Subject: Shut Down The IMF and World Bank Meetings!! April 24-26, DC
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2009 6:06 PM
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Introduction to the April Uprising!
Shut Down The World Bank and IMF Meetings!
In this Note:
- Global Justice Action's* call to disrupt the World Bank and International
Monetary Fund meetings April 24-26
- The Self Described Anarchist Collective's call for unpermitted
anticapitalist marches to shut down the the World Bank/IMF meetings
- The Self Described Anarchist Collective's "April Uprising"
outreach/strategy newspaper announcement
- The Self Described Anarchist Collective's strategy and plan
- Convergence Space, Housing, Transportation, Medics and Legal Updates
-March 22 DC Consulta Details
*Note: Global Justice Action is the group bottom-lining logistics. The Self
Described Anarchist Collective (SDAC) is working to support organizing
efforts and call actions to support a shut down of the World Bank and IMF
*Global Justice Action's Call to Action*
*Save the Date! April 24-26, 2009, Washington DC*
*Protest the spring IMF/World Bank Meetings!*
As the economic crisis deepens and US foreclosure and unemployment rates
climb, wealthy bankers and finance ministers from around the world scramble
to resuscitate the financial institutions which created the crisis in the
first place. This April the global elite, global financial institutions, and
wealthy governments will meet to plan out billions of dollars worth of new
economic bailouts for themselves while the nation's poor, the poor of the
world, and working people are left with only crumbs. Billions of dollars
have already been handed over to CEOs and portfolio managers, while workers'
benefits and wages get slashed simultaneously. This trend will continue so
long as capitalist expansion is prioritized over democratic principles, as
long as profit is more important than people.
A better world is possible, a world in which our means of providing for
ourselves is not controlled by a wealthy elite. A global order is possible
in which the dignity of human life is placed above greed, and the living
earth is shared and respected, rather than commodified and sold.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are two
institutions which enforce the hyper-capitalist status quo. Since 1980,
these institutions have been forcing countries to adopt neoliberal
structural adjustment policies of privatization, liberalization and budget
cuts. These policies are directly to blame for much of the suffering in the
current financial crisis and in its predecessors in Argentina, East Asia,
Russia and elsewhere. Though the IMF itself is beginning to admit its
mistakes - it recently recommended that countries abandon market
fundamentalist policies to directly intervene in their economies - itís
understood that that advice only applies to the United States and European
countries. Free markets for the poor and socialism for the rich is their
Neoliberal economics widens the sphere of imperialist capitalism, props up
schemes of privatization, market liberalization and deregulation, and is
ultimately to blame for this crisis. The World Bank and IMF are preeminent
supranational institutions working to preserve the global financial order
that puts profits, private gain, militarism, and gentrification over the
needs of the people. Through their Structural Adjustment Programs - what
they now refer to as "Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers" - these
institutions have been destroying economies, local and global, for far too
long. They must be stopped.
The World Bank and IMF will be holding their annual joint spring meetings
April 24-26 in Washington DC. As they try to save themselves from global
financial meltdown (or maybe just give themselves a few extra billion
dollars) we all know better than to let them have all the fun without us.
Join Global Justice Action to oppose these institutions, resist the dominant
global order, and show that a better world is possible, free from
neoliberalism, capitalism, and imperialism.
Global Justice Action embraces a diversity of tactics and will therefore be
organizing a wide array of actions and events including coordinated direct
actions and blockades, a mass permitted march, a people's forum, and a few
other surprises! GJA will host community education events, arts workshops,
trainings, and direct action meetings in the months leading up to April for
the purposes of putting together a well coordinated, effective, inclusive
weekend of actions that will hamper the plans of the ten thousand plus
*Call For Unpermitted Marches From the SDAC*
Some have been saying it all along...
Some have just begun to see it in crisis...
A world in constant crisis, chained to desks and assembly lines, clear cuts
and wastelands left in its wake... and they called it progress...and it
collapsed. The suffering and disempowerment felt around the world everyday
has become generalized in capitalist globalization. The age of
globalization is the age of quiet total war.
They exploited us, traded us away, and left us to pick up the devastation.
This world is a death machine, producing death and saying that this is what
it means to have it work. Around the world thousands die everyday of
preventable causes linked to poverty as we live lives of shallow material
opulence obtained by selling our entire lives away in the channels opened up
in some market, a market which guarantees poverty to most and complete
objectification to the rest. And they say that it works... And it
Work or starvation and for many work and starvation. They fenced off the
world into property, fenced off the Earth itself and make us buy back the
things which are already ours if we just decide to take them back. They
made us dependent on markets for the basics of life... and it collapsed...
For all our subservience we got a world of poverty, wars, cultural
meaninglessness, and wastelands. We are killing ourselves while we
devastate the very planet which sustains us in a frantic race to the
bottom. Capitalism is a race to see who can exploit more, extract more, cut
more, and drill more, the fastest and make the most money doing it... and as
a result the planet is a sinking ship. For every oil spill, every clear
cut, every by-product dumped into a lake, every mountain blown up to mine
coal, every war started, every sweatshop opened, every housing foreclosure,
every lay-off, every eco-system leveled to build an upscale resort, every
prisoner locked away, every culture destroyed, profit is made, and the drive
for profit is destroying the planet while relegating us to lives slaved away
in the offices, factories, and prisons of this world.
And it collapsed... We are left to pay Wall Street for the money THEY lost
and the lives THEY destroyed. We are left jobless, homeless, lifeless, and
suffering the effects of THEIR failure, unless we refuse this fate.
We have a choice to make, stay on the sinking ship or turn and fight. The
people that structure this destruction have faces and meetings. We intend
to take the fight to them, and this is a fight for our world, a fight for
our lives. April 24-26 in Washington DC the International Monetary Fund and
World Bank will be holding their annual Spring meetings, and we will be in
the streets waiting...
We are calling for a series of marches to shut down the meetings and strike
a blow against the death machine, please "dress appropriately".
Kick it till it breaks!
A communique from the Self-Described Anarchist Collective
Hey! Accompanying this note is the Self-Described Anarchist Collective's
(SDAC) newspaper. SDAC is an anarchist organizing body whose current
projects are making a stand against the war in Iraq on the 6th anniversary
(March 19-21) and disrupting the April 25 meeting of the IMF, both taking
place in Washington, DC. In our newspaper, you will find articles on the
horrors of neoliberalism and capitalism in general as well as calls to
action around the IMF meeting. Should you want more materials, please feel
free to contact us at
Love and Rage,
Global Justice Action:
*Friday, April 24*
8:30- "Walking Tour of IMF and World Bank Delegate Hotels"
Called by the SDAC
Meet at Farragut Square
*Saturday April 25*
5:30 am- Blockades and March to Shut Down the World Bank and IMF Meetings!!!
Details at www.globaljusticeaction.org and www.selfdescribed.org
Saturday Afternoon- People's Forum
Called by Global Justice Action
West End Neighborhood Library (1101 24th St NW)
Nap time, yoga, and vegan milk and cookies provided by the SDAC.
This gives us time to rest up and re-energize after a long
day on the barricades. Saturday Night is going to be fun, get rest, you'll
10pm- IMF Soccer Riot and "Game" Night!
Called for by the SDAC
Meetup at Washington Circle
*Sunday, April 26*
In the interest of providing a space for groups that are not comfortable
with participating in direct action, Sunday has been declared open for
permitted actions. This does not mean that no one can do any direct action,
but please avoid downtown DC.
*The Strategy for Saturday Morning:*
Within the framework of this strategy the SDAC is
encouraging affinity groups and clusters to carry out actions that are as
fluid as possible. Remember: we don't have to control the
streets, we just have to prevent them from controlling the streets. If they
feel that they cannot guarantee control over the streets, they won't move
delegates. This is a strategy of mobility, fluidity, and small-scale
actions used to respond to police movements and move in open spaces. Not
everyone needs to get into downtown in one large group or all at once. Move
in smaller more responsive groups and be strategic about what time to launch
actions. Be careful, strategic, and plan for success!
*Tier 1: Blockade the Hotels *
International Monetary Fund and World Bank delegates leave their hotels at
6:30 am in an attempt to get around demonstrations. They plan the agendas
of their meetings because they are running scared. There are 22 hotels,
with many concentrated north and northeast of the IMF/World Bank. These are
our choke points. If we can prevent the delegates from leaving the hotels,
we will prevent the meetings from happening.
The strategy calls for blockades, barricades, and unpermitted marches
(announced or unannounced) to occur in the time leading up to the delegate
transportation departing from the hotels. Be creative and tactical in how
we do this. They will start boarding the buses and limos at 6:30am, let's
be out there waiting.
Along with the first tier of the proposed strategy we are calling for
direct action marches to reinforce the blockades and strike a major blow
against capital and spectacle.
*Tier 2: Street Blockades *
If we can prevent the delegates from moving from the hotels the second tier
calls for taking the streets and preparing to keep them. Once the delegate
transportation is immobilized the strategy calls for people to start
blockading the streets, using a variety of tactics, to further lock the area
down. The goal is to set up an area of control which will take hours, or
maybe days to clear. The blockades at the hotels, and the police response
may create space for us to start to build more permanent blockades. Be
aware, fluid, and ready to lock it down!
Along with the blockades, the unpermitted marches will continue to serve to
reinforce and distract.
*Tier 3: Strategic Reclamation of Space *
They stole our world out from under us and called it property, it is goddamn
time we took it back! If we can immobilize delegate transportation and lock
the streets down we can move into actually seizing space in order to build
projects that will persist beyond these actions. These actions can be part
of the plan of action for any group and may be engaged in at any time,
regardless of the status of actions downtown. Contact community
organizations and local collectives for help in building a long term project
that starts that weekend, take over that building that you always wanted to
take over, open up a house, our resistance needs to be constant and
consistent. Demonstrations will not solve the problem in themselves but can
open up spaces for our desires to manifest, use this space to build spaces
and a movement that can win!
*People's Forum and March*
We are organizing a mass permitted march as well as a forum. The March is
on Sunday and the Forum is in the evening on Saturday. The People's Forum
will meet concurrently with the IMF/World Bank's meeting and aim to:
1) promote understanding of neoliberal economics
2) to present alternative visions to capitalism
3) tie this understanding to local issues and to learn from already
successful resistance movements.
*Convergence Space, Transportation, Housing, Medics, Legal Updates*
Convergence Space: We currently have a convergence space secured at St
Stephens Church, which has historically been supportive of various
social justice groups and mobilizations in DC. The convergence space
will be open Thursday April 23-Saturday April 26th. Trainings and
spokescouncils will take place at the convergence space on Thursday
and Friday and the exact times and schedule of events are still being
determined. Further updates will be coming.
Housing: Mass housing will be available, we're just waiting on a final
confirmation, so stay tuned!
A housing board is now up on the website,
Transportation: A ride board is now set up on the website, so you can
start posting and looking on there to coordinate rides from your city.
Medic: Medics from Boston have agreed to bottomline organizing medics
on the ground weekend of! We have a large amount of supplies already
in DC, as well as medic-specific housing available.
As with any action, we definitely need trained medics to come down
from different cities to ensure we have enough medics to cover the
weekend's actions. If you are a medic or have medics coming from your
city, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can best
evaluate our capacity.
Legal: There are many folks, including National Lawyers Guild members,
who have agreed to coordinate trainings leading up to actions (Know
Your Rights, Legal Observer trainings, etc) as well as set up a legal
hotline for the weekend.
For legal-specific questions, email:
*March 22 April Uprising Consulta*
*If you're in town or can get to town, meet with folks to plug in and
discuss the weekend of actions surrounding the World Bank/IMF
March 22, 12pm-3pm
Butler Boardroom, 6th floor Mary Graydon Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
*if you have trouble finding the room, look for someone at the main
entrance of Mary Graydon Center to direct you.
*Metro: Tenleytown/American University stop - take the shuttle from
the metro and get off at the main campus stop.
*Parking: free parking on the weekend in the lot off of Nebraska Ave
by the main campus
main campus map:
2009-03-15 Sun 12:11:24 cst