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Subject:

CALL TO ACTION - SEPTEMBER 11th - MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA!

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29 Jun 2000 06:18:49 -0000

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This September the worldwide social movement of creative resistance against 
globalisation will continue to raise its voice against the institutions of 
greed & exploitation.

s11: STAND UP FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE

***SHUT DOWN THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM***

SEPTEMBER 11-13, CROWN CASINO, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

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: [log in to unmask]
http://www.s11.org/

Our resistance must be as global as capital!

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