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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the temporary home of the nettime-l list while desk.nl rebuilds its list-serving machine. please continue to send messages to <email@example.com> and your commands to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. nettime-l-temp should be active for approximately 2 weeks (11-28 Jun 99). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 10:47:32 -0400 From: Bob Paquin <email@example.com> Subject: J18 To: firstname.lastname@example.org 18.6 The following article was scheduled to run this week in the Ottawa Citizen, but unfortunately got bumped. Nevertheless, here it is. Bob Paquin J18 Don’t be surprised if the streets are jammed this Friday with a noisy crowd clamouring for attention. In fact, it’s likely that this will be the case the world over, since a very disparate array of groups have used the internet to coordinate an “International Day of Protest, Action and Carnival in Financial Centres Around the World,” to coincide with the opening of the G8 meeting in Cologne, Germany, on June 18th. Anarchists, environmentalists, unemployed activists, indigenous groups, and hactivists around the world have been burning up the wires over the past year to coordinate a series of demonstrations in over 40 countries around the world. In Ottawa, a loose coalition of groups are planning a “Day of Action Against Corporate Greed In Canada”. The Peoples’ Global Action includes the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Industrial Workers of the World, and the Montreal-based Comite des Sans Emploi, and are organizing “actions” at various corporate institutions around town. "The ground is being laid for huge social and political changes", claims the J18 website (www.j18.org). “Radical social movements from all over the world are beginning to work together, and this day could be a landmark in that process. Never before has there been a time when coordinated action across the planet has been so necessary and so possible. On June 18th, the G8 nations will meet in Cologne, Germany, to further promote their vision of free trade and economic growth. Meanwhile, across Canada, Europe, Nigeria, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Australia, and many more nations, activists plan to occupy their local financial districts, including stock exchanges, banks, corporate HQs, and their rallying cry will be “The resistance will be as transnational as capital. These social movements from all over the world have been working together to combat global capitalism. The groups involved are incredibly diverse, from environmentalists in Zimbabwe, Poland, Israel and Portugal, to unions including the Bangladesh National Garment Workers' Confederation, Indian Fisherfolk Union and Austria's Independent Unionists, to the unemployed in France and indigenous people in Nigeria fighting oil companies, to peasant groups in Indonesia and Senegal. The incredible reach of the internet has enabled this sort of mass coordination as never before. Websites, mailing lists, and email have been the driving factors in linking up these diverse groups, and have created a more focused approach in delivering their highly targeted message. “Electronic communications will allow us to know what is happening everywhere on the day though the main site (www.j18.org), which will have a continuous feed of text reports, photos, video and audio from as many places as possible, says the site. The j18 website also features translation into a dozen languages, newsletters, and advice on planning activities. Other like-minded websites include Protest.net, which includes calendars of events, and publications, such as the “Activists Handbook”. Members of Toronto-based activist group Tao (www.tao.org), are acting as the Canadian points of contact for J18 activities. Tao also hosts the Direct Action Media Network, the Democracy Street website, and B92, the alternative Yugoslav news service on the web. “During last year’s G8 meeting, many local actions and demonstrations took place autonomously organized, yet globally coordinated,” states the J18 newsletter. These ranged from 50,000 landless peasants on the streets of Brasilia, to 30 simultaneous street parties across the globe, to 50,000 people of the streets of Hyderabad in India. “Of course, the process of building links globally between movements is just as important as the events on the day itself, as a strong international network is needed to counter the globalisation of misery under capitalism. In Cologne itself, there are plans for a mass 'Laugh-Parade', where thousands of people will make attempt to make laughing stocks of the G8 leaders. There will also be a camp for activists coming from different countries (including 400 Indian activists at the climax of their direct action tour of Europe), and on the 19th, a mass demonstration against the G8 summit. A call for mass fare-dodging has gone out for activists within an overnight train-ride to Cologne, with the slogan: “No money. No passport. No problem.