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Boston bus to WEF protests, tonight
01 Feb 2002
Modified: 03 Feb 2002
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Declare war on unemployment, poverty and mass layoffs - not the people of the Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Defend civil liberties.

Money for jobs, education and health care - not war in Afghanistan and the Middle East and corporate tax cuts.

From January 31 to February 4, corporate bosses from the world's largest transnationals and political leaders will meet in New York City for their annual World Economic Forum. In past years they met in Davos, Switzerland, but massive demonstrations forced a change in venue. This year they'll be meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in mid-town Manhattan. The World Economic Forum will celebrate war in Afghanistan and the Middle East, attacks on civil liberties, and corporate tax cuts. The International ANSWER Coalition calls for alternatives - jobs, health care, education, civil rights, and peace with justice - that reflect the needs of the vast majority of people. The corporate agenda wasn't welcome in Davos, and it's not welcome in New York City.

A workers' world is possible

Why WEF billionaires won't be welcome in NYC
By Leslie Feinberg
New York, Jan. 16, 2001

Next round in anti-globalization struggle

Movement gears up for New York

Tycoons to meet on Feb. 2 amid swirl of protest
By Leslie Feinberg
New York, Dec. 19, 2001

Class struggle comes to the mountain top
By Leslie Feinberg Feb. 8, 2001

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If ANSWER is trustworthy...
01 Feb 2002
then why do they use front groups? ANSWER goes by about five names. Their "vanguard" group is the Workers World party, a marxist-leninst group which has been known for its stupport for Slobodan Milosevic among others, perhaps on the reasoning that if the US doesn't like 'em, he must be cool. (Note to those who are about to say I'm red-baiting--I'm not objecting to their support for Milosevic because he calls himself a Socialist--which he isn't. More becuase he was an undemocratic with blood on his hands.) Workers World's newspapers proiferate (though at least they give em away rather than selling them like other marxist-leninst groups). Then there's the International Action Center, another name for the same group. When women are involved, they'll sometimes call themselves the Women's Fightback Committee (or is that Women's Fightback Network--it's hard to keep straight). A few years back, they went as the National People's Campaign, though they seem to have dropped that--it was supposedly the name of their popular group to oppose the Contract with America.

One of the funnier moments at the Bush protest a few weeks back was when someone from WW/IAC/ANSWER/etc said that different groups on the left had to come together. A great thing to call for, but a hypocritical one when they're so disingenuous that they use all these different little front groups.

If anyone can respond to this by explaining why it's wrong (rather than just calling me a jerk), I welcome it.
friendly response - some clarity maybe
03 Feb 2002
there are many of us who are part of ANSWER (act now to stop war and end racism) and are not part of the workers world party. i'm one of them (not one for parties at all). workers world and the international action center are not necessarily the same group either. ramsey clark started the iac around the time of the gulf war, while workers world has been around for much longer. the two groups have different meetings. the iac IS one of the founding organizations of answer, yet answer is an international coalition of many organizations opposed to the war. all kinds. in fact there are many answer organizations and individuals who aren't any form of socialist at all, or who are actually anti-socialist. the answer steering committee is also representative of this too - they are from many different organizations who are not associated with the iac at all, except through answer. also, the women's fightback network is not the workers world party either, and there was never a women's fightback COMMITTEE. the wfn is also a network of other organizations, much like answer is - not just "the women of the iac". basically, you could think of it like this: the iac and workers world do have a close relationship. as do many organizations in boston with other org's. and the iac is also involved in helping start a lot of coalitions and networks (like answer and the wfn). big deal. there's lots of close coalitions out there like that. i mean, would you say bgan (the boston global action network) is the same organization as jobs with justice? no, i wouldn't, even though a lot of the same people are very involved with both. but they do have a close relationship, even sharing the same space too. i see that as the same thing as the relationship btw the iac and answer.

i hope this clears that up. they're not all just one organization that goes by many names. ESPECIALLY answer. i think all the groups in that coalition are listed on answer's website if you wanna see it. anyways, even if you think all that, why use it to criticize the boston answer group while they were reaching out to everyone and sharing the space on their bus?