body searches, in response - we smashed a secret service
check point, opening up the parade route for all. While some waved
the American flag, we burned it. While some booed, we pelted the
motorcade with trash. Bush was crowned, but the black flag was
hoisted high on that cold January day. In the four years that have
passed, the country has grown afraid and the Left docile. As we have
always known, itís not just Bush Ė itís the system, and his campaign
of fear makes us more fearless everyday.

This January, let the world see not a display of American Patriotism
from the right and American ďfree speechĒ from the left but a massive
resistance to the latest representation of 200+ years of murder,
slavery, greed and genocide that has been the American way from
George Washington to George W. Bush. There's nothing left to salvage
in this empire that is the U.S. government. It's time to bring it

We Are Resisting

For those of us who envision a world without rulers, a world without
borders and a world with freedom for all, not just those within a
particular nation, class, race, gender or religion Ė the time to act
is now Ė with all out resistance to capitalism and centralized power.
>From empires, occupation, and colonialism by governments, to a
culture based on patriarchy, domestic violence, child abuse, and so
many forms of oppression - the system is broken. It cannot be fixed,
or reformed as many will try and tell us. It is from the ashes of the
system, that the new world that we envision can arise.

The U.S. Presidential Inauguration is one of the grandest ceremonies
of the ruling class in the land. As anarchists, itís a prime
opportunity to shatter these illusions of grandeur by crashing this
decadent display of arrogance and wealth. This, Jan. 20th, letís
bring anarchy to the streets of DC - make resistance visible, and
ring in the next four years with a smash!

A Week of Anarchist Action: Jan. 15th-20th, 2005

>From direct action to childcare to popular education, anarchists in
DC are organizing for creative, vibrant protests to the inauguration
--- if you can, come early and get involved. Form affinity groups and
(seriously folks) plan and carry out autonomous actions, help Food
Not Bombs cook for protestors, get information out on the protests to
people in DC, assist groups working on local issues, such as work
against gentrification, poverty and public financing for a Major
League Baseball stadium in DC. The list goes on.

It didnít start in Seattle and it didnít end on September 11th. These
protests are not the beginning and certainly not the end, but one
stop in an ongoing struggle. What we build as we organize is just as
important as what we produce in the protests itself. Use Jan. 20 as a
focal point to build relationships and networks within your community
and the movement that last long after Jan. 20. Use it as a basis for
political discussions, tactical discussions, something to raise
energy and action around. Put in practice new ways of organizing
cooperatively, while breaking down social oppression so common in our
day to day lives.

To create the world we want, we all need to participate. The power to
change the world is not in the hands of Bush, the Democrats, or
anyone else, itís in our hands Ė the hands of people everywhere,
including you. Come to DC, there are thousands of others out there
who canít wait to join us.

DC Anarchist Resistance (www.anarchistresistance.org)
(A collaboration of some DC area affinity groups and individuals
organizing around Jan. 20th)

If you're with this call, pass it on and send us your endorsement to
sign on: anarchistresistance (at) hushmail.com

This goes out in solidarity with the Organic Collective's call for A
Global Disruption of the Empire on Jan. 20th

Stay tuned for a series of updates regarding anarchist resistance to
the 2005 inauguration. Expect more updates in the following weeks
about more specific actions and events as they shape up at


For a Global Disruption of Empire

A Call for decentralized, local actions around the world on J20

In Solidarity with the DAWN (DC Anti-War Network, http://www.dawndc.net/)
call for groups from around the country and around the world to converge
on DC, we call on those who cannot make the trip to DC to organize local
actions in their own communities.

Why This Call to Action?

The empire can only function with the complicity of its populace, and the
empire we face is global in nature. As a result, our resistance must be as
global as the empire we are opposing. The war, neo-liberal economic
policies, increased militarization and border controls, the manipulation
of the media only for propaganda are faces of the empire that we are
facing all over the world. We make this call because our opposition is not
only about stopping the inauguration of one president, but about creating
a world of dignity, freedom and equality for people all over the world who
are currently being crushed under the boot of global capitalism.

We make this call in the spirit of many global calls to action that have
come before us, in the spirit of an open invitation. This is an invitation
to join in a global insurrection and absolute rejection of the U.S.
policies of torture, disappearances without trial and preemptive war,
which under the guise of legality and legitimacy threaten to spread around
the world and endanger the freedom and safety of all people.

Our Rejection

We call on people around the U.S. and around the world to join in our
rejection of the U.S. policies, but also in a rejection of illegitimate
elections. Widespread election irregularities and the systematic
disenfranchisement of people of color have damaged any hope of a
legitimate election in the United States.

Moreover, we reject an administration built on lies and illegal policies
which violate not only the U.S. constitution, but violate the inherent
dignity of the people of the U.S. and the people of the world.

We look to the traditions of Bolivia and Argentina who ousted their
criminal presidents through non-violent mass mobilizations of people and
we hope to do the same.

What Will J20 Look Like?

We call on the people of the empire to use their privilege of living
within the empire to stop it from functioning on January 20th, 2005, the
day that George W. Bush is to be inaugurated the next president of the
U.S. Together, we can stop the gears of global capitalism from turning. We
call for actions across the U.S. and around the world which are focused on
stopping the machinery of war and global capitalism. These actions include
both mass mobilizations, street parties, Civil Disobedience and Direct
Action as well as Assembleas Populares, Encuentros and other forms of
real, direct democracy.

Alongside the bodies in the streets, we also call for networks of
electronic civil disobedience, hacktivism, and tactical media to join
in the struggle. Against the bio-electronic forms of empire dominating
the conduits of capital, media, and everyday life, we make this call in
the spirit of the Critical Art Ensemble, Conglomco, RTMArk, and all the
radio pirates and Indymedia centers worldwide.

Who is making this call?

This call comes from that intersection of absolute militarism,indigenous
resistance and the natural, organic movement of people that is known as
the U.S. Mexico border. The call comes from a region which used to be part
of Mexico, but is now known as San Diego, California. Living on the
border, we have an influx of inspiration both from Seattle, San Francisco
and Quebec City, but also from Chiapas, Buenos Aires and Cochabamba. We
have seen both how war tears families apart as it sends our generation off
to die and how occupation at home is very real and operates in our very

We see hope in the People's Global Action hallmarks and we make this call
under those hallmarks.


1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human
3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations,in which
transnational capital is the only real policy-maker;
4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism;
5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

The ORGANIC collective*
Opposing Repression Globally and Nurturing Independent Communities

* About Us

Our MISSION is to oppose and expose authoritarian governments and
worldwide institutions that hold the planet hostage to global capitalism
through unjust trade and immigration policies, war, occupation, and
Our VISION is:
∑ A nonviolent world free from oppression, arbitrary borders, and the
domination of individuals
∑ A global economy based upon cooperation between local autonomous
∑ An ecologically conscious world in which long-term sustainability
takes precedence over material greed

Join us: we meet Thursdays at 5pm at 2552 K St, in Sherman Heights at
the San Diego Indymedia office. You can email us at info at
organiccollective dot org or call us at 619-233-5002 if you want to confirm
our meeting or get directions.

Our VALUES include:
∑ Human rights
∑ Global solidarity
∑ Equality
∑ Economic justice
∑ Anti-authoritarianism
∑ Community autonom
The ORGANIC collective works within the People's Global Action
Who We Are
We are a group of people who came together to create the SD/TJ
Mobilization against the WTO. After the mobilization, we wanted to build
on the great success we had.

You can read more about the SD/TJ Mobilization, and see photos and
video here.
( video 1 2 3 ) ( photos 1 2 3 )

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