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(en) Canada, Montreal, FRIDAY, CLAC*: The social peace is over! {public assembly and paper launch}

From CLAC logement <claclogement@yahoo.ca>
Date Wed, 21 Jan 2004 11:25:06 -0500 (EST)

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Public Assembly and Newspaper Launch to help demystify the Charest government’s
plans to reengineer the state – and to build a fight-back together.
Friday, January 23 2004 Supper at 6 PM Speakers at 7 PM 1710 Beaudry Beaudry Metro
With speakers from:
Immigrant Workers’ Center of Montreal
Conseil central Montréal métropolitain - CSN
Comite des sans-emploi
CLAC logement

… who will speak about the impact of the liberal
governments policies on welfare recipients, students,
workers, new immigrants and non-status people,
tenants, those dependent on universal health care …
and who will propose just and autonomous alternatives!

Followed by music by Stéphane Robitaille (Québec) and
Luc and Claudiane (Montréal).

Free meal and cheap beer!
Admission is free and open to everyone!
Translation to French and English. Childcare
available on-site.

This event is organised by the Comite des sans-emploi
and CLAC logement. For more info: (514) 859-9022 or

A CKUT 90.3 FM co-presentation.

The only way to modernize the state is to smash it!


* [Ed. Notes - copy from http://www.quebec2001.org/events_en.php

What is the CLAC?
Where Does it Come From?

The Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) has been active in Montreal
for over two years. It originally came together in clear opposition to
the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the Summit of
Americas in Quebec City, as well as to actively support local projects
and actions.
The Last Few Months (in Brief)

CLAC has been recently active in opposing the G8 Leaders' Meeting
in Canada (as part of the "Take the Capital!" protests in Ottawa) as
well as supporting local initiatives against police brutality, state
criminalization and in support of social housing and the full rights of
immigrants and refugees. CLAC has organized many popular
education events and actions in Montreal in the past two years, and
also acts as a contact point for the Peoples' Global Action (PGA)
network in North America (the Hallmarks of the People's Global
Action (PGA) Network).
CLAC Assemblies

CLAC meets in a decisional General Assembly every two weeks. The
assemblies are open to anyone in basic agreement with the CLAC
basis of unity (included below). All mandates and major initiatives of
the CLAC come from decisions at the General Assembly.
Upcoming Assemblies

See the schedule for the next general assembly here

All CLAC General Assemblies start at 7pm (sharp). There is an
introduction to CLAC for newcomers at 6pm. Agenda items for the
assemblies should be e-mailed to clac@tao.ca AND
suiviclac@yahoo.ca at least one week before the an assembly.
Newcomers who are in agreement with the CLAC principles and PGA
Hallmarks are welcome to attend and participate.
The CLAC Basis of Unity

1. The Anti-Capitalist Convergence [CLAC in French] is opposed to
capitalism. We fundamentally reject a social and economic system
based on the private ownership of the means of production and
exchange. We reject a system driven by an exploitative logic that
sees human beings as human capital, ecosystems as natural
resources, and culture as simply a commodity. We reject the idea that
the world is only valuable in terms of profit, competition and
2. The CLAC also rejects the ideology of neo-liberalism, whereby
corporations and investors are exempt from all political and social
measures that interfere with their so-called “success”.
3. The CLAC is anti-imperialist, opposed to patriarchy, racism and
homophobia, and denounces all forms of exploitation, discrimination
and oppression. We assert a worldview based on the respect of our
differences and the autonomy of groups, individuals and peoples. Our
objective is to globalize our networks of resistance to corporate rule.
4. Respecting a diversity of tactics, the CLAC supports the use of a
variety of creative initiatives, ranging between public education
campaigns to direct action.
5. The CLAC is autonomous, decentralized and non-hierarchical. In
favour of direct democracy, we encourage the involvement of anyone
who agrees with this statement of principles. We also encourage the
participation of all individuals in working groups, in accord with their
respective political affiliations.
6. In conjunction with its principles, and in opposition to the Free
Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the CLAC adopts a
confrontational attitude and rejects reformist alternatives such as
lobbying which cannot have a major impact on anti-democratic
The Hallmarks of the Peoples' Global Action (PGA) Network
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and
feudalism; all trade agreements, institutions and governments that
promote destructive globalisation;
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 beings;
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
4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for
social movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which
maximize 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

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