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Saturday, October 18, 2003
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Oakland, California HERE Local 2850 Union Hall 548 20th St (between Telegraph and San Pablo) Downtown Oakland (a block from 19th St/Oakland BART)

CALL FOR A WEST COAST ANTI-FTAA CONSULTA IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA! Reports from an on-the-ground Florida organizer and the Pittsburg Organizing Group, initiators of the "Padded Bloc" call to direct action in Miami WHEN: Saturday October 18, 10am to 8pm WHERE: Oakland, California HERE Local 2850 Union Hall 548 20th St (between Telegraph and San Pablo) Downtown Oakland (a block from 19th St/Oakland BART) CONVENORS: Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW), Anti-FTAA Action and Action for Local/Global Justice Building on a major victory over the World Trade Organization in Cancun, Mexico, tens of thousands of people will gather in Miami from November 19-22 in a crucial mobilization to stop the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). When the FTAA meets in Miami to unilaterally finalize their vision of an economic policy that threatens the freedom and well being of every living being in this hemisphere, we'll be there to say no. Ordinary people are not allowed into the meetings, but shutting the doors will not silence our voices. At the FTAA protest in Quebec, we tore the fence down; the next year in Quito, we descended from the four directions with our demands for justice; and this year in Miami, we'll stop them in their tracks. A better world is necessary. With dances of dissent, seductive artwork, padded blocs, critical mass bike trickery, guerrilla murals and other displays of public beauty and empowerment we'll build a better future right then and there in the streets of Miami! Activists from across the country have converged at Consultas in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Denver to plan coordinated actions, street tactics and creative disruptions in Miami. DASW, Anti-FTAA Action and Action for Local/Global Justice invite activists throughout California and the west coast to participate in a Consulta to plan nonviolent direct actions for Miami that will send a message loud and clear to the world that the movements against war and empire are alive and well in the belly of the empire. Proposed Consulta agenda items: * Updates from organizers on the ground in Miami and how we can support impacted communities struggle in Florida. * Direct action tactics for Miami * Padded Block actions & updates from other Consultas * Preparation of legal and medial strategies for Miami * Formation of a communication network to be used on the ground in Miami * Jail support and solidarity * Teach-in, legal march and rally and other activities in Miami * Sustained anti-FTAA and other related campaigns * Ongoing anti-war, anti-corporate globalization, anti-empire networking * Outreach The Consulta will last from 10am to 8pm on Saturday October 18th, with possible breakout planning sessions on the morning of Sunday the 19th. A fundraising party will also be organized for the evening of Saturday, October 18. REGISTER NOW! We strongly encourage you to register for the Consulta. Please contact us ( ASAP with the name of your group (if applicable), number of people attending, as well as any other special needs. To get help with housing, please send an additional, separate email to with the number of people in need of housing. For more information regarding campaigns, direct action and networking against ftaa, corporate globalization and related local struggles in the Bay Area, sign on to the nowto listserve: For more information regarding the anti-ftaa mobilization in Miami and related national campaigns and organizing, sign on to the ftaa listserve: For more information regarding DASW, go to: For more information regarding Anti-Ftaa Action, go to: * * * * * DASW Statement: The FTAA threatens to absorb both North and South America into a homogeneous market, where corporations will be further empowered to successfully challenge any regulation, policy or procedure which hinders their ability to profit on the backs of the people. More jobs from the US will move to Central and South America, where workers labor in sweatshop conditions. The environment, people's health, and standards of living will increasingly take a back seat to corporate profits. The drastic policies that the FTAA plans to unleash internationally will be mirrored locally by the Miami police department. The Miami PD's mission is to ensure that the demands of tens of thousands of protesters don't disturb the multimillion-dollar gala being thrown by and for the western hemisphere's most affluent arch-capitalists and their pet politicians. WE AIM TO EXPOSE the connection between economic war, militarism abroad and the war on communities at home. WE DEMAND an end to the free trade policies enshrined in the FTAA and other international agreements. WE PLEDGE to send a direct and uncompromising message to those who would take our freedom and well-being. WE COMMIT to disrupt and derail the meeting in Miami through a variety of diverse nonviolent direct actions. WE BELIEVE in our inherent right to free speech and assembly and will stand strong against any attack from FTAA policies and police forces. WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY with all people adversely affected by the FTAA and its capitalist globalization agenda. WE CALL ON communities to go to Miami or organize local solidarity actions to expose and confront the policies of the FTAA. Direct Action to Stop the War is a greater Bay Area network of affinity groups, working groups and activists who have waged a campaign of mass nonviolent direct action against war for empire, including the 20,000 person shut down of the San Francisco Financial District the Day after the US invasion of Iraq.
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