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Anti-war front group for the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party
A major organizer of the massive anti-Iraq war rallies of 2002 and 2003
Opposes embargo against Communist Cuba
Supports convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
International ANSWER (an acronym for "Act Now to Stop War and End Racism") is run by Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which is staffed by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party (WWP). ANSWER views the United States as a racist, imperialist, sexist, homophobic nation and the world’s chief violator of human rights -- guilty of unspeakable atrocities, past and present, foreign and domestic.
Founded on September 14, 2001 (three days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon), ANSWER held its initial mass demonstrations fifteen days thereafter, on September 29th in Washington, DC and San Francisco. These rallies drew 25,000 and 15,000 participants, respectively, to protest the Bush administration's impending invasion of Afghanistan, whose Taliban regime had aided and abetted the al Qaeda terrorist network responsible for 9/11. In July 2002, ANSWER shifted its focus to denouncing the prospect of a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq.
ANSWER’s first "six-figure" rally took place on April 20, 2002, when more than 100,000 people protested outside the White House and marched through Washington, DC “in support of justice for Palestine.” According to ANSWER, this demonstration “broke the existing taboo in the United States among the traditional peace movement against open solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle,” and “revealed that the U.S. anti-war movement … could successfully organize with tens of thousands of Arab-American, Muslim and South Asian people to form a united front.” The aforementioned communities, says ANSWER, “have been under siege” in the U.S. since 9/11.
On January 18, 2003, ANSWER initiated the first internationally coordinated day of action against the impending war in Iraq, when some 500,000 people demonstrated in the District of Columbia, as did 200,000 in San Francisco and millions more in cities around the world.
On February 15 of that year, ANSWER, in conjunction with United for Peace and Justice, helped mobilize another set of massive antiwar demonstrations; some 500,000 attended in New York City, as did 100,000 in Los Angeles and many others in San Francisco, Chicago, and elsewhere across the United States.
ANSWER-organized rallies are all conducted in a similar fashion: Protestors gather at a mustering ground flanked by information and merchandise tables that are manned by a variety of leftist and communist organizations, which have paid ANSWER a fee for permission to distribute literature or sell their wares. An elevated stage is set up at the front of the rally site, complete with a massive sound system. After a musical prelude, a number of speeches are delivered -- usually, over a dozen. Once this initial round of speeches is completed, the attendees march along a short route to the location of the final rally, where they encounter more literature and merchandise tables and are treated to another round of speeches. At both rally locations and along the course of the march, ANSWER volunteers raise funds by moving through the crowd with large buckets into which attendees deposit cash donations.
The speakers at ANSWER rallies are generally members of the political far left who oppose not only America's role in the current war on terror, but also many additional aspects of the nation’s foreign and domestic policies. Such speakers include prominent members of activist and communist organizations; celebrities and entertainers; and politicians -- often members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus. Some -- such as Brian Becker, Teresa Gutierrez, Larry Holmes, Sara Flounders, and Sarah Sloan -- are members of the Workers World Party. When addressing the crowds, these speakers accuse the U.S. of a broad spectrum of transgressions, including its alleged pursuit of colonialism, imperialism and world domination; its current "occupation" of Afghanistan and Iraq; its purportedly unjustified and immoral trade embargo against Fidel Castro's Cuba; its “attacks” on the “civil rights and civil liberties” of Americans, as embodied in the Patriot Act; its mistreatment of "political prisoners" like cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal; its allegedly excessive military-related spending coupled with its “cuts in social programs”; and the discrimination, institutional racism, and police brutality it supposedly directs against minorities.
The Houston chapter of ANSWER was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the Maoist C. Clark Kissinger’s radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document read, in part, "[T]hey [the U.S. government] are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. … The recent 'disappearances', indefinite detention[s], the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state.”
ANSWER supports an immigration policy that calls for open borders as well as amnesty and full civil rights for illegal aliens residing in the United States. Along those lines, the organization’s website features a link to a petition that reads: “Neoliberal economic policies targeting Latin America, like NAFTA and CAFTA, have pushed millions of people into abject poverty. Immigrants are forced to come to the U.S. to look for work. Nobody should be criminalized for attempting to survive. No human being is illegal. Racism against immigrants emanates from the same forces behind the U.S. war to conquer and control the wealth of Iraq.”
ANSWER opposes the U.S. military's detention center at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. "Today," said ANSWER in May 2003, hundreds of people -- including children under the age of 16 years -- are being imprisoned and interrogated by the U.S. at Guantanamo with no recourse whatsoever to due process."
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