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(en) UK, Dissent! A Network of Resistance Against the G8 Anti-G8 UPDATE (http://www.dissent.org.uk/)

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Date Wed, 28 Apr 2004 08:18:21 +0200 (CEST)


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On behalf of Web Group Monday, 26 April 2004
INTRODUCTION TO DISSENT Written by Dissent Network The Dissent! network is
made up of groups and individuals planning actions against the 2005 G8 summit.
Dissent! is committed to taking direct action against the G8 and what it
represents. Nobody owns the network and it has no leaders. Anyone who claims
to speak on behalf of the network is lying. We aim to disrupt the G8 and
prevent their summit circus from taking place as planned. We still have a lot
of time before June 2005: time to reflect on our struggles, to dream, and to
create new ideas. This is a call to participate, to use our networks and our
experiences and our strength to build for summer 2005

All the groups working within the network agree to the People's
Global Action hallmarks as a guideline for working together.

Get involved by either contacting one of info points below or come
to the next meeting.
Resist the G8 - UK 2005

In 1990, the G7 held it's meeting in London. It passed by quietly.
There were no protests and there were no 'red zones'. Eight years
later, 400 social movements from around the world - under the
banner of Peoples' Global Action (PGA) - co-ordinated local
resistance to global problems. In the UK 50, 000 people came
together to resist the G8 who were meeting in Birmingham.

In 2005, the G8 returns to the UK.

Since 1998, the summits and conferences of the global elite have
been resisted in every country in which they have attempted to
meet. This resistance has successfully delegitimised these
institutions and strengthened the social movements that attack
them.

But what does this mean? How can we continue to resist and
push for radical social change which is more than a day of
spectacular action and more intense repression?

Global anti-summit mobilisations have linked diverse struggles
tackling common issues. These mobilisations have, over time,
created a global 'movement of movements', in many respects
historically unprecedented. But where do we go now? Can we get
away from the role of the 'anti-globalisation activist' we are
increasingly expected to fill? We want to keep our ideas and forms
of action moving and evolving.

Since summer 2003, people have been talking about how to act
against the G8 when they return to the UK. A new network of
local groups and individuals has emerged called the Dissent!
Network. (see www.dissent.org.uk)

This network is very aware that it is part of a global movement.
Putting on a day of action for people to attend without as much
discussion and reflection as possible is a wasted opportunity. We
want to work together with people from around Europe and
around the world to decide what we - as a global movement - are
going to make of this moment.

We don't yet know where the G8 is going to be held in the UK so
we can't tell you to "come and join us". This is not a call to action
yet because we don't know what action people will choose to take.
A collectively written 'call to action' will come later. This is a call
to learn from our history and our successes; a call to assess our
current position and our current strengths; a call to debate and
strategise; a call to formulate a response to the heads of the
world's most powerful states meeting in Europe next year.

We need to take the opportunity, at activist gatherings in Europe
and worldwide, to discuss what we have learnt over the last few
years of action. Please send feed back from these discussions to us
at the contact address below.

Three major events where ideas will be discussed are:

* Peoples' Global Action European Gathering Belgrade, Serbia,
July 23rd July to 29th July 2004.
* European Social Forum, London, UK October 2004.
* Festival of Dissent! UK, location undecided, April 2005.

Dissent! Also has bi-monthly meetings at locations around the
UK.

For more information contact: info-g82005@riseup.net

Or see our contacts list of local groups and working groups.

Gathering in Manchester Written by Dissent Web Administrator Wednesday, 14 April 2004

A Network of Resistance Against the G8: The G8 (Group of Eight
most industrialised nations) Summit is coming to Britain in the
Summer of 2005. In past years, everywhere they have tried to
meet they have been met with a massive response from the
world's social movements. Now, in Britain, a network of groups
and individuals is emerging that hopes to resist the Summit, and
build a lasting movement against capitalism. The next Dissent!
gathering will take place on the 24th/25th April in Manchester.
Come along and get involved.
Read more...

Why do we Define Ourselves as Anti-Capitalist?
Written by Dissent Web Administrator
Friday, 05 March 2004
Why do we Define Ourselves as Anti-Capitalist?

Text of a Talk Given at the Brighton Anti-G8

Organising Gathering, February 2004

Over the last few years - essentially the last five years since the
Birmingham G8 summit in 1998 - a movement has grown up that
has been called - and has called itself - anti-capitalist.

So the direct action movement in this country - and probably
some of the people in this room - can fairly claim a little of the
credit for having created this movement, which has spread across
the world and has particularly taken to the streets in big
demonstrations outside the summit meetings of the WTO, IMF,
World Bank, G8, EU, NATO, FTAA, NAFTA etc.
Read more...http://www.dissent.org.uk/content/view/9/2/


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