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Founded in 1991 by Ramsey Clark and staffed by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party, the International Action Center (IAC) is a fiercely anti-American organization whose creed reads, “Information, Activism, and Resistance to U.S. Militarism, War, and Corporate Greed.” The driving force behind International ANSWER, IAC is a member organization of Abolition 2000 and the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalitions. Among IAC's key players are National Co-Director Brian Becker and Western Region Co-Director Richard Becker.
IAC’s activism is founded on the central premise that a racist, imperialist, sexist, homophobic United States is the world’s chief violator of human rights -- guilty of unspeakable atrocities, past and present, foreign and domestic. As one IAC official puts it, "no one in the world … has a worse human rights record than the United States." “We know,” says IAC, “that the U.S. government kidnaps, detains and tortures people -- at home and abroad -- while illegally and secretly monitoring its own population.”
Accusing the Bush administration of using the “tragedy” of 9/11 “as a pretext to launch new wars of aggression and to step up the assault on civil rights and civil liberties here at home,“ IAC calls for drastic cuts in America’s military-related spending (“the cost of endless war”) -- money the organization believes would be better utilized to fund “desperately-needed social programs.” “We have launched a national campaign to ensure that the criminals in Washington don't have enough soldiers to continue their wars,” adds IAC. “We are mobilizing against military recruiters in our communities.”
IAC has expressed solidarity with antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. It passionately supports “the struggle of the Palestinian people in their heroic resistance to [Israeli] occupation.” And it embraces “the powerful new movement for immigrant rights” which calls for open borders as well as amnesty and full civil rights for illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
Viewing women as an oppressed demographic group in the United States, IAC was a Cosponsoring Organization of the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives, a Washington, D.C. rally advocating that women be granted unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
IAC was a signatory to a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the Maoist C. Clark Kissinger’s radical group Refuse & Resist, condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document charged that “the denial of any due process for Arab[s], Muslim[s], South Asians and others, [has] chilling similarities to a police state.”
IAC is the parent organization of numerous anti-war, civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights groups. These include the following:
IAC receives financial assistance from numerous sources, including: the Alliance for Global Justice, a Washington, DC-based charity that opposes free-market capitalism, underwriting and publicizing the activities of revolutionary Marxist movements from Nicaragua to Mexico; the People’s Rights Fund, which provides “funding for educational programs on peace, civil rights, civil liberties, economic inequality, anti-repression and social justice issues”; and the Progress Unity Fund, which is closely affiliated with the Workers World Party. According to the Foundation Center, between 2003 and 2005 IAC received $305,000 from the Ford Foundation. The Vanguard Public Foundation has also supported IAC.
Headquartered in New York City, IAC has local chapters in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Providence (Rhode Island), San Diego, and San Francisco.