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(en) Britain, Disseat! G8 2005 - doing something Different

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Date Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:50:10 +0200 (CEST)

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The G8 is a symbol of global capitalism and industrial society.
The Dissent! mobilisation should counteract the forces of G8 in
every way. We want to shut down the Summit, but we also want
to show another way of doing things – ‘Anarchy in
action.’ It’s a chance to do something new and
unexpected, that moves us forward as a movement.
Recently, in the US, protests have started to incorporate actions
that positively improve local people’s lives. In November
2003, at the FTAA-Miami protests, anarchists worked on a
community garden in the city’s poorest district and gave
away cherry-trees. In June 2004 Reclaim the Commons held a
jumble exchange and organised teach-ins as part of the
mobilisation against the Biotech conference in San Francisco.
During the G8 Georgia protests, The Fix Shit Up project saw
crews of anarchists armed with hammers and crowbars engaged
in cleaning and repairing decayed housing in the
African-American district of Brunswick, Georgia. Afterwards a
local said, ‘You’ve done more for our community than
the US government has ever done’

G8 Scotland 2005
We have a strength and depth of skills and imagination within
our movement to do some really cool stuff, and to start to build
– at least a little – of the world we want.

This would mean making contact with people in Scotland
months in advance, and finding out what needs we can help to
meet with the influx of people, power and resources during the
G8 summit. In practice this would probably mean lots of different
projects. from ‘Fix Shit-Up’ actions in areas of
Edinburgh to helping conservation projects in rural Perthshire,
opening free shops, running skill-share workshops, free cafes,
creating art, music, carnivals, kids projects or mass-guerrilla
gardening actions. Projects should work directly with
communities already suffering from corporate globalisation

Dissent! activists in Scotland are already working to overcome
the anti-anarchist media hysteria that will certainly come our
way. We can start to plan projects based on that outreach, and on
the road show that will visit areas of Scotland – activities and
events that could further break down the stereotypes of
’anarchists’ and ‘normal people’ that divide us.
We could chose themes that the G8 doesn’t address, but that
are key to the people of Scotland, like housing, migrant rights,
welfare, privatisation, or the urban environment – bringing
anti-G8 protest from the abstract global level, to the local and

It could be cathartic for us as well – to be creating positive
beautiful things, not bashing our heads up against the machine
all the time. It would allow us to expand our network, and
provide a field of activity for people who may not be attracted by
confrontational actions or by passive mass demonstrations.
This is a piece of writing that is going to be submitted to the Earth
First! summer gathering with ideas for actions surrounding the g8
next year. Comments would be valued!

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