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(en) US, Chicago Radical Gathering - posted by Midwest Unrest Action Faction*

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Date Wed, 24 Dec 2003 10:03:24 +0100 (CET)

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Thursday, Nov. 20 marked an important day for the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarian
direct action movement. Once again we found ourselves in the streets next to workers,
students, immigrants, our elders, and people from poor neighborhoods. When the police
attacked a handful of us, they ended up injuring us all. Even when the police broke
every agreement they made with the AFL-CIO, we kept every agreement that was worked
out. There is an enormous amount of support and solidarity for those who were adversely
affected by the police's actions coming from many different sectors of the global
justice struggle. Many things have happened since the first swing of the club, and a
large amount of progress has been made on our part.

Despite our welts, scars, and emotional trauma, we are faced with
the fact that Miami was a police model and precursor for upcoming
demonstrations. With the next consulta more than 2 months away,
there is a necessity to build enough momentum to carry the energy
created in Miami into our future.

The Midwest Unrest Action Faction is calling for a gathering to review,
heal, analyze, and strategize from the events surrounding the Miami
actions, to take place from December 29, 2003 through January 1st, 2004.
A focus will also be placed upon networking more effectively on a
regional basis (so if you are from the midwest, get on over here, yo!).

We are also fully aware of the holiday on Jan 1st 2004, so it would only
be appropriate to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising.

*We are aiming for this gathering to be more relaxed and festive than
the planning process for Miami. With this in mind, we hope that everyone
who comes to Chicago bring with them their best ideas, skills, talents,
and warm jackets! There will be plenty of time for workshops or
skillshares, so please get in contact with us if you feel you have
something great to share.

So... in other words, this isnt a consulta! Come prepared for: snowball
fights, gravesite visits (gotta see emma!), parties, and rabble-rousin’.
Don’t forget bring some extra cash for public transit... a CTA fare hike
goes into effect on New Years Day. The price for transit jumps from 1.50
to 1.75 (from 1.80 to 2.00 with a transfer).

Let us know if your coming in so we can get prepared! Please specify:
your name who else is in your traveling party what group/collective are
you with your contact information (phone +email) your reason for wishing
to attend if you need housing and how many people when you will be
arriving special housing needs other special needs

*Food: Basic help is needed to help feed all of those attending. please
advise us if you can help with any contributions of food or cooking help.

send complete registration forms to midwest_unrest_housing@yahoo.com ASAP!

A schedule of suggested events will be posted once it is ready, along with
a flyer.

Love and Revolution Midwest Unrest Action Faction

Link: http://www.angelfire.com/ill/stopftaa

Copied from infoshop.org

* From their webpage: MidwestUnrest.net http://www.angelfire.com/ill/stopftaa/
WE DEMAND that the policies of the FTAA be struck down.
WE PLEDGE to send a direct and uncompromising message to those who propose
we forfeit our freedom and well being.
WE BELIEVE in our inherent right to free speech and assembly and vow to
protect both our ideals and bodies from any attack from FTAA policies and
police forces.
WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY with all people adversely affected by the FTAA and
its capitalist agenda.

Midwest Unrest is autonomous, decentralized and nonhierarchical. We object
to capitalism. We reject any system that sees human beings as greenbacks,
the environment as a resource, and culture as a product that can be bought
and sold. We oppose all forms of oppression and discrimination. We respect
people's differences and the autonomy of groups, individuals and peoples.

Contact: midwest_unrest@riseup.net

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