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(en) UK, Dissent! A Network of Resistance Against the G8 Anti-G8 National Gathering in Brighton, Feb 7th-8th 2004

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Date Mon, 5 Jan 2004 12:24:47 +0100 (CET)

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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.
'Dissent! A Network of Resistance Against the G8' was formed at the end
of November 2003. Local groups and working groups are now forming to
build a response to the G8, firmly rooted in local networking, which it
is hoped will exist well beyond the summer of 2005.

Work has already started on producing publicity and information
materials and putting together road-shows to mobilise people for action.
The 'Dissent!' network, which initially grew out of meetings at the
Earth First! Summer Gathering and the Anarchist Bookfair, is committed
to taking a confrontational stance, calling for direct action. Nobody
owns the network and it has no leaders. It is open to anyone who wants
to work under the hallmarks laid down by Peoples' Global Action (PGA) -
see end of mail.

The next Dissent! gathering will take place in the 7th and 8th of
February. Come along and get involved.

Practical Information
The Gathering is taking place over a weekend, people are welcome to
arrive on Friday evening, as the meetings are likely to begin fairly
early on Saturday morning (the exact timetable is to be worked out
later). The Gathering will mostly take place in the Cowley Club - a
collectively owned radical social centre. People wanting accommodation
in Brighton on Friday night should come to the Cowley Club, 12 London
Road, Brighton, between 8pm and 10:30pm to be directed to their
accommodation. People will be put up in private accommodation. There
will, unfortunately, be no central location where everybody can sleep.
If you want to attend the Gathering IT IS ESSENTIAL that you let us know:
How many people you are
If you require accommodation
If you have any special requirements (the NEED for a proper bed, for
If you would rather stay in a smoking or non-smoking house
If you are bringing kids with you

Please email this address: g8gathering@yahoo.co.uk
<mailto:g8gathering@yahoo.co.uk> or send a letter to: G8 Gathering, PO
Box 74, Brighton, BN1 4ZQ.
The ‘Process Working Group’ are meeting on Friday 6th February in the
Cowley Club at 8pm. If you are interested in helping out with the
suggested agenda and meeting process for the weekend, or volunteering to
facilitate, please attend this meeting, or send your suggestions to
dissentprocess@yahoo.co.uk <mailto:dissentprocess@yahoo.co.uk> . Please
arrive ontime for this meeting as the meeting will almost certainly move
to a quieter location.

Please let us know as far in advance as possible if you require, or can
offer, translation during the weekend..

Food will be provided in the Cowley Club by the Anarchist Teapot. We
will be asking for everybody to donate £10 towards the cost of food and
hiring extra meeting space.

Up until now, a lot has been said about the desire to broaden our
networks through this mobilisation. It would be great if those who have
been involved in the G8 discussions up until this point could mobilise
in their localities for this gathering.
See you in Brighton!

PGA Hallmarks:
1) A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
2) We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human
3) A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in
which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker;
4) A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximise
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.
5) An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

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