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SEE YOU AT THE HILTON HOTEL 0CTOBER 3RD
hilton bomber
HUGH Morgan of the Western Mining Corporation - is promoting the Commonwealth Business Forum (a WEF-like event at Melbourne's Hilton Hotel - October 3-5 this year). Why was Morgan chosen for this role? Well, Christopher Skase and Alan Bond were not available. - indy media

ANTI WORLD BANK PROTEST IN PNG GUNNED DOWN
JUNE 27: Students blockaded the PNG government buildings for 5 days + nights. Police attacked the peacefull protest. PNG TUC has called a general strike to support the students, the PNG Maritime workers union has already started sticking up ships tonight and are asking for foreign maritime unions to black all PNG cargo. John Paska General secretary of the PNG TUC who endorsed the S11 Melbourne blockade is now asking for union support in close by countries and for demos against the World Bank. For messages of support his phone & fax number is country code (675)3257642- indy media

S11 TO GIVE OMBUDSWOMAN GIANT SPECTACLES
arrest me don't bash me
JUNE 25: Up to 100 protesters will attempt to present Victoria's police ombudsman with a giant pair of spectacles following his report on police action during last year's S11 blockade. - aap/age

THE WOMBATS ARE NOW IN MELBOURNE

THE WOMBATS - White Overall Mobile Buffer Against Truncheon Strikes - are now meeting weekly in Melbourne. This is a non-violent group who will wear protective padding + costumes to protests supporting Social Justice + the Environment. - wombats

NUDE S11 PROTESTERS NOT GUILTY + AWARDED $1,500
virgina cock
JUNE 18: TWO women charged with offensive behaviour for running naked at the end of the S11 protests were acquitted today after the police case did not show evidence of anyone being offended by their behaviour. The magistrate described their actions as 'almost passé or boorish' at worst, and awarded them $750 each in costs. - indy media

PUBLIC TALK ON GOTTENBERG - tuesday 3 july
nude man
MELBOURNE TALK: "What happened at Gottenberg" - live talk via speaker telephone from Jonas Brannberg activist from the recent demo in Sweden. Jonas also participated in the S11 protests in Melbourne. All welcome, 7pm Trades Hall. Drinks afterwards. Call the socialist party 4 more info - 03 9639 9122

PNG WORLD BANK IMF PROTEST - monday july 2
PNG solidarity protest on the 2nd July outside the DFAT building at the corner of Latrobe/Spring. Starts at 12:30PM.

CONVERGE ON CBF + CHOGM
RESISTANCE activists throughout the country are gearing up for the next major target in Australia, the October Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Brisbane and, just before it, the associated meeting of the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) in Melbourne. - greenleftweekly

S-11 STUDENT CLEARED OF ASSAULT CHARGE
JUNE 22: A WORLD Economic Forum protester who grabbed a policeman by the jacket was yesterday cleared of assault. Magistrate Steve Raleigh ruled that Gavan Blau's actions did not constitute assault and dismissed the charge. - herald-sun

NAOMI KLIEN ON-LINE - 27 june
bible
NAOMI Klien, author of No Logo, will be hanging out in a chat room for the first of a series of on-line conversations, 1PM EDT June 27, 2001. Log on here - nologo.org

NIKE STORE SHUT DOWN 13 TIMES!

JUNE 22: THE weekly anti-Nike protest - Number 13 - took place outside the Nike store in central Melbourne today. Lines of protesters stood shoulder-to-shoulder along the footpath in front of the Nike's doorway but deliberately left a space of a couple of metres free at the doorway to avoid been charged with the crime of 'besetting a premises'. One protester was reported to be arrested. - more at indy media

NIKE BLOCKADERS DEFY POLICE
POLICE unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the announcement of a half-day blockade of the Nike store on 1pm August 3, and a full-day blockade 9am September 11 by telling speakers that this would constitute inciting people to attend an illegal civil demonstration. - greenleftweekly

ANTI-GLOBALISATION (sic) BATTLE SHIFTS INTO CYBERSPACE
JUNE 22: THE anti-globalisation (sic) battleground is set to shift into cyberspace as the World Bank prepares to open a major conference online to avoid another round of mass street demonstrations. - the age

BEHIND THE ATTACK OF THE HACKERS
JUNE 22: NASA, the United States Department of Defence, and the White House come under almost daily Internet assault. At the time of the World Trade Organisation meeting in Geneva, Nike's website was hacked and its Web address changed so visitors were redirected to the S11 protest group's site. - the age

WORLD BANK ON-LINE CONFERENCE
bank wrong
DUE TO street protests the World Bank's 3rd Annual Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) in Europe, will, for the first time, be held on-line in a live video, interactive format. - June 25 and June 26, 2001. - Register yourself here - world bank abcde

YOU COMPLETE IDIOTS
EMAIL FROM PAUL: 'After attending a local protest outside the Nike store in Melbourne a couple of Fridays ago I can safely say that s-11, M-1 and all the other miniority groups who believe their pathetic attempts at protest will change anything, are a bunch of uneducated morons with little else to with their time than interupt hard working Australians.' - read more on the messages of hate page

REFLECTIONS ON S11
Ciaron O¹Reilly from Ploughshares: 'Given the Vic Labor Government's willingness to use fascist police violence in relation to nonviolent civil disobedience, rather than due process of the law: given that Trade Union bureaucrats tried to police + undermine the blockade: given that the moderate anti-casino campaigning churches boycotted the blockade: given how huge + multi-entranced the blockade site was: given how small in number + under resourced we were; given the wealth, power + violence arraigned against us - we did extremely well in closing the casino down, disrupting the WEF + challenging the rule of corporate power in Melbourne.' - indy media

UPCOMING CHOGM PROTESTS
BRISBANE: ACTIVISTS are preparing the ground for dynamic protests directed at the October 6-8 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane. At a city-wide meeting on June 14 it became clear that a number of different activist alliances are already prioritising diverse protest activities. There is one purpose, however, that unites all: CHOGM, along with the Commonwealth Business Forum in Melbourne, represents the next major target for the growing movement against corporate globalisation in this country. - greenleftweekly

EUROPE PUTS UP ANTI-RIOT BARRICADES
EUROPEAN leaders are to introduce Draconian measures to deal with the growing threat of violence from anti-capitalist protesters. They are bringing forward plans to stage all European summits in Brussels behind tough new security barriers. - observer

CHOGM FREE ZONE
BRISBANE: CHOGM Free Zone is a collective dedicated to organising resistance to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It is a consensus driven organisation committed to creating a society based on equality, harmony, and direct democracy. Meetings are every Thursday, 7pm at 264 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. - chogm free zone

OMBUDSMAN PROTEST - 1pm monday june 25
police
IF YOU read the Ombudsman's S11 Report - and thought it was a bais. - Come to a protest outside the Ombudsman's office. 459 Collins Street (corner Williams Street ), Melbourne. 1PM, Monday 25th June. Bring an old pair of spectacles to help the Ombudsman to see. Organised by People For Police Accountability.

OMBUDSMAN ON ABC TV
JUNE 16: The Victorian State Ombudsman, Dr Perry, claimed last night on StateLine he will 'pursue' individual violent policemen (*women) at the S11 protests - if these offenders can be identified. - indy media

POOFS + DYKES PREPARE TO MEET QUEEN - june 26
queen sucks
Q.U.E.E.R. is having an Open Organising meeting to discuss a National Queer Block at protests against the CHOGM meeting in October. Interested lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered people + queers are invited. Speakers: Liz Humphrys + Adrian Makohon - Tuesday 26 June, 6 pm - Evatt Room, 1st floor Trades Hall, Carlton. More info? call Adrian on 0407-420-523 or e-mail queer@microsuxx.com

S11: THE COURTS WILL HAVE THE LAST SAY
JUNE 14: The Victorian Ombudsman, introducing his report into complaints against police arising out of the S11 protest at the World Economic Forum, points out there is nothing new about clashes between protesters and police. This is undoubtedly true. - the age

ANTI-NIKE PROTESTERS SET UP INTERNET LIST
JUNE 16: To join the melbourne based anti-nike pro-worker e-group send a blank email to - stopnike-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

OMBUDSMAN TAKES THE PISS OUT OF THE HERALD SUN

THE Ombudsman's S11 report demolishes the Herald Sun's claim that the citizens who were baton-attacked at 7am on September 12 had been spraying urine at police and had been throwing urine-filled balloons and condoms just before they were attacked. - indy media

OMBUDSMAN WORKS FOR THE POLICE NOT THE PUBLIC

FROM INDY MEDIA: The Ombudsman's whitewash of the police behavior at S11 should come as no surprise. On 6 January 2001, the Age published an article about Ombudsman Barry Perry entitled 'Does the watchdog have enough bite?' The answer was 'No', as the Ombudsman generally expresses the view of the people who are being complained about. - indy media

POLICE STEPPED ON PEOPLES HEADS
THE Ombudsman tries to make out that the police stepped over and through protesters. As the photo from The Australian shows, the police did not do this, but stood on people's heads and necks. - indy media

OMBUDSMEN CONTACT INFO
ONE MAY call the ombudsmen office on 9613 6222 to give feed back on the s11 police violence report. To get a copy of the report call Information Victoria on 1300 366 356. Or get it online here - ombudsman.vic.gov.au

JOHN HOWARD PREPARES FOR 03

READ a message for the Melbourne Commonwealth Business Forum from the Prime Minister of Australia - cbcforum.com

WHAT IS THE COMMONWEALTH BUSINESS FORUM?
THE CBF is run by the CBC which was established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government in October 1997 to involve the private sector in the promotion of international trade and investment. It is a membership-based organisation with currently over 170 corporate members directing and funding its work. - cbcforum.com

JAIL TERM FOR PIE ATTACK ON PREMIER

JUNE 9: The man who pushed a cream pie into the face of Premier Steve Bracks was jailed yesterday for one month by a Melbourne magistrate. - the age

S11 REVISITED
READ one persons view of awol and s11, this is an individual statement and not a statement from the group. - indy media

VIOLENT POLICE CLEARED OVER S11 DEMO

JUNE 13: POLICE have been cleared of claims they used excessive force to break up S11 protest blockades at last year's World Economic Forum. - herald sun

POLICE CLEARED ON S11
JUNE 13: The Bracks Government and police command yesterday welcomed an Ombudsman's report that found police tactics used to break up protests during last year's World Economic Forum were largely appropriate. - the age

3CR RADIOTHON
THE Radiothon for 855AM 3CR in Melbourne runs from Monday June 11 until the 18th. 3CR ran 72 hour coverage of the World Economic Forum / S11 protests last year. To help call 3cr - 03 9419 8377

MELBOURNE M1 PHOTOS
dan's M1 photos "In Melbourne we had a wonderful day, largely due to (a) a fantastic turn out, getting up to somewhere around 7000 (always hard to say though) people, and (b) no violence from the police, who were remarkably well-behaved. " photos here
johnf's M1 photos here
paul's panoramas here
more melbourne pix at indymedia
photos from around the world here
john 'a tourist' photos here
send us your site - mayday@cotse.com

BEST EVER NIKE DEMO
JUNE 8: FROM INDY MEDIA: Protesters tonight outclassed the Nike company and the Victoria Police. Promptly at 5pm, we began our eleventh weekly protest outside Nike's Melbourne store at 5pm and managed to hold our ground for two hours until our official finishing time, 7pm. The police were forced to back off. - indy media

NIKE STORE PROTEST BAN LIFTED

JUNE 6: FIVE protesters barred from the CBD vowed to continue protesting outside Nike's city store after the ban was lifted yesterday. - herald sun

5 ARRESTED AT NIKE BLOCKADE

JUNE 1: Police arrested 5 Anti-Nike protesters at the weekly Nike Store blockade on Friday night. - watch videos of the protest now: channel 7 news or Access News - both require real player

NOW ITS S11 THE GAME

If you missed out on the tear gas, rubber-pellet fire and fun of Seattle's 1999 anti-World Trade Organisation police riots, cheer up, you can still play the video game. - the age - rock star games - WATCH THE TRAILER NOW - quicktime

MESSAGES OF HATE
THE best hate mails from anti-m1 fans from all round the world - hate mail

AUSTRALIAN M1 GROUPS
NEARLY every capital city in Australia held weekly M1 meetings - your city here

SEARCHING FOR MARK FEEN-NICKS?
IN SEPT 2000 someone going by the alias of Mark Feen-Nicks contacted s11 legal suppport...the return email is no longer in use and S11 Legal Support would like to make contact as there was some great info re: a police violence incident at s11. If anyone knows this person or if you are this person please make contact with Pauline on (03) 9419 3744, EMAIL: pspencer@fitzroy-legal.org.au

REPRIEVE ON LEAFLETS
THE Melbourne City Council will amend a bylaw prohibiting the distribution of political leaflets without a permit, handing a victory to anti-Nike protesters. - the age

(i)Xpress SUPPORTS NIKE PROTESTS
(i)Xpress >>>>> The Activist Urbanbicyclist messenger service that operated during S11 and mayday2001.ok have announced an operational plan to provide non-protest based support on the ground at nike protests. - ixpress

GREENNET UNDER 'DOS' ATTACK

JUNE 5: Melbourne's volunteer-run webserver GreenNet is in the midst of a Denial Of Service attack which started on Thursday 29th May costing the volunteer run group around $700 per day. Greennet reported the attack early and are yet to hear from service provider Telstra whether or not they are liable for the full ongoing costs.
- indy media

ONE PERSONS ACCOUNT OF THE NIKE BLOCKADE

JUNE 1: I attended this evening's anti-Nike protest and I was gratified to find that a surprisingly large number of passers-by stopped to express their support for the protest. A colleague and I stayed on outside the Nike store for an extra hour, holding large placards. Many people stopped to congratulate us. - more at indy media

MAN CHARGED OVER M1 PROTEST

JUNE 1: Police have laid their first charges over this year's M1 anti-globalisation protests against a 46-year-old man from Kyneton. Matthew Taylor has been charged with criminal damage to a city McDonalds' restaurant in Collins Street on May 1. He will appear in Kyneton Magistrates' Court on Monday. - the age

O3 = CHOGM SHUT DOWN
Many different groups have begun to organise action against the coming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane Oct. 6-9. A call has been made for a Spokescouncil to provide a forum for these different groups and individuals to have contact with each other. - indy media

NIKE BEGS FOR TRUCE WITH PROTESTERS

24 MAY: ANTI-NIKE protesters received a letter from NIKE yesterday requesting a meeting to 'discuss our corporate responsibility policies and practices and to explore ways in which we might reach a peaceful resolution to the Friday evening blockades of our NIKE Melbourne store.' - more

ANTI-CORPORATE GAME
BRICK A BRAND - fight the evil corporates with virtual bricks - urban75.com

S11 + M1 = 03
THERE will be a high profile meeting of corporate ceos at the Hilton Hotel in Melbourne, just days before the CHOGM in Queensland, starting October the 3rd. The M1 alliance are planning a blockade.

HOW POPULAR IS THIS SITE?
HITWISE.COM still lists s11.org in the top 5 of the most popular politicial web sites in Australia, some weeks we have more visitors than the Labor Party web site. On April 30th (the day befor the m1 protests) we had over 3,500 unique visitors (and 7,200 impressions) in 24 hours, according to counted.com.

YOUR FEEDBACK WANTED
WHAT would be good/bad at this web site post-m1? - mayday@cotse.com

COURT ACTION OVER OMBUDSMAN'S REPORT?
People who took part in the protests at last year's World Economic Forum in Melbourne may turn to the courts, after the Victorian Ombudsman failed to strongly criticise the actions of police. - abc

S11 REPORT SPARKS VIC GOVT RETHINK ON POLICE TACTICS
The Victorian Government will review police tactics following an ombudsman's report into allegations of police violence at the S-11 demonstrations against the World Economic Forum in Melbourne last year. - abc

TWO S11 PROTESTERS DEFEAT THE HERALD SUN
Two S11 protesters have scored a victory against the Melbourne Herald Sun, forcing the proprietors' Press Council to criticise the Herald Sun for incorrectly slanting a news story about the pair. The pair had put superglue in a padlock at the Channel Nine heliport near the Crown Casino. The Herald Sun blatantly mis-reported the pair's court case. - indy media

MC DONALDS CONFESSES TO BEEF FAT FRIES
Three Hindu businessman who accused McDonald's of secretly using beef in their French fries were triumphantly vindicated last night when the company admitted that it has lied to the public for 10 years - the age

ARMY TO FACE PROTESTERS AT CHOGM
THE Australian Defence Force in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service is making intensive preparations for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM 2001) in Brisbane in October. About 1,600 defence personnel, including a large number of reservists, will be involved. - indy media

MURDOCKS LIES + POLICE VIOLENCE EXPOSED TO SCHOOL CHILDREN
THE Barrett Report on police batons and the news media at S11, which was submitted to the Ombudsman, is also available now on the VCE Politics + Media Studies web site, where it is being used by students in Years 11 + 12 - check it out

GLOBALISATION MUST B 4 ALL

WE HEAR the preachings of globalisation but, argues Amartya Sen, we rarely stop to act on the voices of protest. - the age

NO LOGO - A VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY CAPITALISM

WALDEN Bello says, marketing isn't everything - ainfos

McPROTEST - A DEMONSTATION IS NOT A MOVEMENT
NAOMI KLEIN with some thoughts on the problem of building community support in a fractured society - the guardian
SEE ALSO: BAD CHANTS REPEATED WILL MEAN WE ARE DEFEATED from M1X - indymedia

S11 COURT APPEARANCES

Friday 8 june: Jeff Bracks pie thrower trial starts, Bracks will appear.

NIKE STORE SHUT DOWN AGIAN

25 MAY: At Melbourne's 9th anti-Nike blockade this evening, a policeman - Senior Constable C. Cunningham - removed his name-tag but protesters forced him to put it back on again. Meanwhile, because of the large crowd of protesters, the Nike store was again forced to close its doors. - indy media

POLICE TRY TO STOP NIKE BLOCKADE

On Friday 11 May, between 100 and 400 protestors shut down the Nike store for the 7th week in a row. Despite mass 'illegal' leafletting by protesters, the City Council didn't hand out any $500 fines, as they had the previous week. - indy media

BYLAW 5.4: POLICING THE STREETS' POLITICS
TWO protesters were arrested outside the Bourke Street Nike store on Friday, May 4, by Melbourne City Council officers, acting in consultation with the Victoria Police. The protesters were distributing leaflets that criticised the shoe retailer's record on labor practices in the Third World, among other things, and were charged under bylaw 5.4, which was allegedly introduced to put a stop to the distribution of race-hate material. - the age

POLICE TO TRACK M1 GRAFFITI ARTISTS WITH VIDEO

POLICE will use surveillance equipment to investigate graffiti attacks during Melbourne's May Day protests. - the age

M1X ON THE STREETS

THOUSANDS picked up copies of M1X on mayday - the spoof newspaper was produced by the paper and m1 activists. if you have a cable connection you can download a pdf version here (10MB)

POLICE STOP NIKE DEMO
MAY 4: On Friday night, Victoria Police, broke up the weekly blockade of the Nike Superstore on Swanston Streets Melbourne. Also two protesters were given $500 fines for illagal leafletting. - indy media

MELBOURNE CAR FREE MAYDAY
A Car Free Day was declared by the City Of Melbourne for mayday - more

POLICE OFFICER RISKS KILLING ANTI-NIKE PROTESTER

APRIL 21: Over 100 m1/anti-nike protesters were blockading the Nike store on Swanston Street when a police officer attacked a peaceful protester using illegal and lethal pressure piont tactics - indy media

S11 WINS LOGIE AWARD
APRIL 23: The Logie award for Best News Coverage was awarded for coverage of the S11 protests by Channel 9. During the footage that was shown, Richards Courts flat tyres were shown whilst the voice over described how they were slashed. This is not true and other footage from SKA TV clearly shows the tyres being let down by the valve. The award was given out in Melbournes' Crown Casino. - indy media

M1 CULTURE JAMMERS ARE RE-BRANDING NIKE

An M1 anti-Nike culture jammer discusses the tactics involved in the current campaign to RE-BRAND Nike with Billboard Ad defacement and on-line activism. -
WATCH THIS VIDEO NOW - requires realplayer

CHRISTIAN VIGIL AT MAY DAY

An inter-denominational group of Christians held a Christian May Day Vigil supporting justice for clothing outworkers. - more

THIS WEEK ON ACCESS NEWS
This weeks Access News - 8pm may 14th - features footage of Victorian Police breaking the law at Friday's Nike store protest and an update on illegal leafleting - access news

KEYSERVICES LOOKING AFTER YOU

During m1.mayday.2001 Medical Volunteers and Legal Observers supported by (i)Xpress Patrols worked together to keep the community safe - more

A20 = QUEBEC CITY
Much of old city of Quebec City has been caged in to secure the 34-nation Americas summit. this is the "greatest humiliation of Canadian democracy," says civil-rights lawyer Clayton Ruby. The Summit of the Americas conference is on between 20-22 april and seeks to implement a north-south American free trade agreement, extending NAFTA - more
on quebec indymedia and www.a20.org

TROJAN RABBIT IN QUEBEC?

"If our leaders and de facto corporate masters behave like medieval lords, they leave us no choice but to resort to medieval tactics," said the RTMark investor who is sponsoring the Horse ($500), as well as a siege tower and catapult ($200) or Rabbit ($200) - RTMark

MELBOURNE TO HOST CHOGM BUSINESS FORUM
MARCH 30: The Premier, Mr Jeff Bracks, announced that Melbourne had been selected to host the Commonwealth Business Forum, October 2001. - more

BAN THE BOOT VERSES NIKE = 1 / NIL

After the campaign of defacing nike billboards in Melbourne and Adelaide - with M-1 slogans and www.bantheboot.com stickers, nike have removed the contents of the website www.ffff.com.au - more at indymedia also the age

S-EX TO CLOSED DOWN FOR M1 - BIG BUSINESS PUT UP BARRICADES
APRIL 28: A tall wooden perimiter fence has been erected around the Rialto Building at 525 Collins Street, opposite Melbourne's Stock Exchange Centre - three days before M1. Both buildings are at the intersection of Collins and King Streets. The Stock Exchange Centre is on the north-eastern corner and the Rialto is on the south-eastern corner - indymedia

The Stock Echange was be closed for the day due to the expected presence of M1 protestors. The building will be secured by police from 5.00am. All staff are granted a day's hardship leave. -
the age

LEAKED TO S11.ORG: MAYDAY NEWS REPORT
MAY 1: City workers and commuters were beseiged today as hundreds of anti- globalisation protestors attempted to blockade the Australian Stock Exchange, and took to the streets to march against what they claim to be "corporate tyranny". The so-called "M1" protests, were a follow-on from the violent S11 protests last year - more

M1 LEGAL WEB SITE
APRIL: During M1in Melbourne, a version of legal support provided at s11 will be available. A group of para-legal observers - in yellow vests - will observe, record and monitor any arrests and actions by the Victoria police and private security, they can also provide you with some limited legal information. - visit the m1 legal web site now

BRACKS PIED FOR 2RD TIME OVER POLICE VIOLENCE AT S11

MARCH 29: Victorian Premier Jeff Bracks became the victim of a cream pie thrower as he opened the Melbourne Comedy Festival today. Mr Bracks was being interviewed by comedian Dave O'Neill as part of the festival launch ceremonies when the surprise attack occurred.
- indymedia

ON-LINE BLOCKADING GAME
The Resistance web site has a game where you have to try and protest whilst avoiding police assault - PLAY THE GAME NOW - requires flash

WORLD BANK PRESIDENT PIED

Just days before Operation Dessert Strom began, World Bank president James Wolfensohn received two pies in Helsinki, Finland. - dessert storm

AWOL CONVERGENCE
AWOL'ers are organising a convergence afternoon, between 3.30 and 8pm - on the day before MAYDAY for people to hook-up, organise last minute stuff for the awol action, get some last minute briefings, information and co-ordinate a spokescouncil meeting at 6pm. the convergence will be at the ' old northcote bowls club ' at 14-24 pearl st, northcote / thornbury - more

M1 MEDIA MEETING
There's going to be a mayday media meeting the night before May 1st (ie, Monday 30 April) at 6pm in the Trades Hall bar (upstairs - corner Lygon and Victoria). Come along and let others know what you're planning. -
map here

WANTED - NIKE BILLBOARD PICS
If you have any pics of defaced - BAN THE BOOT - nike billboards - please email them into mayday@cotse.com

M1 ARTISTS WANTED
Help make M1 a great festival - artists wanted now! - actors - dancers - comedians - entertianers - musicians - djs - speakers - stall holders - sound n lighting engineers - graphic artists - pianters - performance artists - to get involved call Daniella Olea 0404_189_272

VIDEO MAKERS READ THIS
Access news will be videoing mayday and making a half hour story of it. anyone planning to have a camera there would be good to link up with. We're shooting in melb and would like to swap footage with others round the country. Our story will be going to air less than one week after the event. Access news production meetings are on thursdays at 6.30 in our office at trades hall. - access news

(i)Xpress >>>>> MAJOR RECRUITING DRIVE

(i)Xpress, the bicycle messenger service that operated during S11 protests last year, has launched a major recruiting campaign to attract new recruits and take the team into the new century. - view the advertisement at (i)Xpress

UNIONS JOIN MAY DAY PROTEST - M1 PROTEST
4 APRIL: Victorian trade unions have thrown their weight behind anti-globalisation protests planned throughout central Melbourne next month. - the age

TRADE UNIONS TO HIT THE STREETS ON M1
M1 is steadily gaining support amongst major Victorian trade unions, with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the M1 Alliance agreeing to combine forces for an 'Anti-Corporate Unity March' on May 1. - greenleftweekly

URGENT ACTION M-1 LEGAL OBSERVERS NEEDED
Calling all legal and non legal supporters to be legal observers on Tuesday May 1. Legal observers play a crucial role in distributing information about rights, observing arrests and mistreatment and taking notes. You will be supported by a very experienced team. You do not have to be a lawyer - all welcome! Legal Observers are vital to protect the community's democratic right to protest. Training will be provided Sunday 29 April 2001 from 11am - 4pm (Venue to be announced). - If you are interested in helping out and having your centre listed on the flyer please URGENTLY contact Pauline Spencer at Fitzroy Legal Service phone 03_9411_1306

WTO PUBLIC HEARING
Join the inquiry into Australia's relationship with the World Trade Organisation - 26-27 april 2001 - check here for time + place

M1 ALLAINCE BENIFIT GIG
M1 Alliance fundraiser 6pm Tuesday 24th April - Public Office 100 Adderley St, West Melbourne Entry $10 - more

HELP PROMOTE M-1 NOW
To help with M1 promotions, join the 'May Day Publicity' team - it meets 6:30 every Wednesday, Activist space near student union, RMIT, Melbourne.

DEAR MR BRACKS
The M1-Alliance have written a letter to our State leader Mr Bracks - read the letter

RALLY AGIANST VIOLENT POLICE
Rally against police violence and corruption
FRIDAY 27 APRIL - 3pm - assemble Victorian police hq - World Trade Center (old casino) - Rod Quantock and other speakers will address the crowd - more

(i)Xpress >>>>> NEEDS BICYCLISTS
for meeting times go here

HELP! - WALL IN THE CANADIAN CONSULATE
This Monday - April 23rd - at 11am, people in Melbourne will be 'Walling in the Canadian Consulate' - In solidarity with the A-20 protests - more

ON-LINE PROTEST
You can't be in Québec for the A-20 protests? Join in by filling in the form 'March on the internet'. - marchdespeuples.org

ACTIVIST SKILLSHARING WEEKEND
21-22 april in northcote. learn about affinity group organising, legal briefings, direct action training, banner making. with free food from food not bombs! more

MORE S11 CHARGES DROPPED
Fri 6 April 2001: Today the charge of rescuing from lawful custody was dropped against an s11 activist who plead guilty to hindering police. He was put on a 12 month good behaviour bond with no payment required. - indymedia

ANTI-GLOBALIZATION ?
The irony cannot be missed: globalization has spawned a global movement. So should 'anti-globalization' be taken on as our self-proclaimed mantle? - harbinger

CORPORATE SCUMBAG TOUR + AWARD CEREMONY
12.30pm Wednesday 11 April - Starts at the aussie stock exchange, collins street melbourne, who will win the corporate scumbag of the year award? - more

NIKE CONDEMNS ANTI-GLOBALIZATION TERRORISM
USA: Nike condmens anti-globalization terrorism plan agianst Minneapolis retail store, calls on other activists to denounce senseless violence. - nikebiz

20TH APRIL - HELP SHUT DOWN NIKE

Help shut-down the nike store for a few hours from 6pm on Friday 20th April - nike super store corner bourke and swanston street melbourne - more

M1 SYDNEY PLANS TO BLOCK CITY STREETS
Sydneys M1 plan involves quickly establishing a strong blockade at the Australian Stock Exchange's Bridge Street office, and then, as numbers swell, to block off nearby roads, including George and Pitt Streets. - greenleftweekly

WARNING: BOLT ALERT ! BOLT ALERT ! BOLT ALERT !
Andrew Bolt (HeraldSun/ABCradio) will be speaking at the Melbourne Swanston St Readers' Feast book-store - TONIGHT - Thursday 19 April 6.30pm. Entrance is $5, payable to the bookstore. Midtown Plaza, corner Bourke + Swanston Sts Melbourne, (under the nike sweatshop outlet). Bring your Sept 11 Herald Sun columns for Bolt to sign!

CORPORATE SCUMBAG TOUR + AWARD CEREMONY
12.30pm Wednesday 11 April - Starts at the aussie stock exchange, collins street melbourne, who will win the corporate scumbag of the year award? - more

PROTESTERS TARGET NIKE ADS

New billboards are to be targeted by protesters trying to send readers to an anti-Nike Internet site. - the age

M1 CORPORATE SCUMBAG OF THE YEAR - VOTE NOW
Polling has started to nominate the corporate scumbag of the year. The winner will be presented with their award on april 11th, during the pre-m1 corp scum tour of melbourne. Send your nomination to - nominate_your_corporate_scumbag@yahoo.com.au

THE MOST HONORABLE TONY ABBOTT - ON HAPPINESS
26 MARCH: Workplace relations minister Tony Abbott, on triple j this morning: "Freedom is a good thing, and the market is based on freedom. The market has been the best guarantee of human happiness we've come up with... if you're not happy, if you're going to a psychiatrist, it's your own damn fault."

X-IMF STAFFER SLAMS CORP GLOBISATION

Senior ex-IMF economist slagged corporate globalisation on ABC radio- transcript here

AUSTRIA PREPARES FOR NEXT WEF PROTESTS
From the 30st of June till 3rd of July, the European Economic Summit of the WEF will be held in Salzburg/Austria. - protesters site

PERTH SCHOOL CHILDREN JOIN M1

PERTH: High school students will strike from 8.30am on Tuesday 1 May 2001 and join the blockade of Perth's stock exchange in protest at corporate globalisation. - green left weekly

CHANNEL 10 DROPS M1 FLOAT FROM MARDI GRAS COVERAGE

GLAM's float at the Sydney Gay + Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was led of by the Cheerleaders Against Capitalism, who chanted 'riot, don't diet, revolution just try it'. GLAM's float, with over 150 people, was edited out of the Channel 10 coverage. - green left weekly

PRESS COUNCIL DISMISSES COMPLAINTS AGAINST HERALD SUN

MAR 6: as anyone who was at s11 or has read the barret report knows, the media coverage of s11 was incredibly biased and misleading. nevertheless the press council (which receives funding from fairfax and news corp) has dismissed complaints made against the herald sun - MAR 8: a new report from inside the hearing on indymedia

MEXICAN WEF PROTESTS

FEB 28: Cancún, Mexico. Journalists and photographers have been beaten in a police riot. At least thirty people have been injured. Several people have been reported missing. - meanwhile representatives of the zapatistas are fulfilling a 6 year promise to bring their struggle to mexico city - chiapas indymedia

TELSTRA CORP - YOU ARE A M1 TARGET

FEB 26: CONSUMER watch group 'Telstra Exposed' are targetting Telstra Corp HQ - 2pm tuesday may 1st. - telstraexposed.com

GREENS SENATOR BOB BROWN ENDORES M1

FEB 24: "M1 is a way of expressing the need for us to close the gap between rich and poor, end exploitation in the workplace, and defend the environment. It is a positive call for democracy: in a world where corporate power has defrauded democracy and its central idea of one person, one vote, one value. " - Bob Brown 24.02.01

NIKE SEX ABUSE EXPOSED

FEB 23: Workers at nine of Nike's contract factories in Indonesia have seen verbal and physical abuse by supervisors against coworkers and female employees coerced into sex, according to a company-funded report.
- the age

WHY M-1 WILL SHUT DOWN AUSSIE STOCK EXCHANGES
The Australian Stock Exchange will cop a pasting on May 1, when thousands of anti-corporate protesters blockade its offices and surrounding streets. The major reason for protesters' choice of target is obvious ‹ the stock exchange is symbolic of capitalism and the power, greed and ruthlessness of the giant corporations. But what do protesters have against the exchange itself? - green left weekly

NO LOGO - THE BOOK

NAOMI Klein's book ventures into sweatshops in the Philippines, attends classes for anticorporate crusaders and goes culture jamming with groups who deface billboards in the middle of the night. - nologo.org

BRACKS TO FACE PIE-ER IN COURT

Jeff Bracks will be called as witness to the trial Marcus Brumer on June 8. Marcus allegedly threw a pie in the Premier's face in protest of the Premier's support of police brutallity against protesters. - abc

WEF PROTESTS IN MEXICO

ON the 26th of February in Cancún, Mexico, The World Economic Forum meet with the Mexician Government - a massive mobilisation was planned as well as solidarity actions at Mexician embassies -
all the action at the new chiapas.indymedia.org
follow the little yellow school bus for peace

S11 PROTESTERS GO TO COURT
A summary of all s11 charges is here.

COMRIES UPSET ABOUT S11 COURT CASES



FEB 17: Victorian Chief Commissioner Neil Comrie has launched an unprecedented attack on the state's judicial system, claiming recent judgments against S-11 protesters were grossly inadequate. - indymedia

S11 - $500 + BOND 4 GRAFFITI + RESISTING ARREST
FEB 28: A s11 protester who pleaded guilty to wilful damage and resisting arrest charges received a 12 months good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $500 into the court fund with no conviction. - indy media

S11 STREAKERS - 1 AQUITTED - 2 FACE TRIAL

FEB 27: Supported by 20 fellow activists, two protesters charged with 'offensive behaviour' were this morning given a trial date at their contest mention. This afternoon, another protester charged from the same action was aquitted of 'offensive behaviour' despite not turing up for court. - indymedia

AUSSIE GOVERNMENT TO 'RE-EDUCATE' YOUTH ON FREE TRADE

AFTER the S11 protest last September, the Federal Government has launched a $60 million dollar tax payer funded program to tell schoolchildren that free trade and globalisation are the keys to Australia's economic prosperity. - the age/indy media

RADIO NATIONAL DOCO ON GLOBAL RESISTANCE
The World Trade Organisation - fleeing Seattle style protests against corporate power - is holding its next meeting in... Qatar. Qatar is filthy rich in oil. Its monarch has absolute power. There are no political parties, citizens have few rights, and security is 'efficient'. The critics are astonished by the irony. real audio )))

50,000+ INDIAN FARMERS PROTEST WTO
FEB 19: developing nations have been vigorously protesting against globalisation for well over a decade before The West discovered the problem. The struggle goes on, with an anti-WTO rally in Mumbai drawing as many protesters (and as violent a response from the police) as at Seattle 99 - newindpress

ICANN >> MELBOURNE
Nothing is of greater importance to the future of the global resource that is the Internet than the way in which ICANN performs its role as manager of the Domain Name System. ICANN meet in melbourne from march 10 to 13th, 2001. see icannwatch.org, icann.org/melbourne for more.

SUMMARY S11 CHARGES - 2 march 2001
Out of 20,000 'violent' protesters this is the entire summary of offences:
* 2 two found guilty of wilful damage to a $50 padlock, charge of criminal damage dismissed as having "no merit whatsoever" - indymedia
* 1 person found guilty of 3 counts of assault by spitting at 3 police officers, 1 count of recklessly causing injury, 1 count of giving a false name and 1 count of giving a false address - indymedia
* 1 person pleaded guilty to theft for picking up a police baton - indymedia
* 3 people charged with offensive behaviour for streaking. 1 aquitted, 2 face trial - indymedia
* 1 person on two counts of wilful damage for alleged graffiti and two counts of resisting arrest
* 1 person on hinder police for allegedly holding onto the previous person while she was being arrested - police later added "attempt to rescue from lawful custody" - indymedia
* 1 person on hinder police for standing in the way of out of uniform police officers (magistrate said he will find him guilty but dismiss the charge as trivial)

!!! contrary to claims of police, no one has been charged for throwing urine or missiles of any kind, hitting police or from any interaction with WEF delegates. Three people have now been charged with summary offences (crimes) counting the "attempt to rescue from lawful custody" allegation, the rest are summary offences. details of cases and a replies to neal comrie and dennis napthine @ indymedia

VIOLENT POLICE AT S11 MAY GET BOOKED



10 FEB: THE Victorian Ombudsman may ask parliament for power to direct Victoria Police to lay charges against officers as he investigates police tactics at last year's World Economic Forum. - herald-sun

NIKE IS SCARED OF THE WORD 'SWEATSHOP'

NIKE'S US website have been running an offer to personalise running shoes by sewing any word or phrase submitted by a customer onto a pair of NIKE shoes just below the company's trademark. But Nike were forced into an embarassing U-turn when a customer attempted to get the word SWEATSHOP sewn on their runners. - squall underground news

update: nike owns nikesweatshops! s11.org exclusive
A PR firm who lists nike as a client has registered five internet domain names containing the phrase nikesweatshops including nikesweatshops.com and nikesweatshops.org - click whois

FINANCIAL TIMES SAYS WEF IS 'GIVING CAPITALISM A BAD NAME'
davos
RETIRED U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke describes the world economic forum as "one of the world's biggest bluffs." I would not even rate it that high, says FT journalist. - more

NEW PUSH ON POLICE BATON CHARGE
10 FEB: STATE Ombudsman Barry Perry is making a renewed push to have discipline charges heard against eight violent policemen over their mis-handling of a peaceful demonstration at Richmond Secondary College. - the age

ROD QUANTOCK - THE PEOPLES INQUIRY INTO S11
Rod Quantock is currently presiding over an inquiry into the police voilence at s11 - trades hall, 7 febuary - 3 march

ROD QUANTOCK COMEDY REVIEWED
FEB 16: Police violence, political intrigue, globalisation, WEF, S11, and our comedian on the spot, Rod Quantock, assaulted by officers in tight, black-rubber riot gear. All the ingredients are present in Lest We Forget for a classic Quantock lambast against the ruling classes and what's going on "behind the scenes". - the age

M1 TARGET - RIO TINTO - DROPPED
NUCLEAR Free Australia will no longer blockade Rio Tinto on Collins Street at 7am on may 1st - instead they will now focus on the Western Mining Corporation in Sth Bank - next door to the Herald-Sun! - more here

CHOGM - BRISBANE ON TERROR ALERT
POLICE are preparing for possible terrorist attacks and blockades by thousands of protesters when world leaders meet in Brisbane this year. - the sunday mail

HOW RICH ARE WE IN AUSTRALIA?
If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people it would look something like the following.

M1 WILL BE MOBILE
"I think we need a change in how protests are done. I think we need to be dynamic and mobile. I believe we need to apply the tactics of Guerilla warfare to protest actions."

S11 COURT APPEARANCES

Fri 23 feb: trial for protester allegedly holding onto a woman being arrested for graffiti
Tue 27 feb: trial of 2 women charged with streaking
Wed 28 feb: one person for grafitti and two of resisting arrest
Thur 1 mar: Bush, trial for hindering police
Fri 8 jun: marcus brumer for pie-ing the premier. starring steve bracks as key

NO CONVICTION FOR TWO S11 PROTESTERS
23 Jan 2001: Two s11 protesters on a change of criminal damage - for putting glue in a pad lock - were cleared today of criminal damage and the magistrate awarded costs to the protesters. - indymedia

POLICE VOILENCE AT S11

STATELINE ran a segment on police voilence at s11 on friday 9th feb, ABC tv. A short summery of the segment is up here at - indymediawitness

NUDE PROTESTERS TO GO TO COURT - FEB 27

ON Wednesday September 13, 2000, three activists were arrested and charged with Offensive Behaviour after they ran naked around the S11 blockade. Two of them will appear at the melb magistrates' court on tuesday 27 feb - a solidarity protest is been planned

J27 WEF PROTESTS IN DAVOS - 25 - 30 JANUARY 2001
The WEF faced protesters last month in Davos. swiss site here - davos indymedia - public eye on davos

QUEENSLAND STUDENTS PREPARE FOR M1
FEB 14: University students burned an effigy of Prime Minister John Howard today at the start of what they expect to be a year of high-profile protests. The event was a promotion for a blockade of Brisbane's stock exchange on May 1. - the age

 

 

 

 

 

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