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(en) Australia, melbourne, autonomous baxter network

From dr.woooo@nomasters.org
Date Wed, 19 Feb 2003 10:55:48 +0100 (CET)


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This is a call out for interested people / crews /
affinity groups to create a space to discuss,
network, share resources and organise for the Baxter
convergence happening this Easter [April 18-20]. 

As a starting point, the network will aim to gather
together people who share a critique of the
"refugee" movement, encompassing an understanding of the role
played by capitalism and the state in restricting
the movement and freedom of people all over the world.
It will be open to all those that are committed to a
respect for a diversity of tactics, and
non-hierarchical, autonomous, decentralised forms of
organising.
 
Whilst heaps of people are planning on coming to the
convergence, the existing organising meetings
[Baxter Network Melbourne] are lacking in inspiration,
creativity and a genuine commitment to
decentralised,autonomous network organising. 
 
This call out has been initiated by No One Is
Illegal.
We are proposing that a regular fortnightly network
meeting be held at the Queensberry Hotel, 5:30pm,
Mondays, commencing on the 24th February. Interested
people / crews / affinity groups are encouraged to
bring along their ideas, skills and specific
projects planned for Baxter in the hope that we can support
each other and create a space that is productive,
inspiring and fun.
 
Call to action :: 
 
"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting
your time. But if you have come because your
liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work
together."
Lilla Watson
 
National borders shifted to restrict immigration.
Offshore processing and detention. Forced
deportations. No new recorded arrivals in over a
year.
The gradual phasing out of current onshore detention
centres, and the relocation of those who have spent
months and years in imprisonment.

Australia is not alone in fortifying its borders. 
All over the world governments erect walls of concrete
and razor wire, install high tech security equipment and
employ computerised surveillance systems to protect
their power and privilege from those seeking a
better life.  In an increasingly globalised world Capital
moves freely, but not people.
 
A new state-of-the-art militarised centre at Baxter.
In order to reverse the negative community perception
of mandatory detention, gone is the razor wire. But
the barriers still remain.

An electric fence secures the border.
 
Solid fences within the camp are erected not for
containment but to increase isolation.  From the
inside all that can be seen is the sky. Separate
compounds divide friends and family.

The invisibility of those inside is made possible by
locating the "detention facility" in the desert.
Information barriers are strictly policed by the
state and the private corporation that profits from
incarceration. Letting the imprisonment of those
inside go unchallenged will only strengthen the
forces that control the lives of people on both sides of
the fence.

Having risked their lives in coming here seeking
freedom, many people inside the camps risk further
imprisonment, deportation and even death in
challenging their detention.  They join thousands of
people world-wide who riot, self harm, light fires
and destroy compounds in protest against and in defiance
of their incarceration.
 
As the people inside escalate their struggle, so
shall our struggle escalate in solidarity. For we are part
of a global movement, fighting for the right of all
people to move and to stay.
 
This Easter we will converge at Baxter. We will take
action in solidarity with our brothers and sisters
inside the camps. Through civil disobedience we will
make contact and challenge the barriers that divide
us. Join us.
 
Ours will be part of many actions that are planned
for the Baxter protest from April 18 - 20. Direct
actions, media, radio, vigils, workshops, music. For more
information 
HTTP://www.baxterwatch.net/converge/index.php

No One Is Illegal
February 2003
HTTP://www.antimedia/nooneisillegal

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