G8 Protest

International Socialist Resistance:

Getting our message across at G8

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST Resistance (ISR) members have just returned from a week of protests at the G8 talks.
180 ISR members were at a week-long camp. The ISR and CWI contingent dressed in red, waving red flags and chanting political slogans got a lot of attention from passers-by and the media.
ISR national organiser SARAH SACHS-ELDRIDGE draws up a balance sheet on those events.

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Make poverty history

Make capitalism history

Fight for your future - ISR contingent on anti-war demonstration on 19 March 2005The millions of people who were moved by a sense of international solidarity to give money to the tsunami appeal are acting again.

 

This time, however, they are not only donating money - they are demonstrating.

Hannah Sell

Already three million have pledged support for Make Poverty History and it is expected that a quarter of a million or more of them will demonstrate on the eve of the G8 meeting in Edinburgh on 2 July.

Many will stay to participate in demonstrations throughout the week.

Everyone is supporting Make Poverty History - celebrities, churches, charities, national newspapers, school and colleges; politicians from Gordon Brown to Michael Howard. Of course, in reality New Labour and the Tories before them have failed to even increase aid to the UN target of 0.7% of national income.

Big business politicians

Both parties champion the policies of privatisation that are driving millions into poverty worldwide. But it is not the empty phrases of the big business politicians that is most significant about this campaign for socialists - it is the fact that they believe pledging to abolish world poverty will make them popular.

The mainstream politicians are being forced to respond to a deeply felt mood - shown by the anti-war movement and the tsunami appeal. Working-class people in Britain today are more internationalist than ever before.

It is crucial that the Socialist Party mobilise for this demonstration. In doing so we will meet tens of thousands of trade unionists, students and school students who have pledged to make poverty history and are looking for a means to achieve their goal. The ideas they are looking for are the ideas of socialism - we have to make sure they find them.


International Socialist resistance

International youth camp

International Socialist ResistanceWe have booked a 4-star campsite in Strathclyde National Park with toilets, hot showers and cooking facilities. A coach will transport us to the various locations of the meetings and protests. Breakfast and dinner included in the price (see below).

We will hold a briefing meeting each morning where we can discuss the plans for the day and assess the activities of the previous day.

Transport

Please note the change of time - the London coach will now depart at 10.30pm from York Way, Kings Cross (not midnight as previously advertised).

For those from the north and west of the country please ring us for details ofp local transport on 020 8558 7947.

Other areas should look at getting student unions to organise transport but also where possible cars and minibuses driven by members will be very useful for the duration of the camp.

There will be transport back to London on 7 July for those who stay for the camp and on 2 July for those who can't.


Saturday 2 July

Make Poverty History demo

Ring 07946320777 for the ISR meeting place on the demo.

International rally for socialism

6pm, Cafe Royal Bistro Bar, West Register Street (behind Burger King at east end off Princes Street).

Speakers include: Joe Higgins Socialist Party TD (MP) in Ireland, Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party in England and Wales and international speakers from around Europe


Sunday 3 July

G8 alternatives forum

The attacks of globalisation on young people and how we can organise to fight back and build an alternative

2.30 to 4.15pm, Adam House G. Co-organised by International Socialist Resistance, PCS Youth, SSY Youth and other youth organisations.

Make capitalism history - the case for socialism.

4.45 - 6.30pm. Adam House G. Speakers include: Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MP in Ireland South

Organised by the Committee for a Workers' International, ISR and LFI.


Monday 4 July

Faslane Nuclear Base blockade


Tuesday 5 July

Dungavel Detention Centre

Mass action at Dungavel to demand equal rights and an end to detention and deportation of asylum seekers.


Wednesday 6 July

March against the G8

Gleneagles Hotel, Gleneagles, Perthshire or alternative venue.

Transport from London - 35 unwaged, 55 waged. Transport and camp - 85 unwaged, 105 waged. We need a 20 deposit immediately, full amount by 29 June. Make cheques payable to ISR.


Book your place now

The turn-out is growing! We now have gone over our initial target for getting people to the protests and the camp. Three people phoned us about the camp just on Saturday morning, having seen the leaflet and many more are contacting us over the web.

We have the potential to get even more young people to the G8 protests and we are having enormous impact on our street activities with many people giving donations to help others to go.

Young people are going to Scotland to protest against what the G8 leaders stand for and some will be looking for answers to this rotten system - they are against capitalism and many want to know about socialist ideas. Every member should do their best to encourage young people we come across to join our socialist (and sociable!) camp.

Tel 020 8558 7947, www.anticapitalism.org.uk

For more information:

ISR: www.anticapitalism.org.uk, 020 8558 7947, PO Box 858, London E11 1YG.

International Socialists : www.cwiscotland.org

[email protected]

Committee for a Workers' International:

www.socialistworld.net

[email protected]


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The Brazilian president, Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva, was elected in 2002 as a champion of the environment but now he is in power he has failed to challenge big business, the multi-nationals and the neo-liberal policies of the imperialist institutions, the IMF and the World Bank.


Neoliberalism kills

THE NEW Labour government is responsible for the deaths of over 4,000 Indian farmers according to a shocking study by an international charity.

The government's Department for International Development (DfID) gave 1.65 million to Adam Smith International to promote neo-liberal policies in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Between 1999 and 2004 farmers there were persuaded to abandon subsistence farming, eg rice production, and switch to cash crops such as cotton and sugar cane. Subsidies for fertilisers and tools and cheap government loans were slashed, forcing the farmers to obtain high-interest loans.

The value of these cash crops then became virtually worthless, leaving the farmers with unpayable debts. The result has been a wave of suicides by ruined poor farmers.


Privatising the poorest countries

A BRITISH water company, Biwater, is to sue the impoverished African government of Tanzania after it terminated the firm's contract to supply water and sanitation to the country's biggest city, Dar-es-Salaam.

Tanzania is one of the world's poorest countries, its debts of $6.8 billion are way above its annual budget of $1.38 billion. Tanzania was forced to privatise its water industry to qualify for international debt relief.

For all their talk of being friendly to Africa, Blair and Brown's governments have spent millions of pounds paying advisers such as the Adam Smith Institute to produce videos to "persuade" governments that they should follow crippling privatisation schemes.

The Gleneagles demonstration this July needs to make it crystal clear. We support the people of the 'third world' against the Biwaters, the Cargills, the millionaires and the Gordon Browns and Tony Blairs of the world. We have no trust in capitalist politicians or their policies of privatisation and deregulation.


Protest at the G8 summit

Make capitalism history - make socialism our future!

THIS JULY, the G8 - the bosses' club - will meet in Scotland, under the presidency of the British government. We call on you to join the counter-demonstrations in Edinburgh and Gleneagles.

Zena Awad, International Socialist Resistance (ISR)

Anti-war protest in London this yearThe leaders of the G8 nations support the occupation of Iraq. Millions have demonstrated against the war and occupation but the leaders of the richest nations on the planet are only interested in backing big business and its hunger for oil.

The African continent has been devastated over decades by the capitalists. Their imperialist policies have robbed Africa of its resources and impoverished the majority of the population. We believe only a struggle by the African working class and poor for democratic control of their resources offers a way out.

Millions of young people in Britain and Europe want to do something about the plight of the workers and poor in Africa and throughout the world. The response to the tsunami appeal put the G8 leaders to shame. The spontaneous outpouring of solidarity by people in Western Europe and the USA surpassed their miserly offerings.

Events organised against the G8, like in Genoa or in Evian, have seen mass demonstrations against the capitalist system and its hypocritical leaders. Gleneagles won't be an exception. Join us to demonstrate, to show that another world is needed.


We demand:

  • Immediate write-off of the debt burden without conditions.

  • For an immediate increase in aid. For democratic control of aid and its distribution by elected committees representing the working class, trade unions and the poor.

  • Bring into public ownership the 500 major multinationals that dominate the world economy, under democratic working-class control and management.

  • Support for the working class and poor in their struggle to overthrow the corrupt pro-capitalist governments of the neo-colonial world.

  • Make capitalism history. For the building of a socialist planned economy internationally to abolish poverty, hunger and disease.


Join the protests

International Socialist Resistance, an international organisation of socialists, will take part in the G8 summit demonstrations, putting forward socialist ideas.

We're co-organising an international youth camp with the International Socialists, the Scottish affiliate to the Committee for Workers' International (CWI).

The CWI is an international socialist organisation with members in nearly 40 countries around the world, including the International Socialists in Scotland and the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

We will organise a coach going from the camp each day to take people to the protests and meetings which are planned for the counter-summit. There will be an opportunity to participate in political discussions with socialists from all over Europe.