Join Students for a Democratic Society in a roving, anti-capitalist, dance party protest!
Take to the streets of DC in a militant action against the corporations responsible for building and funding the "NAFTA Superhighway," I-69. Let companies like JPMorgan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and HNTB know that we've had enough of trade policies that displace communities in the US, exploit workers and youth abroad, and contribute to the destruction of the environment.
So put on your dancing shoes, and come meet SDS in Franklin Park at noon on Monday, July 28, to FUNK I-69!
Pictures of the Event:
On June 20th, over 150 youth took back the streets of Washington D.C and thoroughly funked the war. The crowd of youth mostly came from local high schools and colleges, though some made came from as far away as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a four hour trek, for the day's action. Folks gathered in Franklin Park and were joined by passerby's starting at 4pm that Friday to begin the fourth musical storming of the streets. Students waved glittery signs, handed out fliers, and put up Funk the War stickers throughout the K street business district. Beats were dropped instead of bombs, and the onlookers couldn't help but smile as the youth expressed their disgust with the war in its 6th year.
Funk the War infects the Anti-War Movement with Youth-Led Disco Militance!
Funk the War! Yes We Can! Disco Beats Are Back Again!
You can stand on the sidelines and yell obscenities at a World Can't Wait rally, you can scoff at a long-winded ANSWER march, but it's damn hard to argue with a sound system and several hundred kids dancing in the streets, isn't it?
On M19's unprecedented day of mass direct action against the war on Iraq in Washington, DC, the core of the largest and most militant event--among a whole field of radical and brave departures from the anti-war norm--were a wagon, a car battery, an mp3 player, and a 300 watt speaker. And a guy in a polar bear costume. And women in fairy wings. And glitter. And paint balloons. And 600 kids from all over the US roving through the streets of DC, blocking traffic at will, dancing into war-profiteer offices, mussing up the facade of a recruiting station (twice), and locking down in intersections in complete defiance of a somewhat hapless Metropolitan Police Department--all to the backing of the occasional Donna Reed vocal.
DC’s Business District Converted to Humongous Street Dance Party
Downtown Washington on March 19 was peppered with actions throughout the morning. Small blockades and theatrical lockdowns seemed to be popping up every few minutes. But suddenly, around noon, something roared, echoing throughout the hollow spaces between the sinister fortresses of the K Street war profiteering corporations… Something massive…
DC SDS, having originally planned for the action to meet up in Franklin Park, decided instead to meet in the middle of the busy intersection at 14th and K streets. Over 600 protestors, mostly students, started gathering for the single largest action to take place on the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War.
When police attempted to push the dancing crowd out of the intersection, Funk the War 3 simply started on its way towards 13th and L, where a blockade at the American Petroleum Institute had been holding most of the intersection for hours. The space was flooded with energy as students pushed through the police line around the blockade and helped their comrades to their feet.
This coordination was characteristic of the broader DC actions that day as well as Funk the War itself. Though it was led and organized by DC SDS, it brought together a broad range of student groups: Student Peace Action Network, Campus Anti-War Network, Young Democratic Socialists, and the Our Spring Break Coalition all came together in the streets. The Baltimore Algebra Project, a tutoring and educational activism group led entirely by students, also participated. DC SDS hopes to build a strong relationship with this group, breaking out of single-issue activism to draw connections between the pitiful public education funding and the heaps of money given to weapons and oil corporations in Iraq.
Funk the War 2 brought the funk to K Street, War Profiteer's Row. Somewhere near a hundred of us came to shake what our momma's gave us at the pigs who profit off of this imperialist war. We funked up the Military Recruitment office and Lockheed Martin. We danced in front of Bechtel, the Washington Post, and the District of Colombia Republican Party HQ. This was an Iraq Moratorium action hosted by the DC Chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society. Get ready: Funk the War 3: A New Hope is gonna be huge!
Pictures from GMU SDS'er Chloë Briedé’s Flickr page
Quartersheet flyer handed out at Funk the War 2: electric boogaloo
Dupont circle rendez vous.
The emails went in and the people came out ready to dance. Last minute news filled inboxes around the city, and on Friday night, January 18, our music filled the streets.
We started at five and ended accomplished and ready for more and awesome three hours later.
Starting in the well-to-do Dupont circle and dancing our rout to the recruitment center about five blocks away. Stopping only briefly in front, we onward danced to the close by atrocity operating under the name Lockheed Martin. After a boot-out from the lobby, we overtook the entrance and soon after the street, adding to our ranks a few passer-bys, including one of the security guards in the lobby. Once we got it going in the street, showing both traffic and the police we were a force not to be reckoned with, we headed back to Dupont circle where we triumphantly and musically ended our party, and Funked the war.
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