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(en) Germany, G8-Protests: Action Conference in Rostock, 10. - 12. Nov 2006

Date Sun, 29 Oct 2006 19:34:39 +0200


It took a long time to find the venue for the International Action Conference, but
now it is done! We have two sports halls and a school. All are situated in the district
The meeting point, the registration and the plenaries will be in the sports hall at
Kleiner Warnowdamm 1.
The Störtebeker-School (Taklerring 43) will provide rooms for working groups and mass
accomodation. In addition we have a second, smaller sports hall for bigger workshops.
The district of "Groß Klein" is a typical East-German suburb. For some of you
maybe not a cosy surrounding, but a part of the social reality in
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where the G8-summit will take place.
Register now!

If you want to come to Rostock, please register! For the preparation of the
conference we need urgently to know, how many people will come and what are
their specific needs.

As we can't take the risk of a big deficit, we will only order as much food and
beverages as we need for the registered participants. Please help us and register in time!

* Click here for the register form
* Here you can find a map and some travel info

10.-12.11.2006: International Action Conference "Rostock II"

The second - this time international - Action Conference in Rostock marks a new
step in the mobilization against the G8-summit 2007. Whereas the first
conference in March 2006 was mainly about getting to know each other and the
different action proposals, this second conference will take concrete decision,
especially about the timetable of the protests and actions in June 2007.

In particular the second international Action Conference from November 10 to
12, 2006 will:

* widen the circle of groups organisations and movements
* mobilise on an international level, by inviting activists and networks from other countries to participate. The whole conference will be held in both German
and English and the plenary sessions will be translated simultaneously.
* ask all groups, organisations and individuals what are their main reasons to
participate in G8 protests, their demands and focal points.
* interlink the answers to these questions in order to find interfaces for joint
action.
* create space for local and regional networking, to facilitate the emergence of
new coalitions and initiatives against G8 in more and more places – under the
motto: „think globally act locally“.
* continue the exchange of opinions and ideas in order to come to an
agreement about the different plans and acitivities and the general plan of action.

Create your own Space!

A central goal of the conference is to facilitate a transparent and open discussion
of all activities that are to take place in 2007 in order to create space for active
participation. The conference will be a success if activists from all over the world
with different backgrounds make it their conference, if they participate with their
ideas and ideals and communicate in a way that leads towards common visions.
The G8 summit is only a few months away. Let's make good use of this time!
Let's make sure that not only the voices of those who rule the world are heard in
Heiligendamm but also the voices of a strong and diverse movement for a
different world!

Further Informationen about the Conference:

* the schedule of the conference
* NEW: download the mobilizing leaflet for the conference (PDF, 736 KB)
* detailed list of working groups (will follow soon)
* read the complete text of the invitation leaflet
* read the first letter of invitation (only in German)
* information about registration, accommodation, how to get to Rostock (will
follow soon)

The story so far… but so near the protests.
=============================
The mobilisation against the G8 summit on Germany’s Baltic Sea has begun. In
diverse groups and movements – from the radical to the parliamentary left; from
the environmental, peace and anti-racist movements to the established NGOs and
the Left Party/Party for Democratic Socialism (Linkspartei.PDS) – plans are
being made.

At the end of March, the first Action-Conference against the summit took place
in Rostock in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Meck-Pomm),
organised by parts of the peace movement, attac Germany, the Interventionist
Left network, as well as local groups and movements.

Representatives of church, environmental and peace groups; delegates from trade
union youth groups and leftwing party members; activists from attac, migrant and
anti-racist groups, as well as the radical left – from the groups belonging to the
Interventionist Left and Dissent!, through to the “Revolutionary Coalition Against
the G8” – all took part in the conference. Representatives from last year’s anti-G8
mobilisation in Scotland and this year’s protests in St. Petersburg spoke at the
conference.

A number of focal points for the anti-G8 mobilisation crystallised during the
discussion in the plenary and in the various working groups. In 2007, an
international mobilisation to Heiligendamm will involve a united demonstration.
Camps to provide accommodation for activists across Germany and far beyond
will be prepared. Alternatives to capitalist globalisation will be discussed and
openly presented at a counter-conference, and a large cultural event will take
place, closely connected to the political movements. In addition, anti-racist
networks took up the idea for a day of action for the rights of refugees and
migrants, and the mass blockading of the G8 summit infrastructure was discussed.

The Left Party/PDS also understand themselves as part of the worldwide
movement against neoliberal globalisation. Together with the Social Democratic
Party (SPD), they form the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They
have called for “powerful protests” and an “alternative counter-summit” in
Meck-Pomm. A counter-conference is also favoured by the large German
developmental and church-affiliated NGOs. Together with groups from the
environmental movement, they are also considering spectacular and
media-friendly actions on the streets during the summit.

A number of meetings have already been held by the so-called Dissent! Network
in which primarily anarchist and autonomous groups have gathered. Some of
those involved have already been travelling through Germany and numerous
other European countries for several months on an Info-Tour, discussing the G8
and building momentum against the summit. The Dissent! Network are currently
primarily focussing on organising a camp (“Camp-Inski”, a word play on the
Kempinski Hotel where the summit will be held) to take place later this year, and
the protests against the summit in St. Petersburg. The idea is to support local
resistance to both summits. The Dissent! Network are, in part, critical of
cooperation with parties and large organisations.

Parallel to Dissent!, a number of anti-imperialist, autonomous and communist
groups have founded the “Revolutionary Coalition Against the G8.”
The precise date of the G8 summit at the seaside resort of Heiligendamm
currently remains unknown. The press are reporting that the summit, which
normally takes place in summer, will be held earlier in 2007.
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