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Date:  8 March 2001

Three items:   April 17th: International Day of Farmer's Struggle/DA in Perth/Summer Gathering
1. International Day of Farmer's Struggle Against GMO's and Patents
2. Direct Action workshops in Perth, Scotland
3. Earth First! Summer Gathering

Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 17:08:36 -0500 (EST)
From: No Patents on Life! <>
To: Brian Tokar <>
Subject: April 17th: International Day of Farmer's Struggle Against GMO's and Patents on Life

Via Campesina, the global organisation of small farmers and peasants, has declared the 17th of April an International Day of Protest against GMOs and patents. They have issued an invite to concerned people everywhere to participate in this day of protest against neo-liberal policies, and in favour of an alternative project: a dignified life for everybody.

April 17th is also a day of protest against the FTAA.  We see the two as inextricably linked.  Based on the positions and proposals that Canada and the US have put forward, it is clear that they intend to use the FTAA to push a WTO+ agenda that will force countries throughout the Americas to accept GMO crops and patents on life.

Simply put, the intellectual property rules of the FTAA and WTO perpetuate the imposition of eurocentric, patriarchal and capitalist conceptions of property, life, nature, and social relations on the rest of the world. They completely devalue the role that women and indigenous people have played over many centuries in developing and maintaining the diverse strands of grains, vegetables, and livestock varieties which nourish our communities today.  They prioritize the profits of multinationals beforeacheiving food security and people's self-determination.

This Friday, March 9th, there will be a meeting to plan activities for April 17th (which will probably take place in Montreal) and for the Summit of the Americas (in Quebec City).  Among these will be a public statement/press conference denouncing the force-feeding of GMOs and an unfair intellectual property regime on the Americas, and a solidarity statement with the farmers and peasants who are most affected by these processes.  We would like to get this signed by as many farmer's unions, peasant movements, anti-biotech activists, and other concerned people as possible.

Some other possible actions are listed below, but what we organize is totally dependent on the input and energy of those who want to get involved.  Everyone is welcome...

Where: QPIRG McGill, 3647 University, 3rd floor (near Ave. des Pins)
When:  5pm, Friday March 9th

Potential actions
- writing and desseminating a declaration against the patenting of life,   for a moratorium on GMOs, and in solidarity with farmers and peasants everywhere
- street theatre
- meeting with peasants and small farmers from all over the hemisphere
- making big bar-coded puppets
- forming an affinity group
- security perimeter actions
- participating in the Agriculture Forum at the People's Summit, which is
  being organized by Via Campesina and the National Farmer's Union
- your ideas here...
>No Patents on Life!
>Break the Seed Monopolies!
>Food Democracy Now!
>(Intellectual) Property is Theft!
>Sink the bio-pirates!  Arrrr...!!!
>for more info:, or phone QPIRG (514) 398-7432
>Via Campesina website:
Coming in early March from Zed Books:
Redesigning Life?  The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering
Featuring the writing of 26 leading critics of biotechnology from  around the world, edited by Brian Tokar.  Details may be found at

New Updated Web Sites:

Institute for Social Ecology,
Northeast RAGE (available in a month or so),
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2. Subject:  Direct Action workshops in Perth
    Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 12:11:15 +0000


Just to let you know that there will be a day of workshops on Direct Action in Perth on Saturday 17th March. This is being organised by various GM activists from Scotland. The aim is to
- help empower people new to direct action and
- explore common ground between activists in Scotland with a view to networking and common actions in future.

If you're interested in coming along get in touch via:

More details will follow soon on this list.

PS: If anyone can give us a hand with facilitating workshops on Prevention of Terrorism Act and Action Support (Press, Legal, Welfare, Ongoing Court Support etc) please get in touch.
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3. From: mark smith <>

dear friends

the new provisional dates for the Earth First! Summer Gathering are: arriving Friday July 20 to begin the next day, until approx Wed July 25.

We have chosen these days after juggling our various caterers & contributors, prioritising an early date as a kick-off to a summer of action, avoiding clashes with other gatherings, and taking the official beginning of school holidays (July 25) into account. It wasn't easy! We have been told that many schools will break up on the Friday, and that if other children want to miss the Mon-Wed, exams will be well over by then so it won't matter too much.

Our site is currently not affected by foot & mouth restrictions. We'll keep an eye on this.
 Please get in touch via <>
if you would like to ask/offer anything. Particularly, if you have no experience but would like to join in the gathering planning collective, or shadow someone working on a particular thing - we'd love to hear from you!

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