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POWER - People Opposing War, Empires and Rulers
25 Mar 2002
Stop the US War Drive
The US war drive is not over, the International campaign against "terrorism" has killed so many and is planning on striking once again. More than ever we need to stand with one another in solidarity, to organize, to let our voices be heard loud and clear. We OPPOSE WAR, EMPIRES AND RULERS!

POWER
(People Opposing War,Empires, and Rulers) http://www.wearepower.org

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) and the Pentagon by suicide bombers, leading to over 3,000 deaths have grabbed world attention.

We anarchists, and anti-authoritarians condemn the attacks and extend our condolences to the families of those injured or killed. The death of thousands of ordinary civilians - including many ordinary workers - is not acceptable. The use of civilian aircraft for such an operation is authoritarian and coercive and shows the contempt of terrorists for human life.

It also shows that the terrorists are anti-working class: attacking people just because they are "American" regardless of their class position is reactionary and xenophobic.

At the same time as we oppose the terrorism of the bombers, we oppose equally the terrorism of all states, especially the US government. This capitalist military-industrial machine has been involved in more than 216 armed interventions against other countries and regions. We condemn any and all attempts by the Bush regime to use the attacks of 9-11 as an excuse for war against Afghanistan or any other country that is deemed to be a "terrorist" regime or part of the "axis of evil" by calling them that the Bush Administration is clearly trying to gather and build public support for a huge military campaign in those regions of the world. If those countries cannot be tied to the acts of 9-11 in any sort of way, then they are subjected to US "rule" that silently threatens that no state, except for the US is allowed to buy or construct "weapons of mass destruction. The main victims of the type of war the Bush Administration is planning will be ordinary people, workers and peasants. It will be the millions of children, like those of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan who are already suffering in the Middle East, it will be the the farms, homes, hospitals, and schools that have been built and cultivated by families and communities over many generations. The ruling elite in those countries will be mostly unaffected because they have the money to hide and to protect themselves. Bush and the US elite were hardly affected by the WTC attacks, equally, the Jihad, Mojaheddin, and Taliban groups will also be unaffected.

We oppose, will organize and speak out in clear voice against any attempt by the US capitalist class to build a global "anti-terror" coalition or to increase their repressive powers. We are against the Bush campaigns of extending police powers of arrest and surveillance
Increasing military spending
Increasing spending on intelligence services such as the CIA
Building a US-led global military force against "terrorism"

The American people are still rattled by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers and part of the Pentagon. They are afraid that the U.S. still hasn't found Osama bin Laden. There are many in the Bush Administration who are taking advantage of this fear and exploiting the tragedy of 9-11, the administration want to use this fear to start a war against countries all over the world whom they claim are part of the "axis of evil". Remember: there is absolutely no connection between Any of these countries and the September 11th terrorists. But Bush is apparently planning a war anyway. Troop buildups are starting and a war could start later this year. To do this Bush will have to come up with reasons for a war, and so we can expect to see his Administration provoking and manipulate the regions he is planning on attacking and use the corporate media once again to aide him in this cause. President George W. Bush will also need to convince the rest of the world that another war is needed, the administration is already doing that by spreading propaganda and lies regarding the different countries in the region he is planning on attacking. We oppose the Rulers and "leaders" in the countries who are planning on using the 9-11 horrific incident to bring forth an international witch hunt and cause for millions in the world to suffer. These leaders, are the leaders in the interests of the wealthy, the corporate globalists,the imperialists, the nationalist, the racists, and those that pay them. They could care less about the poor, the un-influential, the workers, the ones suffering the most, the ones who will be directly effected by a war.

Let our voices be heard loud and clear together, let us work with one another and build with one another a world in which our communities stand together in unity and wage international empowerment without borders or nationalities blinding us. Think globally and act locally.

SO WHO ARE WE?
For the most part we are Youth, Students,workers, parents, sons and daughters..plain people! from all over the US who want to work with one another in this anti-war movement, in our communities and schools from an anti-authoritarian perspective.

We believe that the main task as anarchists during this period is to speak out, educate ourselves, and organize ourselves in an effort to stop the US war drive, growing political repression, and to fight racism against ordinary people who are wrongly blamed for the attacks. People of color are the ones directly affected during this time, and will continue to be attacked even when we are told this war is over.

We ALSO call for support for Middle Eastern, North African, Central/South Asian and Indonesian workers against the fundamentalists. These goals can only be accomplished through mass action by the working class itself.

OUR DEMANDS:

* We call on US soldiers - particularly those from the oppressed minorities in the US - to refuse to fight Bush's imperialist and capitalist war

* Community based grassroots anti-war organizing and education

* We call for a campaign of rolling mass action - in both East and West -against Bush's war

* We call for proletarian risings in the Muslim world against capitalism, fundamentalism, terrorism and the US attacks

* Freedom and democracy for Palestine/ Israel and withdrawal of all US forces from the Middle East

* No compromise to our rights as individual human beings. We refuse to sit still and live in a police state.

* We call on workers, activist and revolutionaries to mobilize against the war, and all consequences and actions that are taken by this war

* working class action and working class autonomy!

Our group is a National organization and network of people, working towards ending the US War Drive. Our efforts are both through local and global communities by education and actively promoting and exposing the truth about the injustice and oppression causes by US militarism. We are a purely grassroots, community based organization. We are open to all who are working on peace and justice, we are non sectarian, non sectarian, and non hierarchical and work to build a strong decentralized national network of people working together who oppose the US military war drive and to help empower ourselves and each other in doing activism and organizing around these issues. We would like to encourage more people nationwide to get involved, hold meetings and start organizing.

To contact us for more information or to learn on how you can start a POWER group in your city and/or to attend one of our POWER meetings that are being held in a city near you please visit our website located at http://www.wearepower.org

Nationwide: National_power (at) yahoo.com

Southern CA: SocalPower (at) onebox.com OR powersocal (at) yahoo.com

OR to call us from anywhere in the US TOLL FREE 866.206.9073 x4307

We are dedicated on working with our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters not just by telling them how to organize but actually by listening and working along with Middle Eastern cultural groups and Islamic centers in educating ourselves and one another, and building a strong resistance against the war and US

military occupation.

WE ARE DEDICATED TO

>-Community empowerment based on grassroots, non sectarian, non hierarchical, decentralized education and anti-war organizing

>-Solidarity work with targeted organizations and people who have been effected by the Patriot Act

>-Community Education on the diverse cultures and histories in the Middle East, and the countries who are being targeted by the US War Machine

>-Community Education on U.S. militarism and imperialism in the Middle East and around the world

>-Community Education on the impact of U.S. militarism on life within the U.S.especially for working-class people and people of color

>-Solidarity work with immigrants living in the US who are being harassed, jailed, or in some cases deported because of their race, religion or country of origin

>-Challenge white supremacy and patriarchy inside and outside our activist movement

>-Build and support creative non-violent and direct action Affinity group projects nationwide

>-Demand diversity and autonomy in organizing

>-Campaign against ROTC centers on campuses, and any other War research that goes on our local campuses

>-Mobilize students and youth of all ages to learn more, challenge, and confront those that support and direct the US War Machine

>-Educate on the practice and benefits of direct democratic and anarchistic forms of decision-making.





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