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o27 - Int'l Day of Action vs. War & Racism
20 Oct 2001
Modified: 21 Oct 2001
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27: A call from International A.N.S.W.E.R. for actions in cities across the U.S. and around the world. Rallies, marches & teach-ins are taking place all over the U.S. and in over a dozen other countries.

*USE OUR EASY-TO-FILL-OUT FORM to add your local activity to the list today!* If you are planning an action in your city on October 27, or are planning transportation to another city for their activity, go to , scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the form. The web page is receiving thousands of hits from people looking for activities taking place in their community.

---For protests in your city, go to If there isn't a rally or teach-in planned, call one today!
---WASHINGTON DC: meet 12 noon at the Washington Post (15th St. Between L and M NW). March to the White House & teach-in will follow.
---NEW YORK CITY: meet 1 pm at the New York Times (43rd and Broadway, Times Square). March and teach-in will follow.
---SAN FRANCISCO: Teach-in against racism and war at 4 pm, Mission High School (18th and Dolores Streets)
---BOSTON, MA: meet 12 noon at Government Center for rally and march.

***Fill out the form at to let us know about your local action. It will be posted on the web so others in your area can join, and so that the world sees that there is a growing movement against racism and war!***

FOR MORE INFORMATION, see, email ANSWER (at) or ANSWER (at), or call 202-543-2777 or 212-633-6646.
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A.N.S.W.E.R. = Stalinist dupes!
21 Oct 2001
What You Should Know about the Workers World Party and the International Action Center

The International Action Center is a prominent Left organization located in New York City which is known for organizing large Left protests. What most people don't know is that an authoritarian Left organization stands behind the IAC, an organization known as the Workers World Party. Both organizations have been criticized by Left activists for supporting dictators such as Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein. They have also been criticized for their authoritarian activist methods and for their cooperation with the police.

The IAC are like the "Borg" of the Left. They always want to be friends with you and they want you to sign onto their projects. They get the momentum going for their projects by creating deceptive lists of endorsers and then they use this to manipulate other groups to sign on. A critical mass develops behind their event, which ends up being big enough to give the IAC the credibility that it is really interested in. As one activist recently explained:

"The IAC made a point of contacting many groups to sign on to International ANSWER. They immediately contacted various groups in the New York area for support and got it. They got folks as individuals to sign on and listing their organization (for informational purposes) which gives the illusion that those groups were for ANSWER even if those groups hadn't had time to even make a decision yet. They were willing to have anyone sign on, no litmus test of political principles required. Pacifists groups like the Jonah Catholic Worker House in Baltimore, or WWP's ideological rivals in the Freedrom Road Socialist Party. For each name they got added to their list of endorsers, that gave them more clout as being the first big demonstration against the war."

The WWP is an authoritarian organization. Decisions about when and demos are going to be held are made by a small group of leaders. The WWP expects endorsing groups to participate under the banner of one of its front organizations, frequently the International Action Center and currently through the International A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition. This goes clearly against the non-hierarchical and democratic organizing models that have characterized the anti-globalization and anti-capitalist movements. There is no spokescouncil in the IAC.

The IAC is also known for the timidity of its protests, which are typically permitted, symbolic affairs that involve endless hours of speakers and a permitted march. The IAC actively discourages all forms of direct action, including civil disobedience. The IAC actively participates and cooperates with the police at all stages of protest organizing. One of their frequent tactics is to take out permits for all the public spaces that other protest groups might be using for a large mass action. They then play "permit broker" in order to gain influence among other protestors.

WWP Front Groups
International Action Center (
International A.N.S.W.E.R. (
Mumia 2000 (
Iraq Sanctions Challenge
Beat Back Bush (
Peoples Video Network (