A short calendar of upcoming global gatherings:
In Doha, Qatar - November 9-13, 2001
Another World Is Possible
Discuss Globalization in the Terrorism forum in Café Utne's:cafe.utne.com
World Social Forum
In Porto Alegre, Brazil - Jan 31 - Feb 5, 2002
Forum Social Mundial
Annual civil society gathering in response to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
World Summit on Sustainable Development (a.k.a. Rio 10)
In Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 - 11 September 2002.
Tenth anniversary of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, in Rio de Janeiro.
Organizations, Publications and Websites
Online journal based in San Francisco that aims to 'foster democratic control over corporations by building a diverse movement for human rights, labor rights, and environmental justice.'
Corporate Watch, UK
Radical research and publishing group, based in Oxford, UK. Web site contains book reviews, links to other online publications and organizations, as well as information about upcoming events. Publishes the bi-monthly newsletter Corporate Watch, downloadable in PDF format.
Council of Canadians
Led by well-known fair trade advocate Maude Barlowe, this Canadian citizens’ watchdog group 'challenges the corporate agenda and promotes development that addresses social as well as economic and environmental goals.'
This Massachusetts-based company is putting fair trade principles into practice, offering 'consumers fairly traded gourmet coffee direct from small-scale farmer co-ops in Latin America, Africa and Asia.'
Fair Trade Watch
Developed by the United Steelworkers of America; information about trade agreements and institutions like nafta and the World Trade Organization that affect labor policies.
Fifty Years Is Enough
Coalition of more than 200 U.S. grassroots organizations dedicated to transforming the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
San Francisco–based human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world through activism and 'reality tours' to developing countries.
Independent Media Center
Global collective of independent media organizations offering grassroots, alternative coverage of political events throughout the world.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Founded by Mark Ritchie, Minneapolis-based IATP promotes healthy family farms, rural communities, and ecosystems around the world through research and education, and advocacy. Check out IATP’s WTO Watch, www.wtowatch.org, a comprehensive online resource for information on the World Trade Organization.
International Forum on Globalization
Alliance of 60 leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, activism, and public education in response to economic globalization.
International Society for Ecology and Culture
An international organization founded by Helena Norberg-Hodge concerned with protecting both biological and cultural diversity.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Minneapolis- and Washington, D.C.–based research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Publishes New Rules , www.newrules.org, a quarterly journal edited by David Morris exploring innovative public policies that support humanly scaled politics and economics around the world.
Mobilization for Global Justice
Grassroots group organizing around World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies.
This companion Web site to Naomi Klein’s seminal 1999 book by the same name has become an online resource center and gathering place for anti-commercialism activists.
A calendar of upcoming protests, meetings, and conferences.
Provides training in nonviolent civil disobedience for environmental and human rights groups. Ruckus played a key role in organizing the 1999 Seattle protests.
Founded by Italian activists in 1989 in response to the global spread of homogeneous fast food, this worldwide coalition of food lovers promotes local rootedness, decentralization, and biodiversity through preservation of biodiversity and culinary traditions.
Coalition of labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women’s, religious, and student organizations—and individuals—committed to eliminating sweatshop conditions in the global garment industry.
Third World Network
Penang, Malaysia–based network of organizations and individuals involved in development and North-South issues; led by activist Martin Khor. TWN publishes the monthly magazine Third World Resurgence , www.twnside.org.sg/twr.htm.
Promotes international cooperation in analyzing and finding solutions to such global problems as militarism, poverty, social injustice, and environmental degradation.
Beyond Globalization: Shaping a sustainable global economy. Henderson, Hazel. (Kumarian Press, 1999)
Slim guide to globalization issues with directory of resources.
The Case Against the Global Economy. Mander, Jerry and Edward Goldsmith (eds.). (Sierra Club Books, 1996)
Collection of 43 essays by people involved in the globalization movement. Introduces the reader to the complex issues and provides resources for further exploration.
No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Klein, Naomi. (Picador, 1999)
Some call it the Bible of the anti-globalization movement. Klein 'uncovers the sins of corporations run amok and explains why some of the most revered consumer brands are finding themselves on the wrong end of a spray-can, a computer hack, or an international anti-corporate campaign.' See companion website at www.nologo.org.
One World, Ready or Not: The manic logic of global capitalism. Greider, William. (Simon and Schuster, 1997)
'… explains the dynamics of the Third Industrial Revolution by describing a story of human struggle - of diverse peoples and nations, rich and poor alike, faced with dangers imposed by unregulated global finance, labor, and competition.' (from www.powells.com synopsis)
Taking Trade to the Streets: The Lost History of Public Efforts to Shape Globalization. Aaronson, Susan. (University of Michigan Press, 2001)
A social, political and economic history, examines the history of trade agreements and the role of public discourse.
When Corporations Rule the World. Korten, David C. (Kumarian Press, 1996 (2nd Ed, 2001))
'Explains how economic globalization has concentrated the power to govern in global corporations and financial markets, detaching them from the human interest.' (from Powells.com synopsis)
Discuss Globalization at Cafe Utne cafe.utne.com.