The Global Activist's Manual: Acting Locally to Transform the World

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The Global Activists' Manual is a guide to transforming the corporate globalization movement. Two dozen authors look beyond the spectacular shutdowns and protests to introduce the reader to farmers in Iowa, industrial workers in Tennessee, and antisweatshop activists in Maine who connect global injustices to the issues in their own front yards. The authors range from movement "stars" to unsung heroes challenging the world's largest corporations. Since the Seattle protests, the globalization movement has been ...

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Overview

The Global Activists' Manual is a guide to transforming the corporate globalization movement. Two dozen authors look beyond the spectacular shutdowns and protests to introduce the reader to farmers in Iowa, industrial workers in Tennessee, and antisweatshop activists in Maine who connect global injustices to the issues in their own front yards. The authors range from movement "stars" to unsung heroes challenging the world's largest corporations. Since the Seattle protests, the globalization movement has been "localizing" its work. Global and local activists have joined forces to protest the prison-industrial complex, corporate campaign financing, and clear-cut logging. Whether the cause is antiracism, the environment, genetic engineering, human rights, immigration, labor solidarity, or reproductive rights, strategies are outlined to make a difference and change an attitude. "Localizing globalization" in this way presents its own challenges, however, and the book takes them up. After framing articles to set a context, case studies describe how activists across the country are meeting each challenge according to their local realities. Protest photos, cartoons, and outrageous quotes by world economic leaders provide an ironic running commentary to the text.

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The 1999 protests of the World Trade Organization in Seattle brought the many-faceted progressive movement back into the public eye. This handbook, compiled by experienced activists Prokosch and Raymond, intends to give individuals wanting to organize for political action inspiration plus practical advice. The bulk of the book presents case studies on successful and unsuccessful protests and political action in areas such as cross-border coalition building, challenging white supremacy and globalization, taking on corporations, and mobilizing consumers. This section's 45 chapters are written by men and women currently active in the protest movement. The remainder of the book provides nuts-and-bolts advice on organizing individuals, publicity, Internet use, and facing opposition. A resource directory and glossary complete the book. This well-organized work would be useful for anyone involved in direct political action and is recommended for all libraries. Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560254010
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Nation Books
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

What is This Movement? 1
Introduction 1
Localizing the Globalization Movement 9
Crossing Borders 11
Building a Movement on Both Sides of the Border 12
Farmers Cross Borders, Cut Through Government Fog 19
The Fight Against Boise Cascade 26
Environmental Justice and the Globalization Movement 32
The Bucket Brigade in South Africa 37
Women Take On Globalization and Militarism 42
Teens Go Global 44
Building Coalitions 47
Globalizing SOA Watch 48
Crossing Borders with Labor 54
Immigrants and the Globalization Movement 58
Prisons as a Globalization Issue 62
Youth Fight the American Lockdown 67
Not Just Lobbying: The Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition 69
Coalition-Building: Lessons from the Jobs with Justice Model 72
Challenging White Supremacy 78
Where Was the Color in Seattle? 80
Race in the Globalization Movement 85
Beyond the Whiteness-Global Capitalism and White Supremacy 89
Tools for White Guys Working for Social Change 96
Antiracism Workshop 98
Building Today's Global Movement 101
Popular Education 104
Organizing Farmworkers through Popular Education 107
Ain't I a Mother?! Ain't I a Worker?! Ain't I a Woman?! 112
Three Organizing Models 119
Organizing for the Long Haul: The View from Western Massachusetts 120
Direct Action 128
From the Salt Marches to Seattle 129
How We Really Shut Down the WTO 134
Harnessing Direct Action for Community Organizing 140
Black Comeback 145
Billionaires Crash the Extreme Costume Ball 152
Using Direct Action Effectively 161
Taking on Corporations 170
Beyond the Bottom Line: A Campaign for a Sane Economy 171
Paradigm Shift: Challenging Corporate Authority 175
Follow the (Corporate) Money ... and Shut It Down! 181
Democratizing Media 187
Mobilizing Consumers 189
Sustaining the Student Antisweatshop Movement 191
Central America Labor Solidarity: Lessons for Activists? 199
The Bangor Clean Clothes Campaign 209
Projects of the Heart 217
Fair Trade Not Free Trade 221
Changing the Rules of the Global Economy 227
The Indirect Action Network 228
FTAA: Stopping NAFTA Expansion 230
Lessons for the World Bank Bond Boycott 234
The Maine Ethical Purchasing Campaign 239
Practical Tips 243
Internet Organizing 244
Internal Communication: Beyond E-Mail 247
Getting into the Mainstream Media 249
How to Write and Use a Press Release 252
Building a New Group 255
Researching Global Corporations and Institutions 265
Long-Range Planning 267
You Stand Up to Corporate Globalization ... But You're Afraid to Ask for Money? 270
Encountering and Countering Political Repression 276
A Movement Yellow Pages 284
Glossary 309
Index 317
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