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(last updated on March 2000)


I. General info about this list
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IV. The Mayday 2000 Global Day of Action, general info
V. References
VI. Latest updates



The contacts and resource list below is for activists planning to take action on May 1, 2000 as part of a GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, RESISTANCE, AND CARNIVAL AGAINST CAPITALISM. This day will continue the June 18 and November 30 global days of action that took place in 1999. (see sections IV and V for more info)

The contacts list serves to facilitate decentralized and non-hierarchic networking for the day among sympathetic groups and individuals. If you plan to take action, please check that the relevant contact information below is correct. For additions, corrections or comments, please contact <>.

Anyone planning to take action can send in contact information to facilitate networking. This can be for instance

(i) a particular group
(ii) a coalition of groups or individuals, or
(iii) a single individual.

Contact information may include for instance (a) name of country, city, and state; (b) name of group, coalition, or individual; (c) events being planned; (d) land address; (e) email address; (f) telephone number; (g) fax number; (h) web site.

Please note that the contacts list is public. The resource list gives information about resources that will be of use for co-ordinative and preparatory work, e.g. mailing lists and web sites.



AUSTRALIA: Sydney: Contact: MD2k Sydney, Email:

CANADA: Toronto: Contact: Stephen Kerr (International Socialists, International Solidarity with Workers in Russia,Toronto Anti-WTO Coalition), Telephone: 416-778-1319, Email:

ENGLAND: London: Group(s)/coalition: name not known, Planned event: Festival of anarchist ideas and action. Land address: BM Mayday, London, WC1N 3XX, Email:, WWW: (

USA: Chicago, IL, Contact: Thomas Johansson, Email:, Gainesville, Florida,Planned events: Labor videos, march/critical mass, speakout, picnic, dance party, etc. and pirate radio broadcast of the events. Land address: PO Box 17838, Clearwater, FL 33762, Telephone: (727) 538-9050 , Email: , Madison, Wisconsin, Group: Wisconsin Earth Day to May Day Coalition, Planned events: Earth Day to May Day events, Telephone: 608-255-1800 and 608-262-9036, Land address: 31 University Square, Taychopera, Madison, Wisconsin 53713, Email: not known, New York City, NY, Group: not known, Planned event: not known, Email:, Philadelphia / New York City / Washington DC area, Planned event: Carnival against capitalism, Contact: Zeljko (Jake) Cipris, Land address: 90 Undercliff Road, Millburn, NJ 07041, Telephone: 973-467-6773, Email:, Washington, DC, Mid-Atlantic Infoshop, Planned event: not known, Email: WWW: (



A. MAILING LISTS (Please do set up a list for your own language, country or city, if you feel it is needed!)

ENGLISH (International mailing list) <>. Join at (, or send a blank email to <>.

PORTUGUESE (International mailing list) <>. Join by sending a message with the text "subscribe n30-pt" to <>.

UNITED KINGDOM (National mailing list) <>. Join by sending a blank email to <>.

IRELAND (National mailing list), Join by sending a blank email to <>.



The International Lobster Party ( (see the the Mayday sections). Webmaster: (, Requests info about any good mayday links or new mailing lists for any language

Peoples' Global Action (PGA) (, ( (plans to set up a Mayday 2000 website), Contact: (, Requests help with shaping an interactive PGA website for information in several languages, contact addresses, how to subscribe to lists planning stuff, self desciptions of groups and movements, pictures, sharing flyers, political analysis, realtime video footage and sound recordings, updates about actions around the world, etc. Contact <> or <>.


IV. THE MAYDAY 2000 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, Resistance and Carnival against Capitalism, General Info

The two Global Days of Action against Capitalism on June 18 and November 30 last year were generally very successful. Our networks grew, we learned much, and we saw many new people engage themselves. Now many groups around the world are preparing for a new Global Day of Action in the same spirit on May 1 next year (M1), in recognition that the capitalist system, based on the exploitation of people, societies and the environment for the profit of a few, is the prime cause of our social and ecological troubles.

This day will continue the process of building up a strong, bold, and creative grassroots movement for a society in which people do not exploit or oppress each other, communities or the environment, but one that is based on solidarity, co-operation, grassroots democracy, and ecological sustainability. May 1, which offers a perfect symbolic and real opportunity to do this, has been endorsed as a Day of Action by the Peoples' Global Action (PGA) international conference in India in August. Coordinative efforts are already being undertaken in major cities like Sydney (Australia), Toronto (Canada), London (UK), Chicago, New York, and Washington (USA).

As on previous occasions, people of different movements and different countries will join forces for a day against the social, political, and economic institutions of the capitalist system. Workers, the unemployed, students, trade unionists, peasants, the landless, fishers, women groups, ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, peace activists, environmental activists, ecologists, and so on will work in solidarity with one another in the understanding that their various struggles are not isolated from each other. The simultaneous occupation and transformation of the capitalist social order around the globe - in the streets, neighbourhoods, fields, factories, offices, commercial centres, financial districts, and so on - will strengthen mutual bonds at the local, national, and international levels.

As before, the day will be organised in a non-hierarchical way, as a decentralised and informal network of grassroots groups that employ non-authoritarian, grassroots democratic forms of organisation, struggle independent of the social, political, and economic institutions of the capitalist system, and seek to effect change directly through their own action. Each event or action will be organised autonomously by each group, while coalitions of various movements and groups can be formed at the local, regional, and national levels. A strategy that may be useful at the local level is that various groups co-operate in creating a surrounding atmosphere of carnival and festivity as a setting for their various actions.

Examples of conceivable actions are:

strikes - demonstrations - critical mass bike rides - carnivals - street parties - reclaiming streets, government land or office buildings for non-commersial and good activities - marches - music - dancing - speeches - handing out flyers - banner hangings - distributing community controlled newspapers - street theatre - building gardens - handing out free food - mock trade fairs - offering no interest loans outside major banks - solidarity actions - pickets - occupations of offices - blockades and shutdowns - appropriating and disposing of luxury consumer goods - sabotaging, wrecking, or interfering with capitalist infrastructure - appropriating capitalist wealth and returning it to the working people - declaring oneself independent from capitalism and authoritarian governments - setting up grassroots' community councils and holding meetings outside city halls - setting up economic alternatives, like workers' co-operatives - promoting economic alternatives to capitalist companies - promoting grassroots based forms of community organisation

If you or your group plan to join this day of action, please let others know as soon as possible, to facilitate networking and communication. There are several international mailing lists available for open discussions and co-ordination (see above). A public international contacts list is regularly posted to them in order to facilitate decentralized and non-hierarchic networking. To have your contact information added to it, please contact <>, indicating (a) the country and location in which you plan to take action, plus any other information you see fit, for instance (b) the name of your group, coalition or yourself, (c) the events or actions being planned, (d) your land address, (e) email address, (f) telephone number, (g) fax number or (h) web site.

There are many things we need to do, to make the best of May 1 at the global, local, and national levels. We need to spread information about it among as many suitable groups and movements as possible. We need to spread and share propaganda materials, such as leaflets and posters. And, in general, we need to share our experiences, thoughts and ideas with one other and help each other out. At the local level, information about the day needs to be spread and discussed among groups and individuals, meetings need to be organised, events planned, leaflets printed and distributed, funds raised, laughter and conversation shared.

The process of building up our movements can and should be continued through further global days of action against capitalism in the future. A suitable occasion that has been proposed for next time, after Mayday, may be September 27-28, 2000, because of the annual meeting between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank taking place in Prague, Czech Republic at that time.

Any 'inquiries' or concerns about the Mayday global day of action should be directed to other activists in the group, city, country or on the various mailing lists, for us to mutually help each other with ideas and advise. There is noone in charge or pulling the strings for the day. It will be a radically decentralised and non-hierarchic event entirely of our own creation in co-operation and solidarity with one another.



June 18, 1999 Global Day of Action (J18) see ( or (

November 30, 1999 Global Day of Action (N30) see ( or

Peoples' Global Action (PGA) see or or contact <>

Prague, Czech Republic, September 27-28, 2000 see ( or (

Please spread this message widely to sympathetic grassroots groups, communities, and individuals! Translate if advisable. Let's make this the strongest show of solidarity and resistance yet! 


VI. Latest updates

MayDay2000 Directory

[1] int'l translations:

(ar) [Arabic] 'îd al-'ummaâl 2000


(cz) Mayday 2000 Celosv?tový den akce, zábavy a odporu proti kapitalistickému systému /

(de) 1. Mai 2000, Globaler Tag der Aktion, des Widerstandes und des Karnevals gegen den Kapitalismus oder

(fi) Mayday 2000, Kansainvälinen toimintapäivä kapitalismia vastaan

(fr) Le premier mai, journée internationale dactions contre le capitalisme /

(it) Primo maggio 2000, giornata mondiale contro il capitalismo /

(pt) 1º de Maio de 2000, Dia de Ação Global contra o Capitalismo /

(sv) Global aktionsdag mot kapitalismen den 1:a maj /

(tr) 1 Mayis 2000 Kapitalizme Karsi Kuresel Eylem, Direnis ve /


[2] websites on MayDay

May Day 2000 int'l / en /

"Mayday on the Web" - Resource downloads / en fr de es cz tr pt se it Listserve: Send blank email to

Austria / de

Canada (WTO-Caravan) / en

Finland / en fi

Germany / de

Italy / it or

New Zealand / en

Portugal - "Projeto Periferia"

UK: "junk mail protest" London Manchester Sheffield UK list - send blank email to South West

Emanzipation Humanum, version 3. 2000, criticism, suggestions as to form and content, dialogue, translation into other languages are all desired

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