RAVAGE THE RNC: Take the Streets, Take Control! > Call for Direct Action at the Republican > National Convention in New York City > August 29th - September 4th 2004 > In over 150 years of existence, the Republican > Party has never had their convention in New > York. But in over 150 years of existence, there > have never been three thousand lives of innocent > civilians to exploit all in one major > metropolitan area. And you can bet that they'll > be exploiting them every second that they're in > town. Every photo opportunity, every fundraising > dinner, every trinket sold will take full > advantage of the tragedy of September 11th to > turn Bush's reign of terror into a two term > affair. > The September 11th attacks have been used as a > pretext for implementing an Orwellian program of > social control at home and abroad. During the > last four years under the Republican > administration the US has accelerated its > longstanding policy of bombing, pillaging and > terrorizing other nations of the world, while > expanding domestic repression to unprecedented > levels. > Two wars of aggression have resulted in the > deaths of over 20,000 innocent people and the > occupation of two sovereign nations. Thousands > of immigrants and people of color have been > secretly detained, some for years, and many > others have been deported. The Bush > administration is systematically gaining control > of women's bodies, choices and lives through > legislation, judicial review and redirection of > federal funds. With the passage of the PATRIOT > Act and other repressive policies, the > goose-step of imperialism is becoming swifter > while ignoring the true roots of terrorism; war, > capitalism and the State. > Beginning on August 29th, the Republican Party > will hold its five-day long convention in New > York City. By holding the convention in New > York, George W. Bush is spitting in the face of > a city that still bears open wounds, exploiting > the misery of 9-11 for his own political gain. > The fear of terrorism instilled in the American > public by the Bush administration will be used > to justify state terrorism in the streets of New > York this summer, as expressions of dissent are > met with brutal force. > New York will represent the biggest opportunity > for resistance to empire in decades. Inspired by > mass anger and disillusionment with the policies > of the Bush administration, the potential is > incredible, and the authorities realize this. > The response to these protests has already been > determined. Armed with a $25 million donation > from the federal government, the city of New > York will attempt to define the terms of our > free speech and right to assemble in ways that > will minimize our impact. The city will use > tens of thousands of police in an attempt to > maintain rigid control over the protests. > Despite the use of such highly militaristic > forms of state repression, hope is not lost - > the Bush administration's drive towards the > illegal invasion of Iraq generated the largest > worldwide demonstrations in history. Even the > lowest estimates put 500,000 people on the > streets of New York City this summer. The city > of New York will be forced to deal with not > tens, but hundreds of thousands of people coming > to voice their opposition to these past four > years of war and deceit. In the face of these > numbers, the possibilities will be endless. The > streets will be ours, and this is an opportunity > we refuse to miss. > As anti-authoritarians, we call upon people from > around the world to come to New York City to > participate in creative mass direct action, of > the likes not seen in the United States since > before the September 11th attacks. Critics say > that our movement is dying; we must regain the > militancy that our movement once had, showing > our critics how wrong they really are, and > teaching the ruling elite where the power really > lies in this country. > We must remember that it is our labor that keeps > things functioning: without us, the cities > stop, without our obedience, they have no rule. > Only our absolute refusal will effectively > challenge the State. As Mario Savio said: > "There is a time when the operation of the > machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at > heart, that you can't take part; you can't even > passively take part, and you've got to put your > bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon > the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've > got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate > to the people who run it, to the people who own > it, that unless you're free, the machine will be > prevented from working at all!" > The time has come to move past outmoded and > predictable tactics, expanding our strategy to > include innovative tactics that will forever > dispel the notion that the State, in any way, is > in control of our lives. > To get involved in creating a direct action > framework for the RNC please join this > listserve: > http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/rnc-da. > The Convention is less than four months away - > let's start organizing now! > See you on the streets in August! > In Solidarity, > Midwest Unrest - Chicago, IL > New Jersey Anti-Racist Action - New Brunswick, > NJ > Baltimore Homes Not Jails - Baltimore, MD > Stelton (A) Collective, North-Eastern Federation > of Anarcho-Communists (NJ NEFAC ) > To endorse this call, please email > firstname.lastname@example.org with "Endorsement" as the > subject.