Sunday, April 10, 2005

Washington DC April 16th call to action

On the five year anniversary of the first "A16", we are again calling for a mass mobilization against the neo-imperialistic policies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and all their cohorts. Free riders in a city where 12,000 people sleep on the streets, there is no public hospital, more people per capita have HIV/AIDS than any other U.S city, and students' reading performances are lower than the national average in all grades beyond first. Globally, these exploitive institutions are forcing developing countries into debt as well as perpetuating the current North-South system of global apartheid, privatizing natural resources essential to everyday life, and the unequal representation that denies countries outside of the G-7 (or 8?) a voice for their own determinations.

For these reasons and many others the A16 Planning Collective, are calling for direct actions against these institutions of capitalism which promote poverty, racism, sexism, environmental destruction, and the concentration of power in the hands of the leaders of a few countries during the week of April 11-17. We ask that persons who disagree with the policies and institutions of the World Bank and IMF start to create affinity groups in which to partake in autonomous direct actions as a means to prevent "Business as Usual" as well as the Spring Meetings themselves. We have planned two mass direct actions which will take place on April 15 and 16, but will not announce these actions until closer to those dates.

We hope to organize an action that is accessible to everyone who wants to participate, at many risk and experience levels. We will provide information and a framework for actions to affect the overall plans of preventing "Business as Usual" and the Spring meetings, but we will depend on individuals and affinity groups preparation and encourage everyone to come with their own ideas, supplies, and plans. This will not be a standard march and rally, and while it is coming up rather fast, we do believe that we can succeed in stopping these meetings, but it can only happen with your help.

See you on the streets,

The A16 DC Planning Collective

N. B., the Welcome Center / Puppet Factory opens on Monday, April 11th at All Souls Church 15th & Harvard NW, 10:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m., Monday through Friday. Also, people have set up some themes, please note that these are "themes" and not actual suggestions. Some intelligent/sexy/anarchist has been stenciling the city with these:

Rat & Pig Day.

Environmental Defense Day

Decorate The City Day

Glue The City Day

Play In Traffic Day

Critical Mass from Dupont Circle at 5 p. m., route to be determined.

Brick The Banks Day
Also, there will be a Riot Folk Concert at Cafe Mowanage at 7 p. m., people are also making other plans for this day which some are considering the "Day of Autonomous Action". Others would say every day is a day of autonomous action. Whatever, it may be a good day to be at the wrong place at the right time, which could be easier than it sounds!

Animal Defence Day

For those of you who can't make it, these themes could easily be carried out in your own towns and communities, in solidarity with the DC protests. Be creative!

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