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"Global Village or Global Pillage?" A Public Forum on the WTO

"Global Village or Global Pillage," a public forum on the World Trade Organization (WTO), will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 7:00pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall and will feature Kevin Danaher, Ann Lopez, and Sharon Delgado. This community event will raise funds for the delegation* as well as raise public awareness of the local and global significance of the issues being decided at the WTO meeting in Cancun.


*As the powerful WTO prepares to meet in Cancun, Mexico on September 10 - 15, the Santa Cruz Peacemakers of the Resource Center for Nonviolence are organizing a Santa Cruz Delegation to Cancun to parallel the Peoples' Forum on Alternatives to the WTO.

Update on Peasant and Indigenous Mobilization for WTO in Cancun
"Global Village or Global Pillage?" A Public Forum on the WTO
with Kevin Danaher, Ann Lopez, and Sharon Delgado

Thursday, August 21, 7 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Hall, 846 Front Street, Santa Cruz

$10 to $20 Sliding Scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)

6 p.m. An opportunity for the press to interview forum speakers and
members of the Santa Cruz Delegation to Cancun to the Peoples' Forum on
Alternatives to the WTO

7 p.m. "Global Village or Global Pillage?" A Forum on the WTO. Keynote
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Danaher of Global Exchange. Local Speakers: Dr. Ann
Lopez and Rev. Sharon Delgado (a member of the staff of the Resource Center
for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz).

As the powerful World Trade Organization (WTO) prepares to meet in Cancun
this September, the Santa Cruz Peacemakers of the Resource Center for
Nonviolence are organizing a Santa Cruz Delegation to Cancun to the
parallel Peoples' Forum on Alternatives to the WTO. This public forum,
"Global Village or Global Pillage," will raise funds for the delegation and
will raise public awareness of the local and global significance of the
issues being decided in Cancun.

The rules of the WTO benefit large corporations but harm the vast majority
of people and the earth by forcing governments to weaken or eliminate
labor, human rights, consumer safety, and environmental laws. The official
meetings in Cancun will seek to further extend the rights of corporations
and further restrict the power of governments to limit their activities.

Issues to be addressed at the forum include: War, Empire, and the WTO;
Protecting Labor Rights, Public Services, Food Security, Access to Water;
Alternatives to Corporate Globalization; Trade and the Environment;
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs);
Biopiracy; "Globalization from Below."

Questions and Answers will follow presentations by the speakers.

More on Dr. Kevin Danaher, including photo:
www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/speakers/KevinDanaher.html

More on the World Trade Organization
www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/wto

More on the Santa Cruz Delegation to Cancun for the People's Forum on
Alternatives to the WTO
_www.RCNV.org

Tickets available at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 515 Broadway,
Santa Cruz.
Info: 423-1626, ext. 302
_www.RCNV.org

Submitted by:
Sharon Delgado, Peace and Justice Advocate
Resource Center for Nonviolence
515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831)423-1626 ext. 103 or 440-9249 (home)

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin Danaher

Kevin Danaher, Veteran Human Rights Activist and co-founder of Global
Exchange, received his doctorate in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. At this
forum on globalization and the WTO, Dr. Danaher will discuss the links
between corporate globalization and war, long term responses to terrorism,
and grassroots ways to respond to global economic forces.

As part of Global Exchange's continuing efforts to plug people into ongoing
activist work, Kevin will bring books and literature related to the talk.
Kevin is also very experienced at media interviews and will be available to
do as many as requested. Described by The New York Times as the "Paul
Revere of globalization's woes," Danaher's analytical expertise, sense of
humor and blunt eloquence make him an exceptionally dynamic speaker.

Kevin Danaher, author of many books and an accomplished public speaker, is
Global Exchange's Director of Public Education. He has written or edited
many books examining US foreign policy and the global economy. His most
recent volume, Democratizing the Global Economy: The Battle Against the
World Bank and the IMF was published in fall 2000 by Common Courage Press.
Other recent volumes include: Globalize This!: The Battle Against the World
Trade Organization, and Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Momma:
Globalization and the Downsizing of the American Dream. Dr. Danaher has
also published: Fighting for the Soul of Brazil, 50 Years Is Enough: The
Case Against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, In Whose
Interest: A Guide to US-South Africa Relations, Can the Free Market Solve
Africa's Food Crisis, The Political Economy of US Policy Toward South
Africa, South Africa: A New US Policy for the 1990s, and Beyond Safaris: A
Guide to Building People-to-People Ties with Africa. He is currently
working on a book on the history of the corporate accountability movement.

Dr. Danaher has published articles in The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco
Chronicle, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times of
Zimbabwe, Africa News, TransAfrica Forum, Harvard Educational Review,
Issue, The Progressive and many other publications. His writing has covered
subjects such as "US Agriculture and Its Impact on Third World Farming,"
"Hidden Costs of the War with Iraq," and "Challenging the Leadership of the
World Economy."

Dr. Danaher has special expertise on the following subjects: globalization
and its impact here and abroad, the policies of the World Bank and
International Monetary Fund, US foreign policy, Southern Africa, Cuba,
Northern Ireland, world hunger, agricultural systems, and the global impact
of US trade policies.

Dr. Danaher has lectured at hundreds of universities and community
organizations throughout the United States. He has appeared on television
and radio shows around the country.
Dr. Danaher has traveled widely in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America,
North America and Ireland. He is familiar with the problems and prospects
of economic development in many third world countries.

Dr. Danaher received his doctorate in sociology from the University of
California at Santa Cruz in 1982. Before joining Global Exchange he was a
senior analyst at Food First/the Institute for Food and Development Policy,
an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC,
and for four years he taught in the School of Government at American
University. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Medea
Benjamin, and his two daughters, Arlen and Maya.
 
 


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Report back from Cancun

Report back from Cancun

Peter Rosset -- Food First
August 18, 2003

Dear Friends:

I have just returned from 2 weeks in Mexico, this last week spent in Cancun. I was invited by UNORCA, the National Union of Autonomous Regional Farmer Organizations (www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/index.html) and by Via Campesina (www.viacampesina.org), to help with preparations to "welcome" the WTO to Cancun this September.

We visited many Mayan indigenous peasant communities over about a 5 hour radius from Cancun, giving workshops on the WTO. People are really angry at how free trade has driven down crop prices - pushing them further into poverty - and how the WTO would also remove forestry subsidies they get from the Mexican government for tree planting (because it would be "unfair" competition for big transnational timber companies!).

They REALLY WANT to go to Cancun to be heard. But they are poor, poor, poor, and just cannot afford the very expensive bus fares and cost of food for a week there, and their organizations, aso poor, and cannot afford to rent buses. In just one rural area, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, it would cost more than $70,000 for renting buses to get everyone who wants to get to Cancun to actually get there.

Local groups have raised over US $30,000 so far, but they need more, URGENTLY. Food First has set up a secure credit card server for people to donate money on-line to UNORCA for renting buses. You can send checks, or wire funds directly to Mexico. This is REALLY important. See details below.

Thanks for helping out!!!!!

Peter Rosset
Food First

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EMERGENCY APPEAL:

Help Mexican peasants and indigenous people get to WTO Cancun

Click here to donate online!

Dear Friends and Members of Food First:

The following is an EMERGENCY appeal from the Mexican and global farmers' groups we are working closely with in the run-up to the next World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico, in September.

It is critical for all of us who are concerned about corporate-driven free trade and about rural peoples and ecologies around the world, that as many Mexican peasants and indigenous people as want to protest the WTO in Cancun can actually get there for the International Farmers' Forum (details below).

Cancun is remote from the rest of Mexico, and renting buses is beyond the means of the poor. So please, let's help charter buses. Food First has already given, and we will also be there in person.

If you can't get to Cancun yourself, this is a great way to contribute your voice against the WTO and in favor of humanity. There is a secure server for giving on-line, which Food First has helped set up. No service fee is being charged by Food First. Your gift -- if you live in the USA -- is tax deductible.

Please help!

WTO out of Agriculture!
WTO out of our lives!
Yes to peoples' food sovereignty.

Peter Rosset and Anuradha Mittal,
Co-Directors

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Dear Friend of Farmer and Peasant Organizations:

Dear Opponents of the WTO and Free Trade Policies:

ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!

The next WTO meeting is in Cancun, Mexico, this September. This is the meeting after Doha, Qatar, and after Seattle. As you know, free trade policies, like those being negotiated in the WTO, are driving family farmers, peasants and indigenous people off the land, around the world, North and South, East and West. As a result, farmers, peasants, the landless, farm workers, women, forest people and indigenous people around the world have come together in the Via Campesina (www.viacampesina.org), and are demanding "WTO Out of Agriculture" and have put forth the alternative of "peoples food sovereignty."

The Mexican National Union of Autonomous Regional Farmer Organizations, UNORCA (www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/index.html) -- one of the Mexican members of Via Campesina - has the responsibility to organize and host an INTERNATIONAL FARMERS' FORUM and Farmers' Encampment in Cancun, on behalf of Via Campesina. This Forum is a very important opportunity for farmer organizations worldwide to come together to work on alternatives to free trade policies, and to protest the WTO.

It is critical for all people who are concerned about the undemocratic nature and very negative impact of the WTO and other neo-liberal "free" trade agreements like FTAA and NAFTA on our lives, that as many Mexican peasants delegates as want to protest in Cancun can actually get there (internal travel by bus in Mexico is not cheap, and Cancun is in a remote location, more than 20 hours from the capital). Our minimum aim is to bring 10,000 delegates! It is critical that the INTERNATIONAL FARMERS' FORUM be a success.

We need your support for the transportation costs of people to the remote Cancun location. Cancun is the most expensive location in Mexico, and UNORCA cannot pull this off without financial support.

If you want to help Mexican rural social movements get to Cancun, please sponsor delegates to the INTERNATIONAL FARMERS' FORUM, Farmers' Encampment and WTO protests.

Average estimated costs for each delegate are:

transport US $48 (chartered buses)
food (3 meals) US 10 per day
lodging (encampment) US 12
Support for the Farmer Support Center:

US 25 per day
You will receive a special thank you from the community your support goes to when you sponsor a whole bus for $500 from nearby states


HOW TO DONATE:
The easiest way to donate is to go to our web site at http://www.unorca.org.mx/omc/ingles/index.html and give using your credit card at our secure server now, or send a U.S. check or dollar-denominated international money order to Food First, who is receiving the money and transferring it to UNORCA in Mexico. Make the check or money order out to:

"FOOD FIRST, Unorca project",

and mail it to Food First/UNORCA, 398 60th Street. Oakland, California, 94618, USA. Donations are tax deductible in the U.S.


QUESTIONS:
If you have questions, contact UNORCA at forocampesino (at) laneta.apc.org and/or Food First at foodfirst (at) foodfirst.org

Thank for your support to make ANOTHER WORLD POSSIBLE!

The farmers, peasants and indigenous people of UNORCA

Alberto Gómez Flores, National Coordinator
National Union of Autonomous Regional Farmer Organizations (UNORCA)
Juan de Dios Arias 48
Vista Alegre, Mexico DF, MEXICO
Tel/Fax +52 55 5740-0486
Tel/Fax +52 55 5741-5065
omcfueradeagricultura (at) unorca.org.mx
www.unorca.org.mx
 

WHere isEconomics

As some of the henchmen of the corporate and oil baron world have said: The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist... the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. military apparatus has a market value far beyond their annual $400 billion budget, a budget equal to the annual incomes of the poorest two billion people in the world. (9)


II. The Solutions to the Worlds Problem

The real choice that people have is: Do they want a sustainable and just economy that is kind to people and neighbors or do they want to destroy the planet, fight ugly resource wars and pervert their humanity?

What Kind of Economy Shall We Have?
Economics is a simple concept and an economic system is only as complex as a people choose to allow it to be. People can have any kind of economy they want. How long their system will last is a more difficult question. The US and UK have created a global casino (or Enron) economy where the US trades financial services like the privilege of using our banks and stock markets for 100s of billions of dollars in imported coffee, cars, computers, sugar, cut flowers and steel. The US does not have to produce much except weapons in order to create a safe haven for investors and thus earn billions off of bank transfers and stock brokers fees that the US uses to pay for its lavish imports. Another global subsidy to the US is the US dollar that enjoys unusual strength due to its use as the benchmark currency for petroleum and other goods. An artificially strong dollar allows the US to get away with huge trade deficits that would normally result in high interest rates and economic problems. (11)

From the battles in Latin American one can see a new world is about to be born. It is a world where people create the space and freedom to be themselves and care for themselves and their families. New economic structures - an alternative system - can accomplish this in ways that build thriving and sustainable communities. The sciences of Agro-Ecology and Watershed Management can accomplished this goal with common sense and lessons from the past.

There are really only two viable economic programs available at this time. The first is to abandon the WTO, World Bank and IMF and re-institute the international regime of trade deals between countries that functioned from 1945-1984. With debt relief for poor countries and a doubling of foreign (non-tied) aid this system would function economically if not sustainably. The problem with this system is that the US would collapse since it is no longer able to compete against most of the world. The bubble would burst and chaos in the US could spread to the rest of the world. Late in the game a revolution would break out in the US when the people figured out through their haze of Prozac and illegal drugs that their government had lied and conned them so totally for decades.

Agrarian-Based Localization: A Structure for Solidarity, Local Power and Sustainable Economics
The New Economics argues for a bias toward rural areas and a policy structure of localization where local resources are used sustainably to produce most of the basic needs goods and a surplus for trade with its nearest neighbors first. Political Democracy beyond the region is not necessary because most of the decisions over public policy are set in a constitution or made locally. This structure solves the problems of bureaucracies, political conflict and concentration of wealth. Initially land is redistributed to three sectors: small holders, coops and locally owned lands held for distribution to newcomers and population growth. Markets are used locally, but trade is regulated beyond regions through toll roads and high fuel taxes. Toxic chemicals, genetically altered organisms and the weapons trade would be banned. Combined with ecological guidelines and additional restrictions on trade and land ownership concentration, the market would create economic conditions that support small, medium and cooperative-based farms and rural enterprises. (12)

- The U.S. is a business organization like the worst Mafia or drug cartels. Their business slogan is crafted for its persuasive bluntness: Pay tribute, give us the keys to your economy, your investments and ideas or else we kill you. This is same motto used so powerfully by drug baron Pablo Escobar: Plata o Pluma! (10) - Marriana De Lore

The Only Real Alternative to War and Global Collapse
1. Globalization and Political Democracy are largely replaced with environmentally sustainable decentralized economic democracy: localization planned by popular assemblies with input from research scientists.
2. Multinational, Transnational or Global corporations are abolished outright or through the steps outlined by the IFG. (Utne Reader, May-June 2003, p. 55)
3. The WTO, FTAA, NAFTA, IMF and World Banks cease to exist.
4. The War on Terror will disappear along with most terrorism once inequality is reduced along with US militarism and domination.
5. Genetically Modified organisms (GMOs) are forbidden along with most toxic chemicals . The U.S. pays reparations for the damages done by these bio-terror weapons.

Starvation, Food Sovereignty, Environmentally Sustainable Development and Resource Wars are all linked.

If the Brazilian constitution defends the right of the starving to steal food, then surely the poor of the world have the right - under any way of thinking - to steal back control over their lives and their local economies.

The invisible hand of government policies shapes production costs and the price consumers are willing to pay. If people want a country with many small farms producing organic products then they will be able to employ many people in a labor-intensive program. But people will pay more for food in the short run than they would if they continued to let rich people gobble up farmland and poison it with chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and GMOs. Instead of a profit maximizing and export based decision-making criteria - with the rich owning most of the land - we would create a long-run soil conserving and biologically diverse system of farming where inputs - especially imported inputs - were not needed and expensive machinery would be replaced with labor, local resources and ingenuity. Prices are only lower in the corporate farm system because so many of the externalized costs are not paid by the corporation. These costs include slave labor, cheap loans, social suffering from displacement of small farmers, repression of farm workers and severe impacts on the environment. (13)

Hugo Chavez, the MST and the Argentine and Bolivian insurrectionists have shown us living examples of how a new world will function. Let us call this new way Solidarity Economics and let us develop it quickly and use it as our pot-banging call to action against the US Empire and its neo-colonial followers.

Victory stirs in the grasp of all who raise their fist to seize it, tame it and build a new world.

FROM BUENOS AIRES TO THE ECOLOGICAL PARADISE OF COLOMBIA A MILLION MULTITUDES OF FISTS - SMALL AND LARGE - ARISE IN UNITY AND Solidarity.

Footnotes
* Available by request

(2) Consolidation of working class support
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm
In order to combat the hoarding and price hikes of food by big business and speculators Chavez has undertaken a number of measures. According to Vheadline (www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp ), the government has begun a program where it will invest US $836 million to find a secure food supply for the population but in particular the working class. The program also includes the establishment of government-subsidized supermarkets which ensure food supplies to the poor at a cheaper price. (www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp )

The government has also began the implementation of land reform which promises to have settled 100,000 people by the end of August. (www.newleftreview.net/NLR25505.shtml) More recently, the Chavez government has launched the “Into the Neighborhood? program. (www.workers.org/ww/2003/venez0724.php) This is a highly ambitious program which seeks to address the lack of quality education and health-care to the poor of Venezuela by sending doctors into the slums free of charge, and mobilizing 50,000 volunteers to eradicate illiteracy among 1 million people. The two projects have expert assistance and personnel from Cuba, universally recognized for its quality health and education programs.

The Venezuelan media have called this a “Cuban invasion? (Caracas newspaper El Universal) and have decried the “Cubanization? of Venezuela. When confronted with this allegation, Cuban President Fidel Castro noted: “This is the equivalent of saying that to save a life or contribute to a young person obtaining a gold medal for his or her homeland is to Cubanize the Venezuelan people… We should thank those stupid people for such a great honor. ?Already, as the July 25 Associated Press reports, (reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml) , “the Cuban doctors are a big hit with local residents who say few Venezuelan doctors dare to venture into the teeming hilltop slums that ring this sprawling South American capital. "Everybody is happy about it ... We've never seen Venezuelan doctors climbing up here," said 63-year-old Liboria Espinosa.?

(3)www.guardian.co.uk/globalisation/story/0,7369,983684,00.html; 0r www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,985055,00.html
See critique of Monbiot’s flip-flop at www.bluegreenearth.com (George Monbiot: Trading Rhetoric on Trade for Action, by Marcel Idels)
(11) U.S. Trade deficits of $500 billion dollars have to be financed by borrowing or selling assets to foreigners. When the dollar falls enough interest rates will have to go up and the U.S. will re-enter recession.

_www.rebelion.org
 

Rockin' the Boat: Deconstructing Dinner

http://radio.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=888&group=webcast

On Tuesday, August 19 the Deconstructing Dinner campaign arrived in Santa Cruz, CA.

Since July 26 about 18 people from across Canada have been travelling south by bicycle from Vancouver B.C. en route to Cancun to protest the WTO meeting Sept. 10-14. Their campaign, Deconstructing Dinner, was initiated by members of the Sierra Youth Coalition.

Listen to the Report!
radio.indymedia.org/local/webcast/uploads/metafiles/rtb_deconstructing_dinner.mp3

More info at: www.sierrayouthcoalition.com/wto
 

Cancun Report

Cancun Report:

Lisa Fithian and Starhawk from RANT went to Mexico from July 27 - August 7th
where we met with organizers and local activists in Cancun and with
campesino organizers in Felipe Carillo Puerto, three hours south. We went
to Mexico City on Aug. 1st and spent the weekend with students at an
encampment focused on the WTO and then attend a three day gathering meeting
of Via Campesino. We also met with lawyers coordinating the legal support
for the September mobilization. Our primary interest was plans for
nonviolent direct action. Here is a quick summary of what we learned:

In Cancun itself:

Cancun is a new city that was created as a tourist center for the Mexican
economy. As such there is no history of social movements or many activist
based organizations. And thus few organizers have much direct action
experience.

The Comite de Bienvenida or the Welcoming Committee in Cancun is focusing on
logistics - finding spaces for camping and the forums as well as food.
They are also working with the global network of NGO1s called Our World is
Not for Sale in organizing the forums, fair trade fair, etc. There is more
than enough work for what is basically a small group of people and they have
been having trouble locking down specifics. They are negotiating with the
city but there are only so many places for up to 10,000 people to camp.

Another local Cancun group, more youth and arts is emerging and they are
focused on organizing youth and beginning to do outreach and mobilization in
the local community. They are very interested in bring a cultural component
to the streets in the form of puppets, drum processions and so on. They
have a base that hang in the Parque las Palapas which is the cultural center
of Cancun City

Puente de Cancun is a small group of internationals sponsored by Global
Exchange that is 1) providing info bulletins to the world, 2) organizing the
media convergence and 3) serving as a link to internationals.

We felt that a convergence space for organizing and supporting the street
actions is needed, and Mike, who was working with the Puente, was very, very
helpful to us, and is looking into housing/convergence space. We are
fundraising to help cover the costs and people can make donations to RANT in
order to secure one. More info below.

Two of the students from Mexico City are also going down to Cancun this week
and will be on the ground organizing from now on. They both have a good bit
of direct action experience which is great.

Finally on Cancun - the criminalization campaign has begun. There were
daily articles about foreign instigators, over 200,000 coming, about folks
bringing explosives and so on. The usual. But this all has a chilling
effect. Also two years ago at the WEF protests the police were pretty
brutal so there is a memory of that and some desire on the part of the
Comite not to see direct actions. All of this is evolving however as it is
clear that there are different sectors with different visions and plansS?..


Students:

The student activists we worked with are great and inspiring and
experienced, sophisticated organizers. Over the weekend encampment, they
formed a new group, Alianza Global S-9/Global Alliance S-9, to be a
coordinating body for all the groups planning street actions particularly on
the 9th.

They came from numerous groups and several cities and have some clear ideas
about what they would like to see happen. While many want to go it is very
expensive since the whole trip will be about 10 days with bus travel and
all. The students are hoping that international activist will contribute
to help reduce the individual cost thereby allowing more to go.

They are writing a letter and where people can send money, but short of that
RANT is also willing to help get money where it needs to go. (Info below)



Campesinos:

Via Campesino and its related Mexican compesino organizations, (UNORCA being
one of the main ones) are planning to mobilize 5-10,000 people. Again,
numbers depend partly on money. They are organizing their own forums on
the 8th and 9th and then planning a day of action on the 10th which is the
opening day of the Ministerial and the day focused on agriculture.

They are planning actions across the hemisphere to disrupt international
commerce as well as a plan to march to the Convention Center to deliver a
declaration. Their intention is to get inside to read it.

They will march on September 10 and probably support whatever actions take
place on September 9 although it seems unlikely that they will take a major
role in them. The student made a proposal to them and they have a big
meeting soon to make a final determination on their plans.



The rough calendar:

8/30 Festival in Cancun, Student trainings in Mexico Citu
9/1 Convergence Center opens we hope
9/2 Alternative Media-Tech Convergence
9/4 Student busses leave Guadalajara.
9/5 Student busses leave Mexico City.
9/6 Training Weekend, evening assemblies/spokes begin
9/8 Students arrive in Cancun, evening Assembly to plan actions.
Compesino Forums
begins
9/9 WTO delegates begin to arrive. Proposed action day. Actions will
depend on
numbers and logistics, but some powerful ideas are in the works. Compesino
forums begin, NGO Opening Forum.
9/10 Ministerial Opens, focus on agriculture. March and possible actions
by Via
Campesino.
Alternative Trade Fair - through the 12th out on the island
9/ 11 Zapatista Encuentro
Dia de la lutomemorials for victims of war and violence,
anniversary of the
coup
in Chile as well as 9-11 in U.S., Street processions, offrendas, cacerolazo
(beating pots and pansa South American political tradition), and a Chilean
pena
at night are suggestions.
9/12 Services under discussion at ministerial: suggestion to be in the
streets of Cancun
City offering services to peoplefree food, water, medical care, etc.
9/13 Mass March against War and Free Trade.
9/ 14 Ministerial Closes, possible Fiesta on the beaches?
9/15 Mexican Independence Day


Other aspects:

Legal: Legal support is being organized by a Mexican human rights
organization. We met with their representatives who seem to have a great
plan. They will aid internationals who have problems with immigration and
provide support for the actions, and they seem to have this base well
covered. A legal Handbook is almost complete that will be translated into
English and put on line on the Comite1s webpage.

Medical: Various teams of street medics are coming down from the U.S. and we
believe that this, too, will be well covered.

Housing: Campsites for the major moblizations of campesinos and students
are still being negotiated. We have people looking for houses to rent for
groups of internationals and for a convergence space, but don_t yet have
anything confirmed.

Visas: The Mexican government is requiring a special visa for accredited
journalists and delegates who will be entering the Conference Center area,
but we have been told that unaccredited people should just come on a regular
tourist visa. Passports are required for those flying into Mexico.

Weather - hot, hot, hot, oppressive or rain, rain, rain. Come prepared!
Mosquitos also can be a problem, so some good nontoxic bug juice could come
in handy.

Theft: Theft is a big problem in Cancun and Mexico City. We recommend an
under-your-shirt money belt for your passport and cash and a wary eye when
on busses, the subway, or in crowds. Don1t1 bring anything of real value or
consider insuring it. The Puente House was just broken into and computer
equipment etc stolen.

There are cheap internet café1s everywhere!

What1s Needed from Internationals: Being there! Cancun is hard to get to
for a lot of Mexicans, and internationals are needed and welcome in order to
get the numbers we need for a large-scale mobilization. Internationals
present will also change the dynamic with the police the Mexicans believe.

Fundraising: Funding is needed to bring more students and campesinos to
the actions. Anyone who can1t come is be encouraged to make as big or as
small a donation as possible. RANT will help get the money to Mexican
student organizations or convergence space.

$100 will sponsor one student1s travel costs to Cancun. We also need money
for supplies for the permaculture projects, art supplies, flyers, etc. Even
small amounts can help.

Tax deductible donations can be made to:
Daughters/Sisters Foundation (Make check out to Daughters/Sisters, earmark
it RANT/CANCUN)
PO Box 4492
Rolling Bay, WA 98061
EIN: 91-188-5041A

OR if you do not need a tax-deduction send money directly to:

Lisa Fithian
1405 Hillmont St.
Austin, TX 78704

Checks made out to RANT and what you want it to go for on the memo line!!!!!


Action Support and Coordination: Experienced people who can help coordinate
actions, run communications, and volunteer as legal observers or to help
staff the legal office will be extremely useful. Spanish may be a
requirement for some roles.

A few links:
Comite de Bienvenida www.cancuncommittee.org
Indymedia Cancun: chiapas.mediosindependientes.org/
Mexican Space / NGO1s www.rmalc.org.mx/
Fair Trade Symposium:
laneta.apc.org/pipermail/acancun-l/2003June/000176.html
The WTO official web-site (www.wto.org/)



Contacts:

Puente de Cancun:--bridge to internationals/organizing media convergence
998 887 9326
noomc (at) buz.org

Juventude Global?local Cancun youth/cultural organizing
Hector Rodriguez (52) 998 896 1822

Student organizing:
Alianza Global S-9 ags9 @yahoo.com

Everardo 0445551536067
kapitalbailable (at) hotmail.com

Legal

Comision de Derechos Humanos y Abogados
C/0Wolf
Cancundh (at) hotmail.com

Juan Antonio Vega
5523 9992
redtdt (at) redtdt.org
cancunddhh (at) hotmail.com
 

Indymedia On Air: Discussion with Chiapas IMC members in Honduras

Discussion about WTO demos in Cancun in Sept and a temporary media center in Honduras setup for training

Excellent interview about independent media projects. Phone interview with activists in Honduras organizing local communities with micro radio stations.

www.killradio.org/proginfo.php
 

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