One Small Step Toward Justice

Contrary to the media spin, last week's WTO collapse was a victory for global democracy

| September 2003


MINNEAPOLIS -- When I left the Cancun convention center for the last time, just after noon on Sunday and only hours shy of the Ministerial's official closing deadline, a group of NGO's were in the hall outside the media center chanting: "No means no! Reject the text!" These activists -- including members of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Food First, Council of Canadians, Global Exchange, and Focus on the Global South -- were making one final full-court press to back up the 70-plus Third World countries that had rejected the bullying of the U.S. and E.U. earlier that morning after an all-night negotiating session.

By the time I boarded the plane home at 2:40 PM, those same NGO's were dancing in the halls of the convention center, cheering the collapse of the trade talks. And across town outside the security zone several thousand global justice protesters were dancing in the streets.