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News ::
26 Sep 2001
Modified: 27 Sep 2001
12 noon Freedom Plaza -
14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW


International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
202-543-2777 - 202-544-9355

Boston: 617-522-6626 To Sign up for bus:

The national march on September 29 in Washington DC in opposition to war and racism will assemble for a rally at *Freedom Plaza - 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW*. The rally will be followed by a march to the Justice Department, the Navy Memorial (both located on Pennsylvania Avenue) and conclude with a rally in Upper Senate Park across from the Capitol building.

The change in the assembly site from Lafayette Park in front of the White House to Freedom Plaza at 14th and Pennsylvania prevents an eleventh-hour effort by the Bush administration to disrupt the demonstration. The Bush administration used the Secret Service to announce a ban on demonstrators using Lafayette Park for peace and anti-war protests during the next thirty days. The International A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) obtained all of the necessary permits last Wednesday for a rally at Lafayette Park and on the sidewalk in front of the White House, which would be followed by a march down Pennsylvania Ave. and concluding at the Capitol.

The Secret Service and the National Parks Service notified I-A.N.S.W.E.R. late today, Tuesday, September 25, that they were revoking the permits in Lafayette Park and the Ellipse. The Secret Service is unconstitutionally using the pretext of security for political purposes, just as Richard Nixon tried to use the Secret Service to bar demonstrations in front of the White House during the Vietnam War.

One of our main messages to anti-war activists right now is this: Our mass anti-war mobilization on the 29th in the DC has not been stopped. Thousands of people will take Freedom Plaza on Sept. 29th, and this will allow the mass organizing for Sept. 29 to go on unimpeded and without uncertainty in these last critical days before the demonstration.

The Sept. 29 march and rally has gained great support from across the country. Thousands of people are coming from as far away as California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Maine and everywhere in between, including thousands from New York City.

As an endnote, the ban on demonstrations by Secret Service is for a 30-day period and the language of the banning order would allow the Secret Service unfettered discretion in renewing the ban on demonstrations for months and years to come. The I-A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition will carry out a legal challenge in the near future to the Secret-Service-imposed ban on demonstrations at Lafayette Park and the White House sidewalk.
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down with the IAC!
26 Sep 2001
when we crash the whole rotten system to the ground, hopefully the IAC will be at the bottom of the rubble. this organization's political aspirations far exceed its 'revolutionary' intentions. and they're more dangerous than republicans because they use revolutionary rhetoric to sweep up those who are naive and just entering radical politics. the IAC is a huge fishnet, snagging any support they can.

here is typical tactic used by the IAC:
1) go through the legal process to obtain permits for legitimate protest.
2) cry 'unconstitutional' when these permits are either denied or subjected to change
3) publicize their efforts for securing legitimate protest, and rally against the authorities who always tend to disturb their plans

4) publicize their organization at a protest by purposely leading their followers into situations that tend to give the authorities the upper-hand
5) cry 'unconsitutional' when their actions result in mass arrests
6) gather signatures and testimonials for legal reaction
7) contact media with legal challenges to arrests, denied permits, etc. when things don't go their way.

an excellent example of this would be washington dc, april 15, 2000. the IAC blindly lead 600 people into a police trap, and used the mass arrests as a tool for publicity. essentially, the IAC does not wish to challenge authority, they wish to submit to it and bask in their role as 'victim.'

don't affiliate yourself with any 'revolutionary organization' unless it be a collective or affinity group.
be smart people
27 Sep 2001
Be smart people. The IAC is a stalinist front (quite literally in fact - the WWP Workers World Party). Just because they help organize protests does not mean that they are the "good guys." Even if the people on the ground are friendly, that means nothing about the higher ups. In fact, if you haven't figured it out yet, "higher ups" are precisely what the problem is in the first place. We have almost reached that awesome plane of maturity wherein the say so of established protest "authorities" becomes obvious in its meaninglessness and people become self motivated and honest with themselves enough to not need those manipulative illusions any more. Place no head higher than your own. Use groups like the IAC for their logistics (like riding their buses or using their photocopiers) but don't let them control and channel your dissent. No masters no servants. Let's see the secret police figure out what we're up too when that day comes!