From North to South, Mobilization Against Corporate Globalization is Alive and Well
A sampling of educational events and civil society demonstrations coinciding with the World Economic Forum meetings (New York City, January 31-February 4, 2002).
Listing is for informational purposes only and does not imply endorsement by Public Citizen.
World Social Forum
World Social Forum, (January 31 February 5)
Business chiefs and government leaders will congregate behind closed doors at the Waldorf Astoria at the invitation-only World Economic Forum in New York to discuss the future of the global economy, while simultaneously, citizen leaders from labor, environmental and other social movements around the world will meet in Porto Alegre, Brazil at the second annual World Social Forum. Fifty thousand people are expected to attend an array of events at the World Social Forum, which is focused on developing new rules for the global economy that promote democracy, diversity and fairness.
Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Davos By The Hudson
"Whither Globalization and its Architects in a Post-9/11, Post-90's-Bubble World?" (February 4, 7pm)
Public Citizen, The Nation Magazine, Public Eye on Davos and the International Forum on Globalization will host this roundtable discussion with Lori Wallach (Public Citizen s Global Trade Watch), Jeffrey Sachs (Harvard University), Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Indigenous People s Network), Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research), and Michael Weinstein (Council on Foreign Relations). Moderated by John Nichols (The Nation Magazine).
Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues).
Public Eye on Davos International Conference (January 31-Februaury 3)
Friends of the Earth and the Berne Declaration are hosting an NGO forum to outline the critique of corporate globalization and the role of the WEF. The conference will feature discussions between representatives from both northern and southern countries on the impacts of a globalization that only represents economic interests, and the social and environmental development alternatives.
United Nations Church Center, 777 UN Plaza (44th & 1st Avenue).
Global Workers Forum and Rally for Global Justice (January 31)
AFL-CIO, New York State AFL-CIO, New York City Central Labor Council and Jobs with Justice.
Global Workers Forum: 2:30 pm, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St. (between Park and Madison). Tickets available from NY Jobs with Justice at 212-631-0886.
Rally for Global Justice: 4:30 pm, the GAP, 54th Street and 5th Avenue.
WEF Counter-Summit and National Activist and Student Mobilization, (January 31- February 1)
Students for Global Justice Conference will beheld at Columbia University and Barnard College. The program includes: Legal, media, medical and tactical trainings; Forums on the history of the WEF and the policies it promotes; Workshops on globalization, labor, sustainable development, and human rights; Education about the environmental impact of globalization; Speakers on the corporate influences behind US foreign policy decisions; Focus on indigenous peoples right to self-sustainability.
Register at 9am both days at the box office in Lerner Hall, West 115th Street & Broadway.
Another World Is Possible Rally and March (February 2, Noon-Sundown)
The opening rally will include theatre, music, speakers and art and will last one hour. At the rally's conclusion, participants will begin a circuitous march to the Waldorf, stopping briefly at various infamous corporate outlets and headquarters. Once marchers reach the WEF meetings, a protest will be held catty-corner to the Waldorf Astoria until sundown. This is a permitted, "green zone" activity (participants are asked to act in a legal and non-confrontational manner).
59th St and 5th Av (Southeast Corner of Central Park).
"WEF vs. People of New York: Fighting Corporate Globalization At Home," (January 30)
The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is hosting activists for a panel.
7pm, UNITE on 15th, between 5th and 6th Ave.