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(en) US, Houston, Introducing The Alarm A radical publishing group Call for Submissions for The Alarm

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Date Sun, 6 Feb 2005 18:01:21 +0100 (CET)

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The last decade has seen an explosion of movements across the
globe resisting what economists have called "the end of
history", the neoliberal colonization of the world. Resistance to
empire has emerged here in Houston as well. The last 2 years have
seen protests that tried to derail the invasion of Iraq, disruption of the
Central American Free Trade Agreement negotiations at the Galleria,
as well as a campaign to stop the war profiteers including the
mobilization against the Halliburton shareholders meeting, and most
recently the use of spokescouncil organizing to protest the
inauguration of President Bush. People in Houston have begun to
actively resist the globalization of capitalism and war, and create a
world where many worlds are possible.

Within this context, a group called The Alarm is forming with a goal
of contributing an organizing framework, and increasing
communication in between this movement. The Alarm desires to
support local organizing and promote it in the context of the global
movement exemplified in the Peoples' Global Action network
(read more below).

The Alarm's primary project will be beginning the publication
of a quarterly zine style pamphlet that details organizations in
the Houston area that are organizing in agreement with the hallmarks
of Peoples Global Action (see below). This publication will be a free
and distributed as widely as possible, with the content being focused
on how people can become involved in these groups and/or support
their work, as well as provide a space for dialogue among like minded
organizations and organizers.

The Alarm is also interested in wider dissemination of anarchist and
radical information to the community through literature and hosting
events, as well as possibly establishing an infoshop.

In the longer term, The Alarm is interested in the creation of an
Anti-Capitalist Convergence (based on CLAC of Montreal) where
radicals can initiate long-term campaigns to address issues important
to our local and international struggles (Ideas include addressing
Gentrification, War Profiteering, Economic Globalization, Immigrant
Solidarity and the Prison Industrial Complex), and support each other
in these struggles.

Peoples' Global Action is the network that put out the call for
global actions against the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial
meeting in Seattle and includes hundreds of organizations ranging
from peasant movements in Brazil and India to labor unions in
Argentina and Canada, indigenous peoples, farmers, fisherfolk,
immigrants, squatters, environmentalists, anarchists, autonomists,
and rebels from every continent, united by a set of shared principles
(see below). It remains a fulcrum of resistance, even as it is engaged
in a process of reformulation now that global elites have reacted to
our movements' successes by trying to plunge the world into a
nightmare of war and genocidal violence. The Alarm views the
development of local radical organizations in this framework as
crucial for the task of creating a better world from the grassroots up,
starting in the heart of the empire.

Hallmarks of Peoples' Global Action:
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote
destructive globalization.
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 organizations,
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 organizational philosophy based on decentralization and

For more information please contact roblock@riseup.net

Call for Submissions for The Alarm

The Alarm zine is seeking submissions from groups in the
Houston area that are in accordance with the Peoples Global Action
Hallmarks. The deadline for submissions is February 25th and the
first edition should be out in the begining of March.
The Alarm is trying to put together a zine style pamphlet that details
the mission and needs of local organizations that are in agreement
with the hallmarks of Peoples Global Action. We are planning on
mass producing this pamphlet and distributing it for free across
Houston, at events, leaving it at stores and other spaces, and making
them available for other groups to distribute. We are hoping this can
serve as something of a scene report, and a way for people to plug
into the organizing already going on in Houston, as well as provide a
space for dialogue in the Houston radical community.

If your organizations generally in agreement with Hallmarks of
Peoples' Global Action points, we request that you write a bio
for our quarterly publication that details the following points

1. General Mission and work of your group
2. Brief history of group (when founded, any major events that people
need to know)
3. Who can work with your group; do you have membership, are you
a people of color/wimmin/queer etc. group, are you based
geographically (Pasedena Anarchist Front), do you need many
sporadic voluteers or only people that can make serious long term
4. How can people get involved; do you have and email contact or
listserve, do you have regular meetings. Are there any supplies you
need or work that volunteers could do for you (the more specific you
are the more likely people might think about doing it).
5. Any upcoming events you are working on that people should
attend as well as reflection on past events you've put together.

We are hoping to put each group's description on a half sheet
of 8x11 paper. You can either do the layout yourselves, or submit text
less than 250 words, and we will do the layout ourselves.

We are setting a tentative deadline of February 25th, and hope to
have the first edition ready to distribute by the beginning of March.

You can submit text or digital files to roblock@riseup.net, as well as
ask any questions. We hope to have a Post Office Box and more
formal email account in the near future. If you are interested in the
publication of something other than a report, or would like to help
compile or edit The Alarm please get in touch.

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