The Week of Resistance Against the RNC (not everything, by a long shot!)

On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, a massive gathering estimated as over 500,000 strong packed the avenues from 14th to 34th Street, across to Broadway and downtown again to Union Square. It was a loud march, angry at the Bush program and demanding that the occupation of Iraq end. Marchers carried almost 1,000 coffin-shaped boxes to symbolize the U.S. troops that died for Bush's lies.

In the weeks leading to the demonstration the IAC raised the Bush administration's war crimes as a constant theme in mobilizing for the Week of Resistance. The IAC's Aug. 26 War Crimes Tribunal was the first of the Week of Resistance actions. Following the "GUILTY" decision of the tribunal audience, IAC activists distributed thousands of signs declaring Bush GUILTY of War Crimes throughout the massive demonstration, and thousands of Tribunal Journals with the charges against Bush to every contingent on the march.

Despite attempts by the city and the media to discourage and intimidate protests, people came from as far away as Texas, California, and Florida. From disillusioned Republicans to militant anti-imperialists, they had come to show active disapproval of Bush and his policies. Signs opposed the war, calling Bush a liar, a fool and a war criminal.

Contingents included veterans, labor activists, youth, and an anti- imperialist contingent, among others. Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), a newly-formed group of veterans from the "Operation Iraqi Freedom," was there, calling for an end to the war.

After the big march, smaller groups confronted partying Republican delegates on Broadway and in posh restaurants.

On Monday, Aug. 30, along with dozens of smaller actions, several thousand people joined the Still We Rise Coalition March, which kicked off at Union Square at noon and marched to the convention site at Madison Square Garden. "People with AIDS are under attack!" they chanted. "What do we do? Act Up, fight back!"

At 4 p.m., the "March for Our Lives," organized by the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, rallied at the United Nations. They decided to march downtown though they had no permit. In the face of a massive police presence, protestors marched towards 34th St., where they were met by a line a police vans. The militant crowd refused to stop and began chanting "Who's streets? Our Streets!" The police stepped back and protesters marched to Madison Square Garden.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, the A31 coalition held a day of non-violent civil disobedience and direct action.

Also on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., there was a pro-choice rally in Union Square.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Central Labor Council March to Stop Bush began at 4 p.m. at 8th Ave. and 30th St.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the day Bush was nominated, Artists & Activists United for Peace had a march and rally beginning at 2 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building (163 W 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.). Speakers included Chuck D of Public Enemy, City Council Member Charles Barron, Larry Holmes of the IAC, Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council, and many others.

And on Thursday, at Madison Square Garden, a demonstration called by the ANSWER coalition took place outside the Convention Hall at the very moment that Bush accepted the nomination. This demonstration demanded, Bring the Troops Home Now!, U.S. Out of Iraq!, End Colonial Occupation of Iraq, Haiti, Palestine & Everywhere! It drew 10-15,000 people on the sixth straight day of round-the-clock mass actions. The spirit of last night's demonstration was noteworthy. The atmosphere of fear and intimidation created by the police over this past week only made the crowd more determined. Nearly two thousand people have been arrested in the last week, many in mass sweeps and in so-called "pre-emptive" arrests. But last night people showed that they were unwilling to be silenced. Thousands of riot-clad police surrounded the protest. In the adjacent blocks along 7th and 9th Ave. police blocked access to the demonstration site. Many people reported that it took almost an hour to find their way to the demonstration.

While there was a tremendous current of anger at the Bush regime being expressed in the streets, there was also a very strong current of rejection of the militarist, colonialist programs of both parties. The anti-war, anti-occupation movement that has developed has shown that it cannot be ignored as an independent political force in U.S. and world politics. Already across the country people are starting to mobilize to turn out for a groundbreaking demonstration bringing together the progressive labor movement and the antiwar movement on October 17th in Washington, DC. This rally called by the Million Worker March will be held at the Lincoln Memorial.

What makes the Million Worker March unique is that the principal organizers want to make the antiwar movement's demand to "End the Occupation of Iraq and Bring the Troops Home Now" central to the march's message.


500,000 Take the Streets Against Bush's War Crimes

On Thursday, August 29, 2004, more than 500 veterans,  eyewitnesses,  students, and activists gathered in Martin  Luther King, Jr. Auditorium for a war crimes tribunal. Despite police intimidation and harassment, the tribunal  moved forward, concluding with a resounding, unanimous  verdict of "guilty!"  George W. Bush and other members of  his Administration were found guilty of war crimes, crimes  against peace, and crimes against humanity.

An initial report from the Tribunal is available online  at: http://www.PeopleJudgeBush.org  

Not only did the Tribunal expose the crimes of the Bush  Administration, it also declared the right to resist the  criminal regime and solidarity with the reisistance in Iraq, Palestine, and the streets of New York City.

Tribunal organizers handed out thousands of placards declaring Bush guilty of war crimes.  These placards were  very visible in the crowd of 500,000 that poured into the  streets against the Bush policies of war, racism, and  corporate greed.

Organizers also distributed tens of thousands of the  Journal Tribunal, which is also a "Field Guide to the Week  of Resistance," containing a calendar of protest events,  legal & medical information, and other helpful information  for protesters.

The International Action Center will be open all week as a  "Resistance Center."  Activists can come in to get out of  the sun, pick up helpful information, make placards, and  network with other organizers. Activists from the Center  will take part in many of the hundreds of protest  activities scheduled this wee.

Resistance is Justified

On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 7 pm, join us to hear updates  from the streets, political analysis, and plans for the  last two days of resistance against the RNC.  Speakers  will include leaders in the anti-war movement, veterans,  and protesters fresh off the streets.

Join us at 39 W. 14th St. #206 in Manhattan (between 5th and 6th Aves.-- 1 1/2 blocks from Union Sq.)

We also need help with the thousands of dollars in  expenses involved in the Tribunal and the Week of  Resistance.  You can donate online at  http://www.PeopleJudgeBush.org  

 Iraq War Crimes Tribunal Thursday, August 26, 2004
call 212-633-6646 for more information
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Contribute to the War Crimes Tribunal: http://www.PeopleJudgeBush.org/donate.shtml  

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Thousands poured into city to battle the Bush agenda during the Week of Resistance
International Action Center becomes hub of resistance

Sunday: Hundreds of thousands turn out before the start of the convention

On Sunday, Aug. 29, a massive gathering UFPJ organizers estimated as over 400,000 strong packed the avenues from 14th to 34th Street, across to Broadway and downtown again to Union Square. It was a loud march, angry at the Bush program and demanding that the occupation of Iraq end. Marchers carried almost 1,000 coffin-shaped boxes to symbolize the U.S. troops that died for Bush's lies.

In the weeks leading to the demonstration the IAC raised the Bush administration's war crimes as a constant theme in mobilizing for the Week of Resistance. The IAC's Aug. 26 War Crimes Tribunal was the first of the Week of Resistance actions. Following the "GUILTY" decision of the tribunal audience, IAC activists distributed thousands of signs declaring Bush GUILTY of War Crimes throughout the massive demonstration, and thousands of Tribunal Journals with the charges against Bush to every contingent on the march.

Despite attempts by the city and the media to discourage and intimidate protests, people came from as far away as Texas, California, and Florida. From disillusioned Republicans to militant anti-imperialists, they had come to show active disapproval of Bush and his policies. Signs opposed the war, calling Bush a liar, a fool and a war criminal.

Contingents included veterans, labor activists, youth, and an anti- imperialist contingent, among others. Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), a newly-formed group of veterans from the "Operation Iraqi Freedom," was there, calling for an end to the war.

After the big march, smaller groups confronted partying Republican delegates on Broadway and in posh restaurants.

Monday: The convention opens, the struggle continues

On Monday, Aug. 30, along with dozens of smaller actions, several thousand people joined the Still We Rise Coalition March, which kicked off at Union Square at noon and marched to the convention site at Madison Square Garden. "People with AIDS are under attack!" they chanted. "What do we do? Act Up, fight back!"

At 4 p.m., the "March for Our Lives," organized by the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, rallied at the United Nations. They decided to march downtown though they had no permit. In the face of a massive police presence, protestors marched towards 34th St., where they were met by a line a police vans. The militant crowd refused to stop and began chanting "Who's streets? Our Streets!" The police stepped back and protesters marched to Madison Square Garden.

At these actions the IAC had a presence, distributing placards and literature. Building for the Oct. 17 Million Worker March. And joining in the struggle.

Coming up: Resistance Continues

Many organizations are planning events over the next few days. On Tuesday, Aug. 31, the A31 coalition has called for a day of non-violent civil disobedience and direct action.

Also on Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a pro-choice rally in Union Square.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Central Labor Council March to Stop Bush will start at 4 p.m. at 8th Ave. and 30th St. This will be an important gathering to reach out and build toward the Million Worker March. Contact the IAC to take part in this effort.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, the day Bush is nominated, Artists & Activists United for Peace will have a march and rally beginning at 2 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building (163 W 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.). Speakers will include Chuck D of Public Enemy, City Council Member Charles Barron, Larry Holmes of the IAC, Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council, and many others.

Also on Thursday, at Madison Square Garden, a demonstration called by the ANSWER coalition will take place outside the Convention Hall at the very moment that Bush will be accepting the nomination. The Sept. 2 demonstration begins at 7 p.m. at 31st and 8th Ave. This demonstration demands Bring the Troops Home Now!, U.S. Out of Iraq!, End Colonial Occupation of Iraq, Haiti, Palestine & Everywhere!

IAC's Resistance Center

On Tuesday night, Aug. 31, activists will gather at the International Action Center at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the Week of Resistance, reports from the streets, political analysis, and to gear up for the final two days of struggle.

The IAC office (39 W. 14th St. #206) will be open all week as a Resistance Center. Activists are welcome to drop by to pick up placards, get the latest information about protest events, and network with other activists from around the world. We also need volunteers to help with the Week of Resistance. Call 212-633-6646 for more information.

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