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Mayday2000 - press and bulletins
press releases and news from RTS
from allsorts@gn.apc.org 26th April 2000

  • 1) Known pro-capitalist troublemakers preparing to attack MayDay festival!
  • 2) Bristol May day
  • 3) Welcome to the last Bulletin
1) Known pro-capitalist troublemakers preparing to attack MayDay festival!

It has been brought to our attention that a group calling itself the 'Metropolitan Police', backed by corporate financiers and members of Parliament, intend to purposely harass and intimidate the anti-capitalist "MayDay 2000' festival that ends on 1 May with mass actions around London.

Other anti-capitalist days of action like J18 and N30 were both suppressed by these shadowy thugs, who have been holding secret meetings with other troublemakers, most notably a group calling themselves the 'City Police' - responsible for the most violent scenes at last year's 'Carnival Against Capital' in the City of London. They have also been known to use the Internet to further their aims, organising campaigns of intimidation against individuals. This group's website is characterised by its malicious use of photographs, accompanied by unfounded and damaging allegations

We are making it clear to anybody carrying offensive weapons such as extendable batons, CS gas and handcuffs that they are not welcome to attend the MayDay event or future events. Paramilitary style clothing such as helmets, big black boots and shields are also banned. If people must bring pets we regret that horses, especially when ridden at high speed into crowds, are best left at home.

We therefore reiterate - we do not want any violence against people who are resisting capitalism. and taking control of their lives.

For more information contact: MAYDAY 2000 A festival of anticapitalist ideas & action Press only enquiries: 07989 451 096

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2) Bristol May day This is part of the MayDay 2000 Global Days of Action against Capitalism. Environment, Health and Food Day, Tuesday 2nd May.

We would welcome input towards displays, materials, links etc. Local, national and international around this theme. We are also trying to get together info., photos, weblinks etc.. for "Latin America Day, Wednesday 3rd May - highlighting our common global struggles", part of the MayDay 2000 Global Days of Action against Capitalism. the Zapatistas, Cuba, Honduras, Colombia, Brazilian Landless Movement and more............Can you help? - if so email unodemayo@yahoo.com, or post to Uno de Mayo, Box 51, 81 Colston Street, Bristol. BS1 5BB cheers]

3) Welcome to the last Bulletin before mayday 2000.

After all the hard work, many meetings and ever changing plans and ideas, we are nearly there! Help is still needed to make the weekend a success – see under the various sub-groups. On the second page you will find a run down of all the events that are definitely happening. However, things are always subject to changes beyond our control and we anticipate that extra events will be added - watch out for flyers or listen to Interference FM, which will be broadcasting on 106.9 FM throughout the weekend.

How to contact us: mayday2000-subscribe@egroups.com Post - BM Mayday, London, WC1N 3XX Office tel no - 0181 374 5027 (a/machine) Press enquiries only - 07989 451 096 E-mail discussion - mayday2000-subscribe@egroups.com Website - www.freespeech.org/mayday2k We are getting loads of 'phone calls, but if you leave a message we will ring you back as soon as we can. Journalists however, should not ring the office number but ring the press number only. You will then be contacted by a spokesperson.

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Reports from Subgroups:

Finance

There has been a terrific fundraising effort. Thanks to all those who sent in money, who put on benefits and the all the bands who played. We still need to raise approximately £1,500 - we'll be doing bucket collections at the conference.

Bookfair/Conference

Bookfair - All bookstalls are let and confirmations have been sent out. If you did not book one then sorry it is too late.

Conference

All meetings and workshops are now arranged and there is simply no room for anything else, so please don't ring us requesting to put on a meeting at this late stage.

Creche

For children aged 2 and up. This will be run by ISIS and will be able to accommodate up to 12 children at any one time. Catering – The caterers contracted to the venue will provide hot and cold vegan and vegetarian snacks and soft drinks from opening time to at least 4.30pm on both days.

Co-ordinators & security

We only have 12 volunteers so please contact the office if you can help by 'working' the weekend on a rota providing info, sorting problems, and/or security.

Culture/Socials

Citizen Fish, PAIN & others play a big fundraiser on 27th April but the venue may have to be changed due to police pressure.

There will be a socials at the Arsenal Tavern, on both the Saturday and Sunday of the conference with live bands on Sat and a Radical Anarchist Stars in their Eyes Kareoke on Sun!

Publicity

There will be a leafleting session on Sunday 23rd - meet at 1pm at Elephant & Castle shopping centre on the first floor by the Thameslink Station. Please bring any leaflets you have as we are running out (or give them out yourself!)

Press/media

New press release out next week. You will all have seen the scare stories (hackers in temp jobs in the City!!!)

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The following events are confirmed, but no doubt there will be more added - check at the info point at the conference or tune into Interference FM 106.9FM.

Thursday 27 April
A great gig featuring Citizen Fish, PAIN, Earthtribe, Attila the Stockbroker's Barnstormer, Bagdadies, DJ's, stalls, performers, visuals etc PHEW! Venue: Arsenal Tavern, Blackstock Road, N4, Time: 7.30pm - 2am £ 5/4. Note new venue

Friday 28 April
We will be supporting the regular Critical Mass bike ride. If you haven't been for a while (or ever) get on your bike! If you will be going on the Critical Mass on May 1st (see below), then bring containers or trailers today. Meeting place: South Bank, below Waterloo Bridge. Time: 6pm Free If you do not ride then why not go on a Radical walk of the East End visiting revolutionary haunts. Meeting place: Whitechapel tube station. Time: 7pm Free

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Saturday 29 April Day 1 of the Conference. Huge range of workshops, discussions, events, talks, international speakers, activists, theorists and everyone else. Also videos, women's space and kids space. Creche available. Saturday also features the Bookfair with loads of revolutionary and radical pamphlets, books, posters, CD's etc. Venue: Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, N7 Time: 10am - 6pm £Free (but donations needed)

Anti-capitalist footie tournament for all ages, sexes and abilities, venue to be announced. There'll be a 7-a-side competition (£20 per team towards hire costs), a mass kickabout, and a picnic. Venue: London Fields Time: 12 noon £ 20 for a team otherwise free Info: 0786 765 2394

Social with live music & DJ's Venue: Arsenal Tavern (as before) Time: 8pm - 2am £ tbc

Sunday 30 April Day 2 of the Conference. Continuing the huge range of workshops, discussions, events, talks, etc. Again there will be a women's space (but no kids space or bookfair). Creche available.

A30 Protest photocall against the new Terrorism Bill, launching a pledge to "defend dissent & real democracy". Come dressed as you would for direct action and dissent. Meeting place: Highbury Fields Time: 2pm £ Free Info: 0161 226 6814 or 01273 298 192 or email a30@nematode.freeserve.co.uk

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Monday 1 May a30@nematode.freeserve.co.uk International Workers' Day with a Global day of action against capitalism a30@nematode.freeserve.co.uk Critical Mass cycle ride, linking up with the Guerrilla Gardening (see below). Bring a seedling or sapling, soil and water. Meeting place: Hyde Park Corner Westminster Time: 10am £Free

The great veggieburger give away in the Carnival Against Junk Food, sing dance play and protest against McDonalds. Meeting place: contact 020 7278 3068 Time: 10am

'Stop the new anti-terrorist laws, Stop the criminalisation of protest', an event drawing on links between Italy's 'Emergency Laws' of the 70's and the new laws our rulers want to impose. Meeting place: contact- acf@burn.ucsd.edu or go to www.afed.org.uk Time: 11am

Planting the seeds of change (literally) with Guerilla Gardening. This is not a protest, passive consumers not required. Bring plants, seeds, soil, water, containers and imagination to transform the urban landscape into the future you want. Meeting place: 020 7281 4621 or www.primalseeds.org or www.reclaimthestreets.net or www.apg.org Time: 11am

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*RESISTANCE IS FERTILE*

Start planting seeds now for Mayday's Guerrilla Gardening actions in cities around UK. Transform the cities into places where we live rather than work to live + check out: www.primalseeds.org

RTS meetings take place onTuesday evenings at 7pm at the Cock Tavern, Phoenix Road, North East of Euston Station

Disclaimer: this bulletin is reproduced for information purposes only. Urban75 has no connection whatsoever with any of the groups

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