J6-8: Anti-War & Anti-Capitalist Convergence and March (July 8) Against the G8
Take the Streets and Resist the Capitalist War Machine on July 8! Come to the West Coast anti-war and anti-capitalist mass convergence, July 6-8 of 2005 in San Francisco, in solidarity with the mobilization against the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Scotland.
All Empires Must Fall!
West Coast Anti-War & Anti-Capitalist Mobilization Against the G8
July 6-8, San Francisco
July 6: Informational Forum--> Reports from the anti-G8 mass mobilization in Scotland, workshop sessions for a No Border campaign and anti-Minutemen efforts, the PG&E Power Plant and environmental racism, and the MUNI Social Strike and MUNI worker self-organoized efforts.
Film Screening--> "Fourth World War" and two short satirical film clips.
6 pm; The Kitchen (225 Portrero Ave. @ 16th).
July 7: Spokescouncil at 7 pm, Village Market (18th St. & Florida).
July 8: Take to the streets in protest and action against the G8 & the Capitalist War Machine!
Meet at 8 pm. 16th St. & Mission (BART stop plaza).
From July 6-8, 2005, the annual G8 summit will be held at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. The G8 is a forum of the rulers of the eight most industrialized, wealthy, and powerful states in the world. Every year they meet to discuss how to further their interests, expand their empire, and tighten their grip on every aspect of our lives. The consequences affect us all, and their economic success comes at our expense. The G8 exists to manage and maintain a system whose impacts we see all around us: war, genocide, wage slavery, mass poverty, structural racism, famine, environmental destruction, colonial domination in Africa, Asia, & Latin America, social alienation, and accelerating attacks on working people around the world.
But resistance is growing across the globe, in struggles as diverse as they are numerous. And in recent years, everywhere the G8 has met huge movements of people have confronted them, both demanding systemic change and fighting for a global social revolution. In recognition of the call to action by Peoples' Global Action (agp.org) for Global Days of Action to be held against the G8, we are mobilizing for a regional convergence here in San Francisco. We are calling on everyone ready to fight for a better world - workers, students, revolutionaries, anti-capitalists... - from across the North American West Coast to converge and manifest their resistance on the streets. A Mid-West regional convergence is being called for in Kansas City (check out: anarchistaction.org/kansascity), and East Coast in Richmond, Virginia ( http://mountainjusticesummer.org/richmond/index.php)..
The anti-war movement in this country, while not too long ago was on the rise in terms of popular support and mass action enthusiasm, has reached a low point. Although the military occupation is still in full force and the puppet government has been set up, resistance in the U.S. has rapidly decreased since the invasion of Iraq. The reverse should be the case. We are striving to facilitate and work with other groups and individuals to facilitate a participatory and autonomous anti-war movement. This would be a genuine social movement, which can provide a space for a diversity of tactics to be employed by different folks autonomously while acknowledging that all the tactics strengthen each other. Philosophical and tactical difference must not allow us to remain dormant and not collectively express our resistance, in whichever ways we see fit. This endeavor is even more crucial, considering the post-election context in Iran and the election of the far-Right candidate Ahmedinajad, which points all signs towards an imminent U.S. invasion. Resistance infrastructures need to be in place so that we can halt any planned imperial invasion and war with Iran.
Our convergence will be in solidarity with those descending upon the streets of Scotland to face the G8 head on. We act in solidarity with revolutionaries taking to the streets to defend working peoples' lives all around the world: the struggle against neoliberal privatization in Bolivia; against transit fare increases in Brazil, Chicago, and San Francisco; against the Iraq War and the perpetual state of war under the capitalist system; against the Minutemen along the border; and against the PG&E power plant in Hunter's Point and environmental destruction.
Global capital will show the full force of its domestic military capabilities in Scotland - we can confront these summits on our own terms, and this mobilization is a step in that direction.
Capitalism is everywhere, but so are we - we will converge in our city and fight it on our own terms!
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