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From Wed Sep 11 00:10:02 1996
From: Doug Schoellkopf
Subject: International day of protest against corporations

Dear friends,
Please forward this to any activist groups you think


It has the world's resources at it's disposal. It gobbles whole mountains and forests, drinks rivers dry, spews toxic waste, and enslaves whole populations. It has all the rights of a citizen, but few of the limitations. It can cross national borders as if they were cobwebs. It is immortal, and can therefore amass wealth and power beyond the capabilities of mere mortals. It has powers that dwarf and control governments. It controls the newspapers, radio, and television, and so it controls the "truth." It controls humans' access to food, water, shelter, employment, and energy. If humans struggle against its tyranny, it buys them out or knocks them down with lawsuits, firings, harassment, and if necessary, murder.

Are we talking about some sort of selfish, ill-tempered GOD???

In a way, we are. We are talking about the CORPORATION.

Why do we allow an inanimate thing, just an idea really, to have so much power over our lives and the fate of the entire planet?

People created corporations with ideas, words and laws, but the creation has turned into a MONSTER. Some of us believe that it is now time to end the monster's reign of terror, and that with a different set of ideas, words,and laws, we can kill the monster, or at least put it in a good strong cage.

This is what the Earth First! campaign to END CORPORATE DOMINANCE is about. Whether you are an environmentalist, a labor activist, a human rights campaigner, a campaign finance reformer, or any citizen in a dispute with an insurance company, bank, etc., your ideas, words, and actions can become a part of this campaign. The key is to make our efforts directed to the root of the problem, not just the symptoms.

Nobody has illusions that this battle will be easy. We just know that the time to begin has come. Already, countless organizations are doing the work. What remains is for the people of all these movements to join forces, recognize that they are fighting the same beast, and to demand that corporations release their control over the Earth and all its inhabitants.


October 29, the anniversary of Black Tuesday, was selected as a day of action against corporations at the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous in July. Across the world, groups will be planning demonstrations targeting their least favorite corporate plunderer. Whether your group chooses MAXXAM, Shell, Nike, Mitsubishi, Exxon, or Champion, whether your site is the corporate headquarters, a neighborhood toxic dump or the CEO's private residence, corporations around the world will feel our united rage! We will be challenging their legal "personhood" status, burning their corporate charters, and blocking the destruction at the scenes of the rimes.

If your group wants to participate in the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO END CORPORATE DOMINANCE, please contact the EF! End Corporate Dominance Campaign ASAP. Begin organizing your demo TODAY! To make this a coordinated campaign, and for effective media notification, we would like to know a little bit about each of our chosen targets. Please send a copy of your media notice (a rough draft is fine) ASAP, and we will forward the list to each participant for use at the protests. Lets be BOLD, CREATIVE and UNCOMPROMISING!

These protests will not be taking place in a vacuum. The challenge to corporate dominance is coming from all over the world, from labor, human rights, indigenous resistance, peace, social justice, and environmental movements. In the US, teach-ins focusing on Corporations, Education and Democracy will be taking place at over 100 locations during the third week of October. October 29 demonstrations will be a perfect follow-through for energy and ideas generated at the teach-ins. We are not alone, and our actions will reinforce each other's campaigns, if we act promptly. LETS GET WITH IT!

Earth First! End Corporate Dominance Campaign
c/o EF! Austin
P.O.Box 7292
Austin, TX 78713
(512) 320-0413

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