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(en) Peoples Global Action North American Meeting- Call for Organizing Committee

From "chauncy tuthill young" <chauncytuck@angelfire.com>
Date Fri, 22 Dec 2000 07:40:39 -0500 (EST)

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Please read this and contact us if you would like to get involved in organizing for the Peoples Global Actio Conferene.  For more information please contact numbers listed below or for general information on PGA go to www.agp.org/agp/index.html (this website needs to be
updated but it is informational)

Sorry if there are any crosspostings (these are all lists I am a part of so it certainly might happen).


CALL TO ACTION! Call for Organizers 
Peoples Global Action North American Meeting
Peoples Global Action is an international network 
that was originally inspired by the Zapatista struggle 
that began in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1994. PGA is not an 
organization but a fluid, umbrella network of grassroots 
peoples organizations worldwide that are building 
alternatives to neo-liberalist policies. 
   In Sept. PGA held an international meeting of 
continental convenors in Prague, Czech Republic, in 
conjunction with the protests against the IMF and World 
Bank meetings there, as part of the call that PGA put 
out for the Global Day of Action Against Capitalism on 
September 26.  Convenors, representing peoples 
grassroots movements around the world, met to discuss 
PGAs goals for the future.  From this meeting emerged a 
plan for two sustained global actions: a) building a 
movement to stop Plan Colombia, and b) linking the 
struggles of people to reclaim our water and land 
   The next international PGA meeting will be in 
Cochabamba, Bolivia, from April 27 through May 1, 2001. 
The intent of this meeting is to further define and 
develop strategies and tactics for the two sustained 
global actions, and to continue building a positive 
resistance to capitalism. Before that meeting, conveners 
in each of PGAs represented continents will hold 
meetings to prepare for Cochabamba, discuss PGAs 
sustained global actions and choose 
convenors for the coming year. 
  The North American meeting is being called by the 
Tampa Bay Action Group, of Florida, USA and The Anti-
Capitalist Convergence of Montreal  Quebec (Convergence 
des luttes anti-capitalistes-CLAC- the temporary co-
conveners for North America. This will probably be a two-
day meeting in mid to late March in a location that has 
not yet been determined. 
  To ensure the most democratic process, we are inviting 
like-minded North American groups to participate in the 
organizing and planning of the meeting. At this early 
stage, a suggested tentative agenda for the meeting 
includes an overview of PGA and detailed investigations 
of the issues surrounding the two sustained global 
actions and a day devoted to networking and 
brainstorming for concrete ideas for direct actions that 
support and further these global actions. 
   The goals of the North American meeting is to build 
the PGA network in North America, to plan for the 
Cochabamba meeting, and to prepare for the protests of 
the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas meeting in 
Canada in April 2001.
   Organizations interested in having a voice on the 
organizing committee for the North American PGA meeting 
should subscribe to the list serve for the meeting 
organizing committee by e-mailing majordomo@flora.org   
Leave the subject line blank and type subscribe 
pganaoc (without the quote marks) in the BODY of your 
message. Remove any other text (auto signatures, for 
example).  For info or problems with the list serve call 
TBAG at 727-896-8224 e-mail oneworldnow@att.net  or 
write La CLAC,2035 St-Laurent Boulevard,2nd floor, 
Montreal (Quebec)Canada, H2X 2T3. 1-514-409-2049 e-mail 
The organizing committee will use this list serve to 
communicate and will begin to make initial planning 
decisions by Jan 5th, 2000.   If your organization is 
interested in attending the PGA meeting in Cochabamba, 
Bolivia, please contact the list serve for further 
information.  All groups participating in both the North 
American meeting and wanting to attend the meeting in 
Bolivia must agree to the  PGA Hallmarks:

The hallmarks of the alliance are:
1. A rejection of neo-liberal politics and institutions, 
which promote socially and                   
environmentally destructive globalization.
2. A rejection of all forms of oppression and 
exploitation such as patriarchy, white supremacy and 
3. A confrontational attitude toward undemocratic 
organizations in which capital is the only real policy 
4. A call to nonviolent direct action and civil 
disobedience and the construction of local alternatives 
by local people as answers to the actions of governments 
and corporations.
5. An organizational philosophy based on 
decentralization, direct democracy and local autonomy.

Current and former members of the PGA convenors' 
committee and conference hosts:

       Seis Federaciones del Trspico: one of the most 
active resistance movement in Bolivia right now; they 
participated in the recent battle for water which 
reversed the privatization plans of the government. Will 
host the 3rd PGA conference
        Movimento dos Trahalbadores Rurais Sem Terra 
(MST) Brazil: the most important movement for land 
reform through direct action in the world.
Organizaciones Negras de Centroamerica (ONECA): Central 
American network of black communities; the secretariat 
is at the organization of the Garmfunas of Honduras.
        Central Sandinista de Trabajadores (CST) / 
Federacisn Nacional del Trabajo (FNT): the CST is part 
of the FNT, a major union federation.	
        Movimiento de la Juventud Kuna: the youth 
movement of the Kuna people of Panama, one of the first 
Latin American indigenous peoples to obtain self-
	Confederacion Unica Nacional de Afiliados al 
Seguro Social Campesino-Coordinadora Nacional Campesina: 
the main peasant movement in Ecuador strongly involved 
in the take-over of the Parliament in January 2000.
	Movement for National Land and Agricultural 
Reform (MONLAR), Sri Lanka: members of the current PGA 
convenors' committee.
	Aoteoroa Educators: The organization responsible 
for information and education within the Tino 
Rangatirotanga movement, a grassroots movement for Maori 
sovereignty made up countywide autonomous groups & 
	Confederacisn de Nacionalidades Indmgenas del 
Ecuador (CONAIE): the backbone of indigenous organizing 
in Ecuador for decades.
	Proceso de Comunidades Negras: the black 
communities' process of Colombia, have played a key role 
in the creation of the Afro-American network and in its 
involvement in international processes of coordinated 
	Confederacisn de Trabajadores de la Educacisn de 
la Repzblica Argentina (CTERA): the Argentinean 
teacher's union.
	Comite de Mujeres Trabajadoras de El Salvador: 
union of female textile workers in the export-processing 
zones (maquilas) of El Salvador.
	Karnataka State Farmers' Association (KRRS): the 
largest Indian peasant movement, known for actions such 
as the cremation of Monsanto fields, the dismantlement 
of a seed factory of Cargill and a KFC restaurant, etc.
	National Alliance of Peoples' Movements: Indian 
platform of different movements from different 
backgrounds (anti-dam, fisherfolk, adivasis etc)
        Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP): 
probably the largest movement of the country, organized 
large-scale protests against APEC, WTO and WB/IMF.
	Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People 
(MOSOP): members of the first PGA convenors' committee, 
one of the main movements in Africa.
	Foundation for an Independent Aoteoroa: National 
organization for Maori self-determination, has done some 
spectacular actions against the on-going colonization of 
Aoteoroa and against foreign investors. 	
 	 Krishok Federation: National peasant federation 
focusing on the problems of small and landless peasants 
and on the impact of imperialist globalization and 
the 'Green Revolution' technologies. They host in August 
the Asian PGA regional conference.

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