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(en) Northern Ireland, by stopg8london , one common struggle
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:08:23 +0200
http://network23.org/stopg8/ http://www.theanarchistresistance.org/ one common struggle
This June the leaders of the G8 (the world’s richest countries) are meeting in Northern
Ireland. As economic crisis bites, and the planet burns, the bosses and their politicians
are celebrating business as usual. ---- Capitalism: a system that kills, exploits, and
degrades the many for the profit of a few. ---- On June 10-18 we are organising a week of
action and events in London. ---- London is at the heart of global capitalism. The
corporations, banks, hedge funds, and billionaires looting our world have names and
addresses. ---- They are in the glass towers of the City, and behind unmarked doors in
Mayfair and Knightsbridge. London is the money-laundering den of dictators, the playground
of the super-rich. But London is our city too. A city of hope, resistance, and struggle.
Capitalism is killing us. Unemployment, cuts, and the rise of fascism in
the “West”. Poverty, colonialism, brutal exploitation in the “Third
World”. War and famine for profit. Private prisons, police checks, CCTV to
keep us scared and controlled. Life robbed of meaning and beauty, our
dreams and our dignity for sale.
Don’t ignore. Don’t wait. For our friends and loved ones, for our
communities, for our planet, for everything they’re trying to take from
us. The time is now. Let’s come together, and fight. One common struggle.
Join us on the streets.
June 11: Big day of action in Central London.
June 17-18: G8 Summit, Enniskillen, North of Ireland.
June 10-18: Week of actions, talks, meet-ups, films, games, concerts, and
more, all over London and beyond.
What about the summit in Enniskillen?
We believe that any mobilisation at the summit in Enniskillen needs to be
started locally. The StopG8 network will support a locally organised
mobilisation. For now, we are keeping the end of the week free. Stay
posted for more information.
On 17-18 June 2013 the UK will host the next summit of the G8 group of
nations. The venue is a luxury hotel in Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, in
the north of Ireland. Leaders of eight of the world’s most powerful
capitalist nations will set the global agenda for economic, environmental
and securitisation policy for the year ahead. We believe that there is an
urgent need to oppose the G8, which acts as a facilitator of irresponsible
greed, overwhelming inequality, and ruthless exploitation of people and
natural resources. Beyond the G8, our aim is to help rejuvenate
anti-capitalist movements in this country and globally.
We are not currently planning to organise at the summit in Lough Erne.
This is because none of us in the network so far are based in this area,
and we believe that any mobilisation there should be started locally.
However, we will remain flexible: if people in Fermanagh start to organise
something and want our support, and we can get along in terms of our
principles, we will be delighted to work together.
Please note: The meetings will operate on a NON-HIERARCHICAL basis, with a
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY OF TACTICS. The network has agreed to operate by way
of the following core aims and principles:
Please circulate this message amongst your networks as appropriate.
The StopG8 network has agreed some basic principles and objectives for our work.
We have adopted the PGA Hallmarks. These are a set of guidelines that were agreed by
anti-capitalist resistance movements from across the world who came together to form the
“Peoples’ Global Alliance”. The Hallmarks were first created in 1998, but have been
adapted since then. For more details about the PGA and the history of the hallmarks, see
here. Here is the current version of the Hallmarks, which we have agreed:
A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade agreements,
institutions and governments that promote destructive globalization.
We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including, but not
limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the
full dignity of all human beings.
A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a major impact in
such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which transnational capital is the only
A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements’ struggles,
advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life and oppressed peoples’
rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.
An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
We have also agreed a few additional principles. These are in line with the ideas of the
PGA hallmarks, but make a few points more explicit for our network:
We are openly anti-capitalist. One of the main roles of our network, as we see it, is to
highlight and target the ways in which exploitation and oppression are interconnected and
systemic. We want to bring together people who are struggling against particular problems
and issues (austerity, climate change, migration controls, globalisation, etc. — however
important these are), and focus on the way these issues are part of the same capitalist
system. See this page for more on what we mean by capitalism.
We respect a diversity of tactics. We aim to show solidarity with everyone who is fighting
against capitalism, and whose actions are in line with our general principles (see the PGA
hallmarks), whatever tactics they choose. For example, we will not stop supporting people
just because their actions are labeled as “criminal” or “violent” by state authorities.
Or, on the other hand, because they are accused of not going far enough.
We aim to make decisions by consensus. That means trying to make decisions that everyone
in the network can agree to. For example, decisions by majority vote can often mean that a
minority of people are simply ignored or left out. Instead, if we do really need to agree
a general position as a whole network, then we should try to find one that respects
everyone’s views and concerns, even if they are in a minority. That also includes thinking
about the views of people who can’t get to meetings, or don’t shout as loudly.
We have agreed two main aims for the network:
1) To organise a week of action against the 2013 G8 Summit.
2) Looking beyond the summit, to help re-build an anti-capitalist movement in the UK and
If you would like to see more detail about decisions made at network meetings, see here.
stopg8 @ riseup.net
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