Mayday 2000 international contacts list

From Thomas Johansson tcjohans@yahoo.com
Date Mon, 20 Dec 1999 06:47:24 -0500

M A Y D A Y 2 0 0 0 INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS LIST
(last updated on December 9, 1999)

SECTIONS:
I. This contacts list
II. Index of countries and cities
III. Index of mailing lists
IV. The Mayday 2000 Global Day of Action
V. References

I. THIS CONTACTS LIST

This contacts list is for activists planning to take action on Mayday 2000 as part of the GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, RESISTANCE, AND CARNIVAL AGAINST CAPITALISM that will be called for by Peoples' Global Action (PGA) and continue the previous June 18 and November 30 global days of action. (see sections IV and V for more info) The list will serve to facilitate decentralized and non-hierarchic networking among sympathetic groups and individuals. If you plan to take action, please check that the relevant contact information below is correct. For additions, corrections or comments, please contacttcjohans@hotmail.com.

Anyone planning to take action can send in contact information to facilitate networking. This can be for instance (i) a particular group (ii) a coalition of groups or individuals (iii) an individual The information can include for instance (i) name of country, city, and state; (ii) name of group, coalition, or individual; (iii) events being planned; (iv) land address; (v) email address; (vi) telephone number; (vii) fax number; (viii) web site. Please note that the international contacts list is public.

II. INDEX OF COUNTRIES AND CITIES in which actions are being planned

( # countries: 2 ; # cities: 4)

ENGLAND

London

Group(s)/coalition: name not known Planned event: Festival of anarchist ideas and action. Land address: BM Mayday, London, WC1N 3XX
Email: mayday2000@egroups.com
WWW: http://www.freespeech.org/mayday2k

USA

Chicago, IL
Email: tcjohans@hotmail.com

New York City, NY
Group: not known
Planned event: not known
Email: Nitsu1999@aol.com

Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic Infoshop
Planned event: not known
Email: chuck@tao.ca
WWW: http://www.infoshop.org/

III. INDEX OF MAILING LISTS

Below is a list of existing mailing lists that may be suitable for discussions and co-ordinative work surrounding the Mayday 2000 Global Day of Action. Please do set up a list for your own language, country or city, if you feel it is needed!

International mailing list - ENGLISH mayday2k@onelist.com. For discussion, co-ordination, and announcements surrounding the Mayday 2000 Global Day of Action. Members have access to a calendar and file area, where they are encouraged to place files (posters, flyers, stickers, etc.) The primary language is English. Send a blank email to mayday2k-subscribe@onelist.com to join, or do so at www.onelist.com/subscribe/mayday2k .

International mailing list - PORTUGUESE n30-pt@listserv.fct.unl.pt. Originally set up for communication around the November 30 Global Day of Action, this list lingers on as a suitable forum for discussing Mayday 2000. The primary language is Portuguese. Join by sending a message with the text "subscribe n30-pt" to majordomo@listserv.fct.unl.pt

National mailing list - UNITED KINGDOM mayday2000@egroups.com. A Mayday 2000 mailing list for UK discussions. Join by sending a blank email to mayday2000-subscribe@egroups.com

National mailing list - IRELAND IRELAND specific anti-WTO mailing list. Join by sending a blank email to no_wto-subscribe@onelist.com

IV. THE MAYDAY 2000 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION - brief information

The two Global Days of Action, Resistance and Carnival against the Capitalist System - J18 and N30 - were generally very successful. Our networks grew, we learned much, and we saw many new people engage themselves.

Now many groups around the world are preparing for a global day of action on May 1 next year, again in recognition that the capitalist system, based on the exploitation of people, societies and the environment for the profit of a few, is the prime cause of our social and ecological troubles. This day - which will coincide with an international call for action by the Peoples' Global Action - will continue the process of building up a strong, bold, and creative grassroots movement for a society in which people do not exploit or oppress each other, communities, or the environment, but one that is based on solidarity, co-operation, grassroots democracy, and ecological sustainability. (This process should be continued through further global days of action in the future.) People of different movements and different countries will again join forces for a day against the social, political, and economic institutions of the capitalist system. Workers, the unemployed, students, trade unionists, peasants, the landless, fishers, women groups, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, peace activists, environmental activists, ecologists, and so on will work in solidarity with one another in the understanding that their various struggles are not isolated from each other. Their simultaneous occupation and transformation of the capitalist social order around the globe - in the streets, neighbourhoods, fields, factories, offices, commercial centres, financial districts, and so on - will strengthen their mutual bonds at the local, national, and international levels.

As before, the day will be organised in a non-hierarchical way, as a decentralised and informal network of grassroots groups that employ non-authoritarian, grassroots democratic forms of organisation, struggle independent of the social, political, and economic institutions of the capitalist system, and seek to effect change directly through their own action. Each event or action will be organised autonomously by each group, while coalitions of various movements and groups can be formed at the local, regional, and national levels. It would be very, very nice if you join this day of action!!! If you or your group plan to do so, let others know as soon as possible, to facilitate networking and communication. Please join a suitable mailing list (see section III) and post your contact information to it and/or send it to tcjohans@hotmail.com who will put it on an international contacts list. (Any inquiries or issues should be directed to other activists in your group, city, country or on the international mailing list, for us to mutually help each other with ideas and advise - this is a radically decentralised global day of action with noone in charge and entirely of our own creation in co-operation and solidarity with one another.)

There are many things we need to do, to make the best of Mayday at the global, local, and national levels. We need to spread information about it among as many suitable groups and movements as possible, all over the world. We need to spread and share propaganda materials, such as leaflets and posters. And, in general, we need to share our experiences, thoughts and ideas with one other and help each other to make the best of this occasion. At the local level, information about Mayday needs to be spread and discussed among groups and individuals, meetings need to be organised, events planned, leaflets printed and distributed, funds raised, laughter and conversation shared.

V. REFERENCES

June 18 Global Day of Action (J18) see www.infoshop.org/june18.html or www.j18.org

November 30 Global Day of Action (N30) see http://go.to/n30 or www.seattlewto.org/n30

Peoples' Global Action (PGA ) contact or see www.agp.org/agp/index.html

!!!!!! P L E A S E F O R W A R D W I D E L Y !!!!!!



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