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Washington: People's Strike Update

by DC anarchist Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2002 at 7:23 PM

All the information on the People's Strike activities which will cause a shutdown of the government and downtown businesses of DC on Fri. morn. Sep. 27 and related activites...

The People's Strike: A Day of Non-Compliance and Resistance

September 27, 2002
Convergence on DC - Skillshares, Spokescouncils
and Preperation September 25-26

Shut Down the City! Take Back the Freedom to Control our Lives!

In direct opposition to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and all they represent we will shut down Washington DC on the first day of their Fall Meetings. These institutions exemplify how global capitalism promotes poverty, racism, sexism, environmental destruction, and the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few. We are calling for creative, confrontational opposition to capitalism and the crippling effects it has here in DC and around the world. This time around we are not just shutting down the meetings but extending our protests to disrupt all of the institutions headquartered in DC that play a part in this system.

The US Treasury with the backing of the White House, Congress and other bodies of government are the primary decision-makers in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. In turn, the government is influenced by multinational corporations with powerful lobbies, many headquartered on K St in downtown DC. To exploited people around the world the capital of the US is a symbol of global domination, and all that is wrong in the world. Taking back this city for one day in a spirit of resistance, defiance and love will be an act of self-determination to bring hope to ourselves and express solidarity to those struggling for freedom across the world - from Afghanistan to Argentina, South Africa to Iraq, Palestine to the Philippines.

Get to DC! Get on the Streets!

Plug in - The People's Strike Welcome Center 1459 Columbia Rd. NW Washington DC (between 14 and 15 Streets)

Open on September 25, 26, and 28 - 10am - 9pm and on September 27 8am - 9pm

The welcome center will exist to disseminate and share information on The People's Strike actions and convergence, as well as to share logistics. Come here to plug in, help out and get involved.

Welcome Center phone - 202-306-3636 (Phone turns on September 23)
Volunteers are needed!

There will be street medic, legal/know your rights, and direct action preperation trainings on September 25 and 26 as well as educational events on a variety of issues. Check the welcome center, or contact us for specifics.

What's Planned?
All Actions: Friday, September 27!

Autonomous Actions Starting between 6 and 7am - Form an Affinity Group, Plan an Action - Plug in at the welcome center and spokescouncil meetings! Shut Down Business as Usual! Take Back the Freedom to Control our Lives!

...or Attend one (or all) of these:

*March to Put the Squeeze on Capitalist Greed!
March: Early Morning - 7:00am
Meet at Franklin Square Park (14th and K St NW, Washington DC)
The IMF, World Bank, Enron, WorldCom perpetuate misery, impoverishment, inequality, environmental destruction, racism, sexism, exploitation of workers, hopelessness and discontent - Enough is Enough!
Join us as we SNAKE AROUND THE CITY and demand a world were people's survival and access to human needs is not determined by their economic means.

*The Bike Strike - Early Morning - 7:30am
All Bikes on the Streets Meet at Union Station

Bike -> Against Big Oil
Bike -> Against Corporate Rule
Bike -> To Promote Alternatives
Bike -> For Earth Liberation

Join us on September 27 as we ride our bikes through the streets of DC in protest as we pass by the many corporate and governmental institutions headquartered here in DC that exemplify how global capitalism promotes poverty, racism, sexism, environmental destruction, and the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a few. Reclaim the streets from the misery of business as usual and car-culture.

9 am Freedom Plaza (14th and Penn NW, Washington DC)
10am - Die-In at Freedom Plaza
Come together in a drum circle to say no to war on Iraq!
Between the White House and the Capitol we’ll drown out the cries for war with the beating heart of the peoples’ resistance.
Make Your Opposition Heard: Bring buckets, sticks, pots and pans and drums!


*Saturday, September 28 at 6:00 pm*
Rythyms of Revolution - Protest In Song
Performances by David Rovics, Jim Page, Blow Back, and more to be announced. to benefit the People's Strike Convergence and Community Programs at Casa Del Pueblo. At the Sanctuary Theatre/Casa Del Pueblo, 1459 Columbia Rd. (15th and Columbia Rd NW. Columbia Heights Metro green line).

703-276-9768 ext. #7

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