Saturday, October 23 at 7:00pm – October 24 at 12:00am

Melbourne Anarchist Recourse Centre

62 st georges rd, northcote
Melbourne, Australia

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Corrections

16Oct10

There are currently about 50 copies (the first press) floating around with 2 errors in them.

Further, had you downloaded mb4 prior to now (Sat, 16th Oct @ 3.30pm) you would have downloaded the pdf with these errors in the issue.  They have been amended and reposted in the previous post.

They are as follows:

1.  refer p. 11.

Statement 1. should read:  “That it is multinational companies, rather than the people, who develop the country and its economy.”

2. refer p. 30.

photo caption should read 2000 coastal farmers, not 200.

apologies.


*UPDATED WITH AMENDEMENTS*

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MB#4 Teaser…

06Oct10


At various times in the course of this project, we have called for others to participate in bringing out Melbourne Black.  Much to our distress, some of you have taken the offer seriously.  Thus we have been forced to write the following statement of principles and rules for editors.  Enjoy, you fuckers.  Our first editors’ meeting will be Sunday, October 24  Saturday, October 23, at 2:00 pm in the LASNET office in the Trades Hall basement.

Melbourne Black and the struggle for libertarian communism

Libertarian communism is the name for a set of alternative principles for the organisation of society and the economy.  We call for the creation of a system that is consistent with the principles of liberty, equality and solidarity, called anarchist or libertarian communism. Libertarian communism means the common ownership of the means of production and the free association of producers. The implementation of libertarian communism can only be through the free federation of productive and communal organizations, not through the reform or recreation of a state apparatus.

We recognise and value the critiques of the 19th century that critiqued the exploitation of workers at the point of production.  However, the development of capital has progressed to the point where all spheres of life are being submitted to the logic of exchange; and, contemporaneously, social struggles have developed beyond the point of production.  In the struggle for libertarian communism, we therefore find it necessary to endorse the organisation of struggle against all forms of oppression, happening within the workplace and throughout society.  Class fighters are to be found both at the point of production and wherever in society capitalism has wrought destruction, leaving behind a refuse of broken communities, a broken environment, and broken individuals.  We recognise the need to organise against colonialism and racism, patriarchy, and heteronormativity and homophobia.  We unconditionally reject the call for all groups in struggle, of various nations and class fractions, to organise themselves behind a single hegemonic proletarian project as potentially and actually totalitarian.  Libertarian communism will be the collective creation of our democratic organisations, or it will not be.

We intend Melbourne Black as a concrete political intervention into this historical terrain.  To create a movement for liberation out of a situation of oppression, to create shared visions for how to organise our world out of heterogeneity and diversity, we see the need for constant self-critique and reflection on the part of activists and their organisations.  This project for self-education is inseparably linked to the process of self-empowerment.  Melbourne Black is therefore a forum for the movement, a place where, in the words of the IWA, we can organise “revolutionary struggle in all countries with the aim of destroying once and for all the present political and economic regimes and to establish libertarian communism.”  To those who would like to join us in this project by participation in our editorial collective, we have developed the following set of requirements for all editors.

  1. Support for the project of libertarian communism
  2. Apply at one of our editorial meetings.  Admission is at the discretion of the collective.
  3. Participate in monthly editorial meetings, as regularly as possible.  These meetings are open to writers and other interested persons, but all final decisions are in the hands of the editors’ collective.  This is because the job includes the sometimes unpleasant tasks of rejecting articles, or demanding substantial revisions prior to publication.
  4. Assist with the logistical tasks of the journal: writing, soliciting and editing articles; proofreading and laying out each issue; printing and distribution; and (heaven willing) advertising and fundraising.
  5. Agree to participate in the collective, to be run along non-hierarchical lines and using consensus-based decision-making.  (If you are unfamiliar with these processes but would still like to get involved, drop us an e-mail and we’ll have a chat).

Callout:

Latin American, Australian & Asia Pacific Solidarity Gathering
-Defending Workers’ and Indigenous Rights-
“Building bridges and global resistance against Multinational Corporations

For three days- October 15-17, 2010- grassroots activists & Indigenous representatives from a range of organisations, communities and movements will share ideas, experiences and stories of struggle inside their own countries against global capitalism.

The abhorrent business practices of Multinational Corporations, and the struggles against them, will be the central focus of this gathering. It follows that space will be created for discussions on the implications of Free Trade agreements (Australia-Colombia and others), the imposition of the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), the implementation of US plans for Central and North America, and more broadly, capitalist globalisation. Our purpose in coming together is to educate ourselves and one another in order to build new, global models of solidarity to combat global corporate tyranny.

Corporations around the world act as a law unto their own. We see this play out in our myriad struggles. In coming together at this conference, we hope to share our experiences from Australia, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

We are operating from the perspective that Multinational Corporations and the above mentioned initiatives serve only to benefit the privileged few at the expense of the majority; to reinforce exploitation of poor people, smash unionism and undermine workers’ rights, terrorise and murder union activists, displace and assimilate Indigenous communities, and trash our natural resources and environment.

While many activists have long lists of complaints against Multinational Corporations, we are focussing the conference on the following companies- BHP, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, Coca-Cola, Fonterra, Chiquita Brand, Monsanto, Drummond, Nestle, BP- whose crimes are well-known.

We acknowledge the proliferation of local struggles for workers’ rights/community power, autonomy and self-management, for freedom from corporate domination and devastation.

In order to learn from these struggles and celebrate their achievements, we have secured speakers from:

Mine workers’ unions from Colombia
Copper workers’ confederation from Chile
Factory workers from Bolivia
Factory under workers’ control from Argentina (Zanon)
Indigenous communities from Colombia
Indigenous Mapuche – Diaguitas from Chile
Indigenous national organisation from Ecuador
Communal peoples from Venezuela
Landless Workers’ Movement from Brazil (MST)
Indigenous representative from NT opposing intervention
Representatives of Australian Aboriginal communities
New Zealand Maori representatives
West Papuan representatives
Bougainville Indigenous fighting Rio Tinto
William Osmar Chamagua Director of Radio Mi gente from El Salvador

However, we also must acknowledge the limitations of locally defined struggles. In order to realise their objectives, these campaigns must grow in such a way so they can defy a capital that is global in its scope and aspirations. Against this power that has no morality, we must construct a power of our own.

Therefore, the conference will commit itself to building new, practical models of solidarity that are global in scale. It is insufficient to come together and merely recognise or sympathise with one another. The schedule of the conference will be designed with this practical goal in mind: moving beyond building awareness and towards creating effective and empowering models of global resistance.

We desire your involvement both at this gathering and in assisting to organise it.

Objectives of this Gathering:
· To share experiences of struggle to inform and build solidarity.
· Achieve a clear resolution on united and internationalist action against corporate tyranny.
· To explore developing a popular/community tribunal/watchdog to monitor and disseminate publicly on the behaviour of Multinationals.

We acknowledge that struggles are won when oppressed peoples regain control over their everyday lives. We, therefore, desire the creation of an inclusive international network focused on achieving these results. If you want to be part of this discussion come with a model or ideas.

For more information please contact: Marisol 0413 597 315, Michael 0438 496 433, Rebecca 0439 503 839, James 0417 732 698, Tully 0410 388 187, Sam 0422 507 758 or visit LASNET.

Organised by: LASNET, MADGE, Greek Democritus League, Friends of The Earth, Ace Collective, Indigenous Communities NO mining NO forestry, Salvadorian Community, AAWL, LoopHole, Humanitarian Hub, GM Cropwatch and individuals.


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