Callout for First Meeting
G7FMM ''Welcoming Committee''
The G8 have announced, as usual, that their aims include stable development and the reduction of global poverty, with a concentration on plans for Africa. Dare we trust that these are their real intentions? Can we believe that they aren't solely focused on the neo-liberal version of globalization that puts an increasing proportion of the world's wealth into the hands of a tiny elite? Everything we know leads us to conclude that plans for ever more intense exploitation and accumulation will not change without community action.
The situation in the Atlantic region may be only the tip of the global iceberg, but it does represent the larger situation in how people, labour and resources are exploited.
The war's other front continues domestically. Governments at all levels, in particular but not exclusively the far-right governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia, unabashedly pursue economic policies in keeping with the dictates of big business. The inevitable consequence is increased impoverishment and indebtedness, intensified resource exploitation with accelerated environmental degradation, and a reduction in general social services and real security. This war has its own arsenal, with weapons ranging from privatization schemes through work-fare to specially militarized tactical police units. The neo-liberal agenda -- embodied by institutions and treaties like the IMF, World Bank, WTO, NAFTA, FTAA and G8 -- here in Canada as abroad, is the relentless transfer of power and wealth to the economic and political elite.
With apparent disregard of conventions regarding human rights in general and refugees in particular, the war has expanded to include so-called "anti-terrorist" laws, little more than sophisticated stereotyping in the form of racial profiling, and an excuse for racist immigration policies. These laws constitute a judicial assault on political, civil, and human rights and political organizing, have clear racist implications that create an atmosphere of the worst forms of prejudice, resulting in a new wave of scapegoating and attacks on immigrant and refugee communities.
Last July, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Genoa, Italy against the G8, and were met with state-sponsored police brutality that included the murder of activist Carlo Giuliani. The Genoa protests were accompanied by protests worldwide in opposition to the G8.
The global uprising is led by grassroots movements in the global South. The recent popular rebellions in Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia stand out as inspiring and empowering examples and models of resistance to imperialism and capitalism, in the face of violent day-to-day state repression.
And so, with the intention of coordinating a response to the G7 Finance Ministers when they visit, we are calling you to an initial meeting on March 30th at 1PM in the North Branch Library on Gottingen Street in Halifax.
We see G7FMM-2002 as requiring action in clear opposition to the G7, in solidarity with G8 protests in Alberta, Ottawa, and worldwide, and in ongoing support of local and regional grassroots social justice efforts. This invitation is intended for all organizations, affinity groups and individuals in Atlantic Canada and the eastern provinces, as well as the Northeastern United States.