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Quebec City 2001: Update

--- CLAC UPDATE — December 2000 ---

(posted: January 1st, 2001)

FTAA Québec

CONTENTS: What's happening next April 2001? * What is the FTAA? * What is the CLAC? * What is CASA? * April 20th Day of Action * Carnival Against Capitalism * Other Key Dates and Events * Quebec City Consulta - January 27-28 * Caravans and Visits * Affinity Groups * Peoples' Global Action (PGA) * Other Groups * Logistical Information: Food, Housing & Transport * Legal Committee * The Border * Medical Committee * CLAC Committee and Working Group Contacts * Getting More Information * How to Help and Get Involved * Basic Contact Information

General Inquiries:
Research Collective:
Food: and
Cultural/Artistic Committee: and
Peoples' Global Action:
External Liaison/Caravans:
Latin America Contacts/Spanish:
Web Page:
E-mail Lists:
Consulta (January 27-28):

GETTING MORE INFORMATION: If you want to receive regular e-mail updates from the CLAC, please send a message to with "subscribe CLAC external updates" in the main text. If you are from the Montreal-area, or you would like to get the more frequent updates from the various working groups of the CLAC (predominantly in French, but often translated into English and Spanish), send a message to with "subscribe CLAC internal updates". If you want to be part of a moderated e-mail list that shares information about the FTAA, send an e-mail with a blank subject line to with "subscribe ftaa-l" as the main text.

HOW TO HELP AND GET INVOLVED: There are various ways to help or get involved. If you live in Montreal, or you're planning on visiting sometime, the CLAC organizes regular general assemblies that are open to the public (especially people who are in accord with the CLAC basis of unity). The assemblies (until April) will be held on the evenings of January 10 and 23, February 7 and 20, March 7, 20 and 28, and April 4 and 11. There is also the Consulta in Quebec City on January 27&28. If your collective, group or organization agrees with the CLAC principles (attached below), please endorse them and let us know by e-mail, as we're trying to amplify the radical anti-capitalist resistance to the FTAA and capitalist globalization. If you would like to get involved with helping a particular CLAC working group or sub-committee (legal, medical, cultural, etc), please get in touch with them directly (contacts above). If you want to host a presentation on the FTAA, the Summit of the Americas or capitalist globalization, get in touch with the external liaison committee. If you want to be actively involved with organizing against the FTAA with the CLAC, get involved with one of our working groups, or form your own affinity group. Whatever you're doing, don't hesitate to get in touch.

BASIC CONTACT INFORMATION: You can contact the CLAC by e-mail (, phone (514-409-2049), web ( or post (CLAC, c/o La Librairie Alternative, 2035 boulevard St-Laurent, 2nd floor, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2T3 CANADA). We can deal with correspondence in French, English and Spanish.

CLAC BASIS OF UNITY (translation from the French)

  1. The Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC in French) is opposed to capitalism. We fundamentally reject a social and economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and exchange. We reject a system driven by an exploitative logic that sees human beings as human capital, ecosystems as natural resources, and culture as simply a commodity. We reject the idea that the world is only valuable in terms of profit, competition and efficiency.
  2. The CLAC also rejects the ideology of neo-liberalism, whereby corporations and investors are exempt from all political and social measures that interfere with their so-called "success".
  3. The CLAC is anti-imperialist, opposed to patriarchy, and denounces all forms of exploitation and oppression. We assert a worldview based on the respect of our differences and the autonomy of groups, individuals and peoples. Our objective is to globalize our networks of resistance to corporate rule.
  4. Respecting a diversity of tactics, the CLAC supports the use of a variety of creative initiatives, ranging between public education campaigns to direct action.
  5. The CLAC is autonomous, decentralized and non-hierarchical. We encourage the involvement of anyone who accepts this statement of principles. We also encourage the participation of all individuals in working groups, in accord with their respective political affiliations.
  6. With regards to the Summit of the Americas (April 2001) and the negotiations of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the CLAC adopts a confrontational attitude and rejects reformist alternatives such as lobbying which cannot have a major impact on anti-democratic processes. We intend to shut down the Summit of the Americas and to turn the FTAA negotiations into a non-event.
tel: +1 514 526-8946
post: la CLAC, c/o la Librairie Alternative
2035, boulevard St-Laurent, 2nd floor
Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2T3 CANADA

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