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(en) Australia, Melbourne, (Brunswick), WELCOME TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY*

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 16 Apr 2004 15:11:23 +0200 (CEST)


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RED ALERT
Armed guards patrol 'civilian' aircraft. Travellers from suspicious
states entering the USA are fingerprinted and photographed.
Anti-terror laws allow anyone to be arrested without warrants or
legal representation. Arms budgets inflate. The US runs a police
state in Iraq while Australia becomes the 'sheriff' of the
Asia-Pacific: interning its unwanted visitors here, providing
military intervention there. Fear of the 'invading hordes' is the law.
For the rulers of the global empire, the time since 9/11/2001 has
been a 'state of emergency'.

But for the exploited, the poor, the different, the disenfranchised,
nothing much has changed. Capitalism has always manufactured
panics. It has always exploited our bodies, our minds, our time,
our creativity, the planet on which we live. It has always forced us
to move or given us no choice but to flee, reclassified us as illegal
to suit its needs, barricaded itself against our strength and life and
designed ever more spurious 'threats' to the state in order to shut
down its people. Our daily lives are just as difficult as before. The
state of emergency is not the exception, but the rule.

WELCOME TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

In response to this, we invite you to join us in creating a real state
of emergency -- an emergency borne of our resistance, our desire,
our need to seize control of the conditions of our lives and our city.

State of Emergency is a series of workshops, forums and ad hoc
events that will happen over four days during May 2004 in
Melbourne. It will be a space in which we can share tactics and
skills for disruption. A space in which we can talk, find
connections, think, learn, engage, dance, make art, make out. We
want to bring it all together for a few days of grace -- and we want
you there.
HOW?

State of Emergency will reclaim an inner-city warehouse, squat it
and make it public for four days. It will be meeting-place, bar,
cafe, cinema, music hall, accommodation, playspace. We do this
as a declaration of our intent to reclaim our worlds and our lives.
We squat to resist private property, to create an autonomous
space, organised without bureacracy.

We will be holding panel discussions, screenings, music, and
other random events. But we want to make the time open for your
participation and input. Run a workshop, make a puppet, make
some art, show a film, give a performance, hold a discussion. We
want this to be an open space, a space created by the people who
enter it.
WHEN?

State of Emergency will happen from the 21 - 24 May, 2004
WHAT IT IS

Too many of the current 'oppositional' organisations -
parliamentary parties, non-government orgnisations, 'activist'
groups - think resistance means taking on the role of creators of a
future, more 'humane' state'. We want to create a space where
resistance can mean something else.

Our aim is to draw together a number of threads from different
struggles and interweave them. Some of the threads we invite you
to think about are: The Meaning of Sovereignty -- indigenous
independence, land, statehood, freedom of movement and identity
politics; War Everywhere -- wars not just in Iraq and on Terror but
on freedoms supposedly guaranteed by 'democracy', wars on
people without land and people without money; Precariousness
and Survival -- the coming ubiquity of casual work, the alienation
and atomisation of our daily lives, submerged in infotainment and
reality TV; green movements and their collisions with trade
unions.

START DREAMING, CREATING, CONTRIBUTING...

Please help us make the State of Emergency real. We need people
to invent workshop ideas, panel ideas, skill-sharing ideas, games,
actions, possibilities, situations, dances, secret handshakes,
screening programs, art and decoration, music to play. We need
volunteers to help with childcare, cleaning up, audiovisual
equipment, furniture, food, drink, communications and anything
else you can think of to contribute. We need bodies, to reclaim the
squat and protect it. We need your input and your help to pull this
thing off.

TO GET INVOLVED

email stateofemergency@popstar.com;
call the infodesk on 0400 655 014;
or bring your ideas to a weekly meeting --3pm Saturdays at Irene
Community Warehouse, 5 Pitt St Brunswick (off Lygon st)
DOWNLOAD THE CALLOUT

> version one | verson two

DOWNLOAD SOME SOE PROPAGANDA TO PUT UP, OUT
& ABOUT

> Get your war on
WHO WE ARE

We are a bunch of loosely connected people based in Melbourne
who have worked together around things like: undocumented
migration and freedom of movement, squatting and social centres,
anti-capital and anti-state action, media activist projects and other
struggles. We organise using principles of autonomy and
self-organisation.

Mailing Address: PO Box 127, East Brunswick 3057. a new
crimethinc-esque propaganda project AVC is undertaking.

READER

As part of the upcoming State of Emergency conference in
Melbourne we will publish a paper of articles and images that
attempt to come to grips with the changing political terrain in
Australia.

We are looking for articles between 500 and 1500 words dealing
with the permanent state of emergency we live in: the war on
terror and the politics of fear, the new conditions of neo-liberalism
and austerity politics, the changing nature of work - casualisation,
immaterial labour etc., borders and sovreignty, ecological crisis,
media saturation and manipulation, and movements of refusal and
creation that go beyond NGO and parliamentry forms of
organising.

Due to space limitations we cannot publish everything but will
include other submissions in articles/images in the online reader.

Articles/art works are needed by the 30th of April if they wish to
be included in the paper.

Email stateofemergency@popstar.com

START DREAMING, CREATING, CONTRIBUTING...
Please help us make the State of Emergency real. We need people
to invent workshop ideas, panel ideas, skill-sharing ideas, games,
actions, possibilities, situations, dances, secret handshakes, screening
programs, art and decoration, music to play. We need volunteers to help with
childcare, cleaning up, audiovisual equipment, furniture, food, drink,
communications and anything else you can think of to contribute.
We need bodies, to reclaim the squat and protect it. We need your
input and your help to pull this thing off.

email stateofemergency@popstar.com;
call the infodesk on 0400 655 014;
or bring your ideas to a weekly meeting --3pm Saturdays at Irene
Community Warehouse, 5 Pitt St Brunswick (off Lygon st)

You can also submit your ideas through our nifty online form:
>> go here to play
http://stateofemergency.nomasters.org/daformy.htm

*alternatively, you can organise your own entirely seperate thing,
and tell us [or not] so we can link to it through SOE [or help you
out with resources, space, etc]
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* [Ed. note: Initiative of libertarian leftists]


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