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Stop the G8 sumit in the UK

Posted by Fredsvenn den mars 7, 2013

One Common Struggle

This June the leaders of the G8 (the world’s richest countries) are meeting in Northern Ireland. As economic crisis bites, and the planet burns, the bosses and their politicians are celebrating business as usual. Capitalism: a system that kills, exploits, and degrades the many for the profit of a few.

On June 10-18 we are organising a week of action and events in London. London is at the heart of global capitalism. The corporations, banks, hedge funds, and billionaires looting our world have names and addresses. They are in the glass towers of the City, and behind unmarked doors in Mayfair and Knightsbridge. London is the money-laundering den of dictators, the playground of the super-rich. But London is our city too. A city of hope, resistance, and struggle.

Capitalism is killing us. Unemployment, cuts, and the rise of fascism in the “West”. Poverty, colonialism, brutal exploitation in the “Third World”. War and famine for profit. Private prisons, police checks, CCTV to keep us scared and controlled. Life robbed of meaning and beauty, our dreams and our dignity for sale.

Don’t ignore. Don’t wait. For our friends and loved ones, for our communities, for our planet, for everything they’re trying to take from us. The time is now. Let’s come together, and fight. One common struggle.

One Common Struggle

Join us on the streets:

June 11: Big day of action in Central London
June 17-18: G8 Summit, Enniskillen, North of Ireland
June 10-18: Week of actions, talks, meet-ups, films, games, concerts, and
more, all over London and beyond

Whose Debt? They owe us

‘Austerity’ and cuts without mercy in the UK and across Europe increase poverty and erode the rights of all but a few. They disproportionately affect young people, disabled people, women, pensioners and other marginalised groups. Meanwhile, the climate crisis continues with rising sea levels, raging wildfires and extreme weather becoming the norm.

Yet the wheels of capitalism continue to turn as, with government’s support, corporations rake in ever-greater profits, and multinationals extract and burn fossil fuels like there’s no tomorrow. And all the while the gap between rich and poor becomes ever greater, everywhere.

In June, when Britain hosts the 39th meeting of the G8, David Cameron will pose as a champion of social justice. Rather than fighting for real change many major NGOs will be giving Cameron their blessings whilst, along with global elites, he continues to cause the calamities he claims to address. So, just before the G8 meets in Ireland, we plan to go to Canary Wharf, icon of capitalism and the temple of the god of money –

In response to the StopG8 network call for action in the week leading up to the meeting on June 17/18, we call for a gathering of all those who want to stop this assault on people and planet, in the penthouse suite of global capitalism.

We would like to invite you to a public meeting to make this happen.

Why?

Because THEY owe US the public(s) money that’s been used to bail them out – and more.

They owe us for the services this government is cutting in the name of ‘austerity’, the NHS, the education system and the welfare system.

They owe us the homes we’ve lost and our pensions.

They owe us the wealth we make at work, but they claim to ‘create’.

They owe us our healthy planet, the one they destroy through financing fossil fuels.

And they owe us the power they’ve taken, distorting and destroying democracy. They like to think we’re in debt to them, but we know better – they owe us.

From participants in anti-cuts and climate groups including UKUncut, Climate Justice Collective, London Coalition Against Poverty and others…

StopG8 Week of Resistance June 2013

Art vs. Capitalism

Calling all artists, designers, painters, taggers, makers, rappers, singers, poets, performers, musicians, film-makers, hackers …

This June the G8 “world leaders” are coming to the UK. The Stop G8 Network is organising a week of action and events in London on June 10-18. This will include action in the streets, and also a programme of talks, meet-ups, films, games, concerts, and more, all over London and beyond.

The G8 world bosses are just one of the most obvious faces of capitalism: a system that kills, exploits, and degrades the many for the profit of a few. That burns up our world, buys and sells our lives, our dreams and our dignity. Our aim in June is to spread understanding of what capitalism is, how it works, how it touches all our lives, and who’s behind it. And to spread resistance, and start to create new worlds.

We’re gathering in London, right at the heart of global capitalism. The corporations, banks, hedge funds, and billionaires looting our world have names and addresses. They are in the glass towers of the City, and behind unmarked doors in Mayfair and Knightsbridge. London is the money-laundering den of dictators, the playground of the super-rich. But London is our city too. A city with hope, resistance, and struggle.

We want to make this big, get it out as wide as possible. So we need to start NOW to fill our streets with words, images, sounds of resistance. Leaflets, posters, flyers, stencils, murals, designs. Songs, poems, beats, performances, films, events, ideas, actions.

* Send designs, images, ideas, we’ll collect and share them on the stopg8 website. Everything welcome, there’s no “official style”.

* Print stuff out from the website and distribute in your area.

* Get in touch if you want to organise a gig or event.

* Do your own thing.

Email: stopg8@riseup.net

Website: Stop G8

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