Hi All. We would like to give a big call out to everyone that a Seattle chapter of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence has formed. Operating on the principles of unity below we are organizing a march April 20th. We will also be having a series of much smaller actions designed to make a immediate difference for those living in poverty throughout the city.
Calling all activists opposed to the current corporate run world. We need you on April 20th. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are holding their spring meetings in Washington, DC and we must resist. Tired of bland unimaginative protests? Then come to Seattle and stand with us as we say no to the corporate death agenda. The IMF/WB have not changed their goals of a world where capital is king and people are nothing more then statistics to be exploited at will by those at the top. We cannot remain silent any longer. We must localize our resistance to corporate capitalism. (Create)ive resistance now! We will publicize our call to action on Feb 23rd.
We will gather at Seattle Central Community College at 6PM on April 20th and we will make a difference. This march will be a green and yellow march. The green march/zone will be permitted (we are trying to secure a permit but nothing is certain) and we ask participants to respect this by not engaging in any actions -legal or illegal- that could lead to confrontations with the police. The yellow march/zone will not have guidelines on resisting illegal police violence, but we do ask that people not engage in actions that cause physical harm to any person or animal (excluding of course engaging in self-defense which we feel is a decision everyone must make for themselves). Taking those points into consideration we do that encourage or discourage any specific actions, but please take your personal safety into consideration when preparing.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating in local actions or the march on the 20th. Our first action will be distributing socks to those living on the streets- Feb 16th. Although socks will be the main theme we will also be spending a good deal of time talking to people, and hopefully finding ways we can make a difference in the future.
We can be reached temporarily at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to have a website, permanent email, and phone number soon.
Our Principles of Unity
(These are also the principles of unity of the DC-ACC who adapted them from CLAC and CASA's principles of unity. Two of the groups that organized the FTAA protests in Quebec City.)
*We are opposed to capitalism. We fundamentally reject a social and economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and exchange. We reject a system driven by an exploitative logic that sees human beings as human capital, ecosystems as natural resources, and culture as simply a commodity. We reject the idea that the world is only valuable in terms of profit, competition and efficiency.
*We reject the ideology of neo-liberalism; whereby corporations and investors are exempt from all political and social measures that interfere with their so-called "success".
*We are anti-imperialist, opposed to patriarchy, and denounces all forms of exploitation and oppression. We assert a worldview based on the respect of our differences and the autonomy of groups, individuals and peoples. Our objective is to globalize our networks of resistance to corporate rule.
*Respecting a diversity of tactics, we support the use of a variety of creative initiatives, ranging between popular education to direct action.
*We are autonomous, decentralized and non-hierarchical. We encourage the involvement of anyone who accepts this statement of principles. We also encourage the participation of all individuals in working groups, in accord with their respective political affiliations.
*We organize with a regard for security culture, keeping in mind the constant repression and infiltration of political movements by the state.