[mgj-announce] 9/28 IMPORTANT Direct Action INFO Quarantine WB/IMF!!!
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Mon Sep 16 22:54:47 EDT 2002
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QUARANTINE CORPORATE RULE.....
WITH NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
Stop the corporate greed epidemic!
Info for affinity groups joining the Sept 28th Mass Action
Greetings friends, colleagues, and fellow direct action organizers,
We are planning large-scale, highly visible, festive actions to protest the
IMF/World Bank meetings on Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30. We will
take direct action to challenge the walls that shut out people here and
around the world from participating in the decisions that impact our lives
and communities. We will act to make our demands, and to engage more of
civil society in the growing global discourse about corporate power versus
justice, democracy and a sustainable future. Now is the time for people who
believe in non-violent direct action to step forward and show the world that
the global justice movement is more creative, powerful and alive then ever!
In this post.
1. Schedule of events Sept 28th and 29th
2. Direct Action Scenario
4. Visions for Action/Guidelines
5. Sunday Sept 29th - People's Assemblies
6. Convergence (Gathering and Trainings)
7. Affinity Groups
8. Legal/Jail Solidarity
9. Contact Us! Affinity Group check-in list
CONTACT US TO COORDINATE!
Check in line 202-299-1054
affinitygroupcheckin at yahoo.com
DC WELCOME CENTERS :
(please note - Mobilization for Global Justice and the Anti-Capitalist
Convergence are separate groups focusing on different actions on different
days. However we are working to coordinate to insure that activists can
plug into both actions and maintain our solidarity. The welcome centers are
quite close together and full materials about trainings, meetings and
ongoing actions should be available in both centers.)
Mobilization For Global Justice :
Saint Stephen's Church 1525 Newton St. NW. On the corner of 16th and
Newton. In the basement.
Directions from Colombia Heights metro on the green line: Walk two blocks
east on Irving to 16th St. Take a right on 16th and walk aprox. 5-6 blocks
until you get to Newton. Church is on the right.
Open Wed. 9/25 - Fri. 9/27 9am - 9:30 pm. Sat. 9/28 9am - 1pm
For more info check out www.globalizethis.org
Welcome Center at Case Del Pueblo in Calvary Methodist Church
1459 Colombia Rd NW METRO = Green line Colombia Heights
Open Wed 25th - Saturday 28th 9 am - 10 pm
For more info check out www.abolishthebank.org
Saturday Sept 28th -
11 am - Feeder rally/march(s) - currently only an AIDS march is scheduled
12 Noon - gather on ellipse rally/concert includes ECO-bloc/Earth march
delegation and potentially other self-organizing contingents (see
www.globalizethis.org for details)
2 pm - permitted march begins
4 pm - march returns to ellipse and rally/concert continues into the evening
4.30 - quarantine enforcement actions at the police perimeter.
Sunday the 29th-
11- 2pm - People's assemblies, Farragut Square (K and 17th NW)
2 pm - Globalize Peace March
Don?t forget - the World Bank/IMF will continue to meet all day Sunday. We
encourage ongoing actions however MGJ is focusing our support infrastructure
#2. DIRECT ACTION SCENARIO
At this point the WB has leaked that they will be putting up their usual
significant perimeter of barricades. Our actions will be geographically
focused around the perimeter. The perimeter will have to be opened up at
certain intersections to let delegates and other personnel in/out. We may
or may not know where these in/out zones will be until they are opened. If
we do have prior knowledge of their locations, that information will be
relayed to affinity groups at the action spokes council.
The MGJ will be coordinating a communications team to direct people to the
in/out zones as these zones may change. In/out zones will probably be the
most arrest likely areas. People who don?t want to be arrested can then be
All affinity groups will be considered Truth Inoculation Squads who will
present the truth to the delegates. (i.e. The truth about debt, the truth
about structural adjustment, the truth about social and environmental
devastation). Maybe we will do this with our very bodies, or with giant
banners or puppets, or with something that you have thought of and we have
not. Be creative.
The MGJ has consensed upon two broad areas of action that we are proposing
to the action spokes councils:
1) In keeping with the quarantine theme, folks can dress up in medical
clothing and wrap (with hazard tape etc.) and decorate the barriers. We
encourage people to engage in inoculation theatre around the perimeter.
Bring Hazardous Materials Suits, face masks etc.
2) Occupy space with creative blockading actions. Some ideas . . . a soccer
game . . . a hoola hoopin? troop . . . a dance party . . . a human chain? a
marching band . .
Also bring brooms for a "clean up corporate sleeze" action!
We are encouraging affinity groups to really incorporate the
inoculation/quarantine theme into their actions. What does a truth
inoculation squad look like? You decide!
This is going to be intense and a whole lot of fun too!
Affinity groups who want to be more stationary are more than welcome to do
that and come up with their own ideas. We will coordinate who goes where at
the action spokes councils. If you want to participate, but don?t have an
affinity group, don?t despair. We can help you find one when you get here.
Overarching principles of the scenario are :
1) separation between permitted and non-permitted events by time and space
to insure safe space for internationals, high risk folks or others who want
to be assured of avoiding police repression in any form.
2) Cultivation of a sense of unity between all aspects of the action whether
IMPORTANT! - bring food and water to the action! We don't want hunger or
thirst to decide when we end our action!
The quarantine messaging has multiple purposes. In terms of messaging it is
intended to show that we are fighting a system - the ideological poisons and
false assumptions that justify corporate globalization and the doomsday
economy. Strategically it is intended to get us out of the tactical
quagmire of saying we'll shut down the meeting or physically blockade all
the bankers in. We're creating a standard of victory for ourselves that
allows us to determine our end-points and to elevate the framing of these
issue from controlling street corners to controlling the debate.
We encourage people to use the quarantine/inoculation theme creatively.
Create an INNOCULATION TEAM themed around values which international bankers
lack such as Democracy, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Environmental
Sanity/Protection, Worker's Rights, Dignity, hope for the future etc. Dig
up some white lab coats or biohazard suits. Make warning signs or
biohazard-esque tape that say QUARANTINE! GLOBAL HAZARD! CORPORATE GREED
EPIDEMIC. Create props and actions to confront corporate ruleosis or "the
corporate greed bug". Imagination is one of our most powerful weapons.
A helpful tip: Put your message on your body, a cheap way is to just collect
old t-shirts and use markers. This way we can be sure there will be no
doubt what we are standing for (police often take away signs, etc).
#4. VISIONS FOR ACTION/GUIDELINES FOR NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
The Mobilization for Global Justice has agreed to a few basic visions for
action in order to facilitate the coming together of a broader, more diverse
movement. This understanding should allow people from many backgrounds,
movements, and beliefs to work together and encourages the movement-building
trust. These are not philosophical or political requirements or judgments;
there are many ways to resist corporate globalization.
1. The Mobilization for Global Justice is a nonviolent organization.
2. We will carry out this action in a manner that reflects the world we want
to create, and act in the service of what we love.
3. We envision a nonviolent world; we will use means consistent with this
4. We will act with respect for the local community and in a way that
encourages all to join us.
5. We will protect and care for each other in this action. We will stand
in solidarity against police and state repression, even with those whose
choices differ from ours, and work to ensure our tactics do not result in
the endangerment of our sister and brother activists or people not
participating in the demonstrations.
6. We recognize that people of color, poor people, LGBTs, people of limited
mobility and immigrant groups are at greater risk of police harassment,
arrest and abuse. We respect that people may wish or need to have safer
spaces to express themselves and we will act accordingly.
#5. SUNDAY - A New Type of Direct Action! PEOPLE?S ASSEMBLIES!
11 - 2 pm Farragut Square (!7TH and K St NW)
The Mobilization for Global Justice has endorsed a second action on Sunday -
People's Assemblies or Asamblea popular. We want to apply the inspiring
Argentine model of directly democratic "people's assemblies" that is part of
their ongoing uprising against neoliberalism, structural adjustment and
All too often mass actions occur in a purely tactical arena and there is no
time for the thousands of dedicated activists to jointly strategize about
how to continue building our movements for a better world. We know that as
direct action activists our work is not only to "resist" but also to "build"
so MGJ is setting aside time for this work.
The People's Assemblies will be a place on Sunday for participants in the
actions to gather in groups small enough to have real discussion about how
to continue our work to build a movement for global/local justice. We are
open to structure proposals but have envisioned several tracks of small
group discussion - regional, specific issue (whether campaign or a specific
conflict in the movement) or general discussion on what next. We also need
lots of volunteer facilitators.
To help out with this exciting experiment, email Patrick at
patrickr at riseup.net or call 202-234-9382 x 215. A planning meeting for
facilitators and participating groups will be held Thursday Sept 26th at
9:30 pm after the action spokescouncil at St. Stephens Church at `16th and
Three Days of Workshops, Construction of Giant Puppets, Props & Banners,
Trainings, Issue Forums, Arts, Spokes councils and Actions in preparation
for the Massive Non Violent Direct Action at the International Monetary Fund
and the World Bank Headquarters, Sept. 28th.
To date, workshops and trainings in the following areas have been scheduled:
Nonviolence Preparations Handling the Media Puppet Construction
Legal Briefings Dancing for Activists Street First Aid
WB/IMF Issue Forums Anti-Oppression Consensus/Facilitation
Communications Peacekeeping/Traffic Magic for Activists
Sept. 25-27 9am to 11pm daily
Childcare will be provided childcare at or near the Convergence Site as
volunteer coverage permits.
Yummy vegan and vegitarian food will be served, as volunteers and donations
Sign Language and Translation will be provided as requested.
WE NEED $$$$$! Suggested donation $20/day, (sliding scale of $5-50/day). No
one turned away for lack of funds.
Start your convergence experience at the WELCOME CENTER! The place to check
in, get orientated, find trainings, find out about affinity groups,
volunteer to help with
kitchen, security, you name it.
LOCATION : St. Stephen?s Church 1525 Newton St NW
In the basement. Directions at top of post.
#7. AFFINITY GROUPS & ACTION SPOKESCOUNCIL
We are asking everyone participating in the actions to form or join an
affinity group?a self-reliant action group of 5-20 people, including people
who do not risk arrest and do support work before, during and after arrest.
Affinity groups are the basic planning and decision-making bodies for
actions. Form an affinity group with your friends, people from your
community, workplace or organization. Two or more affinity groups that have
something in common or want to do similar actions should consider working
together as a "cluster" of affinity groups. Leading up to the actions,
participants will coordinate through an Action Spokes council, with
group-designated spokespeople responsible for carrying their group?s plans,
opinions and decisions to the spokes council and reporting back to their
group. The Action spokes councils on the two days leading up to the action
will finalized the scenario and make critical decisions about our action.
Affinity groups are encouraged to arrive on September 25th, or as soon
thereafter as possible, in order to participate in the spokes council?s
planning of the actions. If this is not possible, affinity groups should
try to send at least one person early in the week. All direct action
participants should be in town and trained by the evening of
SPOKESCOUNCIL SCHEDULE :
Wed Sept 25th informational spokes - 7 pm - 9:30pm
Thurs Sept 26th action spokes council 6 pm - 9:30pm
(followed by facilitators meeting for people's assemblies)
Fri Sept 27th action spokescouncil 5pm - 9:30 pm
ALL SPOKES COUNCILS happen at St. Steven's Church 16th and Newton (nearest
Metro is green line Colombia Heights stop)
#8. JAIL SOLIDARITY & LEGAL SUPPORT
We will encourage and facilitate jail and court solidarity for the actions.
Through jail solidarity we can take power in a situation designed to make us
powerless. We do this by making our decisions as a group, by acting in
harmony with each other, and by committing ourselves to safeguard each
other?s well being. Every time there is a choice in the legal process,
activists can refuse to cooperate, making things difficult for the
authorities. Through solidarity tactics, we use group non-cooperation to
gain some control, expedite the legal process and consequences, prevent the
authorities from singling some people out for harsher treatment, and help us
resist fines and probation. Solidarity tactics extend the action to the
prison and legal system with the strength and community of a group. We
encourage action participants to clear their calendars in advance for
several days after the action, should on-going jail solidarity work be
needed. Those who want or need to leave will have that option open. We will
have legal support for those arrested through arraignment: this includes
legal and solidarity briefings, a staffed legal support office, and
experienced lawyers who can make jail visits. The action spokes councils
will make final decisions about mass non-cooperation etc (ie. not carrying
#9. We want to coordinate directly with you and your affinity group or
Check in line 202-299-1054
affinitygroupcheckin at yahoo.com
How many people are in your affinity group or cluster?
How many people will be risking arrest?
(If you feel comfortable) what sort of action are you doing, or how do you
see yourselves participating?
SEE YOU THERE!!!!
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