Friday, April 28, 2006


Activist Alert

Via NYC Indymedia, in the lead up to tomorrow's anti-war protest, comes an essay arguing:Playing It Safe Is the Most Dangerous Strategy.
The antiwar movement hasn’t been more successful because more radical elements are missing, particularly those at the heart of the anti-globalization movement. The success of the anti-globalization movement was based on tying single-issue groups together under a simple, compelling idea--opposition to corporate globalization and the rule of the market--with identifiable targets, the WTO and IMF, and using tactics that made the institutions pay a price for continuing with their course of action--by attempting to shut them down.

Translation: We aren't smashing enough windows.

Read it all, decide for yourself where the author's interpretation of "Antiwar" (now one word) crosses the line from protest to sedition and see how Israel gets dropped in, to complicate matters. The World Can't Wait have jumped on the bandwagon as well.

The Anarchist/Anti-Authoritarian Bloc is also gathering:

An anarchist/anti-authoritarian bloc will be assembling at the intersection of 20th and Park, SW corner, at 11 am (look for the red and black flags!). This will consist (currently) of various Students For a Democratic Society chapters (from new york city and outside of state), the Industrial Workers of the World, the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists, the War Resisters League, and various other anarchist groups and individuals from New York City and elsewhere.
They deliver a stern warning (in upper case no less) to any black blockers:
THIS IS NOT A BLACK BLOC, HOWEVER there will be time (march doesn't step off until 12) for anyone who wishes to form a black bloc and/or participate in direct action to group up at the assembly point.
Translation: We aren't planning on smashing too much stuff, but hey, if you want to, more power to you.


Update: Evil Pundit records the success of the anti-globalization movement in the comments.

The "success of the anti-globalization movement" is really something to emulate.

After all, it led to the total eradication of the IMF and the WTO, didn't it? Didn't it?
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