Obama's recession empire and the rest of us
[Lady Gaga's song, Bad Romance, is a subversive feminist critique equating her relationship with record industry execs to an abusive relationship. The song speaks universally to young peoples' relationship with the CEOs and politicians who exploit and abuse us.]
In 2008, Obama seduced the world with “hope” and promises of a clean break from Bush's abuses. Now Obama is fielding 30,000 soldiers and more than 50,000 corporate mercenaries to expand the assault on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over 130,000 troops and 130,000 mercenaries remain in Iraq. Without mutiny in the ranks and pressure from mass resistance at home, Obama's word on exit strategy is as good as his promise to close Guantanamo by January22—worthless.
In 2003, Bush bombed his way into Iraq, letting schools and libraries burn while troops secured the oil ministry. He occupied Iraq and Afghanistan for so long that the military implemented “stop-loss” to force soldiers to work past the end of their contracts. The war budget bankrupted the country. Young people were among the hardest hit at home on the battlefield and at home. Deteriorating public schools were neglected while college tuition skyrocketed and jobs grew scarce. Many youth turned to the military for college money and sham job training, only to be stop-lossed and traumatized by the horrors of war. It's Obama's war now and little has changed.
No doubt, Obama inherited a wrecked economy and the War on Terror. But he's turned his back on the change he convinced so many to believe in.
Obama is continuing Bush's policy of corporate resource imperialism in the Middle East and Central Asia, subsidizing the worst polluters while they drag the youth of the world into a future of endless wars and climate chaos. The $708 billion 2010 war budget is enough to fund nationwide free college education or to fund adaptation to the climate crisis in the Global South: droughts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Hurricane Katrina-style threats to Island nations. Military industry, fossil fuel companies, and bankers are thriving while the rest of us suffer the worst recession since the 1930s.
The recession is killing young people's prospects and military recruiters are circling like vultures. In the US, youth unemployment is at a record high 50%, with twice as many black youth as white youth unemployed. No options means a racist poverty draft. That's how recruiters are surpassing their quotas for the first time since the Viet Nam War. The only other time they came close to today's numbers was during the recession of the early 1980s.
Many US soldiers are trapped in the War on Terror and see no way
out other than suicide. 160 in 2009, and 140 in 2008 took their own lives rather than kill for empire. The War on Terror has cost over 5300 US soldier's lives and over a million Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis. But there is hope in work of Courage to Resist and Iraq Veterans Against the War, groups encouraging war resistance and defending the many soldiers who refuse to fight. It is our responsibility to match their courage with strategic resistance on campus and on the street until we stop this bad romance.
We'll see you in the Streets on March 19th and in the news as youth & student resistance builds in 2010.
Funk the War 9: Bad Romance
Student power against Obama's recession empire
Funk the War, light the bed on fire, and break free from this bad romance!
Washington, DC. March 19, the 7th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.
Student mutiny against the War on Terror: Fund Education, Not War & Occupation.
Obama's got us singing like Lady Gaga, “I want your love and all your lover's revenge.” Thousands of anti-war youth fell in love with Obama and dropped everything to build his campaign. He seduced us with promises of hope and change from Bush's abuses, all the while refusing to give up his lust for the War on Terror.
We've been together a while now and Obama keeps expanding the War on Terror in the Middle East and Central Asia. He's taking advantage of record youth unemployment and skyrocketing college costs to drag young people into a war we've got nothing to gain from. More soldiers trapped in the War on Terror are committing suicide than ever before. Obama, “Baby, you're sick.”
March 19th is the 7th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and the occupation's going strong. It's time to Funk the War, light the bed on fire, and break free from this bad romance.
“Walk, walk, fashion baby, work it!” DC SDS is calling for a massive student power dance party against empire to disrupt the corporate-political war machine in streets of the capital city. We refuse to let another year of war in Iraq and war on our youth pass by without resistance. Join us in the streets and help build an unstoppable student & youth anti-war movement in 2010.
Assemble your crew, practice your moves, and throw on them dancing shoes. We'll be hosting anti-imperialist education events, direct action trainings, dance floor mayhem, and smaller actions in the lead up to March 19th. Get in touch if you'd like to attend or host an event or if we can help support your resistance efforts: strategic planning, action trainings, logistical support, we'd love to help. We'll see you in the streets.
Upcoming events in Washington, DC:
* January 29: Funk the Warming – Down with the Fossil Hawks
* February 13: Funk the War 9 Consulta & Bad Romance Weekend
Consulta @ 4pm, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
* March 19: Funk the War: Bad Romance
* March 20: Mass march against the war; Funk the War post-action meet-up
visit us on the interwebs at dc-sds.org
phone: Sam 202-436-2075; Rachel 609-529-6415
bringing the ruckus against climate chaos and corporate resource wars
from stolen Native American land to Iraq and Afghanistan
. You, your fly crew, and your dancing shoes
. mad rowdy young people and our allies
. DC Students for a Democratic Society & DC Rising Tide
in alliance with the Peaceable Assembly Campaign
funkadelic youth & student-powered mobile street party
bringing down the corporate lobbying machine
Friday January 29th, noontime
Last month, Fossil Hawks celebrated two great victories: the US-led failure of the Copenhagen climate summit and Obama's escalation of the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thanks to their aggressive lobbying, the world's worst CO2 emitters, companies like Shell and Exxon, are free from new international pollution regulations and fixing to reap huge profits from Obama's expanding resource wars in the strategic oil and natural gas-rich war zones of the Middle East and Central Asia.
The importance of challenging the violence and treachery of corporate power is becoming increasingly clear to the Climate and Anti-War Movements. If we want to turn the tide of climate chaos and corporate resource imperialism, then 2010 must be a year of unprecedented cooperation between our movements in creative resistance against the Fossil Hawks.
With the US military's ranking as the world's #1 gas guzzler (oil consumer & user), buying from the top polluting transnationals, the problem runs deep. The annual CO2 output of the Iraq War is greater than 139 (60%) of the world's countries. It gets worse, but much of the toxic output from the War on Terror is hard to put a number on. We know that US bombs release heavy doses of other greenhouse gases, and pollutants like depleted uranium (DU) are in regular use. There is a long history of US military-industrial eco-devastation: trench warfare gases in WWI, nukes in WWII, agent orange in Vietnam, DU in Gulf War I, and it'll keep coming 'til we bring them down.
>> Fossil Hawks, WTF?
Fossil Hawks are the war-making corporate climate criminals and the politicians who serve them. They are the mining companies, energy companies, weapons manufacturers, military logistics companies, and mercenaries who profit from resource wars and lobby to sabotage US and UN environmental regulation. Many are at the top of the 122 companies responsible for 80% of global CO2 output. They are diversified corporations and lobbies invested in war and environmental exploitation.
* Exxon is expanding natural gas operations using Halliburton's "fracking" process, poisoning North American aquifers while selling jet fuel to US forces bombing Afghanistan until it's "stable" enough for pipelines moving Caspian natural gas.
* Shell simultaneously profits from Iraqi oilfields and from the fuel US tanks burn to protect them while clear-cutting for tar sands in Alberta and lobbying for "Clean Coal" technology in DC.
* Caterpillar sells the same monstrous gas-guzzling D-9 bulldozers to Massey Coal for mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia that US tax dollars buy for Israeli Military demolition of Palestinian homes.
Flyer handed out on the day of - 4.25"x11"
Funk the War Press sweep: we scour the interbutts so you don't have to. But if you did, leave a link in the comments!
Protesters Mark 8 Years of War in Afghanistan - Washington Post (When we got within a 10 block radius of the Washington Post building, they pulled down the security gate in front of their doors, and put riot police in front of the shutters. Feeling a little bit of chickenhawk guilt there, WaPo? You suckaz weren't even on our list.)
Jake Mayday RVA's Flickr
Washington Post for some reason has our picture in this article
Seeing Aspects' Flickr
Demotix people's news
PHOTOS: FUNK THE WAR - Brightest Young Things!
Protest Marks Afghan War Anniversary - Fox News
Recruiter painted, Blackwater lobbyist STORMED!
DC-SDS Funk the War 8: Afghanistan 8th Anniversary Tour - Alex Lotorto!
Funk the War storms Blackwater lobbyists after recruiter gets paint job - DC Indymedia
Recruiter painted up, Blackwater lobbyist STORMED - DC Direct Action News
D.C. Students For Democratic Society Protest 8-year Afghan Conflict - WAMU
Hi-fives to whoever did this:
Military Recruiting Office Vandalized - Fox 5 News
White House, Pentagon Struggle Refine AfPak Strategy News Channel 8
D.C. Chapter Alert: 14th and L St. Recruiting Center Targeted By SDS, Wed. Oct. 7, 2009 (Complete failure, not a single one of them showed up. Also, someone got to that recruiting station before we did, so double FAIL.)
Small Protest Against U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan Moving Through Downtown - Our perennial yuppie haters!
Video: Quiet US demo speaks volumes - Al Jazeera (This is how the press works: They come to your action with a preconceived story (or perhaps the story half-written at the office). Then when they are presented with another story (100 local kids come out for the first student-run protest specifically against the war in Afghanistan, a war that is being fed to the population as the "good war" of the "peace candidate"), they look around for evidence that they can continue writing that preconceived story. When they interview five excited kids who want to talk about the reason they are protesting, and then they net one kid who they dupe into talking about the reason there aren't other people there (HOW THE FUCK SHOULD HE KNOW? HE SHOWED UP!), they throw out the other footage, and soldier on with their pre-written story. A news story is only as positive as the writer and the worst interview.)
Join Students for a Democratic Society in Washington DC for a roving, anti-war, dance party protest at 3:00 PM on Thursday March 19th to FUNK the War 6th Anniversary Edition!
Take to the streets of DC in a raucous display of student power against the corporations and war profiteers responsible for promoting and funding the Iraq War. We will be dropping our beats and sweet dance moves on the war machine's favorite companies and think tanks to let them know that we've had enough of them profiting off of their wars.
We will be in DC to disrupt business as usual in recognition of 6 years of brutal war and occupation in Iraq and the escalation of the war in Afghanistan.
So put on your dancing shoes, and come meet SDS in Franklin Park at 3:00 PM on Thursday March 19th to FUNK the War 6th Anniversary Edition!
DC SDS has formally agreed to a solidarity statement with the Self-Described Anarchist Collective, who will also be staging an action on March 19th. You can read this solidarity statement here.
It took (well, Daniel took) a long ass time to get this together, but it's finally done!
IMPORTANT: This video is best viewed fullscreen, with bumpin' speakers that have huge bass. Any less than that and your viewing pleasure will be impaired.
The third Funk the War took place on March 19th (the 5th anniversary of the War on Iraq) in Washington DC. Read more about it here
Funk the War T-Shirts are now on sale on our website!
You've seen us rockin' 'em since March, and, if you didn't act quickly back then, you've not been able to get your grubby paws on them since. Well here's your chance!
The shirts are hand-silkscreened by DC SDS members, and purchased from Alternative Apparel, so they fit amazing, they're soft as a baby's bottom, and theoretically you don't have to feel guilty about sweatshops (though there was no mention of the word "union" on their website).
Check out the All New Support DC SDS page to get ahold of one, or buy seven and people will think you never change your clothes.
Head-Roc is a local legend hip-hop act in DC, and he performed his single "Change in America" for the Funk the War on the Poor demonstration this past summer, recording our demonstration for the backdrop of his music video.
<3 DC SDS
Funk the War has spread like a fluorescent colored disco fungus across the map of the United States, and infected youth with militant anti-war disco fever.
Now we’re at the Republican National Convention, incorporating our booty shakin' beats into the RNC Welcoming Committee blockade strategy the best way we know how: we're going to dress fierce, we're going to blast our music loud, we're going to party hard. Meet us at the corner of Cedar and Colombus (at the southeast corner of the capitol grounds) at 4:00 on September 1st, and we'll show these stuffy politicians: When our bass rumbles, empires crumble.
War is a waste of our Youth! Funktocracy is in the Streets!