Pre-A16 (April 8-15)
Eight (8!!!!!) Days of Workshops, Construction
of Giant Puppets, Props & Banners, Trainings, Issue Forums, lobbying
Congress, Arts, Spokescouncils and Actions in preparation for the Massive
Non Violent Direct Action at the International Monetary Fund and the World
Bank Headquarters, April 16/17th.
The Action Scenario will be coordinated by representatives
(spokespeople) from the Affinity Groups who will meet nightly starting
on April 8th. Please send a spokesperson as early as possible in the week
to facilitate action coordination. Affinity Group formation will happen
during the Nonviolence Workshops and the daily Orientation gatherings.
As well, check out the calendar on the A16 web
site for other actions that week, and information about the Permitted Rally
and March on April 16/17.
To date, workshops and trainings in the following
areas have been scheduled:
||Handling the Media
||Movement for Activists
||Street First Aid
|WB/IMF Issue Forums
||Magic for Activists
|Climbing for Activists
April 8-15th, Saturday to Saturday, 9am to 11pm
First Sessions, 9am-12pm/ Lunch 12-1pm/
Second Sessions 1-5pm/ Orientations 5pm/ Dinner
5:30-7/ Spokescouncil 7-9pm/
Third Session 9-11pm
Construction Workshop Orientations Daily, 9-10am
and 1-2pm. TENTATIVE
WHO SHOULD COME?
Anyone with an interest in nonviolent direct
action, building GIANT puppets and painting banners, mobilizing against
corporate globalization, and/or getting information on the World Bank and
the International Monetary Fund.
About 300 groups have endorsed and/or support
the Mobilization for Global Justice and our call to Shut Down the IMF/World
Bank Meetings on April 16/17 (see list on www.a16.org)
We will be setting up a kitchen and providing
vegetarian meals during the Convergence and the Actions, April 8 - 17th.
***BRING YOUR OWN BOWL, CUP and UTENSILS, please! Let us know if you can
bring any bulk food or supplies.
We are doing our best to identify homes with
space, cheap hostels, campsites and floor space in churches and gyms. LET
us know if you can HOST people. CHECK OUT THE WEB SITE to get hooked up:
www.a16.org. BRING YOR OWN SLEEPING BAGS
for general housing.
We will be providing childcare at or near the
Convergence Site as volunteer coverage permits.
The Site is two story-building, with accessible
first floor and elevator to second floor.
SIGN LANGUAGE & TRANSLATION?
We will provide signing and translation as requested.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?
Check out List of suggested First Aid Supplies
posted on web site. Bring CHEAP FM Radios to listen to our Free Radio Station
on A16!!! Bring donations...
Suggested donation $20/day, (sliding scale of
$5-50/day). No oneturned away for lack of funds.
Start your Convergence Experience at the Welcome
Center!!!! THE Place to check in, get orientated, find out about affinity
groups, volunteer to help with kitchen, security, you name it!! Find us
in the REAR Building at 1328 Florida Avenue….opens 9am on April 8th, 2000.
Come down the Alley Next to the Manhattan Building, and go Left. Welcome
Center in Building on Right. Look for our signs, and See you there!
Please Check in at the Welcome Center Independent
Media Center Desk.