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(en) US, Florida, Miami, Anti-capitalist consulta date change

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 10 Apr 2003 14:25:39 +0200 (CEST)

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Anti-Capitalist Movement Unfortunately, the
anti-capitalist consulta for the fall mobilizations
against the Free Trade Area of the Americas was
scheduled on the same weekend as the World
Agriculture Forum in St. Louis. We have rescheduled
the consulta for JUNE 7-8 and apologize for any
inconvenience. We also want to express our deepest
solidarity with the people protesting the forum.

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Resist the Free Trade Area of the Americas

Anti-capitalist consulta: JUNE 7-8

This is a call for an anti-capitalist
coordinating/planning meeting to begin preparations
for actions against the FTAA ministerial meeting
being held in Miami, Florida on November 20-22,
2003. We hope that this consulta will be an
opportunity to build a broad based, diverse
anti-capitalist response to the ministerial. Within the
framework of creative militant action we hope to
create new models of resistance that strengthen and
revitalize our anti-capitalist/anti-authoritarian

Who? Representatives of affinity groups, student
groups, community organizations, radical labor
organizations, collectives and all others opposed to
capitalism and the FTAA.

Where? Louisville, Kentucky.

When? Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 (with
arrivals and introductions on Friday, June 6)

Housing/childcare/space: We will be providing
housing and will try our hardest to get a place for
everyone to sleep. However, space is limited. The
earlier you register, the more likely it is that you will
get housing. Childcare will also be provided. Also due
to the space restriction, we are asking that groups
send the smallest number of representatives possible
to the consulta.

REGISTER AT: ftaaconsulta@yahoo.com

To attend the consulta, all groups are required to
register. Upon registration you will receive housing,
directions to the consulta space and updates if
needed. Please let us know what group you are from,
the number of people in your group and if you 1) don't
mind camping out. 2) want housing in a smoke free or
alcohol free location 3) need childcare 4) or any other
special needs. We will try to accommodate everyone.

-the enrag'es collective anti-ftaa organizing troupe


(For now we are adopting the statement of principals
created by CASA for the 2001 Summit of the
Americas protests in Quebec City. If desired, time
will be schedule during the consulta to draft a new
statement of principles.)


In opposition to the growing tentacles of capitalist
globalization, the Summit of the Americas Welcoming
Committee (CASA) aims to create an anti-capitalist
platform for discussion and action. No matter what
form it has taken in history (liberal, statist,
mercantile, neo-liberal, or even "with a human face")
capitalism has always been about the domination of
commodities over individuals. Following the logic of
profits, the capitalist system monopolizes all social
space, reducing human beings to simply
producers/consumers, much like the environment
becomes only a multitude of resources ready for

-- Anti-Patriarchy

From its origins, the capitalist system was founded on
patriarchal domination. Social relationships have
been interwoven by this centuries-old ideology that
affects all aspects of our lives. This ideological system
creates a global system of masculine-based tyranny.
When even the existence of the ideology and practice
of feminism is more and more put into question, we
reaffirm that only a full understanding of structural
oppression will allow us to envisage a society that is
radically equal.

-- Refusal of Hierarchy

It's clear that that such a project, radically equal, can
only come about in the absence of hierarchical
dynamics. We don't just denounce all forms of
servitude and exploitation of individuals, groups and
peoples, but we believe in putting into practice this
basic principle within resistance groups themselves
and in our day-to-day activities. Hence, CASA offers a
radical opposition to the Summit of the Americas and
similar processes by organizing in an
anti-authoritarian manner. Bringing together
individuals, the Welcoming Committee is structured
around a democratic, open and decisional general
assembly. Anyone in accord with the values and
principles of CASA are urged to actively participate
in accord with their respective affinities.

-- Autonomy

Aiming to create as many links as possible, with the
goal of strengthening networks of resistance, CASA is
autonomous of all forms of authority (parties, unions,
etc.). We refuse to organize our actions in view of its
eventual mass media impact, which we consider to be
a form of disempowerment and subjection.

-- Non-reformist

It is within the perspective of a radical transformation
of society that CASA adopts a confrontational
attitude and rejects reformist alternatives such as
lobbying within the framework of negotiations of free
trade accords. We regard these strategies as not being
able to have a positive impact, and we exclude use of
these types of anti-democratic processes.

-- Diversity of Tactics

Respecting a diversity of tactics, CASA supports the
use of a variety of creative initiatives, ranging from
popular education to direct action.

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