LET THE CITY’S BURN BRIGHT WITH RAGE AND ANGER:

Climate Camp London invites you to… COP OUT CAMP OUT  Saturday 5 December, London, secret location …because it’s business as usual in Copenhagen! This Saturday Climate Camp London will be joining the tens of thousands of  people descending on London to help put the spotlight on the failing international climate talks in Copenhagen.  Now is the time to challenge the vested interests, corporations and  political systems that are causing climate change – so we’ve got a secret  plan to take a space in the city after the wave!

CAMP OUT WHEN?  Sat 5th December, after the wave – bring a pop up tent and warm clothes  because this time we’re definitely staying!  CAMP OUT WHERE? London, at a secret location to be announced by text message.
CAMP OUT WHY?  Because the failing UNFCCC talks in Copenhagen are at best planning false  solutions to climate change like carbon trading. If the government and  corporations get their way, then the next crisis won’t be financial. It  will be much worse. The stupidity of total trust in markets will only  bring catastrophe.

WHAT TO DO:

1. Sign up to the text messages alerts by going to climatecamp.org.uk

2. Get together a pop up tent (see how they work: youtube.com), lots of warm clothes, a
sleeping bags and torch.

3. Be in London PM on the 5th waiting in anticipation.

4. When the location is announced on your mobile phone swoop to the site
as quick as you can and strike up your pop up tent!

5. Occupy the space and take a direct stand against climate injustice  ahead of the Copenhagen’s Corporate Sponsored Climate Farce 2009

Ten years have passed since  amazing anti-WTO summit protests now is the time for action, and the first Indymedia site came to life in November 30th 1999. Media activists came together for the first time during the amazing anti-WTO summit protests that took place in Seattle (US), kick starting the emergence of a global ‘movement of movements‘ that has spent this decade struggling against neoliberalism, war and environmental destruction.

But this has also been a Movement that has shown a capability for constructing collective processes for democratic and horizontal alternatives to Capitalism. Indymedia is a good example of such a living alternative. For ten years a global network of websites, collectives and individuals have been working together to maintain the IMC project alive and kicking. There are many examples of successes, as well as a few instances where both Indymedia sites and indiviuals have had to face repression and even death in the hands of state repression – Brad Will, presente!. But Indymedia has not gone away, not even for a minute during these long 10 years, and it is set to continue moving forward with new strategies and energy.

As we still fight WTO in Geneva today, as people prepare for COP15 in Copenhagen

“The day the political landscape changed forever“, was how Fritjof Capra referred to events of N30, Tuesday 30th of November 1999, in his book The Hidden Connections. He was referring to the day when 1000´s of global justice activists came together and succeeded in shutting down the first WTO (World Trade Organisation) talks in the US using (mostly) non violent direct actions (NVDA) in the north western US city of Seattle. This was the event which brought the “globalisation” debate to the mainstream. It has been misleadingly described as anti-globalisation, what it should be accurately described as is anti corporate globalisation.

10 years on and again there is rubber bullets, tear gas and flames in the streets. This time in Geneva, as people from all over the world converge in the lead up to COP15, the climate change talks in Copenhagen… amongst others, the Social and Climate justice caravan.

10 years ago today, The Battle in Seattle: yeah, didn’t we – shut it down – didn’t we

As a lookback to some of the events of those days, some of the things that grew out of that space, here’s a few reminders. From what was then a radio streaming network on Pacifica radio, Democracy Now, was there on the streets reporting:

The Battle in Seattle: WTO Talks Inaugurated, As Thousands of Activists Demand Human Rights (N29) www.democracynow.org
Listen to the days audio show: www.archive.org

Today we are broadcasting from Seattle, Washington, where delegations from 130 countries are meeting this week for a historic round of trade talks at the World Trade Organization. Tens of thousands of activists from all over the world–from labor groups, to environmental activists, to farmers, to women’s groups, to many others representing a wide range of civil society–have also converged on Seattle for what the Wall Street Journal has said will be “the mother of all protests.”

The Battle in Seattle: French Farmer Jose Bove Leads Protest at Mcdonalds (N30) www.democracynow.org

“Shut McDonalds Mcglobalization” of agriculture around the world—a phenomenon they said has been brought about by the decisions and policies of the World Trade Organization.

Unions Take to the Streets in Seattle: A Conversation with United Steelworkers of America (N30)democracynow.org

Thousands of steelworkers marched yesterday in Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization’s trade policies. The steelworkers have been some of the most militant and vocal of all the unions that have converged on Seattle.

The Battle in Seattle – follow on audio stories from Democracy Now:

Wednesday, December 01, 1999 – The Battle in Seattle—Tens of Thousands of Protesters Shut Down the Inaugural Sessions of the World Trade Organization democracynow.org audio – www.archive.org

Thursday, December 02, 1999 – The Battle in Seattle: Hundreds Arrested and a Look at the WTO and the Environment
democracynow.org audio – www.archive.org

Friday, December 03, 1999 – The Battle in Seattle: Demonstrators Block Jail Entrance, Demanding the Release of Hundreds of Protesters democracynow.org audio –archive.org

Monday, December 06, 1999 – Battle in Seattle: Ralph Nader and Vandana Shiva Face Off with the Clinton Administration and Procter and Gamble democracynow.org audio –archive.org

Jim Page – Didn’t We (music song about the day, lyrics at end of article) youtube.com jimpage.net

A thing born once in Seattle amidst tear gas and protest… Indymedia

Many things grew out of those days in Seattle, one of them has grown from strength to strength and is perhaps the best metaphor like tool we can use to understand the new ways of doing things: Networking, building up and using efficient, open and honest tools of communication: Indymedia. (infos at http://www.indymedia.org/en/static/about.shtml )

The bi lingual film “i“ or ”Eye of the storm”, made by IMC-Argentina, is a beautiful film which shows the birth and growth and magic of “a global network” . It focuses on the rise of Indymedia and how participative media grew during the economic and social crisis in Argentina. (watch trailer at ithefilm )

Independent media films about Seattle N30:

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

This film, shot by 100 amateur camera operators, tells the story of the enormous street protests in Seattle, Washington in November 1999, against the World Trade Organization summit being held there. Vowing to oppose, among other faults, the WTO’s power to arbitrally overrule nations’ environmental, social and labour policies in favour of unbridled corporate greed, protestors from all around came out in force to make their views known and stop the summit. Against them is a brutal police force and a hostile media as well as the stain of a minority of destructively overzealous comrades. Against all odds, the protesters bravely faced fierce opposition to take back the rightful democratic power that the political and corporate elite of the world is determined to deny the little people.

The Battle of Seattle – from indy street reporting to Hollywood blockbuster Democracy Now – Battle in Seattle: With A-List Cast, New Film Re-Creates Historic Protest Against WTO (September 18, 2008) democracynow.org

In November 1999, tens of thousands of global justice activists, environmentalists, union members and anti-capitalist activists helped shut down the World Trade Organization in Seattle. It was a watershed moment for the movement against corporate globalization. The story of the Seattle protests has now been turned into a fictionalized film featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. We speak to the film’s writer and director, Stuart Townsend, as well as David Solnit, one of the key organizers of the WTO protests and co-founder of the Seattle WTO People’s History Project.

Film website: battleinseattlemovie.com fuller report with links etc at – N30: The day the political landscape changed forever
itsafunnyoldworld.wordpress.com

From WTO in Geneva to COP 15 in Copenhagen…. the Social and Climate justice caravan and the battle to change the world.

Two important summits take place at the end of 2009 in Europe: the 7th conference of ministers of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva and the UN climate summit in Copenhagen (COP15). With a week between them, 60 activists from the global South will travel across Europe through Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Denmark. They will draw attention to the consequences neoliberal globalization and climate change have on their lives and show how to fight against them. Together with local activists, they look for alternatives to free trade and the privatisation of resources, and unite the North and South in their fights for another world.

So outlines the Social & Climate Justice Caravan, which is already busy in Geneva… http://www.climatecaravan.org/

From rubber bullets, tear gas and flames in the streets of Seattle to the streets of Geneva today. Thousands protest WTO in Geneva – Property Damage and Tear Gas www.indymedia.org.uk

Up to 4-5000 people today marched in Geneva protesting ahead of the WTO meeting in an International Demonstration as part of a week of action and debate around the WTO Ministerial which runs from 30th November to 2nd December. The mobilisation is seen very much in relation to the COP15 UN climate conference taking place in Copenhagen 7th – 18th December. This afternoon clashes broke out as parts of the crowd attacked property smashing windows of banks and shops and setting a number of cars on fire. Police used tear gas, concussion greandes and water cannon. Further protests are scheduled with the WTO meeting starting on Monday 30th November, ten years exactly since the famous Seattle WTO protests

Related links Euronews – They (Anti-capitalism protesters) accuse the WTO of not doing enough to tackle climate change, claiming it is a mouthpiece for the interests of multinational corporations. www.euronews.net vastminority.blogspot.com

Seattle Grows Up In the lead up to the massive COP15 goings on in Denmark next month, a recent article “Seattle Grows Up” from Naomi Klein reported; A decade ago, in a New York Times comment piece published after Seattle was shut down, I wrote that a new movement advocating a radically different form of globalisation “just had its coming-out party”. What will be the significance of Copenhagen? I put that question to John Jordan, whose prediction of what eventually happened in Seattle I quoted in my book No Logo. He replied: “If Seattle was the movement of movements’ coming-out party then maybe Copenhagen will be a celebration of our coming of age.” He cautions, however, that growing up doesn’t mean playing it safe, eschewing civil disobedience in favour of staid meetings. “I hope we have grown up to become much more disobedient,” Jordan said, “because life on this world of ours may well be terminated because of too many acts of obedience.” The Seattle activists’ coming of age in Copenhagen will be very disobedient (klein article – alternative title) The climate conference will witness a new maturity for the movement that ignited a decade ago. But that does not mean playing it safe guardian.co.uk

Related video from Democracy now:  Naomi Klein on Climate Debt: Why Rich Countries Should Pay Reparations To Poor Countries For The Climate Crisis.www.democracynow.org Well, the latest column I wrote for “The Nation,” is about this line that you can draw from Seattle to Copenhagen. I call the column “Seattle Grows Up,” because I think we’re also seeing an evolution of a movement that can to world attention on the streets of Seattle. I think there has been a profound deepening of the coalition between groups that are primarily focused on poverty, on development, on debt, and environmental groups that have traditionally been focused on environmental issues. We saw that in Seattle, the beginnings of that coalition, with the famous “Teamsters and Turtles” coalition. Now we are seeing something much deeper. It is this idea of climate debt that is bringing together groups, like I was saying, Jubilee South, like Action Aid, groups that have been mostly focused on anti-poverty and development and are now are seeing climate change as the single greatest barrier to human development around the world, but also seen the call for climate reparation as an opportunity for, to quote Angelica Navarro, Bolivia’s ambassador to the climate negotiations, who I was talking about earlier, when she talks about the need for the developing world- developed world to pay our climate debt, she says if this happened and we would have a Marshall Plan for planet earth, which is a very exciting prospect because it means you have the opportunity to tackle simultaneously two of humanities most intransigent challenges, most intransigent problems, climate debt on the one hand, and inequality on the other. So, the bringing together of these two forces. That is what’s going to be really, really exciting in Copenhagen. And a lot of the people, a lot of networks that grew out of Seattle are going to be activated in Copenhagen and have only grown stronger in recent years

Ok, so thats a quick trip down memory lane, happy birthday INDYMEDIA… Hope to see people take MASS ACTION AND BRING BACK THE Amazing Anti-WTO Summit Protests Saturday 5 December, London and The Climate Talks in Copenhagen LET THE CITYS BURN BRIGHT WITH RAGE AND ANGER

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