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(en) US, Kentucky, Louisville, FTAA Anti-Capitalist Consulta: Schedule of Events

From charlie@riseup.net
Date Sat, 10 May 2003 08:44:17 +0200 (CEST)

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Coppied from:[nycanarchists] - Come on folks! Who can resist !
rock, charlie
So far, a disappointingly low number of people have contacted us about
attending the anti-capitalist consulta for the Miami meetings of the Free
Trade Area of the Americas. We still have lots of space... so if you plan
on attending it is imperative that you get in touch with us. This consulta
is important if we are serious about stopping the FTAA and confronting
global capitalism ON OUR OWN TERMS. We are sending out this schedule of
events hoping that it will encourage you to register and come!

Friday, June 6:
Sign ins
Also all day: discussions and workshops for early arrivals...and food!
7:30 - Introduction/greet and meet session
8:00 - Beginning of film fest. Our feature film includes footage from the
Zapatista’s historic re-enactment of the taking of San Cristobal, the
beginging of the Zapatista uprising, earlier this year. A very inspiring
video! We will also be showing "Retooling Dissent." Creative Resistance
Projects at the World Economic Forum, & Surveillance Report: Enduring
Search and Seizure. Plus... footage from local and international protests
against capitalism.

Saturday, June 7:
9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00 - "International Anti-Capitalist Solidarity!" We will be discussing
ways to express our solidarity, in words and action, with the people of
Central and South America that are struggling against global capitalism.
This session will also focus on ways to help internationals travel to
Miami for the protest actions against the FTAA. 1:00 - Lunch break.
3:00 - "SHUTTING DOWN the FTAA in Miami." This session will focus on
building a strategy for disrupting, as much as possible, the FTAA
ministerial meeting. We hope to dialogue and formulate new strategies of
resistance to the meeting of global elites, with a focus on building real
autonomy into our actions. 6:00 - Dinner break.
7:30 - Open space...(this space has been purposefully left open. We want
to create a space for participants to decide what takes place. We could
continue a prior session, create a new one, talk, play games, have
workshops... you decide!)

Sunday, June 8:
9:00 - Breakfast.
10:00 - "Local Organizing Against the FTAA." We hope this session can be
used to share ideas on local organizing against the FTAA. 12:00 - Closing
Ceremony... Go home and organize against the FTAA in Miami! Miami...
That’s where it started... That’s where it’s gonna end!
Smash Capitalism and the Free Trade Area of the Americas!
REGISTER AT: ftaaconsulta@yahoo.com
(You will NOT be allowed into the building if you are not registered. NO
EXCEPTIONS! We are doing this for everyone’s safety and security.) Upon
registration you will be given directions to the meeting location. So get
in touch with us already... sheesh.

----------PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY----------
Resist the Free Trade Area of the Americas
Anti-capitalist consulta: JUNE 7-8
This is a call for an anti-capitalist coordinating/planning meeting to
begin preparations for actions against the FTAA ministerial meeting being
held in Miami, Florida on November 20-22, 2003. We hope that this consulta
will be an opportunity to build a broad based, diverse anti-capitalist
response to the ministerial. Within the framework of creative militant
action we hope to create new models of resistance that strengthen and
revitalize our anti-capitalist/anti-authoritarian community. Who?
Representatives of affinity groups, student groups, community
organizations, radical labor organizations, collectives and all others
opposed to capitalism and the FTAA. Where? Louisville, Kentucky.
When? Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 (with arrivals and introductions
on Friday, June 6) Housing/child-care/space: We will be providing housing
and will try our hardest to get a place for everyone to sleep. However,
space is limited. The earlier you register, the more likely it is that you
will get housing. Child-care will also be provided. Also due to the space
restriction, we are asking that groups send the smallest number of
representatives possible to the consulta. REGISTER AT:
To attend the consulta, all groups are required to register. Upon
registration you will receive housing, directions to the consulta space
and updates if needed. Please let us know what group you are from, the
number of people in your group and if you 1) don’t mind camping out. 2)
want housing in a smoke free or alcohol free location 3) need childcare 4)
or any other special needs. We will try to accommodate everyone. -the
enrag’es collective anti-ftaa organizing troupe
(For now we are adopting the statement of principals created by CASA for
the 2001 Summit of the Americas protests in Quebec City. If desired, time
will be schedule during the consulta to draft a new statement of
principles.) Anti-Capitalist
In opposition to the growing tentacles of capitalist globalization, the
Summit of the Americas Welcoming Committee (CASA) aims to create an
anti-capitalist platform for discussion and action. No matter what form it
has taken in history (liberal, statist, mercantile, neo-liberal, or even
"with a human face") capitalism has always been about the domination of
commodities over individuals. Following the logic of profits, the
capitalist system monopolizes all social space, reducing human beings to
simply producers/consumers, much like the environment becomes only a
multitude of resources ready for exploitation. -- Anti-Patriarchy
>From its origins, the capitalist system was founded on patriarchal
domination. Social relationships have been interwoven by this
centuries-old ideology that affects all aspects of our lives. This
ideological system creates a global system of masculine-based tyranny.
When even the existence of the ideology and practice of feminism is more
and more put into question, we reaffirm that only a full understanding of
structural oppression will allow us to envisage a society that is
radically equal. -- Refusal of Hierarchy
It's clear that that such a project, radically equal, can only come about
in the absence of hierarchical dynamics. We don't just denounce all forms
of servitude and exploitation of individuals, groups and peoples, but we
believe in putting into practice this basic principle within resistance
groups themselves and in our day-to-day activities. Hence, CASA offers a
radical opposition to the Summit of the Americas and similar processes by
organizing in an anti-authoritarian manner. Bringing together individuals,
the Welcoming Committee is structured around a democratic, open and
decisional general assembly. Anyone in accord with the values and
principles of CASA are urged to actively participate in accord with their
respective affinities. -- Autonomy
Aiming to create as many links as possible, with the goal of strengthening
networks of resistance, CASA is autonomous of all forms of authority
(parties, unions, etc.). We refuse to organize our actions in view of its
eventual mass media impact, which we consider to be a form of
disempowerment and subjection. -- Non-reformist
It is within the perspective of a radical transformation of society that
CASA adopts a confrontational attitude and rejects reformist alternatives
such as lobbying within the framework of negotiations of free trade
accords. We regard these strategies as not being able to have a positive
impact, and we exclude use of these types of anti-democratic processes.
-- Diversity of Tactics
Respecting a diversity of tactics, CASA supports the use of a variety of
creative initiatives, ranging from popular education to direct action.

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