Issue 54, February 2006
A Call to Action
By Operation: Over Media Team
A Call for a Spring of Resistance to the War Machine in Boston.
This spring will be the fourth spring of the war and occupation of Iraq.
The fourth spring of bombs over Baghdad and body bags full of young Iraqis and working-class Americans. The fourth spring of tyranny and torture in the name of freedom. The fourth spring of the armed robbery of the Iraqi people, and the poor people and young people of Boston.
So this spring, we, the Free Youth Network, ask you to join us in a campaign of nonviolent direct action to confront, disrupt, and break down the war machine. Right here in our own communities.
We call for a direct action campaign targeting all local links to the war and the forces behind it, from the military recruiters occupying our schools to the authorities planning a bioweapons lab in Roxbury to the corporations profiting off the murder of a people from their offices downtown.
For years, the masters of war ignored us as we marched and rallied in circles. But today, with resistance rising across the land, now is the time to up the ante and stop them in their tracks.
These actions will be unlike the usual demonstrations. They will be sustained and persistent. They will not give us disappointment about our impact, but rather energy for more and confidence in our own power.
We intend to force the powerful to blink. We intend to show that continuing the occupation will only give them an ungovernable people and a tide of dissent that will disrupt business as usual this spring.
Now is the time to show glimpses of the other world that’s possible.
Now is the time to declare the operation over.
Conceivable actions could include... a mass day of action and citywide student strike on the anniversary of the war, blockades and shutdowns, site occupations, picket lines, disruptions, workplace actions, educational actions, media actions, art actions, neighborhood assemblies, memorials, festivals, and street theater.
This campaign will be organized horizontally, non-hierarchically, and inclusively. We will make decisions together, striving for consensus, in a spirit of solidarity. We envision a coalition of folks ranging from youth and students to workers to community activists.
The Free Youth Network is a network of anarchist youth groups and individuals in and around the Greater Boston area, organizing around the issues that affect us. www.freeyouth.net
Meetings are Thursday nights at 7pm at 45 Mt. Auburn Street in Harvard Square. Check the website for exceptions.
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