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News :: Globalization : Organizing
Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
24 Aug 2005
From September 23-26, thousands of people will descend upon DC to resist the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the capitalist war in Iraq.


The Adopt an Intersection Campaign (AIC) is a coordinated, decentralized direct action campaign with the goal of interfering with the delegates’ ability to get to the World Bank by shutting down all or part of downtown DC. This can be done by creating space for a diversity of tactics, not favoring nor condemning any tactic.


Adopt an Intersection is solidarity in the streets, blockading for a brighter future.
As part of the Adopt an Intersection Campaign, affinity groups can "adopt" intersections that are strategically located throughout downtown DC to block. Each group is able to do what they wish with the intersection with diverse messaging and tactics.
The AIC group will help coordinate the intersections. Affinity groups can let AIC know what they're needs/desires are and we can help to facilitate that.

Please visit adopt.septemberaction.org for more information.

Please distribute this information far and wide, the more people who participate in the AIC, the more successful it will be!


Some Motivations for Creating the Adopt an Intersection Campaign:


1) Strategy:
Contemporary social movements for global justice and peace and against war have come to a stand-still in the past few years.  Strategy has been replaced by tactics and time and time again mass mobilizations have materialized into little more than rallies and marches.  Consequently, our messages are not getting out.  We need to find new and effective ways to seize opportunities for mass convergences and transform them from mere marches into something bigger, more creative, and targeted.


Moreover the debate of diversity of tactics that accompanied the organizing against the FTAA() in Quebec City in 2001 has been almost all but forgotten.  Instead of spending precious organizing and networking time at consultas and spokescouncils debating mass direct action tactics, we can use this time to move on to discussions of building a movement beyond just mobilizations, while respecting everyone's choice of tactics.


2) Accessibility:
It can be very difficult to organize autonomous direct actions in a city you do not live in and will not be in until, at most, a week before the action.   It can also be frustrating to organize a small action that ends up having no support, and being ineffective.  The Adopt an Intersection Campaign is an effort to allow for a diversity of tactics and a large variety of organizing levels, ranging from just showing up to putting together a larger scale action under the AIC framework.


Also, the action creates space for both legal and illegal activity, lower and higher levels of risk.  This diversity lets more people participate and ties up police resources in a variety of ways, as well as more effectively blocking up the downtown area.


3) Allows for Contingency Plans
By figuring out the scope of the actions based on the amount of responses, AIC will be able to take the most effective form possible given the number of people interested.  If lots of folks are involved then more space can be held.  If the turnout is smaller, the actions can be more concentrated, focusing on one particular area. Ideas for this have included waiting until we know where the gates into the WB/IMF() perimiter are and just blocking the critical intersections to these gates, as well as targeting specific key delegates and blocking them from leaving their hotels. These ideas can be worked out through spokescouncils and conference calls over the coming weeks
See also:
http://adopt.septemberaction.org

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Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
24 Aug 2005
Great Idea!!!
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
24 Aug 2005
fucking excellent idea if i do say so myself. i really wish i could go. solidarity!
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
24 Aug 2005
Please spread the word!!
better ways
25 Aug 2005
look at history. no matter how big you make um they will be pre mathed(911) like imf wb 2001 or aftermathed like the G8 2005 in scotland by the london Visor corporation terror drill bombings. people need to act now directly and locally.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
25 Aug 2005
Nonetheless, I feel that this strategy may be effective.
Add some randomness to it.
25 Aug 2005
It's an excellent idea. However, I would suggest adding some randomness to it. That is, have some groups NOT decide what intersections to take until the last moment. Have them meet up on the day of the even and just an hour before deployment, decide where to go. This will make it harder for infiltrators and interlopers to know where they will be and at what time. If the decision is made and communicated IN PERSON just before the event without the use of any electronic communications, it will be much more of a surprise for the forces of repression.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
25 Aug 2005
Various affinity groups forming and each one sends a delegate to a coordinating collective to help distribute the resistance over as wide an area as possible with the end goal of clusterfucking the capitalists' plans?

I like it. Twinkles all around.

If I was going to Washington, I would definitely be participating. I think we definitely need more of this type of networking in the anti-authoritarian communities. Perhaps we can learn from this for the next time that we have major shit going down in Boston.

Solidarity
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
26 Aug 2005
Well, we do have some big Anti-war events coming up this fall....
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
26 Aug 2005
Want to do something like this for Oct 29?
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
27 Aug 2005
yes i do (on oct. 29) but also, remember there are antiwar protests at boston common on sept. 24... we need a strong antiauthoritarian presence.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
27 Aug 2005
I agree. Sholom told me that the Sept. 24 protest in Boston is pretty much for those who can't make it to D.C., but that the organizers would rather that people go to D.C.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
28 Aug 2005
One thing people have to consider is that the anti-war and global justice movements can no longer proceed along alone. We need to come together as one large revolutionary front.

Why? Well, because the enemies of both movements are the same entity. While the enemy is solidly intact, we remain fragmented. The enemy laughs in glee at this.

This MUST change sooner than later.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
28 Aug 2005
i agree that it qould be more effective for the taking of intersections to be spontaneous. if it is planned, the cops can just go to the website and protect those intersections.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
29 Aug 2005
Alright, I'm going out to start an affinity group.
Coordinated Direct Action against Noah
30 Aug 2005
I will now point out that noah has advocated warfare against the United States. He is conspiring to close down major traffic routes and create annoyance and difficulty for Americans.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
30 Aug 2005
Noah is definitely "with the terrorists."
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
30 Aug 2005
why don't you start a file on me?
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
30 Aug 2005
You're going to need a file to get out of jail.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
30 Aug 2005
want to put one in a cake for me? i like chocolate by the way.
Re: Adopt an Intersection- Coordinated Direct Action
31 Aug 2005
Ok, but i'm gonna need an address.