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(en) Canada, tao.ca* open house

Date Sun, 23 Apr 2006 17:21:43 +0300


===== The Fence is Down: Now What?! =====
===== Introduction =====
In April, 5 years will have passed since the Summit of the Americas took
place in Quebec City. For many, this was a flashpoint, the culmination
of an exciting and focused burst of energy that has come to be known as
the anti-Globalization movement. For others, Quebec was an eye-opening
week of confrontation with police, the state, and the emerging Global
Corporate Governance structure embodied in the WTO, OAS, IMF, and World
Bank. Many local organizations and activist groups participated in
organizing actions and demonstrations against the FTAA. While many
seasoned activists held a critical eye on the popularized
demonstrations, there was no denying the powerful presence it had on
those involved and watching. There was much intense discussion about
diversity of tactics, violence vs. non-violence, and the intersection of
anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-oppression politics.

For some OAT members, Quebec City 2001 represented an opportunity to
participate in a seemingly small but ultimately critical role of
facilitating a certain level of communications between and amongst
different groups participating in the weeks events, both at a high-tech
level (securing working radios) to low-tech social-networking work on
the ground. We found that this communications vantage point offered a
unique perspective on the whole event, and we struggled afterward to
understand the ramifications of increasing our capacities as a larger
movement.

In the ensuing five years, the terrain of struggle has altered
fundamentally. We are now in the midst of full-scale global war, at the
hands of a US president run amok. Large-scale 'disasters' occur with
frequency, creating space for the bosses to move in and resturcture in
the name of charity. The extreme ends of religious fundamentalism
dominate the discursive landscape, and even the liberal or leftwing
North American media no longer talks about Globalization in a critical
way. Western social 'anti-Globalization' movements have faltered, while
movements in other parts of the world have surged forward, such as
throughout Latin America. While struggles continue throughout the west
and the rest of the world we hope that the seeds planted through the
western 'anti-globalization' movement continue to grow in hibernation,
and build upon these radical ongoing struggles.

===== Art Show: Call for Submissions =====

For the fifth anniversary of Quebec City, OAT is seeking to gather
together the threads of a broad communications network in our region,
both to celebrate and reflect on the events as we experienced them, but
also to critically assess the state of our movements, to look forward to
a moment when our struggles will blossom once more.

On the week of the 23-29th of April, OAT will be co-hosting an Art Show
with Anarres Worker Coop (see http://anarres.ca), with whom we share our
space. The week will culminate in an OAT "housewarming" event, including
a forum for OAT members to share ideas and resources for re-connecting
and re-invigorating a vibrant toronto-based resistance community. There
will also be a fundraiser party on the 29th for the OAT organization,
which is recently coming out of hibernation and seeking to become a
relevant resource to local Toronto activists interested in media,
technology, and politics. Please spread the word!

We are seeking art that expresses the celebration of resistance to
globalized power structures, free trade agreements, and capitalist
oppression everywhere. Artists, performers, and creators are wanted to
submit their work for inclusion in this event. Paintings, photos,
prints, drawings, film, video, collage, poems, songs, costumes, puppets
and other works on the theme are all welcome.

UNLESS YOU REQUEST OTHERWISE, ALL PIECES WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF AT THE
OPEN HOUSE ON APRIL 29th.

Please direct your submissions to:
[[http://oat.tao.ca|Organization for Autonomous Telecommunications]]
401 Richmond St.(at Spadina) unit 444
Toronto ON
oat@tao.ca

Please mark April 29th, 2006 in your calendar, and join us to celebrate
the newly opened OAT space.
More details to come...
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on the internet - the origin of the ainfos.ca project
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