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How To Cause Trouble, Resist, Educate, Organize And Agitate.

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Resistance | ACTION
How to cause trouble. Resist: educate, organize and agitate.
 

International networks:
ATTAC
Click here to visit the ATTAC website

Attac is a growing international network of citizens campaigning for democratic control of financial markets. Started in France three years ago, it now has groups in 45 countries. To find your nearest group, or find out how to start one, go to the ATTAC website: www.attac.org

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Peoples’ Global Action (PGA)

This network of radical grassroots groups from around the world – against ‘free’ trade and the World Trade Organization – has been a catalyst in the creation of an international network of activists, and in mobilizing groups for international days of action. Convenors include Ecuadorian indigenous people, Nicaraguan labour unions, Maori activists and the Italian ¡Ya Basta! movement.
For more information go to www.agp.org

 

Activist groups:
Ruckus Society: Non-violent direct action training in the US.
The Ruckus Society, 4131 Shafter Avenue, Suite 9, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
Telephone: +1 510 595 3442 Fax: +1 510 595 3462
www.ruckus.org

A SEED Europe,
PO Box 92066, 1090 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Telephone: +31 20 668 2236 
Fax: +31 20 468 2275
E-mail: aseedeur@antenna.nl
www.aseed.net

Activist info sources:
Both www.indymedia.org and www.schnews.org.uk will keep you up to date on the latest direct-action news.

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The NI is expanding its online coverage of resistance to globalization. You can also check out our reports from the streets of past actions at www.newint.org/streets

Other recommended websites:
www.zmag.org
www.whirledbank.org
www.wtowatch.org
www.corpwatch.org

Campaign:
The WTO’s Desert Storm
This is the next target of the activists who helped scupper the World Trade Organization’s attempt to launch a new trade round at the 1999 Ministerial Meeting in Seattle. The WTO, fearing a re-run of the street protests that hit Seattle, is heading off to the desert and making its next bid for a new trade round in Dohar, Qatar. Organizations can sign on to the NGO statement here: www.canadians.org

In Britain a group of NGOs is launching a trade justice campaign focused on the WTO meeting. Find out more from the World Development Movement. British readers can call free on 0800 328 2153.

World Development Movement,
25 Beehive Place, London
SW9 7QR, England
E-mail: wdm@wdm.org.uk
www.wdm.org.uk

The Council of Canadians,
502-151 Slater Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1P 5H3, Canada
Telephone: +1 613 233 2773,
+1 800 387 7177
www.canadians.org

Friends of the Earth Australia,
PO Box 222 Fitzroy,
VIC 3065, Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9419 8700
E-mail: foe@foe.org.au
www.foe.org.au

GATT Watchdog,
A Choudry, PO Box 1905,
Otautahi/Christchurch,
Aotearoa/New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 366 2803 
Fax: +64 3 366 8035
E-mail: gattwd@corso.ch.planet.gen.nz

Books:
No Logo by Naomi Klein (Harper Collins), is the perfect starting point for those trying to get a handle on the anti-corporate movement in the North. Hip, sharp, and full of solid research, give it to a politically uninterested 17 year old and watch them catch fire.

Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt. Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt (Harvard University Press) is a stunningly brilliant, if difficult, analysis of power and the possibilities of resistance in a globalized world. Described as ‘the new Communist Manifesto’. It is highly theoretical and does not make explicit links to the current movement.

A shameless plug – for the We Are Everywhere book project I and a group of activists are currently putting together on global resistance, made up of stories from the global movement. Check our website www.WeAreEverywhere.org for more details.

Katharine Ainger

Campaign:
Spank the Bank
You don’t have to abseil down a corporate skyscraper to join in. The World Bank bonds boycott is a campaign to cut World Bank funds off at source, in the spirit of the anti-apartheid movement. It demands an end to economic restructuring imposed by the Bank, total cancellation of debt and an end to environmentally destructive projects.

The Bank raises almost all of its funds through issuing bonds on the private capital market. Ordinary people through their pension funds, labour unions, churches, municipalities, universities and private investments are refusing to fund the World Bank. How about you?
www.worldbankboycott.org

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30 September: Mobilization for Global Justice. Washington DC, US, where the IMF and World Bank will hold their Joint Annual General Meetings.

50 Years Is Enough Network,
3628 12th St, NE Washington,
DC 20017, USA
Telephone: +1 202 463 2265
E-mail: 50years@50years.org
www.50years.org 
www.september30.org

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9-13 November: The WTO, unwilling to risk a re-run of Seattle, will hold its fourth ministerial meeting in Dohar, Qatar. The ‘Our World is Not for Sale’ campaign gathers speed to stop them with local actions across the planet.
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January 2002
Another World is Possible – World Social Forum

A global alternative to the Davos World Economic Forum, formed to discuss real alternatives to the global economy, premiered last year in the town of Porto Alegre, Brazil, which has become famous for its participatory municipal budget.
www.forumsocial mundial.org.br /eng/index.asp
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