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MEDIA DEMOCRACY DAY - 18th October 2002

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In our era of rapid concentration and commercialisation of mass media, one major convergence remains: Reclaiming The Media!

Media Democracy Day is an occasion to push for and promote a media system that informs and empowers all members of society. It offers an opportunity to create and link grassroots media projects and build alternatives to the present media monopolies. It will connect existing pockets of critical and creative media projects with broader social movements.

The Marijuana Reform Party of NY MRP writes:

Our petition drive was successful and the MRP will be on the New York
statewide ballot in the November election. We look forward to a campaign to
reach the 50,000 vote threshold in order to become an official political
party in New York State.

Most of the major rock radio stations have welcomed us to their morning
show and we hope to be on the air with all of them one or two more times
before the election. In addition, all of the other press outlets that have
covered the campaign so far have said they will give us more coverage
before the election. For a complete list of media so far, check the MRP
News page on our web site

How can you help? Our main needs are the following:

(1) money -- either direct donations or fundraising parties/events (any size)

(2) photocopies of campaign literature and fliers

(3) distributing literature and fliers throughout the state

(4) making calls to radio talk shows to talk about our campaign

(5) writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper

We hope to make two upstate campaign swings that will include Buffalo,
Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, with a visit to the morning show in the
studio of WPDH FM in Poughkeepsie (we also will go to visit the morning
show in the studio at WBAB FM in Long Island). The tentative timing for
these two campaign tours is September 23-October 1st and October 21-28.
In Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany we will also visit the studios for the
morning shows of the main rock stations there.

If you live in any of the four above cities and can help organize or would
like to attend a campaign event, please reply to this E-mail.

We are also looking for medical marijuana patients in the above 4 cities
and New York city for press events/conferences. If you are a legitimate
medical marijuana patient and would like to participate in any such event,
or if you know a patient who would like to participate, please reply to
this message, providing any details and you name and phone number.

suburban jungle writes "This weekend Long Islanders will converge for two days of alternative culture and ideas: the purpose of which is to construction visions and plans for a fundamentally new long island and new world. Information follows.

Freespace Convergence:
a two day convergence of alternative culture & ideas

Frank Shifreen writes

We packed the work of a hundred New York artists into a borrowed Winnebago and drove 600 miles to Detroit, where we then mounted and hung an exhibition called " Ground Zero" July 13th-Aug. 24th 2002
at Musuem of New Art in Detroit (www.detroitmona.com)

Empowerment Project and the Anthology Film Archives present:

Thurs. 6/20 & Fri. 6/21
7pm "Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair"
9:15pm "Panama Deception"

Sat. 6/22 & Sun. 6/23
4:15pm "Panama Deception"
7pm "Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair"
9:15pm "Panama Deception"

at the Anthology Film Archives located at 32 2nd Ave. (cross street 2nd St.)

Oscar-winning director, Barbara Trent, will take Q&A after evening

THE PANAMA DECEPTION -- a riveting critique of the government’s history of militarization made all the more timely by the current war on terrorism; the untold story of the 1989 US invasion of Panama; Gen. Noriega’s longstanding relationship with the CIA, the DEA and George Bush; the shocking events of the assault and its aftermath; the true motivation for the invasion; how and why the mainstream media collaborated with the US government to censor information and deceive the American public.

COVERUP - the shadow government of assassins, arms dealers, drug smugglers, former CIA operatives, and top US military personnel who are running foreign policy unaccountable to the public; the Reagan/Bush administration’s plan to use FEMA to institute martial law and ultimately suspend the Constitution; an exploration of the loss of civil liberties, strikingly relevant after 9/11.

BARBARA TRENT - Oscar-winning filmmaker, former welfare mother, seasoned activist, and trailblazer for change. Trent’s counter-message incites an increasingly crucial dialogue as the drumbeat for war on terrorism, drugs, the poor, indigenous movements, civil liberties, and dissent thumps ever louder.

For more information: Empowerment Project
2007 Jo Mac Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 967-1963

The ex-president of Argentina and all-around criminal
Carlos Menem will be speaking at Fordham University Law School in the Bronx on Monday, June 17, 2002. The Argentine
community is frightened by the new anti-immigrant laws
and has made an outreach to the anti-globalization
community for support in a protest against this man.



June 14-28, 2002

===>>>===>>> June 14, 15 & 16, 2002


A community teach-in about local & global struggles & resistance

Free. * Traduction disponible vers le francais. * Childcare available on
request. * Lunch to be served by donation. * Wheelchair accessible.

---> OPENING PANEL: The G8 - Making The Links

June 14, 2002, 7pm

Ottawa Public Library

120 Metcalfe
(corner of Laurier)

With panelists:

* Patrick Bond (activist and writer from Johannesburg, South Africa)

* Aziz Fall (member of the Group for Research and Initiatives for the
Liberation of Africa)

* Pierre George (indigenous rights activist from the Stoney Point nation)

* Nandita Sharma (Open the Borders!)

* Sharon Venne (Cree activist and writer)


June 15 & 16, 2002, 10am-5pm

122 L'Amoureux

University of Ottawa

For more information, the full schedule of panel and workshops, speaker
bios, and panel and workshop topics, please see:

===>>>===>>> JUNE 24, 2002


The Bikesheviks Velorutionaires will begin their 2.5 day, 200km trek from
Montreal to Ottawa.

---> 9 AM

---> Complex Guy Favreau on RenÈ Levesque Blvd, Montreal

For more information or to participate: research (ask to be put
on the mailing list) or call 514-848-7421



--> Somewhere in Ottawa (Location TBA)

--> 6 PM

(Up-to-date information will be available at the the Welcome Center.)

===>>>===>>> JUNE 25, 2002


Highways Everywhere En Route to Ottawa...

Across Ontario communities are organizing Highway Caravans that will slow
the speed of traffic on the Hwy. 401 to its posted minimum. Caravans of
vehicles from just a couple to a whole fleet will drive together onto the
Hwy 401, move into both or all lanes, and gradually slow down. Help bring
the economy back under our own control. Grab on tight and slow down

Join us on the highways and in Ottawa in June as we take the capital !

The G8 Highway Blockades are an Ontario Common Front action.

Get in touch to organize or co-ordinate a caravan from your area:
In Kingston or for co-ordination info: (613) 531-3428 or

In Peterborough: asauer

In Guelph: mandy

In Kitchener-Waterloo: k-wtake the capital


--> Somewhere in Ottawa (Location TBA)

--> 6 PM

(Up-to-date information will be available at the Welcome Center.)

===>>>===>>> JUNE 26, 2002


Take the Capital!

Disrupt the political operation of the G8 in its Canadian HQ!

Leave your mark on Ottawa!

---> A Snake March will leave from Dundonald Park (Somerset and Lyon,
across from the Beer Store) at 12 PM SHARP.

---> A second Snake March will leave from Confederation Square (The War
Memorial at Wellington and Elgin) at 1 PM SHARP.

(The starting point of each march is subject to last-minute change. Check for
up-to-date information about the starting point on-line at
takethecapital and at the Welcome Center upon your arrival in
Ottawa on June 25 or 26.)

Both marches will be action-oriented, and will re-decorate the bureaucratic
core of the city with colorful and creative symbols of resistance as they
slide through Ottawa.

For more information: Email: take the capital

*** CHILL ZONE ***

---> Starting at 1PM and continuing throughout the days of protest.
---> Dundonald Park (Somerset and Lyon, across from the Beer Store)

At mid-day on June 26, Dundonald Park will be reclaimed to offer a
public, chill and festive space in which radical anti-capitalist and
anti-imperialist opposition to the G8 can be expressed and articulated in
eight thousand creative and artistic ways over the course of the two days
of protest.

The Chill Zone will also be established as the permanent food-serving site
of a number of notorious food collectives on June 26 & 27.

All protesters are asked to respect the chill and festive nature of the

---> If you want to perform, distribute materials & propaganda, play
music, organize workshops or contribute to the zone in any other colorful
way, please get in touch with us by emailing at
Email: take the capital or

by phone at 613-788-3310.


"Take the Capital" Critical Mass

The Bikesheviks Velorutionaires will arrive in Ottawa.

---> Join them for a Critical Mass starting on the bike path north of
Cummings Bridge on the east side of the Rideau river (where Rideau Street
become Montreal Road).

---> 1 PM

For more info or to participate contact: Email: take the capital (ask to be put on
the mailing list) or call 514-848-7421.



Knitting Together a World of Peace and Social Justice
In Solidarity with the Revolutionary Knitting Circle

---> 11:30 AM - 1 PM

---> June 26, 2002

---> In front of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives - 90 Sparks St.

We invite the women in our community to knit or crochet 1 foot squares for
our anti-G8 action, which we will link together to form a gigantic "social
safety net" to symbolize a caring, compassionate and peaceful society.

Called by the Ottawa Committee of the World March of Women.

To get involved, contact: Email: womensmarch / (613) 233-0228


Exploitation, War, Aggression, Imperialism, Fight the G-8 Gangsters !

---> 4 PM

---> June 26, 2002

---> Starting from Cobourg and Rideau (MacDonald Park)

InitiÈe par la Coordination anti-impÈrialiste / during the "Take the
Capital" Global Days of Actions

For more information contact Email:aicg


--> Somewhere in Ottawa (Location TBA)

--> 6PM

(Up-to-date information will be available at the Welcome Center)

===>>>===>>> JUNE 27, 2002


A March of 1000 Flags of Resistance

* In Solidarity with Self-Determination Struggles

* Pro-Immigrant & Indigenous Rights

* Against War, Imperialism and Racism

---> 1PM

---> Majors Hill Park

(Across from the American Embassy)

Bring your flags of resistance and other symbols of opposition.

As the G8 retreats to the hills of Kananaskis to intensify the so-called
"War on Terror", we will converge in Ottawa against borders, the
criminalization of immigrants and refugees, racism, genocide and war.

In solidarity with refugee and immigrant communities, indigenous struggles
for self-determination, and all the victims of economic and military
imperialism, we assert that NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!

For more information: Email: take the capital or Website:

no one is illegal

### A statement about the character and tone of the NO ONE IS ILLEGAL
MARCH has been sent out by email and is available at:

Website: take the capital

If you plan to attend this march, please read it. ###

*** A PINK BLOC on JUNE 27 ***

Queers have been fighting for decades for equality but how can we be equal
in a fundamentally unequal system? The answer is we can't.

Come out! Come out!

Triangle Trash, Ottawa's radical queer collective, along with queer
activists from Ontario & Quebec, is organizing a "Pink Bloc". This
fabulous anti-capitalist queer contingent will converge on June 27th at

1:00 pm in Majors Hill Park for the NO ONE IS ILLEGAL ! a March of 1000
Flags of Resistance.

For more info on the "Pink Bloc" or Triangle Trash contact us:

Email: triangle trash or call (819) 771-0925


"Thousand Flags of Resistance" Critical Mass

---> 1PM

---> Starting on the bike path north of Cummings Bridge on the east side
of the Rideau river (where Rideau Street become Montreal Road)

For more info or to participate contact: Email: research (ask to be put on
the mailing list) or call 514-848-7421.

Website: alternatives


--> Somewhere in Ottawa (Location TBA)

--> 6 PM

(Up-to-date information will be available at the Welcome Center.)


If you wish to add an autonomously organized action or event to the Take
the Capital! calendar, please send the announcement to

Email: take the capital
The calendar will be updated and sent out weekly.




Ottawa Actions Against the G8

June 26-27, 2002

Website: take the capital

Email: take the capital

613-788-3310 (messages only)

on parle francais.

se habla espanol.




Wednesday, June 26, 5 p.m., at the International Monetary Fund offices, E45th Street and Second Avenue

Solidarity with activists gathering around the world in opposition to the summit of the world's chief terrorists!

On June 26 and 27, the Group of 8 -- the so-called leaders of the industrialized world -- will gather under massive security in the secluded Canadian ski resort of Kananaskis for their annual meeting.

They can run, but they can't hide.

Andrew Stern writes:

"Argentina Ahora: A Movement Beyond Politics"

An exhibit featuring photos, words, films and posters documenting a nation's collapse and a people's creative response. The work of photographers from the Buenos Aires based art & media collective Argentina Arde, as well as independent photographers from New York and Seattle, displayed with narrative text excerpts and a selection of posters and street art.

----TWO DATES----

Tuesday June 4th, 6pm-Midnight @ Walker Stage

Opening party featuring Ocote Soul Sound with Martin and members of Antibalas. The doors open at 6pm, the screening is at 8pm and Ocote Soul Sound goes on at 10pm. Admission is sliding scale $5-$10. All proceeds go to benefit independent media makers in Argentina.

Sunday June 9th, 4pm-10pm @ La Peña del Bronx

The doors open at 4pm and the screening is at 6pm. Los Implacables and other musical guests, to be announced, will play from 8pm on. All proceeds from this show as well will go to benefit independent media makers in Argentina.

La Peña del Bronx

226 E 144th St.

(718) 402-9411

Take 2, 4 or 5 trains to 149th/Grand Concourse, La Peña is 1.5 blocks from the subway."

Anonymous Comrade writes "TUESDAY JUNE 4TH AT 7:00 PM

Film screening of GREGG BORDOWITZ's Habit (2001) and conversation with the artist conducted by GREGG GONSALVES, Director of Treatment and Prevention at GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis). Habit addresses the urgent need for global access to life-saving HIV treatments, featuring interviews with AIDS activists from South Africa, Brazil and India.

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

This event is organized in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program exhibition EMPIRE/STATE: ARTISTS ENGAGING GLOBALIZATION curated by Kirstin Butler, Jennifer Farrell, Yates Mckee and Mercedes Vicente ( May 24-July 14th at the CUNY Graduate Center)"


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