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(en) US, Louisville, Kentucky, Anti-Capitalist Movement Resist the Free Trade Area of the Americas Anti-capitalist FTAA consulta: May 17-18

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Date Sun, 30 Mar 2003 12:10:31 +0200 (CEST)

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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 community.

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

Where? Louisville, Kentucky.

When? Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18 (with
arrivals and introductions on Friday, May 16)

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

-- Anti-Capitalist 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
exploitation. -- 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

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