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Announcement :: Environment : Organizing
Green and Black Urban Gathering this June in Philly
02 Mar 2005
Under the Pavement: First Ever Green-and-Black Urban Gathering
Call to Converge and Resist All Domination of Life: Philadelphia, June 17-21

This June in Philadelphia, thousands of wealthy capitalists and biological profiteers representing the Biotechnology Industry Organization will convene in Philly to celebrate and promote their dangerous manipulation of life’s very building blocks for private gain. Missing from their PR agenda will be the destructive, racist, and ecologically catastrophic consequences of playing God with the global gene pool. In response, thousands of concerned activists and citizens will gather to decry this ruthless commodification of Earth’s biodiversity and the proliferation of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Working as part of this mobilization, we the Under the Pavement Collective intend to facilitate the presence of a strong radical caucus with the perspective to critique biotechnology in the context of our resistance to all forms of domination. As such, our enemies are not just GMOs but global capitalism, neo-colonialism, patriarchy, the industrial ethos, & anthropocentric western science itself, which aim to reduce all people and nature to orders of coercion and control. We mean to not only point and shout in academic terms, but to demonstrate workable alternatives to the systems we oppose.

To this end, we are calling for anti-authoritarian, eco-positive radicals and allies to gather during the anti-biotech mobilization and share our vision of struggle for liberation and harmony among all living communities. While we recognize wilderness defense, sustainable communities and other “off the grid” approaches as valid and worthy of support, we wish to focus this gathering on enacting a radical ecological praxis in the belly of the beast, the industrial, urban areas where over half the world’s people live.

We will be organizing several days of skillshares, actions and cultural events on themes likely to include gardening, squatting/sustainable urban living, resistance to car culture, physical and mental health, anti-oppression community dynamics, postconsumer resource reclamation & more. We are also actively soliciting ideas for workshops & events.

Come to Philly this June to oppose biotech and sow the seeds of widespread resistance to industrial capitalism. We can and will destroy this machine from within. Let’s get busy!

Love & rage,
Under the Pavement Organizing Collective, Philadelphia
underthepavement (at) - coming soon

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