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New Internationalist Issue 279

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ACTION


ROADS/FORESTS

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
Greenpeace
Private Bag 92507, Auckland. Tel: (09) 630 6317. Fax: (09) 630 7121. Web: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/ Greenpeace has an Auckland-based forestry campaigner.
Wellington Rainforest Action Group Web: http://www.wrag.wellington.net.nz/ and Campaign for a Better City Email: cbc@tradeshall.org.nz Web: http://www.cbc.org.nz/ Both organisations at PO Box 11-964, Wellington. Tel: (04) 385 6728.
Friends of the Earth PO Box 5599, Auckland. Tel: (09) 303 4319. Web: http://www.homepages.kcbbs.gen.nz/foenz/mainpage.html

AUSTRALIA
Opposition to urban freeways is best contacted via Greenpeace. The following groups are all active on deforestation and mining issues.
Greenpeace PO Box 800, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. Tel: (02) 211 4066. Fax: (02) 211 4123. Email: greenpeace@au.greenpeace.org Web: http://www.greenpeace.org.au
Friends of the Earth PO Box 222 Fitzroy VIC 3065. Tel: (03) 9419 8700 Fax: (03) 9416 2081 Email: foe@foe.org.au Web: http://www.foe.org.au/
The Wilderness Society GPO Box 716 Hobart TAS 7001. Tel: 03 6270 1701 Freecall: 1800 030 641 Fax: 03 6231 6533 Email: info@wilderness.org.au Web: http://wilderness.org.au/
Australian Conservation Foundation Floor 1, 60 Leicester St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Tel: (03) 9345 1111 Fax: (03) 9345 1166 Web: www.acfonline.org.au

BRITAIN
Alarm UK
13 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9AU. Tel: (0171) 737 6641. Network for over 100 community anti-roads groups nationwide.
Road Alert PO Box 5544, Newbury RG14 5FB. Tel: (01635) 521770. Co-ordinates anti-roads protest; direct-action arm of Alarm UK.
Reclaim the Streets Battlebridge Centre, Battlebridge Road, Kings Cross, London NW1. Tel: (0171) 713 5874. Web: http://www.reclaimthestreets.net Organizes illegal street closures.
Greenpeace Greenpeace House, Canonbury Villas, London N1 2PN. Tel: (0171) 354 5100. Fax: (0171) 359 4372. Email: info@uk.greenpeace.org Web: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk
Friends of the Earth 26-28 Underwood Street, London N1 7JQ. Tel: (0171) 490 1555. Fax: (0171) 490 0881. Web: http://www.foe.co.uk/
Earth First! See Non-Violent Direct Action.

CANADA
Greenpeace
185 Spadina Avenue, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 2C6. Tel: (416) 597 8408. Fax: (416) 597 8422. Email: greenpeace.toronto@yto.greenpeace.org
Web: http://www.greenpeace.ca
Friends of the Earth 206 - 260 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5K5; Tel: (613) 241-0085; Fax: (613) 241-7998. Email: foe@foecanada.org Web: http://www.foecanada.org/
Cultural Survival Canada 200 Isabella Street, Suite 304, Ottawa, ON K1S 1V7.
Tel: (613) 237 5361. Fax: (613) 257 1547. Email: csc@web.apc.org Web: http://www.cs.org/
Friends of Clayoquot Sound See under Non-Violent Direct Action.

UNITED STATES
Greenpeace
702 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20001, USA. Tel; (1) 202 462 1177 Fax: (1) 202 462 4507 Email: greenpeace.usa@wdc.greenpeace.org
Friends of the Earth 1025 Vermont Ave NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: (202) 783 7400.
Fax: (202) 783 0444. Email: foe@foe.org Web: http://www.foe.org/
Earth First! c/o Earth First Journal, PO Box 3023, Tucson, AZ 85702 Tel: (1) 520 620 6900 Fax: (1) 413 254 0057. Email: GregT2@EarthFirst.org
Web: http://www.earthfirst.org/
Cultural Survival 46 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: (617) 441 5400. Fax: 441 5417. Email: csinc@cs.org Web: http://www.cs.org/
Rainforest Action Network 221 Pine St., Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94104 USA. Tel: (415) 398 4404. Fax: (415) 398 2732. Email: rainforest@ran.org
Web: http://www.ran.org/

NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Unemployed Workers Rights Centre (AUWRC)
PO Box 3813, Auckland. Tel: (09) 302 2496. Fax (09) 377 4804
Organizes direct-action protests against the Government and others whose policies harm the unemployed.
Kotare Research and Education for Social Change Trust PO Box 3813, Auckland. Tel: (09) 302 2496. Fax (09) 377 4804. Email: auwrc@ihug.co.nz
Provides education for activists and community workers including non-violent direct action techniques.
Wellington People's Centre PO Box 9491, Te Aro, Wellington. Tel: (04) 385 8596.
Anti-Bases Campaign PO Box 2258, Christchurch. Email: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz Web: www.converge.org.nz/abc/ Direct action against bases with foreign links.

BRITAIN
Earth First!
Dept 29, 1 Newton Street, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1HW. Autonomous direct-action collectives, active on roads, open-cast mining etc. Web; http://www.eco-action.org/ef/
Freedom Network Tel: (0171) 582 3474. Action line: (0171) 793 7343. Info on NVDA events.

CANADA
Friends of Clayoquot Sound
PO Box 489, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0. Tel: (604) 725 4218. Fax: (604) 725 2527. Email: focs@island.net
Web: http://www.ancientrainforest.org/ Using non-violent direct action and information to combat destruction of the ancient forests of Vancouver Island.
Ontario Coalition for Non-violent Action c/o Toronto Action for Social Change, PO Box 3620, 509 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0. Tel: (416) 651 5800.

UNITED STATES
War Resister League
339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012. Tel: (212) 228 0450. Fax: (212) 228 6193. Email: wrl@warresisters.org
Web: http://www.warresisters.org/
Fellowship of Reconciliation Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960. Tel: (914) 358 4601. Fax: 358 4924. Email: for[@forusa.org] Web: http://www.forusa.org/

ZAPATISTA SOLIDARITY

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
Wellington Latin America Group
c/o Paul Bruce. Tel: (04) 389 8699. E-mail: paul@ebruce.wgtn.planet.co.nz
Voces Latinas, Guadalupe Rosales/Maritza Leon, Radio Plains FM96.9. PO Box 22-297 Christchurch.

AUSTRALIA
La Peña
1 Bedford Street, Newtown,
NSW 2042. Tel: (02) 519 4874.

BRITAIN
Mexico Support Group
Casa Latinamericana, Kingsgate Place, Kilburn, London NW6 4TA. Tel: (0171) 328 2865.

CANADA
Mexico Solidarity Network
c/o Mark Xuereb, 91 King Street N, Ste 89, Waterloo, ON N2J 2X3. Tel: (519) 746 4090. Fax: (519) 746 4096.

UNITED STATES
National Commission for Democracy in Mexico
601 North Cotton Street, No A103, El Paso, TX 79902. Tel/Fax: (912) 532 8382. Email: moonlight@igc.apc.org
Tonatierra, Indigenous Peoples Alliance PO Box 24009, Phoenix, AZ 85074. Tel: (602) 254 5230. Fax: (602) 252 6094. Email: tonal@tonatierra.com
Web: http://www.tonatierra.org/index.html
South and Meso American Indian Rights Center P.O. Box 7829 Oakland, CA 94601 Tel: (1) 510 534 4882 Fax: (1) 510 834 4264 Email: indian@igc.org
Web: http://saiic.nativeweb.org/

BANGLADESH SOLIDARITY

Bangladesh solidarity groups overseas tend to be aligned to the two main political parties. Groups monitoring human-rights abuses are therefore the most obvious points of contact - Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

WORTH READING/VIEWING

Ya Basta! a Zapatista Solidarity Website, is well worth a look, containing the latest news on Zapatista actions, the full text of their communiqués and some excellent photos. Find it on: http://www.ezln.org/
Another website worth investigating is http://www.squall.co.uk/home.cfm This is the homepage of Squall, an excellent quarterly magazine bulging with resistance news, action ideas and contact points. It is fast becoming biblical for alternative activists in Britain. Reach it at: PO Box 8959, London N19 5HW, UK. Tel: +44 (0)171 561 1204.
e-mail: squall@phreak.intermedia.co.uk

Undercurrents is a non-profit group producing alternative news videos. Each new quarterly edition showcases stories shot by activists on their own camcorders. It is British-based but increasingly international in outlook: Undercurrents 4 includes an innovative TV ad about economic growth by Canadian outfit Adbusters and a piece on Shell's devastation of Ogoniland; as well as a glimpse of the miners' action in a minister's back garden mentioned on page 7 (though unfortunately not his lavender pyjamas). Undercurrents 5 is imminent. The group also co-ordinates a camcorder action network. They are at Box 30, 16b Cherwell Street, Oxford OX4 1BG, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1865 203662. E-mail: underc@gn.apc.org Web: http://www.undercurrents.org/

George McKay's Senseless Acts of Beauty is newly published by Verso. This intriguing analysis of current direct-action-related movements - free festivals and New Age travellers as well as eco-radicals - aims to show the roots of such alternative action reaching back through punk anarchism to the hippie counterculture of Theodore Roszak and beyond. It is in the Establishment's interest for cultural revolts to be dismissed as ineffectual by succeeding generations. As was true for feminists, uncovering roots is all-important - it helps today's activists not to feel isolated, to draw heart and strength from previous generations' resistance.


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