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(en) Decriminalizing Resistance Encuentro and other PGA* activities

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 5 Nov 2004 08:31:10 +0100 (CET)

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Hey Turtle Island PGA, Below is an announcement for the Decriminalizing Resistance
Encuentro--what some of us PGA-affiliated people are involved in here in the Northeast...
Critical Resistance NYC is presenting on some of the work we've started
around building neighborhood autonomy--particularly from the police--our
own take on Zapatismo at home!
Also, Andrej Grubacic and I are presenting on PGA in Philly at the A Space
the weekend following the encuentro as people there are interested in
pulling together an infopoint or similar PGA-related project.

*Decriminalizing Resistance:
Building Community Security, Racial and Economic Justice*

*A Regional 1 & 1/2 day Encuentro*
In Worcester, Massachusetts
November 12-13th
Friday 7:00pm - Saturday 6:00pm
Clark University

>From Buenos Aires to Belgrade to New York City and Worcester
resistance movements are being repressed, jailed, and labeled as
"security threats." But what is "security"? What are the real threats to
the safety and well being of our communities? How is "security" used by
the State to undermine resistance movements?

This regional encuentro* hopes to provide a participatory space to
discuss what communities are doing to build autonomy and alternate forms
of security. This will also be an important time for activists and
organizers to network with movements throughout the northeast and build
support for resistance globally.

This call invites you or your organization to attend, in addition, if you
are interested in taking part in sponsoring, please contact us.

Cost: $5-10 sliding scale, no one turned away. Childcare will be provided.
Limited transportation reimbursements available: to apply, get more info
or REGISTER here: http://wogan.org/encuentro.php

*Worcester Global Action Network (WoGAN), Worcester, MA:
Argentina Autonomista Project: http://www.Autonomista.org

*Clark Peaceworks, Mass Direct Action (Southeast Mass), Radical
Cheerleaders Worcester, HOPE Coalition (Worcester), Massachusetts Global
Others pending, looking for co-sponsors!

*International Guests:
*-- Soledad Bordegaray, Movement of Unemployed Workers (MTD) La Matanza,
-- Neka Jara, Movement of Unemployed Workers (MTD) of Solano, Argentina --
Claudia Acuna, Alerta Salta, Argentina. http://www.Alerta-Salta.org.ar --
Andrej Grubacic, postYugoslavia, involved with Peoples Global Action and
Planetary Alternatives Network
-- Clifton Arihwakehte from the Kanehsatake (a Mohawk community from near
Montreal): http://dominionpaper.ca/firstnations/

* An encuentro is a meeting, conference, or "encounter," a safe space
where participants can share ideas and experiences. Following the
uprising in Chiapas, Mexico on the eve of the signing of the North
American Free Trade Agreement, the Zapatistas called for an international
encuentro for companeros from all over the world to gather and discuss
the significance of the grassroots rebellion and possibilities for
creating a new and better world. Our call for an Encuentro on
Decriminalizing Resistance lies within this tradition.


1. Autonomous Community Security Panel
2. Tools for autonomous community security exchange
3. Harm Free Zones
4. Sexual Assault, Violence, Gender, effects on Women, Queer and
Transgender people
5. Youth, Violence, and Community Safety, CORI system
6. Youth Film exchange/discussion
7. Indigenous Struggles
8. Immigrant Struggles, Detentions, Deportations, Patriot Act, Post 9-11
situation for Arab-based communities
9. Resistance and "Security"? Occupation and Solidarity with Palestine
and Iraq (US Media Portrayal, the implications and resistance to the
Apartheid Wall)
10. Health and Security/Food Security: harm reduction, environmental
justice, health care access
11. Economic Security / Solidarity Economies*
12. Economic Security and Economic Democracy (job security, labor
struggles, welfare rights, housing)

Informal Discussions will include:
a) No Borders Network, Marina (NYC)
b) Support and Link Up with Resistance Globally? Revive N. American
Peoples' Global Action?
c) Open for others! Email us (info@wogan.org) or bring your proposals.




CONFIRMED SPEAKERS LIST (others still pending):
1 AfroDZak, Worcester Global Action Network / spoken word artist,
Worcester MA
2 Alixa Garcia, Climbing PoeTREE, Colombia/Worcester/NYC
3 Amanda Devecka-Reneer, GenerationFive (ending child sexual abuse within
5 generations), NYC
4 Andrej Grubacic, postYugoslavia, involved with Peoples' Global Action
and Planetary Alternatives Network
5 Asere Bello, GenerationFive (ending child sexual abuse within 5
generations), NYC
6 Ben Gilbarg, 3rd EyE Unlimited/ Put Out the Word, hip-hop activism from
New Bedford, MA
7 Bobbie Louton, Detainees Defense Network, Rhode
Island-Qalqilya/Palestine sister city project
8 Brian Rawson, singer/song writer and Trade Campaign Organizer, Oxfam
9 Camilo Viveiros, Mass Direct Action, Southeastern MA/Rhode Island
Tenant Organizing Project
10 Caty Simon, ARISE for Social Justice / Freedom Center, Springfield MA
11 Chris Lindstrom from the Schumacher Society in Great Barrington 12
Claudia Acua, La Vaca counter information agency, Buenos Aires,
Argentina, confirmed
13 Clifton Arihwakehte, Mohawk community of Kanehsatake
14 Corinne Teed, Coop el Sol (cooperative housing for undocumented
workers) & La Red, Providence, RI/Montevideo, Uruguay
15 Devin Burke, Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement, Montreal
16 Donna Joss, Amer Jurban Defense Committee, New England Committee to
Defend Palestine (NECDP) and of the Committee to Defend Palestinian Human
17 Doyle Canning, Smartmeme Project, Burlington, VT
18 Estevan Nembhard, NYC
19 First Be & the Kamakazee Kru (political hip-hop from New Bedford, MA)
20 Gordon Davis, Worcester Peace Works, Worcester MA
21 Grace Ross, Sisters Together Ending Poverty, Marlboro MA
22 Graciela Monteagudo, coordinator of the argentina autonomista
project, Vermont and Buenos Aires
23 Holly Richardson, ARISE for Social Justice, Springfield MA
24 Ije Ude, GenerationFive (ending child sexual abuse within 5
generations), NYC
25 Iris Wallace, ARISE for Social Justice, Springfield MA
26 Jason Perez, Worcester / Pittsburg
27 Jonathan Leavitt, organizing director, Massachusetts Global Action,
fought water privatization (Lawrence and Lee)
28 Justice Williams activist/spoken word artist of New Bedford youth of
color collective: www.freeingourselves.org
29 Kai Lumumba Barrow, Critical Resistance, NYC
30 Kazi Toure, Jerico and American Friends Service Committee, Boston
31 Krzysztof Krl, Polish Anarchist Federation and the Rozbrat Squat,
Poznan, Poland
32 Liana Foxvog, National Organizer, Sweatshop Free Communities,
Amherst, MA
33 Lisa Richards, Sisters Together Ending Poverty, Marlboro MA
34 Marta Rodriquez, musician/ performer w/ Presente, Puerto Rican
Independence and Palestine solidarity activist
35 Meredith DeFranseco, Food and Water coalition, ME
36 Michael Ann Bewsee, ARISE for Social Justice, Springfield MA
37 Miguel Moniz, Professor, Portuguese Studies, U.Mass. Dartmouth & Brown
University (solidarity with those deported)
38 Naima Penniman, Climbing PoeTREE, Worcester Area/NYC
39 Neka Jara, Unemployed Workers Movement, Solano, Argentina
40 Noah Cohen, New England Committee to Defend Palestine (NECDP)
41 Radical Cheerleaders Worcester
42 Rafael Mutis, Critical Resistance, NYC
43 Rawan Barakat, New England Committee to Defend Palestine (NECDP) 44
Richard Hugus, New England Committee to Defend Palestine (NECDP) 45
Roberto Sanchez, Pleasant St Neighborhood Network Center, Worcester MA
46 Sean Harris, Henry Lee Willis Center, Worcester MA
47 Soledad Bordegaray, Unemployed Workers Movement, La Matanza, Argentina
48 Thomas Ponniah, Author of Another World Is Possible and a co-founder of
WoGAN, Worcester MA
49 Vinay, DNC protester profiled by Boston police


Worcester Global Action Network: http://WoGAN.org
* [Ed. Note: PGA is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle international network.]

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