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(en) Canada, A Call for PGA Blocs on M19: No Profiteering from War & Occupation!

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Date Mon, 14 Feb 2005 08:30:53 +0100 (CET)

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On March 19th and 20th 2005, people across the world will march to
commemorate the invasion of Iraq two years ago, and to oppose the ongoing
occupations of Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Haiti. In Canada we will
also be marching to oppose the ongoing genocide of indigenous peoples
throughout the Americas, the normalization of torture camps, Ottawa's
recent shift towards deepening its diplomatic support for Israeli
apartheid at the UN, as well as the massive displacement of peoples by
capitalist development projects, including the demand for cheap and
flexible labor and its corollary: the criminalization of migrants and the
construction of Fortress North America and Fortress Europe.

We can and must go further than simply demonstrating against war and
occupation. We must actively work in co-ordinated solidarity to stop the
many institutions and individuals that profit from war and occupation. As
global capital undermines progressive peoples' movements around the world,
we assert that we can build global movements of opposition to our common
enemies. In the fissures of the empire, we ca pursue projects and
strategies of resistance that affirm life and human dignity.

Here in North America, a regional alliance of anti-capitalist and
anti-imperialist groups (CATAPULT! in Ottawa, Block The Empire in Montreal
and the June 30th Organizing Committee in Toronto) has come together to
unmask the "Canada as peace keeper" myth and fight against this countryís
real functioning here and around the world. We are now targeting
SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec-based engineering firm that is one of Canada's
pre-eminent war profiteers. SNC TEC, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, is
manufacturing 200 million bullets for sale to the US military for use by
occupation forces in Iraq. SNC activities extend all over the world: from
infrastructural support to the Canadian military in Afghanistan, to the
privatization of energy production in Algeria, from mining projects in
Mozambique, Chile and Inuit territory, to the constructions of dams and
artillery testing ranges on Cree land in Quebec. SNC-Lavalinís workings
around the world are in fact Canadaís true foreign policy.

As we launch this national campaign against war profiteering, we call for
anti-imperialist blocs to organize on the basis of the Peoples' Global
Action hallmarks (below) and to march within the anti-war and
anti-occupation demonstrations that will be held around the world. We
call for actions to be carried out against war profiteers on and around
March 19th, and for information on war profiteers to be passed on
throughout anti-war anti-occupation demonstrations.

No to profiteering from war and occupation.
No investment in war profiteers.
No subsidies to war profiteers.

For more information about the Take Down SNC campaign, or about the blocs
against war profiteers on March 19 and 20, please contact:

bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca (Montreal)
june30th@riseup.net (Toronto)
catapult@resist.ca (Ottawa)

PGA Hallmarks:

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive

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

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 organisational philosophy based on decentralization and autonomy.

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