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This Is What Direct Action Looks Like 9/24-10/3 (NEFAC)
07 Sep 2001
NEFAC's call to action for the Anti-Capitalist Convergence of protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, September 24th through October 3rd.
September 24-October 3


"Direct Action is representative of the combined battle against exploitation and oppression. It announces, with inherent clarity, the direction and orientation of the working class's endeavors in its relentless attack upon capitalism. It means that the working class, in constant rebellion against the existing state of affairs, expects nothing from outside people, powers or forces, but rather creates its own conditions of struggle and looks to itself for its means of action" -- Emile Pouget

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund control more investment capital and have more policy influence in the world economy than any other institutions. They restructure economies for neocolonialism, steering production to elite markets, while locals suffer for basic needs. They lower wages, proliferate sweatshops and repress organized labor. Their development projects are environmentally destructive. They privatize education, health care and water; burdens felt most heavily by women world-wide. They force relocations, and destroy communal possession of the land. All under the guise of neoliberalism--that racist irrationality
which denies the historic and current realities of the mass exploitation and dehumanization of people of color, especially those living in the
"Global South." These reasons, and more, make the World Bank and IMF the target of protests against the rising tide of capitalist globalization. However, the strength of the working class is not in protest--it is in
direct action.

In the center of the corporate empire, the fortress of greed and arrogance is guarded by fire-proof storm troopers waging chemical warfare. Inside this fortress sit the mobsters of capitalism, loan sharks growing fat from
offers that cannot be refused. The global capitalist police state is built on a foundation of lies. The heart of their "democracy" is a
farce. It is a colony of tyranny. In a house of white supremacy hides a naked emperor surrounded by glory-hungry generals and power-hungry
politicians--unelected, unaccountable, unwanted, and unnecessary. If this is what "democracy" looks like, we want none of it.

How can you speak truth to power, when it is from lies that power sprung?
How can you appeal to power, when it is through your acknowledgment that they rule?
How can you condemn self-defense, when their lies have always been backed with violence?
How can you condemn sabotage, when everywhere it is the accumulation of property and profit that destroys?
We want no seat at the table for a feast of blood money.

We march to nowhere, we march in circles.
Hopping from summit to summit in hopes of being seen by the powerful, or even noticed by their lackies in the media.
Our signs ignored.
Our puppets mocked.
Our red & black banners torn and sullied.
Our voices, cheers and songs choked on gas.
Our drums and dancing silenced by baton and bullet.
Our cries for justice held in contempt.
And still, we resist!

The crunch of glass under our feet does nothing to change our world. A spectacle of militant protest is quickly forgotten. Symbolic confrontation with an inner tube or a molotov cocktail is still symbolic confrontation.
Dining on ashes does not satisfy our hunger.
Protest, protest, protest... is not there more than this?

There is direct action.

We call upon revolutionaries throughout the world to join the Anti-Capitalist Convergence against the globalization of oppression and neo-liberalism.
We will act without intermediaries, there can be no mediators in class struggle.
We will defy the authority of the state, their laws were only shackles.
We will violate the property of the capitalists, they can offer us nothing that wasn't already ours.
We will take direct action.

For anarchy and communism!

North Eastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC)

Roundhouse Collective (Baltimore)
Sabate Anarchist Collective (Boston)
Groupe anarchiste Emile-Henry (Quebec City)
Union locale de Quebec (Quebec)

Barricada Collective (Boston)
Prole Revolt (Morgantown)
Freyheyt Collective (Toronto)

Houston ABCF (Anarchist Black Cross Federation)
ABCF People of Color Cacaus
Global Toxin (Maryland)

Further endorsements? Send to roundhouse@mobtownlorg
Anti-Capitalist Convergence

North Eastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists
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