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(en) Canada, Toronto, Ontario, ALL OUT AGAINST G8/G20 CONVERGENCE 25-27 June 2010

Date Sat, 17 Apr 2010 11:43:42 +0300


The Group of 8 Leaders and the Group of 20 Leaders are meeting in Ontario, from the 25th to the 27th of June, 2010. On these same dates we are calling for a people's convergence in Toronto.---- These gatherings are about trying to fix capitalism, a system that cannot be fixed; about creating unsustainable trading solutions to ecological catastrophe; about ensuring the continued exploitation of people of colour and the South and about celebrating war as a means to create puppet allies and maintain imperialist power. --This is a call to disrupt and shut down the places, the systems and the ideas that exploit and exclude us. ---- In their place, let us creatively build the world we wish to live in. A world with self-determination for indigenous peoples; climate and environmental justice; income equity and community control over resources; migrant justice and an end to war and occupation; gender justice, queer and disAbility rights.

On these days, we call for Days of Action across the world that showcase
solutions from the ground up.

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To endorse the Network and the
Solidarity and Respect Statement
email community.mobiliz@resist.ca
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SOLIDARITY AND RESPECT

PREAMBLE

We have come together in solidarity and respect, with the belief that
together we can create a movement whose sum is greater than its parts.

We are all striving for similar goals. We are working for a world free of
capitalism, sexism, of classism, of racism, of colonialism, of
homo/lesbo/bi/trans-phobia, of environmental destruction, of abledism and
of ageism.

We believe that we must embrace honest discussion and debate. We trust
that our movement is strong enough, resilient and mature enough to embrace
open differences of opinion. We believe that if we are to truly build a
socially just world, it will take many different tactics, much creativity
and many different approaches. It is this that allows us to work together
even when we disagree.

We work together in solidarity and respect. This does not mean we endorse
everything each of us does, or that we agree on all things. But we will
listen to each other, we will discuss our differences openly and honestly,
where necessary, we will agree to disagree and we will support each other
when attacked.

We understand that people have different needs regarding safety. That
while one person may need to be on the streets in a situation where
someone else’s actions do not put them in danger, another person may need
to know that if they are arrested, they will be supported, regardless of
what the state may allege they have done. We know that the way to work
through these needs is to hear each other with respect, to strive to
understand each other and support each other even if we do not agree.

Media Relations

We will not do the state’s work. We will not assist them in dividing our
movement, in scape-goating our people, or in attacking our organizations
and people.

We believe that in our movement, journalists (especially alternative media
and movement media journalists) have a role in this discussion. When they
write respectfully, honestly, thoughtfully, with an eye to the
consequences of their work, they only assist us in speaking to each other
and to the debates we must have if we are to win a better world.

It is with this in mind that we espouse the following principles (taken
from the St. Paul principles). These principles are an attempt to outline
a working process for us together as organizers:

1. Our solidarity is based on respect for a political diversity within the
struggle for social-justice. As individuals and groups we may choose to
engage in a diversity of tactics and plans of action but are committed to
treating each other with respect;

2. We realize that debates and honest criticisms are necessary for
political clarification and growth in our movements. But we also realize
that our detractors will work to divide us by inflaming and magnifying our
tactical, strategic, personal and political disagreements. For the
purposes of political clarity, and mutual respect, we will speak to our
own political motivations and tactical choices and allow other groups and
individuals to speak on their own behalf. We reject all forms of
violence-baiting, red-baiting and fear-mongering; and efforts to foster
unnecessary divisions among our movements;

3. As we plan our actions and tactics, we will take care to maintain
appropriate separations of time and space between divergent tactics. We
will commit to respecting each other’s organizing space and the tone and
tactics they wish to utilize in that space. We will commit to clearly
communicating our choices of tactics wherever possible;

4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance,
infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law
enforcement actions against activists and others. We oppose proposals
designed to cage protests into high-restricted “free speech” zones, and we
will support all those arrested; and

5. We will work to promote a sense of respect for our shared community,
our neighbours and particularly poor, working people, immigrants and
others marginalized in our society and their personal property. We also
will work to promote a sense of respect for Indigenous peoples and the
land we are organizing on.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

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SUPPORT THE CONVERGENCE AND GET INVOLVED!

(a) Sign up to our low traffic announcement list, join us on facebook and
follow us on twitter - http://g20.torontomobilize.org. Email
community.mobilize@resist.ca

(b) If you are organizing any actions or events between 21 and 27 June
2010, do get in touch. We will be creating a schedule of activities for
that week and would like to list all events happening.

(c) Organize events. Throw parties. Invite speakers. Take Action. If you
need any support contact us at community.mobilize@resist.ca

(d) Spread the word! Forward this message on lists. Put up posters and
hand out pamphlets. Organize creative actions and join community struggles.
[http://g20.torontomobilize.org/tools]

(e) Please donate! Please make cheques out to Toronto Community
Mobilization Network, 360A Bloor Street West, PO Box 68557, Toronto, ON
M5S1X0. In-kind support is also greatly appreciated, visit
http://g20.torontomobilize.org/support for what we need

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Web: http://g20.torontomobilize.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=236150947036
Twitter: http://twitter.com/g20mobilize
Email: community.mobilize@resist.ca
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