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actions & protests m19 2006

March 20th Oil Boycott

March 20th begins the first one-day-a-month boycott of "all things oil". George Bush is right, we're addicted. Everything we buy is coated in oil. We are literally fueling the war and all of the other U.S. atrocities with our contributions to the economy.
"We have allowed nonviolent resistance to atrophy into feel-good political theater, which at its most successful is a photo opportunity for the media, and at its least successful is simply ignored. We need to look up and discuss strategies of resistance, wage real battles and inflict real damage. We must remember that Ghandi's salt march was not just fine political theater. It was a strike at the economic underpinnings of the British Empire."

Arundhati Roy, 2005

March 20th begins the first one-day-a-month boycott of "all things oil". George Bush is right, we're addicted. Everything we buy is coated in oil. We are literally fueling the war and all of the other U.S. atrocities with our contributions to the economy.

A boycott on oil necessarily means a boycott on consumption, a boycott of the American Way of Life. But for the first month, we will start with driving as a focus. It's a given that you will not drive, be in a car or buy gas on the 20th. What else can you do to participate? Here are some of our ideas or thoughts, but of course feel free to act on your own ideas.

Picket gas stations
Harass drivers
Help provide alternative transport
Help roads be less drivable
Block traffic
Get your entire "group" to participate

This method of resistance will be most effective (not to mention more difficult for authorities to combat) if implemented by many small autonomous groups. We would also like to encourage all the larger anti-war, environmental groups like NION and the Green Party to get involved, as it supports their goals quite nicely.

We can no longer hope that our government will act in responsible ways. We must do something tangible in order to stop our war on the world. If you are seen in a car or buying gas on the 20th, we will know that you support the war in Iraq are unconcerned about environmental damage such as global warming.

Thank you,
X-20

Suggested readings:

 http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2003/03/9125.php
 http://www.eatthestate.org/10-12/AddressingActivists.htm
things to remember for the boycott 26.Feb.2006 21:29

anon

You may buy nothing from any stores because it's all been transported with gasoline. Nor may you wear anything since it's all been manufactured with energy from oil. OK I am done with the satire. Just had to get that out of the way.

If you choose to be not-quite-so-hardcore, remember that plastics are made of oil so you should keep plastic consumption to a minimum as well. Electric heat is also powered in no small part by oil so your home should probably be a bit cooler on that day (if it hasn't warmed up enough to turn off the heat).

Remember also that the point of this is to win people over. That means no snobby bicyle elitists proclaiming the self-evident evils of SUV ownership. Though most protestors are very nice people, these snobs can give the whole group a bad image. If you are with a snob and want to help out with the vibes, you might point out that the standard electric bill is the result of more energy consumption than a typical commuter car consumes in the same time frame.

Rather than criticism, here are some simple but positive things folks can be encouraged to do. I like these ideas because they will keep the idea of environmentalism in the participant's mind. 1. Switch over the PGE energy supply to wind power. 2. Use cloth shopping bags. 3. Purchase the least extravagantly packaged products.

Have fun and I hope to see you there.