Please Make Them Out Correctly
Please ensure that your cheques, for membership, donations, purchases, etc, are made out to CAFCA, and nobody else. If you wish to make a donation towards Murray Hortons pay, then make your cheque out to the CAFCA/ABC Organiser Account (which is a separate account).
TAKING CONTROL LIST SERVER
New Members Welcome
One of the practical initiatives that came out of the 1998 Taking Control: The Fightback Against Transnational Corporate Power Conference was the creation of the Taking Control list server (electronic discussion group). It serves as a useful (and private) electronic network for circulating and discussing material relevant to the fightback against transnational corporate power. For instance, CAFCA regularly sends out press releases and other material through Taking Control.
If youre interested, then e-mail us at: email@example.com
Membership is free but conditions apply.
And, on the subject of new members, we believe the most effective means of getting our message around is by word of mouth. If youve got relatives, friends or workmates whom you think are likely to join CAFCA or be interested in what we have to offer, then put them in touch with us. Were always ready to welcome new members. You, our existing members, are our most effective recruiters.
CAFCA HAS NEW WEB ADDRESS
Ever since CAFCA got its own Website, we have been aware that its address was a mouthfull. Indeed we received complaints to that effect. So weve done something about it. Our good friends at Plain Communications set up an Internet redirection service, so that we can use a much shorter, and much more easy to remember, Web address. It is:
Dont worry, you can still use the old monstrosity, if you prefer. Thats the beauty of a redirection service.
WATCHDOG IS ON THE WEB
Thanks to the generous help of Converge which provides free web facilities to worthy organisations, Foreign Control Watchdog has its own web site at:
Every member of the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa receives a copy of each issue of Foreign Control Watchdog.
Thanks to Greg Waite for his hard work setting up and running the site. Greg is living proof of the changes in the way things are published. A decade ago, he used to, singlehandedly, print Watchdog on an old press in a Christchurch garage. Now he is our Webmaster, and he doesnt even live in New Zealand.
The site already has Watchdogs 97 (August 2001), 96 (April 2001), 95 (December 2000), 94 (August 2000), 93 (April 2000) and 92 (December 1999). This issue, and subsequent ones, will join them.
Its a no frills site all text, no illustrations. What you see is how it goes to layout (complete with the odd layout instruction), not as it finally appears in Watchdog. We have neither the time, nor the expertise to make it look better. Maybe in the future.
Overseas Investment Commission decisions will not go there because they are already available on CAFCAs web site at:
CAFCA IS NOT AFFILIATED TO ANY PARTY
As we head into election year, it is worth reminding our members, supporters and the world at large that CAFCA is not, and never has been, affiliated to any political party, Parliamentary or otherwise. We have always maintained our independence from all parties, support none, and reserve the right to criticise (or congratulate) all of them. We have grassroots Alliance activists on our committee but that does not mean that we support the Alliance. We have a good working relationship with the Greens, including several MPs once again that does not mean that we support the Greens. This policy means that, very recently, we declined a request from a branch of one political party to links its Website to ours. Outside of the Parliamentary arena, we have always had a good working relationship with all manner of parties and groups on the Left. This policy has served us well for more than a quarter of a century.
WE COULD ALWAYS DO WITH MORE DONATIONS
Just a reminder that CAFCA is almost entirely dependent on our members and supporters for money. We receive no grants or funds from any State or private source. And, as a matter of policy, we dont go soliciting from those sources. We run a tight ship financially, and we value our independence. So, if you value the work that we do, please send a donation.
Make cheques to CAFCA, Box 2258, Christchurch, NZ.
And the same goes for the separate bank account that provides Murray Hortons income, and has enabled him to be the paid organiser for both CAFCA and the Anti-Bases Campaign for the past decade. That is entirely dependent on both regular pledges and donations from members and supporters.
For details of how to pledge, see the appeal letter enclosed with this Watchdog.
Donations can be sent to the CAFCA/ABC Organiser Account, Box 2258, Christchurch, NZ.----------------------------------
ROGER AWARD 2001
Record Number Of Nominations
Nominations for the Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation operating in New Zealand in 2001 have now closed. We are pleased to report that this year we have received a record number of nominations (more than 50). The organisers will select the finalists and send them off to our panel of judges.
This time the event to announce the winner will be held in Auckland, sometime in the first few months of 2002. Well keep you informed. And may the worst man win!
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