Fw: [nyc-dan] FREE RADICAL: INAUGURATION SPECIAL

gdunkel at SPAMmindspring.com gdunkel at SPAMmindspring.com
Sun Jan 7 18:56:20 MST 2001


I try very hard not to respond to "red-bating" but on a list devoted to
developping a Marxist approach to political problems, I am going to break
my rule.

I don't really see the relevance of bringing up Czechoslovakia in 1968, or
Ceausescu's regime in Romania in a discussion of organizing for January
20.  This lack of relevance is one of the marks of baiting.

But the IAC's role in opposing the war against Iraq, which was started by
the father of our current president-select and implemented by his choice
for secretary of state, is relevant.

The split in the anti-Iraq war movement was not "ridiculous" -- it was
based on the IAC opposing sanctions against Iraq and the other coalition
supporting them.

Since that time these sanctions have killed hundreds of thousands of
Iraqis, particularly children, and caused great suffering.  The IAC has led
three Sanction Challenges, illegal trips to Iraq in violation of the UN/US
ban and has another one leaving Jan 12 which will fly into Baghdad from
Jordan.

Some of the delegates on this Challenge who return in time intend to go
to J20 to raise the issue of sanctions as a genocidal attack on the Iraqi
people.

Perhaps their presence will give give Cmrd. Snedeker and the author of
the piece he distributed the "whim-whams" but I think that for millions of
Arabs and progressives throughout the world, it will be another example
of the solidarity the IAC strives to express.

/greg dunkel



On 6 Jan 01, at 22:27,  George Snedeker wrote:

> we haven't had any discussion of the Jan. 20th protests scheduled to oppose
> the inauguration of George Bush. here is some information concerning these
> protests. ----- Original Message ----- From: <SOncu at aol.com> To:
> <mayday2k at egroups.com> Cc: <wsn at csf.colorado.edu>;
> <Ergin.Yildizoglu at blueyonder.co.uk>; <armagano at antimai.org> Sent: Saturday,
> January 06, 2001 9:43 PM Subject: Fwd: [nyc-dan] FREE RADICAL: INAUGURATION
> SPECIAL
>
> > ========================================================
> > FREE RADICAL: CHRONICLE OF THE NEW UNREST
> >     an online column by L.A. KAUFFMAN
> >           www.free-radical.org

much materila cut

> > using more militant tactics.
> >
> >
> > 5. International Action Center
> >
> > The International Action Center (www. iacenter.org) is doing
> > a vast amount of organizing work for the J20 protests,
> > emphasizing the issues of black disenfranchisement and
> > criminal injustice. The group has long experience with
> > big national mobilizations; for this one, it's created a
> > network of regional "organizing centers" that are both
> > spreading the word and handling key logistical details
> > like chartering buses.
> >
> > The IAC was founded after the Persian Gulf War of 1991
> > by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. It's a
> > front group for the Workers World Party (www.workers.org),
> > a four-decade-old socialist organization with some
> > super-creepy politics. Workers World applauded the
> > Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, supported
> > the murderous regime of Romania dictator Nicolae Ceausescu,
> > and caused a major and ridiculous split in the antiwar
> > movement during the Gulf War by refusing to criticize
> > the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein.
> >
> > Many activists I know - some of them anti-authoritarian
> > to the core -- cut the IAC a fair amount of slack, because
> > the group boasts many skilled organizers and mobilizes
> > a lot of people. I've been impressed with the size of
> > their contingents at police brutality marches in New York
> > and the protests outside the Republican Convention in
> > Philadelphia. They do a great job organizing logistics
> > like chartering buses - visit their site if you need
> > transportation. But at the risk of being called a
> > red-baiter, I've got to say that the IAC gives me
> > the whim-whams.
> >
> >
> > ADDITIONAL LINKS
> >
> > To keep up with protest plans, check www.infoshop.org/news.html
> > and www.dc.indymedia.org regularly.
> >
> > Great posters for the Inauguration protests: www.bradkayal.com/i20
> >
> > Coming up the weekend after the inauguration is the
> > Conference on Organized Resistance www.organizedresistance.org
> >
> >
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