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RECLAIM THE STREETS!!!--San Diego, CA--J20
by Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army
Tuesday Jan 18th, 2005 2:42 AM
Street Party in San Diego! Meet at 7pm, at 3rd and Broadway, on January 20th to reclaim our streets from the chains of cars and commerce for the liberation of community and creativity.

What to bring? What to wear? What will this look like? Wear your favorite Dia De Los Muertos outfit or your favorite Irish outfit or your favorite celebratory outfit! Bring noisemakers, drums, bagpipes! Be prepared to dance and celebrate the the reclamation of public space, the commons, autonomy and collective action/power. Bring decorations to transform the street into your vision of a celebration for the dead. Bring an Altar!
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Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living!
January 20th Counter-Inaugural Reclaim The Streets


Meet at 7pm at 3rd and Broadway in Downtown San Diego, in front of NBC.

On the day that George W. Bush is to be coronated preseident of the United States for his second illegitimate term, we will reclaim the streets of our city to remember those who have and will be killed by his administration's policies and to demand that those policies be ended. We will do so in the celebratory tradition of Dia De Los Muertos and Irish Wakes.


More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years. A ritual the Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate. A ritual known today as Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Today, people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend. The skulls were used to symbolize death and rebirth.

Perhaps the largest single category of immigrants pouring into New York City during the 1840's and 1850's were those from Ireland. An Irish Wake isn't a time for tears to say the least, it is more of a party than a funeral. Clocks are stopped at the time of death, mirrors are turned to the wall, professional mourners might be hired to lead the keening (wailing), sheets are hung and candles are lit. The wake has survived in Ireland for many centuries, despite 400 years of attack from the Catholic Church.

We make this call because our opposition is not only about stopping the inauguration of one president, but about creating a world of dignity, freedom and equality for people all over the world who are currently being crushed under the boot of global capitalism.

We call on the people of San Diego to join in our rejection of the U.S. policies, but also in a rejection of illegitimate elections. Widespread election irregularities and the systematic disenfranchisement of people of color have damaged any hope of a legitimate election in the United States.

Moreover, we reject an administration built on lies and illegal policies which violate the inherent dignity of the people of the U.S. and the people of the world. We look to the traditions of Bolivia and Argentina who ousted their criminal presidents through non-violent mass mobilizations of people and we hope to do the same.

This call comes from that intersection of absolute militarism, indigenous resistance and the natural, organic movement of people that is known as the U.S. Mexico border. The call comes from a region which used to be part of Mexico, but is now known as San Diego, California. We have seen both how war tears families apart as it sends our generation off to die and how occupation at home is very real and operates in our own neighborhoods.

"Pray for the dead but fight like hell for the living!" - Mother Jones
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