A little overview on what is G8.
G8 is a forum of the eight most powerful governments: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; in addition, the EU is represented within the G8, but cannot host or chair. Each calendar year, the responsibility of hosting the G8 rotates through the member states and each year they discuss ways to eradicate poverty, minimize the spread of HIV, access to health care, weapons, and environment and so on. You are right; it is too good to be true. The truth is the G8 summits effectively decide what sort of world you and your children will live in. Behind closed doors decisions are made that mean our environment is sacrificed to profit, our health service is run down and privatised and millions of people continue to die for want of clean water and basic medicine. Simple example, US, one of the actors in G8, advocates on preserving the environment and how we should all go green. But at the same time, this is the same government which refuses to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and yet they are talking about making the world a greener place. Same goes to free trade. There was once where they were all talking about, “MAKE TRADE FAIR”. But again how far is that true. These are the same countries which dump whatever products that they can’t sell to Africa and other countries. Another example, which we can all relate to, is FTA. Free Trade Agreement. US and now EU are both pressuring Malaysia and other ASEAN countries to join them in fulfilling their dreams of making this world a borderless free trade area. In this very same agreement, these countries, which happen to be manufactures of medicine, impose intellectual property rights. This monopoly benefits producers of brand medicines and delays availability of generic products, making many products unattainable for many of those who are badly in need of medications such as PLHIVs.
Knowing that there are parties which are trying to systematically capitalize on others disadvantages, weakness, and vulnerabilities, there are initiatives and movements which are trying relentlessly to put an end to this. Every year as those eight countries prepare to meet, these movements too make their plans on ways and means to show their dissent and subsequently to put an end to the summit of eight. Early this year, the summit was held in Hokkaido and again many activists around the world met in the island to show their dissent. This year was a bit different; many were sponsored to Hokkaido to extend their solidarity and to join them in making this G8 the last one ever. But things didn’t work as they planned and more cost incurred during the anti-G8 protest which left them with a big debt. So now, we are organizing a post anti G8 event to raise fund to ease their burden. There will be an art exhibition, performances, Bebe’s infamous delicacies, and many more, and the best part is all the proceeds will go to the organizers of the anti-G8 protest.
Below is the itinerary of the programme:
Venue: No. 14, Jalan Jelawat 8/10 (map)
27th December, Saturday
* Art exhibition (please donate your artwork!)
* The Really, Really Free Market
A Really Really Free Market is like a potluck for whatever you want to give or take away. We all have skills, ideas, objects, smiles, talents, friendship, excitement, discussions, and many other things to share. If we bring them all together at the Really Really Free Market, we can provide more balanced and full lives for everyone. Everybody brings something and goes away with more.You are more than welcomed to bring your things so that you can give it to people for free. If you have no items to be given away, then you can also provide services e.g. free haircuts, free massage, fix bicycle etc. Anything as long as the key word is FREE! Or, just come on by to check out the things and you might just end up with a bag full of free stuff or knowledge to be taken back home. Maybe even a new haircut. FOR FREE! (Please bring your own plastic/shopping bag. Save the environment.)
* Bebe’s infamous delicacies
-Fourth World War (90 minutes)
– anti-G8 documentaries.. etc
* Introduction of collectives
There are many collectives in Malaysia and outside of Malaysia which are doing great work but we know very little of them. This session will introduce to us all these new and old collectives and these people will be travelling all the way from their hometowns (some are even coming from Singapore!) to KL especially for this event so that they can tell you themselves what they are all about and what do they do.
* Kids coloring session
*Alind’s experience sharing session
Alind and another friend went to the previous No-G8 protest in Japan. In this session, he’ll share his experience during the protest.
* Fund raising event
• Live Bands (The Pips, Meor, Laikong Brigade etc)
• Performances and screenings
• Bebe’s infamous delicacies
We hope you and your friends would be able to join us that day and we also hope to share and learn from you via this programme. Hopefully, this will be a beginning to more great things to come.
Food Not Bombs Kuala Lumpur