of the Global Street Party with the G8 summit is in recognition of the fact
that cars, roads, pollution, surveillance, billboards and the like didn't
just spring from nowhere but are results of a political and economic system.
That system is going global - the resistance to it, if it is to be effective,
must also be global. "
Dress as a clown,
bring custard pies & banners & music & wild games & spiky
things & music & loud things & DIY tools & kangas &
fluffy things & agitprop & food & sleeping tat & IMAGINATION
On the 16th of May a
group of eight (G8) men will meet in Birmingham. These men are the leaders of the
most industrialised nation-states in the world - Canada, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and Russia. Their main aim is to advance the
project of a global market economy by further centralising power in institutional
elites and transnational corporations . Such a project requires the destruction
of indigenous communities and grassroots initiatives and the systematic
dismantling of social welfare and environmental protection.
Meanwhile, all over the
world, hundreds of thousands of people will be taking action in opposition
to this enclosure of the future. Advancing instead a vision of co-operation
not competition, of diversity of culture not monoculture. The Birmingham
Street Party - one of many happening at the same time world-wide - will
be a celebration of such alternatives; a 'transnational' dream of a different
future, there for the making. One where, in harmony with each other and
the environment, we directly control the communities we live and work in.