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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's spotlight on front groups and corporate spin.

A.N.S.W.E.R. stands for Act Now to Stop War & End Racism.


A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, formed on September 14, 2001, describes itself as "a coalition of hundreds of organizations and prominent individuals and scores of organizing centers in cities and towns across the country. Its national steering committee represents major national organizations that have campaigned against U.S. intervention in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and organizations that have campaigned for civil rights and for social and economic justice for working and poor people inside the United States."[1]

"The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition organized the first national demonstration against war and racism following September 11 on September 29, 2001, which brought 25,000 people into the streets of Washington DC and 15,000 in San Francisco."[2]

The steering committee of A.N.S.W.E.R. includes :[3]

The founding charter of A.N.S.W.E.R. lists as its initial co-signers: [4]


Events

VoteNoWar.org

"VoteNoWar.org is an educational campaign of International A.N.S.W.E.R."[5]

Political connections

David Corn wrote[6] in November 2002 that International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) is run by Workers World Party (WWP) activists "to such an extent that it seems fair to dub it a WWP front. Several key ANSWER officials — including spokesperson Brian Becker — are WWP members. Many local offices for ANSWER’s protest were housed in WWP offices. Earlier this year [2002], when ANSWER conducted a press briefing, at least five of the 13 speakers were WWP activists. They were each identified, though, in other ways, including as members of the International Action Center.

"The IAC, another WWP offshoot," Corn wrote, "was a key partner with ANSWER in promoting the protest. It was founded by Ramsey Clark," who was attorney general for President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Opposition from anarchists

According to the Alternative Media Project, "the umbrella nonprofit for Infoshop.org, Practical Anarchy magazine, and several other publishing, journalism, and information dissemination projects":

Many within the anarchist movement have taken issue with ANSWER's authoritarian management style, and support of authoritarian regimes.[7]

Contact information

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
National Office in Washington DC: 202 544-3389
New York City: 212 687-8720
Los Angeles: 323 464-1636
San Francisco: 415 821-6545
For media inquiries, call 202 544-3389
Email: info AT internationalanswer.org
URL: http://www.ANSWERcoalition.org
URL: http://www.internationalanswer.org (International A.N.S.W.E.R)

Resources and articles

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References

  1. About Us, A.N.S.W.E.R. website.
  2. About Us, A.N.S.W.E.R. website.
  3. International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition List, A.N.S.W.E.R. website, accessed through Internet Archive on May 30, 2010
  4. The call to join a new anti-war coalition, A.N.S.W.E.R. website, accessed through Internet Archive on May 30, 2010
  5. About Us, VoteNoWar website.
  6. David Corn, "Behind the Placards. The odd and troubling origins of today’s anti-war movement," LA Weekly, November 1-7, 2002.
  7. "Activists Speak Out About ANSWER," infoshop.org, January 20, 2003.

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