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(en) US, Meeting to Form Anti-Authoritarian Working Group to Organize Resistance to the G20 in Pittsburgh

Date Mon, 01 Jun 2009 22:50:07 +0300

Pittsburgh anarchists and antiauthoritarians are invited to participate in a planning
meeting to form an anti-authoritarian working group to resist the G20 in September.Meeting
to Form Anti-Authoritarian Working Group to Organize Resistance to the G20 in Pittsburgh
-- Saturday, June 13--10:00 am Sunday, June 14 --10:00 am ---- For location and further
details rsvp to 412g20temporary@gmail.com ---- The working group will take responsibility
for --- Providing a mobilization infrastructure on the ground in Pittsburgh -- Circulating
information and propaganda building hype for the protests ---- Reaching out to activists
across the country that are interested in resisting the G20 ---- Creating a space for the
formation of an action framework.

At the meeting we’ll explore our individual and collective goals, come up with points of
unity, begin to develop working groups, establish an organizational process, and chart out
the start of our work-plan for the next four months.

If you plan on participating, please RSVP to 412g20temporary@gmail.com and we will send
you details on the meeting location.

In the mean time, please think about taking some steps to make our time together as useful
as possible. You might want to:
--CAREFULLY review the proposed agenda and suggest any changes or modifications;
--Meet with your respective groups to develop an internal consensus on what you want to
see come out of anti G20 organizing and how you want to participate;
--Look back at some helpful resources on processes and approaches to summit organizing;
--Think about how you personally want to participate in a broad mobilization infrastructure;
--Talk with your comrades about your personal goals, hopes and dreams with your comrades,
share ideas and spread energy;
--Look at your calendar and examine your other commitments so you can come to the meeting
with a clear idea of how much time and energy you’re going to be able to commit to this
mobilization process over the next several months.

**Note to folks from other parts of the country:
--At this point we are inviting only Pittsburgh-based organizers and groups to participate
in this discussion. We’re sure that there will be ample opportunity for folks across the
country to participate in this process. But at this meeting we’re hoping to establish our
local, on-the-ground working group. We are circulating this announcement on lists beyond
Pittsburgh because we’re already starting to get lots of questions from our friends in
other cities and we want you all to know that we’re taking this seriously and we’re
getting ready.

Proposed Agenda
(This agenda is only a proposal, please review it carefully and send any suggested changes
or amendments to 412g20temporary@gmail.com)

Saturday, June 13
10:00 am—Introductions and Discussion on Goals
This will be an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other and understand our
collective goals in organizing against the G20. This discussion is to put all of the
competing and complementary goals out on the floor but not necessarily to force everyone
to agree on the same goals

12:00 Noon—Lunch

1:00 pm—Points of Unity
We will spend most of the afternoon hammering out a set of points of unity for the working
group, and possibly a name. We should work towards a consensus on our points of unity and
check our future actions words and statements against our points of unity.

4:00 pm—Working Groups
Formation of working groups that will be responsible for getting most of the work done.
This will be done in an ‘open space’ format to allow people to shop for working groups and
explore participation in two or more groups.

Sunday, June 14
10:00 am—Reportback from Yesterday
Check in from each of the working groups, review of points of unity, vibes check-in on how
the summit is going.

11:00 am—Group Process
Set group process for decision making, meeting, how folks outside of town are able to
participate in the process, and who has agency in our decision making process.

1:00 pm—Lunch

2:00 pm Get ‘er Done
Set a calendar of some of the major work that needs to be done between now and September
24-25 and beyond. Obviously this won’t be all inclusive but it will be helpful in keeping
us on track through this process.
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