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(en) USA, San Francisco June 3-9 Reclaim the Commons* - Update

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Date Fri, 21 May 2004 09:03:52 +0200 (CEST)

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Initially formed to oppose Bio2004, RECLAIM THE COMMONS* has quickly grown
from a single mobilization into a movement. Within this movement, we want
to teach and demonstrate sustainable, life-affirming alternatives to
biotechnology and corporate power in general: organic food, community
gardens, water reclamation, urban transformation, a gift economy, and so
much more. We do this hoping to inform, enrage, and inspire, as we spread
the skills and tools we need to bring our visions to fruition.
RECLAIM THE COMMONS! Traditionally, THE COMMONS was cropland, grazing
land, or forest that belonged to the community as a whole and benefited
all. Now, THE COMMONS includes everything needed to support life on earth:
air, water, shelter, food, energy, biodiversity – as well as our
multi-cultural heritage. Corporations, aided by the governments they
dominate, are seizing control of these basic rights, and privatizing them
for the profit of a few. Yet, public control of the commons is essential
for true democracy; for racial, economic, and social justice; and for a
diverse and sustainable society. WE ARE RECLAIMING THE COMMONS!

RESIST BIOTECH! The biotechnology industry is a prime example of how
global corporations are eroding democracy, threatening our health and
environment, and concentrating control of our food and resources in the
hands of a few profit-driven companies. With almost no public debate, over
100-million acres of genetically engineered (GE) crops are planted each
year in the United States. That’s almost 70% of the world’s GE crops. Once
released into the environment, these GE life forms can’t be recalled, and
there’s no way to predict their effects on our bodies, eco-systems, and
future. Gambling with the future of human and environmental health is
gravely affecting FOOD SOVEREIGNTY throughout the world, dramatically
increasing the risks of BIOWARFARE and further entrenching the
health-for-profit system with the creation of BIOPHARMACEUTICALS that are
‘grown’ in GE plants and animals. Already these artificial life forms have
contaminated seeds and crops that have been cultivated over thousands of
years. And while our tax dollars subsidize corporations developing
anti-aging drugs and biological weapons, these same companies deny
affordable drugs to people in desperate need of medical relief.

PLANT ALTERNATIVES! It’s time to put as much energy into creating that
better world as we have been putting into resisting the exploitative one!
We need to get off the corporate grid, exercise democracy outside of
party-driven, corporate-funded electoral machines, live sustainable lives,
and create just and thriving communities amid the corporate-controlled
world! As part of the June Mobilization, we will be PLANTING ALTERNATIVES
all over the Bay Area! We’ll be showcasing community-based, eco-solutions
to urban problems such as unemployment, homelessness, pollution, gutted
education and services, unaffordable health care, exploitation of
immigrants, police brutality, crime, corporate threats to neighborhood
sovereignty, and other pressing economic and racial justice issues! And
you can be an alternative planter, too! Study our list of working groups
to find the best spot for you to bloom and grow.

Deconstructing the Empire:

- Corporate Power/Biotech Teach-in & Alternatives Workshops:
Presenters from around the world

- RTC World Café:
Participatory Democracy in Action; A Truly Revolutionary Experience

- Republican National Convention Consulta:
Plan Our Role in Crashing the Party

Composting the Empire:

- Mass Rally and March:
“End the War on Iraq, End the War on the Commons”

- Racial Justice Day of Actions:
Show How Corporate Wealth Is Built on Injustice and Poverty

- Day of Direct Action to Stop Biotech and End Corporate Rule & War in
conjunction with the G8 Summit being held in Georgia

Reclaiming the Commons:

- Biodiversity Gala and Commoners Ball:
Upstage the Biotech Gala; End Corporate Control of Public Policy

- Planting Alternatives:
Day of Eco-Actions that Create the Better World We Envision

- Really, Really Free Market!
What would a Free Market Really Really Look like? Bring Something You
Value and Participate in a Gift Economy in the Shadow of Profit! Join us
in Union Square.

There are many others in the works, including on-going eco-projects, live
video feeds from Iraq and the G8 mass protests in Savannah, strategy
sessions, trainings in permaculture, consensus process, facilitation,
etc., spokescouncils, autonomous, wildly creative actions, a free state,
screenings, street parties, wellness center, convergence space, radical
family collective space and events, and more!

For more information, see http://www.reclaimthecommons.net
From: mahtin-A-riseup.net
* [Ed. note: an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative]

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