Stop the World - Capitalism Wants to Get Off!

Friday 18 June will be a day in history. All over the world, people fighting for social justice will hold protests, actions and carnivals in their financial centres. The action, timed to coincide with the first day of the G8 summit of world leaders in Koln, Germany, is being networked around the world and hundreds of groups are beginning to organise locally.

Groups throughout the UK are responding to the call for action. Groups as diverse as Campaign Against Arms Trade, Liverpool Dockers, Church Action on Poverty, Sexual Freedom Coalition, Class War, National Union of Students, Striking Tameside Care Workers and Earth First! are including the action as part of their 1999 campaigning. Workshops have been held at various gatherings including the Anarchist Bookfair, Third World First conference, Earth First! gathering, and the Bradford Mayday reunion. Check the June 18 web site for more information on the national and international scene.

The overall (global!) proposal is to encourage as many movements and groups as possible to organise their own autonomous protests or actions, on the same day (June 18th), in the same geographical locations (financial/corporate/banking/business districts) around the world. Events could take place at relevant sites, e.g. multinational company offices, local banks, stock exchanges. Each event would be organised autonomously and coordinated in each city by a variety of movements and groups. It is hoped that a whole range of different groups will take part, including workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, women, students, the landless, unwaged, environmentalists, unemployed and others.

Here in Manchester, a group has come together to organise an occupation of the mile square City of London (why not Manchester? - Ed.). There are regular meetings on the third Tuesday of the month (first one is Tuesday 16 February), at 7.30pm in the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street. The group also plans a day of workshops to get other groups and individuals involved.

UPDATE:

There is an email discussion list (send mail to listproc@gn.apc.org with the following request: subscribe j18discussion YourName. You will then receive and be able to email other interested groups around the world.

Manchester June 18 Group (0161 226 6814, mcrj18@nematode.freeserve.co.uk)