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(en) Australia, Melbourne, website for: 'State of Emergency' 21-24 may

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 4 Mar 2004 15:16:53 +0100 (CET)

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From: dr.woooo <dr.woooo-A-nomasters.org> http://stateofemergency.nomasters.org
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.

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

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.

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.

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@popstars.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)

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.

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