September 22, 2000
Subject: Miscellaneous Subjects #25: Peace Poem Project/Cloth of Many Colors at the U.N. Millennium Peace Day celebration + Update on A Vision of the Peoples of the World + Police brutality against anti-globalization protesters at the World Economic Forum in Australia last week + Next Protest Stop: Prague
Here is another compilation that will bring you up to two extreme opposite feelings: one of elation at the wonderful event that people of goodwill held at the U.N. Millennium Peace Day celebration, and one of complete disgust at the inhumane brutality that brainwashed police/humans can do unto other humans simply because they have been ordered to charge into a crowd to clear a passage for delegates to the World Economic Forum in Australia.
You will see!...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
From: "helen manley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: No news on the Cloth of Many Colours
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000
Below is your excerpt sent to me which I found to be beautiful - my
There has been ABSOLUTELY NO NEWS of this most beautiful event on ANY Media
outlet!!!!!!!!!! I find this quite amazing- usually I wake around 2am to let
my dog out for awhile and tune into the world news- there has been not a
mention of this event at all- I find this quite baffling-
did it go ahead as planned?-
Is it SUCH a threat to whatever is negative in our world that this most
wonderful of events has been totally- AND I MEAN TOTALLY-ignored???
by every form of media there is!!!!!
Here in Australia we are 10 hours ahead but, and as I type, it will be being
wrapped around the United States Capitol building.
I am awed by this wonderful commitment to peace and love and am honoured to
be a part of it in my own small way and I am just STUNNED by the total lack
of attention being given to it.
The whole human race is so sick of war,greed,hurt and pain and is making it
quite plain they require much better conditions for their mother earth and
themselves and this action, to me, is one of their more definitive statments
to those who are "hungry for power and greedy for gold" at the expense of
The Media, in all its forms, comments on a "fly tripping over a garbage
heap" To totally ignore this commitment by the nations sends a chill down my
spine-I am really glad at least this media form is making a statement on
this most wonderful of events. You are being "held in the Light" to sustain
you in your most important work.
WELL IT DID OCCUR AS PLANNED. HERE IS A REPORT I RECEIVED THROUGH THE EXCELLENT NEWSLETTER PUT TOGETHER BY LARRY MORNINGSTAR FROM HAWAII
Subject: Rainbow Bridge: Follow-up: Peace Poem Project/Cloth of Many Colors at the U.N. Millennium Peace Day celebration
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000
From: Larry Morningstar <email@example.com>
Here is a report on the Peace Poem Project and the Cloth of Many Colors
which were presented yesterday at the U.N. Millennium Peace Day
Ellen, mahalo nui for sharing this inspiring story.
From: Ellen Louise Kahne, REIKIPEACE@aol.com
The U.N. Millennium Peace Day celebration was awe inspiring. And the
Maui Live Poets who comprised the International Peace Poem Project
(www.peacepoem.com) are awesome.
The room was filled joy, high energy and aloha (our shared breath and
love, both distant and present), as expressed by our precious inspiration
- children of all nations including two troops of performers (Japanese
dancers) and a children's choral group from Columbia and the adults all of whom
shared the day.
I was wistfully wishing for a little bit of hula or slack key guitar,
as the dignitaries sat on the podium snapping their fingers to the driving
beat, smiling in their Meili leis and flower leis, as donated and crafted in
the big island and in Maui through the Maui Visitor's Bureau.
Melinda Ann Gohn, director of the International Peace Poem Project
and her three stalwart peace poem guardians (members of
the peace poem heavy lifting association), all members of the Maui Live
Poet's Society (as well) accompanied Melinda to the podium for the symbolic
presentation. The peace poem, which is rolled upon a stave and is about
the size of a barrel (rolled up) will be taken home to Maui tomorrow
(Wednesday) so that it can grow and grow.
Eventually, it is anticipated that it will be exhibited in the U.N.,
when completed (if indeed you can complete the work of peace, while the
realization of peace remains our dream, sigh).
Well, if you can't dream peace, you can't build it.
The Quilt of many colors was draped from end to end around the large U.N.
conference room. It was so beautiful that I almost cried (all those hopes
and dreams, woven stitched and joined together, as a physical expression
of all of us through the visionary, healer and performer James Twynan's
Kosovo dream of peace).
Exactly at noon, a child rang the peace bell, which was forged from
melted down weapons (literally "swords" beaten into "plowshares," or in this
case, a beautiful hand crafted bell). The bell was rung again at the end
of the minute of silence.
All of your prayers and that of so many others was felt yesterday.
Thank you for adding your efforts to ours in raising the consciousness of
peace, so that we may have peace in this time, for all times to come.
This has been the dream of humanity for so long and must become a
reality soon, if our one little world is to survive.
Bless the dolphins, bless the whales, and turtles, bless the Rainbow
covenants of those precious islands of peace that engender peace poets and
healers who will sing throughout the ages through the International Peace
Poem Project and all the Hawaiian blessings and prayers which have ever been
spoken by the elders, by the ancestors of healing and reconciliation which
come through us in our waking dreams for all. May we stretch out our
hands to claim this new era of peace.
Ellen Louise Kahne, founder
Reiki Peace Network and Reiki University
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Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000
From: Michael Dean <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: THE HUMAN FAMILY
The Human Family: A Vision of the Peoples of the World
You'll be glad to know that, largely thanks to your good self, positive
feedback has been coming in from far afield - N America, Hawaii,
India etc. - and the document has already begun to evolve and grow.
The opening statement has been revised, and now reads as follows:
We, the peoples of the world, having just stepped into
the future - the uncharted territory of a new century and
a new Millennium - have already made two momentous
discoveries. The first is that we are members of one
human family sharing a single planet. The second is
that we not only have the right but also the power and
the means to change the world we live in for the better.
These two discoveries are among the most important
we have ever made. They can literally shape our lives,
and guide and inspire us as we embark on the next
stage of the great adventure.
A brief summary of our beliefs and intentions therefore
I hope you approve. . .
This is for your information only. Please don't bother to reply. . .
L&T&T as ever, from
THIS IS GOOD NEWS INDEED :-) Well done!
THERE HAS BEEN ANOTHER IMPORTANT AND UNREPORTED PROTEST A FEW DAYS AGO (SEPT 11 to 13) IN AUSTRALIA AGAINST THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM MEETING. I FIRST RECEIVED THIS WITNESS STATEMENT ABOUT THE EXTREME POLICE BRUTALITY THERE
From: "ROBB TOLHOEK" <email@example.com
Subject: Fw: Evil alive and well in Australia
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000
I just read this at http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org and wanted to spread it. While we are encouraged to be proud of people winning at sport these are the stories not being told.
If you are already on a downer don't read this it; is sickening.
A witness statement of Tuesday September 12th, 7.30 PM.
Around about seven o clock I was playing kick to kick with a soccer ball in Queensbridge Street with a few friends of mine, enjoying the general carnival atmosphere of the crowd. It almost felt like I was at the Royal Melbourne Show, with so much positive energy flowing through the crowd. A guy was playing the didgeridoo whilst a gentleman in his sixties sang of the ills of globalisation. People were dancing. I had spent the afternoon talking to people and the police (some of whom behind the barrier where quite friendly, and we were able to connect on how cold it had been for all of us etc some other cops where playing the intimidating stare game). About 50 people were peacefully blockading the entrance by simply standing on the footpath at the opening point of the 2.7 metre high concrete/mesh fence. At no stage did I see, or hear of, anyone attempting to enter the crown casino compound, throw objects at the police, or otherwise behave in a violent manner.
Suddenly a cry went up from the blockade that there was something happening inside the compound. We stowed our soccer ball and joined the blockade line, except for one friend of mine who was a legal observer (Incidentally, the next day that friend was dragged down an alley by police and had his foot broken before managing to escape). The blockade (one of four at this stage, and the least defended) swelled to about 150-200 people. More police were seen to emit from the buildings within the compound and the feeling became very tense. We started chanting no violence, no violence! , people linked arms and stood their ground. It turned out however that it was just a change of guard. People relaxed a little. Someone yelled out there s horses behind us! (we were facing towards the compound). The police had not told us to move on, or given any other verbal command to the blockaders. At this point approximately 200 riot police streamed out of a building about 50 metres away inside the enclosure, and charged us. Many people on the gate cried out They re coming! and Hold the line! Simultaneously we were charged from the rear by officers on horseback. The riot police arrived at a full run at the front of the blockade and it was immediately obvious that they were fully pumped . That is, they were already at maximum adrenaline level and judging by their state of arousal had been well revved-up before leaving the building. One police officer was so pumped up that his facemask was fogged to the point that I doubt he could see out of it. There were more cries of hold the line! and people stood their ground. The police were wearing riot helmets with full clear plastic face covers and extra long batons with side handles. They wore no form of personal identification (name, number etc ). The only evidence that they were indeed police where the protect and serve cloth badges on their shoulders. As soon as they were within baton range they began repeatedly striking people s heads with maximum force. At no time did I see a police officer aim a blow not directed at the head. Protesters were struck even after collapsing to the ground. In the crush to charge the protesters I believe some officers may have been crushed against the fence by the hundreds of officers behind them, I do not know if any police injuries occurred this way, but I believe it is likely.
The police then began to process the crowd. This process is the most violent thing I have ever witnessed (and I used to work in a hospital emergency room). Police would strike protesters in the head using their batons either as a club, or like a karate Tonfa, or using the side handle as a hammer head. A person would either drop helplessly to the ground and be struck repeatedly where they lay, or be held up by the neck and repeatedly struck after going limp. Then the officer would drop the victim, walk over the body, and continue into the next line of people.
In this manner they processed four or five lines of people before those few still on their feet ran the other way, through the horses. I cannot believe how brave people were. Successive lines of people stood and watched the police processing their way towards them without fleeing (mind you that would have been hard in the crush with the horses pushing the rear and the officers at the front relentlessly thrusting onwards) or offering violent resistance. Never have I seen such a moving display of democratic duty and conviction as was the passive resistance in the face of that attack.
One image burnt into my mind is that of the slightly built woman (16-20 years old?) grimly holding the line in front of me. When the policeman in front of her had processed his way through to her he grabbed her by the collar and then hit her over the head with his baton. Her body went limp at the first blow but he held her up on her feet and struck her face. I felt rather than heard her nose break. He may have struck her again, I m not sure, I was going into shock by this stage. Then he dropped her and I saw him register me as his next target. It s funny, when you see it on TV you think If that was me I d do this really cool karate thing and disarm him . This is not the reality (as I found out). By the time I realised I was going to be hit, I had been.
I saw the officer raise his arm and I put my left hand up to protect myself but there was a blinding flash. I fell back out of his reach but did not fall over (?). The crowd broke like a shoal of fish around this time and I ran. I don t remember what happened in the next five minutes, other than a weird montage of images. People were running in all directions, some with blood on their faces. I saw two riot police striking someone lying unmoving on the ground. Horses were spinning around, legs flailing. I could hear people screaming that primordial scream of horror; people who are being injured and cannot escape. I saw someone running away, being pursued by police and then battened from behind. I was trapped between the spinning horses and the armed officers who I knew would hit me again if they finished the people they were working on - and I was the next closest. I was panicking, in a sort of foggy-headed yet hyper-alert panic that come one you when you fear for your life. A gap opened up between the horses and I ran directly away from the gate. I ran half a block away and then stopped. I have no idea how long I was there for (2-20 min?). I felt so angry. It was so unnecessary. They could have got the delegates out by helicopter and by boat. More police were moving towards us yelling (I don t know what) and I ran to the end of the block. By this stage I was in a group of five people. Some of them were having trouble running, but we helped each other. One woman had a broken nose and blood all over her. There were two guys with open cuts on their heads about 5 cm long.
At the end of the block were two or three police cars, with a Sergeant standing by the cars. The woman with the broken nose yelled at him what did you have to do that for! in disbelief. The sergeant took one look at her bloody face and got into his car and looked the other way. Obviously he couldn t handle it. However one young cop could, and he flicked out an extendable baton and charged us. We ran again. This time we got separated and the adrenaline started to wear off. I fell down onto the foot path and did not know where I was. I was out the front of a BMW motorbike show room. I started shivering and dry retching. I felt nauseated and disorientated. I don t know how long I lay there (10 ? 60 min.) All I could hear was the police helicopter. Eventually a nice S11 first aider came along and checked me out. I remember him saying you ve got a concussion, can you feel your fingers, can you feel your toes? Then he left, saying he had to look at someone with a suspected broken back, and left me with another protester. After a while he came back and walked me to the S11 triage. At the triage the union nurse told me I had a contusion to the head resulting in concussion. An ambulance medic asked me some questions and got me to stand up. I became aware that six ambulances had arived and injured people were everywhere. Some were crying, some were angry. I was taken to the Alfred hospital, given as CT and kept in till 2:30 am for observation, sitting up the whole time in a chair because there weren t enough beds.
When I was released I was still feeling confused and did not know where to go. I managed to find my way back to the S11 triage by following the bright lights of the CBD. There I slept in the Healing Space tent until the next day.
I am writing this on Friday the 15.9.00, I am still feeling groggy and dizzy, and am having trouble sleeping with the image of that young girl having her nose broken burnt into my mind and the sounds of people screaming. The irrational part of my mind keeps telling me that riot cops may burst into the room at anytime and start clubbing people. I don t feel safe anymore.
Peace brothers and sisters.
I hereby declare that the above statement is true and correct.
Toban Marcus Channing. 15/9/00
Specifically no copyright - pass this on.
The Greens Maillists - ttp://www.greens.org.au/
SO QUITE DISTURBED BY THIS REPORT I DECIDED TO SEARCH FOR MORE DETAILS AND CONFIRMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THERE AND FOUND THIS:
Despite the injuries from (around 500 protesters were treated by medical officers), S11 was a great success for civil society! Unfortunately several incidents and non-incidents, and the overall mood have been severely misrepresented in the media. For anybody who was there protesting, S11 will remain in our memory as a positive and powerful experience and the start of something big.
There is another very detailed report of this 3 day protest at http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=3941
where we can read...
"All in all I think the protest was highly successful in bringing together a diverse number of groups and causing loads of problems for the Forum and its organisers. Barring the baton charges the cops ceded the outside of the Casino to us for three days with three major roads remaining shut for the whole protest. We partially shut the Forum down for one day and the whole thing was unable to operate properly due to the constant noise and protests outside. Forum organisers and delegates were forced to acknowledge some of our concerns in a token way and have said that after S26 (Prague) that they will be changing the way they do these events. Which probably means they will become more covert."
"Much of the local media demonised us, but many of the local papers, one major paper and some of the TV and Radio networks actually ran statements about why we were there and focussing on the cop violence. Most of the various messages were lost though in the focus on violence, but really what else can you expect when all the major Australian media conglomerates had delegates present as part of the Forum? Certainly people in Australia now know that the WEF exists and that at least 10-20 000 "rat bags" are opposed to it."
CHURCH CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO POLICE ACTIONS AT S11
The Uniting Church in Victoria today passed a series of resolutions calling for "an independent investigation into tactics used by police against protestors" by police at the recent S11 protests at Crown Casino, Melbourne. The recommendation also called on the right for people to protest peacefully.
The Church also called on police to engage in "the minimum use of force necessary in all circumstances in line with UN standards on law enforcement." The mover of the proposal and a number of members of the Synod were demonstrators at the recent S11 protests.
The Church also voted to develop "biblically-based resources on non-violent protesting" and to run workshops on non-violent protesting.
During the debate, Rev Dr Peter Matheson said, " I dont think I have ever witnessed such police brutality as we saw here in Melbourne. "And what worries me most was what lies behind this is the political rhetoric that extended right across the political spectrum". He said the use of such terms as fascism and un-Australian brought back "terrible memories of the McCarthy era in the US. "We need to engage our media and our governments to clarify the paradigms with which we are working," he said.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is "Globalisation"?
Globalisation is a term used by economists, the media, and the activist
community to describe the process of enhancing the "Global Economy". It is
also referred to as "Free Trade", or "Neoliberalism". Globalisation is
embodied by global economic institutions, such as the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund
Globalisation was billed to the public as a "rising tide that will lift all boats" by
Michael Moore, head of the WTO. But as this system grows, it must search
the globe for ever-cheaper resources and labor, which usually means the
relocation of industry to the "third world".
Founded in 1944, The World Bank and the IMF facilitate the Global Economy
by loaning Third World Nations large amounts of foreign currency. Usually
these loans have many "strings attached". These "strings" tend to pave the
way for large multi-national corporations to move into a country and
implement projects which usually hurt the environment (industrial forestry,
mining, dams, etc.) and people (sweat-shops, non-unionized labor for
agriculture and industry, etc.)
The World Bank and IMF are also responsible for collecting on the debts of
Third World nations. Because of the billions in debt that many nations owe,
they can usually not even pay back the interest rates on their loans, and
must take out more loans. The cycle of debt prevents the third world from
ever truly "developing" because it keeps the labor force desperately poor and
willing to accept any wage, and the natural resources pitifully cheap.
The World Trade Organisation, which was developed by further liberalising the
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) at the Uruguay Round in
1995, is the unelected body, which decides what will happen when one country
has a trade dispute with another country. This is called a WTO "Tribunal". The
WTOs agenda is to increase global trade, which means decreasing barriers to
trade. "Barriers to Trade", as defined by the three members of the Tribunal,
can be interpreted as food safety laws (in the case of hormones in beef, or
labeling on genetically engineered foods) endangered species protection (in
the case against sea turtles and dolphins), or laws which attempt to protect
human rights (in the Massachusetts vs. Burma case). When the WTO tribunal
rules that one country is in violation of WTO agreements, that country must
either overturn its law (i.e.: un-do it, scratch it off the books, nullify it,
rescind it), or consumers, (i.e.: you and me) will pay more when buying
"luxury goods" from overseas because of WTO imposed tariffs, meant to
punish a country for its "trade barriers". In short, the World Trade
Organisation has the authority to undermine legislation, passed by sovereign
Essentially, the WTO, and the "new" Global Economy, hurt the environment,
exploit workers, and disregard civil societys concerns. The only beneficiaries
of Globalisation are the largest, richest, multi-national corporations.
What is the World Economic Forum?
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is the "think tank" and driving force behind
the Global Economy. Its members include the CEOs from the top 1000
multi-national corporations in the world, academics, trade-ministers from
national governments, and influential business leaders. The WEF was
founded by Klaus Schwab in 1971, as the "European Management Forum",
and was renamed the WEF in 1987 "to reflect its increasingly global outlook
The WEF holds its annual meeting in the small resort town of Davos in the
Swiss Alps. According to the WEFs literature, this meeting is "now considered
the global summit which defines the political, economic and business agenda
for the year".
The World Economic Forum is an extremely powerful, unelected and
unaccountable body of officials who are making major decisions about what
we, the human population, will read in the media, what food we will eat, what
we will study in school, where and in what conditions we will work, etc.
Essentially the WEFs summits, or meetings, allow the richest and most
powerful corporations in the world to mingle with trade representatives from
nations, and with each other, to make business deals.
Next Protest Stop, Prague
In These Times
September 12, 2000
Not so long ago, the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and
the World Bank might have gone unnoticed by the general public -- just a
bunch of champagne-drunk economists prattling on about arcane currency
theories and deciding the financial fate of the developing world.
But that was before Seattle, when the anti-globalization movement was born
among angry sea turtles and clouds of tear gas. The raucous events at the
World Trade Organization meeting last November set off a wave of protests
from Argentina to Taiwan to Washington. Now the IMF/World Bank annual
meeting, set for September 21 to 28 in Prague, is being billed by some
protest organizers as "the next Seattle."
The Internet is buzzing with exhortations for mass protests in Prague,
drawing the participation of a sprawling galaxy of groups, including labor
unions, Zapatistas, Tibetan monks and Maori tribes. Several Eastern European
organizations, including INPEG, a coalition of Earth First!ers and peaceful
anarchists, and Central and Eastern European Bankwatch, a watchdog group
against global usury, are spearheading the coalition.
The week will involve a number of events -- including a "countersummit" on
development policy, a cultural festival featuring dancers and performance
artists, and workshops on nonviolence and consensus building -- all building
up to a "day of action" on September 26, when thousands of protesters will
march in Prague and in satellite protests around the world.
While the collection of protest groups is numerous and motley, such
prominent organizations as Friends of the Earth International and debt
relief advocates Jubilee 2000 are planning a strong showing. The Czech
Interior Ministry estimates protesters will number from 20,000 to 25,000,
but organizers are expecting as many as 50,000 people.
Numbers aside, Czech authorities and bank officials are bracing for the
worst. They have pointed fingers at Web sites like DestroyIMF.org, sponsored
by a Czech Trotskyist organization, which refers to the Seattle protests as
a "passive, ideological showpiece" and vows to amass thousands to descend on
Prague and "smash the IMF and World Bank."
Last spring World Bank President James Wolfensohn stirred the paranoia pot
when he warned that he was "very afraid for Prague" and accused the
Berkeley-based Ruckus Society of teaching people how to make Molotov
cocktails and other violent protest tactics. Ruckus organizer Han Shan calls
the remarks "beyond irresponsible" and says the group is committed to
nonviolence. Ruckus, incidentally, is opting out of Prague to concentrate on
organizing in the United States.
Officials admit they don't know exactly what to expect. But they are
allocating 5,000 military personnel to back up the 11,000 police on hand for
the event. Czech police were trained by the Washington Police Department at
IMF protests in April, and the FBI's newly opened legal attaché office in
Prague, established for the purpose of "cooperative law enforcement efforts
and information sharing," will assist Czech officials, according to a Czech
The Czech Interior Ministry is closing all surrounding theaters to prevent
any indoor organizing, and schools in the city have been given a long
holiday that week to keep kids away from the protesters. Local McDonald's
franchises and other multinationals are also beefing up security.
It is the protesters, not fast food joints or school kids, who will be in
the most danger. This year's May Day demonstration in Prague was met by
truncheons and kicks to the ribs, a police response later characterized by
the Czech government's human rights commissioner as "inappropriately
brutal." (Although the demonstration was deemed illegal because of a late
permit application, the participants were peaceful.)
Fear of a violent crackdown may limit the scope of the protests, says Soren
Ambrose of the U.S.-based group 50 Years Is Enough, who attended a meeting
of organizers in Prague in May. He adds that there is no plan to shut down
the meetings, as in Seattle. "Organizers feel that announcing such a radical
goal would cause a harsh reaction," Ambrose adds. "There is a history with
the Czech police."
Still, protesters may not be entirely unwelcome in Prague. Czech President
Vaclav Havel, who has been known to make his own remarks against the global
financial potentates, has invited protest leaders to meet with him in the
Presidential Palace to voice their concerns. And the mayor of Prague has
even allocated the city's soccer stadium to provide low-cost accommodations
for the protesters.
Adrian Lovett of Jubilee 2000 says that officials at the World Bank and IMF
also have promised to highlight their issues and have made a welcome effort
to establish lines of communication with advocacy groups. But, Lovett adds,
"I still don't know if they are really listening to us."
"We're going to keep the pressure on," adds Jubilee 2000's Marlene Barrett,
"so they'll have no choice but to listen."
See also this other article on Prague/IMF at
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