The Blockade IMARC alliance aims to shut down, subvert and disrupt the IMARC conference. We do this in order to hold the mining and other extractive industries to account for their role in the theft of land and dispossession of First Nations peoples and communities across the globe and the harm they cause to humans, animals, and ecosystems. We will do this by:
Exercising collective power in shutting down the conference, demonstrating that it is only when ordinary people directly confront the forces of capitalism, colonialism and extractivism and build alternatives that real change is made.
Educating in a clear and accessible way what extractivism is, how it relates to capitalism and colonisation, where it comes from and why and how we can stop it, and moving beyond extractivism.
Raising awareness and support for anti-extractivism and post-extractivism struggles and campaigns, and drawing attention to the crimes of the international mining industry.
Blockade IMARC is a platform for those voices on the frontline of resistance to mining and resource extraction.
We encourage the leadership, initiative and empowerment of First Nations peoples, on whose land mining wreaks so much damage and strive to amplify and centre their voices. We believe that only an alliance of the dispossessed: the working class, women, people of colour and the otherwise marginalised can confront and defeat extractivism.
We fight for an end to extractivism, the process of large scale mining for export that is rooted in colonisation and imperialism.
We fight against the mindset that IMARC represents, the mindset that disregards communities and the environment in favour of profits and growth. We believe there are alternatives to the structural exploitation fuelled by competition and greed that exists today.
Our collective is supportive of its members.
We are a diverse collective with different cultures, political ideologies, class backgrounds, ages, abilities, identities. If we are going to end destructive mining practices together then we have to embrace, accommodate and collaborate with each other. We will treat each other with respect, and hold each other to account to confront and condemn oppressive behaviours.
We are responsible to each other.
The actions of participants in the blockade have consequences for others. While we recognise that different affinity groups will engage in different disruptions on their own accord, we ask that participants attempt to coordinate actions that will affect others through the structures that have been established for decision making on the day. Disagreements about tactics and strategy should be expressed in a respectful manner through appropriate forums.
We are non-violent and recognise a diversity of tactics.
We seek to creatively visibilise and counter the violence which IMARC enacts and sustains towards all living beings and the planet. We likewise condemn the violence of the police, both institutional and interpersonal, and their role in upholding and protecting the violence at the heart of IMARC and its state and industry stakeholders.
Our strength is in our unity, we are more powerful when we work together.
We behave with respect for different tactics, theories of change and theories of power. We encourage respectful robust discussions about differences. We recognise that different affinity groups will have different approaches to disrupting the conference and that in our diversity lies strength. We will not publicly air our grievances and have good internal processes to deal with them.
Organising is conducted by agreeing to the above principles & aims.
The organising takes place in 3 loci: affinity groups, a regular reports meeting, and working groups. The reports meeting establishes a broad framework for the working groups to operate in, as well as their membership. The working groups decide the details and implementation of their respective areas of responsibility. While affinity groups will act autonomously, they are asked to the principles of the IMARC alliance, and not take action that undermines them. Decisions in working groups and the reports meeting will be by consensus.
The Reports meeting is a space for seeking advice and resolving differences.
We attempt to reach consensus on decisions, and where that is proving difficult we ask that those with strong opposing opinions spend time outside of the meetings to come up with a proposal that could be amenable to all. We ask for those involved in meetings to behave with integrity, honesty, and respect; those who do not will be asked to leave the alliance.
Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC)
Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET Solidarity)