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(en) North America, Peoples' Global Action at Life After Capitalism 2004

From Global Solidarity <globalsolidarity@gmx.net>
Date Mon, 6 Sep 2004 23:00:16 +0200 (CEST)


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This is being sent to everyone that attended the PGA session at the Life
after Capitalism 2004 weekend in NYC and to those on the
U.S.A./Canada/Turtle Island PGA listserve.
The high drama of the RNC protests has come to an end and the slow burn of
day-to-day organizing here has now been joined by what will certainly be
years of solidarity work with those harrassed, detained, and/or beaten by
our dear friends the NYPD, FBI, Homeland Security (The State) over the past week.
In this e-mail I'm gonna pass on information about the PGA network and how
to learn more and build/use the network. First, though, I will pass on
some information about the PGA session at the recent Life after Capitalism conference...

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The PGA session at LAC 2004:

The description of the session was:
"Inspired and co-founded by the Zapatistas with some of the most inspiring
and effective social movements of the past decade, Peoples' Global Action
(PGA) is the anti-capitalist network responsible for the Global Days of
Action that have helped to reigniste the Left worldwide. Based on
decentralization, autonomy, and non-sectarian hallmarks, PGA remains a
strong network in Latin America, South Asia, and Western Europe and is
growing elsewhere. What has PGA meant for movements and groups in the USA
and Canada? How could PGA be useful for strengthening our organizing
locally and globally?

The presenters that day were Arthur Manuel from the Indigenous Network on
Trade and Economies, Leslie Wood writer and activist formerly of the
Direct Action Network in NY, Friederike Habermann from Germany and RJ
Maccani from Critical Resistance-NYC...(Friederike was added because she
showed up at the conference and I was added because Andrej Grubacic from
Belgrade was unavailable).

OK--so the session was well attended and there were alot of things
discussed. Some of the basics that I wrote down were:
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*The network was founded in 1998 by movements around the world, mainly
land-based indigenous and peasant organizations. It was orignially founded
to create a global resistance to the World Trade Organization and the
global days of action were proposed as a form of global resistance--this
was successful beyond anyones imagination, leading to protests such as
those in Seattle, Quebec and Prague that mirrored the World Bank/IMF
protests that had been taking place in the global South for the past
several decades. The Global Day of Action is a ubiquitous tactic now that
is used by all different kinds of groups that aren't affiliated with PGA.

*PGA is a form of communication and sharing of anti-capitalist struggles
from around the world--regional and international meetings have been held
around the world organized by different groups--most recently the first
Asian and Gender conference in Bangladesh and the third European
conference in post-Yugoslavia. The 4th Global PGA conference is going to
be held in Kathmandu, Nepal in June of 2005 (3 months before the next WTO
Ministerial).

*PGA in U.S.A./Canada/Turtle Island has not been visible and sustained.
One conference in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2001...September 11th fallout
partially contributed to lack of follow-up and continuity. Although people
of color, indigenous, and poor peoples' organizations were present at the
Amherst conference, the most visible organizations affiliating with
Peoples' Global Action in the U.S.A. and Canada have been more akin to
global justice mobilization groups such as Direct Action Networks and the
Anti-Capitalist Convergence of Montreal.

*PGA is primarily about global communication and solidarity. This work has
taken many forms based on the contexts of social movements and activists.
Communication via physical meetings and conferences, cross-continental
caravans, e-mail communiques and websites (indymedia),
infopoints...solidarity via global days of actions, international
accompaniement, material and financial support, local solidarity actions,
mutual inspiration, etc.

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How you/your organization/collective can get down with Peoples' Global
Action

*Learn more on the peoples' global action website: http://www.agp.org

*Join the listserve for the U.S.A. and Canada: pga@lists.riseup.net -- to
subscribe to this list, send an e-mail message to
majordomolists.riseup.net with a blank subject line and only the words
"subscribe pga" as the main text

*Check out the Global Action Database: This is a relatively recent PGA
creation--functioning in several languages--check it out and use it at
www.all4all.org

note: on the english PGA site the link for the Global Action database is
without the "www" and this takes you to the German version...a bit
confusing, huh?...this brings us to the next point...

*The global network needs more people helping with the website(s)--this
would be a huge contribution--to take on the website work contact:
agpweb@lists.riseup.net

*Something they are doing in Europe is creating PGA Infopoints--check out
http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/pgaeurope/infopoints.htm

*Adopt the hallmarks and build the network!
--to identify with the Peoples' Global Action network the organization or
collective you are a part of can adopt the 5 PGA Hallmarks and be another
node in this network rooted in a global justice movement history over 500
years old.

The PGA Hallmarks are:

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 policy-maker;

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 autonomy.

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I hope all of this is helpful! Feel free to get in touch for any reason.
in solidarity,
RJ



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