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CALL TO ACTION: Eco Bloc in Miami Nov. 19-21st

CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION!

MIAMI FLORIDA November 19-21st Nonviolent Direct Action

Join the Eco Bloc In Miami and Beyond! Derail FTAA! Stop the War on the Earth and Mobilize for Ecology & Democracy in 2004!
http://www.stopftaa.org
http://www.stopftaa.org
We are Stronger Than Greed or Fear... Its time to rise up and unite for an ecological future!

CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION! CALL TO ACTION!

MIAMI FLORIDA November 19-21st Nonviolent Direct Action

Join the Eco Bloc In Miami and Beyond! Derail FTAA! Stop the War on the Earth and Mobilize for Ecology & Democracy in 2004!

 http://www.stopftaa.org
 eco-bloc@stopftaa.org

Ecology vs. Empire The imperial wars for oil and domination destroy lives, cultures, and the Earth to feed the fossil fuel economy, while both poles are melting and the sixth mass extinction accelerates. Corporate globalization and U.S. militarism are literally killing the life support systems of the planet. State terror and unjust trade deals drive farmers and Indigenous Peoples from their land. Agreements like FTAA and WTO favor agribusiness and genetically engineered crops, resulting in terminator technologies and turning farmers—the stewards of the land and keepers of biodiversity—into serfs to corporations. The borders swing open to transnational companies to plunder at will, while the same borders become militarized zones preventing the free movement of people. Bush's Empire policies have isolated the US, driven unemployment to a 20-year high, and rolled back environmental protections that took generations of struggle to implement.

What is the Eco-Bloc? If you are fighting for global justice, for freedom from tyranny, for self-determination, for peoples' food sovereignty, for dignity and democracy, for forests and a future for life on Earth, the eco-bloc is YOU. Eco Bloc is a tactic for advancing an earth-centered critique of corporate Empire, and making the ecology movement visible by creating a new symbol of the ecology movement - people (like you) in green organized and marching in the streets!

The Eco Bloc is a street level convergence to confront the corporate takeover of water, biodiversity, land, and life with creative nonviolent direct action. Ecology is understanding that, like an ecosystem, societies are interconnected and interdependent. Ecology is unity in diversity, and freedom in complementarity. Ecology is not admiring pretty landscapes; it is defending the Earth because we are part of it. The Eco Bloc is about moving beyond single-issue environmentalism towards a true global ecology movement, and joining the world rejecting neoliberalism, a genetically engineered society, corporate control and US Empire.

The Eco Bloc will physically manifest these ideas by marching in green to create a visually powerful image of an ecological future.

Come to Miami November 19th-21st 2003 to Resist the FTAA with nonviolent direct action to reclaim ecology and a future for life on Earth!

Eco bloc will converge on Miami November 19-21 to show the world that we are building a movement for ecology and democracy in America. Eco Bloc will organize in tandem with Green Bloc, who will bring tools for ecological reconstruction onto the world stage with an eco-village of sane technologies for renewable energy and peoples' food sovereignty. Together we will plant the seeds of social change, and project a vision of remaking a free society. Together we will march in green, with green flags, noise brigades, and symbols of biodiversity, hope and change.

And Eco Bloc will continue as a "Beyond Voting Track" to election year madness. Eco Bloc will emerge in New Hampshire in January 2004 at the Peoples' Primary—as a parallel project to the presidential primary race that will contrast ecological sanity and direct democracy with the endless war on Iraq, on workers, and on the Earth. Eco Bloc will march in April to decry the greed and injustice of the World Bank and IMF on their 60th anniversary. Eco Bloc will confront the Biotech industry in San Francisco in June (while Green Bloc spreads the vision of ecological agriculture with gardening galore) at Biodevastation/Biojustice 2004. Eco Bloc will continue to mobilize for peace, ecology ad democracy at the Democratic (Boston) and Republican (New York) National Conventions. And Eco Bloc will continue at an anti-war demonstration, civil liberties rally, or picket line near you!

PLANET EARTH SAYS NO FTAA EMPIRE!

JOIN US:

## Bring your friends. Bring green cloth, flags, and banners with Earth Centered messages. Eco Bloc & Green Bloc encourage you to bring seeds, plants, and seedling trees to transform Miami with edible landscapes. Dress up like your favorite endangered species. Bring voices and sound makers. Bring symbols of biodiversity, hope, and change!

## You're invited to an Eco Bloc strategy session in Miami to forge a vision for sustained Eco Blocs in 2004 and beyond! This session will emerge out of the Green Bloc eco-village and skill share project, which will showcase sane technologies for life on Earth.

## Check out  http://www.stopftaa.org for emerging details on eco bloc action, the eco bloc strategy meeting in Miami and nonviolent direct action scenarios.

## Eco Bloc is in the process of Merging with other blocs and affinity groups to organize as an "EARTH CLUSTER" for mass nonviolent direct action on November 19-21st as part of a mass movement of workers, students, farmers, peace activists, and others who are mobilizing on Miami to derail the FTAA.

CONTACT:  eco-bloc@stopftaa.org  http://www.stopftaa.org

Call: Institute for Social Ecology Biotechnology Project (802) 454 7138

Other sites:  http://www.nerage.org
 http://www.smartmeme.com

10 things to do to plug into the Eco Bloc:

1) Forward this call to action to all your friends, comrades and contacts!
2) Get Your Organization or Affinity Group to Endorse this Call to Action! (for more on Affinty Groups see  http://www.stopftaa.org )
3) Form an Affinity Group and head to Miami November 19-21 and join up with the Eco Bloc! Come to Miami Early if you can to help with convergence logistics, Outreach, and the Green Bloc Village.
4) Email  eco-bloc@stopftaa.org to 'check-in' your affinity group NOW!
5) Get lots of green fabric, body paint, green bandanas, or green clothes to help the Eco Bloc create a powerful visual statement of unity!
6) Collect seedlings, seeds (non GMO!), plants and baby trees for the Green Bloc edible landscape project! Bring your gardening gear and gather vines, branches, and transformative objects for reclaiming a space for ecology and democracy!
7) Plug in. Visit stopftaa.org often and get up to speed on the emerging scenarios for eco-bloc/Earth Cluster, download eco-bloc posters and flyers, and plug into the convergence. You can also learn more about/subscribe to the "ftaa-da" list, or the "green bloc" list, by visiting  http://lists.riseup.net
8)Write a letter to the editor of your hometown paper saying why you are joining the Eco Bloc in Miami—either in person or in solidarity—and cc a copy to  eco-bloc@stopftaa.org
9) Spread the word about Eco Bloc and form an Eco Bloc in Your Town, as part of Miami solidarity action and beyond!
10) Send Money! Eco Bloc Needs Your heart, your body, and your donation! Funds are needed for things like props/materials, posters/printing, phone time, and media outreach.

Send tax-deductible donations to 1118 Maple Hill Road Plainfield Vermont 05667 (made out to ISE—please note the donation is for the Eco Bloc).

Call Issued by:

Institute for Social Ecology Biotechnology Project Smart Meme Project/Wake Up America Campaign Global Justice & Ecology Project

Endorse this Call: email  eco-bloc@stopftaa.org or visit  http://www.stopftaa.org

## Eco Bloc is in the process of Merging with other blocs and affinity groups to organize as an "EARTH CLUSTER" for mass nonviolent direct action on November 19-21st as part of a mass movement of workers, students, farmers, and others who are mobilizing for Miami to derail the FTAA.

homepage: homepage: http://www.stopftaa.org
phone: phone: (802) 454 7138