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News ::
10/27 March vs. War 12noon Gov't Center, Boston (Sat.)
22 Oct 2001
Modified: 25 Oct 2001
Saturday, Oct. 27th
March Against the Warmakers-March to the Drumbeat for Peace
12:00 noon Government Center Boston
"Stop the Bombing of Afghanistan!"
"Bring the Troops Home, Now!"
"War & Racism Are Not The Answer!"
Saturday, Oct. 27th

"March Against the Warmakers - March to the Drumbeat for Peace"

12:00 noon

Government Center Boston

Let the whole United International Anti-War Movement
say to Government Center & George W Bush:
"Stop the Bombing of Afghanistan!"
"Bring the Troops Home, Now!"
"War & Racism Are Not The Answer!"

Bring Drums & Percussion instruments!!!
Join the new formation of the
Boston Rhythm Workers Union.
Contact Richard Hugus rhugus (at) cape.com

Program at Gov't Center
(JFK Federal Building, FBI, Channel 7, City Hall)
Rally will include:

Anti-war songs from Dylan to Chapman to Rage,
now banned on corporate radio & TV

Stand with, Defend & hear from Chuck Turner, Boston City Councilor, who cast the lone, heroic vote against Jimmy Kelly's pro-war council resolution!

With Flight Attendants & Hotel & Restaurant Workers' Union reps, Tell corporate america "No to Mass Wartime Layoffs!"
"Fund Mass Worker Relief & Jobs Programs,
not missle programs & bombing raids."

With Students from dozens of Mass. campuses,
let George Bush know this war's
"Not in Our Name!" "No Draft, No Way!"
"We Won't Fight For Oil Profits!"

With Leslie Feinberg, author of "Stone Butch Blues" & "Transgender Warriors",
Tell the FBI, "Hands Off Our Civil Liberties"
"Free Palestine!" "Stop Media Lies"

With Amer Jubran, of Al-Awda-MA (Palestine Right to Return Coalition),Tell the US government
"Stop Funding Israel's Wars in the Middle East"

With Diane Dujon, Dottie Stevens and the Mass. Welfare Rights Union, Demand the state and local gov'ts
"Stop the Social Service Cuts Now!"
"Welfare reform is political terror on women & children in Massachusetts."

With Moonanum James, Vietnam Vet, U.S. Postal Worker,
and co-leader of United American Indians of New England,
Tell the US Military brass,
"Stop the Wars Against the World's Indigenous,
Sovereign Nations!"

With Kazi Toure of the Boston Coalition for Mumia Abu-Jamal, let the powers know,
"Prisons & Police Brutality Are Not the Answer!"
"The Death Penalty Has Got To Go!"
"Free Mumia Now!"

and More!

then March to the Drumbeat for Peace
to the Military Recruiter & Park Plaza Square.

initiated by: International A.N.S.W.E.R.-Boston http://www.iacboston.org 617-522-6626
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism!)
email: iacboston (at) iacboston.org

partial list of endorsers: Chuck Turner Boston City Council*, Howard Zinn, Womenís Fightback Network, Rev. David Carl Olson, Community Church of Boston*, Kazi Toure Boston Coalition for Mumia Abu-Jamal*, Minister Don Muhammad Nation of Islam Ed Childs, organizer Local 26 HERE*, Lesbian Avengers, Simmons College Feminist Union, Mass Art Students for Political Art, Action, Change, & Education (SPAACE), MIT Social Justice Cooperative, United American Indians of New England UAINE, Mass Welfare Rights Union, Disabled Peoples Liberation Front DPLF , Cape Cod Coalition for Peace and Justice, Womenís Intíl League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Committee to Defend Amer Jubran & Palestinian Free Speech Rights, Al Awda Boston (Palestinian Right to Return Coalition), International Action Center, Committee for Peace & Human Rights Weekly Vigil, Justice for Political Prisoners in Turkey, Cape Codders Against Racism, Workers World Party, Steve Gillis Grievance Com,, USWA Local 8751 Boston School Bus Drivers*, Rhode Island Natíl Peopleís Campaign, Rachel Nasca AFSCME Local 3650 (Harvard U ),* Veterans for Peace, Prof. Richard Lewontin Museum of Comparative Zoology Harvard U*., Prof Richard Levins School of Public Health, Harvard U*, Rev Eugene H Adams, Minister Emeritus, UUA*, Rosario Morales Puerto Rican writer/poet, Gerry Scoppettuolo, New Hampshire Pride at Work*
(list in formation)(*organizations for ID only)

To endorse send email message to:
iacboston (at) iacboston.org or call 617 522-6626

Download a Boston Oct. 27th Flyer (PDF version)
http://www.iacboston.org/pdf/O2701L.pdf

October 27: Tens of Thousands To Converge Worldwide to Say: Stop The Bombing! Stop Racial Profiling! Money For Human Needs, Not War! Don't Take Away Our Right To Free Speech!

International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
A.ct N.ow to S.top W.ar and E.nd R.acism
(212) 633-6646
website - http://www.internationalanswer.org
email - iacenter (at) iacenter.org

MEDIA ADVISORY
Press Contact: Tony Murphy

Saturday, October 20, 2001

With anti-war demonstrations, teach-ins and street theater actions set for October 27 in a rapidly growing count of more than 50 cities worldwide, it's clear that the U.S. war doesn't have the widespread popularity claimed in the media.

"Polls say a majority support war," said Teresa Gutierrez, an A.N.S.W.E.R. organizer. "However, polls propose bombing as the only proactive solution to preventing terrorism and guaranteeing security."

"Our solution - to stop the U.S. government from extending its usual Middle East war policies, which have killed over a million people in Iraq alone - enjoys much broader support worldwide. If the polls being taken in the U.S. asked people if they preferred stopping war and racism to continuing war and racism, the results would look much different," Gutierrez said.

The anti-war and anti-racism call put out by A.N.S.W.E.R. - Act Now to Stop War and End Racism - has attracted more than 2,000 signers to date and serves as a sort of "people's poll," catalyzing a wide range of activities including student conferences, marches, vigils and a list of other anti-war events that gets longer every day.

That list includes nationwide student conferences and teach-ins, which A.N.S.W.E.R. youth organizer Mervyn Mercano says have grown into a fierce battle to protect free speech rights. "Meanwhile, the college military recruiting stations are empty," Mercano said. "The Bush administration's attempts to win support for its war certainly hasn't succeeded on campuses."

NEW YORK - In New York City, people will gather at Times Square - one of NY's main locations for anti-war activity since the beginning of this U.S. war - and march to a teach-in. Meanwhile, NY Students Against the War are engaged in a struggle to protect free speech rights against the city university administration, who is openly discussing censuring the professors' union for sponsoring teach-ins on the war. Upstate in Kingston, a walk through neighborhoods will begin with an anti-war rally/vigil in the town's Academy Green Park.

CALIFORNIA - Mission High School will be the site for San Francisco's teach-in, titled Stop the War and Racist Attacks, Defend Civil Rights And Liberties. Topics include The History of U.S. Intervention in the Middle East; History of U.S. Terrorist Tactics; as well as workshops from leaders in Southeast Asian, Arab and Muslim communities. In Los Angeles, the march and rally, called by the LA/Orange County Coalition to Stop the War and the Coalition for World Peace, will begin at Pershing Square Park at 1:00. In nearby Huntington Beach, the Orange County Alliance for Global Nuclear Disarmament will hold a Carnival for Peace, with street theater, drum corps and spontaneous stump speeches. Called by the San Diego A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition, the event will be held on the University Avenue Bridge over I-15, with the slogan Say No To War and Racism!

FLORIDA - The TD Waterhouse Center in Orlando will be the site of "Operation: Education - Security Through Peace," an educational/cultural event featuring a wide range of speakers including representatives from the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition.

ENGLAND - The Lancaster Museum has been the site of weekly anti-war vigils and marches organized by The Lancaster & District Coalition Against The War. On Oct. 27, people plan to follow up their vigil by traveling to nearby Preston for a regional demonstration against the bombing.

HAWAII - The Hawaii Independence Allegiance in Waikiki is inviting people to rally for peace at King Kalakua Statue with flags, signs and puppets.

ARIZONA - Activists in Flagstaff holding an art-focused event at the Gallerie Luftmensch, calling their event day of recognition of Afghani citizens, complete with flags from both Afghanistan and UN flown all day and an educational forum on how art can affect the outcome of the continuing hostilities.

PHILIPPINES - Holding their event in Manila Oct. 28, the Justice Not War Coalition plan a colorful Peace Walk-Mardi Gras. "The Peace Walk is a reaffirmation of our solidarity with the growing worldwide protests against the unjust U.S.-led war. It will show our deep concern on the horrific effects of the war and the Philippine government's blind support for it," said the Coalition.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Targetting the media's complicity in supporting the government's war drive, International ANSWER Washington is planning a March for Truth, from the Washington Post to the White House, with a teach-in to follow.

NEW ZEALAND - Peace rallies and picnics are planned in the cities of Dunedin and Wellington, with the Wellington Response Team saying the event will feature "music, speakers, information tables, petition and poets."

NORTH CAROLINA - Three cities in N.C. are organizing for October 27: at Appalachian State University campus and downtown Boone, October 27 is part of a week-long rally for peace, including teach-ins, film series, rally, candlelight vigil, open mike evening for peace, and info tables. In Chapel Hill, the Coalition to End the Cycle of Violence will hold a state-wide rally with speakers and music. A march around parts of downtown Chapel Hill will follow. Charlotte International A.N.S.W.E.R. will start its rally at Marshall Park, marching to the federal building and back.

OHIO - At Antioch College in Yellow Springs, the Convergence for Conscientious Peace are holding a brunch followed by teach- ins, speakers, rally, march, and an intimate political musical performance, featuring Palestinian issues activist Nigel Parry.

PENNSYLVANIA - Philadelphia A.N.S.W.E.R. is organizing a demonstration beginning at Love Plaza under the slogans Say NO to war; Say NO to racism and anti-Arab & anti-Muslim violence; Say NO to the shredding of the Bill of Rights and freedom of speech; and work to build alternatives to war.

GEORGIA - Downtown Atlanta will be the site of a demonstration following weeks of anti-war activities at campuses and elsewhere that have been happening on almost a daily basis.

Dozens of other events are planned; the list is growing every day.
http://www.internationalanswer.org/o27.html

International Action Center - Boston
http://www.iacboston.org
31 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617 522-6626
Fax: 617 983-3836
email: iacboston (at) iacboston.org

International ANSWER coalition
(Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
http://www.internationalanswer.org

IAC - New York City
http://www.iacenter.org

For latest actions and updates to
"Free Mumia Abu-Jamal", check out
http://www.mumia2000.org







See also:
www.internationalANSWER.org
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International ANSWER is a Stalinist front
23 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 (http://www.iacenter.org/)
International A.N.S.W.E.R. (http://www.internationalanswer.org/)
Mumia 2000 (http://www.mumia2000.org/)
Iraq Sanctions Challenge
Beat Back Bush (www.beatbackbush.org)
Peoples Video Network (http://www.peoplesvideo.org/)
Sectarian Bullshit
25 Oct 2001
A load of bullshit innuendo aimed at splitting anti-war forces. And don't worry, I am not a "secret agent" of the WWP. I don't, in fact, agree with their politics. What's wrong? Are you upset because they are out -organizing you? Get off your ass, get your own endorsors, set up your oh so efficient spokescouncil, and have your own demo.

No, a better idea would be to sit home and write bullshit like this attacking someone organizing a demo against this ongoing atrocity.

Yeah, you are going to have to make allies, and deal with folks you don't like to impede this war. If everyone has to have the anarcho-angel stamp of approval, you are condemning yourself to sectarian oblivion.

Buts it's really all about your moral purity, right? Accomplishing something concrete is beside the point.
The rulers have nothing to worry about.
Is Anyone Above Criticism?
25 Oct 2001
Hey Mike, get a clue! Is it sectarian to let people know exactly what the hidden politics of anti-war organizations they are often unwittingly supporting? Some of us are not into the front-group game, we think it is deceitful, and we feel that people, especially people new to left-activism, should be informed about such organizations before they rally behind them.

If the Workers World Party is going to be deceitful in their organizing strategy, they are going to get called on their shit! They are not, as much as the like to think otherwise, the anti-war movement. They are a scummy, deceitful, parasitic Stalinist organization, and the anti-war movement would be doing itself a big favor by avoiding them (unless you are comfortable marching behind slogans calling for support of dictators such as Milosevic and Saddam Hussein, and for I know the Taliban, in which case knock yourself out and fill out the WWP party-card immediately!).

See you in the streets asshole!

Against war and imperialism, against apologists for Stalinist atrocities (which, by extension, obviously means I am for sectarianism, moral purity, sitting on my ass, and "oh so efficient spokescouncils")!
just more bullshit
25 Oct 2001
See you goin' nowhere, dear asshole anarcho-angel.