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Call for Anarchist Participation at March for Monsanto and Response to Delusional Statement

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The March Against Monsanto is obviously not the lynch pin that holds together the rotten corpse of capitalism, it isn't even the new Occupy or the next big thing. Although, anyone who may be paying attention knows that we are not far from the time where anti-authoritarian action will be necessary on a large scale. That the state has continually attacked, even at a time of lessened organizing shows that they are serious about dampening our ability to hinder their continuing efforts. They do not want another Occupy with the large amount of people radicalized from the last round.

Call for Anarchist Participation at March for Monsanto and Response to Delusional Statement

The March Against Monsanto is obviously not the lynch pin that holds together the rotten corpse of capitalism, it isn't even the new Occupy or the next big thing. Although, anyone who may be paying attention knows that we are not far from the time where anti-authoritarian action will be necessary on a large scale. That the state has continually attacked, even at a time of lessened organizing shows that they are serious about dampening our ability to hinder their continuing efforts. They do not want another Occupy with the large amount of people radicalized from the last round.

Anarchist Participation

With that said, next Saturday around the globe there will be marches opposing Monsanto. This statement is being written to respond to the organizing already taking place and as a call for greater anarchist and radical participation. This is not intended to spell out why Monsanto as a capitalist institution is bad, we already know that. It is intended to state that these marches seem to be drawing greater interest than your every day single issue demonstration. And that as a one off event in a time of lighter organizing there is good reason to push our own ideas, draw in more people and get greater experience while promoting cohesion for the next big task we collectively face.

The intention is not to seem like there is no anarchist participation already, there is clearly some including collectives across the states that are organizing the demonstrations and remaining Occupy groups involved. That said, there is obviously massive liberal involvement in this with elements probably funded part way by partisan non-profits and parties. This means, if there is no anarchist message such as land should be free, food should be free, no GMOS no capitalism there will simply be, no radical pole at these demonstrations. At the very least, we should offer an alternative for those who will be interested in it.

Organizing Body Statement 5/17

With liberal participation we generally know what to expect, although the statement from the national organizing committee should be brought to light. It may be a symptom of the left liberal position under an Obama presidency or the lingering feeling that they have no on the ground support any longer. On a more serious note it could be a push from the state in order to drive out any radical elements or messaging, this isn't crazy considering they have been doing it everywhere post occupy, it is just part of the repression we face.

The statement literally, without any irony mentions the word "violence" 8 times for example

"We would like to remind everyone that MAM does not support violence or aggression towards property or people. Violence will only set us back. Please be clear this movement is non-violent. We want the world to hear us. We must behave like adults not stoop to the level of violence."

Apparently they didn't get the memo that violent protest in the United States hardly exists, and when there is violence the police are the perpetrators. And of course, in a very concerning fashion they remind us to behave like adults because of course the protesters, who were beaten on TV only two years ago at Occupy events are the violent children.

It gets worse, within the same two paragraphs they write

"They would use this as propaganda to discredit the movement and label us as eco-terrorists. "

And then

"Please be warned if you are an instigator you will not be tolerated at our march and we our organizers will ask you to stop or leave. If you continue we ourselves will politely and calmly ask a Police officer to remove you."

So on one hand, these people are OK with state and capitals narrative of "eco-terrorism," how incredibly reactionary is that? And if you are aggressive they will turn you into your local police in the communities which they decide to have their marches. You can find the link at the bottom of this article if you want to respond, they also claim that "being aggressive towards politicians" will not be tolerated.

What shouldn't be tolerated is the greenwashing, co-opting and threats against people at every one of these marches. They do not want a radical message there, if you are a group or individual already participating or thinking about it, consider releasing a statement of your intention on Monday. It may even be a good idea to call an open action meeting to discuss these events and issues prior to Saturday.

http://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto

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Call for Anarchist Participation at March for Monsanto and Response to Delusional Statement
Authored by: TKnox on Sunday, May 19 2013 @ 01:40 PM CDT

You know, a lot of us have joined the March Against Monsanto because where the hell else are we supposed to go? In case you haven't noticed, there is precious little activism that  is self-motivated. People unfortunately need a meeting ground. In Boise, ID, for instance, I don't see *any* activity by anarchists. MAM is offering people a way to unite against a monster corporation, to educate the public (since they aren't permitted to know anything that isn't governmet-edited or -produced), a way to get the attention of that mainstream media that we know is full of lies, but that is the main source of information for the average citizen. If we want support to grow, and we *must* have growing support or fail, we need to reach as many people as possible. Along with that, there is an inherent danger of arrest simply for protesting and marching, even though those are two supposedly protected rights in this country; and the issues of GMOs and Monsanto in particular are inflammatory, if not incendiary in some cases. The *last* thing we need is for any negative attention, and if other countries are any indication, when citizens find out they've been lied to on a massive scale by this company, they tend to get pissed. MAM will already be slandered and vilified, and they know it; that's how the government-owned media will portray it. So, it behooves them to make public statements intended both to dissuade violent acts and to make public their peaceful intentions. People are going to do as they will, but the movement must protect itself-- in relevant fashion. Instead of slamming them and instigating dissension, why not make a call for *supportive* anarchists? The movements that create change are the ones in which the many facets are united... consider how your article serves the government, by attempting to divide what should be -- needs to be-- a united effort. Is that really anarchy?

Call for Anarchist Participation at March for Monsanto and Response to Delusional Statement
Authored by: TKnox on Sunday, May 19 2013 @ 02:14 PM CDT

I did see the call for anarchists, then I saw the MAM group torn apart for their non-violence stance... my reading comprehension is maybe a little stronger than you think.

Thank you for taking this opportunity to be childish.

Call for Anarchist Participation at March for Monsanto and Response to Delusional Statement
Authored by: TKnox on Sunday, May 19 2013 @ 02:16 PM CDT

Nicely stated.

Call for Anarchist Participation at March for Monsanto and Response to Delusional Statement
Authored by: Admin on Sunday, May 19 2013 @ 03:18 PM CDT

Anti-violence statements by organizers never do anything to stop spontaneous violence committed by *non-anarchists*, usually in response to violent police tactics. As most people understand, people have a right to defend themselves against police violence if they choose to.

Adding crap about "non-violence' is always more divisive than helpful. Unless there is organized *nonviolence* planned for these events, then it's unnecessary to say anything about violence. Nonviolence and violence aren't being planned at all for these events. They are just rallies in public space. A much needed development, but hardly worth being fodder for discussion about tactics.