- 1 Mission Statement and Manifesto
- 2 Actions and Community Involvement
- 2.1 April 2001
- 2.2 June 2001
- 2.3 August 2001
- 2.4 September 2001
- 2.5 October 2001
- 3 IMC 'Zines
- 4 Free Store
- 5 Food Not Bombs
- 6 London Street Medics
- 7 HOUSING NOW!
- 8 Tent City to the Unity Project
Mission Statement and Manifesto
Who is the action.family?
action n. the process of doing, acting || effective intervention || to take action to begin to become effective
family n. a harmonious group bound together by common interest
The action.family is based in London, Ontario, Canada. We are a group of activists who came together to help organize and train activists for the Summit of the Americas demonstration in Québec City, PQ.
We are activists of varied backgrounds. We are radical environmentalists, student organizers, indy media, anti-capitalists, anarchists and action medics. Our activists range from the extensively trained and experienced to the enthusiastic and energized newcomer. The action.family is always growing, and always open to new people and new ideas.
Our focus is on the community, and the very root of our goals is to pull the community closer together. A community that works together is a strong community.
Our objectives are:
- to stress safety and non-violence as essentials to direct action.
- to help give activists and organizations an opportunity to learn the strategies and the role of civil disobediance in an ongoing campaign
- to provide a training curriculum that emphasizes action and not just debate on issues
- to unite activists and social justice organizations of all stripes and help them achieve their goals
- and, to study and learn the evolution of direct action movements past and present
The action.family manifesto:
- The action.family is an informal collective of activists, united with the goal of building solidarity, and social awareness within the community. Focused on exposing and fighting injustice through education and direct action, we organize on principles of equality, consensus, co-operation and mutual interdependence. Each member of the family brings a different set of skills, ideas and ideals, from the newly trained first timer to the seasoned activist.
- To meet our goals of solidarity and communal growth, we offer ourselves as an educational and organizing resource. The action.family strives to teach and learn all roles of activism, from media to medical, from direct action organizing to debriefing, and all other strategies used to foster a stronger community.
An informal collective of activists building solidarity and social awareness within the community, exposing and fighting injustice through education and direct action, organizing on principles of equality, consensus, cooperation and mutual interdependance. (and respect....??)
Actions and Community Involvement
Social Justice Now
- Social Justice Now Trainings in preparation for the FTAA Protests in Quebec City
Autonomous Zone/Tent City
Occupying the coroners office (Dudley George Sit in)
- a.f site Tory Convention page
- Call-out on A-infos
- London Activists Intimidated by Police Before Tory Convention Protest, Oct 26, 2001 on the A-infos website, sent in by Matti P.
- Issue 1
- issue 2
Food Not Bombs
London Street Medics
Tent City to the Unity Project
Supposing ourselves to be masters of our destiny, we have dehumanized ourselves and poisoned the earth.
Slaves to our own design, we perpetuate through systemic hardships. Poverty, environmental degradation, wage slavery and oppression are all human inventions. We invented money and divided labour, thereby creating unemployment, homelessness and starvation.
Under the guise of progress, we have destroyed the natural habitat of all the earth's creatures. Only we are responsible for racism, sexism, specieism and all other forms of oppression. Each one of us is equally affected, from the homeless and starving, to the affluent leading empty nine-to-five lives.
Just as we have chosen to abide by this system of injustices, we can also choose to abandon it. The goal of any autonomous zone is to declare independence from government, bureaucracy, economy, ideology and any other system of domination to reclaim our humanity.
We believe co-operation, compassion and community to be elemental to existence as whole human beings. Escaping from competition, isolation and exploitation, we are reaching for a new beginning.
Our civil society will be based on consensus. Conflict will be resolved nonviolently. Each person will be equal, and there will be no structure of power.
One step at a time, we will provide for each other's needs and lead whole and simple lives. We will be open, we will be a community, and we will be free.
We declare our autonomy.
-Declaration of Autonomy
- Homeless vs. cops in rumble, UWO Gazette, Jan 22, 2002
- Unity Project Business Plan, December 05 2002
- City Council Minutes, Jan 27. 2003
- Homeless shelter to be approved, UWO Gazette, Jan 31 2003
- Community Spotlight: Tent City turned Social Agency in London Ontario, Shared learnings, April 2003
- Toronto star, Jan 22, 2003: Warm Safe and Almost Home
- HOMELESS MAN RELOCATED BY COUPLE TO UNITY PROJECT (PDF, orgin unknown)
- Unknown document - date/origin unknown