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CLAC Basis of Unity

1. The Anti-Capitalist Convergence [CLAC] is opposed to capitalism. We fundamentally reject a social and economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and exchange. We reject a system driven by an exploitative logic that sees human beings as human capital, ecosystems as natural resources, and culture as simply a commodity. We reject the idea that the world is only valuable in terms of profit, competition and efficiency.

2. The CLAC also rejects the ideology of neo-liberalism, whereby corporations and investors are exempt from all political and social measures that interfere with their so-called "success". The CLAC continues its opposition to neo-liberal projects like the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

3. The CLAC is anti-imperialist, opposed to colonialism, patriarchy, racism and homophobia, and denounces all forms of exploitation, discrimination, oppression and domination. We assert a worldview based on the respect of our differences and the autonomy of groups, individuals and peoples. Our objective is to globalize our networks of resistance while organizing locally.

4. Respecting a diversity of tactics, the CLAC supports the use of a variety of creative initiatives, ranging between public education campaigns to direct action.

5. The CLAC is an anti-authoritarian organization, affirming autonomy, decentralization and opposition to all hierarchies. In favour of direct democracy, we encourage the involvement of anyone who agrees with this basis of unity, and the hallmarks of the Peoples' Global Action (PGA) network.

6. The CLAC is non-reformist, and adopts an attitude of confrontation and struggle for a radical and profound societal change. The CLAC refuses lobbying that legitimizes the authority of the state.
The Hallmarks of the Peoples' Global Action Network

As agreed to by social movements at the PGA Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia, August 2001)

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive globalisation;

2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings;

3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker;

4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local alternatives to global capitalism;

5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
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