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(en) [pga na] PGA* discussion at RAT** conference in Vermont

Date Tue, 27 Sep 2005 18:33:32 +0300


So this weekend in Vermont at the R.A.T. conference, a number of people
and collectives interested or involved in PGA got together and had some
ad-hoc meetings about PGA North America. People from NYC, Worcester,
Binghamton, Montreal, and San Diego got together and shared ideas,
visions, histories, and hugs.
Some general agreements and thoughts that came out of this were:
Everyone seemed interested and excited about the possibilities of PGA
North America.
Some practical uses for PGA would be coordinating caravans and speakers,
since a lot of the collectives involved already do this separately.

It was suggested that a good way to keep the network together
functioning coherently was to have a general political theme or project.
This theme/project should emerge from the work we are all doing, not
something imposed on from outside.

One general theme that emerged from our talk was that a lot of the
collectives involved are working on issues of borders, migration
controls, detentions and deportations. Members from the o.r.g.a.n.i.c.
collective suggested that these very related issues could be a
theme/common project/focus of the network. Of course other folks
involved with PGA might not think it is a good idea to even have some
kind of unifying theme.

A member of CLAC noted that the Summit of the Americas is happening soon
in Argentina, in November. Folks thought that was probably too soon to
organize an action, but that PGA-NA could continue working on actions
and education around the FTAA and neoliberal capitalism in the next 5-10
years. These next years will be crucial for such trade agreements to be
passed regionally.

People from the Organic collective are wondering (forgot to get
clarification from people in Vermont) why Mexico isn't being discussed
in the conversation about PGA-NA.

At this point folks in Vermont didnt think a conference was immediately
necessary or desirable. The reasoning was that people thought that this
process could be reivigorated hopefully without having to spend a lot
of energy organizing and then traveling and participating in a conference.

Infopoints and the conflicts (in europe) surrounding their creation were
discussed. Their role and limits should be further clarified. Because
PGA is only a communication and coordination network and (and not a
federation with hubs of power?) then infopoints should only be points of
access to information about the process, promoters of it, etc. Maybe
this has already been done.

The majority of folks meeting in Vermont were from the Northeast region;
people from organic (san diego, ca) raised practical questions about
how we would all relate and coordinate with such huge geographical
distances.

Everyone left excited for more discussions and ideas to continue . . .

This meeting was a space for discussion and sharing and did not
attempt to represent PGA-NA or make decisions for the network.

-summary written by members of the o.r.g.a.n.i.c. collective
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* PGA = People Global Action - antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action network
** RAT = Reclaim the Anarchist Tradition

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