Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Protest Groups Trumpet Their Alternatives; Activists Decry Closed Doors on Sea Island, Push for Attendance at Their Events

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Protest Groups Trumpet Their Alternatives; Activists Decry Closed Doors on Sea Island, Push for Attendance at Their Events

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Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union

BRUNSWICK -- Protest groups criticized the world leaders meeting next week at the G-8 Summit on Sea Island and issued invitations to their own events that will offer alternatives to G-8 policies.

Peace activist Robert Randall, an organizer of the grass-roots Citizens' G-8 Hospitality Committee, said the events that will begin today will, unlike the meeting of President Bush and other world leaders, be accessible to the public.

"The G-8 Summit is going to be hidden behind tens of thousands of security and military personnel,'' Randall said.

Residents can't react with G-8 but they can interact with "the people who care about the community we live in,'' he said. "We are the 6 billion. They are only eight."

The groups held a news conference at Brunswick's Overlook Park at the eastern end of Gloucester Street, the city's main thoroughfare, with marshes and St. Simons Island as a backdrop.

Naomi Archer, spokeswoman for a group called G-8 Justice, suggested news crews turn their cameras away from the opulence of St. Simons and Sea Island and train them on Brunswick.

She described the Group of Eight Summit as illustrating a sort of apartheid with the eight world leaders meeting on affluent Sea Island separated from the poor in Brunswick by miles of marsh.

"We think that's wrong,'' she said.

The groups assailed Bush for the war in Iraq and all G-8 leaders who support globalization policies that, they said, cause unemployment and poverty.

The group representatives all held signs with messages that included environmental justice, democracy and human needs.

As they spoke, a huge peace symbol made of multi-colored paper flowers leaned against one of the live oaks at the park.

The groups also intend to point their fingers at some businesses located in Brunswick.

On Monday, a news conference is scheduled in front of the Coca-Cola building in Brunswick, followed by a walk to the SunTrust Bank.

Coca-Cola has said it will take security precautions in Glynn County but declined to say what they will be. …

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