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People- & Planet-Friendly Events & Feature (00/07/27)
PEOPLE- & PLANET-FRIENDLY EVENTS & RESOURCES
Revised Thursday July 27, 2000
Here are upcoming SUSTAINABLE LIVING, ENVIRONMENTAL
& SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS, workshops, courses, festivals,
films, broadcasts, resources & jobs in Ontario & beyond.
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*** CONTENTS ***
(A) EVENTS, Courses, Broadcasts, Links (July 27 - Aug 9)
(B) DON'T SEND OUR FUTURE TO THE DUMP!
(C) What you can do / action alert
(D) Other Resources & Announcements
(E) United Nations Millennium Summit, Sept 6-8, New York City
(F) About this Newsletter
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New/modified listings (since July 20) are indicated by
an asterisk (*). In order by START date.
(A) EVENTS, COURSES, BROADCASTS & LINKS
* Events in Toronto, St. George, Peterborough, Algonquin,
Killaloe, Bancroft, Ottawa, Clarence, world-wide
...and national radio & TV broadcasts.
* BURY A MOOSE UNDER GARBAGE! Thurs July 27, 9:30am,
Toronto. Join Toronto citizens to bury a moose under garbage in
protest of the plan to send Toronto's garbage to the Adams Mine. If
you can, come by early (7:30 or later) to help distributing
thousands of flyers urging Torontonians to call Mayor Mel
Lastman. At the Northeast corner of Dundas & University. More
info: Tooker Gomberg 416-532-3939 (cell 834-2453) SCAM (Stop
Considering Adams Mine) www.peanut-tree.com/scam/
email@example.com [see also feature article, below - ed]
* COMMUNITY BICYCLE NETWORK, Thurs July 27, 9:30am -
noon, Toronto. Volunteer workbee (moving furniture around to
make room for new programs). 761 Queen West, Suite 101.
Refreshments provided. firstname.lastname@example.org
* FROM FACTORY FARMING TO GMOS: HOW SAFE IS
OUR FOOD? Thurs July 27, 7:30pm, Toronto. Discussion with
Brian Champ & Peter Skira of the GENEaction citizen's group. All
welcome. Free. At the Rose Ave. Community Centre, in the
basement of the Rose Ave. Public School, 675 Ontario St. (btwn
Bloor & Wellesley, East of Parliament) (near Sherbourne subway)
More info: http://ecoexplorer.com/GENEaction.htm
* Vision TV: FISHING ON THE BRINK, Thurs July 27, 9pm
(Eastern AND Pacific). Hard-hitting look at corporate takeover
attempts of Atlantic Canada's inshore fishery.
* DOES YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION have an e-mail
list? Have you benefitted from free listings in the Planet-
Friendly?? Please forward a sample copy to your members! By
cooperating & sharing our networks with each other, we can all get
the word out to a wider audience, and build a stronger, ongoing
community. Some groups forward the Planet-Friendly every week.
An introductory e-mail is available as well, by request or at
http://www.web.ca/~ppf/invite.html PASS IT ON!!
BEFRIENDING THE EARTH ORIENTATION WEEKEND,
Fri July 28 7pm to Sun July 30 7pm, Clarence. Learn what you can
do to promote personal & planetary well being. Explore the
beautiful Tucker House grounds - 30 acres of lawns, woodlands
and meadows with nature trail, swimming pool and organic
gardens. Preview the extensive collection of ecological videos &
books. Meet like-minded others. $90 - $118. More info/register:
* Vision TV: NARMADA - A VALLEY RISES, Fri July 28, 9-
11pm (Eastern AND Pacific). India's spectacular Narmada River
and the grassroots movement saving it.
* DON RIVER RESTORATION DAY, Sat July 29, 10am-2pm,
Toronto. Join with a group of high school exchange students from
Quebec as they give back to their host community. Plant wild
flowers, clean-up the area, monitor the flora and fauna and practice
your French! Free. Meet at the Brick Works parking lot, 10am.
More info: http://www.toronah.com David Smaller
***CORRECTED TIMES & LOCATION***
ORGANICS / SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE TOUR arrives in
Toronto! Sat July 29, noon-3:30pm. Join SPOKE cyclists, media,
food producers, processors, retailers, scientists, students &
ecological organizations at Nathan Phillips square, Toronto City
Hall to show your support for organic food & sustainable food
production. Keynote speakers include Rod MacCrae (author of
Real Food for a Change), Peter Skira (GENEaction), and Nona
Robinson (Canadian Organic Growers). Organic lunch hosted by
chefs from Organic Advocates / Knives & Forks. Organic food for
sale. FoodShare demonstration "growing your own organic foods -
anywhere!". With Canadian Organic Growers Kurt Stauffert 416-
256-5909 email@example.com http://www.cog.ca; Ontario Natural
Food Co-op Kim De Lallo 416-503-1144 ex.233 firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.onfc.on.ca ; Organic Advocates - Knives & Forks
Alison Johns 416-256-5909 email@example.com
http://www.organicadvocates.org ; Gene Action 416-406-2481
firstname.lastname@example.org; Food Share Kathryn Scharf 416-392-1657
email@example.com http://www.foodshare.net. Admission is
FREE. At NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE, in front of Toronto
City Hall, Queen & Bay. (*Or ride with SPOKE down Yonge St. -
meet at Yonge & Steeles, Centrepoint Mall Parking Lot, at noon)
(See also Peterborough July 30 & Ottawa Aug 3). More info: Mary
Ann Veira 905-883-0978 firstname.lastname@example.org Follow the tour across
Canada on-line: http://www.ecoexplorer.com
* WWOOF! World-Wide Orientation to Organic Farms, ongoing,
Canada-wide, world-wide. Looking for something REAL to do
this summer? Want to live close to the land for a while? Want to
learn about where our food comes from / could come from?? A
diversity of small, organic farms across Canada and around the
world have short- & long-term opportunities where you can work
in exchange for room, board, learning & fun. Support the organic
movement and get hands-on experience! $30 annual fee for list of
400 host farms across Canada. John Vanden Heuvel, RR #2, S.18,
C.9, Nelson, BC, V1L 5P5. 604-354-4417 email@example.com
http://www.members.tripod.com/~wwoof [I've done this on a
number of occasions and can HIGHLY recommend it! - ed]
* BUTTERFLIES & BLUEBIRDS, Sun July 30, 1:30pm,
Toronto. Nature walk with Save the Rouge. Free. Rouge
Valley Conservation Centre, 1749 Meadowvale. 416-282-9983.
* ORGANIC / ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE TOUR arrives in
Peterborough! Sun July 30, noon-4pm. See July 29 listing for
similar details. In Ecology Park. Also: Ottawa Aug 3. More info /
follow the ride across Canada: http://www.ecoexplorer.com Phung
705-750-0166 firstname.lastname@example.org Peggy Immel
705-939-2288 or Brenda Sedgwick 705-876-1349.
* COMPOST TOILETS, HUMANURE & SOLAR SHOWERS,
Mon July 31, 7:30-10pm, Toronto. Learn how to compost that
valuable, yet untapped resource - "humanure" - your own fecal
matter. Learn about other untapped resources such as solar showers
& grey water systems. Excellent slides will be shown & funny
stories told! We will at least partially construct these systems, and
participants will leave with ideas for constructing their own.
Guaranteed to be liberating (in more ways than one!) For youth &
adults - all welcome. Also, hear about the upcoming Sustainable
Sanity Youth Week, Aug 19-27, traveling around Ontario and
learning about permaculture, organics, green energy, and having
fun! With Jillian Hovey & Mike Jones. $5-$10. At Super Sprouts,
205 Spadina (btwn Queen & Dundas). RSVP if possible: Teresa
Devor 416-657-2873 email@example.com
* OPPOSE THE OTTAWA WAR SHOW, Mon July 31, 7pm,
Ottawa. Planning opposition to the Ottawa war show (aka the
National Capital Air Show). 91A Fourth Ave. (Meeting House of
the Society of Friends (Quakers)), just east of Bank St., in the
Glebe. More info: Richard Sanders (Coalition to Oppose the Arms
* Vision TV: DOWN HERE, Mon July 31, 9pm (Eastern AND
Pacific). "Activists" - Meet some extraordinary Canadians
speaking out for important causes & leading the way at home &
abroad (Mon-Fri, 9pm). Tonight: Vancouver poet, political activist
& former addict and his remarkable story of survival.
* WE NEED MORE TRANSIT! Tues Aug 1, 6pm, Toronto.
Rocket Riders Transit User Group and Environmentalists Plan
Transportation meet to discuss making transit a major election
issue. Free. Toronto City Hall, Queen & Bay. 416-596-0660.
CREATING A DEMOCRATIC NEWS MEDIA & SOCIETY
(course), Aug 1-31 (Tu's & Th's), 7-10pm, Toronto. Fresh analysis
of our present news media system; hopeful visions & strategies for
a more democratic & informative news media & society; global
context; positive & negative impacts of new communications
technologies; case studies (both good & bad); policy/citizen action
options; media/action project. With Paul Boin, former editor of
Ecolutions, and News Director of the Real News Network (RNN).
$185 (scholarships available) At OISE/UT, Room 7-216, 252
Bloor W (between St George & Bedford). More info/register:
416-923-6641 x2595 firstname.lastname@example.org
* ON THE MOVE! Tuesdays Aug 1, 8, 15 & 22, 7-10pm,
Toronto. An exciting, free, 4-night course on the MOVE
organization. MOVE history; the case of the MOVE 9; Mumia
Abu-Jamal; John Africa's teachings; MOVE resistance strategies;
making links between prisons, police brutality & more. The
MOVE originated in Philadelphia in the early 70's; a revolutionary
family of people against the exploitation of life - life in all forms,
humans, animals, the environment etc.; exposing & confronting
officials & governments who exploit life; in the early days, this
consisted of protesting at zoos, pet shops, circuses, making links
with environmental & animal liberation groups. Now much of their
time is spent working to free their family members from prison, the
MOVE 9 & Mumia Abu Jamal. All welcome. At OISE (252 Bloor
St. W. between St. George & Huron), Room 4426. Childcare
available. More info/register: 416-978-7770 or the Friends of the
MOVE 416-760-2152 or email@example.com Part of
the Free University of Toronto Program.
* ANTI-CORPORATE NETWORKING / WTO COALITION,
Wed Aug 2, 7pm, Toronto. People from different faiths,
environmental & activist groups of all kinds, labour unions &
political parties working on various anti-corporate issues such as:
health care, education, labour, human rights, environment,
democracy, sovereignty, indigenous rights, womens' issues, water,
etc. Also, organizing the upcoming teach-ins, educational events &
demonstrations against the OAS/FTAA summit in Quebec City
(also the G20 meeting in Montreal). Metro Hall, room 302, 55
John St. at King. Sid Lacombe 416-535-2335 ext 127
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
* Vision TV: THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE WORLD, Wed Aug
2, 9pm (Eastern AND Pacific). Louise Arbour and the work of
International Criminal Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia.
* GLOBAL ECONOMICS & BIOREGIONAL SOLUTIONS,
Thurs Aug 3, 6pm/7:30-10pm, Toronto. Mark Hudson, co-
ordinator of "32 Hours" will lead us in a critical look at the
dysfunction of Global Corporate Economics and explore a more
sustainable economy based on bioregional solutions. Potluck 6-
7pm; workshop starts at 7:30pm. For youth and adults - all
welcome. Also, hear about the upcoming Sustainable Sanity
Youth Week, Aug 19-27, traveling around Ontario and learning
about permaculture, organics, green energy, and having fun!
With Jillian Hovey & Mike Jones. $5-$10. At Super Sprouts,
205 Spadina (btwn Queen & Dundas). RSVP if possible:
Teresa Devor 416-657-2873 firstname.lastname@example.org
* ORGANICS BIKE TOUR arrives in Ottawa! Thurs Aug 3. A
cross-Canada bike tour to raise national awareness about the
benefits of organic farming, the threats of genetically engineered
organisms, and promoting sustainable food production. One of 15
media events being organized to provide a common voice for food
producers, processors, retailers, scientists, students and all
organizations making efforts to reduce our social ecological
footprint. Also Toronto July 29, Peterborough July 30. More info /
follow the ride across Canada: http://www.ecoexplorer.com
Richard 613-722-3266 email@example.com
* Vision TV: DEMOCRACY A LA MAUDE, Thurs Aug 3, 9pm
(Eastern AND Pacific). Maude Barlow's intelligence & savvy give
ordinary Canadians a powerful voice.
* GREEN PARTY OF CANADA NATIONAL CONVENTION,
Thurs Aug 3 - Mon Aug 7 (long weekend), Ottawa. The Green
Party is a world-wide movement, now in power in Mexico, France,
Italy, Germany & Norway -- and gaining ground all over the
world. This August long weekend, the Green Party of Canada is
holding its biannual conference at the University of Ottawa. A
great opportunity for meeting kindred spirits and planning
strategies for moving peace, environment & social justice issues
into the public arena. Come for all or part. Billeting is available,
and your expenses are tax-deductible. Prominent speakers,
workshops on numerous Green topics, and lots of opportunities for
networking. Speakers include Elizabeth May (Sierra Club); Duff
Conacher (Democracy Watch); Margarite Ritchie (Nanoone Bay
Anti-nuclear protest); Ralph Torrie (Climate change & alternative
energy); Richard Wolfson (Genetic Engineering); Mike Kaulbars
(activism, Peace and Environment Resource Center); Joan Russow
(leader, Green Party of Canada). ALL WELCOME (only members
can vote). Membership: $5. Conference: $40. Accommodations,
billeting & camping available. At the University of Ottawa, 550
Cumberland. Please RSVP asap. More info:
firstname.lastname@example.org or André Clermont
http://ottawa2000.flora.org http://www.green.ca (general Green
Party contacts: email@example.com 1-888-6GREEN6 phone/fax: 416-929-2397)
* VERMICOMPOSTING WORKSHOP, Sat Aug 5, 11:30am,
Toronto. Composting with worms! Dividing & creating new
composters, harvesting compost, using it in the gardens, compost
tea, more. Free. At Scadding Court Community Gardens, 707
Dundas West at Bathurst. RSVP Christine 416-392-0335 x223 at
least two days before the workshop. Rsvp also for childcare needs.
* EARTH WISDOM WALKABOUT, Sat-Sun Aug 5-6, near
Algonquin Park. A two day wilderness trip to learn the art of living
in nature ("wilderness survival"). Travel with minimum equipment
through remote areas of forest & lake outside Algonquin Park,
learning the skills indigenous to the land. Connect with the primal
self & nature's elemental beings of earth, air, fire & water; exercise
our deeper intuitive knowledge of, and connection with, the natural
world (specifically the plant kingdom); celebrate & honour our
ecological & cosmological relations through play & ritual. Organic
vegetarian meals provided. $150. ($20 deposit required, two weeks
in advance). More info/register: Kim Elkington & Steven Martyn,
Algonquin Tea Co. 1-800-292-6671 firstname.lastname@example.org
NATURAL LIFE FESTIVAL, Sat Aug 5 - Mon Aug 7 (Civic
Holiday weekend), 10am - 5pm, St. George. Celebration,
education, resources & contacts for sustainable, healthy living.
Green Marketplace, workshops, demonstrations, natural & organic
foods. Workshops include Eco-friendly Lawn Care; Voluntary
Simplicity; Strawbale Housing; Cohousing - Creating Community;
Cold Cellar Organic Storage; Solar Hot Water & Space Heating;
Sustainable Housing; Deschooling - Challenging Assumptions in
Education. Call for info about group camping at a nearby
conservation area. Third annual. Community Centre, on Hwy 5 just
East of Hwy 24, St. George, Ontario (one hour west of Toronto).
$2 (kids free). Workshops $5 each (first come first served) Natural
Life - Canada's Alternative Newsmagazine http://www.life.ca
1-800-215-9574 or 519-448-4001
* COB & STRAWBALE, GROWING HEALTHIER, HAVING
FUN, Sat Aug 5 - Fri Aug 18, Killaloe. Learn how to build with
cob & strawbale while helping to create a medical clinic in the
rolling hills of the Canadian Shield. Cob, a mixture of sand, clay,
and straw, is handsculpted into a monolithic mass which hardens
like soft concrete to create sound, organic, healthy buildings,
garden walls, ovens ... the possibilities are endless. Linda Smiley
& Ianto Evans of the Cob Cottage Company together with a group
from the Gesundheit! Institute, founded by Patch Adams (of movie
fame). It's also possible to take the course in one-week segments.
The first week, basics of cob, has a waiting list. In the second
week, we will do more work on the building, including the roof, a
spiral staircase, a rocket stove and wood-fired heated floor, and get
into the healing aspects of this work. One week: $540 US; both
weeks: $880 US incl. camping and three vegetarian meals a day.
Discounts for families & groups. More info: 541-942-2005
http://www.deatech.com/cobcottage [or Blair Voyvodic 613-757-2174]
* HIROSHIMA DAY, Sun Aug 6, 4:30-9pm, Toronto. Our
government is considering building a National Missile Defense
system at the insistence of the United States. This program will
violate treaties and restart the arms race. This makes Hiroshima
Day 2000 a vital date to remember the tragedy of Hiroshima &
Nagasaki, and recommit ourselves and our city to nuclear abolition
and a future of peace. 4:30-7pm: Children's Peace Festival with
storytelling, sing-a-long, crafts. 6:30-7:30 walk the path of peace.
7:30-9pm: Observance Service with guest speakers, music, laying
of paper-crane wreath at Peace Garden and lantern ceremony. Free
admission. (organization tables $10) Nathan Phillips Square, 100
Queen St. W at Bay. More info: Susan Berry
email@example.com 416-205-9275 or Mike Nevin 416-463-9163
* SHOULD USA TEST WEAPONS IN CANADIAN WATERS?
Sun Aug 6, 10:30am, Ottawa. Hiroshima Day talk with Marguerite
Ritchie of the Human Rights Institute of Canada, on the ethical &
legal implications of the Federal Government's expropriation of
Nanoose Bay BC. At First Unitarian, 30 Cleary Ave. More info:
Dan Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org 613-225-7216.
* HIROSHIMA DAY, Sun Aug 6, 6-9pm, Ottawa. Let's make the
21st century nuclear weapons free! Commemeration ceremony for
the victims of the bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in
1945. By the pond at the Canal and 3rd Avenue. 6pm: bring your
own picnic; 7pm: Lantern workshop; 8pm Ceremony; 8:30
Lighting of the Lanterns. In case of rain the workshop & ceremony
will be held in Friends Meeting House, 91 1/2 4th Ave. More info:
Ploughshares Ottawa 613-230-4590 or 613-727-8255
* COMMITTEE FOR MONETARY & ECONOMIC REFORM
(COMER), Tues Aug 8, 7:30pm, Toronto. Seminar & discussion
with Bill Krehm, author, former Time Magazine correspondent,
and authority on economics, banking & the money system.
Analysis of current events and their implications for monetary &
economic reform, to increase economic literacy, social well-being
& environmental sustainability. The use of Bank of Canada /
government created, interest-free money to solve social problems
without increasing debt. Literature displays & books for sale. Also,
COMER chapter meetings first & third Tuesday each month.
Speakers available. Free. At the Ontario Institute for Studies in
Education (OISE), 4th floor, 252 Bloor St. West between St.
George & Bedford. More info: Anne 416-654-3499
* CBC Radio: ENDLESS DAY, ENDLESS NIGHT, Tues Aug 8,
9:05pm, world-wide. The last indigenous people in Europe, the
reindeer-herding Sami, have maintained a unique culture for
thousands of years. Philip Coulter goes north of the Arctic Circle
to find out how they have survived and found a place in the
modern world. On "Ideas", CBC Radio One, across Canada (FM
99.1 in Toronto; also shortwave, satellite & internet RealAudio)
http://www.radio.cbc.ca/programs/ideas/ "Ideas" airs Mondays-
Fridays 9:05pm Eastern time.
(B) DON'T SEND OUR FUTURE TO THE DUMP!
What to do with 26 million tons of garbage?
Toronto's plan to ship millions of tons of garbage to Northern
Ontario is short-sighted, self-destructive, and shameful.
The "Adam's Mine" plan would lock Toronto into a twenty-year
contract -- twenty years of unfathomable waste and stupidity --
before we could again seek a more creative solution.
It would force 1.3 million tons of our garbage each year onto a
community that has repeatedly rejected the proposal.
Other cities across the country, from Halifax to Edmonton, have
already shown that better alternatives exist. New ideas and
technologies for reducing, recycling, composting, and generating
methane can work together to create jobs, save money AND
protect the environment.
But Toronto's Mayor seems to want the throw-away solution: side-
step the problem, dump the garbage on another community, and let
the next generation deal with the consequences.
This is exactly the mentality that got us here in the first place!
The scheme would use enormous amounts of fossil fuel, endanger
groundwater, and result in millions of tons of methane being
released into the atmosphere -- leading to climate change and
severe weather, from ice storms to tornadoes.
Millions of dollars of materials and compost would be wasted. All
the nutrients that we reap from our farmers' (diminishing) soils
would be tossed into a big hole, to be forever mixed with battery
acid, rusty containers of Raid, etc., etc. -- and rendered useless for
Jobs would be lost. And Toronto's reputation as a progressive,
world-class city would be tarnished, if not destroyed -- all for no
We need to convince the Mayor and Council to reject this crazy
plan and seek a better alternative.
Council will vote this Tuesday (August 1st). Whether or not you
live in Toronto, please call the Mayor and ask him to vote against
the Adam's Mine proposal. If you live in Toronto, call your
Councillor as well.
More information is available on the internet at
Let's not send our future to the dump!
- Peter Blanchard
(C) WHAT YOU CAN DO - ACTION ALERT
Call Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman:
416-395-6464, 395-6484 or 395-6494
Find out who your City Councillor is:
"Stop Considering Adam's Mine (SCAM)"
Help in the next few days with:
- phoning blitzing
- distributing leaflets
- financial donations
Call Angela at 416-532-3939
(D) OTHER RESOURCES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
* ACID RAIN FROM ONTARIO POLLUTING US LAKES.
New York State is asking the U.S. government to pursue a lawsuit
against Ontario. It is accusing Ontario companies of polluting the
air in the city of Buffalo and destroying Adirondack Park. Full
story on-line at http://www.life.ca (Natural Life, Canada's
* HALIFAX TO BAN LAWN CHEMICALS. Nova Scotia's
municipality of Halifax/Dartmouth is going ahead with a pesticide
ban. Last night, city councillors approved, by a margin of 17 to 6,
a bylaw that will make it illegal to use pesticides on lawns & gardens.
Full story on-line at http://www.life.ca (Natural Life, Canada's
* WOMEN'S HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTS NETWORK. Help
WHEN promote a clear understanding about the links between
health and the state of our environment. For example, cancer
incidence has increased significantly as both the chemical and
nuclear industries have proliferated. Our video EXPOSURE
discusses this issue in greater detail is one of our main vehicles for
promoting awareness, along with our CO2 initiative, video and
handbook. SEEKING VOLUNTEERS from all walks of life: get in
on the action working at activist fairs & womens' marches as an
information & resource person, fundraising, project organising,
etc. Generally, come and help out one of Toronto's most crucial
non-profit women's awareness organsations! (Fluency in French,
Spanish or Italian would be a great asset). 517 College Street west
of Bathurst More info: Andrea Janzen email@example.com 416-928-0880
* THE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
NEEDS YOU! Volunteer assistance needed before & during this
event. Film Shipping & Traffic; Technical coordination; Marketing
- Publicity, Promotional Materials, Advertising; Press Releases,
Press Kits; Publications - Program Guide; Reception coordination;
Ticketing, Audience Surveys; Public Educational Programs -
Coordination of Speakers; Transportation. Event runs Sept 28 - Oct
1. Planet in Focus 416-537-7742 firstname.lastname@example.org [related site:
* SEEKING ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS & WRITERS.
Organizing a local group for environmental journalists & freelance
writers in Toronto, Ontario (affiliated with the Society of
Environmental Journalists). Events, networking, etc. Saul Chernos
email@example.com [related site: http://www.sej.org ]
"Never doubt that a small number of dedicated people can
change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
(E) UNITED NATIONS MILLENIUM SUMMIT, Sept 6-8, New York City
This will be the largest gathering of heads of state in history, and it
demands the energetic attention of all those fighting against the
continued path of the globalization, militarization and
de-democratization of the world. We are envisioning a week of
teach-ins and actions, beginning with the International Forum on
Globalization planned for Sept 5th. This day of learning focuses on
"Economic Globalization and the Role of the United Nations."
Discussion will center on the question of whether the UN can be at
all salvaged from corporate and super-power dominance. Guest
speakers include Vandana Shiva, Anuradha Mittal, David Korten,
Victor Navasky, and many others. More info: http://www.ifg.org
September 6th demonstrations will be targeted at pressuring the
UN and member states to sign, ratify, and implement several
specific treaties that will be considered at the Summit. Please join
S6-Mobilization@egroups.com to help plan for a day of action
around proposals such as the International Criminal Court, the
Tobin Tax, and UNILETS.
September 7th is a day to demand that the increasing militarization
of the world must stop, and that the people do not tolerate games
such as Star Wars to be played out between the elites at the
expense of humanity. Rather, attention, research and money must
be funneled toward the development of energy-saving,
environment-protecting technologies that will keep the earth safe
and sustainable for future generations.
September 8th will be the culmination of the weeks events, with
attention directly aimed at the non-democratic structures of all
international institutions that keep the will of the people from
being implemented. Please join S8-Mob@topica.com to help plan
for a day demanding a truly democratic world that works for the
people and the planet -- not free trade and corporate profit.
Endorsers & Steering Committee members: 50 Years is Enough;
Jubilee 2000 Global South; Corporate Watch; Program on
Corporations, Law, and Democracy; Economic Justice for Africa
Now; the Free Burma Coalition and the Coalition for Dignity &
Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants.
Making the United Nations accountable to the peoples of the world!
On September 6-8, 2000, the United Nations will host the UN
Millennium Summit, the largest gathering of heads of state in
history, to set the agenda for the world for the new millennium.
Political and corporate leaders will consider the ratification of over
500 treaties that declare the need for economic, social, political,
and cultural human rights for all peoples. However, the
hierarchical structure and openness to corporate influence of the
UN, make it close to impossible to...
In light of the deepening crises of poverty, racism, armed conflict,
ecological devastation, militarization, human rights abuses,
exploitative labor, cultural dissolution, the further impoverishment
of the peoples of the global South, the eroding democracy caused
or exacerbated by corporate globalization, and the corporate
agenda of the IMF, World Bank, and WTO, and to have any hope
of elevating the quality of life of all the world's people...
Join us to tell the "leaders" of the world what real global human
development is. On September 8th, bring your ideas of what
democracy really looks like to the streets of New York City for a
day of protest, direct action and international celebration. Just as
on the streets of Seattle, DC, Philly and LA, the voices of the
people will be heard in New York and will not be silenced until
real change comes.
For more information on tax-deductible contributions, please call
Nisha Anand: 718-369-2724.
If your organization would like to endorse this call, please email
S8-Mob@onebox.com, or call the voicemail number at (212) 894-
3761 x1207 and leave a message specifying which organization is
endorsing the call and leave contact info. Also, if you would like to
be an integral part of the planning for this historic event, please
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