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Global Justice

(anti-corporate globalization)

Background...

Where to begin. Corporate Globalization (that is, the all pervasive conglomeration of multinational corporations setting up factories and openning markets around the world, as well as the erosion and eventual dissintegration of trade barriers so that all countries are incorporated into the "free market system." This corporate globalization is made possible through the aid of treaties like:

And multi-national entities like:

By eroding the trade barriers, these corporations pave the way for cheap goods (usually subsidized by US taxpayers to be even cheaper) to outcompete and out sell the local products and undermine the local economy. Farmers who can't compete with the US shipped finished food can't compete and often lose their farms. Their only option is to work in the sweatshops. Predatory lending entities like the IMF and World Bank will then provide funds, but at the expense of a countries natural resources which are then mandated to be utilized to repay the debt. Education and social programs are also reduced under these loans, as the main catch for getting a loan from the IMF or World Bamk is that you have to lower your trade tarriffs and incorporate your economy into the global economy. Should you have any trade barriers left, other governments and corporations can take you to "court" in the WTO's trade dipute panels, where no environmental or social law has ever won. Even the Clean Air Act has been deemed a "trade barrier"

And so a global network of:

have emerged to protest against these institutions exploiting the "developing poor," the environment, the social and cultural conditions and traditions of the world's majority.

In the Past...

We have worked in coalition with the greater syracuse activist comunity in participating in most of these major rallies. For Seattle one major syracuse SEACer worked with other SEACers and groups and reported back as we had a solidarity rally where we made a paper machee head of a corporation

For A 16 (the april 16th protest against the IMF and World Bank in D.C., Syracuse mobilized heavily, having weekly discussion meeting and planning seesions. Holding teach-ins, and non-violence trainings, and sending 60 people down to DC to lockdown, assisst, and provide medical treatment for those who needed it.

whose streets?

For protesting the FTAA, syracuse mobilized similarly to A16, holding weekly discussion meetings, forming affinity groups, holding teach-ins, and non-violence trainings. 35 people from Syracuse wound up going to Quebec

Though it may be hard to see, that's not fog, it's tear gas clouding the streets

In the fall of 2001, we were mobilizing for another IMF world bank protest in DC, yet with September 11th, that attack postponed the IMF/World Bank meeting to a peace rally. Syracuse sent another 30 protestors down there, with a banner reading to stop Terrorism, Stop Terrorizing

In February of 2002, another 35 Syracuse folks trekked down to New York City to attend the protests against the World Economic Forum. Though perhaps not as successful as Seattle, when you bare in mind the context to which we were in, NYC only 5 months post 9 11, then it becomes an amazing success to have gotten that many people out there. Ten city blocks filled, anywhere from 7,000 to 12,000+ people, and while we were protesting in NYC, there were 70,000 people in Porto Allegro at the World Social Forum

The next big rally will be back in D.C. in late September. Look for flyers about teach-ins and non-violence trainings to be prepared to go down and have your voice heard.

Go to the Links  page to see where you can find more information on this growing movement