Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, City Centre, Leeds.
Called by Leeds ARC/ Leeds University Social Forum/ Leeds Mayday
Group/ Green Action/ Underground Resistance (Leeds)/ Leeds Peaceniks/
CIRCA (clandestine insurgent rebel clown army) and Leeds/Bradford
The G8 are the rulers of eight of the worlds most powerful nations. In
1990, the G8 held its meeting in London. It passed by quietly. There
were no protests.
Eight years later, 400 social movements from around the world - under
the banner of Peoples' Global Action (PGA) - coordinated local
resistance to global problems. In the UK 50,000 people came together
to resist the G8 who were meeting in Birmingham.
From there spectacular acts of disobedience and direct action have
taken place around international summits: in Seattle, Prague, Genoa,
Evian, Cancun and elsewhere. These mobilisations have had enormous
repercussions, creating lasting connections and a sense of global
solidarity between previously fragmented local struggles. A global
'movement of movements', which is historically unprecedented in many
respects, has emerged at a phenomenal speed.
In 2005, the G8 returns to the UK.
How can this movement develop, growing in strength, numbers and
potential? How will we 'greet' the G8 when they meet between the 6 and
8th July 2005, in Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland?
This anti-G8 summit meeting is a big question and answer session about:
what the G8 is, a bit of history of summit disruption, whatever
questions people have, to give us all the same up-to-date knowledge,
including what different groups have planned already, like the
anti-capitalist network of autonomous groups 'Dissent!', the political
party/NGO coalition 'G8 Alternatives', and the development NGO
campaign coalition 'Make Poverty History'.
Then its up to us to start to discuss what we want to do as people
living in Leeds in relation to the G8.
The meeting has been hastily arranged, as the Dissent! Network are
having a meeting this weekend, 4/5 December, in Newcastle, and this
meeting is also to encourage people to go to that meeting or pass
their contributions on to somebody who is going.
See you there.