The Battle of Seattle: “Globalize This!” – on the Internet

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“November 30, 1999 marked a turning point in history”
These are the opening words of an important book, which tells us what actually happened before Seattle and in Seattle in November 1999:

Globalize This!: The Battle Against the World Trade Organization and Corporate Rule, edited by Kevin Danaher & Roger Burbach (Monroe, Maine, Common Courage Press, 2000, 218 pages)


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Introduction

The Battle of Seattle

“November 30, 1999 marked a turning point in history”
These are the opening words of an important book, which tells us what actually happened before Seattle and in Seattle in November 1999: Globalize This!: The Battle Against the World Trade Organization and Corporate Rule, edited by Kevin Danaher & Roger Burbach (Monroe, Maine, Common Courage Press, 2000, 218 pages)

This book presents a few of the more important activists and educators in the Seattle movement.
From the book we have collected as many of the contributions in the book that we could find on the Internet.
There might be differences in titles or authors between the book and the Internet, and some contributions are edited or slightly different, but they are, in essence, the same.

The introduction People Making History from the book states “… Seattle was the coming out party for a new global movement for citizen power that will certainly go on ”¦”
Also in Europe we have felt the new rising mood in the resistance against powerful multinational institutions resulting in manifestations and demonstrations in Prague in September and Nice at the European summit, as high points in year 2000.

Some of the collected contributions contain quite a number of Internet links and references. The book concludes with resources available on the Internet – a ‘what to do’ section, and with the words from the introduction in the book “there are so many organizations working on these issues that we could fill an entire book … We have tried to provide references to key groups working on what we believe to be cutting edge issues in the struggle to democratize the global economy.” Under 10 political programmatic headings Global Exchange has gathered a collection of more than 40 Internet links in chapter 26: Conclusion: Ten Ways to Democratize the Global Economy.

We have made this collection of Internet links (webliography) to allow the “Battle of Seattle” to inspire and mobilize for the EU-summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 15-16, – attracting both US-president George W. Bush and many European activists.

Fraternal thanks to Global Exchange for the right to reproduce parts of the book.

Compiled by Jørgen Lund, May 2001,
updated November 2009, November 2014 & revised November 2019.

See also at Socialist Library:

Protests against the 1999 World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, Seattle, Washington. The "sea turtle" protestors." 29 November 1999. Source: Item 175624, Fleets and Facilities Department Imagebank Collection (Record Series 0207-01), Seattle Municipal Archives. Author: Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA. (CC BY 2.0). Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Protests against the 1999 World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, Seattle, Washington. The “sea turtle” protestors.” 29 November 1999. Source: Item 175624, Fleets and Facilities Department Imagebank Collection (Record Series 0207-01), Seattle Municipal Archives. Author: Seattle Municipal Archives from Seattle, WA. (CC BY 2.0). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

 

Globalize This! – The Battle Against the World Trade Organization and Corporate Rule

Edited by Kevin Danaher and Roger Burbach (Monroe, Maine, Common Courage Press, 2000, 218 pages)

Contents

Introduction:

Section One: What Happened In Seattle and What Does It Mean?

Chapter 1:

Paul Hawken: Skeleton Women Visits Seattle (p.14-34)

Chapter 2:
Chapter 3:
Chapter 4:
Chapter 5:
Chapter 6:
Chapter 7:
Chapter 8:
  • Medea Benjamin: The Debate Over Tactics (p.67-72)

Section Two: Dealing with Diversity

Chapter 9:
Chapter 10:
Chapter 11:
Chapter 12:
  • Unity Statement of Philippine Social Movements, Labor Groups, People’Organizations and NGOs (p.92-96)

 

Section Three: The Case Against the WTO

Chapter 13:
Chapter 14:
Chapter 15:
  • Vandana Shiva: Spinning a New Mythology: the WTO as Protector of the Poor (p.120-123)
Chapter 16:
Chapter 17:
Chapter 18:
  • Peter Rosset: A New Food Movement Comes of Age in Seattle (p.135-140)

Section Four: Ways to Restructure the Global Economy

Chapter 19:
  • William Greider: It’s Time to Go on the Offensive. Here’s How (p.143-157)
Chapter 20:
Chapter 21:
Chapter 22:
Chapter 23:
Chapter 24:
Chapter 25:
  • Kevin Danaher: Why and How to Pressure the World Bank (p.195-202)
Chapter 26:

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