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(en) Mayday 2000 Global Day of Action against Capitalism (Feb 28)

From Thomas Johansson <tcjohans@yahoo.com>
Date Tue, 29 Feb 2000 08:12:59 -0500


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Mayday 2000        
Global Day of Action, Resistance and Carnival against
Capitalism
              
(Information as of February 28, 2000; 
see www.lobster1.dircon.co.uk for translations.)

May 1 will be the next Global Day of Action against
Capitalism after June 18 and November 30 last year.
Many groups around the world are preparing for this
event, in recognition that the capitalist system,
based on the exploitation of people, societies and the
environment for the profit of a few, is the prime
cause of our social and ecological troubles. May 1
will offer a perfect symbolic and real opportunity to
build up our struggles against it. Activists in New
York are planning to close down Wall Street, and in
London there will be a four-day long carnival against
capitalism. Other major cities involved are Sydney
(Australia), Toronto, Vancouver (Canada), Liverpool,
Manchester, Sheffield (England), Berlin, Hamburg
(Germany), Auckland (New Zealand), Boston, Chicago,
Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San
Francisco, Seattle, and Washington (USA). The
international contacts list, which is growing every
day now, includes groups and coalitions in 17
countries and more than 50 cities around the world. In
addition, May 1 has been endorsed as a Day of Action
by the Peoples’ Global Action (PGA) international
conference in India in August. 

May 1 proceeds from the successes of the previous
Global Days of Action against Capitalism on June 18
and November 30 last year, and expands on them in the
same spirit. Through those Days of Action our networks
grew, we learned much, and we saw many new people
engage themselves. May 1 will continue this process of
building up a strong, bold, and creative grassroots
movement against the exploitation and oppression of
people, communities, and the environment, and for
solidarity, co-operation, grassroots democracy, and
ecological sustainability. It will foster networking
and shared organizing within our communities. For
since diverse issues often can be considered from
point of view of a comprehensive critique of the
capitalist system, May 1 will be a good opportunity
for bringing separate struggles and actions together.
While also raising awareness about local and global
issues, and about their interrelationship, the Day
will increase global solidarity. The Day will thus
facilitate mobilization for large-scale actions, which
can have an empowering effect on individuals and
communities alike. 

As on previous occasions, people of different
movements and different countries will therefore join
forces on this Day against the social, political, and
economic institutions of the capitalist system.
Workers, the unemployed, students, trade unionists,
peasants, the landless, fishers, women groups, ethnic
minorities, indigenous peoples, peace activists,
environmental activists, ecologists, and so on will
work in solidarity with one another in the
understanding that their various struggles are not
isolated from each other. The simultaneous occupation
and transformation of the capitalist social order
around the globe – in the streets, neighbourhoods,
fields, factories, offices, commercial centres,
financial districts, and so on – will strengthen
mutual bonds at the local, national, and international
levels.

As before, the Day will be organised in a
non-hierarchical way, as a decentralised and informal
network of grassroots groups that employ
non-authoritarian, grassroots democratic forms of
organisation, struggle independent of the social,
political, and economic institutions of the capitalist
system, and seek to effect change directly through
their own action. Each event or action will be
organised autonomously by each group, while coalitions
of various movements and groups can be formed at the
local, regional, and national levels. Each group
chooses autonomously how to take part in the Day,
whether for instance to campaign against the entire
capitalist system as such or to concentrate on a
single issue or aspect of it. A strategy that may be
useful at the local level is that various groups
co-operate in creating a surrounding atmosphere of
carnival and festivity as a setting for their various
actions.

Examples of conceivable actions are: 
strikes - demonstrations - critical mass bike rides -
carnivals - street parties - reclaiming streets,
government land or office buildings for non-commersial
and good activities - marches - music - dancing -
speeches - handing out flyers - banner hangings -
distributing community controlled newspapers - street
theatre - building gardens - handing out free food -
mock trade fairs - offering no interest loans outside
major banks - solidarity actions - pickets -
occupations of offices - blockades and shutdowns -
appropriating and disposing of luxury consumer goods -
sabotaging, wrecking, or interfering with capitalist
infrastructure - appropriating capitalist wealth and
returning it to the working people - declaring oneself
independent from capitalism and authoritarian
governments - setting up grassroots' community
councils and holding meetings outside city halls -
setting up economic alternatives, like workers'
co-operatives - promoting economic alternatives to
capitalist companies - promoting grassroots based
forms of community organisation

If you or your group plan to join this Day of Action,
please let others know as soon as possible, to
facilitate networking and communication. There are
several international mailing lists available for open
discussions and co-ordination (see below). A public
international contacts list is regularly posted to
them in order to facilitate decentralized and
non-hierarchic networking. To have your contact
information added to it, please contact
<tcjohans@hotmail.com>, indicating (a) the country and
location in which you plan to take action, plus any
other information you see fit, for instance (b) the
name of your group, coalition or yourself, (c) the
events or actions being planned, (d) your land
address, (e) email address, (f) telephone number, (g)
fax number or (h) web site. 

There are many things we need to do, to make the best
of May 1 at the global, local, and national levels. We
need to spread information about it among as many
suitable groups and movements as possible. We need to
spread and share propaganda materials, such as
leaflets and posters. And, in general, we need to
share our experiences, thoughts and ideas with one
other and help each other out. At the local level,
information about the Day needs to be spread and
discussed among groups and individuals, meetings need
to be organized, events planned, leaflets printed and
distributed, funds raised, laughter and conversation
shared.

The process of building up our movements can and
should be continued through further Global Days of
Action against Capitalism in the future. A suitable
occasion that has been proposed for next time, after
Mayday, may be September 27-28, 2000, because of the
annual meeting between the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the World Bank taking place in Prague, Czech
Republic at that time.

Any ‘inquiries’ or concerns about the Mayday Global
Day of Action should be directed to other activists in
your group, city, or country or on the various mailing
lists, for us to mutually help each other with ideas
and advise. There is noone in charge or pulling the
strings for the Day. It will be a radically
decentralised and non-hierarchic event entirely of our
own creation in co-operation and solidarity with one
another.

NEEDED: Translators !!! To make Mayday information
available in every language, now especially Dutch,
Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Greek,
Serbo-Croatian, Indonesian, African languages, Thai,
and Vietnamese. Ca 1400 words. Translations are
displayed at www.lobster1.dircon.co.uk/


MAILING LISTS (DISCUSSION AND CO-ORDINATION):

ENGLISH (International discussion list)
<mayday2k@onelist.com> Join at
www.onelist.com/subscribe/mayday2k, or send a blank
email to <mayday2k-subscribe@onelist.com>. 

PORTUGUESE (International discussion list)
<n30-pt@listserv.fct.unl.pt> Join by sending a message
with the text "subscribe n30-pt" to
<majordomo@listserv.fct.unl.pt>.      

NORTH AMERICA (continental discussion list)
<pga-org@lists.tao.ca> To join, send a message to
<lists@tao.ca>. In the body of the message, include
the following two lines:
subscribe pga-org
end

IRELAND (national discussion list)
Join by sending a blank email to
<no_wto-subscribe@onelist.com>.

NEW ZEALAND (national discussion list)
<NZMayDay2K@onelist.com>. Join by sending a blank
email to <NZMayDay2K-subscribe@onelist.com> or visit
<www.onelist.com/community/NZMayDay2K>. 

UNITED KINGDOM (national discussion list)
<mayday2000@egroups.com> Join by sending a blank email
to <mayday2000-subscribe@egroups.com>. 

SOUTHWEST USA (regional discussion list)
<ArizonaDirectAction@onelist.com>. To join, send a
blank email to
<ArizonaDirectAction-subscribe@onelist.com> or go to
<www.onelist.com/subscribe/ArizonaDirectAction>.

Please do set up a list for your own language, country
or city, if you feel it is needed!

NEWS GROUPS:

MAYDAY 2000 NEWS GROUP (international news group)
Information surrounding Mayday 2000. (2-4 mess./week)
To join, send an empty email message to
<globalaction-news-subscribe@onelist.com>.

SOME WEB SITES WITH MAYDAY INFORMATION: 

(en) International Lobster Party
<www.lobster1.dircon.co.uk/>
(en) Mid-Atlantic Infoshop
<http://www.infoshop.org/mayday2000.html>
(en) WTO Caravan (CANADA)
<http://wtocaravan.org/mayday2k/>
(en) NEW ZEALAND MayDay
<www.angelfire.com/wv/nzmayday2k/NZMayDay2000.html>
(fi) (en) FINLAND Mayday <http://go.to/mayday2000>
(de) GERMANY MayDay
<http://www.freespeech.org/inter/mayday2k/>
(it) ITALY Mayday <http://www.go.to/mayday2000it> 
(tu) TURKEY Mayday <http://www.antimai.org>
(en) Mayday 2000 in LONDON
<http://www.freespeech.org/mayday2k/>
(en) Washington DC
<http://www.disfigurine.com/mayday/>

REFERENCES:   

J18 <www.infoshop.org/june18.html> or <www.j18.org>

N30 <http://go.to/n30> or <www.seattlewto.org/n30>

Peoples’ Global Action (PGA)
<www.go.to/agp> or <www.agp.org/agp/index.html> or
contact <pga@agp.org> 

Prague, Czech Republic, September 27-28, 2000 
<www.destroyimf.org>, <www.bankwatch.org> or
<www.mmf2000.webjump.com>

Please spread this message widely to sympathetic
grassroots groups, communities, and individuals!
Translate if advisable.

Let's make this the strongest show of solidarity and
resistance yet!



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