s11: Stand Up For Global Justice
Forwarded Message From The Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa
s11: STAND UP FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE
DOWN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM***
CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! On
September 11-13th, the World Economic Forum (WEF) will hold its Asia-Pacific Economic Summit. Like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the IMF/World Bank, the World Economic Forum is a means of promoting economic and social policies that will benefit the rich and the powerful at the expense of the majority of the world's people and the environment.
Participants are being lured to the summit with the opportunity to meet "at a time when the eyes of the world will be fixed on Australia, and coordinate their participation in the Summit with the Olympic Games."
Members of the WEF include Amcor, BHP, BP, Boeing, Citibank, Commonwealth Bank, Cheveron, Dow Corning, Dupont, Exxon-Mobil, General Motors Holden, McDonald's, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Monsanto, Nestle, Nike, Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd., Rio Tinto, Shell, Siemans, Westfield, Western Mining.
***COME TO MELBOURNE!*** s11 will be a kaleidoscope of actions, conferences and workshops united in opposition to the current policies of corporate globalisation and the WEF.
This is a worldwide call to action, inviting social justice/human rights/animal rights/peace activists, workers/students/trade unionists/environmentalists/indigenous groups/artists/community campaigners/consumer advocates/citizens and all people who are concerned about the violence and inequality of the globalised economy.
LINKING ARMS The s11 Alliance is a network of organisations, affinity groups, and individuals that all share a common concern about the growth of corporate power and the direction of globalisation. We are one of the main groupings organising a week of cooperation, networking and protest action against the WEF.
We encourage everyone who is concerned about the direction of globalisation and the actions of the WEF to join our network and/or organise actions on and around September 11. We will provide support and assistance to anyone attending the s11 actions.
WHAT TO DO? -Forward this message to as many people as possible! -Tell your friends, family and colleagues about s11 and the WEF! -Form an affinity group, collective or group (5-20 people) and plan your autonomous actions for s11 - music, theatre, art, noise, marches, non-violent direct actions, human chains, banner drops, boats on the river, blockades, parachutes, anything is possible! -Send a statement to us, describing your group (or just you), how you can be contacted and what you think about the WEF and we will put it on our website.
Go to http://www.s11.org/ for information and updates! –
Organise actions in your own community if you can't make it to Melbourne!
Contact the s11 alliance for information, posters, leaflets and other material to distribute or see website for templates! -Get your organisation and its members involved. -Invite a speaker to talk to your workplace, school, or group about globalisation and s11! -Have your group endorse the action statement available on the website. -Get involved in the organising of publicity, transport accommodation, and other tasks for s11. (If youíre in Melbourne come to s11 meetings 6.30pm Wednesday RMIT otherwise go to http://www.s11.org/ for contacts in your city.) -Make a donation to the s11 campaign fund! Make cheques out to s11 Alliance.
ABOUT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
The WEF is an exclusive, un-elected, invite-only organisation. It is a "think tank" and a driving force behind the global economy. Its members include the CEOs from the top 1000 multi-national corporations in the world. A select list of academics, trade-ministers, heads of state, and elite media will also attend as guests. The WEF holds its annual meeting in the small ski resort town of Davos in the Swiss Alps. According to the WEF this meeting is now considered the global summit that defines the political, economic and business agenda for the year.
The WEF's summits allow the richest and most powerful corporations in the world to mingle with trade representatives from nations, and with each other, to make business deals and determine global political and economic policies. According to the WEF, it initiated the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the focus of protest in Seattle last year. Its 1982 annual meeting in Davos brought together cabinet members of major countries with heads of international organisations, such as the World Bank, IMF, and GATT. This special Informal Gathering of Trade Ministers from 17 countries organised the launch of the Uruguay Round, which is where the WTO was founded. This is just one significant example of how the WEF, driven by its corporate agenda,shapes the political, economic and social landscape.
The World Economic Forum is an extremely powerful and unaccountable body who are making major decisions about what we will read in the media, what food we will eat, what we will study in school, where, when and in what conditions we will work; almost every aspect of our everyday life. Our actions against the WEF are the beginning of communicating our struggles, learning to co-operate, and working towards an alternative to the violent world order that enforces exploitation and inequality across the globe.
***STAND UP FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE!*** s11 Schedule: September 7-11 7th) Thursday: Melbourne Convergence! People from around Australia and the world will arrive in Melbourne to gain cohesion, build community, network and plan for the week of s11. Keep an eye on the website for up-to-date information or call us for assistance with accommodation, resources and transport. 8th-10th) Friday-Sunday: Network Counter-Summits, forums, workshops and networking, parties and actions. A range of organisations will be hosting discussions on globalisation - discuss the problems, plan resistance.
The convergence will continue with trainings and briefings for the big day. 11th) Monday: ***s11 - SHUTDOWN THE WEF!*** PROTEST AT CROWN CASINO A cascade of *RALLIES*BLOCKADES*DIRECT-ACTIONS*MUSIC*THEATRE*! 12th-13th) Tuesday-Wednesday: Further actions to be announced as they develop Contact: S11 Alliance PO Box 222, Fitzroy Tel: 03 9419 8700; Fax: 03 9416 2081 Email: s11_@h... http://www.s11.org/ Our resistance must be as global as capital!
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