Resist the G8 in georgia!

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  1. chaos

    chaos Member

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    Summary w/ point people for events being planned for g8 summit in Ga in June 04:

    To volunteer to be a point person, contact Carol. To Sponsoror or Endorse a planned event, contact the point people and Carol to be added to this list. To participate/volunteer, contact the point people directly. To add an event, or to add the name of your organization to a list of sponsors/endorsers to an event, contact Carol (info below).
    . May 14-16 Peacemaker Training sponsored by FOR in Savannah Tranining fee $35.00 for information and housing contact g8paz (at)

    . May 29-30 First Aid For the Streets training in Brunswick, Ga. This is an intensive 2 full day training session, 9a.m.-7p.m both days.
    Please arrive on the 28th as training starts at 9 am the 29th! For more info & housing sarabritestar (at)

    . June 6-10 Fair World Fair: The Greedy 8 Alternative in Brunswick Ga: This will be a multi day event with stage/screen/booths displays. This will feature sustainable living/environment, and alternatives to the current global policies. Music, films, speakers, information tables/booths demonstrations. More info at To endorse/sponsor/volunteer/participate Contact Chito chito (at)
    Northeast Georgia Peace Corner Group
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
    Cobb Citizens for Peace
    Global Exchange
    Georgia Green Party
    SOA Watch

    June 7, Brunswick Ga:
    . Interfaith Servict late afternoon for the eve. of the summit. Venue TBA Procession to vigil will follow service. To endorse/sponsor/volunteer/participate, Contact g8paz (at) Harry 770-313-9110 Robert rrandall (at)
    Atlanta Interfaith Coalition
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
    Northeast Georgia Peace Corner Group
    Savannah FOR

    . June 7, Brunswick, Ga: Candlelight Vigil for the victims of the Global Economic Policies that are disproportionately shaped by the g8.
    To endorse/sponsor/volunteer/participate, contact Neil neil (at) Harry 770-313-9110 g8paz (at) Jubilee USA
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
    Northeast Georgia Peace Corner Group

    . June 8: March for Reparations: Sea Island Ga. see

    . Toxic Tour of Glynn County: Tour of Glynn County's more than 16 toxic sites including the 4 superfund sites all located in the same county as Sea Island. Contact: Glynn Environmental Coalition info (at)
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition

    . Two Towns Tour: Tour of the Brunswick area demonstrating the "Two Towns", the town as it is for the monied elite, and the town as it is for the economically and politically disenfranchised. Contact Harry 770-313-9110
    Glynn County Greens

    . Community Project in Brunswick: Bring tools or come ready to lend a hand for home repairs on a building that will be used to house pregnant homeless teens! contact Harry 770-313-9110

    . Installation Ceremony for 2 new air pollution sampling stations in Brunswick. This will be coordinated with the Glynn Environmental Coalition To endorse/sponsor/volunteer/participate contact Sean se@n battlesick13 (at) or Scott thurston (at)
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition

    .Symbolic Environmental Cleanups: To sponsor/endorse/volunteer/participate, contact Scott thurston (at) .

    . Environmental Video Project: Brunswick/environmental issues video project. Need volunteers to film in Brunswick. Contact Scott thurston (at) or indymedia imc-southeastus (at)

    . Media Center: Atlanta IMC will set up an Independent Media Center in Brunswick. Contact Atlanta IMC imc-southeastus (at)

    . Food Not Bombs Kitchen: FNB being planned for Brunswick. Need point person to liaison local organizers and FNB peeps. Local in Brunswick: Harry 770-313-9110 sara sarabritestar (at)

    . Wellness Center/ Medic Trainings: There is a Wellness center being planned for Brunswick Ga. Basic Health and Safety courses will be available. Contact Sara sarabritestar (at)

    . Peace Walk from Gainesville Fla. to Brunswick. Contact Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice fcpj (at)

    . Bike Caravans down Coastal Bike paths to Brunswick: from Atlanta: Jacob bigchieftallfoot (at)

    . TOES conference: (The Other Economic Summit) planned to coincide with Sea island Summit June 8-10. To Sponsor/Endorse/Volunteer/Participate contact Susan Hunt hunt (at) Savannah contact margybb (at)
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition

    . Economics and Public Issues Conference in Statesboro, Ga. on June 4 & 5, right before the g8 summit. More info:

    . Civil Liberties March in Savannah: Tuesday June 8 March from Civil Rights Museum to Forsyth Park contact Kellie kelliegasink2002 (at)

    . May 15 Nonviolence Trainings Sav/Brunswick: contact Marta kaufmanculebra (at)
    Fellowship of Reconcilliation
    Savannah Fellowship of Reconcilliation

    . Globalization Film Series in Savannah at the Sentient Bean through May. Contact Molly swampfire (at) or Chito chito (at)

    . Globalization Film Screenings in Atlanta: Atlanta IMC May 7, June 4 Sponsored by Atlanta IMC and WRFG 89.3 FM. watch for more info.

    . GP&JC is sponsoring "Globalization 101" workshops across Georgia. Film screenings/discussion. To host/sponsor a "Globalization 101" event in Georgia, contact Carol robochik (at)

    . June 5 Old Fashioned Teach-In in Atlanta!! Forums, films, Activist trainings! location TBA contact Joanna jbove87 (at) for more info.
    Atlanta IAC

    . May 22: Activist Training in Atlanta! Nonviolence Training, General Street Demonstratin safety/Awareness Training Time/place TBA Laurel laurelrose (at) Sarah sagill (at)

    If you are interested in hosting/organizing/providing training for a general Activist Street Safety Training in Atlanta: contact Laurel laurelrose (at) NOTE!! This is NOT a contact for planned direct actions for the g8 summit for either Savannah or Brunswick! This is for activist training only!

    . Legal observer training in Atlanta:
    If you are interested in leading a "know your rights" training or a legal observer training in Atl, Sav, or Brunswick, contact Laurel laurelrose (at)

    . Town Hall Forum on Globalization in Atlanta in May 5: Media Justice Coalition WRFG FM 89.3 FM, People TV and Atlanta IMC To Sponsor/Endorse/Volunteer contact Carol robochik (at) watch for more info.
    Southern Media Justice Coalition
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
    Atlanta Independent Media Center
    Atlanta People TV
    WRFG 89.3 FM

    Carol Bass
    Globalization Education and Outreach Coordinator
    Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
    robochik (at)

    More info as it becomes available. Keep an eye on for more coverage and information.
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  2. chaos

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    First in a series of reports on the G-8 and the Brunswick Protests for
    those who wish to familiarize themselves with the G-8 summit site and
    its surrounding area and issues: by Jamie "Bork" Loughner Exclusive for
    Infoshop News
    May 9, 2004, Southern Georgia -- Many activists around the world are
    aware that the G-8 Summit is to be held on Sea Island, just off the
    rural coastline of Georgia, June 8th through 10th. However, there has
    been relatively little talk of the large numbers of activists coming
    together to oppose it as Europeans did when the G-8 met in Genoa, Italy
    in 2001. Instead the general buzz has been that significant protests
    will not be able to take place there due to the remoteness and supposed
    defensibility of the summit site. Some even feel that the G-8
    summit--the meeting of the eight most powerful/wealthiest nation's
    leaders to decide policies that will affect the entire world, is somehow
    not important enough to focus on, or that its placement in a small rural
    area precludes any meaningful activist opposition to it. Bullshit!

    The buzz has it wrong. I have spent several days interviewing
    non-activist and activist residents of Brunswick, St. Simons Island, and
    even Sea Island. I believe that, however large, there will be an
    important resistance to corporate dominance and governmental imperialism
    happening in the small coastal town of Brunswick, Ga., sited at the only
    entrance to the causeway road first leading to St Simons Island and then
    to Sea Island just a few miles away. The opinions range from fears
    regarding security measures to enthusiasm that some attention will be
    focused on how corporate globalization is affecting this rural area.

    The work that has already been done to prepare for the event has
    already resulted in important dialogue and alliances between
    southeastern anarchists and other activists and a rising awareness of
    the added poverty and environmental damages that corporate globalization
    has imposed upon this region.

    Despite [or maybe because of] the fact that Brunwick is one of the
    municipalities near Sea Island that has adopted a new set of ordinances
    to try to handle protesters and keep public gatherings short and
    small, there will be plenty of opportunities for protest and direct
    action. Some actions such as the G8 Fix Shit Up action
    [] called for by the Southeast
    Anarchist Network are helping to win over even some of the more fearful
    non-political residents. This action calls for a force of activists to
    spend their protest time renovating houses and doing important
    environmental cleanup, thus addressing some of the area's most desperate
    needs. Needs that are even more important due to county and state tax
    money being diverted to feed the humongous costs of hosting the G-8
    summit. Poor residents who suffer from lack of affordable food, safe
    housing, and dirt roads cannot help but resent the hundreds of
    full-grown palm trees and other landscaping added to privatized lands
    and public roadways and millions of local dollars spent to increase the
    comfort of G-8 attendees.

    This rural area--forced by a powerful local corporation to host the
    G-8 meeting--vividly illustrates the negative impact of current economic
    policies of the G-8 governments. The private resort of Sea Island is an
    elite resort area with beautiful beaches and world renowned golf
    courses. However, the sharp contrast between the manicured lawns and
    quaint housing found both here and in most of the neighboring St
    Simmonss Island, and the poorest sections of the adjacent town of
    Brunswick where most of the service workers live in dilapidated housing,
    is vivid and disturbing. The Brunswick Wal-mart--which closed down many
    local small businesses--pays poorly in an area where housing prices have
    skyrocketed. The wages for service workers at many of the hotels and
    restaurants of the tourist islands have failed to increase while living
    costs climb sharply. Now, due to G-8 security, service workers at the
    island resorts, golf courses, restaurants, and small businesses are
    being forced to take anywhere from one to three weeks off of work,
    despite living from paycheck to paycheck.

    Corporate globalization plus poor conservation, pollution and
    over-harvesting has resulted in a progressive loss of the once thriving
    shrimp industry in Brunswick. Seapak and King Shrimp used to buy enough
    seafood to support a thriving local industry, but due to globalization
    not enough local shrimp is being bought to sustain local fishing
    communities. Ecologically devastating shrimp farms in third world
    countries are so much cheaper because of lower wages that the local
    shrimpers just cant compete. This makes tourism an even more vital part
    of the local economy, but the summit will disrupt tourism for at least a
    week or more.

    Environmental issues here affect everyone from the wealthy Sea
    Islanders, who are concerned about their islands sea turtles
    sensitivity to local water pollution, to the poor children of Brunswick,
    who endure ill health due to their schools' location next to one of the
    20 worst toxic waste sites in the country. Four Superfund sites are
    found in the small-town area of Brunswick alone. Waters which used to
    provide bountiful fish to feed those who could not afford groceries are
    now poisoned so thoroughly as to be inedible except by the desperate and
    foolhardy. More then 1000 acres of forest have been clear-cut in the
    Brunswick area in the last 3 months alone. Racism--which is vividly
    apparent here in plantation country--is particularly visible when the
    environmental dump locations are considered.. Dixville, a section of
    Brunswick which houses many of the poorest people of color, is located
    near the Hercules plant, one of the worst polluters in the state.

    These issues and more will be addressed by those protesters who chose
    to come and oppose the G-8 summit. Considering the size of the
    community, amazing amount of effort have been put into organizing for
    the Brunswick protest events by local activists. They include a 10-day
    march from Florida to Brunswick by the Florida Coalition for Peace and
    Justice, ending on June 5th; a Fair World Fair, (formerly G8 Carnival)
    in Brunswick, Georgia starting June 6th and intended to be a model for
    productive educational alternatives in globalization; the Anarchist-led
    Fix Shit Up Action to aid the local community; an interfaith prayer
    service for Social Justice planned for June 7th; a Brunswick portion of
    the TOES Summit, an international non-governmental forum for the
    presentation, discussion, and advocacy of the economic ideas and
    practices upon which a more just and sustainable society can be built;
    and an edgy, exciting Rally and March Against the Summit and the War.

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  3. Bacchus

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    Any plans for Bohemian Grove? I'm near, and would LOVE to help ANY way I can.

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