convergence booklet

 
please distribute!

To pick up a copy of the convergence manual go to Barricade Books/Infoshop, (115 Sydney Rd, Brunswick), FOE, (Smith St, Collingwood) the New International Bookshop (Victorian Trades Hall Council, cnr. Lygon and Victoria Sts, Carlton) or the s11 Alliance office (RMIT, city).

 

About s11 AWOL, the Autonomous Web of Liberation
s11 AWOL aims to facilitate actions, hold skill-sharing workshops,
provide support and empower people with information and tools to enable US
to strategically shut down the World Economic Forum. s11 AWOL is
non-hierarchical, decentralised and autonomous network. We are committed to
taking direct action for social and environmental justice through
creative resistance to capitalism and for the defence of our lives.

S11 AWOL has three main aims
1. Provide skills, training and information on Direct Action, protests
and protesting, and legal support through workshops, pamphlets and the
fostering of networks.
2. To encourage the formation of Affinity Groups through workshops and
networking, and to promote the benefits for organising in Affinity
Groups.
3. To provide logistical support during the s11 protest and
post-protest period, ie, medical, legal, etc.

s11awol@yahoo.com phone: 0500 800 379 web site:
www.antimedia.net/s11awol

The s11 Alliance
The s11 alliance is a union of just about every activist group from
around Australia coming together to unite in the common hope of a better
world. Only with unity can we overcome the forces which attempt to
dominate us, and knowing this, encourage as much division amongst us as
possible. The s11 alliance counters this and will present a unified
front to the World Economic Forum, showing that we no longer accept their
games.

S11 Office GPO Box 12387, A'Beckett St, Melb 8006
Ph: 03 9925 3327 Fax: 03 9925 3705 Email: S11Office@netscape.net
The S11 Office is located in the RMIT Student Union,Building 8, Level
3, Swanston Street, Melbourne


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S11 Organising Groups

s11Office: s11Office@netscape.net
ph: (03) 9925 3327
fax: (03) 9925 3705
the s11 office is available to all groups organising for s11.

iXpress - bicycle courier service
s11express@bigfoot.com
web site: www.criticalmass.org.au/s11
ph: (03) 8611 4689

s10 celebration day - jubilee 2000:
tearvic@ozemail.com.au
dave collis: 03 9815 1677

food not bombs:
foodnotbombs_melb@yahoo.com
0401471478

friends of the earth:
foe@foe.org.au
www.melbourne.foe.org.au
ph: 03 9419 8700

convergence contacts:
awolconvergence@yahoo.com
0401471478 0500800379 0428882800

s11 medical:
s11medical@hotmail.com

healing space:
heals11@yahoo.com

arrestwatch / legal info line:
9419 7427

s11 legal observer team:
ptchang@angelfire.com

big puppet and performance crew:
nick 9419 8700
agitproperform@yahoo.com

queers united to eradicate economic rationalism:
josh: 9925 3707
xanthe: 0407 519 348
web: www.queers11.cjb.net

public first:
ph: 03 9662-9688

buddhist peace fellowship:
helendel@vicnet.net.au
helen dell: 61 3 9376 4076
fax: 61 3 9372 6303

earth worker:
earthworker@earthworker.org.au
web: www.earthworker.org.au
ph: 03 9639 7688

s11 high school students:
melbourne@greenleft.org.au
james or tim: 03 9639 8622 *a/h or saturdays

school student strike - socialist party:
sp@mira.net
phone: 0408588586 + 03 9417 0805


************************************************WHAT is the World
Economic Forum (WEF)
The WEF is an influencial and unelected think tank dedicated to
consolidating the dominance of capitalist work and consumption across the
globe. This is a very particular kind of Globalisation. Founded in 1971
as the European Management Forum, it was renamed the WEF in 1987 to
reflect its increasingly global outlook. According to the WEF it is now,
the foremost global partnership of business, political, intellectual
and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the
world.

In a speech to the WEF global summit (forum defing the annual
political economic and business agenda) U.S. President Cllinton spoke frankly,
- My most important wish is that the global business community could
adopt a shared vision for the next ten to twenty years about what you
want the world to look like, and then go about creating it in ways that
actually enhance your business, but do so in a way that helps other
people as well

GLOBALISATION
The model advocated by the WEF is the same as that of the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Free
trade and an unregulated capitalism. Whilst money and goods and wealthy
people move around freely, the bulk of the world's population have no
such freedom. Whilst claiming a commitment to improving the state of the
world the WEF promotes structural adjustment programs involving
privatization of social assets, large scale cuts to education and health
funding, laws discriminating against union organization and civil liberties,
and ecologically destructive practices.

There is potential for alleviating poverty and other social injustice
through international co-operation. However, the Australian State's
position in international politics/law has been reactionary on issues such
as human rights (see so called illegal immigrants) and the environment
(Kyoto/climate protection). On the other hand, Labor and Liberal
governments have embraced the WTO, which is the most effective piece of
international law ever. It protects the rights of capitalists above all
else. The rich move their capital on the basis of profitability.
Consequently, of the 4.4 billion people living in less industrialised countries
(LICs), approximately 60% lack basic sanitation, a 33% lack drinking
water and so on. Yet the WEF response to exploitation, poverty and
inequality, is to end economic intervention on the basis of welfare and
redistribution of wealth, and move toward promoting freedom for capital.

WHO?
The WEF desribe themselves as a independent, impartial and
not-for-profit organisation tied to no political partisan or national interests.
And if we were to concede that the world is solely peopled by corporate
eaders, trade ministers, and bureaucrats from certain key international
NGOs, this lie might seem plausible.

1) The CEOs from the worlds largest 1000 corporations represented at
the WEF include: Microsoft, News, Monsanto, Nestle, Rio Tinto, Dow
Corning, Indian Petro-Chemical Corp, McDonalds, Exxon, Dupont, Siemans,
Shell, De Beers, Phillip Morris, Western Mining, Telstra and 984 of the
other usual suspects.
2) Heads of State and Trade Ministers, with representation favouring
the OECD/industrialised countries.
3) Bureaucrats from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF),
World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other international
non-governmental organisations, i.e. people (like the corporations above) who are not
elected by or accountable to any public.

IN MELBOURNE
What is occurring in Melbourne on September 11-13 (S11) is a regional
summit of the WEF.
The summit will offer the opportunity to identify through intensive
networking the opportunities offered for business and economic
co-operation. The central topics for discussion include: the prospects for
capitalist growth in the region after the restructuring (privatisation,
lay-offs ,cuts in public sector) in many states in the region; business and
government partnerships; and the role for 21 C Capitalism?We are
excluded from these discussions.

As their annual report states, WEF regional activities "play a central
role in creating more dynamic investor friendly environments.
Representing the interests of women, all working people, Indigenous
Australians, our collective resources and environments is apparently contrary to a
dynamic investor friendly environment. So, contrary to the global
corporatist vision, we must make our own representations.
S11. S12. S13.
FOOD NOT BOMBS
FNB will be doing food during the whole period of S11 from Convergence
Thursday 7 September through to the blockade of 11,12,13. Cookin up
fine vegan organic tucker, breakfast lunch and dinner in at least two of
the Convergence venues from 7 September and to have a ready supply of
hot food on the front line at Crown from September 11. All by donation,
prepare to volunteer and show off your culinary skills..

Come along and plan menus, put your name down on the rosters and share
your ideas, contact barricade books for more info or
foodnotbombs_melb@yahoo.com.
If the Government sends in the Army what better message can we send
than Food Not Bombs

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CHEAP EATS
Near Crown Melways Map 2F, F7
Blue Train Café Mid Level, Southgate Complex (some cheap dishes)
Food Court Lower Level, Southgate Complex

City Melways Maps 1A & 1B
Crossways Hare Krishna Restaurant open 12pm3pm weekdays (about $3-$4
meal), Swanston St, between Collins and Little Collins Sts
Camy's Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle House 23-25 Tattersalls Lane
DonDon's Japanese Restaurant 321 SwanstonSt (be warned Tofu Curry isn't
veg)
Ong Asian Food Court Near cnr Swanston & Ltl Bourke St, under Welcome
Hotel.
Huge range of food and prices.
Gopal's Vegetarian Restaurant 139 Swanston St
Basement 407 407 Swanston St

Richmond Melways Map 2G
Victoria Street Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants In particular: Thy Thy 1,
142 Victoria Street

Footscray Melways Map 42
Samrat Indian Restaurant 359 Barkly St
Hopkins Street Cheap Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurants
In particular: Bo De Trai Vegetarian Buddhist Restaurant, 94 Hopkins St

Carlton Melways Map 2B
Lygon Street is the home of Italian Restaurants.
Some are pretty expensive but you can getsome cheap pasta and pizza.
MU Food Co-Op, open 10am-4pm , 1st floor union house melbourne uni

Fitzroy Melways Map 2C
Brunswick Street is the home of the yuppie cafes, which are open late,
but expensive food.
Friends of the Earth Food Co-op &Restaurant 312 Smith Street, great
lunches, open 10am 5pm
Guru Da Dhaba (Indian) -240 Johnston St
Wild Yak (Tibetan) 97 Smith St

Westgarth/Northcote Melways Map 30
Alphabet City Café High Street, Westgarth
Baked Potato Place High Street, Westgarth

Brunswick Melways Map 29
The Turkish and Lebanese zone. Alaysa's Restaurant on Sydney Rd is
particularly good.
Kake Di Hatti (Indian) 128 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.
WORKSHOPS @ CONVERGENCE
Get Skilled up, for s11 and for the rest of your life. Skills and info
'they' would rather you didn't have are available for a little time,
spare change, and commitment. Addresses of convergence spaces aren't
published here for security reasons, but ask around and they will be.
Plus more exciting stuff at spaces, info etc, including catering by food
not bombs at some !

All these workshops are flexible, they may be moved ar times swapped.
People are welcome to offer workshops that are not listed ar repeat
workshops, of course this depends on attendance, so be therE.

ORIENTATION What's the WEF? Why Crown? Why now? If these are
questions you're asking, if pamphlets don't satisfy, you're new to Melbourne
or this activism gig, this is the FIRST workshop for you.

MUTUAL SUPPORT We're active cos we care about people, society and the
living planet, more than private profit or power. Caring for those
around us is surely the first step. How to look after each other, spot
stress and distress and help support each other in what ever way we can,
will ensure we achieve our short /long term goals.

LEGAL Interested or planning to be involved in the mass picket of
crown, or other associated Non-Violent Direct Action? Then you will be
more effective if you know exactly where you stand with police, private
security and the courts. This (legal) information is POWER.

S-LOCK-O Classic low tech way to create blockades, resist eviction and
get media. Every lock-on needs planning, practical backup, legal info
and support, and of course hardware and know-how. Be here for a crash
course in the essentials.

FIRST AID Things may get hairy. If you or those around you are on the
receiving end of police violence (as seen at Albert Park, Richmond
secondary, Seattle etc) or plain accident, its better if we can immediately
care for our own. Tear gas can be painful, but it can be relieved.
Blood can be scary, but it can be staunched. Learn how.

YOGA Some stress is inevitable. But it need not be a lasting
condition. Yoga is a holistic way of calming, centring and recharging. Space
and sessions suitable for all levels will be held.

ACTION FACILITATION On the street decisions may have to be made. Your
affinity group will have to decide when to hold it's ground, when to
run, when to escalate. Only you and your's can do that, cos its your
butts on the line. How to do that, in a way where all voices are heard,
to reach a decision that everybody agrees with and can live with
afterwards, is vital. Come to this workshop to learn how.

PERSONAL / POLITICAL. You tell me yours and I'll tell you mine.
Learning where others stand and finding how we reach these standpoints
teaches us tolerance, and to love diversity. Also, we need to be able to
talk to every and anyone about the values that bring us into opposition
with the WEF, so they understand why we're doing this. And even
empathise. This workshop provides a safe space to explore motivations and
get a feel for fellow activists.

SCOUTS Groups will be forming up at this convergence space and being
led down to crown, making as much noise and with as much colour as
possible. Appropriate transport (skateboards, bikes etc) is recommended.

SCREEN PRINTING Workshops making prints for the days of action for you
to wear or wave in the air. If you have materials bring, tho some will
be available.

AFFINITY GROUPS DISCUSSION The pro's and cons of affinity groups will
be discussed, principles, how to and the forming there-of.

AFFINITY GROUPS (blockade teams, action groups, cells, action
collective)
Affinity groups are small (3-20 people), autonomous groups of people
with a common identity or cause, who take part in actions and support
each other. Their actions can take place within mass demonstrations or
on their own. There are many advantages to working in an AG in mass
demonstrations. A few being:
· Elimination of feelings and dangers of isolation
· Provision of support; emotional, physical, tactical etc.
· Harder to infiltrate by undercover police and corporate-sponsored
saboteurs
· Greater flexibility in responding to changing conditions during the
action
· Highly democratic and autonomous

So who is actually in an AG? People often form affinity groups with
friends, co-workers, housemates etc. Usually, the risks you take
together as an AG will be representative of the level of trust developed
between the members. So while it's possible to form AG's with people you
met at the pub last night, you may be less likely to do high risk actions
with them. Within AG's, there are a range of roles that its' members
can perform. These vary depending on the who's, what's, where's, when's
and how's of your AG, but may include media spokesperson, 1st
aid/medic, legal observer, arrest support, spokes council delegate (see below),
communication person, meeting facilitator, photo/videographers, police
liaison etc.


SPOKES COUNCIL (cross cell communication)
The SC is an organisational structure with the aim of enabling
co-ordination between all groups involved in S11 actions, without reducing
their autonomity.
The SC's will be open meetings, comprised of spokespeople from affinity
groups and other kinds of working/organising groups and other wishing
to attend. The decision making will be limited to the delegates from
each group although other members of groups may whisper in the ear of
their delegate if need be. The role of the delegate could be shared
within working groups as there will be more than one SC during the week.
The only requirements of the delegate is that they are well informed as
to how to represent their group, i.e. How much or little info to
divulge, what issues are flexible, what issues aren't etc.

A facilitator will be present to help make the best of the time spent
together. So far, it has been suggested that there be two parts to the
meeting. Firstly, groups doing actions could meet to share info and
co-ordinate as much (or little) as they want and discuss how decisions
might be made during the actions. Secondly, all groups (i.e. action,
organising and infrastructure) could meet to tie up any loose ends and
share any relevant information etc.

The first SC will be on Wednesday S6 more are planned - keep yr ear to
the ground.

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iXpress on site communications
A forward Operating Base will be set up in the vicinity of Crown Casino
and all bicycle operations will beconducted from this location.
Standard and extraordinary jobs will be dispatched to the service which will
consist of up to 10 couriers on the ground at any one time. The 72
hours of the operation will be divided into 4, 6 and 8 hour shifts around
the clock to service the array of blockades and other activities that
will be set up around the city and South Melbourne during S11. Riders
will travel in pairs, one rider in each pair will have extensive local
knowledge, training rides are being conducted. During this time, a roster
will be drawn up and alliances with affinity groups will be negotiated.

We need your help to run the courier service during S11. Dispatching,
communications and riding are some roles for volunteers. You don't need
to be a cyclist to join the service but people experienced in urban
bicycling will be needed to negotiate the city streets during the 72 hours
in theatre.

E-mail s11express@bigfoot.com
phone 03 8611 4689 (local call cost, dial the whole number) to get
involved
BILLETING
It may be possible to organise accomodation for activists still. ASK
AROUND, AFTER THAT pick up a form to fill out and return (see
www.s11.org), else contact the s11 office at RMIT phone 9925 3327, Friends of the
Earth, 94198700. But if you're reading this and have done nothing
about this before, you may be out of luck. There is also a list of cheap
accomodation in Melbourne on the s11 website, and some even less
comfortable doss's will be happening: STUDENTS from interstate and
overseas places to stay here in melbourne. Contact 0428882802 or
snail11@chickmail.com leave a contact phone number AND email WE NEED TO
GET BACK TO YOU.

BACKPACKERS
BakPak Hotels 167 Franklin St City 9329 5858
Toad Hall 441 Elizabeth St City 9600 9010
City Central 475 Spencer St West Melbourne 9329 7755
City Scene Backpackers 361 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 9348 9525
The Friendly Backpackers 197 King St, City 9670 1111
YHA 78 Howard St, North Melbourne 9329 8599
76 Chapman St North Melbourne 9328 3593

CARAVAN PARKS
Melbourne Caravan Park, North Coburg (Melways Map 18 B7)

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INDYMEDIA - MEDIA FOR YOU
IndyMedia is a grass-roots online media web site allowing you easily
publish your stories directly to the world bypassing mainstream media!
IndyMedia is committed to providing alternative and indepndent coverage
to socially progressive movements. It is not part of s11 protest and
will be an ongoing media channel for us to use.

Get on the net and check out www.melbourne.indymedia.org. IndyMedia
has been preparing to cover the s11/WEF and has a flexible coordination
structure. There will be a number of locations from which to put
content online. And you can publish stories from any web café in the city.
If you are interested in being part of the alternative media crew, find
the 'IndyMedia Guide Sheet' which contains maps, useful numbers and
more information on how to use the InyMedia website.

There will be other media projects also. 3CR will be actively covering
to protetsts on radio - 855am - and will also be uploading their audio
clips on to the Indymedia site. A short documentary will be produced
by SKA TV - if you have some excellent footage you feel should be
included contact SKA producers for them to review. Content deadline 14th Sep.
This will be mailed around the world on the 17th and will go to air on
Ch31 18th Sep.

Bike couriers (ixpress) will be moving regularly through the protest
zone, and can collect your video and audio resources to be taken to one
of the upload locations.
The couriers will also have message forms which can be filled out by
any protestor wishing to express themselves through the website to the
world. You are, after all, the voice!

NOTES TO THOSE MAKING MEDIA
Unless you are one of the big corporate friendly media, your camera and
documentation equipment doesn't give you any special power or access to
places. And having a camera doesn't give you any protection - rather
you could be considered as a threat by the 'authorities' especially if
things get nasty.
So be careful. Also, be cautious of what you do film. Any footage could
be seized by 'authorities' for evidence.

If people want to do an interview, but don't want to show their face,
get them cover it up before recording, rather than thinking you can do
it in post-production.Create your own media, create your own culture,
create, challenge, contribute; www.melbourne.indymedia.org.

Contacts:
Melbourne Indymedia: 0419 809 742 (if this fails ask other groups for
latest number)
3CR Radio, 21 Smith St Collingwood staff@3cr.net.au Ph: 03 9419 8377
SKA Office, Trades Hall : 96636976
Talkback radio 3L0 (ABC) : 03 9414 1774 Talkback 3AW (Commercial) :
03 9696 1278
IM email geton.im-melb@cat.org.au Or mim@antimedia.net
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ACCESS NEWS
Screening of unedited footage from the day's action will be on at the
spunkin' ballroom in trades hall.. yeah yeah!!, bring in yr stuff, or
come and chill at the bar..so join us for a beer so ace local volunteer
produced telly and a laugh at , monday 11 from 7.30pm! yay!.
September 18th will be the s11-13 special screening!September 25th will
include Olympix stuff... ps and we're very open to having more
volunteers! experience not essential but it'd be a super bonus!!

3CR
During the three days of the meeting 3CR will be presenting live
programs from the Crown Casino and be broadcasting hourly updates from 7am
throughto 10pm everyday. A week of current affairs programs that will
explore different global concerns each day (Monday - women; Tuesday -
Third World; Wednesday - workers; Thursday -environment; Friday -
indigenous peoples). 3CR will also be distributing special S11 programs via the
ComRadSat, the satellite service of the Community Broadcasting
Association of Australia (CBAA). On Monday and Tuesday mornings between 10 -
11am community stations right around Australia will be able to access
an hour of live coverage of the S11 activities.
contact:Juliet Fox, 3CR Current Affairs Coordinator or
Jay Estorninho, Program Coordinator, 3CR 03 9419 837
staff3cr@vicnet.net.au

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DEALING WITH THE MEDIA ....
In the past the media have been unsympathetic and misrepresentative of
the protests. There are plenty of alternative media that is available
to us today. There's also DIY media you make it and spread it.

if you do find yourself talking to the mainstream media here are some
basics . . .
You can refuse an interview! Just say NO COMMENT (same phrase works
well with police)!
If you do choose to be interviewed you can ask for some time to
prepare. You can ask what they are going to ask, collect your thoughts on
this. And get the journalists name and media organisation write it down.
This will give you more credibility and may make them less likely to
take you out of context.

Beware that the media have been giving s11 a lot of publicity. Although
some media outlets/journalists may be sincerely interested in the
politics of the event, most are probably more interested in a 'good story'
hence their anticipation of violence despite repeated commitment to
non-violence. They are more likely to ask you questions relating to any
possible confrontations 'How have you reacted to pepper spray?'The trick
is not to get drawn in to talking about something other than the reason
that you are there.

Try to quickly flip your answer to talk about what you want to talk
about and the points you want to get across. 'What do you think of the
reaction of police?' 'The police have been very aggressive towards us. The
real criminals are the corporate elite who are killing our planet and
causing human rights abuse in the work-place.' It helps if you have a
clear idea about what you want to talk about and have a few easy phrases
to fall back on. Remember that the TV media and some radio will be
using very short grabs - think of a succinct way to get across your point.

S11 First Aid 'Cause we Dare to Care - THE STREET SHEET.
Please photocopy and pass around, remember about Community Health!!!
The more people who know First Aid the healthier we all will be!
Be safe- start with the right attitude of looking out for your sisters
and brothers. Be aware of exposure, dehydration, shock, injury and
attacks from the cops, etc...

Be Prepared
*Check that your water bottle is filled and you have some nutritious
food
*Find out where the functioning water taps and toilets are
* Look for First Aid tents or roving Green Cross Medics
The mobile S11 medics will have maps to the first aid locations- get
one!

Big Stuff: (eg, fractures, shock, unconsciousness, big bleeding,
etc...)
1)Keep calm
2)Get ambulance/send for medical help, stay with the injured
3)Don't move an unconscious person (You could do more harm than good!)
Form a human blockade around an unconscious person/injured person to
protect them from being trampled and you have more room to work.
FRACTURE- Splint and immobilize the affected area/joint (with rolled up
newspapers, sticks).
BLEEDING- Wear gloves. Apply pressure. Elevate area/limb.
TEETH- Replace knocked-out teeth in their socket if possible and get to
dentist fast.
If you can't replace tooth, wrap it in plastic or store in milk and
transport to dentist immediately (DO NOT WASH TOOTH).

Capsicum Spray and Tear Gas
IF YOU ARE SPRAYED: Don't Panic! Keep calm! DON'T RUB YOUR EYES!
(capsicum spray sticks to anything slimy or sticky you may be wearing like
sunscreen, moisturizer, make-up and especially contact lenses).Move away
and up-wind from the spray. Get into a clear space where the wind can
get the residues off your clothing. Remove contact lenses immediately.
Carefully irrigate only the effected area with lots of water. Do not
allow contaminated water to run over non-effected areas of the body. To
clean the eyes, tilt head forward and turn it sideways. Gently rinse the
eye closest to the ground with water from a spray/pop-top bottle so
that the water runs from the nose-side of the eye out and drains onto the
ground. Blink rapidly. Turn head to the other side and flush other eye.
Do it one eye at a time cause if you run out of water you're still more
functional with one eye! When you get to s11 find out where the nearest
water supplies will be, get yourself some pop-top bottles and lots of
them.

Rubber Bullets / Tear Gas Cannisters
Turn your back to the projectiles and bend over at the waist to protect
yourself while calmly moving out of the area toward shelter. The
projectiles are more likely to deflect off your back this way. Backpacks also
provide good protection.

Dehydration
Look for paleness of the face, dark-colored and infrequent urine, dry
mouth, headache and dizziness. Give water, sit down in a cool spot and
encourage breathing.

Exposure
Don't underestimate the effects of the weather- be prepared. Wear hats,
sunglasses, layers of clothes, long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots,
scarfs and plastic rain gear- also good protection from capsicum spray.

Shock (physiological)
Look for stupor, dilated pupils. Take to safe place, lay down with feet
up and keep warm, don't give food or water, if thirsty moisten lips.
Always stay with shocked or injured people.Speak to the person in a calm
even manner, give them some small task to do (help me fill the water
bottles) talk about yourself or the weather. If the person is consenting,
human contact can be very grounding (doesn't have to be a full body
hug! Even just shaking hands can be it!).


ACTION FASHION
Much of what is covered below might have appeared in previous sections,
but still
stop and read it all! The following is mostly based upon a what to
bring list prepared by people directly involved in coordinating the medical
teams that have worked in Seattle, Washington and for s26 actions
happening in Prague later in the year. Whilst this list could go on (with
kilos of gear), it has been kept short in order to keep it practical.

WHAT TO WEAR
â Clothing Clothing should be comfortable, you should wear protective
shoes that you can run in and clothing which covers most of your skin
to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure.
â Accessorising with Weather-related gear : (rain gear) a cap or hat to
protect you from the sun and from chemical weapons. Chemical Weapons:
shatter-resistant eye protection ie: sunglasses, swim goggles, or gas
mask, gas mask or goggles paired with a respirator or bandanna to
protect during chemical weapons deployment. Heavy-duty gloves if you plan to
handle hot tear gas canisters.
Fresh clothes in plastic bag (in case yours get contaminated)

WHAT TO BRING
$ lots of water - plastic bottles with squirt /spray tops, to drink and
to wash off your skin or eyes if needed.
$ energy snacks.
$ identification and/or emergency contact information.
$ just enough money for pay-phone, food, transportation.
$ basic first aid kit (refer to first aid information in this booklet).
$ watch, paper, pen for accurate documentation of events, police
brutality, injuries.
$ water- or alcohol-based sunscreen.
$ your inhaler, epipen, insulin or other medication if you require it.
$ several days of your prescription medication and doctor's note in
case of arrest.
$ menstrual pads, if needed. Avoid using tampons if you're arrested
you may not have a chance to change it (tampons left in more than six
hours increase your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome).

ACTION FASHION FAUX PAS
Don't put vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on
skin as they can trap chemicals. Don't wear contact lenses, which can
trap irritating chemicals underneath.Don't wear things that can easily
be grabbed (i.e.: dangly earrings or other jewellery, ties, loose hair).
Facial piercing make great targets for make shift pressure points, so
leave them at home.Don't go to the demo alone if you can help it. It is
best to go with an affinity group, or some friends who know you well,
otherwise link up with others on the day that are alone also.

THINK CREATIVE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY.
Don't forget to sleep, eat, and drink lots of water. Take care of
yourself. If you are grounded, well-rested, fed and watered, you will have
much more fun in the action. Dressing appropriately and preparing for
the weather is key. Think water, comfy shoes, rain gear/sun protection,
more water. Think mobility and comfort. Remember that we do this work
because it is important andfun, and that at least some danger is
essential to life.


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DISPOSAL STORES
Aussie Disposals 283 Elizabeth St, City
City Centre Disposals 241 Elizabeth St, City
Mitchell's Disposals 134 Russell St, City
Sam Bear 225 Russell St City
MAKING IT A SAFE REVOLUTION
You are much more valuable when you are alive and healthy. Don't take
unnecessary risks. Think more about the kinds of injuries and how they
might affect you later. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, THE WORLD WILL NEED YOU
AGAIN.

Remember that the police are highly trained both physically and
mentally. It's very important to remember the police have the law, equipment,
health services and resources on their side. We have a well developed
sense of justice.

DON'T EVER GET CAUGHT BY YOURSELF. MOVE IN PACKS. If you're an
individual hang around any group or introduce yourself, meet new people. If
you're alone then the cops can do what they like without witnesses. Even
when dispersed, move in groups. One of the major motives behind
dispersal is to create a panicked run where the police can pick off
tinduviduals. Let's all take care of each other and support each other when we're
in trouble. Don't trample each other in a panic-stricken run or leave
others to be arrested or beaten.

THE VARIOUS HEALTH RISKS:
This depends on the situation you end up in. Police and military have
a term for the sliding scale of responses and equipment and tactics
that they employ at various levels in a protest, this is called a FORCE
CONTINUM (basically the more "serious" a situation gets, the more
acceptable it is for "harder methods of control to be used.). Of course your
health risks vary accordingly. Health Risks while protesting include,
but are not limited to: Dehydration, Sunburn/Sunstroke, Cold/Winter
Chill, Violence in the crowd To deal with this you need : Your own
bottle of water, Good food/Slow burning carbohydrates to keep going all day,
wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes, Hat/sunglasses (no oil-based
sunscreen), change of clothes is essential, any medication your
currently on with your perscription or doctors note to prove you need it.
For more info, see street sheet.


Horsies
Mounted police have been used to manage large, massed-gatherings
because they enable cops to block and intimidate people.

How do I protect myself? Wear head and body protection (bike helmets,
hats, skarfs, eyeglasses or goggles, forearm pads, gloves, backpacks,
heavy pants and jacket, boots, etc...). Stay as a loose group, not a
tright, packed mass. Move and flow around the horse formations.
Help those who are down! Those that get knocked down are in danger, the
quicker the group can get them up the less chance of injury. Grab
someone and support them before they hit the griound.
If you go down? Get up. If you can't, curl up into a fetal ball on your
side and cover your ears with your fists. Turn your eyes and nose to
the ground, keep your eyes open, shout for your friends. Your ribs,
pelvis and spine are stronger sideways. Wriggle forward slowly with small
wriggles of the hips and shoulders. MAINTAIN THE THINNEST POSSIBLE
PROFILE (LESS CHANCE OF THE HORSE STEPPING ON YOU). DO NOT HIT THE HORSE,
they are well trained but they're still animals and will lash out.

Capsicum Gas
What it does: As a powerful alkali it creates a burning sensation about
a thousand times more powerful than a chilli. It will hurt, but you can
survive it. Wear glasses NOT contact lenses to the protest. See street
sheet for treatment

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MEDICAL CENTRES - Bulk Billing
If you need to go to hospital find an AMBULANCE!
Central Medical Clinic, 114 William St, City 9670 2020
City Medical Clinic, 5th Floor, 313 Little Collins St, City
Appointments: 9650 3122 After Hours: 9429 5677
Collins Place Medical Clinic Suites 14 & 15, 45 Collins Street City
9650 4218
Union Health Centre 393 Swanston St (opp. RMIT), City 9662 3322

FIRST AID SHOPPING LIST
4 x Gloves ($2) Gloves protect both parties. It's responsible, wear
them if you are treating people.
2 x Triangle Bandage (cheaply made or bought at $1.50) A triangle
bandage has a thousand uses. Bandana-sized material, that can be used to
place on wounds, make slings, or dipped in water and vinegar for rough
face masks, both bandages could also be used to splint a limb with solid
stuff. .Lighter coloured material is better to observe how much bleeding
comes through the fabric.
2x Pressure bandages ($2.50) Get the wide and long ones! Good for
wrapping up sprained ankles and wrists. Good also for binding wounds that
are bleeding.
6x Menstral pads ($2-3.00) Great and cheap for soaking up blood,
absolutely essential!
1x Eyepad (60c) Useful when someone has a foreign body in the eye and
it's too big or too painful to flush out! Place over the eye with tape
and instruct the injuried person not to move their eye. If you don't
need to use it as an eye pad it makes a perfectly good wound dressing!
5-10 x Butterfly stitches ($1.20) Great as small wound dressings, helps
to close difficult or very bloody wounds such as scalp wounds.
Plastic bags (free, shit they give 'em out with groceries these
days!!!) For all of your medical/bloody waste. Think public health! It's no
good dressing someone's wound and then leaving your bloody scraps hanging
around to cross infecting others!
2x Sterile Saline: ($1.10) (NOT FOR DEALING WITH CAPSICUM SPRAY,
THERE'S JUST TOO LITTLE OF IT, BETTER TO USE A BOTTLE OF H2O!) This is for
cleaning wounds of dirt and grit before covering them. Saline is very
useful to treat gravel burns or grazes.
Frozen Popper (foil juice container) in teatowel ($1.20) For placing on
bruises/strains and sprains,or any other soft-tissue injury to cool
someone from overheating
Betadine/Antiseptic/teatree oil ($1.50) Take your pick which you
prefer, to be used on open wounds with dirt or grit in it (eg, after washing
down a wound with saline paint it with antiseptic and then cover it).
Adhesive tape/medical tape: ($1.25) Has to be waterproof to be able to
stick to sweaty/wet skin. Used to hold wound dressings in place and
free up your hands to support, apply pressure or elevate the wound and
lead that person to safety oh yeah!
Things to top up on: If you're feeling flush and community minded. In
order of priority- MORE WATER BOTTLES, GLOVES AND MENSTRUAL PADS. More
pressure bandages/saline/tape called micropore (sticks great to
skin!)/scissors/penknife/pen and notepad/melolite dressings expensive but good!

Contacts (specifically First Aid):
The s11 medic group: we are community health focused, spunky and there
for You! Come chat to us on the day (look for the green crosses) or
send us a message
S11medical@hotmail.com
Radical Health Workers of the World: we are calling for a radical
change in the structure of health care and health defining. Shake it by da
roots!!
RadicalhealthWW@yahoo.com

CHILLOUT / HEALING SPACE
If you are feeling tired, bored, stressed, confused, hurt, angry, sad
or overwhelmed this is the perfect place for you to go. A couple of 24hr
chillout/healing spaces have been set up for the whole 3 days where you
can come and chill out, relax, have some tea or food, and get some free
reiki, masage, counselling etc.

There will be music (listen out for the string quartet!) and as well as
workshops like debriefing, clay, painting and indigenous
healing...SOUND GOOD??

Look for the banners and signs around the place which will tell you the
location of the space. Everyone is most welcome to visit anytime. See
you there! Please feel free to contact me for any reason
heals11@yahoo.com or phone 0413611173

YOUR RIGHTS
During the s11 protests a legal team of solicitors, barristers and
paralegals will be providing information and assistance. The legal observer
team will observe, record and monitor actions of the Victoria police
and private security. The legal support team will staff a 24-hour number
(9419 7427), and ensure that lawyers are at the protest sites, able to
visit people in police custody and represent people in court.
We can be contacted at s11legal@yahoo.com
You have a right to protest and you have rights if you are arrested.
You should exercise those rights.

BEING ARRESTED Police are not required to give you a warning prior
to arresting you, but sometimes they will.Normally the police must tell
you that you are under arrest and what they are arresting you for. You
should always ask the police officer: 'Am I under arrest?' and 'What
for?'. Remember what they say. It is an offence to actively resist or
hinder a legal arrest (yours or another's). It is not necessarily an
offence to passively avoid arrest, for instance by lying down. You don't
have to help police arrest you, but they may then use 'reasonable force'
to arrest you.

NAME AND ADDRESS The police have the right to ask for your name and
address (whether you are under arrest or not). If you refuse to give
your name and address, it is an offence and you can be charged. the police
may refuse to release you on bail. Police may arrest and detain you to
verify your name and address, if they suspect you are not telling the
truth. The police officer must tell you his/her name, rank and where
they're stationed if you ask. Ask them and remember what they say.

ANSWERING POLICE QUESTIONS You have the right to refuse to answer
police questions in all circumstances (except your name and address).
Tell them nothing (except your name and address). Say in answer to all
questions - 'I have done nothing wrong and I have nothing to say'. Or 'no
comment'.
There are no off the record conversations with police. If you are 16 or
under police cannot question you without an independent person present,
this can be a friend or a relative or another person independent from
the police.

LEGAL ADVICE You have the right to communicate with your lawyer in
private before police question you. Ask the police to ring 9419 7427
and put you on the phone so you can speak to a lawyer. A lawyer may be
able to visit you in police custody.

CONTACTING RELATIVES AND FRIENDS Before police question you, you
have the right to communicate with a relative or friend to tell them
where you are. Ask the police to ring your relative or friend and put you
on the phone so you can speak to them.

PHOTOGRAPHS & ID LINE UP
The police have no right to demand that you submit to being
photographed. But just like anyone else they are entitled to try to take a
photograph. If you do not want them to take your photograph, you could cover
your face with your hands, turn away, bend down, or move your head. You
do not have to participate in an ID line up.

FINGERPRINTS If you are 15 or older, Tthe police have the right to
demand that you give them your fingerprints. They have the right to use
reasonable force if you refuse. If you are under 15, the police can
only take your fingerprints if both you and your parent or guardian agree
or if a Court orders it. You should not consent without speaking to a
lawyer first.

SEARCHES Police do not have an automatic right to search you. Police
only have power to search you if they reasonably believe you are
carrying a weapon, illegal drugs or stolen property. Always ask the police
why they want to search you. However, Police will usually do a 'pat down
search' first. Police can do a 'strip search' if they have reasonable
grounds. It should not be in public place and should be by an officer
the same sex as you. They can not touch you improperly or conduct an
external or internal physical examination without a court order or consent.
Do not consent to this. (See next.)

FORENSIC SAMPLES For police to obtain a forensic sample (blood
sample, hair or pubic hair, genital or mouth swabs etc.) from you they
require your consent or a court order. You should refuse allorder or consent.
Do not consent to this. (See below.) requests for forensic samples and
ask to speak to your lawyer.

GETTING OUT OF CUSTODY The police have two choices
1) They can release you without charging you. You may get a summons
later, or
2) They can charge you and release you on bail. Before you leave the
police station you will be asked whether your treatment by police was
reasonable, and you will usually be asked to sign that this was the case.
You do not have to sign this. Ask to leave as soon as you have been
processed at the police station. Keep asking until they let you go or
until they ask you to sign a bail undertaking.

BAIL Bail is an undertaking (a promise) by you that you will turn up
at court on the day your charge is listed. The undertaking is a form
which you have to sign before they'll let you go. The form has standard
conditions printed on it, such as that you will go to court etc.
The police can add special conditions to the undertaking, for example,
a promise by you that you will not return to the demonstration or
picket line. You do not have to agree to special conditions. If the bail
does not include special conditions sign it and leave.

If the bail undertaking includes special conditions.
a)Tell the police you want to speak to your lawyer.
Ask them to ring him/her and put you on the phone to speak to them.
b) If you don't want to agree to the special conditions, don't sign the
bail form. You may be kept in the police cells for some time. After a
while or in the morning, you will be taken to the Magistrates Court.
Your lawyer can ask the Magistrate to drop the special conditions.
There is a good chance the Magistrate will agree.
c) Or you can sign the form with the special conditions and the police
will let you go. If you breach the conditions, it may be grounds for
the police to re-arrest you.
A Court can alter the special conditions at a later date.

KEEPING RECORDS If you are arrested, or have been a witness to
arrests, it is of great
importance to keep a personal and detailed record of any conflicts you
have had or
observed with the police, including the time and date of the incident.
The legal team can assist you. Do not notify the police that you have
made these records.

POLICE MISTREATMENT If you have been assaulted by police, it is
important that you see a doctor as soon as possible and ensure that they
record your injuries and what happened. Take photos if the injuries are
visible. Also record the names and contact details of any witnesses to the
assault, and the people who saw you immediately before and after the
incident. Get legal advice.

SECURITY GUARDS Private security guards are not police officers and do
not have the powers that police officers have. Private security guards
only have the same rights and powers that citizens have.
The power of arrest of private security guards is limited to the power
of arrest that every citizen has. Every citizen has the power to arrest
someone who is caught red-handed committing an offence.
Security guards also have power, vested in them by the owners of the
private property,
to use reasonable force to protect that property and to evict
trespassers.
There are limited complaint mechanisms against the unreasonable
behavior of private security guards. Where you have sufficient evidence and
significant injuries have been incurred, criminal charges or civil action
against the private security firm may be appropriate.


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JAIL SOLIDARITY
Non-cooperation or jail solidarity, means that activists refuse to
co-operate unless authorities agree with their demands. Demands such as
everyone getting equal treatment in jail,
no one being isolated from the group, as well as insisting on
appearing before the judge together.
If the jail system is full because no one is accepting bail it can
force the police to negotiate over conditions and prevent the scapegoating
of individuals. As with everything, jail solidarity is not for
everyone,
however our strength in jail comes from our solidarity.
There will be workshops on this during held during convergence.

ACTIVIST SAFETY @ S11
1) Groups or buddies Get together with some friends (five to twelve
people is a good number) and form an 'affinity group' - who will stay
together throughout the action and look after each other. Being in a
small group at an action provides support/back up and is powerful and
safer. If you can't get a group together, go with a buddy and make a
commitment to stick together the entire time for mutual support. This
means keeping an eye on each other and not separating. A pre-agreed
meeting point is very wise.

2) Training If you have been an activist for twenty years or just
starting out, training is still crucial. Nonviolent trainers draw from the
latest and most sophisticated nonviolent blockade and action techniques
from around the world. Go as a group to one of the many nonviolent
direct action trainings leading up to S11. No matter how experienced you
are, training together is the best way to prepare for the action and
work out what your role may be. Train together as a group. Training helps
to psychologically prepare for a direct action. Empower yourself with
skills, techniques and ideas for action.

3) Getting Stressed Take responsibility for your own stress levels
(you are the only one who can!) Direct actions, particularly ones that run
for several days, can be extremely stressful. Look after yourself by
getting enough (or some!) sleep, taking time out as often as possible,
eating enough and eating regularly. Don't forget to stop and think, talk
with friends, breathe. Highly stressed people at actions can be a
danger to themselves and others. We each need cool heads when in dangerous
situations at blockades. If you feel yourself becoming stressed or
tired, take responsibility to take time out.

4) Looking after each other We're all in this together and we will
need to look after each other. If you see somebody who looks afraid,
unsure, upset or looks a bit lost, check out if you can help them. Stick
with them a while until they feel okay. Often just giving somebody a
bit of your time and listening to them will help an enormous amount. Be
prepared for a very diverse crowd of people from all walks of life.
Elderly grandmothers will be linking arms with leather-clad punks. In
this environment we all need to be extremely respectful and tolerant of
each other. Respect people's different energy levels, abilities, needs
and political views. Offering help and support to each other can be the
best way to break down these differences. Remember that everybody has a
right to feel safe all the time. Safety is also something that is
everybody's' responsibility.

5) What you may need Think carefully about what you may need at the
action. How long do you intend to stay? Will you just be marching or will
you become part of the mass blockade? If you come as an affinity group
you can share some of these items. Come prepared with things you may
need such as:
* a two liter water container
* food fruit and/or energy bars are good - it's best not to rely on
others to feed you
* sturdy footwear
* clothing- should be protective and durable, light weight (to allow
for great mobility), and tight fitting while covering the entire body
(to protect from capsicum spray and sunburn). Also prepare for cold/wet
weather.
* waterproof gear * hat to protect you from sunburn
* a camera * a mobile phone
* enough money to get by, especially some change (transport home etc)
* a small first aid kit * eyeglasses if required and a strap to hold
them on(extra pair in a safe location if possible) * extra prescription
medicine if required (spare ventilator etc)
* whistle/noisemakers * pen and note paper
* emergency Phone Numbers (Legal Support Group)
* sleeping bag and mat if you are staying overnight
* small back pack to carry all this - that leaves your arms free
It is best to leave pets at home. Think about how you will get home
after the action, it may be after public transport has finished.

6) Leaving the action Many of the things above are just as important
when you are going home after an action. Stay as a group if you can,
or with a buddy, and look after each other as you head home (to where
you're staying).

7) Having fun Powerful, large, courageous mass nonviolent actions like
S11 can be heaps of fun. Nothing helps people feel safe more then
smiling, laughing people and a sense of humour. If the situation around you
is getting
tense, do something weird, or funny to change the vibe'always look on
the bright side of life


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DEBRIEFING after S11
Debriefing after any direct action is an important and necessary
process - it can help to reduce the high rates of stress and burnout. It is
designed to intervene early in any negative emotional impacts felt by
individuals involved in the action. Debriefing is a simple process and
should be arranged as soon as possible after the action. Even if you are
feeling totally fine, it is a valuable process to hear the experiences
of other activists.

Debriefing also helps to:
1) develop a realistic and shared picture of what happened at the
action;
2) draw out what the group learnt from the action;
3) affirms individuals choices during the action and assists them to
move-on;
4) identify people who may require further debriefing and support.
Debriefing is best done in small groups (5-12 people) in a quiet place
Confidentiality should be affirmed at the beginning and it should be
stressed that everyone present should be able to be listened to, without
interruption and without blame. In fact the most important part of the
process is being able to express how you felt to other people.

It is common and totally normal to have stress reactions after an
action that involves any degree of confrontation. The reactions may be
anger, highly agitated, or anxious, not being able to sleep, crying,
feeling 'detached', guilt and self-doubt, or older memories resurfacing.
Everyone experiences stress differently . It is well worth talking about
these reactions in a debrief or at least to a friend.

For more detailed support or counselling contact your local Community
Health Centre. If you would like more detailed information about
Debriefing contact Pt'chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group on
(03) 9517 3120 or ptchang@angelfire.com


S11 LEGAL OBSERVER TEAM - Roles and Responsibilities
Pt'chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group is coordinating a Legal
Observer Team during the S11 actions against the World Economic Forum at
Melbourne's Crown Casino. The Legal Observer Team will observe, record
and monitor arrests and the individual actions of the Victorian
police and private security personnel during the three day event.

In particular the Legal Observer Team will;
* distribute information on legal rights to members of the public at
the S11 protests;
* Observe, monitor and record details of interactions between
police/security and the public;
* take photos and/or video of arrests if they occur;
* make a detailed written account of the arrest;
* collect the name, number and/or a physical description of the
arresting officer;
* find out whereabouts or follow the arrested person to the police
station;
* work with S11 Legal Support to monitor, support or contact the
arrested person whilst in police custody;
* assist S11 Legal Support Group to collect information for use for
future legal defense or police complaints processes.

 

 

 



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