============================================================================ Delivered-To: •••@••.••• Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 10:22:33 +0000 From: Attac <•••@••.•••> To: •••@••.••• Subject: Attac Annual Meeting Annual Meeting of Members and Friends of Attac Saturday 10th March From 1 to 5 p.m. The Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 Debate from 2:30 to 4:30 pm "The Neo-Liberal Agenda in the Media" Chairman - David McWilliams (Economist and host of TV3's Agenda) Speakers include: Bob Quinn (Filmaker and author) Oliver O'Connor (Advisor to the Tanaiste Mary Harney) Kieran Allen ( Author of the Celtic Tiger - the Myth of Social Partnership) attac, the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens It is simply a question of taking back, together, the future of our world ============================================================================ Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 16:29:25 -0800 Subject: Women's Call to Action-for Quebec city From: Starhawk <•••@••.•••> To: <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, David Korten <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••>, <•••@••.•••> HERE YOU WILL FIND AN INVITATION TO A NON-VIOLENT WOMEN'S ACTION AGAINST GLOBALISATION AND THE FTAA TO BE HELD DURING THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS IN QUÉBEC CITY IN APRIL 2001. French version below. Also far below is something I wrote about why we're protesting the FTAA, please feel free to forward or post, thanks, Starhawk http://www.starhawk.org Please circulate widely. ****** Weaving a Web of Solidarity A feminist action against globalisation Summit of the Americas on the FTAA Quebec City, April 2001 On the weekend of April 20-22, leaders of thirty four countries will come to Quebec to tie a new strand in the web of corporate globalisation: the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), the regional accord that will expand NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) throughout the hemisphere. In response, thousands of us will come to Quebec City to resist them. From Canada to Argentina, women and men will take action to express our opposition to the extension of the corporate web. Women bear the brunt of the violence of globalisation, yet despite all the oppression, repression and exploitation, women continue to rise up. This is a call to rise up as we join together in a Women's Action, to take place alongside the many actions and events of the weekend. We are taking action because we will no longer tolerate the web of corporate control that binds us down and constricts our lives. We will not allow this system to continue. We have taken its measure: its time is done. Instead, we will become spiders, spinning a new web of connection, of solidarity out of our rage, out of our love. We will, as women, weave together our hopes and dreams, our aspirations, our indictments, our testimony, our witnessing, our demands, our visions. We will write on ribbons, on strips of cloth, on rags. We will draw, paint, knot cords, braid yarn, whisper into pieces of string. And from these materials we will weave our web. If they ignore our voices and continue their deliberations, the cries of women will haunt them and undo all their plans. Though they erect a fence to stop us, we will twine our web through its mesh to be the visible symbol of the power of women, of the revolution we weave. When they try to wall us out of their meetings, they will only wall themselves in. We claim all of the world beyond their wall. We ask our brothers to support us, to honor our women's space so that we who have so often been invisible can stand forth and be seen. We ask you to support us by looking honestly at the ways that, even within our own movements, women are ignored, suppressed, or discounted. And when you support us in this action, where we stand together as women, it will spark actions where we fight side by side. For we know that you too, are weavers of this web. We ask the ancestors to stand with us. For the web of life links the living and the dead. We ask the generations of the future to stand with us, for we fight for the world you will inherit. We ask the spirits of the earth to support us and be our ground, for we fight for the continuance of life. We are invincible, for life itself weaves with us. AN INVITATION TO THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD TO Form an affinity group. An affinity group is a group of 10-20 people with whom you have 'affinity'; that is, a common bond (family, friends, common issue, work colleagues, etc.), that meets regularly to discuss common issues and to act. Choose one or two members to represent your group at the Council of representatives. The Council of representatives will 'meet' in virtual space until the week before the Summit of the Americas, at which point meetings will take place in Quebec. The Council of representatives meetings will be the forum to decide on strategy for the action. Keep your eye on the CMAQ (Quebec Centre for Independent Media) website (www.cmaq.net) for a Women's web of solidarity action link. Initiate (or continue), in your affinity group, a dialogue on the impacts of globalisation on women in your home area. Women around the world bear the brunt of globalisation. our voices together will allow us to add to the feminist analysis of globalisation, and to strengthen our cause. Weave your part of the web of solidarity. Take what comes out of your dialogue on women and globalisation, and, as a group, weave a section of the web of solidarity to represent your consensus. Use your imagination. use yarn, materials, photos, newspaper clippings. The sky is the limit. Add your section of the web to the web of solidarity in Quebec City in April 2001. Here are some suggestions on the many ways to join your section of the web to the larger web of solidarity: *Come as an affinity group to Quebec City in April 2001, to participate in the collective weaving of the web of solidarity. A fence is being erected around the buildings where the Summit is being held in order to keep protesters out - residents inside the perimeter are required to have identity cards in order to gain access to their own homes during the Summit. This fence symbolises, for us, the anti-democratic process of the FTAA - we want to reclaim that fence, that space. Those wanting to weave (literally or symbolically and non-violently) their parts of the web into the fence are invited to do so on the 19th of April (the day preceding the opening of the meeting). Affinity groups not wanting to approach the fence are invited to plan other kinds of actions using the web parts (blocking an intersection to catch Summit negotiators in the web, or decorating a park with parts of the web, etc.). Creativity and imagination are key! The sky is the limit! *Send your section of the web to the address below and the women present in Quebec will ensure that your section is woven into the larger web. *Send a photograph of your section of the web to the address below, and the women present in Quebec will enlarge it and add it to the larger web. *Get together with other affinity groups in your area and weave your sections together closer to your home. Québec contact information: E-mail address: •••@••.••• Mailing address: Toile femme Québec 2001, C.P. 70021, Québec, Québec (Canada) G1R 6B1 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ICI VOUS TROUVEREZ UNE INVITATION À UNE ACTION FEMMES NON-VIOLENTE CONTRE LA MONDIALISATION QUI AURA LIEU LORS DU SOMMET DES AMÉRIQUES À QUÉBEC EN AVRIL 2001. Les versions espagnoles et portugaises à suivre. La version "publiable" sera envoyé en formal PDF d'ici une semaine. SVP circuler le plus possible! ******** Tisser la toile de notre solidarité Action féministe contre la mondialisation Sommet des Amériques sur la ZLEA Québec, avril 2001 Au cours de la fin de semaine du 20 au 22 avril, les dirigeants de trente-quatre pays se réuniront à Québec pour ajouter un autre fil à la toile mondiale du commerce et renforcer encore davantage la mondialisation de l'économie : la Zone de libre échange des Amériques (ZLEA), l'accord régional qui étend l'ALENA (Accord de libre-échange nord-américain) aux deux hémisphères des Amériques. Afin de réagir à cela, des milliers de personnes convergeront vers Québec pour manifester leur opposition. Du Canada jusqu'au Brésil, des femmes et des hommes poseront des gestes pour exprimer leur opposition à l'élargissement du réseau des grandes entreprises. Les femmes subissent de plein fouet les effets de la mondialisation, et malgré toute l'oppression, la répression et l'exploitation, les femmes se soulèvent encore et toujours. Cette lettre est un appel : levez-vous et joignez-vous à notre Action féministe qui aura lieu parallèlement aux nombreuses actions et événements de la fin de semaine. Nous entreprenons des actions parce que nous ne pouvons tolérer plus longtemps le réseau de contrôle tissé par les grandes entreprises qui nous entrave et pèse de tout son poids sur nos vies. Nous ne permettrons pas à ce système de se perpétuer. Nous en avons pris toute la mesure et c'est assez. Nous deviendrons des araignées. De notre rage, de notre amour, nous tirerons la matière première pour tisser un réseau, une toile de solidarité. Nous, les femmes, tisserons une toile faite de nos espoirs, de nos rêves, de nos aspirations, de nos accusations, de nos témoignages, de nos exigences, de nos visions. Nous les écrirons sur des rubans, des bannières, des chiffons. Nous allons peindre, dessiner, nouer des cordes, tresser des fils, insuffler nos paroles à des ficelles. Et de ces matériaux, nous tisserons notre toile. Alors même qu'ils font la sourde oreille et poursuivent leur discussions, nos cris se mettront à les hanter et feront échouer tous leurs projets. Qu'ils érigent des clôtures pour nous arrêter et nous entrelacerons les fils de notre toile à leurs mailles, symbole éclatant du pouvoir des femmes, de la révolution qui se trame. Qu'ils essaient de nous exclure de leurs réunions et ils ne feront que s'enfermer eux-mêmes. Au-delà de leurs murs, le monde nous appartient. Nous demandons à nos frères de nous soutenir, de respecter notre espace de femmes, afin que nous puissions occuper l'avant de la scène et être vues, nous qui avons si longtemps été invisibles. Nous vous demandons de nous soutenir en regardant honnêtement toutes les façons dont les femmes sont ignorées, écartées ou découragées, même au sein de nos propres mouvements. Et lorsque vous soutenez cette action qui nous rassemble entre femmes, vous ouvrez la voie à des actions où nous nous battrons côte à côte. Nous savons que, vous aussi, vous tissez cette toile. Nous demandons aux ancêtres d'être à nos côtés, car la grande toile de la vie unit les vivants et les morts. Nous demandons aux générations futures de se joindre à nous, car nous nous battons pour le monde dont elles hériterons. Nous demandons aux esprits de la terre de nous soutenir, car nous nous battons pour la perpétuation de la vie. Nous sommes invincibles, car la vie elle-même prend racine en nous. INVITATION AUX FEMMES DU MONDE ENTIER . à former un groupe d'affinités... Un groupe d'affinités est groupe comptant de 10 à 20 personnes avec lesquelles vous avez des « affinités », c'est-à-dire quelque chose en commun (famille, amis, groupe d'intérêt, collègues de travail, etc.) et qui se réunissent régulièrement pour discuter de sujets qui les préoccupent et pour agir. Choisissez une ou deux membres de votre groupe qui vous représenteront au Conseil des représentantes. Ce conseil tiendra des rencontres virtuelles jusqu'à la semaine qui précède le Sommet des Amériques. À ce moment-là, les rencontres auront lieu à Québec. Les réunions du Conseil des représentantes seront le forum où l'on décidera de la stratégie pour passer à l'action. Surveillez le site Web du CMAQ (Centre des médias alternatifs Québec 2001) (www.cmaq.net) : vous y trouverez bientôt un lien vers un réseau des femmes pour des actions de solidarité. à commencer (ou à poursuivre) dans votre groupe d'affinités une discussion sur les effets de la mondialisation sur les femmes de votre région... Dans le monde entier, ce sont les femmes qui subissent la plupart des conséquences de la mondialisation. En unissant nos voix, nous pourrons faire entendre l'analyse féministe de la mondialisation et renforcer notre cause. Tissez votre partie de la toile de la solidarité... Prenez les résultats de votre discussion sur les femmes et la mondialisation et, en groupe, créez une partie de la toile de la solidarité qui illustre votre consensus. Servez-vous de votre imagination... utilisez du fil, différents matériaux, des photos, des coupures de journaux. Ne vous limitez pas. Ajoutez votre section de toile à la grande toile de la solidarité à Québec en avril 2001... Voici quelques suggestions pour faire parvenir votre partie de la toile à Québec et la joindre à la grande toile de la solidarité : *venez à Québec avec votre groupe d'affinités en avril 2001 pour prendre part à la création collective de la toile de la solidarité Les lieux du Sommet des Amériques seront encerclés d'un périmètre de « sécurité », une clôture, bloquant l'accès aux manifestantEs. Ceux et celles qui résident au sein du périmètre devront se procurer une carte d'identité spéciale afin d'y avoir accès! Cette clôture représente pour nous le processus anti-démocratique de la ZLÉA - nous allons nous réapproprier cette clôture, cet espace. Celles qui veulent entrelacer les fils de leur toile aux mailles de la clôture (litéralement ou symboliquement, et de façon non-violente) sont invités à le faire le 19 avril (le jour qui précède l'ouverture du Sommet). Les groupes d'affinités ne voulant pas s’approché du périmètre de sécurité sont invités à organiser d’autres actions et activités avec leur toiles (ex. bloquer une intersection avec la toile pour y capturer les négotiateurs, décorer un parc avec les toiles). La créativité et l'imagination sont à l'ordre du jour! On se laisse aller! *envoyez votre partie de la toile à l'adresse ci-dessous et les femmes présentes à Québec s'assureront qu'elle sera jointe à la grande toile; *envoyez une photo de votre partie de la toile à l'adresse ci-dessous et les femmes présentes à Québec l'agrandiront et la joindront à la grande toile; *joignez-vous à d'autres groupes d'affinités de votre région et rassemblez vos sections pour former une toile près de chez vous. Pour tous renseignements : Courriel : •••@••.••• Adresse postale : Toile femme Québec 2001, C.P. 70021, Québec, Québec (Canada), G1R 6B1. Five Reasons To Oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas By Starhawk Earth: The FTAA would allow corporations to sue governments in corporate courts for loss of potential profits if governments attempt to ban genetically engineered crops, regulate unsafe foods, ban pesticides or chemicals, protect natural resources, regulate logging, or enforce safety standards. Small farmers and indigenous communities would be further undermined by the influx of cheap foods produced by agribusiness far away. Air: Corporations have already sued governments for banning unsafe additives from gasoline. As the hole in the ozone layer grows, governments would lose the ability to effectively regulate ozone destroying chemicals, or to prod corporations to adopt and produce the already-existing technologies that would replace gasoline with renewable, clean alternatives. Fire: The U.N. now estimates global warming is progressing much faster than anticipated, that the earth's temperature may rise by ten degrees. The FTAA would undermine efforts to control greenhouse emissions or shift to alternative technologies. It would also open the door to privatization of utilities and energy production and distribution, taking control away from communities and government. Water: The FTAA would allow corporations to control the water resources and hydroelectric resources of the hemisphere. It would undercut attempts to protect water quality and fair water usage, and to preserve endangered species such as salmon. It would open the door to the privatization of water delivery services. Community: The FTAA would encourage privatization of schools, universities, medical care, hospitals, libraries, museums, prisons, transportation, broadcasting, and many other services previously provided or regulated by communities and governments. What to do: Write or call your Senators and congressional representatives. Tell them "No fast track for Bush!" Fast Track would give him expanded negotiating authority with minimal congressional input. Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121) Major demonstrations are being organized in the U.S. and Canada to protest the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City April 20-22, when 34 heads of state will meet to affirm the FTAA process. Get involved! Check http://www.indymedia.org for news of events in your own and other areas. ============================================================================ Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 22:10:03 -0400 To: Aaron Koleszar <•••@••.•••> From: Aaron Koleszar <•••@••.•••> Subject: Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Offensive for A20 Below the first message is some info about the March issue of Barricada and an excerpt from it: [USA] Activist's Guide to Quebec City ====================================================================== http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=25822 Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Offensive, Spring 2001 (english) by Autonomous Organizing Collective of Anti-Auth 9:37pm Wed Feb 28 '01 •••@••.••• The summit of the Americas is an attack on all of us and must be treated as such. We must show the ruling elites of the Americas that we are ready to resist their attacks and fight back. We must show them that we are ungovernable and that no amount of police can keep them safe from the anger of those they oppress. REVOLUTIONARY ANTI-CAPITALIST OFFENSIVE, SPRING 2001 On the weekend of April 20th to 22nd the ruling elites of the Americas will gather in Quebec City to discuss the implementation of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and, to a large extent, the future of us all. The FTAA represents essentially an expansion of NAFTA to include the entire Americas region. The objective? To further clear the way for laws allowing corporations to sue member nations when they feel a government measure impedes 'free trade,' to further attack the already fragile social safety systems we have, to pave the way for possible privatization of schools, hospitals, and all other social services, and to further consolidate the dictatorship of capital in the Americas. It is the lives of everyone in the Americas they will be playing with at the summit in Quebec City, the lives of every American (Northern, Southern, or Central) worker, peasant, unemployed, retiree or student. Yet, for some reason, the 'democratic' leaders that govern us have neglected to invite us to this summit, or even to show us the texts they will be discussing for that matter. They have even gone as far as to build an enormous fence around a large part of Quebec City to keep us out. All this has prompted many reformist organizations to protest, and they will be in Quebec City to demand a 'place at the table.' Yet we, anti-statists, anti-authoritarians, anti-capitalists, and revolutionaries, will be converging on Quebec City for a different reason. We are not interested in a place at the table of capitalism, or in providing a more humane and friendly face for what we know to be an inherently flawed system. We have a different vision, one of a society based on mutual aid and solidarity, where people are not robbed of the fruits of their labor, and where decisions that affect everybody are made by everybody, rather than by a select few. And, just as importantly, a society where people know who their enemies are, and are ready to stand up to them. We are interested in nothing less than the destruction of the 'table of capitalism.' The summit of the Americas is an attack on all of us and must be treated as such. We must show the ruling elites of the Americas that we are ready to resist their attacks and fight back. We must show them that we are ungovernable and that no amount of police can keep them safe from the anger of those they oppress. Friday April 20th is the day of action called by the Anti-Capitalist Convergence and the Summit of the Americas Welcoming Committee. Actions on this day will be divided into three 'blocs.' A green bloc with no, or minimal, risk of arrest; a yellow bloc, for people planning to do civil disobedience; and a red bloc, for the 'disturbance oriented' crowd. We are thus calling on all militant revolutionaries to converge on Quebec City on April 20th in the Red bloc to show the ruling elites that no fence is strong enough to withstand the force of the people when class anger erupts. It's time for the Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Offensive!! IT DIDN'T START IN SEATTLE, IT WON'T END IN QUEBEC More Information (Contact, Meeting Times and Places, etc.) will be provided as it becomes available. Autonomous Organizing Collective of Anti-Authoritarians from the Midwest, Northeast, Montreal, and Quebec •••@••.••• ===================================================== http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=26011 Barricada March, Out Now! (english) by Barricada Collective 10:49pm Thu Mar 1 '01 address: Barricada, PO Box 73, Boston MA 02133, USA •••@••.••• Includes 11 x 17" Glossy Cover Poster and Activist's Guide to Quebec City Barricada March Out Now - Excerpt from March issue of Barricada Barricada March Now Available Now 20 pages and with full color glossy 11 x 17' Poster The March issue of Barricada, the monthly magazine of the Barricada Collective, is now available. The Barricada Collective is a non-sectarian organization of anti-authoritarian revolutionaries, open to tendencies ranging from simple anarchist, to anarcho-syndicalist, to autonomist, to council-communist and everything in between. This month's issue includes... Letters to Barricada: -Letter to Barricada about SOA Protest, and Response -Letter to Barricada about RAAB, and Response News: -CLAC Opposes FTAA in North American Tour -State Repression in Vienna -Hungary: Neo-Nazis Prevented from Marching by Anti-Fascists -Police Prepare to Disrupt Mayday Protests in London -NorthEastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists Congress and Barricada Statement Commentary: -Analysis of Peruvian Political, Social, and Economic Condition Political Prisoners: -French FTP's Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison -Free the Santa Cruz 2 -Poland: Anti-Fascism is Not a Crime Mobilization: -An Activist's Guide to Quebec City, Part 1 -Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Offensive Call Also still available is Barricada February, with news from around the world, commentaries on Anarchism, Green, Anarchism, and the Left, Anarchism and Struggles of National Liberation, 8 pages of Inauguration day protest coverage, and much more. Barricada can be ordered by writing to Barricada PO Box 73 Boston, MA 02133 USA Or by emailing us at •••@••.••• While we are constantly in need of economic contributions due to printing and mailing costs, we are nonetheless willing to send free copies to individuals and organizations so that they can familiarize themselves with the magazine and then decide whether or not they wish to support it economically. Therefore, if you would like to receive Barricada but for some reasons can't help us out economically, please do not hesitate to ask us. However, if you do wish to make a financial contribution please send either a money order (Preferred), concealed cash, or a check with "Pay to the order of..." blank to our PO Box address. Subscriptions to Barricada are 10$ for 6 issues (US and Canada), 15$ Western Europe, or _$ for a supporters subscription. We strongly encourage supporter subscriptions as we barely break even with regular subscriptions given our low price. (For all other countries subscription please enquire by mail or email) We are also open to trades with other publications Lastly we would like to remind everyone that we accept submissions as well as ads for upcoming events. Revolutionary Greetings, The Barricada Collective Activist's Guide to Quebec City Quebec City has, over the last couple of decades, embarked on a process of "re-vitalization." This "re-vitalization" is in fact nothing more than the gentrification of the city. It has involved demolishing sectors of popular neighborhoods to build highways, building massive hotels and other structures aimed at tourism which are also completely out of line with the architecture of the neighborhoods (such as the congress center), the elimination of the last remaining green areas in the city to make way for luxury homes, the destruction of nearly 50 percent of the homes in the St. Jean Baptiste neighborhood between 1966 and 1976, and the gentrification of the centric Place D'Youville, replacing local stores with upper class businesses, and street youths and marginals with tourists. Yet, all this pales in comparison with what the city of Quebec has in store for those who come to oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), or for it's citizens who happen to be unfortunate enough to live in the area near where the "Summit of the Americas" is to be held. Among other draconian measures planned for April are the banning of all demonstrations on the upper part of the city (where the Summit is to be held), the banning of cell phones for the duration of the Summit (to avoid congestion they tell us), the emptying of the local jail in order to make room for massive arrests, surveillance and harassment of local activist organizers (which has already begun as several activists were arrested early February for fliering, though they were later released as the police claimed that they had "made a mistake"), the systematic denial of entry into Canada of foreign activists, the preparation of a vast array of "less-than-lethal" weapons, and, finally, the icing on the cake, the mobilization of over 5,000 policemen (including 800 riot police) and the construction of a 3.8 kilometer long "security perimeter" around the summit which only delegates, journalists, and residents with passes will have access to. All this to defend a meeting of the ruling elites of the Americas, gathered behind closed doors to discuss, essentially, our future. In a nutshell the FTAA is nothing more than a further expansion of NAFTA, bringing with it the same consequences that NAFTA did, but on a larger scale. The proposed deadline for the implementation of the FTAA is in 2005, and it is intended to be fully WTO-compatible, with all that that means for the already grossly deficient laws that protect labor, the environment, etc. All in the name of free trade. The FTAA is yet another example of the "democracy" in which we live. We are told that we are free to decide our fates when we pick a new face for the puppet of the elite every 4 years, and thus pacified. Yet the real decisions that affect our lives are taken behind closed doors and based on documents which we are not even allowed to read, drafted by upper-class economists who we did not elect, and who do not represent our interests. It is yet another attack on the people of the Americas and a demonstration of the fact that we live not in a democracy, but in a dictatorship of capital. Yet, as the last few years have shown, just as capital has sought to establish and affirm itself, so has the growing movement of anti-capitalist resistance. This movement has been active every day and every night through community and workplace organizing and through direct action, coming together on occasion to show it's numbers, flex it's proverbial muscle, and demonstrate to the enemies of the people that as long as they insist on exploiting and oppressing us, there will be no peace. The "Summit of the Americas" in Quebec City, which, through the establishment of the security perimeter, has laid bare the contradictions of the dictatorship of capital in which we live, with police, military, and the economic and political ruling elite on one side, and the people on the other, will be the next such occasion. Thousands upon thousands of organizations, groups, and individuals are already organizing to converge on Quebec City to oppose the FTAA. However, the success of a mobilization depends to a large extent on how well prepared those who take part are. We by no means presume to know everything there is to know about these things, but we can do our best to spread what we do know. So, if you are one of those thousands planning to head to Quebec City, here is part one of our special "guide" to the Quebec City mobilization. Part two, with info on the times and places of the different marches and actions, meeting places, convergence centers, and other such information which is not yet available will follow in Barricada April. Don't let the state scare tactics stop you. No border will stop us and we will be thousands in Quebec. Quebec City: Getting There Needless to say, the first evident hurdle for those not from Canada headed to Quebec City will be crossing the Canadian border. Even now, two months before the Summit, activists are being denied entry into Canada (such as several groups headed to the CLAC/CASA consulta in late January or Lorenzo Komboa Ervin), so it is quite safe to assume that getting past the border is likely to be a tricky issue. So here are some evident, and not so evident, tips. *There are essentially four ways to get across the border. It is important to pick the one most suited to your personal, or your group's, situation. These four are… -The "low key" approach: This means going in small groups, preferably by car, and trying to enter discreetly. Remember, college students head north all the time to drink, families go on vacation, people have friends or relatives there, etc. Thus, one could easily pick a role and go with it. If one is going to be a college student it would be a good idea to pick up a bumper sticker of a college and mimic a "college student look." Plus, there is no reason to be going to Quebec City when Canada has so many other destinations of interest. However, keep in mind that giving false information to customs officials is indeed a crime, which we are of course not encouraging, and you do so at your own risk. -The "commercial" approach: A probably more effective, but also more expensive, approach to getting into Canada is to go, preferably alone or in a small group, via a commercial bus or airplane line. Entering by air is probably the surest way to get into Canada, but unfortunately economically impossible for many. However, if you can afford it, it is suggested. -The "Mass" approach: Ya Basta! And other activists will be converging in Burlington, Vermont before attempting to cross the border at Cornwall, New York en masse. They are likely to be backed by several unions who also intend to cross into Canada via Cornwall. These activists, primarily Ya Basta! and other direct action oriented groups, are looking to use the force of their numbers to pressure the Canadian authorities into allowing everybody to cross the border. By going there you swell the ranks and thus increase the possibility of success (meaning everybody gets through). And, if authorities refuse, then you would be a likely participant in what would probably become the "battle of the border." Finally, also keep in mind that if the Cornwall initiative fails, you can simply head over to another border crossing. However, on the down side, the Cornwall crossing is likely to take place close to the 20th, making it not a possibility for those intending to arrive early and also possibly not leaving much time to explore other options of entry in case of failure. -The "Do So at Your Own Risk" Approach: US citizens entering Canada do not have their passports stamped (as they do not need them to enter) and they are usually not registered anywhere. Thus, once you are inside Canada the authorities have no way of knowing how it is that you entered, and it is also not an issue when re-entering the US. All this said, people should be aware that the US/Canada border is enormous, and has many unmanned border crossings, wooded areas, and other such discreet ways of entering the country. This is something that people might want to keep in mind if all else has failed or if they have been previously arrested at large demonstrations and it becomes apparent that the authorities have a "black list" (such as the one they had in Prague). However, we would again like to remind everybody that crossing the border illegally is indeed a crime and you must be prepared to take the risks that that implies. We are, of course, in no way, shape, or form encouraging people to do such a thing. *Regardless of how one chooses to enter Canada, there are several common sense matters to keep in mind. -Arrive Early: The Canadian authorities are not going to shut down the entire border for a week. The earlier you arrive the better your chances of getting through will be, both because they will be less on alert and because you will have more time to explore other options in case of trouble. Furthermore, the earlier you arrive in Quebec, the better. You can help out as well as familiarize yourself with the city. -Think About Where People are Sitting in the Car: If you are relatively good at looking inconspicuous then they might not even ask for identification from everybody in the car. Therefore, if there is somebody with an arrest record or any other reason to fear that the border authorities would not let them pass, have them in the back, possibly asleep. Of course, people with records should definitely try to avoid being behind the wheel. -VISAS: This is extremely important. If you are not a US citizen call the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate, or check the web, to see whether or not you need a visa. If you do, then get on it right now! Prepare yourself well for that, know where you are going, when, how, etc. -Take Nothing: If there are propaganda materials, banners, signs, or anything else even remotely related to activism that you absolutely must have in Quebec City, mail them to a contact in Canada beforehand. By no means should you have any of this on you. It is very probable, although not certain, that you will be searched, and if they find any such thing you will most certainly be denied entry into Canada. -Do not look like a demonstrator: We know that demonstrators come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, colors, and fashion styles. Authorities however tend to look for certain things that fit their stereotypes of a demonstrator, such as dreadlocks, patches, strange haircuts, and what not. Your politics will in no way, shape, or form be affected by your looking like a "normal" person for a few days, so do so! -Wash and tidy up your car: Authorities also tend to think that activists are lawbreaking malcontents who drive dirty cars, whereas "normal" people drive clean and tidy cars and are good, law-abiding, citizens. So, it is suggested to try to look like the latter. -Familiarize yourself beforehand with the border area: In case you run into trouble getting through the border and would like to look for alternate routes, it is probably not very discreet to start asking around border towns for directions. In order to avoid this. Get a map, study it, and know where you are going. This may all seem mundane and self-evident, but it is the little things like this that can make the difference between entering Canada and being stuck at the border. At the Border *Have your Story Straight: Know where it is that you are suposedly going, have a story, have contacts, real or otherwise, and be ready for the questions of the border authorities. *Know your 'Rights': At a border crossing the sad fact is that you have few rights. You might have them in theory, but the reality of it tends to be quit different. There are many things that the border patrol can do to you which you cannot impede. These include, but are not limited to, searching you and your vehicle, refusing you entry into the country, detaining you for as long as they please, dismantling your car, and asking you any question they want. You can refuse to answer, however, if you do, chances are you won't be allowed to enter the country. Therefore, remember that the principal objective is to reach Quebec, not to be turned back for arguing with border authorities, so be intelligent about it. *Be Quiet: Only give them the information they ask you for, don't volunteer it. Respond, courteously and calmly, to what they ask you, but don't speak more than necessary. *Have Money: Even if you don't plan to spend use them, if you can get your hands on money, or credit cards, or bank cards, have them with you. The border authorities love to hear that you have a lot of money and that you are going to Canada to spend it. Once in Quebec City For housing and other such concerns contact CLAC at •••@••.•••, however, here are some things to keep in mind. *Dress Appropriately: Quebec in late April can be relatively warm, but chances are it won't be. Of all the things to be worrying about during the actions and demonstrations, the temperature is one worry to avoid, so be sure to check the weather forecasts in advance and dress appropriately. *Beware of the Water: The police have been quite secretive as to what 'less-than-lethal' weapons they will employ against the demonstrators. However, rumor has it that they will use water-cannons, not to disperse people, but simply because given the cold, a wet demonstrator can be put out of action quite quickly. Therefore, it is important to have water-proof clothes or a poncho. *Layer your Clothing: Try to wear several layers, of black and other colors, for two main reasons. The first is the usual scenario of having to 'de-bloc.' The second is that it has also been hinted that police will use paint to tag demonstrators for later arrest. It is therefore important to be able to shed clothes. *Know the City: As soon as you arrive familiarize yourself with the area. Go beforehand to the designated meeting places (discreetly!), get yourself a map, study the fence area, know where you are in relation to the cliffs, etc. Quebec City can be complicated, with it's cliffs, small streets, and other peculiarities. However, if we are well prepared this will be an advantage for us, not them. *Know Your Rights: There is no excuse for getting oneself in trouble due to not knowing what you can and can't do when faced with police. The CLAC website has a lot of useful legal advice, so read it! 'I can't access the internet,' is not an excuse. There is always a public library with net access around somewhere. *Know What you Need and Where to Get It: There are a lot of things that people may need for the actions an demos which shouldn't be taken to the border and will have to be obtained in Quebec. Try to find out in advance where in Quebec City you can get what you need in order to spare yourself the hassle and avoid last minute inconveniences. Part two of Quebec, Spring 2001: Information on times and locations of demonstrations and actions, a map of Quebec City, Housing information, spokescouncils, convergence areas, and more. Coming in the Next issue of BARRICADA. Severino The Barricada Collective ********************************************************************* Aaron Koleszar <•••@••.•••> --------------------------------------------------------------------- "It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society." -J. 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