Protest the global fat cats
By Lee Wengraf | February 1, 2002 | Page 11
ACTIVISTS IN New York last weekend kicked off more than a week of events and actions to protest the arrival of the world's billionaires for the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Dozens of groups have endorsed the call to action to protest this corporate schmooze-fest, including Jubilee 2000, New York City Labor Against the War, Direct Action Network, School of the Americas Watch and the International Socialist Organization.
On Saturday night, poet and leading global justice activist Dennis Brutus led a panel of speakers at a forum at a West Village church. The following day, about 50 attended the New York City Social Forum, a grassroots meeting modeled after the World Social Forum at Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Many more events lie ahead:
January 31-February 1
One featured roundtable discussion on "Strategies for the Movement" will be led by Canadian global justice activist Jaggi Singh, Mike Dolan of Public Citizen and Katherine Dwyer of the International Socialist Organization.
Some activists are planning to bring pots and pans to bang at the protests--in solidarity with the people of Argentina and their mass uprisings in December.
The media and the police have been working overtime to paint protesters as "violent rioters" bent on destroying the city. But we won't be intimidated! Come out to tell the WEF that you oppose their corporate agenda.
For more information, go to www.anotherworldispossible.com on the Web.