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(en) Australia, Melbourne, A Call to form an Arterial Blocfor Saturday November 18 in the G20 protests

Date Fri, 10 Nov 2006 08:30:15 +0200

This is what we want: lives worth living, lives of dignity and autonomy and
we want to work together against capitalism and the state to achieve this.
We want to develop collective power and collective communication. Not to
follow, not to lead, but to work out how we can organise ourselves.
We believe that an effective bloc is made up of many people who have
many different skills and capacities. Sometimes the most crucial
skills (such as the ability to care) can get forgotten when the focus
is on more "exciting" things. But we all have something to offer,
and we are equals. None of us are heroes; together we can help each
other to be brave, happy and rebellious.

This is what we're planning: To confront the G20 more directly: to go
to the Grand Hyatt Hotel the morning of its meeting, Saturday November
18, prepared for radical disobedience. We want our disobedience and
our creation of other ways of living to be effective as we can make
it. We have no time for violent macho fantasy or delusions about
Ghandi. Our bodies, our lives, our desires are too precious to fuck
with. We want to be smart, joyful and defiant, not martyrs.

This is what we're planning: To carry, as a bloc, white overalls and
bright bandanas to cover our faces and to be ready, if we decided
collectively, to wear them. We encourage those that want to struggle
with us as part of the Arterial Block to organise this equipment

By having the option of becoming clandestine we are refusing the rules
of the game of civil protest, the containment of the 'good protester'.
We are choosing not to be compliant citizens who make their wishes,
and show their faces, to 'their representatives.' Rather we are
relying only on our own disobedience and our co-operative power.

We are constantly subjected to the surveillance of the state and yet
made invisible by the simulated reality of power, their media, their
ideology, a world of things and their prices. By having the choice to
become invisible, we can subvert this. They may not see our faces but
we shall show our anger, our creativity and our ungovernable desires.

This is what we're planning: there are many things to discuss. We
support, and hope to work alongside, other groups taking action in
whatever way they see fit. We encourage those who want to be part of
Arterial Bloc to plan with us:

Thursday November 16, 4pm
Friday November 17, 6pm
at: A Space Outside. (www.aspaceoutside.org)

For details of meeting call/message: 0437 317 620
For a recorded message of the location of A Space Outsides, call 0432 526 992

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