[g8-sheffield] Re: g8-sheffield Digest, Vol 3, Issue 25

IAN WALLACE ian.wallace15 at btopenworld.com
Wed May 18 13:04:56 BST 2005

I think Steve's comments are very appropriate and helpful. And I think they would apply even if the flyer were aimed at the Wybourn. The only people who talk like that are a small group of self-selected 'activists' who will simply succeed in alienating lots of people who could and should be on our side. Thanks for saying that Steve - I didn't dare. 
We have drafted a Nether Edge leaflet aimed at Nether Edge people. It is having a few teething problems (due to trying to get a PeaceMeal organised to put on the leaflet) but hopefully all will get sorted this afternoon. (???) But information is already out to people on our email list in Nether Edge by email.
I think Jenny Patient's letter to the Star is first class.

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Today's Topics:

1. Nether Edge flyer pdf (atw)
2. beyond TV email - please pass on! (slendermeans)
3. The G8 in Sheffield - revised and corrected! (Jenny Patient)
4. Where is the meeting tonight? (H Cameron)


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Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 14:03:30 +0100
From: atw 
Subject: [g8-sheffield] Nether Edge flyer pdf
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I think the idea for a Nether Edge flyer is a good one however I can't
help thinking the tone and language in the current version is
completely wrong. It sounds like it's written for anticapitalist
protesters rather than the citizens of a middle class suburb.

For instance the fact that they'll be having "luxury meals and
accommodation" is unlikely to be an issue for many Nether Edge
residents since many of them treat themselves to such things on a
regular basis. Take a look at cars around Nether Edge. This is an
affluent audience. By writing such you are just going to alienate
people since it will be perceived as an attack on their lifestyle too.

Secondly the leaflet almost assumes the reader is against the G8 from
the outset. There is only one short paragraph before the leaflet asks
to protest with anti G8 banners in the window. This should go at the
end of the leaflet surely? Most people here won't have even questioned
the whether the G8 is a good or bad thing. To make such an assumption
if the reader is undecided will most likely put them off.

Thirdly the explanation about what will be talked about seems general
to the G8 rather than this particular meeting. It says the g8 are
here: "to protect and promote free trade" - I reckon many people in
Nether Edge will think that is a good thing. To explain what's wrong
with the free market is complex and cannot be done in such a short
leaflet so I'd leave that part out.

Will the War on Terrorism really be discussed in Sheffield/Nether Edge
or will that be left till the main meeting in Scotland? If it is being
discussed here how do we know? Is there a source for that info? If we
don't know then leave it out.

I think the last bit: "Nether Edge have to tell the G8 just where to
stick it. Love, The Nether Edge G8 Welcoming Committee" is just so
inappropriate for this group of people. I suspect you might well
alienate more people than you gain by writing in this way.

Another thing is mention of Condolesa Rice. I don't know how certain
it is she will be here but if confirmed then... well there are
certainly a lot of antiwar folk around here and her presence is an
obvious link not mentioned in the current flyer.

So I don't know how far anyone has got with this leaflet but I really
feel strongly it should be changed before going to print.



PS. I don't mind helping out with this leaflet but will be away until
next week.

Independent grassroots news: www.sheffield.indymedia.org.uk

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Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 20:00:45 +0100
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Subject: [g8-sheffield] beyond TV email - please pass on!
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Message: 3
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 22:30:35 +0100
From: "Jenny Patient" 
Subject: [g8-sheffield] The G8 in Sheffield - revised and corrected!
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Many thanks for all your kind and helpful comments.

Below is a slightly revised/corrected version - main thing to note is that the web site was wrong - it's www.sheffield.dissent.org.uk 

Please feel absolutely free to use all/any of this for leaflets or whatever. I shall send it as a letter to the Telegraph and the Star, just as me, not on behalf of anyone.


The G8 in Sheffield - why does it matter?

Many Sheffield people will now be aware that the G8 Interior and Justice Ministers are meeting in Sheffield on 15-17 June 2005 - but what is it all about?

The G8 is not a democratic forum - it is an exclusive meeting of the seven biggest economies in the world, plus Russia. It's rather like the big boys ganging up in a corner of the school playground.

The G8's agenda has never been to solve the problems of hunger and health experienced by three-quarters of the world's population. They meet to make the world safe for globalisation - a process that puts capitalists in control of everything, right across the world.

The G8 states support globalisation through privatisation (e.g. of water supplies in Africa, as well as your bus services) and war (e.g. in Iraq, and the threats to Iran and Cuba). This adds to insecurity in countries in the global South, such as Bolivia and Ghana. Then people migrate, as they cannot survive or prosper in countries threatened by war or environmental catastrophe. 

The Interior Ministers will be sharing ideas about combating terrorism, which they see as the worst threat. They have used terrorism as an excuse to:

a.. lock up suspects without a trial
b.. increase the state's control by keeping information about everyone, through ID cards for example
c.. play on people's fear of outsiders, and people with different beliefs, appearance or cultures
When the G8 comes to Sheffield, we'll see some of their ideas in action:

a.. residents in Nether Edge have been told they will have to carry a passport to enter and leave their homes
a.. armed police will patrol the streets and helicopters will hang overhead for days on end
b.. your email and phone calls may be intercepted
c.. you will be excluded from your city centre while the G8 wine and dine there
d.. pubs, theatres, clubs and restaurants have been asked to close, and transport will be disrupted
Your local MP and city council are, in fact, so proud of your city that they are prepared to exclude all citizens from it in order to show it off. 

If you would like to add your voice to the protest against this way of running the world, join the peaceful demonstration in the city centre at 5.30 on Weds 15th June, and see http://www.sheffield.dissent.org.uk/ for more information.
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Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 10:04:15 +0100
From: H Cameron 
Subject: [g8-sheffield] Where is the meeting tonight?
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I wonder if someone could confirm where the meeting tonight will be.



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