Warsaw meeting. Minutes from this meeting are on their way.
--> 3 Convergence centres proposed, one in Hamburg, one in Rostock, one
Berlin. None sorted as of yet, having the same problems as were had in
--> Camp sites planned, but no set places yet. More likely to be
--> Two strategies for the blockades were being discussed at this
Strategy a) blockading the G8 itself. Strategy b) blockading
maybe in another city?
Communication would be vital. There’ll be meetings at 8.00 in
centre’s, then the communication centres will talk to each other and
coordinate mass movement. (although there are not enough people doing
--> The mobilisation in Germany expects people to turn up organised
There is a need to still focus on certain elements of the logistics
transport), as it may be needed to move tens of thousands of people
There is a further meeting in April (13th-15th) in Rostock.
no-one was able to go as a delegate from the British Isle’s (Addition:
Though some people are going from UK I think?)
--> Lots of actions have been planned, start on the 25th May with the
Finance Ministers meeting. However, there is some fear, especially in
Germany, as being identified as one of the ‘organisers’, especially
setting up blockading groups. List of events on the ‘News From the
and Beyond’ newsletter.
--> There are innovative ideas surrounding the blockades coming from a
in Amsterdam. Simon to get their ideas onto the website, especially
‘barricade in a bag’ instruction booklet made from bamboo and other
London meeting (No Borders). About 10 people there:
--> Enthusiasm for organising from London.
--> Desire to coordinate between groups. No Borders are going to
Rising Tide have an action planned for the 15th (not sure which month
meant, and where it was. Pretty sure it’s going to be in London), Indy
be providing “live feed things”, but need translators.
--> Researching and collating all the callouts (will use the S.E. G8
to send this)
--> There’ll be another meeting after the Rostock meeting.
--> RTF party on 31st March fundraising for prisoner support. There’ll
G8 infoshop during the day, which they need help with. Talk to Brian.
--> 2 general thoughts about blockades. A) Independent affinity group
blockades, and B) mass walk out/blockade (leaving early like in
Both will probably end up happening.
--> We’re not here to organise blockades, rather, our role is to act as
infopoint to facilitate groups who are organising blockades.
--> Simon has a few documents that will get posted onto the website
--> Got a map with possible locations for protests. Simon to get more
put a link on the website?
--> Blockade list wasn’t working properly (or may be working just
using it.) Simon to look into (Addition: I believe a new one has now
set up? A link was posted on resistg82005 list a few days ago)
--> Offering support before, during and after protests. Running
areas” which were at the Climate Camp and at the G8 in Scotland. There
also an email and phone number providing contact when “well-being
aren’t being ran. They’ll be at the G8 this year, and will also be at
Earth First! Gathering.
--> Two issues to be discussed. A) Travelling to Germany (go as a group
in small groups?), and B) Travelling within Germany.
--> There is someone trying to sort info out about B, but he’s based in
UK. Will know more after Rostock meeting.
--> Not much organised. Need to wait for Rostock meeting.
--> Everyone who wanted publicity after the first meeting got what they
Website and funding:
--> No info and we don’t know how to contact the key holders of these
things, although a simple website has been setup. It’s a simple blog
sign up for it you need to go to the website, fill in the registration
get a password, and then you’ll be able to post on the blog. This is
--> Money for the stickers. Agreed that M should take the money for the
first run of stickers.
--> We need to encourage others to go. Ideas for this included:
Try to put the G8 in context for local groups to help them understand
‘their’ issue is affected by the G8.
--> Flooding the local press closer to the time.
--> We need to try to get those not involved, involved.
--> Also need to let those who are ‘already in the know’ what’s been
already in preparation.
--> Could put structures in place to include students, as it’s right at
end of their exam period, but they may still want to come (need stuff
can plug into)
--> Info tour or regional speakers? The man from Brighton to contact
man who did a talk at the Cowley Club about coming back to the UK for a
proper tour. Info to be posted on the Dissent! mailing list. Tour to be
possibly organised through the Social Centres Network.
6-10 pm in London, being sorted for a Tuesday or Wednesday, somewhere
between the middle and the end of April (but not the last weekend).
Move fast, strike harder...