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(en) Canada, Autonomy & Solidarity* - Sept 20th Update

From Autonomy & Solidarity <auto_sol@tao.ca>
Date Tue, 21 Sep 2004 09:25:49 +0200 (CEST)


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1. Toronto A&S Launches Anti-Imperialist Reading Group
2. A&S Conference on October 3rd.
3. A showing of the film "Fourth World War" a Video Night in Solidarity
with the Palestinian Intifada
4. Call out for the Sept 28th anti-war action in Toronto
1. Toronto A&S Launches Anti-Imperialist Reading Group
A&S Members in Toronto are organizing an anti-imperialist reading group,
which will be meeting regularly over the coming year. All readings will
be transcribed and put online at our website at ==>
http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/866 so you can check them out even if
you don't live in town or can't make the meetings.

The readings for the first meeting include selections from- Walter
Rodney: How Europe Under-Developed Africa; Theodore Allen: the Invention
of the White Race; Eric Williams: Capitalism and Slavery; and CLR James:
The Black Jacobins.

The first meeting of the reading group will occur on Saturday, October
2nd 2004, at 4pm. Email auto_sol@tao.ca for more information and the
reading group location.


2. A&S Conference on October 3rd.

On September 21st, 2004, the political grouping which is Autonomy &
Solidarity will officially be one year old. We will be having a one day
weekend meeting on Saturday October 3rd, 2004, in Toronto to take stock
of the one year existence of A&S and to decide if the project is worth
continuing, and if so, how it should continue. For more information and
to let us know if you're interested in attending as an observer, please
check out ==> http://auto_sol.tao.ca/node/view/850


3. A showing of the film "Fourth World War" a Video Night in Solidarity
with the Palestinian Intifada

THE FOURTH WORLD WAR

Friday, September 24, 7:00 pm
Rm 2172 Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
University of Toronto

On September 28, anti-imperialist groups in Toronto will hold
demonstrations to mark the 4th anniversary of the Palestinian uprising
(Intifada). To build for these actions, the Arab Students Collective, the
June 30th Coalition, and Autonomy & Solidarity are hosting a video showing
of a new documentary titled "The Fourth World War."

"The Fourth World War" is an empowering depiction of the struggle
against the brutal empire that is the New World Order. Bringing together
scenes of resistance from South Korea to Palestine, from Argentina to the
tear-gassed streets of Seattle and Quebec City, this documentary deserves
serious attention.

While our airwaves are crowded with talk of permanent warfare, narrated by
generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human story of this
global conflict remains untold. "The Fourth World War" brings together the
images and voices of the war on the ground. It is a story of a war without
end and of those who resist. The product of over two years of filming on
the inside of movements on five continents, "The Fourth World War" is a
film that would have been unimaginable at any other moment in history.
Directed by the makers of "This Is What Democracy Looks Like" and
"Zapatista", produced through a global network of independent media and
activist groups, it is a truly global film from our global movement.

To see a trailer and to find out more about Big Noise Films, visit
http://www.bignoisefilms.com/4ww/index.htm

Event organized by the Arab Students Collective, Autonomy & Solidarity,
and the June 30th Coalition.

Contact: june30th@riseup.net and auto_sol@tao.ca


4. Call out for the Sept 28th anti-war action


UPCOMING ACTION: MOBILIZE AGAINST WAR AND OCCUPATION

SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 (4th Anniversary of the Intifada) International Day of
Action against the Occupation of Iraq and Palestine

BAY STREET IS COVERED IN BAGHDAD'S BLOOD

March Against Canadian War Profiteers

Assemble at 4pm Dundas Square (Younge and Dundas). March through the
downtown on corporations that are profiting off the war and continuing
occupation of Iraq and Palestine.

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Around the world, millions of people mobilizing against the U.S. Empire
draw inspiration from the courage and perseverance of the Palestinian
struggle. As the fourth anniversary of the ongoing Palestinian uprising
approaches, we call on all organizations committed to resisting racism and
occupation to organize for coordinated actions in Toronto on September 28.

This call first emerged from the World Social Forum held in Mumbai, India
in January 2004. In the spirit of international resistance, organizations
linked to the Palestinian struggle called for actions in solidarity with
the people of Iraq, timed to mark the anniversary of the Intifada. It is
time, then, to emulate the spirit of resistance that is sweeping across
the world and to target Toronto-based corporations that are profiting from
wars and occupations in Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere.

While many Canadians believe that Canada has no role in the occupation of
Palestine, it profits each year through the Canadian Israeli Free Trade
Agreement. Corporations on Bay street profit each time an Apache
helicopter flies over Palestinian refugee camps, each time an air strike
indiscriminately destroys buildings in Gaza. On September 28th it's time
to confront the war profiteers.

The actions that were held in Toronto on June 30, 2004, showed the power
of bringing the spirit of the anti-globalization movement together with
the determination to resist racism and war. On the scheduled day when U.S.
occupation forces were to hand over power to a puppet Iraqi
administration, demonstrations were coordinated across the city.

Early in the morning, banners were hung across bridges and over roads
against Group 4 Falk, the Western world?s largest security firm and an
occupying force in Iraq. At 2pm, concurrent demonstrations took place in
front of offices of two Canadian corporations implicated in the occupation
of Iraq, Canadian Commercial Corporation and Interhealth Canada, demanding
their immediate withdrawal. At 4pm, student activists rallied at the
intersection of University and College and marched to the 5pm convergence
in front of the U.S. consulate.

Then, at 6pm, a dynamic snake march wound its way through Toronto?s
financial district, targeting a number of war profiteers: General
Electric, involved in contracts for making weapons parts and engines for
bombers; Price Waterhouse Cooper, involved in the continuing colonial
domination of First Nations land here in Canada; CAE, involved in training
Apache helicopter pilots for both Israel and the US; and Globe Risk, a
private security firm that supplies private mercenaries for occupying
powers across the world. Rush hour traffic was disrupted and police defied
by a demonstration that empowered its participants and showed a committed
determination to resist.

This day of action was made successful only through the participation of a
wide range of organizations, and it is time to come together again, in
greater numbers, to build for actions on September 28. Groups are
encouraged to organize autonomous actions of their own, and all
individuals and organizations are welcome to contribute to organizing the
day?s convergences.

JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 28TH TO CONTINUE THE RESISTANCE AGAINST WAR, RACISM
AND OCCUPATION!

Get involved with the June 30th Organizing Committee
For more info contact june30th@riseup.net
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* [Ed. Note: A & S is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
social struggle direct action network.]


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