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A Call to form an Arterial Bloc for the G20

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Dave Antagonism
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Oct 22 2006 10:19
A Call to form an Arterial Bloc for the G20

A Call to form an Arterial Bloc
for the G20 protests in Melbourne, Australia
November 19-20

First meeting:
1.30pm, Sunday November 5
Victoria Park, Sydney (City Road side)
(UTS Tower building if it’s raining)
Bring a plate

This is what we want: lives worth living, lives of dignity and autonomy and we want
to work together against capitalism and the state to achieve this. And we want to do
it now. The only power we have is each other, and this is more than enough. To this
end we want to work together in a bloc. To come together and form an active, living
community of struggle based on autonomy, solidarity and democracy. We want a
community that confronts and overcomes all forms of social oppression. We want to
develop collective power and collective communication. Not to follow, not to lead,
but to work out how we can organise ourselves.

This is what we want: To confront the G20 more directly as it meets- maybe taking
our protest right to their meeting; or maybe confronting capital another way. We
want our disobedience and our creation of other ways of living to be effective as we
can make it. We know that capitalism will deploy numerous forms of repression and
discipline to contain us, and we have no wish to be, or see others, beaten and
imprisoned. We have no time for violent macho fantasy or delusions about Ghandi. Our
bodies, our lives, our desires are too precious to fuck with. We want to be smart,
joyful and defiant, not martyrs.

We believe that an effective bloc is made up of many people who have many different
skills and capacities. Sometimes the most crucial skills (such as the ability to
care) can get forgotten when the focus is on more “exciting” things. But we all have
something to offer, and we are equals. None of us are heroes; together we can help
each other to be brave, happy and rebellious.

This isn't a meeting to discuss the merits of direct action/radical disobedience.
We respect a diversity of tactics; we support, and hope to work alongside, other
groups taking action in whatever way they see fit.
This is a meeting to organise how we see fit.

First meeting:
1.30pm, Sunday November 5
Victoria Park, Sydney (City Road side)
(UTS Tower building if it’s raining)
Bring a plate

email: arterialbloc at hush dot com