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(en) Germany, Tuebingen, Anti-G8 international meeting

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Date Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:34:58 +0100 (CET)


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Here's the final invite and the draft agenda for the International
Networking and Co-ordination Meeting for all those interested or
involved with building radical resistance to the 2005 G8 Summit.
Tha agenda has been drafted by the Dissent!* International Networking
Group and is open to comments, alteration and additions. Send all
comments to: info-g82005@riseup.net <mailto:info-g82005@riseup.net>
Please forward this announcement, post to other lists and display the
agenda and invite on websites. ------- Thanks.
Calling All Anti-Capitalists…

An Invite to an International Networking and Co-ordination Meeting (26th
-27th February in Tuebingen, Southern Germany) for those wanting to build
radical resistance to the 2005 G8 Summit to be held in the UK

The G8 are returning to Europe in 2005. Over the last 18 months an
international network has been emerging to ensure that their meeting will
not pass by uncontested. In the UK, a network of autonomous local and
working groups, going by the name of Dissent! (for more about Dissent!
see the end of this invite) have been spreading news about the up-coming
summit and the planned resistance to it, pooling ideas and resources and
dreaming up ideas for action. The opportunity provided by the European
Peoples’ Global Action (PGA) Conference, which took place in Belgrade in
July 2004 and the European Social Forum (ESF) in London in October, was
used to begin an international dialogue between those planning resistance
to the Summit.

Ideas and inspiration have been shared, and practical preparations have
begun.

In Britain, a number of working groups have been working on initiatives
such as a website, a newsletter, organising structures and resources for
legal support, training people as street medics and touring the country
explaining the issues being discussed at the Summit and the realities
behind them. Across Europe and further afield, individuals, groups and
networks have been producing their own anti-G8 materials, building links
with groups locally, organising benefit parties and discussing what they
want their role to be in the mobilisation.

Preparations are well underway. However, as 2005 begins and the Summit
starts to come into view, it’s time to step up our efforts. If we’re to
have a serious possibility of disrupting the Summit, maximise the
potential for strengthening local and global networks of struggle, and
develop and collectively express a critique of capitalism more
substantial than that which will be propagated by the mainstream of the
anti-globalisation movement, then there is no time to waste.

The International Meeting
As part of a discussion at the European PGA Conference about the best way
to involve people from outside of the UK in organising resistance to the
2005 G8 Summit, both as a means of maximising our impact upon the Summit
itself and contributing to the development of real international networks
through face-to-face contact, it was decided to hold an
international networking and co-ordination meeting to focus upon
resisting the Summit in February 2005.

The meeting will take place in Tuebingen, Southern Germany on Saturday
26th and Sunday 27th February 2005. The meeting is being hosted by the
Tuebingen Infoladen (Info-Shop) Collective who are providing
accommodation, meeting space and food. The proposed agenda which follows
has been drafted by the Dissent! International Networking Group. The
agenda is a draft and is open for comments, additions and alterations.
Email any comments to: info-g82005@riseup.net

Come along to the meeting and get involved! We will attempt to make
translation into as many languages as possible available. If you require
translation from English please let us know as soon as you can. Also,
please get in touch if you can offer translation to or from any languages.

Practicalities, including more information about Dissent!, the exact
location of the meetings, where to find accommodation and how to
register are included at the end of this document.


Brief Overview of the Weekend

Friday 25th Feb 2005
Arrivals

Saturday 26th Feb
09:30: Introductions
10:00: Who’s Who in the Anti-G8 Mobilisation?
10:30: Dissent!: An Overview of the Story So Far…
11:00: Questions and Discussion from the Previous Sessions
11:30: The Practicalities (Convergence Centre, Action Plans etc…)
12:15: Practicalities Working Groups
13:00: Lunch
14:00: Legal Advice and Police Strategies
15:15: Action Strategies
17:00: Final Plenary

Sunday 27th Feb
10:00: Opening Session
10:20: Small Group Meetings (Roadshow, Indymedia etc…)
12:00: Developing a European Anti-Repression Network
Ongoing throughout the day: Follow-up Discussions and Meetings to the
Previous Day


Draft Agenda

Friday 25th February 2005

Afternoon and Evening: Arrival of Participants
Arrive in Tuebingen. Food will be available.

Saturday 26th February 2005

9.30am: Introductions
A brief introduction to the weekend and a chance to agree upon a final
agenda. This will also be an opportunity for people to briefly introduce
themselves so that everyone can get an impression of the regions people
are from and the groups and networks represented.

10.00am: Who’s Who in the Anti-G8 Mobilisation in the UK?
An introduction to the different groups and networks in the UK
mobilising against the G8. (A coalition of Non-Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) called ‘Make Poverty History’ and a group called ‘G8
Alternatives’, which is dominated by the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP),
are organising parallel to Dissent!) Also, a brief overview of the
political situation in Scotland, particularly in relation to the Summit.
Followed by a chance for questions of clarification.

10.30am: Dissent!: An Overview of the Story So Far
A presentation by someone from Dissent! about what has happened in the UK
so far in terms of developing resistance to the Summit and
formulating a framework for action. This will include an explanation of
the current situation in terms of (potential) Convergence Centres and
other infrastructure (food, accommodation etc…) and a summary of actions
currently being planned by people in the UK. This will also be an
opportunity for groups and networks from outside of the UK to give people
an overview of any mobilising which is being done in their areas and to
present any ideas or proposals for action.

11:00am: Questions and Discussion
A continuation of the previous two sessions. A chance to ask questions of
clarification and to discuss the issues raised. What have been
experiences elsewhere of relations between radical mobilisations and more
mainstream ones? What co-operation has been possible or desirable? How
far can these experiences be transferred onto the current situation in
the UK and Scotland in particular? How did groups and networks go about
providing food and accommodation for thousands at previous
mobilisations? What seems to be the most appropriate forms and focuses
for action considering the issues addressed by the Summit and the
political context in Scotland?

11:30: The Practicalities
This session has been set aside for discussing the practical things which
need to be organised if the current aims and objectives in terms of
infrastructure and action in the UK are to be achieved. What
practical resources are required in the UK? Which actions require active
support and involvement? What information (legal, logistical - i.e. maps
etc…) do people based outside of the UK need in order to be able to
mobilise people to come to Scotland from their areas, and to start
planning actions?

12:15: Practicalities Working Groups
A chance to break into working groups to swap ideas and information about
the practical preparations which need to be made. Suggested working
groups include (i) The Convergence Centre, (ii) Regional and
International Networking and Outreach, (iii) Fundraising. The people
drafting this agenda felt that dealing with issues of repression is so
important, and so often sidelined or postponed until after the event,
that we would rather discuss this issue with everyone together on Sunday.
Obviously, the list of working groups here is not final.

13:00-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00: Legal Advice and Police Strategies
This session will involve a presentation by people from the UK about the
legal situation in the UK and about police strategies commonly used. It
will be followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss. Please Note:
Although police from across the UK will be deployed in Scotland next
year, Scotland has its own police force (with it’s own tactics) who will
be leading the operation and it’s own laws (different from those in
England, Wales and Ireland). There is very little experience of large
mobilisations in Scotland. Please accept that the advice on offer in this
session will be necessarily limited.

15:00-15:15: Short Break

15:15: Action Strategies
Having heard which actions are being prepared (by people in the UK and
beyond) in the earlier sessions, this will be an opportunity to break
down into small groups to discuss specific actions, how their potential
impact can be maximised and how those currently organising the actions
can be supported. This will also be an opportunity for ideas for action
which have spontaneously arisen during earlier discussions to be
discussed with others. Current action ideas which can be elaborated upon
in this session and which need active support include: (i) actions around
the issue of precarity, (ii) actions about climate change - one of the
main focuses of the G8 Summit, (iii) mass blockades of the Summit
location, and (iv) supporting and initiating social and ecological
projects in the area around Gleneagles together with local residents.

16:40: Short Break

17:00-18:30: Final Plenary
Feedback from groups which have met throughout the day and planning the
agenda for the next day.

Evening: Food and Party
An Anti-Repression party is planned in Tuebingen.

Sunday 27th February 2005
It was felt that Saturday would raise a lot of issues, ideas and plans
which would need to be dealt with in more detail on the second day of the
meeting. The agenda will, therefore, be left largely open to be decided
upon at Saturday’s Final Plenary. The following sessions are suggested
however, some of which could take place parallel to other meetings or
discussions. There are rooms booked to allow meetings to be able to run
throughout the entire day.

10:00: Opening Session
A chance to finalise the agenda for the final day.

10:20: Small Group Meetings
An opportunity for people involved or interested in particular aspects of
the mobilisation to meet, plan, swap ideas, share skills etc… Groups who
have already confirmed that they would like a session in this slot
include: (i) TRAPESE (Taking Radical Action through Popular Education and
Sustainable Everything) - the group doing the anti-G8 roadshow around the
UK; (ii) Indymedia - this session is intended to be a
planning and co-ordination meeting for IMCistas wanting to co-ordinate
coverage of, and involvement in, the anti-G8 mobilisation; and, (iii)
Street-medics, this session is an opportunity for people from across
Europe planning on working as street-medics in Scotland around the time
of the Summit to meet and begin co-ordinating amongst themselves. Other
possible meetings, for example, for those wanting to co-ordinate between
different catering collectives etc… could also be run during this
session. Please email:
info-g82005@riseup.net if you would like to run a workshop in this session.

12.00: Developing a Functioning Anti-Repression Network
Anti-Repression and legal support work has all too often been left to a
small group of people and left until after the event. This is an
opportunity to discuss how we, as a European (or even global) movement,
want to deal with repression related to the Summit. How can we prepare?
What should our response to repression be? How can we best support those
affected?

Note: Sunday may also be an opportunity for regional networking meetings
to take place.


Practicalities

The meeting is being hosted by the Infoladen (Info-Shop) Collective in
Tuebingen, one of the PGA-Info Points in Germany. The meetings will take
place at “Epplehaus” in Tuebingen (a map can be found under:
www.epplehaus.de) and accommodation will either be in the same place as
the meetings or in the "Wohnprojekt Schellingstrasse" (for more
information see: www.schellingstrasse.de)
.
Places are unfortunately limited to 100. For this reason we would prefer
it if larger groups and networks were to send delegates. Please register
for the meeting as far in advance as possible, letting us know:
When you will be arriving.
How many people you will be coming with.
Which group(s)/network(s) you are involved with.
The region/area that you live in.
If you require accommodation.
No personal information (names etc…) are required. Please email this
information to:
infoladen-tuebingen@web.de For general questions and enquiries about the
meeting, comments about the agenda or for more information about
Dissent!, email: info-g82005@riseup.net

More precise directions to both Epplehaus and Schellingstrasse will be
emailed to you after you have registered and will also be available on
the Dissent! website: www.dissent.org.uk


Introduction to Dissent!

The G8 (Group of Eight, most industrialised nations) Summits are hosted,
on rotation, by the group’s member states. In 2005 the Summit is to be
held in the UK at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland (around 40 miles
north-west of Edinburgh). The Dissent! Network (www.dissent.org.uk), has
formed to provide a networking tool to co-ordinate radical resistance to
the Summit.

The network was formed in the autumn of 2003 by a group of people who
have previously been involved in radical ecological direct action,
Peoples’ Global Action (PGA), the anti-war movement and the global
anti-capitalist movement which has emerged around meetings of the rich
and powerful.

The Network has no central office, no spokespeople, no membership list
and no paid staff. It’s a mechanism for communication and co-ordination
between local groups and working groups involved in building resistance
to the G8, and capitalism in general. It hopes to exist long after the
world leaders have returned home in the early summer of 2005.

Dissent! is open to anybody willing to work within the Hallmarks of
Peoples’ Global Action (PGA).

The Hallmarks are as follows:

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 maximise
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. To
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* Note: The event is being organised by the Dissent!
International Networking Working Group, who
work within the Dissent!** Network (which organises
non-hierarchically, is explicitly anti-capitalist
and autonomous from any political parties, trade
unions or official institutions).
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** [Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.]





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