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Jan 10, 17

Ex-Worker Podcast #53: “Anti-Globalization” Walking Tour of Washington, D.C.

From CrimethInc.

Listen to the Episode — 106 min


Our first walking tour! Protesters descending on Washington, D.C. to #DisruptJ20 are stepping into a long history of resistance in the belly of the beast. One of the most innovative and powerful cycles of protest in the nation’s capital was the movement against corporate globalization in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Most tours of D.C. take you around the monuments and museums downtown, but we want to show you another side of the city—the neighborhoods and DIY spaces from which anarchists launched attacks on capital and where seeds were planted for a new world to take its place. Through historic sites, interviews, and a scrapbook of anti-capitalist mementos, we hope to pass on some of the lessons and inspiration that the anti-globalization movement can offer, especially as a new wave of struggle begins under Trump. {January 9, 2017}

Show Notes

Notes and Links

  • Introduction {0:01}
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl {1:35}
  • Walking to the A16 convergence center {11:10}
  • A16 convergence center {24:09}
  • Walking to Malcolm X Park {33:59}
  • Lower Malcolm X Park {40:08}
  • Upper Malcolm X Park {46:14}
  • Walking to Casa del Pueblo {55:04}
  • Casa del Pueblo {1:07:06}
  • Walking to the Wilson Center {1:10:12}
  • The Wilson Center {1:13:25}
  • Walking to the Potter’s House {1:17:26}
  • The Potter’s House {1:26:54}
  • Walking to the DC Indymedia Center {1:28:00}
  • The DC Indymedia Center {1:36:01}
  • Lessons from the anti-globalization movement {1:40:36}
  • We’ve put together a YouTube version of the walking tour with the photos included at our YouTube channel
  • Anarchist history is not for books you can close and set away on a shelf. Use the lessons and inspiration from this episode to get active. You can start next week with the #DisruptJ20 anti-inaugural activities in DC on January 20th.
  • We discuss and sample multiple documentaries about the mass anti-corporate globalization protests that took place during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Many of these can be found online, like This Is What Democracy Looks Like, Breaking the Spell, Breaking the Bank, The Miami Model, and the highly recommended Crowd Bites Wolf.
  • The excerpt from the A16 Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Bloc statement came from The Black Bloc Papers, which is a great resource for understanding that part of early 2000s anarchism.
  • We discuss a bunch of different groups in this episode, including the DC Anti-Capitalist Convergence, Positive Force, APOC, Profane Existence, and Indymedia.
  • Upcoming prisoner birthdays:Sundiata Acoli 39794–066
    FCI Cumberland
    Post Office Box 1000
    Cumberland, MD 21501
    {January 14th}

    Herman Bell 79-C–0262
    Great Meadow Correctional Facility
    11739 State Route 22
    Post Office Box 51
    Comstock, NY 12821–0051
    {January 14th}

    Joseph “Joe Joe” Bowen AM–4272
    1 Kelley Drive
    Coal Township, PA 17866–1021
    {January 15th}

    Marius Mason #04672–061
    FMC Carswell
    Federal Medical Center
    Post Office Box 27137
    Forth Worth, TX 76127
    {January 26th}

  • January 22nd is the International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners. Do something in your community
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Crimethink is everything that evades control: the daydream in the classroom, the renegade breaking ranks, the spray-painted walls that continue to speak even under martial law. It is the persistent sense that things could be otherwise, that there is nothing natural or inevitable about the prevailing social order. In a world optimized for administration, everything that cannot be classified or displayed on a screen is crimethink. It is the spirit of rebellion without which freedom is literally unthinkable.

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