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[OPIRG-EVENTS] "Take the Capital!" Consulta
*** NOTE: This second callout contains general information about the
Consulta, a draft agenda (including Radical Tours of Ottawa), and
registration and billeting forms. Please fill them out and return them to
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE. Thanks. ***
===> "Take the Capital!" Consulta
--> WHERE?: OTTAWA
--> WHEN?: May 25&26, 2002
--> WHO?: Affinity groups, organizations, collectives, groups of comrades,
posses, crews and individuals in the Northeast region wanting to share
information and work together on shared political and organizing
principles (outlined below)
--> FOR MORE INFO: (613) 778-3310 or email@example.com
On June 26&27, 2002, the Group of Eight (G8) will retreat to the hills
of Kananaskis for their annual Summit. In accordance with decisions made
by the assembly at the Northeast Regional Consulta, which was held on
February 16&17 in Ottawa, activists in the Northeast region have been
organizing and mobilizing regionally and locally for "Take the Capital!",
two days of resistance to the G8 in Ottawa on June 26&27. "Take the
Capital!" actions will be undertaken in solidarity with demonstrations and
actions against the G8 in Alberta and worldwide.
As mandated by the first Consulta, a second Northeast Regional Consulta
Against the G8 is being convened for May 25&26, 2002, in Ottawa. The
"Take the Capital!" Consulta is intended to provide a space for the "Take
the Capital!" organizing committee to share information about the
organizing process to date. It will also be a context in which affinity
groups and organizations seeking to get involved in "Take the Capital!"
can plug into the basic framework of events planned for June 26&27, share
their own action plans to the extent that that is useful and co-ordinate
actions collectively and effectively if they so choose. Special Consulta
events will include Radical Tours of Ottawa and a long awaited panel on
Strategy and Tactics.
Primarily for sharing information and co-ordinating the "Take the
Capital!" actions on June 26&27, the second Consulta is part of an
an ongoing regional effort to reinforce local anti-capitalist,
anti-imperialist and anti-oppression networks of resistance.
The Consulta is being called on specific political and organizing
principles. Those principles are:
- an analysis that emphasizes a clear anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist
position against globalization and war;
- a clear emphasis on anti-oppression organizing and education;
- a focus on local organizing, as opposed to just going from one big
protest to another;
- trying to make genuine links between "anti-globalization" issues and
local organizing efforts;
- active support and solidarity for initiatives like the Ontario Common
Front's economic disruption campaign, or the recent squat project in
- a respect for a diversity of tactics, and showing solidarity with the
full scope of resistance in our communities;
- distrust and skepticism of lobbying efforts, emphasizing instead
grassroots organizing, popular education and mobilizing;
- organizing in a non-hierarchical, anti-authoritarian fashion, as well as
within the framework of anti-oppression analysis and action.
Organizations, affinity groups, collectives and individuals in agreement
with the above principles are encouraged to attend the Consulta. The
Consulta is explicitly aiming to build on the above basis of unity, and not
to fundamentally alter the main political and organizing principles.
However, the principles will be elaborated and expanded, as part of public
popular education work. The organizers of the Consulta and of the "Take
the Capital!" actions have also adopted the hallmarks of the Peoples' Global
Action network (as modified and accepted at Cochabamba, Bolivia in
September 2001). The PGA hallmarks are included in the registration form
In order to facilitate broad participation, "Take the Capital!" Consulta
organizers will again aim to subsidize the travel of participants from
marginalized, poor and underrepresented groups to the best of our ability.
Please get in touch if you want to request a travel subsidy.
The Consulta will take place with translation into English, French and
Spanish. To date, all Consulta spaces are wheelchair accessible.
To register, please fill out the form below. For more info, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613-778-3310.
=======================>>> PROPOSED AGENDA <<<==========================
NOTE: Most Consulta events will be taking place at Carleton University.
For a map of the Carleton campus, click here:
http://www.carleton.ca/cu/campus/. Full wheelchair accessibility
information is included on the webpage.
=== Day 1
=== Saturday, May 25, 2002
Location: Porter Hall, Room 231 in the Unicentre at Carleton University.
Accessibility information available at:
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Check-in for registered participant, billeting information & coffee.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOGISTICS: June 26&27
Presentation by the Logistics Committees in Ottawa
* welcome center
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
Presentation by the Conference Committee(s)
12:20 PM - 12:40 PM
Caravan Presentation by the Kingston Crew
12:40 PM - 1:15 PM
SECURITY, AWARENESS & SOLIDARITY
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
by the G-Spot
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
JUNE 26 & 27: (proposed) FRAMEWORK for ACTION
Presentation by the Scenario Committee
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
RADICAL WALKING TOURS of OTTAWA
(meet in front of Porter Hall)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
by the G-Spot
PANEL DISCUSSION: STRATEGIES & TACTICS
=== Sunday, May 26, 2002
=== Day 2
LOCATION: Porter Hall, Room 231 in the Unicentre at Carleton University.
Accessibility information available at:
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Check-in for registered participants and & coffee.
9:30 AM SHARP - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
JUNE 26 & 27: (proposed) FRAMEWORK for ACTION REVISITED
Clarifications, Input and Precise Ammendments to the Scenario Committee's
[** NB. An outline of the Scenario Committee's proposal for the framework
for action on June 26 & 27 will be sent to all registered participants at
least a week before the Consulta. This will give participants a chance to
become familiar with the proposed framework, so that groups can begin planning
autonomous actions and so that participants can go to the Consulta
prepared to ask for clarifications, offer input and precise ammendments to
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
by the G-Spot
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
AUTONOMOUS ACTION FORUM
Announcements and Co-ordination
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Recap of the Consulta.
Staying in touch.
=====>>> TAKE THE CAPITAL! CONSULTA REGISTRATION FORM <<<=====
[If you are planning to attend the Consulta, please
fill out all sections of the registration form below
and send it to email@example.com. Thanks.]
---> GROUP (affinity group, organization, collective,
union local, etc.; if applicable):
---> CONTACT NUMBER/E-MAIL:
---> When are you planning to arrive?
---> If you are travelling by car, can you offer a
lift to others from your area?
---> Do you require a travel subsidy in order to
attend the Consulta?
---> Can you or your group donate money to a travel
fund to help fund the participation of low-income
participants, and participants representing
---> Is there any other info that you think the
Consulta organizers need to know regarding
---> 1) Are you attending as a delegate (or a spokes) for an affinity group,
comrades, crew, posse, organization, or are you attending as an observer?
[NOTE: Observers can attend and participate fully in discussion and debate, but
purposes of decision-making, only delegates (spokes) will count for consensus
Groups are entitled to send up to two spokes, but can also include as many
think is appropriate.]
---> 2) If you are a delegate for your affinity group, crew, posse, groups
of comrades or organization, are you attending with other delegates (or spokes)
observers from your group? How many?
The organizing and political principles of the
"Take the Capital!" Consulta are as follows:
- an analysis that emphasizes a clear anti-capitalist
and anti-imperialist position against globalization
- a clear emphasis on anti-oppression organizing and
- a focus on local organizing, as opposed to just
going from one big protest to another;
- trying to make genuine links between "anti-globalization"
issues and local organizing efforts;
- active support and solidarity for initiatives like
the Ontario Common Front's economic disruption
campaign, or the recent squat project in Montreal;
- a respect for a diversity of tactics, and showing
solidarity with the full scope of resistance in our
- distrust and skepticism of lobbying efforts,
emphasizing instead grassroots organizing, popular
education and mobilizing;
- organizing in a non-hierarchical, anti-authoritarian
fashion, as well as within the framework of anti-oppression
analysis and action.
In addition to the political and organizing principles
outlined above, the organizers of the "Take the Capital!"
Consulta and Regional Assembly have adopted the hallmarks of
the Peoples' Global Action network (as modified and accepted at
Cochabamba, Bolivia in September 2001):
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism
and feudalism; all trade agreements, institutions and
governments that promote destructive globalisation.
2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and
discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy,
racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We
embrace the full dignity of all human beings.
3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think
that lobbying can have a major impact in such biased
and undemocratic organisations, in which transnational
capital is the only real policy-maker;
4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support
for social movements' struggles, advocating forms of
resistance which maximize respect for life and oppressed
peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local
alternatives to global capitalism.
5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation
---> 3) Are you in agreement with the organizing and
political principles written above?
---> 4) If you intend on being a delegate for an
affinity group or organization, is your organization
also in agreement with these organizing and
political principles? If so, was it agreed to by a group
decision-making process (vote, consensus, etc)?
[NOTE: We intend to publicize the names of groups
participating in the Consulta that agree with the
organizing principles, so please be clear about
If you want to attend the Consulta, and as an individual you are in
agreement with the principles but your group might not be, we encourage
you to form a caucus or affinity group within your larger group with
likeminded people, and attend as a representative of that caucus or
affinity group. While we do not want to unduly exclude anyone, by the
same token, the Consulta is being organized on clearly defined principles.
The "Take the Capital!" Consulta is not a meeting for anyone or any group
that wants to organize against the G8 in the region, but rather those who
want to organize within particular organizing and political principles. We
do not claim that the Consulta is representative of all segments of the
social justice movement, but rather it's a gathering for people that
identify with, and organize within, the principles outlined above.
REQUEST FOR HOUSING FORM
If you require housing during the Consulta, fill out the form below and
email it to G8housing@yahoo.ca or call (613) 788-3310. Please submit only
one form per group.
We strongly encourage you to get in touch with your host before arriving in
Ottawa. You will be sent your host's contact information as soon as it is
available. This is to ease the billeting process on the days of the
Consulta. It is up to billets and hosts to coordinate meeting.
---> GROUP NAME:
---> CONTACT PERSON'S NAME:
---> PHONE NUMBER:
How many people in your group need space?
What nights do you need billeting for?
<SMOKING>, <NON-SMOKING>, <NO PREFERENCE>.
<PETS>, <NO PETS>, <NO PREFERENCE>.
<WOMYN-ONLY>, <MIXED>, <NO PREFERENCE>.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER HOUSING RELATED NEEDS
Send completed forms to G8housing@yahoo.ca or call (613) 788-3310.
For more info about the "Take the Capital!" Consulta, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613-788-3310.
For general information about "Take the Capital!" and to read a report from
the first Northeast Regional Consulta Against the G8, check out
See you in Ottawa.
-- the "Take the Capital!" Consulta Organizing Committee
TAKE THE CAPITAL!
Ottawa Actions Against the G8
June 26-27, 2002
613-788-3310 (messages only)
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