(en) Oct. '97 End Corporate Dominance Month

David Fingrut (hermes3@tao.ca)
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 21:09:00 -0400 (EDT)


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OCTOBER, 1997 END CORPORATE DOMINANCE MONTH INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION

It has the world's resources at it's disposal. It gobbles whole mountains and forests, drinks rivers dry, spews toxic waste, and enslaves whole populations. It has all the rights of a citizen, but few of the limitations. It can cross national borders as if they were cobwebs. It is immortal, and can therefore amass wealth and power beyond the capabilities of mere mortals. It has powers that dwarf and control governments. It controls the newspapers, radio, and television, and so it controls the "truth." It controls humans' access to food, water, shelter, employment, and energy. If humans struggle against its tyranny, it buys them out or knocks them down with lawsuits, firings, harassment, and if necessary, murder. Are we talking about some sort of selfish, ill-tempered GOD??? In a way, we are. We are talking about the CORPORATION. Why do we allow an inanimate thing, just an idea really, to have so much power over our lives and the fate of the entire planet? People created corporations with ideas, words and laws, but the creation has turned into a MONSTER. Many of us believe that it is now time to end the monster's reign of terror, and that with a different set of ideas, words, and laws, we can kill the monster, or at least put it in a good strong cage. This is what the campaign to END CORPORATE DOMINANCE is about. Whether you are an environmentalist, a labor activist, a human rights campaigner, a campaign finance reformer, or any citizen in a dispute with an insurance company, bank, etc., your ideas, words, and actions can become a part of this campaign. The key is to make our efforts directed to the root of the problem, not just the symptoms. Nobody has illusions that this battle will be easy. We just know that the time to begin has come.Already, countless organizations are doing the work. People of all these movements are joining forces, and they are demanding that corporations release their control over the Earth and all its inhabitants.

MONTH OF ACTION

October 1997 was selected as a month of action against corporations at the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous in July. Across the world, groups will be planning demonstrations targeting their least favorite corporate plunderer. Whether your group chooses MAXXAM, Shell, Nike, Mitsubishi, Exxon, or Champion, whether your site is the corporate headquarters, a neighborhood toxic dump or the CEO's private residence, corporations around the world will feel our united rage! While Earth First! is promoting and coordinating October ECD actions, any and all groups who struggle against corporations are encouraged to organize their events in whatever style suits them best. If your group wants to participate in the INTERNATIONAL MONTH OF ACTION TO END CORPORATE DOMINANCE, please contact the EF! End Corporate Dominance Campaign ASAP. Begin organizing your demo TODAY! To make this a coordinated campaign, and for effective media notification, we would like to know a little bit about each of our chosen targets. Please send a copy of your media notice (a rough draft is fine) ASAP, and we will forward the list to each participant for use at the protests. Lets be BOLD, CREATIVE and UNCOMPROMISING! These protests will not be taking place in a vacuum. The challenge to corporate dominance is coming from all over the world, from labor, human rights, indigenous resistance, peace, social justice, and environmental movements. In the US, teach-ins focusing on Corporations, Education and Democracy will be taking place globally during the first week of March,1998. Last year, dozens of demonstrations took place all over the world on End Corporate Dominance Day, October 29th. This year we are giving ourselves more flexibility and including quite a few other anti-corporate days of action (such as Dia de la Raza/Columbus day and the McLibel campaign's Mcdonalds boycott/protest day) by declaring the whole month of October as End Corporate Dominance month. We are not alone, and our actions will reinforce each other's campaigns, if we act promptly. LETS GET WITH IT!

Earth First! End Corporate Dominance Campaign c/o EF! Austin P.O.Box 7292 Austin, TX 78713 (512) 320-0413 <entropy@eden.com> (insert your group's name, contact, address, phone, and/or email here)

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