Update: Anarchist Protest at Inauguration in DC Moves Forward
An update to yesterday’s post:
Substantive plans for an anarchist protest at the January 20, 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama are moving forward at Come Out 2009, with a January 5 strategy meeting in the works and the following statement of purpose:
For all those disillusioned with our country’s electoral system, who believe government “of the people, by the people, for the people” means more than a choice between two parties every four years; for anarchists crusading for workers democracy and socialists fighting for workers equality; for minimum-wage workers, recent evictees, students unable to pay off their loans, union members who lost their jobs to low-paid workers overseas, housewives, illegal immigrants, teachers and seniors; to everyone who believes real change implies a change in government– the time has come to say: Enough!
President-elect Obama faces an America deep in economic crisis, a crisis caused by the irresponsible decision-making, short-sightedness and greed of the country’s most powerful businessmen and women. For our nation to recover, and to ensure this crisis does not happen again, we need the courage, ingenuity and wisdom of the entire American people. We don’t want businessmen and politicians making anymore important decisions. We are protesting in support of anarchism and workers democracy, a system of government where all 350 million of us are counted and heard. Where all Americans have the right to be involved in economic and political decision-making: direct democracy. In other words, we believe workers should control their workplaces and people should control their government.
I don’t plan to participate, but it will be fun to follow this vehicle of activism through to its destination.