An Appeal For a NW Coalition of Anarchists Against War
On February 15th, 2003, millions around the world marched and gathered, in mostly peaceful events, in opposition to the US government's impending war on the Iraqi people. In response, the commander in chief of the military of the United States, George W Bush, has publicly stated that the protests will not undermine his campaign to start a another war. People have expressed themselves verbally and by gathering, and have been ignored. We have asked, and we have been refused. Now, we must stop the war, by any means necessary.
Those that came out on February 15th did so for a just cause. Yet at this time, we should not have faith that the current leadership of the anti-war movement in the US will take the necessary steps to bring the movement to the place where we can actually stop the war. Because of this conservatism of many elements in the anti-war movement, people are looking toward the next step toward stopping the war. Concerted Direct Action against the political and economic structure that the war depends upon will stop the war. From street occupations, neighborhood organizing, education, resistance to the increasing police state, to the General Strike—a mass work stoppage to paralyze corporate and state power alike --- is what will be necessary to stop the bloodshed by the US and Britain.
Anarchists, as isolated individuals or small groups, have little influence over the path of the anti-war movement. United under the principle of No War Between States and No Peace Between Classes, we can use our collective strength to organize a more militant movement to stop the war. We will be able to challenge the authoritarian elements within the anti-war movement, by making direct appeals to the people who oppose the war to take the next logical and reasonable next steps. We must be together both as a region and as anarchists of all orientations in opposition to the State, Capitalism, and all other authoritarian political structures and social tendencies; we must reflect these politics in our own work.
All anarchists in the NW will benefit by organizing together; we can share resources, knowledge, and power, and we will be unified. We will need to defend one another in the case of repression of anarchists and other activists. We will need to align with anti-capitalist organizations that share our views of no bosses--corporate or State. We can meet regionally, and we can meet locally. Those of us in housing communities, land communities, worker collectives, unions, affinity groups, and other formations can benefit from our mutual aid within our mutual struggle for freedom. Those that do not take a label for themselves but share all of these values will also benefit.
We need struggle to rid the planet of those institutions that are the cause of war. This can only happen if we organize collectively without bosses amongst our own. In doing so we will win.
[If you are in general agreement with the above statement and you want to organize, please subscribe to the list discussion for NW Anarchists Opposed to War, at: