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April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!

News ArchiveWe are writing to encourage anarchists everywhere to organize creative actions on Monday, April 17th, to bring the notion of anarchy to viewers of the Hollywood film, V for Vendetta , a watered-down adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic anarchist graphic novel by the same name. April 17th marks the one month anniversary of the US release of V for Vendetta, but in many countries the film is just now premiering. April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!

Anarchist Comrades:

We are writing to encourage anarchists everywhere to organize creative actions on Monday, April 17th, to bring the notion of anarchy to viewers of the Hollywood film, V for Vendetta , a watered-down adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic anarchist graphic novel by the same name. April 17th marks the one month anniversary of the US release of V for Vendetta, but in many countries the film is just now premiering.

Actions can include leafletting, street theater, setting up lit tables at theaters, postering campaigns--anything to bring the concept of anarchy to people who've never been exposed to our philosophy. In NYC for example, we will be dressing up in V costumes, and having V symbolically "assassinate" government and the state and act out "deleted scenes”acting out portions of the graphic novel where V speaks in support of anarchy. (We are also flyering in costume at theaters on Fridays and Saturdays while the film is in theaters.)

With these events we hope to educate moviegoers and draw media attention.

While many of us are skeptical of the corporate and in some cases even the alternative media, they can be a powerful vehicle for getting the attention of large numbers of people. Consider this article about us, from a newspaper that ran us as their cover story (http://ny.metro.us/metro/local/article/They_wanna_be_anarchy/1828.html). While we obviously can’t expect them to accurately represent our entire message, we can at least use them to pique people’s curiosity and drive people to the website, where we can present an unfiltered message. To this end, we have prepared a model press release available on the website that you can send to your local media documenting your V for Vendetta related outreach activities., and will be sending an international press release, which can include information on your local actions if you email it to adam@wetlands-preserve.org or call Adam at (201) 928-2831 (or from outside the US: 00 +1 (201) 928-2831) .

However we recognize that some groups may choose to do actions, but may not want to invite media. This is fine, but either way, PLEASE inform us of any action you will be taking. Email aforanarchy@gmail.com


To assist you in planning your action, we have created a number of ideas and tools that we hope you will find helpful. (Further information and downloads can be found at http://AforAnarchy.com in the Contact & Press section):

We have prepared a flyer to distribute at your local movie theater where V is showing revealing the graphic novel’s anarchist politics and encouraging moviegoers to embrace anarchy. We’ve deliberately kept the politics fairly general in an attempt to create a document that can represent anarchists of all tendencies. Feel free to modify it to suit the needs of your local community. And of course, if you don’t like this flyer, by all means, create one that you prefer.

* Ideas on how to make V costumes (http://homepage.mac.com/anon.csc/aforanarchy/images/VCostumetips.pdf)

*Informational press kit to copy and distribute to reporters (http://homepage.mac.com/anon.csc/aforanarchy/images/Press%20Kit.zip)

* Access to a massive list of local journalists, including reporters in your area that you can fax press releases to (email adam@wetlands-preserve.org for details).

We have designed sticker mock-ups to promote the website that you can download, print on sticker paper, and stick all sorts of places (http://homepage.mac.com/anon.csc/aforanarchy/images/stickers.pdf). Of course, we DO NOT suggest that you put them on V for Vendetta movie ads, as this would be vandalism, and vandalism is against the law.
We invite you to use these resources and join us in any or all of the actions listed above. Our hope is to lead moviegoers to a far more radical place than the corporate filmmakers at Warner Bros intended, and help to bring thousands of new people to the anarchist movement. We thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.


For Anarchy,

AforAnarchy.com
(an ad hoc collective of New York City anarchists)
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April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 12 2006 @ 05:28 PM CDT
Yeah, great idea. Let's conform to the stereotype of mindlessly violent anarchists who like to throw dynamite and assassinate leaders! That'll totally attract people!
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 12 2006 @ 07:47 PM CDT
i mean, i haven't seen the movie or read the comic, but is it really 'mindless'? are assassinations? or do they have their place? how many people out there do apreciate it when a politician gets a bullet?
Also, is it very proactive towards spreading anarchism if we repeat the same tactics over again, stubbornly waiting for people to come to us, maintaining that to do much otherwise is to deviate from our perfected analysis?
On top of that, still, is doing an action such of this anymore "conform(ing)" to one stereotype than another? Are we filling a stereotype by marching yet again against a chosen select of global capitalist and governmental events? I don't ask this to say that those are nessecarily bad ideas, but don't get caried away with the idea of "conforming". Not doing something soley because you are labeled as such is no good reason to avoid doing it, and is actually just playing into the hands of the powers that be in yet another way.


I'm excited people are doing this. I've heard really good things about how it's been working out in NY,NY.

April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 12 2006 @ 09:59 PM CDT
" how many people out there do apreciate it when a politician gets a bullet?"

I hope you were asking this in a fecitious manner... Otherwise, I would have to think that you are completely disconnected from non-anarchists...
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 01:15 PM CDT
there's a lot of people out there who hate polticians. The reason the question I asked is rhetorical is because no one has any idea how many are down with losing one.

don't assume we grew up in the same communities, because i'm sure we know different people, different kinds of people.
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 03:20 AM CDT
Umm...pretty much the whole point of this is that in the comic V absolutely identifies himself as an anarchist. The whole comic is about him converting others to the anarchist ideology, and this group is trying to inform people of this ideology which is watered down (or blatantly ignored) in the film.
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 01:26 PM CDT
Wow, I'm glad that you can dogmatically and without any real factual
backing, dismiss people that have felt a need in this reality to kill
oppressors (rapists, police officers, military members, politicians, bosses)
because you feel it's ineffectual.

I'm sure you've felt that your life and livelihood were on the line
recently, but took the moral and "tactical" high ground by not causing
lethal harm to someone else.

I thought maybe this movement was beyond these dismissive tones of
voice, pandering to our own ideas of morality and "effectiveness."

And by the way... in my neighborhood there isn't one person that
wouldn't celebrate a politician or cop's death. Maybe the above poster
meant that suburban whites would be offended.

But how much of America is suburban and white?

Reality check, folks... this is a social war that has included diverse
tactics, including lethal force, armed struggle, and bombings for 500
years. Our "activism" is the latest, smallest chapter of that struggle, and
the results aren't in yet as to what's been more effective or moral.

April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 11:10 PM CDT
It's pretty obvious you haven't seen the movie or read the book.
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 12 2006 @ 06:25 PM CDT
I thought that ship had sailed already. I saw that movie weeks ago. Ignoring the 'screwing over Alan Moore' aspect, and the original comic, it's a nicely put-together film, in my humble opinion.
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 12 2006 @ 08:48 PM CDT
The release date in many non-USA countries is april 17th or around that
time, and there's already people involved in spain, israel, and possibly
argentina in tandem with this.
April 17th: V for Vendetta, A for Anarchy!
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, April 12 2006 @ 09:16 PM CDT
me and a few anarchist friends here in stl have distributed the a for anarchy flyers along with our local insurectionist newspaper at a few showing with great results. this was a wonderful opportunity to reach suburban folks that we otherwise couldnt reach. thank you a for anarchy for the brilliant idea.

ill share the most recent distribution story with you all. so me and a friend are both a little drunk when we roll up on a local theatres exit, waiting to get in. a few people walk by, none open the doors for us. then the manager walks by us, outside. she doesnt take notice. then i finnaly get a woman to open the door and when she does i hear "hold that door!" i turn around and 2 women and like 7 kids all walk in too. cool, we are off to a great start. so then we watch the last 20 min of the film and when its over get up on the door, ready to pass out the flyer and our paper. eagerly nearly everyone grabed a copy. many people stopping and holding up the line to make sure they get both. then we decide, once everyone is out, to use the restroom. we split up and as soon as we do i hear "they are distributing flyers theatre one!" comming out of one of the security guards walkie talkie. so i walk to the bathroom. piss. shove the flyers in my pants and walk out. the manager approches. shes all "give me the flyers, were you passing out flyers, give em to me!". and im like "excuse me? flyers?" "oh im so sorry, im so sorry." so i walk through the alley holding back a grin as i see 20+ people intently reading the literature most likely cause of the stir! it was a fun night.

so thanks again a for anarchy. i only wish i had got to the movies more when the film was hot. i hope it goes well overseas.

total revolt
stl @ist