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Women s Call to Action

HI wonderful women, attached is a call to action from the women organizing in Quebec against the Free Trade Area of the Americas--sort of the WTO for the Western Hemisphere. Please pass it on. We should shortly have versions available in French, Spanish, Portuguese and German. If you translate it into some other language, please send me a copy and I'll post them all on my website within the next couple of weeks. Love Star

Weaving a Web of Solidarity
A feminist action against globalisation Summit of the Americas on the FTAA
Quebec City, April 2001

On the weekend of April 20-22, leaders of thirty four countries will come to Quebec to tie a new strand in the web of corporate globalisation: the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA), the regional accord that will expand NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) throughout the hemisphere. In response, thousands of us will come to Quebec City to resist them. From Canada to Argentina, women and men will take action to express our opposition to the extension of the corporate web.

Women bear the brunt of the violence of globalisation, yet despite all the oppression, repression and exploitation, women continue to rise up. This is a call to rise up as we join together in a Women's Action, to take place alongside the many actions and events of the weekend.

We are taking action because we will no longer tolerate the web of corporate control that binds us down and constricts our lives. We will not allow this system to continue. We have taken its measure: its time is done. Instead, we will become spiders, spinning a new web of connection, of solidarity out of our rage, out of our love.

We will, as women, weave together our hopes and dreams, our aspirations, our indictments, our testimony, our witnessing, our demands, our visions. We will write on ribbons, on strips of cloth, on rags. We will draw, paint, knot cords, braid yarn, whisper into pieces of string. And from these materials we will weave our web.

If they ignore our voices and continue their deliberations, the cries of women will haunt them and undo all their plans. Though they erect a fence to stop us, we will twine our web through its mesh to be the visible symbol of the power of women, of the revolution we weave. When they try to wall us out of their meetings, they will only wall themselves in. We claim all of the world beyond their wall.

We ask our brothers to support us, to honor our women's space so that we who have so often been invisible can stand forth and be seen. We ask you to support us by looking honestly at the ways that, even within our own movements, women are ignored, suppressed, or discounted. And when you support us in this action, where we stand together as women, it will spark actions where we fight side by side. For we know that you too, are weavers of this web.

We ask the ancestors to stand with us. For the web of life links the living and the dead. We ask the generations of the future to stand with us, for we fight for the world you will inherit. We ask the spirits of the earth to support us and be our ground, for we fight for the continuance of life.

We are invincible, for life itself weaves with us.

Summit of the Americas on the FTAA
Quebec City, April 16-23RD, 2001

An affinity group is a group of 10-20 people with whom you have "affinity";

that is, a common bond (family, friends, common issue, work colleagues, etc.), that meets regularly to discuss common issues and to act. Choose one or two members to represent your group at the Council of representatives. The Council of representatives will "meet" in virtual space until the week before the Summit of the Americas, at which point meetings will take place in Quebec. The Council of representatives meetings will be the forum to decide on strategy for the action. Keep your eye on the CMAQ (Quebec Centre for Independent Media) website ( for a Women's web of solidarity action link.

Initiate (or continue), in your affinity group, a dialogue on the impacts of globalisation on women in your home area.

Women around the world bear the brunt of globalisation our voices together will allow us to add to the feminist analysis of globalisation, and to strengthen our cause (see article, and fact sheet).

Weave your part of the web of solidarity.

Take what comes out of your dialogue on women and globalisation, and, as a group, weave a section of the web of solidarity to represent your consensus.

Use your imagination, use yarn, materials, photos, newspaper clippings. The sky is the limit.

Add your section of the web to the web of solidarity in Quebec City in April 2001

Here are some suggestions on the many ways to join your section of the web to the larger web of solidarity:

Québec contact information:
E-mail address:
Mailing address: Toile femme Québec 2001, C.P. 70021, Québec, Québec (Canada) G1R 6B1

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