Carambolage Callout for Global Office, PGA-inspired infopoint

Recognizing the need for an international space for activists in Berlin,
the Carambolage Collective is issuing a callout for people to join our
efforts in creating a dynamic meeting space and a People’s Global Action
(PGA) Infopoint. We invite anyone who is interested in helping to
realize this vision, on a conceptual as well as a task-oriented level.
We hope that activists will find out about what is going on and make
connections here, talk to each other and give feedback.

We are an informal group which also loosely bases its ideas on the PGA
Hallmarks:

• A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
globalization;
• We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human
beings.
• A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organizations, in
which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker;
• A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements‘ struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples‘ rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism;
• An organizational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

These were also the cornerstones of the Dissent! International Network
mobilizations against the G8 in past years.

We intend our infopoint to function as a community space, where we can
make the decentralized PGA network more visible and maintain an open
forum for the involvement of independent groups. PGA has no members, all
collectives and individuals involved are autonomous. This creates a good
infrastructure for mutually supporting a variety of projects and
initiatives.

The Carambolage Collective started April 2007 with the creation of the
anti-G8 infopoint. We are seeking more activists to expand the
international support network to revive the anti-WEF movement as well.
We also need more help to organize informational events and to kick off
topic-related campaigns.

Some of our shorter term goals are to mobilize for anti-nuclear
campaigns, anti-G8 and anti-NATO actions in Romania 2-4 April 2008.

Furthermore, we plan to develop the Carambolage web site
(www.carambolage.cc) which provides information on where to obtain legal
advice for activists experiencing state repression. We also plan to
assist in mobilizing efforts against the next WEF in Switzerland,
support and endorse international protests and anti-capitalist
campaigns, and finally, to campaign for the right of assembly at
demonstrations in Germany. Additional ideas are to work on campaigns
around current topics and to set up an archive of international activist
materials in our office, available in different languages.

As already mentioned above, newcomers to the Carambolage collective
would have plenty of struggles to plug into. 11-12 April 2008 are the
decentralized Days of Action for Squats and Autonomous Spaces. This
year, there will also be climate and anti-racist camps to get involved
with. The next PGA conference is scheduled at the end of August in
Greece, as well as campaigns against the US military bases in the Czech
Republic and Poland.

We plan to have plenary meetings once a month so that everyone involved
or who wants to get involved can come and exchange ideas. We would like
to maintain not just an office, but create a clearing house of activist
information. We see the global office providing materials, launching
international solidarity campaigns with other anti-capitalist struggles
outside of Germany and Europe, as well as network locally in Berlin. At
times when global actions are scheduled to take place in Berlin, we want
to provide a local infrastructure for visiting activists. We would like
to provide a networking space for independent media activists,
squatters, radical workplace activists, and more.

If interested in becoming involved, please contact the Carambolage
collective at: carambolage@riseup.net

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