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Title: Great Lakes Regional Consulta
START DATE: 8/27/2005
Duration: 4 Hours
Location: cleveland area
Location Details:
Carnegie West Public Library (1900 Fulton Rd)
Event Topic: conference
Event Type: once only
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The septemberACTION Collective (see and the Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition (NOAC) invites people within shouting distance of Cleveland for a Great Lakes Regional Consulta on
August 27, 2005 for the September 23 – 26 mobilizations:

WHEN: August 27, 2005, 2 PM – to no later than 6 PM

WHERE: Carnegie West Public Library (1900 Fulton Road), Cleveland, Ohio

WHO: Open to individuals or representatives from affinity groups or
organizations interested in or planning for direct actions in September, as well as the necessary logistics, transportation, and solidarity actions. This is a regional consulta, and so
people from out of town are especially encouraged to join us.

WHAT WILL WE TALK ABOUT: We will hear reports about the September
mobilization from various groups, discuss both planned and potential
actions for Friday through Monday, discuss transportation needs, local solidarity actions, etc.

Clean House!
Call to Action: No More Business as Usual on September 23-26, 2005

On September 23 - 26, Washington DC will host a historic demonstration of people power that includes a global justice mobilization to confront the corporate loan sharks at the World Bank/IMF meetings, a massive anti-war mobilization, and a timely protest of Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine.

The septemberACTION Collective sees people taking action to "clean house" of the corporate elites and their political and military cronies as the common thread. We urge people of all colors, cultures, faiths, and walks of life to mobilize in Washington, DC, or in your own town on September 23-26, 2005, to stop business as usual.

Enough business as usual in the U.S. Empire, whose pillars of corporate
globalization, militarism and media disinformation subvert democracy,
wreak ecological disasters and perpetuate social injustices.

Enough business as usual at the World Bank and the IMF, whose corporate
fatcats restructure economies to maximize corporate plunder while robbing the people directly affected by these backroom deals of any meaningful say in the process.

Enough business as usual with the military and corporate occupation of
Iraq, a nightmare with no end in sight.

Iraq, however, is typical of wars for Empire all across the globe. The
tragedy in Iraq represents the will of an aristocracy in the U.S. who work in concert with elites in other nations to destroy people, cities, and lives for economic and political gain. Their imperial power strives to ignore and repress massive anti-war sentiment and demonstrations by people who live in the aggressor nations. Meanwhile, those who directly suffer from the consequences of war and occupation, whether in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan or Haiti, have even less say.

The Bush Administration, Democrats, Republicans and their corporate bosses want us to believe we are powerless because they control the money, police, military and the corporate media. But People-Power sees power as a fragile relationship. Those in positions of power depend on the compliance of the people they hold power over. When people organize themselves to withdraw their cooperation, the power holders' grasp on power begins to weaken and crumble.

We invite you to assert your power and bring in your ideas, your energy, your actions to Washington, DC and in other cities to say, “No More Business as Usual!” Please use as your clearinghouse for all the actions, consultas, conference calls and
meetings going on as we “Clean House.” Clean out the White House, the
Congress, the World Bank, the IMF, the war profiteers, the neoliberals as well as the neoconservatives! It is our house, our time to be noticed, our time to act!

WHO IS the septemberACTION Collective: The SeptemberACTION Collective is a group of organizers from across the country who are committed to making sure that as many people as possible are empowered to take action during the September 23 - 26 mobilizations. We formed to ensure that everything possible was being done to create space for creative, autonomous direct action by a diverse group of experienced and non-experienced participants, and that basic mobilization logistical and information needs were met.

Most of the members of the collective come from a variety of anti-war or global justice groups, but this effort is entirely independent of those groups. Many members came together while working in a caucus for UFPJ's Nonviolent Direct Action working group, but this effort is not a United for Peace and Justice effort and does not in any way represent UFPJ. We are peace and global justice activists, union organizers and civil rights activists, working as one force committed to direct action in service to peace, people-power, and progress.

We encourage other groups to develop tools and resources for the
mobilization and insist radically on the right of autonomy. If you want to do it all yourself, we are here to help in any way we can. We do not claim to speak for you or for the movement. We speak only for ourselves as a collective and simply hope that the resources we provide and the call we have outlined is something that you find empowering, hopeful, and helpful.

As an open collective, we are always open to new members who are committed to promoting space for creative, autonomous direct action for the September mobilization.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit or email . For more September announcements, send a
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