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(en) [Pga2002_proces] 3d newsletter European PGA conference

From infopgaconferentie <infopgaconferentie@eurodusnie.nl>
Date Fri, 2 Aug 2002 17:29:55 -0400 (EDT)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

Third newsletter: 2e European conference of the Peoples?Global Action
network (PGA)

This newsletter contains the recent conference related news and should be seen
as a supplement to the previous two newsletters. Have a look at the conference
website for a complete overview.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Registration >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
We asked people to apply (if possible) before August 1. More than 200 people
from all over Europe have done so. The PGA/Eurodusnie workgroup is counting
on between 300 and 500 participants. We urge you to register if you intend to
take part in the conference.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Financial solidarity with Eastern European groups
A number of groups from Eastern Europe have indicated that their participation
depends on financial support. We call on those who are comparatively richer to
inform us, if they are able to support the poorer groups with a donation.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Help wanted! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
It is obvious from the registration forms that we need not worry about helping
hands during the conference. Nevertheless, we are still looking for help in very
specific areas. We need experienced facilitators and people to take minutes.
They must have a good grasp of English and be available for a number of hours
on each of the conference days. It would be even better if they could also provide
a laptop, because we are aiming to put the (anonymised) reports from the
workgroups on the PGA website the same day.

Furthermore, we are also looking for someone to page set the conference
newspaper (Pagemaker/Quark).
Please notify us as soon as possible, if you fit the above description.

During the conference, there will also be a crèche, where parents take it in turns
to look after each others children. It would be even better if other people could
help them out too.  Please contact: zoe212000@yahoo.com

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< The day of arrival >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Arrival in Leiden
The day of arrival is Friday August 30. Participants should report to the
conference infopoint at the Freeplace Koppenhinksteeg, which will be open from
noon. After registering, each participant will receive the first conference
newspaper and additional logistic information. After that, people can walk to the
conference campsite, which will take about 15 minutes. In principle, the
conference is free, but are considering charging an admnission fee, if there is an
inadequate responce to our call for solidarity funds.

Places to sleep
The Leiden town council has honoured the PGA/Eurodusnie workgroup?s
request to turn a sports field into a campsite. This campsite is about 10  15
minutes from the town centre by foot, has toilets and showers and will be free.
People must provide their own tent and sleeping bags. There are a very limited
number of indoor sleeping places with individuals, for people who must sleep in
beds for medical reasons and who have told us this before hand.

From Friday afternoon until Thursday, there will be three daily meals at the
Freeplace Koppenhinksteeg cooked by the Rampenplan food collective. The
meals will be organic and vegan. There will be a price system whereby
conference guests from richer countries pay a bit more than those from the
poorer countries.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Opening day of the conference>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The conference will open on August 31, will a manifestation and an opening
ceremony outside of Freeplace Koppenhinksteeg, in the centre of Leiden. It is the
explicit wish of the PGA/Eurodusnie workgroup that this conference is
conducted in a positive way and that our collective and also our neighbours in
Leiden can look back with joy at hosting the Second European PGA conference.

After that opening manifestation, we will walk in a colourful procession from the
centre of town to the train station. On the way, we will invite the local people to
join our 'outreach? program, which will be running in different parts of town in the
Shortly after midday, we invite you to take a train to Amsterdam. We have not
organised free transport. In Amsterdam, people can participate in the
UN-masquarade parade, a parade against the growing influence of multinationals
in the political decision making process (especially the UN). The parade has been
organised by a platform of groups, who support the PGA hallmarks. The parade
will end on the dam, where a broad platform of social organisations   will be
holding a protest, in view of the Earth summit in Johannesburg. At about 17:00
we will take a train back to Leiden, where there will be food and a big party.

<<<<<<<<<<<<The second, third and fourth conference days>>>>>>>>>>>>

During the day, the workgroups about the various themes will take place, in a
number of locations in the town. An overview of all the workgroups will be
published in the first conference newspaper. Each morning and afternoon, there
will be two 90 minute sessions, reaching a total of 6 hours a day. The length of the
workgroups might vary: a simple presentation could for example take 90 minutes,
whilst a more elaborate talk, followed by a discussion could take up for example 3
hours (two sessions, in other words). Other initiatives, such as the European
Social Consulta and the PGA-process will in all likelihood be spread out over a
number of days.
Breakfast is from 8:00 until 9:30. The first session starts at 9:45. Lunch will be
from 13:00 until 13:30, and the third session will start at 14:30. dinner is from
17:45 until 19:15.

Initiatives for workgroups
As the conference approaches, more and more workgroups for organising
initiatives are coming into existence. These initiatives include talks, theoretical
and practical workshops, panel discussions and presentations. This is good, as it
is the idea that the content of the conference be decided by the participants. On
August 1, the PGA/Eurodusnie Workgroup was aware of the following

     1.      Migration and Racism
     No initiatives yet (!!)

     2.      Militarisation and repression
         ·       Presentation: Repression in the EU

·       FTAA and latin American solidarity
·       Presentation: anti-NATO actions at the Prague summit
·       Activism in Eastern Europe (various initiatives)
·       Palestine-Israel conflict (various initiatives)
·       Presentation: the Global Archive Project
·       Presentation: War in Congo
·       Workshop: Computer security and privacy

     3.      Autonomy and Self organisation
         ·       Presentation and international gathering of give
         Away Shops

·       Social centra/Free places
·       Presentation and launch of European Newsreal

     4.      Economy
         ·       Commercialisation of education

·       Forum: Alternative economics  the route to freedom?
·       Presentation: Actions against the World Economic Forum
in Salzburg
·       Influence of multinationals on the political decision
making process

     5.      Ecology and conservation
         ·       Presentation: Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty

·       Presentation: ?Ripple Project?- sustainable woodland and
forest farms
·       Workshop about GMO and the abolition of the European
wide moratorium
·       Workshop about Rio+10 and the corporate lobby
·       Presentation and discussion: Carbon trading
·       Presentation and discussion: the commercialisation of
·       ?Sustainability and the disappearing computer?- talk about
computers and design
·       Presentation: Recycled Estate (Croatian ecological project)
·       Workshop: biopiracy

     6.      Strategy, tactics and analysis
         ·       Workgroup: Social Consulta

·       Discussion: Alternatives to parliamentary democracy
·       Presentation: Women?s Health Movement
·       Presentation: Women?s reproductive rights
·       Workgroup: Autonomous spaces inside the European
Social Forum

     7.      PGA Process
         ·       Workgroup stretching over various days on the
         improvement of the PGA networkstructure

If you are planning to provide a part of the conference content
by organising a discussion or a workgroup which is not in the
list above,  please contact us STRAIGHT AWAY since we
would like to make sure that your initiative gets publicised and
there will be building space for it to happen.

Evening program
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening will be dedicated to
relaxation and outreach. Once again, there will be various
activities at different locations. There will be a cafe with an
open stage in the Freeplace Koppenhinksteeg, there will be
films and documentaries and an accessible program around
the themes: ?Women and globalisation?, ?Culture jamming?
and ?Alternative economics: the route to freedom??.
If you would like to contribute to the cultural side of the
conference program, please contact us!

<<<<<<<<<<<The last day of the conference>>>>>>>>>>>
We will close the conference with a plenary meeting on
Wednesday 4 September, located next to the conference camp
site. The content and structure of this plenary meeting is still
under discussion. In the evening, the conference will be
concluded with a party in cultural centre the LVC.

<<<<<<<<<Police and local authorities>>>>>>>>>>>
In the run up to the PGA conference, the PGA/Eurodusnie
workgroup has had various interactions with the local
authorities and police. We have made it clear that this is not
an action amp, but a conference. To date, the local authorities
have been and police is trying to be cooperative.
We assume that the difference between an action camp and a
conference is self-evident to the participants of the PGA
conference. Nevertheless, we would like to stress that we will
not appreciate autonomous actions, that could jeopardise the
conference. Apart from the fact that such actions, like
reactions to police provocations, could endanger the
conference, they could create great long term difficulties for
the Eurodusnie collective, which at the moment can count on
a great deal of local support.

We have asked those preparing the conference program to
take on board the aspect gender, as agreed at the first
European PGA conference. In addition to this is planned a
gender-related program.
On Sunday night there will be a public debate on the topic of
"women, globalisation and the globalised resistance". People
who like to get involved can contact: lilaroja@gmx.net

<<<<<<<<<<<<<PGA Radio>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
message from the radiocrew:
The Leiden based radio collective Koekoeroe Radio will be
working together with ASCII, the internet workplace from
Amsterdam, to host the independent radio coverage of the
PGA conference. We would like to invite people from other
radio stations in the country to join us in live coverage and
retrospectives on the PGA conference. If you are interested,
please send an email to: pgaradio@squat.net
Koekoeroe would also like to invite you to send audio documents on CD and tape
about your radio station, (PGA related) actions in your country, interviews (also
those criticising PGA, from a Left wing point of view) and music related to the
struggle. You can also send us an email, where we can find audio documents on
the net.
Koekoeroe, postbus 2228, 2301 CE, Leiden, NL.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<< mainstream media >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The European PGA conference will attract it's share of media attention. Whether
people like it or not, journalists will come and we, as conference preparation
group, think it best to approach the mainstream media in a constructive way. We
have put out press-releases about the upcoming conference and will invite them
to join the outreach-program (which takes place every night). The day program
will be closed for journalists. There will be a press team formed during the
conference in which also you are invited to join.

More info on this will be available at the conference infopoint in Freeplace

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Overview of participating groups>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dozens of groups, collectives and organisations (applicants) have supplied us
with a brief introduction of their activities and contact details. We want to offer an
overview of all conference participants in the first conference newsletter
(without names of individuals). If you object to your details being published,
please email infopgaconferentie@eurodusnie.nl before August 10, stating
?KRANT? as the subject. If you would like different information than that of the
registration form to be published, you must also notify us before this date.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<More information>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
PGA/Eurodusnie workgroup
Postbus 2228, 2301 CE, Leiden
Phone: 0031 71 5173019
An additional possibility is to ask on the PGACONFERENCE chat channel,
which is hosted on irc.indymedia.org For more information about how to use this,
please see: http://squat.net/eurodusnie/pga/chatinfopagina.htm

The hallmarks of the PGA network are;

     1)      A clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism, feudalism, all free trade
     treaties, institutions and governments which promote destructive

2)      We condemn all forms of oppression and discrimination, including
patriarchy, racism and all religious fundamentalism.
3)      A confrontational attitude, because we do not believe that much can be
changed by lobbying with undemocratic institutions where transnational capital is
the true policy maker.
4)      A call for direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements,
encouraging action forms which show the maximum respect for the life of
oppressed people and the creation of local alternatives to capitalist globalisation.
5)      An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

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