Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

Churchill signatory on doc advocating militant activist violence

Ward Churchill was a signatory on a document in 1999 that advocated the use of violent force. This document was written immediately after the protests in Seattle over the World Trade Organization's meeting in that city. Considering that Churchill, in a recorded tape, told an audience member that "downtown Seattle" would apparently make a good target, this article from December '99 takes on even more meaning. I'm posting the most chilling paragraphs below:

These include the innovative and joyful protest methods of the Direct Action Network, a sustained consciousness-raising effort from Left Bank Books, alternative social structures offered by Food Not Bombs and Homes Not Jails, the Anarchist hotline, housing networks, and so on.

It also should not go unsaid that developing a community able to produced several hundred predominantly white youths with middle-class backgrounds to take militant action against their real enemy is no small feat of organization. It has taken years of sowing and tending to seeds of awareness and resistance, and we, at least, appreciate that effort.

If the Left activist community is to be united and strong, more communication and internal discussion around strategical issues is necessary. Our contact information is listed below. All of us have experience with social movements, and many of us have mapped the repressive tactics used against them. We encourage media to get in touch with us as well.

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