old s11 news

 

STARBUCKS EXPOSED
On Septemer 11, a New York City Starbucks charged rescue workers $130 for three cases of water. - snopes2.com

 

NIKE STORE PROTESTS - 5pm every friday

Nike store protests continue. Demand an end to sweatshops and $2-a-day wages! Support real wages and union rights, not slavery! Every Friday 5pm. Corner Bourke and Swanston Street Melbourne.

 

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 31

On Friday 12th October, protesters again assembled outside the Melbourne Nike store between 5.00 and 7.00pm. This was the 31st protest rally at "Nike Protest Corner" in seven months. - indy media

 

RICH NATIONS NEED A DOSE OF GENEROSITY
OCT 10: If globalisation is good, then poor countries should not be forced to pay high prices for life-saving medicines. - smh.com.au

 

EMPIRE OF FAITH

MUST SEE TV: 'Islam: Empire of Faith', three part documentary 7.30pm Saturday 13, 20 and 27th October on SBS-TV. - pbs.org/empires/islam

 

WEF PROTESTS IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong will host the WEF East Asia Economic Forum on October 29-31, 2001. The Hong Kong Solidarity and Resistance Group SRG are organizing an alternative Social Forum against poverty to counter WEF. SRG need the support of NGO's and affinity groups to close down the WEF conference. Come and join the action against WEF and make the difference. - globalmon.uhome.net

 

03 PEACE RALLY
OCT 3: A rally against war and racism was held in Melbourne's City Square at 5pm today by the O3 Alliance. - indy media

MARCUS BRUMER IS IN JAIL

SEPT 21: Today, Marcus Brumer was sentenced to one month in jail for pieing the Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks. - www.geocities.com/piesnotbatons

MELBOURNE PEACE RALLY

OCT 9: At 5.00pm, within a few hours of the first bombs falling on Afghanistan, about a thousand people gathered in the City Square for a rally against war and racism. This was the fifth peace rally in the City Square within 22 days. - indy media

HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT

Melbourne High School students will WALKOUT OF SCHOOL for peace and racial harmony, Thursday 18 October 1:30pm at Flinders Street Station.

SILENCE OF THE LIBERALS

OCT 12: A CYBER vandal (sic) threw the Liberal Party election center into chaos yesterday, sabotaging its communications system. Police were called to the Lonsdale St headquarters after an orchestrated campaign shut down the telephones. - herald-sun tabloid

A FORCE MORE POWERFUL

MUST SEE TV: 'A Force More Powerful: A century of Nonviolent Conflict', Part 3 screens on ABC-TV 9.30pm Sunday 7 October. - aforcemorepowerful.org

ASSEMBLY OF THE INVISIBLE
Global Eviction Action 8am - Monday October 15, 2001 Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, 2 Lonsdale St (corner Spring St) Melbourne Australia. BRING A CHAIR to join the hundreds of chairs each telling a refugee story.

EARTHDANCE FESTIVAL

Global Dance Party for Peace Sunday 14th October 10am ­ 10pm Dallas Brooks Hall, 300 Albert Street East Melbourne. Earthdance unites the world for planetary peace and freedom in Tibet with a synchronised global dance party held in 100 locations in 50 countries, linked by a 12hour cybercast over the internet. - earthdance.org

BOB ELLIS: ON THE USA ATTACKS:
That the evil boffin behind the fiery act was Osama bin Laden. Almost certainly not so. The hijackers put on scarlet headscarves, as Shi'ites do when about to die in a jihad. Bin Laden is a Sunni. - more

THE DALAI LAMA: ON THE USA ATTACKS

DALAI LAMA: I personally believe we need to think seriously whether a violent action is the right thing to do and in the greater interest of the nation and people in the long run. - tibet.com

NOAM CHOMSKY: ON THE USA ATTACKS

NOAM CHOMSKY: Let's assume, for the sake of discussion, that bin Laden was behind the events. If so, what reason might he have had? It certainly can't help poor and disempowered people anywhere, much less Palestinians, so what is his aim, if he planned the action? - znet

NAOMI KLEIN: ON THE USA ATTACKS

NAOMI KLEIN: It's true: war is most emphatically not a game. And perhaps after Tuesday, it will never again be treated as one. Perhaps September 11, 2001 will mark the end of the shameful era of the video game war. - nologo.org

JOHN PILGER: ON THE USA ATTACKS

JOHN PILGER: Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims - principally the victims of US fundamentalism, whose power, in all its forms, military, strategic and economic, is the greatest source of terrorism on earth. - indy media

DEEPAK CHOPRA: ON THE USA ATTACKS

DEEPAK CHOPRA: And I asked myself, Why didn't I feel this way last week? Why didn't my body go stiff during the bombing of Iraq or Bosnia? - indy media

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 30

OCT 5: The 30th weekly protest was held successfully outside the Nike store in central Melbourne tonight. The event is so well established now that this spot is becoming known as "Nike Protest Corner". - indy media

PEACE RALLY
ANSWER has organised a rally for peace and against racism, 2pm Saturday 13th October 2001, Victorian Arts Centre, St Kilda Road Melbourne. ANSWER email address: answermelb@hotmail.com

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 29

SEPTEMBER 28: Tonight protesters gathered outside the Nike store at the corner of Bourke and Swantson Streets, Melbourne between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, for the 29th time. - indy media

03 THEME SONG RELEASED

An artist has composed a brand new theme song for the 03 protests, The Loan Sharks, you may download the song and read the lyrics - here

NEW O3 COLOUR ANNOUNCED - BLUE BLOCK

SEPT 19: Want to be a part of all the fun and excitement of O3 but Red, Black, Pink or Green just aren't your colour? Victoria Police members are encouraged to abandon their regional and suburban posts and join the Blue Block. Do you fit the picture? Now recruiting 13 2001 www.police.vic.gov.au - DOWNLOAD POSTER

03 + CHOGM INDEPENDANT MEDIA E-GROUP SET UP
Email group set up to discuss organising media coverage of CHOGM in Brisbane, the CBF in Melbourne and also any regional actions. Subscribe: chogm_independent_media-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

O3: YES TO PEACE! NO TO RACISM!
The major theme of the first day of the protest at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Melbourne on Wednesday 3 October will be for peace in the Middle East and against the ignorant scapegoating of Arabs and Muslims in Australia.

CHOGM: MEDIA BEAT-UPS ARE ACCELERATING

28 AUGUST: Damien Kincaid: The corporate media have begun publishing regular beat-ups to discredit any expression of dissent by members of the public during the Commonwealth Business Forum in Melbourne on October 3-5 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane on October 6-8. The latest beat-up is in The Australian today, August 28. - indy media

BANNED ITEMS FOR CHOGM
BRISBANE: The Queensland Labor Government has passed a law making it illegal to take the following things to the upcoming CHOGM protests: animal manure, bike locks, surfboards, a thing capable of emitting a sound loud enough to disrupt CHOGM, two-way radios, glass bottles, masks, a graffiti instrument, a placard attached to a rigid object, a thing capable of concealing another thing mentioned in this schedule. download the full list here - requires acrobat reader

NO POLICE THIS TIME
23 AUGUST, BRISBANE: HUNDREDS of posters protesting against the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting were plastered across the University of Queensland yesterday ­ a week after a student caught putting up the posters was forced to give a DNA sample to police. - courier mail

HELP THE BRISBANE 1ST AID TEAM
A first aid team has been set for the anti-chogm protests in Brisbane, they are now seeking help with cash and hands on help. - more

03 BUILDS IN ADELAIDE
EMAIL FROM ADELAIDE: Travis here. I just thought I would contact u to let u know about a few things we have been doing to build for the blockade. Paste-ups of 03 posters have been happening for about 2 weeks now and students @ Flinders Uni, including myself used student elections to help build for the blockade, to which we received an excellent response from students and lectuerers alike. We have also held public meetings to set the record straight about their globalisation of greed and ours of human rights, justice and democracy. We have been doing chalk-ups and graffiti too, c u @ the blockade!!!

AMWU TO PROTEST OUTSIDE THE CBF
The Victorian branch of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union decided at its August 22 state council meeting to demonstrate outside Prime Minister John Howard's October 3 'Inaugural Ceremony and Dinner Address' to the Commonwealth Business Forum. ' We are protesting against - workers being enslaved; child labour; a lack of trade union or human rights in many Third World countries; and the continuing attacks on trade unions and civil liberties in Australia as well.' - greenleft

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 26
Week 26 in the world's longest anti-Nike protest - indy media

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 25
7 SEPT: The 25th weekly protest outside Melbourne's Nike store was held on Friday evening 7 September and a good time was had by all (all except Nike, that is).
- indy media

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 24
24 AUGUST: Police threats to arrest protesters at tonight's 24th Melbourne Nike demonstration and public meeting failed to stop Senator Lyn Allison from addressing the crowd. - indy media

A FORCE MORE POWERFUL

MUST SEE TV + FORUMS: Special Screenings and Forums with the filmmakers of 'A Force More Powerful - A Century of Nonviolent Conflict':
1) 5.30pm 17 Sept: 124 Jolimont St East Melb, book: 9654_7271.
2) 7.30pm 17 Sept: Lowe Theatre, Redmond Barry Building, Melb Uni, book: 8344_7035.
3) 1pm 18 Sept: Theatre 12, Burwood Campus, Deakin Uni.
4) 6.30pm 18 Sept: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St Carlton, book: 9347_6633
5) 9.30pm 23 Sept: Part 1 screens on ABC-TV
- more info: aforcemorepowerful.org

S11 + 1 CELEBRATION
One year Since Three Days Shook Melbourne S11 Anniversary Celebration Trades Hall Bar, 7pm Tuesday Sept 11 Gold coin donation with: - Rod Quantock (Comedian) - Cam Walker (Friends of the Earth) - David Glanz + Jackie Lynch (S11 Alliance) - Craig Johnston (AMWU) plus more Also video footage and bands Organised by O3 Alliance (Formally M1 Alliance, formally S11 Alliance) For more info phone 9639 8622 or 9421 4439

S11 + 1 NIKE PROTEST september 11

NIKE WILL be hit by a full-day blockade, 9am September 11 to commemorate the S11 protest. Unless it signs the Homeworkers Code of Practice, pays Australia award wages + 'a living wage' throughout the world,adheres to health + safety regulations, allow unions in the workplace + end its exploitative + dangerous work practices.

S11 PIE THROWS FAST

Duff and Marcus - 's11 pie throwers' - are staging a two day fast to stop police voilence and for global justice in a tent on the corner of bourke and swanston street melbourne, tuesday 11 sept - wednesday 12 sept.

MONASH UNI: SECRET PROTEST
Friday 31 August 2pm, activists will be sheperded onto buses and driven to a secret location for an action calling for for bigger education budgets and against the corporatisation of education. Be in Room H10 Robert Menzies Building Monash Uni Clayton before 2pm to get on board the bus for a trip into the unknown. - more here

MESSAGES OF HATE
UPDATED JULY 27: KATHY
GROSE: You must realise that the vast majority out there have absolutely no idea why you are protesting and are saddened by your pitiful protests which only serve to cloud the pursuit of otherwise worthwhile issues such as environmental protection. More constructive and non constructive criticisms are up here - hate mail

FAIRWEAR ACTION - SUSSAN HQ - September 5
5 Sept 12.30pm, Action at Sussan HQ at Sussan the conditions for outworkers will make you sick! Expose this shop of shame 24 Rossyln Street, West Melbourne. - download flier - requires acrobat reader

SENATOR TO SPEAK AT NIKE PROTEST
A member of the Australian Federal Parliament - Senator Lyn Allison, of the Australian Democrats - is planning to attend Melbourne's weekly anti-Nike demonstraton this Friday evening, August 31, between 5pm and 7pm, at the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets.

FLY: MELBOURNE TO CHOGM
Leaves October 5th, returns October 9th. Tickets $227 return. Will be subsidised for unemployed/students depending on fundraising efforts. Get on board the plane to Brisbane! Call 0414 779 837 to book a seat or Hamish on 03 8415 0910. - Best to book before September 6.

TRAIN: SYDNEY TO CHOGM
SYDNEY: SPARC has booked four train carriages on an overnight train to get to CHOGM. The train leaves on Thursday October 4 and returns on Monday October 8. If you'd like to book a ticket, call Victoria on 0402 156 352. Tickets must be paid for by September 5.

SEAN PENN GETS POLITICIAL
HOLLYWOOD: Actor and director Sean Penn praised anti-globalisation (sic) protesters. He dismissed US President George W Bush as a 'nowhere man' and lauded protesters at a recent global meetings for caring about something beyond themselves. - app/theage

DO YOU WANT TO SEE NIKES CRIMES EXPOSED? - august 29

There will be a banner, placard, costume, prop, making workshop for the Nike campaign Wednesday 29 August in the activist space of the RMIT Union (City Campus). The workshop will be in the afternoon and running into the early evening say till about 7 or 8 pm.

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 23
24 AUGUST: In Melbourne tonight, protesters held their 23rd successive Friday-night demonstration outside the cityšs Nike store, informing thousands more passers-by about Nikešs exploitation of workers in Australia and overseas. Is this Melbourne event the world's longest-running Nike protest? - indy media

MX READERS : 55% SAY YES TO 03

20 AUGUST: Murdochs' MX newspaper ran a poll on 03 over the weekend with the following question: 'Do plans for another anti-globalisation (sic) protest interest you?' RESULT: Yes (532) No (430) - mxnet.com.au

INDEPENDENT MEDIATORS 4 CHOGM PROTESTERS

BRISBANE: Four prominent Queenslanders have been chosen to act as Independent Mediators between protest groups and security officials for CHOGM. The Queensland Premier urged those groups planning to protest at CHOGM to contact the Independent Mediators - through the CHOGM Coordination Unit (07 3224 4513) - to arrange meetings.

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT STARTS ONLINE CHOGM FORUM
Premier Peter Beattie: 'I invite anyone who has a negative view of CHOGM to check on the facts by using the CHOGM Internet site. And if anyone still has doubts, send us an e-mail and we'll do our best to respond. - chogm2001.qld.gov.au

AFTER GENOA: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

The issue Genoa presents us with is not 'How do we control the violent elements among us?', although that conceivably might be an issue someday. It's 'How do we forestall another campaign of lies, police-instigated violence, and retaliation?" - nologo.org

ANTI-CHOGM ARREST SPARKS HOWL OF PROTEST

18 AUGUST: A UNIVERSITY student, was forced to give a DNA sample to police after she was caught sticking anti-CHOGM posters on buildings at the University of Queensland. Leigha Coonan, 19, said Indooroopilly police took a saliva sample from her mouth and fingerprinted her. - courier mail

NIKE PROTEST NUMBER 22
17 AUGUST: Police numbers were down as expected, nevertheless tonight's 22nd Nike protest on the 17th August started slowly and ended with some loud bangs. - indy media

TELSTRA CAUGHT LYING ON TAPE
Telstra has paid an individual $600,000 after been caught lying on tape about its faulty 0500 service. - telstra exposed - LISTEN TO THE PHONE CALL NOW - requires realplayer

STUDENTS STATE WIDE PREPARE FOR 03
15 AUGUST: Students have begun to organise for the biggest possible blockade of the Commonwealth Business Forum on October 3 to 5. On nearly all university and TAFE campuses, students have formed collectives to help build the CBF protests. - greenleftweekly

LETS GO AND GET EM
15 AUGUST: One hundred people - many of whom came straight from the 21st Friday night Nike blockade - packed into Trades Hall to discuss the next major anti-corporate protest in Melbourne - the S11-style blockade of the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) on October 3-5. - greenleftweekly

NEW LAW TO SUPPRESS POLITICAL PROTEST
JULY 21: The Vic State Labor Government is set to propose new legislation giving police wide ranging powers to violently disperse political protests, demonstrations and picket lines. - indy media

HOMOPHOBE MUGABE TO BE ARRESTED AT CHOGM
Gay activist Pater Tatchell will attempt to make a citizenšs arrest on Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Brisbane in October. - active news

DON'T EVEN TRY IT - CHOGM protesters warned
15 AUGUST: Protesters thinking of turning violent at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting should reconsider their strategies, the organisation's secretary-general said today. - the age

MUST SEE TV: SBS TV 8.30 TUESDAY 21 AUGUST

THE NEW RULERS OF THE WORLD:  A JOHN PILGER INVESTIGATION -  Pilger turns his attention to the new rulers of the world ­ the great multinationals and the governments and institutions, such as the IMF and the World Bank - which back them.  In Indonesia, Pilger reveals the conditions of the sweatshops where many famous brands are made; and divulges the scandal whereby the World Bank has 'lost' up to $10 billion in Indonesia.  Pilger believes that rather than apathy about globalisation, millions, particularly young people, are beginning to make their voices heard on the imposition of the new economic order. - pilger.carlton.com/globalisation

ARRESTED FOR PUTTING UP CHOGM POSTERS
16 AUGUST: A female student was arrested by police for putting up CHOGM posters on campus at the University of Queensland. On arrest, a female officer stated informally that the police only came after the student because the posters were about CHOGM. - indy media

GET ON TV

Federal Election Event: The magazine Marie Claire (murdoch owned) is putting on a woman's forum in Melbourne, to be televised on channel 10. Woman who want to participate may indicate by sending a letter or email highlighting their political issue of interest. If you are selected, you will be discussing issues with high profile speakers. Register details: What women want forum, GPO Box 1252, Sydney NSW 2001 or email:mclaire@mm.com.au

QUEENLAND PREMIER ON ANTI-CHOGM PROTESTS
There is 'no excuse for any violent or disruptive behavior during CHOGM', Premier Peter Beattie has said, because 'protesters can peacefully demonstrate their opposition by expressing their views on the internet'.

20TH MELBOURNE NIKE PROTEST A HIT
AUG 3: Noisy, exuberant anti-sweatshop activists took control of a Melbourne street corner for six hours today in the 20th weekly demo outside the city's Nike store. - indy media

THE EVIL EMPIRE IS COMING
AUG 3: Leah Wookie says 'that a site next to the Nike SuperAbuseMart is about to become home to another grotty multinational, Starbucks, one of at least six stores planned for Melbourne in the next couple of months.'

O3 to CHOGM Alliance LAUNCH - PUBLIC MEETING
Friday, August 10, 7.30 pm Trades Hall, corner Victoria + Lygon street South Carlton: Speakers from the anit-corporate, feminist, trade union + environment movement. The planned blockade of the CBF from October 3 -5 is our next major protest initiative. Join the discussion on how to build this mass protest of civil disobediance. For more information call: 03 9639 8622

BRACKS THEATENS OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
JULY 27: DAMIEN LAWSON and GUY RUNDLE: The Peaceful Assemblies Bill, which the Police Minister has put up for a short period of public discussion (until July 30), is Labor's attempt to "modernise" the Unlawful Assemblies and Processions Act 1958. In fact, it removes some of the safeguards in the old act and dramatically increases the scope of police powers. - the age

MELB ACTIVIST TORTURED + IMPRISONED - july 28
ACT NOW: Along with the arrests of 'no-border no-nation' protesters at the G-8, was one Australian who is now reported to be tortured. 25 people are in detention prison, they are being accused of vandalism and membership of the "black bloc". Put pressure on the Australian embassy in italy (email now: info-rome@dfat.gov.au) and other officials. The male prisoners are badly injured. The australian guy got his teeth smashed. 'No Borders' in Europe is really worried about him and need immediate help from YOU NOW. Please contact 'no borders' asap no-border@gmx.net phone: 0043 - 676 - 67 70 015

POLICE ARREST JOURNO AT NIKE PROTEST

JULY 20: Plain-clothes police arrested a Melbourne journalist who was covering the 17th weekly anti-Nike protest outside Melbourne's Nike store about 6.30pm this evening. They they put him into a paddy-wagon and allegedly assaulted him. - indy media

A G8 PROTESTER HAS BEEN KILLED

JULY 21: Photos of Carlo Giuliani, aged 23, been killed are here

BBC: HORRIFIC INTERVIEW WITH POLICE VICTIM

ITALY 27 JULY: Mark Covell "I thought I was dying. It's a horrible thing when you hear your bones breaking inside you" LISTEN TO THIS NOW - interview from bbc news - requires realplayer

THE DARK SIDE OF ITALY'S PARAMILITARY
JULY 27: Rightwing thugs employed as Italian police officers were told by superiors they could brutalise with impunity the protesters detained in Genoa, it was claimed yesterday. - the guardian

ITALY UNDER PRESSURE OVER G8 POLICING
ITALY 27 JULY: One police source has reportedly compared the (g8) operation to a "nightmare under Pinochet's Chilean dictatorship" and accused some of his colleagues of behaving like fascists. He told the respected Centre-Left daily La Repubblica: "They lined them up and banged their heads against the walls. They urinated on one person." - bbc

POSTAL ADDRESS OF ITALIAN CONSULATE
Ita
lian Consulate: 509 St Kilda Rd South Melbourne.

LATELINE: INTERVIEWS NAOMI KLEIN
naomi
JULY 17 ABC TV: Jane Hutcheon speaks with Naomi Klein about No Logo and the issues it raises. - read the interview or listen to the audio - requires realplayer

MR RUDDOCK ON S11
JULY 27: Yesterday Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said a group of foreign demonstrators, known as S11, had arrived in Australia for the Melbourne economic summit to organise protests at levels approaching civil discord. He said in the case of S11, there were non-Australians "intensely" involved in organising the protests. - advertiser

IN DEFENCE OF THE DIRTY G-WORD
JULY 26 PETER COSTELLO: Ranting against globalisation is like ranting against the telephone. You can use the telephone for good or for ill. So, too, the wider process can be a force for good or ill. And, what is more, you will not reverse this process. - the age

POST G8: Analysis of Genoa from NYC-Ya Basta!
The Independent Media Center in Genoa City and a nearby schoolhouse "safe area" was attacked, aided, it appears, by mysterious elements disguised as anarchists who committed savage and bloody attacks on activists and independent journalists. This is the culmination of a systematic campaign of state violence against enormous and overwhelmingly peaceful protests against the G8 summit here. - indy media

POST G8 DEATH: ACTIVISTS DISCUSS TACTICS
JULY 24: With the level of state repression becoming stronger and smarter we have to urgently rethink tactics to protect our own side and keep the movement going. As far as I can see both the idea of passive non-violence and undisciplined action by tiny groups is guarenteed to bring injury to all. - indy media

MEDIA BEGINS "BEATING-UP" CHOGM HYSTERIA
An AAP journalist has attempted to link stolen handguns in Brisbane to CHOGM protesters - indymedia

WDM SLAMS G8 GLOBAL AIDS GIMMICK
JULY 20: This G8 meeting is a gesture summit, where leaders declare themselves for good and against evil, then move swiftly on to the next issue. Two years ago the G8 promised $100 billion in debt relief, since then less than $3 billion has been provided. Why can the G8 only find $1.5 billion for the Fund when Sub-Saharan Africa is paying out $40 million every week in debt service? G8 leaders must fulfil their old promises before making new ones. - dropthedebt

CAPITAL FIGHTS THE ENEMY WITHIN
JULY 24: In the escalating 'war' against anti-globalisation protesters, it is no surprise that police raided the protesters' media centre in Italy or that members of the media were among those hit with batons in Melbourne's S11 protest at the World Economic Forum. - the age

ITALIAN INDYMEDIA + GENOA SOCIAL FORUM HQ RAIDED
JULY 22: A BBC correspondent who entered the building immediately after the raid said he saw a number of badly injured people, and pools of blood in the rooms. - bbc

WEEKLY NIKE PROTESTS CONTINUE - 5pm friday 27th July
nike
THE NIKE protests continue as does sweatshop abuses - July 27 will make the 18th week in row people have protested outside the Nike Store - Nike have claimed to have lost over $100,000 due to the protests. Nike Superstore, corner Bourke + Swanston Streets.

LATELINE: HAND TO BRAND COMBAT
JULY 17 ABC TV: Journalist Naomi Klein is on a sell-out speaking tour of Australia, and she is the scourge of the world's corporations. Her book No Logo describes the emergence of a powerful, new political force which rejects the culture of brand-name capitalism, free trade and sweatshop labour in the third world. - read the story or watch the video - requires realplayer

CHOGM FREE ZONE REFUSE TO TALK
JULY 13: CHOGM Free Zone will refuse to negotiate with both the Qld government appointed mediators and the Qld police for the following reasons. - indy media

G8 BLESSING SICKENS ARCHBISHOP:

JULY 13: The archbishop of Genoa, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, a possible papal successor, admitted that while blessing the 'European Vision' - the $400m superliner that will house the G8 heads of state, he felt ill at ease. "I thought I was blessing luxury... and I suffered thinking of all the poor people in the world," he said.
- bbc news

G8 SUMMIT UNDER WAY

JULY 20: Police used tear gas on anti-globalisation (sic) protesters in Genoa today as the G8 summit of the seven richest industrial nations and Russia began under unprecedented security. - guardian

SARAH MARIE TO JOIN ANTI-CHOGM PROTESTS
sarah
JULY 13: Big Brother's Sarah Marie told fellow house member Blair she will attend the anti-chogm (o3) protests in Melbourne later this year if she wins and has enough spare time. - indy media

A THREAT OR JUST A NAUGHTY BOY?
JULY 9: Three hours after (proffessor rat posted a message) on the Melbourne Indymedia website, United States Secret Service agent Rick Walkinshaw, Australian Federal Police agents and officers from the Victoria Police raided a single-bedroom public housing unit in Kyneton. - the age

THE NEW GODS
JULY 9: Brands are hugely influential - and they're worth millions. They don't just sell a product or a service anymore: they sell a set of values, a philosophy, a meaning for life. - the guardian

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
shell
JULY 9: What happens when a brand becomes tainted? The oil spills were bad enough, but Shell's reputation went belly up after it was implicated in human rights violations in Nigeria. John Vidal on how it went about revamping its image - the guardian

O3 ALLIANCE CALLS FOR S11 STYLE BLOCKADE OF CBF
hilton bomber
AT IT'S June 18 meeting, the O3 to CHOGM Alliance unanimously decided to organise an S11-style three-day blockade of the Commonwealth Business Forum from October 3 to 5. The CBF is meeting in Melbourne before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane on October 6. - greenleftweekly

G8 - DROP THE DEBT

JULY 16: Drop the Debt supporters, numbering among them nuns, doctors, ministers, students, families, and retirees, are determined to get to Genoa in time for Saturday's march, Julia Ruxton, who is going, said 'I can do my bit by adding my voice to those in Genoa calling for more debt cancellation. It's worked before. The threat of fringe violence makes me even more determined to make the peaceful events bigger.'
- drop the debt

THE BATTLE FOR GENOA

JULY 18: The banners are packed, the tickets booked. The glitter and white overalls have been bought, the gas masks just fit and the mobile phones are ready. This is demonising the global institutions and there's not much governments can do. - the guardian

AMNESTY ISSUES G8 WARNING
JULY 17: Amnesty International has warned Italian authorities against using heavy-handed tactics to prevent demonstrations during the G8 summit in Italy - amnesty international

JUBILEE AUSTRALIA - G8 FUNERAL PROCESSION

MELBOURNE: Join the activists in Genoa and help 'Drop The Debt', by turning up at the Jubilee Australia G8 Funeral Procession - 2.30PM SUNDAY 22 JULY
starting at, the US Consulate 553 St Kilda Road South Melbourne - more

HIGH ALERT AT G8 SUMMIT
JULY 18: A BOMB defused five minutes before it was set to go off yesterday was aimed at a radical anti-globalisation (sic) group planning to disrupt a G8 summit in northern Italy later this week. Members of the Genoa Social Forum, raised the alarm after noticing a suitcase with wires attached underneath a van parked outside the city's Carlini Stadium. - news limited

GENOA SET FOR SUMMIT ONSLAUGHT
JULY 18: The radical White Overalls group has vowed to break into the red zone and plans an assault for Friday. "We'll be like firemen who drive through red lights and break the highway code because they have an objective - to put out the fire," said the movement's leader, Luca Casarini. "We've opted for civil disobedience because, unlike the G8 leaders, we don't have armies at our disposal." he said. The Genoa Social Forum plans a peaceful march for Saturday which it expects will attract 150,000 people. - bbc

PROTESTS GEAR UP FOR GENOA

JULY 13: The G8 summit in Genoa is set to attract the largest anti-globalisation gathering in history. Protest organisers have called for non-violent protests. More than 100,000 demonstrators are expected. They will represent more than 200 groups. Three major demonstrations are planned from Thursday 19 July to Saturday 21 July. Ya Basta! (also known as The White Overalls) has declared war on the G8 summit. - bbc news

PRODOS.COM ON M1: WORSE THAN MINDLESS THUGS.

They smashed windows, they screamed slogans, they burned effigies, they hurled paint, they pushed, hit, threatened, swore, and shouted down dissenters. They terrorised the innocent. Were the M1 protesters mindless thugs? No. Something much worse. - prodos.com

BRISBANE CHOGM SPOKECOUNCIL REPORT
The first CHOGM Spokescouncil, 14 June, was attended by a diverse array of groups and individuals. The State Socialist / Anarchist divide was made clear, with groups refusing to work with other groups, and creating different blockade groupings. There appeared to be 3 different focuses of action being organised in Brisbane. These being around Stop CHOGM Alliance, CHOGM Action Network and various anti-authoritarian groups like CHOGM Free Zone. The Spokescouncil was also well represented by individuals and groups who's politics are not 'Red' or 'Black'. - read more at chogm free zone

REALITY CHECK: A SHOP IS NOT A 'CARING FRIEND'
NAOMI KLEIN: Ever since large corporations such as Nike, Shell and Monsanto began facing increased scrutiny from civil society mostly for putting short-term profits far ahead of environmental responsibility and job security an industry has ballooned to help these companies respond. But nothing will change until corporations realise that they don't have a communications problem. They have a reality problem. - no logo

TO SHOT PROTESTERS IS TO MISS THE POINT
JULY 9: Austrian authorities authorised police to shoot protesters if demonstrations got out of hand at the World Economic Forum summit last week. Thankfully this was not necessary in Salzburg, although police did shoot protesters in Gothenburg two weeks earlier. - the age

THE END OF DEMOCRACY?
FINANICIAL REVIEW: The liberty of democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than that of the state itself. That, in essence, is fascism ­ ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. - more at indy media

SURVEY: NGOs MORE TRUSTED THAN MEDIA, BUSSINESS OR GOVT
NGOs such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International have become the new 'super brands' in global governance. They have earned a far greater level of trust than some of the most well-respected (sic) global multinational companies such as Ford, Microsoft, G-7 governments and global media according to new research conducted by Strategy One, a unit of Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. - edelman.com

POLICE INQUIRY ON NIKE FREEBIES
JULY 6: DISCOUNTS and freebies for police officers will be reviewed after allegations of a conflict of interest. - herald-sun

CHOGM BLOCKADERS WARNED THEY WILL BE ARRESTED
JULY 3: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie today warned anti-globalisation protesters they would be arrested if they attempted to blockade the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Brisbane later this year. Mr Beattie yesterday appointed four mediators, including former corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, to liaise with protest groups, police and officials. - aap/theage

JUBILEE AUSTRALIA PREPARES FOR CHOGM
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Jubilee Australia (jubilee2000) has choosen to make CHOGM the core campaigning focus for 2001. Massive grassroots organisation is already happening and the Jubilee Rally at CHOGM will involve church, union and school groups - jubilee2000.org

NAOMI KLIEN IN MELBOURNE
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NAOMI Klien, author of the Holy Bible, will be in Melbourne for a series of talks:
1: 7pm Sunday 15th Media Circus at Trades Hall.
2: 6pm Monday 16th July
Atheneum with Readings bookshop.
3. 8.30pm Monday 16th July 3CR Globalisation CD Launch at Trades Hall

MEDIA CIRCUS IS HERE - 12-15 july

MEDIA CIRCUS is a gathering of people who create, consume, critique + distribute media content that challenges, questions, expresses + celebrates our culture, our society + the way we live. - media circus

PROTESTERS TARGET MOBIL
JULY 11: Service stations around Australia owned by petrol giant Mobil will be targeted by green groups today over the company's alleged bad climate policies. Friends of the Earth Melbourne coordinator Tristy Fairfield said Mobil stations in the eastern Melbourne suburbs would get heavy attention from protesters. - aap/theage

TWO BRISBANE CHOGM PROTEST WEB SITES UP
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TWO new Brisbane based anti-chogm web site have been set - stopchogm.org and CHOGM Free Zone

RIOT POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH AT ECONOMIC SUMMIT
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JULY 1: SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Riot police clashed with hundreds of anti- globalization (sic) protesters at the opening of the European Economic Summit in Austria on Sunday. - cbc news + audio report here - requires realplayer

CLASHES AT EU ECONOMIC SUMMIT
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JULY 1: SALZBURG, Riot police clashed with Anti-globalisation (sic) protesters as an ecomonic summit began in Austria. - cnn

NIKE DISCOUNTS: POLICE 'GIFTS' POLICY REVIEW
JULY 6: Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon has ordered a review of police guidelines after a report in The Age yesterday that officers had been accepting discounts and gifts offered by retailers across the city. Ms Nixon took the action after concerns that a 20 % discount offered to uniformed members by Nike may have been seen to compromise the force.- the age

NAOMI KLIEN ON-LINE CHAT
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READ the log of Naomi Klien's interactive chat: 'Culture Jamming, Convergences and Beyond: What lies ahead of the anti-globalization movement' - nologo.org

FLAK FLIES OVER POLICE NIKE FREEBIES
JULY 5: Victoria Police commanders have been urged to ban officers from accepting discounts at the Melbourne city store of sportswear giant Nike. 'The discount is a form of payment. The police are meant to be impartial, and this discount has the potential to compromise that impartiality,' said No Nike campaigner Tessa Theocharous. - theage

YARRA RIVER MOBIL PETROL LEAK
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JULY 5: 4000 litres of unleaded Mobil petrol were 'accidentally' released into the Yarra river this morning from the oil tanker Tasman. - indymedia

NIKE STORE PROTEST - NUMBER 14
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JUNE 29: There was a decreased police presence at tonight's anti-Nike rally outside the Nike store at the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets, Melbourne. It seemed as though the police are realising that they (and Nike) have to put with these weekly protests - until Nike mends its ways. - indy media

CHOGM ACTION NETWORK LAUNCHED
BRISBANE: Members of 20 organisations came together on June 26 to plan protests outside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane. The CHOGM Action Network was initiated by activists who were not satisfied with the Stop CHOGM's call for a blockade, instead of other forms of protest. - greenleftweekly

AUTHORITIES STEP UP MEASURES AGIANST TERRORISM AT CHOGM
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson says he is confident Brisbane is prepared to deal with any tense situation which may arise, during October's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. - abc

BEATING THE BARRICADES

The World Bank hoped to thwart protest scenes like these when it decided to hold a conference online. But, writes Andrew Heasley, proceedings didn't run as smoothly as hoped. - theage

FILM MAKERS READ THIS

ScreenWorks invites independent filmmakers who wish to experiment with the theme of Protest, to submit entries up to 16 minutes. Prizes valued up to $10,500 will be awarded to the winning films. - screenworks.com.au

ANTI-CORP GLOBALISATION PROTESTERS ATTACKED

BARCELONA 22 JUNE: Riot police made what appeared to be an unprovoked attack Sunday on anti-globalization (sic) protesters gathered in a city park following a midday march down a main boulevard. At least 32 people were slightly injured and 19 were arrested. - ap/indymedia

SEE YOU AT THE HILTON HOTEL 0CTOBER 3RD
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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

03 CALL TO ACTION
ACTIVISTS plan to shut down CHOGM's Commonwealth Business Forum, at Melbournes' Hilton On The Park, October 3-5. At its inaugural meeting on Monday night, the O3 To CHOGM Alliance agreed to the following - call to action

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 OšReilly 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
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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
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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

 

 

 

 

 

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