Saturday, February 14, 2009
Six years of war and occupation of Iraq have come and gone. Lives left tattered amongst the ruins. The US armed forces and their co-conspirators in the military-industrial complex, along with their friends on Wall Street and K Street, continue to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan with impunity. Meanwhile, Obama mania has rendered much of the left fixated on electoral politics.
Clearly, we are at a crossroads in the US anti-war movement: we can put our faith in the newly selected President and hope for change, or take direct action to stop the war machine and send the message that we will not tolerate mass murder and occupation.
The Self Described Anarchist Collective (SDAC), a newly formed collective of anarchists and anti-authoritarians from across the eastern seaboard, is calling for two days of action against the war on March 19th and March 21st. On March 19th, the DC SDS will hold a Funk the War protest in the streets of Washington, DC. On March 21st the ANSWER Coalition, the authoritarian front group for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, is holding its semi-annual national march to end the war in Iraq. But ANSWERS’s dog and pony show will do little, save a 30 second sound bite on the evening news, to send a message to the men and women who continue to bring us death and deception in the name of US imperialism.
War and occupation and capitalism and imperialism are inextricably linked in the global race for the accumulation of wealth and power. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and their sister institutions have played a vital role in ensuring the preservation of that relationship. Shortly after the war in Iraq began, the IMF inserted itself into the war-torn land by imposing a series of Stand By Agreements to restructure the Iraqi economy. In predictable IMF neoliberal style, these agreements removed public subsidies on fuel and oil, causing the price of food and basic necessities to skyrocket. They also cut pensions for retirees, capped public sector worker wages while simultaneously firing hundreds of thousands of government employees, and privatized most state-owned enterprises. It wasn’t enough for the US to physically destroy and occupy Iraq; they had to bring in the banks and financiers to ensure that even after the physical violence has ended, economic violence and occupation will reign supreme.
Please join us in anti-capitalist blocs on March 19th and March 21st in Washington, DC. Together we will throw a wrench in the cogs of the war machine.
The SDAC hopes to strengthen the link between the anti-war and global justice movements. We strive to be not only a presence but a place for dialog between the two overlapping movements, as well as to foster a more militant force against the institutions of capitalism and for the creation of a more just world.
March 19th - please meet at 3:00 PM at McPherson Square. Look for the black flags.
March 21st - please meet at 10:00 AM at Farragut Square. Look for the black flags.
Spokes councils to be announced.
The SDAC is a regional organization with members from across the eastern sea board. SDAC embraces a diversity of tactics and have signed on to the Peoples Global Action hallmarks.
To contact the SDAC or endorse this call please e-mail Selfdescribedanarchist@riseup.net