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Personalities Support "Block G8" Call for Mass Blockades

Musicians, MPs, Academics, Media and Civil Society Personalities Support “Block G8” Call for Mass Blockades of G8 Summit

Prominent musicians (like the British pop band Chumbawamba, Tocotronic lead-singer Dirk von Lowtzow, and electro-pop artist Bernadette La Hengst), MPs (like Ulla Jelpke, Nele Hirsch and Heike Hänsel of DIE LINKE), academics (like Prof. Joachim Hirsch (Frankfurt), Prof. Wolf Dieter Naar (Berlin) and Prof. John Holloway (Mexico)), media personalities (like journalist Naomi Klein (author, ‘No Logo’)), playwrights and poets (like Howard Zinn and Dennis Brutus), and civil society personalities (like Walden Bello (Director, Focus on the Global South), Vandana Shiva (Founder, Navdana) and Sven Giegold (attac Coordination Committee) have all pledged their public support for the Block G8 campaign for mass blockades of the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm next month.

An ever-growing list of prominent personalities have leant their names in support of the Block G8 campaign for mass blockades of the G8 Summit – a coalition involving around 120 different groups, organisations and projects. Hundreds of other individuals have also pledged to take part in the Block G8 blockades, or declared their solidarity with those who will do so. Further signatories are sought. Sign up via the Block G8 website (www.block-g8.org)!

The following is a list of initial signatories supporting the Block G8 campaign:

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  • Walden Bello, Director, Focus on the Global South
  • Naomi Klein, Journalist. Author, ‘No Logo’ (Flamingo: 2000)
  • Howard Zinn, Historian, Playwright and Social Activist. Author, ‘A Peoples’ History of the United States: 1492 – Present’ (Longman: 2002)
  • Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya. Author, ‘Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace’ (South End Press: 2005)
  • Ulla Jelpke, Member of Parliament (MP) for DIE LINKE, Germany
  • Dirk von Lowtzow, Musician with the band Tocotronic
  • Prof. Dr. Frieder Otto Wolf (Ex-MdEP), FU Berlin, “Radikale Philosophie” (Münster 2002)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Hirsch, Universität Frankfurt am Main, “Materialistische Staatstheorie” (Hamburg 2005)
  • Dr. John Holloway, Professor, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico. Author, ‘Change the World Without Taking Power: The meaning of revolution today’ (Pluto Press: 2002)
  • Sven Giegold, Bundesweite Koordinierungskreis Attac Deutschland
  • Heike Hänsel, Member of Parliament (MP) for Linkspartei Baden-Württemberg
  • Dennis Brutus, Poet and Professor Emeritus from the University of Pittsburgh, South Africa * Chumbawamba, Band, UK
  • Nele Hirsch, Member of Parliament (MP) for DIE LINKE, Germany
  • Hilary Wainwright, Editor ‘Red Pepper’ magazine, UK
  • Raul Zelik, Author, ‘Berliner Verhältnisse’, ‘Bastard’), Political Scientist and member of the Berlin Columbia Campaign Against Coca Cola
  • Werner Rätz, Bundesweite Koordinierungskreis Attac Deutschland
  • Dr. Reinhard Gaede, Bund der Religiösen Sozialistinnen und Sozialisten Deutschlands e.V. * Bernadette La Hengst, Musikerin
  • Chris Methmann, Bundesweite Koordinierungskreis Attac Deutschland
  • Valery Alzaga, Justice for Janitors Global Campaign
  • Paolo Virno, Philosophy Department, University of Calabria, Italy. Author, ‘A Grammar of the Multitude: For an analysis of contemporary forms of life’ (Semiotext[e]: 2004)
  • Pedram Shahyar, Bundesweite Koordinierungskreis Attac Deutschland
  • Prof. Teivo Teivainen, Director, Program on Democracy and Global Transformation, San Marcos University, Peru. Author (with Heikki Patonäki), ‘A Possible World’ (Zed Books: 2004)
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Jena
  • Jai Sen, CACIM (Critical Action Centre in Movement). Co-editor, ‘World Social Forum: Challenging Empires’ (Viveka Foundation: 2004)
  • Dr. Michael Ramminger, Institute for Theology and Politics, Münster, Germany
  • Sandro Mezzadra, Associate Professor at the Department of Politics, Institutions and History of the University of Bologna, Italy
  • Tony Greenstein, Secretary Brighton & Hove TUC Unemployed Workers Centre, and Brighton & Hove UNISON
  • Dr. Silke van Dyk, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Jena
  • Prof. Dr. Wolf Dieter Narr (Berlin), “Weltökonomie” (Frankfurt/M. 1994) sowie div. Veröffentlichungen im Rahmen des Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
  • Prof. Chandra Muzaffar, Professor of Global Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Author, ‘Global Ethic or Global Hegemony?’
  • Dr. Bernd Röttger, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Jena
  • Guy Taylor, Globalise Resistance, UK
  • Jennifer Whitney, Founder and Director of the Latino Health Outreach Project of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
  • Dario Azzellini, Sozialwissenschaftler, Autor und Filmemacher
  • Karen Schierhorn, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Jena
  • Dr. Amory Star, Author ‘Global Revolt: A Guide to Alterglobalization’ (2005: Zed Books)
  • Dr. Graeme Chesters, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, International Centre for Participation Studies, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK
  • Dr. Julian Reid, Lecturer in International Relations, King’s College London. Author, ‘The Biopolitics of the War on Terror’ (Manchester University Press: 2007)
  • Prof. Simon Tormey, Director, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. Author, ‘Anti-Capitalism: A Beginners Guide’ (One World: 2004)
  • Harry Cleaver, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Simon Sottsas, Dipl.Pol., Politikwissenschaftler/Doktorand, FU Berlin
  • Dr. Christina Gerhardt, Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Dr. David Harvie, Lecturer in Finance and Political Economy, University of Leicester, UK
  • Dr. Paul Chatterton, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
  • Dr. Isabelle Fremeaux, Lecturer in Media Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
  • Prof. George Caffentzis, Professor at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, USA. Author, ‘No Blood for Oil!: Energy, Class Struggle and War 1998-2004’ (www.radicalpolytics.org")
  • Dr. Tadzio Müller, Independent Researcher, Berlin, Germany
  • James Rowe, Lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz, USA and University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Teaching Staff on the Master of Arts (MA) course in ‘Activism and Social Change’ at Leeds University, UK
  • Dr. Ulrich Brinkmann, Institut für Soziologie, Universität Jena
  • Stevphen Shukaitis, Lecturer in Management, Queen Mary’s College, University of London, UK. Co-editor, ‘ephemera: theory and politics in organisation’ www.ephemeraweb.org
  • Dr. Sian Sullivan, Lecturer in Environment and Development, University of East Anglia, UK. Author, ‘The Elephant in the Room? Problematizing ‘new’ (neoliberal) biodiversity conservation’ in Forum for Development Studies, 33(1).
  • Dr. Jenna M. Loyd, Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Humanities, Department of Geography, Syracuse University, USA
  • Professor Immanuel Ness, City University of New York
  • Dr. Laurence Cox, Lecturer in Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Author, ‘News from nowhere: the movement of Movements in Ireland’ (Manchester University Press: 2006)
  • Nina Isabella Moeller, PhD student and Research Assistant, Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Lancaster University, England
  • Prof. Leo Panitch, Senior Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy, York University, Toronto, Canada. Author, ‘Globaler Kapitalismus und amerikanisches Imperium’ (Hamburg 2004) (Verfasser zusammen mit Sam Gindin)
  • Prof. Sam Gindin, Packer Chair in Social Justice, York University, Toronto, Canada. Author, ‘Globaler Kapitalismus und amerikanisches Imperium’ (Hamburg 2004) (Verfasser zusammen mit Leo Panitch)
  • Andrej Grubacic, Researcher at the Fernand Braudel Center, SUNY Binghamton, USA
  • Prof. Georgy Katsiaficas, Professor of Humanities Associate in Research, Wentworth Institute of Technology Harvard University, USA. President, Peace Island Foundation and Author, ‘The Subversion of Politics’
  • Dr. Andrew Robinson, Early Career Fellow, School of Politics, University of Nottingham, UK. Author (with Prof. Simon Tormey) ‘Horizontals and Verticals’.
  • Dr Sara Gonzalez, Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK
  • Prof. Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Geography, School of Environment and Development, Manchester University, UK.
  • Prof. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, Professorin für Politikwissenschaft, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Dr. Henning Melber, Executive Director, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Sweden
  • Oscar Reyes, Editor ‘Red Pepper’ magazine, UK
  • Dr Stuart Hodkinson, Research Fellow, ESRC Autonomous Geographies Research Project, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • Jean Grossholtz, Member: Western Mass Global Action Coalition South Hadley, MA USA and Women and Life on Earth Berlin, Germany.
  • Ishani Erasmus, Administrative Officer, Iyengar Yoga Association UK
  • John Jordan, Artist, UK
  • Milena Placentile, Curator
  • Robb Johnson, Songwriter, UK
  • Greg Albo, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • Chris Carlsson, President, CounterPULSE and Director, Shaping San Francisco, USA

To add your name to this list, email: info@block-g8.org


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