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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Tonight!! "TAKE THE CAPITAL!" PUBLIC ASSEMBLY and Information Session

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Friday, June 21, 2002 

Main Auditorium 
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch 
120 Metcalfe (Metcalfe and Laurier) 
Ottawa, Ontario 

The organizers of the "Take the Capital!" campaign invite you to an 
Information Session about the events that will happen in our city on 
June 26 and 27. 

Throughout the North East Region of North America, organizations, 
groups and individuals are planning two days of action called "Take 
the Capital!".  The days of action will happen here in Ottawa, in 
resistance to the meetings of the G8 leaders in Kananaskis, Alberta 
on June 26 & 27. 

The evening will include: 

* the G8 in 18 minutes 
* what is "Take the Capital!"? 
* Ottawa and Regional resistance to the G8 
* how to get involved 
* your questions and concerns 

Join us in Ottawa in June as we take the capital! 

For more information, or to get involved: 
613-788-3310 (messages only) 


The organizing and political principles of the 
"Take the Capital!" campaign are as follows: 

- an analysis that emphasizes a clear anti-capitalist 
and anti-imperialist position against globalization 
and war; 
- 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 
and autonomy. 


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