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The Masquerade Project Manifesto
Email: info (nospam) masqueradeproject.org
20 Aug 2001
We at the Masquerade Project want to make sure that our sisters and brothers at the World Bank/IMF protests in DC have the protection they need from tear gas and pepper spray — and we also think it's time for an aesthetic intervention on the front lines of the movement for global justice. So we're organizing the DC Masquerade: raising money to buy and fabulously decorate hundreds of gas masks for free distribution at the September 29-30 demonstrations in Washington.
-- please forward far and wide --
*****THE DC MASQUERADE*****
The clouds of toxic gas over Quebec City and
Genoa show one thing we can all expect during
the September 29-30 demonstrations against the
World Bank and IMF in Washington, DC: lots of
tear gas and pepper spray where people gather on
the streets to express their vision of a just and
We at the Masquerade Project want to make sure
that our sisters and brothers have the protection
they need -- and we also think it's time for an
aesthetic intervention on the front lines of the movement for global justice. So we're organizing the DC Masquerade: raising money to buy and
fabulously decorate hundreds of gas masks for
free distribution at the IMF/World Bank protests
Black may be timelessly chic. But we long for more
color, more élan. We believe our movements should
reflect the world we want to create. And for us,
that's a world with loads of color, sparkle,
variety, and individual creativity.
Tear gas contains highly toxic chemicals and
solvents whose short- and long-term health
effects are poorly understood. We STRONGLY
recommend that everyone who is taking part in the
DC protests protect themselves with a gas mask.
But wearing a gas mask doesn't have to mean
adopting a grim paramilitary uniform: Leave that
to the police who will be defending the
institutions of the global elite.
We're using bright paints, rhinestones, sequins,
glitter, and trim to transform the masks we'll be
giving away into splendid and sassy creations.
We need your help. We've found a super-cheap
source of masks -- so every $5 you donate will
protect one person's eyes, lungs, and skin from
the damaging effects of chemical weapons.
1. DONATE TO THE MASQUERADE PROJECT! It's very
simple: The more money we get, the more masks we
will buy and give away on the streets. Each $5
purchases one mask -- give generously! You can
donate by credit card at http://www.masqueradeproject.org or send a check
or money order made out to The Masquerade Project
to P.O. Box 648, NY, NY 10009.
2. DO IT YOURSELF Decorate your own masks and
join us in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-30. See
http://www.globalizethis.org for details on the
protests. Check out our website at
http://www.masqueradeproject.org for information
on where to buy a gas mask and what materials
work best for decorating (plus photos of some of
our favorite creations).
3. EDUCATE yourself and your community about the
health risks of tear-gas and pepper spray
exposure, and how to protect yourself. We've
compiled links to the best available sources of
information on these chemical weapons, their
health effects, and recommended methods for
treating exposure at our
In previous demonstrations, a large and vibrant
festival has emerged in the safe zones, behind the
front lines. But the front line is wherever
there's a fuming gas canister. And increasingly,
the creeping, stinging gas seems to be
everywhere. We can't let it stop our
celebration -- or our resistance.
Let's bring the carnival against capitalism to the
front lines of protest.
*****THE DC MASQUERADE*****
info (at) masqueradeproject.org