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What's Next in the Struggle!!! Workers World Public Forums
05 Feb 2002
Modified: 06 Feb 2002
Workers World Party - Boston Forum this Saturday night at 6.30pm; featuring an eye witness youth trans activist/leader from Workers World Party Elijah Crane
2/9 WEF Protests, report back, WWP public forum

The IAC-Boston is participating in the following exciting event this weekend and encourages all our contacts to join us:

Fresh from the barricades at the Waldorf Astoria!

A Workers World Party Public Forum

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002

6:30 PM

284 Amory St.
(The “Brewery”, Stoneybrook station on the Orange Line T)


Youth & Workers take on the filthy rich
World Economic Forum!
A report back from the streets of New York City
On the Feb. 1- 4 anti-war / anti-globalization convergence

View a JPG leaflet for the forum at
http://www.workers.org/boston.html

Hear Elijah Crane
*Student organizer for Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
*Trans activist with
Rainbow Flags for Mumia Abu-Jamal
*Youth leader of
Workers World Party NYC

Come share stories, analysis, photos, & video
From the WEF protests & discuss the
Role of a revolutionary, socialist party in the struggle to
Forever end imperialist war and
The misery & devastation of capitalist crises.

*THOUSANDS PROTEST WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM*

This weekend, tens of thousands of activists demonstrated
Throughout midtown Manhattan to protest the World Economic
Forum. Despite the presence of thousands of armed police
Officers, protestors were heard clearly within the
Waldorf-Astoria. For a full report from International
A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) see
http://www.internationalanswer.org/news/pr/020202wef.html
Thousands Protest World Economic Forum February 2, 2002
Tens of thousands of activists demonstrated throughout midtown Manhattan to protest the World Economic Forum today in protests that show that the anti-corporate globalization movement is alive and well. More than 5,000 people joined a demonstration called by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition, which began at 9 a.m. in front of the hotel at 50th and Park Avenue, stretching north for five city blocks. Thousands of demonstrators joined to “meet and greet” WEF delegates who paid $25,000 to attend the gathering of the 1,000 largest transnational corporations.
Despite the presence of thousands of armed police officers, protestors were heard clearly within the Waldorf-Astoria. Their message of an end to Bush’s war at home and abroad was carried from the “streets to the suites” of executives like Bill Gates and Bush officials like Colin Powell.
“The police diverted thousands of protestors who sought to access the demonstration area by establishing checkpoints, barricades and closing surrounding streets,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney for the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition. “Many people who made it through reported it took them at least an hour to navigate through the maze of obstacles set up by the police. Police told people the permit and protest were cancelled, they misdirected others, and diverted a large number of buses away,” stated Verheyden-Hilliard.
Undaunted by the paramilitarized police presence, demonstrators concluded the rally by marching to Times Square to protest a showing of "Black Hawk Down," denouncing the movie as racist war propaganda. Outside the Waldorf-Astoria, Rev. Graylan Hagler, senior minister, Plymouth Congregational Church in Washington, D.C. said, “Our detractors say the anti-globalization movement is just rich, white kids. But we are here and clear to say that we will not be separated nor marginalized. The issue we are discussing affects people at home, including people of color and the economic policies of the W.E.F. affect people of color around the world, with whom we have a kindred relationship.” The day before today’s demonstration, the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition sponsored a day-long teach-in with 500 people at the Community Church in Manhattan. Later that evening nearly 1,000 people packed a standing-room-only indoor rally at the Fashion Institute of Technology auditorium, to hear speakers representing a wide range of struggles affected by U.S. military and economic domination in the world. Included were Palestinian, Korean, Filipino, Somali, Iraqi, Muslim, Mexican, Puerto Rican and other activists who denounced bombings, sanctions and economic devastation caused by U.S. corporate and government policies. A large number of speakers represented labor, immigration civil rights struggles, and youth organizations. A special featured speaker was Saikou A. Diallo, the father of Amadou Diallo, who gave a moving presentation. He invited all rally participants to join him Monday evening for a family memorial for his son, killed when New York City police fired 41 shots into Diallo as he stood in the vestibule of his home in Washington Heights. Rev. Lucius Walker of IFCO/Pastors for Peace told the ANSWER teach-in, "we are asked whether it is inappropriate for us to be demonstrating against the World Economic Forum. We are the only ones who can change the world." "The conveners of the World Economic Forum were calculating that the movement for social justice was also a casualty of the events of September 11," said A.N.S.W.E.R. organizer Larry Holmes. “The strong protests of this weekend have proven that their calculations are wrong.” Organizers will be returning home from the weekend of protest against the World Economic Forum to start planning for the April 27 March on Washington Against War and Racism. POLICE SHOW OF FORCE CONFRONTS PEACEFUL PROTESTERS Following is an account of the Feb. 2 [2002] demonstrations in New York City against the World Economic Forum, an event attended by a Mid-Hudson area residents in a chartered bus. By Jack A. Smith Midtown New York City resembled an armed camp Feb. 2 as over 4,000 police officers orchestrated a show of force intended to intimidate peaceful protesters in two simultaneous events demonstrating their opposition to the World Economic Forum and the corporate globalization of inequality. The intimidation didn’t succeed, although police tactics caused considerable confusion and constituted a perhaps somewhat distant, but quite distinct, whiff of fascism -- a conceivable harbinger of what the Bush administration’s obsession with “homeland security” may come to resemble. The WEF is the annual meeting of more than 1,000 of the world’s leading business and financial corporations with top political leaders from the U.S. and the industrial countries, along with other guests. The purpose of these annual meetings is to plan future strategies that usually result in greater profits for the transnational corporations at the expense of working people and the poor around the world. One of the two main protests took place at 50th St. and Park Ave., organized by the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) coalition. The other was at 59th St. and Fifth Ave., sponsored by the Another World is Possible (AWIP) coalition. Many Mid-Hudson residents joined one or both of two protests. A total of 45 local people left Kingston and New Paltz in a bus chartered by the Mid-Hudson National People’s Campaign to take part in the 11 a.m. ANSWER rally on Park Ave. adjacent to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel where the WEF sessions were being held. Police “crowd-control” activity at this rally was such that freedom of speech and assembly -- while allowed -- was sharply curtailed. Demonstrators were herded into a series of closed pens composed of metal fences nearly four feet high, creating a sense of isolation and vulnerability. The 10 pens were approximately 15 feet across and perhaps 150 feet long, one after the other, extending the length of five city blocks (a quarter-mile). The speakers’ platform at 50th St. was invisible to all but a few hundred people out of up to 5,000 at the rally, many of whom were completely unable to decipher what was being said because of their distance. Each pen was surrounded by police and plainclothes officers who controlled access in and out of the pens and of the entire area beyond the enclosures. In addition, occupied police cars lined Park Ave. parallel to the pens. Throughout the rally, squads of heavily armed police marched up and down the several blocks. Occasionally, contingents of police on horses trotted by. At other times, cops on bicycles whizzed past. The Waldorf itself resembled a besieged fortress. The police diverted thousands of protesters who sought to access the demonstration area by establishing checkpoints, barricades and closing surrounding streets, according to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney for the ANSWER coalition. People were deliberately misinformed about where to locate access points to attend the rally. It took several Mid-Hudson residents an hour or more to be admitted to the area. Others had difficulty leaving. Some 20 buses full of demonstrators from various cities were misdirected by police to remote unloading areas. Police established a bus parking area but then told drivers to go elsewhere. The 11 a.m.-3 p.m. rally was addressed by a multitude of speakers representing the various groups in the ANSWER coalition. Corporate globalization was the primary target, but opposition to the war, imperialism and racism were frequent themes. Among the speakers were representatives from the Palestinian, Korean, Filipino, Somali, Iraqi, Muslim, Mexican, and Puerto Rican movements as well as activists from various peace and justice groups. Police refused to issue a permit to ANSWER organizers to conduct a post-rally march to a local theater showing the racist, pro-war film, Black Hawk Down, but many demonstrators managed to do so anyway, slipping away in ones and twos as the rally ended. Organizers also urged that people try to join up with the march for which AWIP had obtained a permit after its rally. A number of people from the Mid-Hudson bus contingent managed to elude police barricades to join this march, which seemed to include at least 10,000 enthusiastic participants by the time it reached 48th St. around 4 p.m. The 59th St. rally, while attracting a huge police presence, was not as confining as what was taking place at 50th St. But as the colorful march to 48th St. began, police arrested 27 people. All told some 36 people were arrested during the day. The demonstrations took place after weeks of inflammatory reports by New York City newspapers and TV reports that protest organizations were planning massive confrontations and riots during the WEF meeting, which began Jan. 31 and ends Feb. 4. Anyone familiar with the planning for these protests -- and this certainly included the police -- was well aware that considerable pains were taken by ANSWER and AWIP to conduct legal, peaceful demonstrations. Despite this, however, the Police Department mounted a display of armed force totally out of proportion to the planned events. After the day was over, the media began suggesting that only the heavy police presence deterred dangerous turmoil. The AWIP marchers captured the spirit of the day perfectly when, rounding the corner of 46th St. to Park Ave. -- past yet another phalanx of blue-clad riot police -- first one, then many voices began singing (to the tune of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine”), “We’re all living in a military state, a military state, a military state....” Posted 2/3/02A.N.S.W.E.R. Act Now to Stop War & End Racism www.internationalANSWER.orginfo@internationalANSWER.org Contacts: Larry Holmes, Sara Flounders, Brian Becker En Espanol: Teresa Gutierrez, Macrina Cardenas 201-388-7428/ 212-633-6646 WHAT'S NEXT IN THE STRUGGLE? International Action Center39 West 14th Street, Room 206New York, NY 10011email: iacenter (at) action-mail.orgEn Espanol: el_iac (at) yahoo.comweb: http://www.iacenter.org CHECK OUT SITE http://www.mumia2000.org phone: 212 633-6646fax: 212 633-2889To make a tax-deductible donation, go to http://www.peoplesrightsfund.org The International Action CenterHome ActionAlerts PressSupport the International Action Center

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http://www.workers.org/boston.html
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"we all live in a military state"
05 Feb 2002
i was there in nyc, and let me tell you, when we busted out with "we all live in a military state" that was one of the great moments of a somewhat dissapointed weekend.
a WEF Kodak moment
06 Feb 2002
ww.wef.jpg
thought you mike like this shot from the waldorf