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GLOBAL STRIKE AGAINST CORPORATE TYRANNY
7AM TUESDAY 1 MAY 2001
CITIES WORLDWIDE

By walking out of workplaces, campuses and schools to join the international action against global capitalism on May 1, we will be uniting with peoples in the Third World who have been fighting the disastrous impact of corporate destruction for decades. On that day, the power of large numbers of people united in struggle for an end to exploitation and injustice will be seen and heard around the world. M1 calls on all progressive groups and individuals; including trade unions, progressive political parties, green, feminist, queer, disabled, unemployed, student, indigenous, internationalist, socialist and anarchist activists, and entertainers and performers to be part of the M1 activities.

WHAT IS M1 ?

Something special will happen on May 1. For the first time ever in Australia, thousands of people will take action, simultaneously across the country, against the stock exchange, the symbolic heart and soul of corporate power and global capitalism.
You should be there. The world needs to hear your voice – and your friends’, neighbours’, workmates or classmates’, the voice of everyone you know and everyone you meet – raised in protestagainst the effects of corporate globalisation, which is bringing unprecedented misery to 80% of the world's population so an already obscenely wealthy minority can become richer. It is also part of a global movement that is calling for the abolition of organisations such as the World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, World Economic Forum and the World Bank, and and end to global inequality and environmental destruction.
Here’s a few facts and figures to consider:
· Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations: General Motors is bigger than Indonesia, Shell is bigger than Venezuela, AXA is bigger than Ireland.
· The combined sales of the largest 200 corporations are 18 times the size of the combined annual income of the 1.2 bilion people (24% of the world’s population) who live in severe poverty.
· Microsoft Corporation alone turns over a profit of $12.5 billion a year. $9 billion per year would provide everyone on the planet with basic education.
· $153 billion - six months' trading on the Australan Stock Exchange. $160 billion - would fund provision of basic services (health, water, education) to everyone on the planet. (UN estimate)
· The world’s three richest men now own assets equivalent to those owned by the 600 million people in the world’s 48 least developed countries.
· $780 billion per year is spent on the world's armies. Water and sanitation for every person on the planet would cost $9 billion; basic health care and nutrition for every person on the planet would cost $13 billion.
· Each day, US$1.5 trillion flows through the world’s currency markets, 90% of which is speculative: enough to wipe out the entire debt of the 92 Third World countries which most need it.
And the wealth and size of these giant banks and industrial combines isn’t even the worst of it: it’s what they do with that wealth and size which is most devastating.
Mining companies pollute entire ecosystems with impunity; banks and hedge funds cause financial meltdowns and collapse currencies; oil and automobile manufacturers block action to halt climate change; privatised utilities downgrade services and ratchet up prices; fashion labels pay sweatshop workers a couple of dollars for a shirt which retails for hundreds; chemical conglomerates claim rises in cancer incidences have nothing to do with the toxins they pump into the air; and company after company throw their money around, buying politicians and governments and clever advertising campaigns to convince us that nothing’s wrong and that there’s nothing we can do about it anyway.
Well, they’re wrong: there is something you can do about it, and M1 is your next opportunity.
You can take to the streets, blockade and protest, shout out Peter Finch’s famous cry: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more”, and sing defiantly “this is what democracy looks like”!
By doing so you’ll be part of a swelling mass of people, in every corner of the world, who are casting off the shackles of “there is no alternative”, who are throwing the corporate elites into a panic and who are getting together to make the world into the kind of place they want to live in.
May 1 is May Day, the traditional day of the workers’ movement – and M1 is part of that old and proud tradition, of working people standing up against injustice, whatever and wherever it may be.
But M1 is also something very new – a brave attempt to bring together all the disparate communities, groups and individuals who are resisting the various injustices of the capitalist beast, to bring them together and strike out at the beast itself.
M1, and the global movement it is a part of, deserves success, as the hopes for the future of millions rest with it – success which you can guarantee by being part of it, before, during and after the first of May.

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news & info

VIDEO REQUEST
this is an urgent call to anyone who can (or can organise) video on the day. there is a docco being made by art resistance in sydney, covering m1 around australia, and they need to get footage from the various actions immediately after they happen (next day sort of thing). they will need the tapes for about a month, but will send them back after that, if they are wanted. contact Resistance Adelaide on 8231-6982 for further details.

BIKE COURIERS NEEDED
we need bikes to act as a secondary ccommunications channel on may 1. if you have a bike, want to volunteer someone else who has a bike, or run an anti-corporate courier company, and can help out, please contact us asap through the mailing list, or on 8231-6982 or 0417-971-836.

M1 LEGAL ADVICE
M1 Adelaide have produced a printable leaflet outlining your legal rights as protesters. It can be downloaded here. Also, there is still a need for more legal observers for the day. If you can help out or know anyone who may be able to do so please phone 8231-6982, 0142-388-869 or e-mail: m1adelaide@start.com.au.

WHAT TO BRING
friends, family etc! - sensible shoes - food - water - cold and wet weather gear - enough money for a phone call - tarps/plastic - legal rights phone number (suggestion to write it on your person to ensure it doesn’t get lost) - pen and notepaper (useful for any legal observations) - musical instruments - sidewalk chalk - Your optimism for a better future!

M1 ARTISTS WANTED
Help make M1 a great festival - artists wanted now! - actors - dancers - comedians - entertianers - musicians - djs - speakers - stall holders - sound n lighting engineers - graphic artists - painters - performance artists - to get involved call Daniella Olea 0404-189-272

POLICE OFFICER RISKS KILLING ANTI-NIKE PROTESTER
APRIL 21: Over 100 m1/anti-nike protesters were blockading the Nike store on Swanston Street when a police officer attacked a peaceful protester using illegal and lethal pressure piont tactics - indy media

M1 LEGAL WEB SITE
During the M1 protests, a group of para-legal observers - in red vests - will observe, record and monitor any arrests and actions by the police and private security, they can also provide you with some limited legal information. - visit the m1 legal web site now

DEAR MR BRACKS
The Victorian M1-Alliance have written a letter to their State leader Mr Bracks - read the letter

URGENT ACTION M-1 LEGAL OBSERVERS NEEDED
Calling all legal and non legal supporters to be legal observers on Tuesday May 1. Legal observers play a crucial role in distributing information about rights, observing arrests and mistreatment and taking notes. You will be supported by a very experienced team. You do not have to be a lawyer - all welcome! Legal Observers are vital to protect the community's democratic right to protest. Training will be provided Sunday 29 April 2001 from 11am - 4pm (Venue to be announced). - If you are interested in helping out and having your centre listed on the flyer please URGENTLY contact Pauline Spencer at Fitzroy Legal Service phone (03)9411-1306

A20 = QUEBEC CITY
much of old city of Quebec City has been caged in to secure the 34-nation Americas summit. this is the "greatest humiliation of Canadian democracy," says civil-rights lawyer Clayton Ruby. The Summit of the Americas conference is on between 20-22 april and seeks to implement a north-south American free trade agreement, extending NAFTA - more on quebec indymedia and www.a20.org

UNIONS JOIN MAY DAY PROTEST - M1 PROTEST
4 APRIL: Victorian trade unions have thrown their weight behind anti-globalisation protests planned throughout central Melbourne next month. - the age

TRADE UNIONS TO HIT THE STREETS ON M1
M1 is steadily gaining support amongst major Victorian trade unions, with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the M1 Alliance agreeing to combine forces for an 'Anti-Corporate Unity March' on May 1. - greenleftweekly

WORLD BANK PRESIDENT PIED

Just days before Operation Dessert Strom began, World Bank president James Wolfensohn received two pies in Helsinki, Finland. - dessert storm

BRACKS PIED FOR 2RD TIME OVER POLICE VOILENCE AT S11

MARCH 29: Victorian Premier Jeff Bracks became the victim of a cream pie thrower as he opened the Melbourne Comedy Festival today. Mr Bracks was being interviewed by comedian Dave O'Neill as part of the festival launch ceremonies when the surprise attack occurred. - indymedia

AUSTRIA PREPARES FOR NEXT WEF PROTESTS
From the 30st of June till 3rd of July, the European Economic Summit of the WEF will be held in Salzburg/Austria. - protesters site

PERTH SCHOOL CHILDREN JOIN M1

PERTH: High school students will strike from 8.30am on Tuesday 1 May 2001 and join the blockade of Perth's stock exchange in protest at corporate globalisation. - green left weekly

CHANNEL 10 DROPS M1 FLOAT FROM MARDI GRAS COVERAGE

GLAM's float at the Sydney Gay + Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was led by the Cheerleaders Against Capitalism, who chanted 'riot, don't diet, revolution just try it'. GLAM's float, with over 150 people, was edited out of the Channel 10 coverage. - green left weekly

PRESS COUNCIL DISMISSES COMPLAINTS AGAINST HERALD SUN

MAR 6: as anyone who was at s11 or has read the barret report knows, the media coverage of s11 was incredibly biased and misleading. nevertheless the press council (which receives funding from fairfax and news corp) has dismissed complaints made against the herald sun - MAR 8: a new report from inside the hearing on indymedia

MEXICAN WEF PROTESTS

FEB 28: Cancún, Mexico. Journalists and photographers have been beaten in a police riot. At least thirty people have been injured. Several people have been reported missing. - meanwhile representatives of the zapatistas are fulfilling a 6 year promise to bring their struggle to mexico city - chiapas indymedia

TELSTRA CORP - YOU ARE AN M1 TARGET

FEB 26: CONSUMER watch group 'Telstra Exposed' are targetting Telstra Corp HQ - 2pm tuesday may 1st. - telstraexposed.com

GREENS SENATOR BOB BROWN ENDORES M1

FEB 24: "M1 is a way of expressing the need for us to close the gap between rich and poor, end exploitation in the workplace, and defend the environment. It is a positive call for democracy: in a world where corporate power has defrauded democracy and its central idea of one person, one vote, one value. " - Bob Brown 24.02.01

NIKE SEX ABUSE EXPOSED

FEB 23: Workers at nine of Nike's contract factories in Indonesia have seen verbal and physical abuse by supervisors against coworkers and female employees coerced into sex, according to a company-funded report. - the age

WTO PUBLIC HEARING
Join the inquiry into Australia's relationship with the World Trade Organisation - 26-27 april 2001 - check here for time + place

BRACKS TO FACE PIE-ER IN COURT

Jeff Bracks will be called as witness to the trial Marcus Brumer on June 8. Marcus allegedly threw a pie in the Premier's face in protest of the Premier's support of police brutality against protesters. - abc

MORE UPCOMING S11 COURT APPEARANCES

Friday 6 april 2001. Skellern commital hearing on charges of hinder and 'attempt to rescue from lawful custody'
Monday 18 june 2001: s11 steakers go to trial

WHY M-1 WILL SHUT DOWN AUSSIE STOCK EXCHANGES
The Australian Stock Exchange will cop a pasting on May 1, when thousands of anti-corporate protesters blockade its offices and surrounding streets. The major reason for protesters' choice of target is obvious ‹ the stock exchange is symbolic of capitalism and the power, greed and ruthlessness of the giant corporations. But what do protesters have against the exchange itself? - green left weekly

M1 MEETINGS SPREAD THRUOUT THE NATION
Every capital city in Australia is now holding weekly M1 meetings where hundreds of people are plan tactics shut down the cities stock exchanges - your city here

MAINSTREAM MEDIA LINKS
Police scour footage for more S11 offenders - the age 7 march
Surprise at S11 nude protest charges - the age 28 feb

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