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(en) we are everywhere is out - book on direct action movements

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Date Wed, 1 Oct 2003 08:17:54 +0200 (CEST)

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> From: dr.woooo <dr.woooo-A-nomasters.org> from the website http://www.weareeverywhere.org/
LATEST NEWS!! The book is OUT NOW! See our ordering page to get a copy. We are also touring
around the US and Europe. See our touring page to find out more.
The editors are planning various book tours, including one with Big Noise's
latest film "Fourth World War". We hope to tour east and west coast of the U.S
in the Autumn and end up in Miami for the FTAA actions. Plans are being made
for a similar European tour next summer.
If you would like to be part of the tour or would like to help organise a visit
to your local groups etc. please contact us.

To contact the editorial collective e-mail: info@weareeverywhere.org

some of the essays are available on the site ...

These are rough descriptions of essays, written by the editorial collective,
that will outline key themes of the movement of movements:

Beginning with a description of the Zapatista uprising, this essay gives an
inspiring overview of the movement. It introduces the notion of a new kind of
politics, and articulates what its defining characteristics are. It explains
that this is a global 'movement of movements' fighting for direct democracy,
ecology, diversity, and radically deconstructing traditional ways of wielding
power. The essay also explodes some myths - e.g. that this is an 'anti-
globalization' movement, that it 'started in Seattle' - and trace some of its
true origins.

NETWORKS - The ecology of the movement of movements
Netwar - the potent, anarchic territory of the internet - was the terrain upon
which a new war was waged. For the first time, computer linked movements began
to talk to one another, to meet - and the possibility of a truly global social
movement was born. Unlikely new coalitions - between North and South, labour
activists and eco-warriors, between indigenous guerillas and cyberpunks - were
woven. This essay looks at the way radical convergences sprang up to form
uniquely diverse networks.

For Professor Harry Cleaver, the perfect metaphor for the type of organising
taking place between grassroots groups, was 'oceans with their ever restless
currents and eddies, now moving faster, now slower, now warmer, now colder, now
deeper, now on the surfaces a process of dynamic self-organising that refuses
crystallisation yet whose directions and power can be observed and tracked.'

AUTONOMY - direct democracy and liberated zones
If the central fact of our time is the upwards transfer of power and wealth to
unaccountable global elites, then a key aim of our resistance is to create
spaces for local autonomy and participatory decision-making. This essay
examines models of direct democracy in action, from the convergence centres
which spring up before mass actions, to the popular consultas of Latin America
and Spain. The latter, are a form of self-organized referenda in which, for
example, six million Brazilians voted to kick the IMF out of the country. This
piece also looks at ways of not only creating but also maintaining autonomous
organizations and institutions, and offering new challenges to the movement to
live pre-figuratively, in the world for which we are striving.

CARNIVAL - turning the world upside-down
In many parts of the world, Carnival is a subversive force. Perhaps this is why
the FBI have added 'Carnival Against Capital' - the name given to many of the
mass actions at economic summits from London to Quebec - to its list
of 'wanted' groups. But 'Carnival Against Capital' is not an organization. It
is: a pie in the face; a fire juggler; a samba rhythm. It is a tactic. It is
the spirit of contemporary resistance to global capitalism, from 'Tactical
Frivolity' women dressed in outrageous pink dresses, wild wigs, nine foot high
fan tails armed only with feather dusters dancing towards lines of police, to
the teddy bears launched at the 6km fence surrounding the Free Trade Area of
the Americas summit in Quebec City by a large medieval catapult.

Its endless creativity is irresistible, contagious and utterly unpredictable.
Anything can happen during carnival. World Trade Organisation meetings get shut
down. Spontaneous, subversive, and radically participatory, this essay explores
the joyful manifestations of carnivals around the world, its potential as a
method of social upheaval - and takes a critical look at the politics of
pleasure when taken to an extreme.

CLANDESTINITY - of masks and silences, of arrests, beatings, surveillance - and
how to survive them
Inevitably, as the global movements against neoliberalism and for life have
grown and become more vocal, so has the repression. But with each act of
repression, the men of money reveal themselves further. No longer can they meet
in relative anonymity. Their unmasking has become a carnivalesque ritual,
repeated in Seattle, Prague, Seoul, and Buenos Aires. The fences have grown
ever higher and the meeting locations ever more remote as the mask
of 'tolerance' continues to slip. Besieged by those who desire justice, the men
of money are getting scared. They want to name the faces of resistance - name
them thugs, terrorists, flat-earthers, delinquents, dreamers. They want to
capture, catalogue and criminalise the faces of those who are saying 'enough is
enough'. They arrest people for dancing in the streets. They pass laws
prohibiting the wearing of masks, or the expression of political opinions. They
want to wipe the smile of resistance off these faces forever. They are prepared
to treat us like terrorists, kill us if they have to.

ESSAY: Walking, we ask questions
The concluding essay attempts to envision where the anti-capitalist movement
can go in the future - post Sept11th, in the climate of increased
criminalization of dissent. It explores the critiques of summit hopping and
examines the discussions around returning to community organising and creating
sustainable social bases for a movement that, particularly in the global North,
often lacks a grounded constituency.

AT LAST OUR BOOK IS OUT !!!! We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global

Edited by Notes From Nowhere
London/New York 2003
ISBN 1-85984-447-2

Available in bookshops and at a discount online price from Verso and AK Press
when you quote this site.

Also available from Scotland's independent radical online bookshop Word Power.
They can order any book in print for you.

For bookshops/ stalls, review copies and bulk orders contact: Gavin Everall at

London/New York 2003
ISBN 1-85984-447-2

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