Creative Alternatives to Corporate Globalization: Next Steps for the Movement

by on March 31, 2005

Ella Baker Center, The Oakland Institute, Global Exchange & KPFA Free Speech Radio Present:

*Creative Alternatives to Corporate Globalization:
Next Steps for the Movement*

A panel discussion and reportback with Van Jones and Deborah James. Moderated by Anuradha Mittal

A Benefit for KPFA Radio

*Sunday, April 3rd, 7:00pm*

The Women’s Building
3643 18th Street, San Francisco

Tickets: $10 at the door
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Public Information: www.kpfa.org * 510-848-6767 x255
Media Contact: Lemlem Riijio development@kpfa.org

The event will provide a lively and informative community forum to address the latest policies promoted by the neo-liberalist agenda, and the global resistance movement’s current strategies to build creative alternatives to these undemocratic global initiatives.

The panelists will report back from both the World Economic Forum and the World Social Forum, which each met this past January in Davos, Switzerland and in Porte Alegra, Brazil, respectively. The World Economic Forum, which invites 1,000 top international business and political leaders, has gathered annually for over 30 years to discuss issues regarding macroeconomics and to develop geo-political agendas. The World Social Forum, in contrast, convenes hundreds of thousands of social, environmental and cultural activists to formulate effective alternatives to corporate globalization, and to build just, sustainable and democratic solutions.

About the Panelists

Van Jones, Esq, is the founder and National Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC). Headquartered in Oakland, EBC is a national organization that challenges human rights abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Van is a steadfast opponent of policies that result in the
over-imprisonment and unlawful abuse of marginalized peoples in the United States. He is helping to lead a national fight for alternatives to the U.S. incarceration industry. Van has been a pioneer in challenging police abuse, as well as the over-incarceration of young people. He helped to found the Ella Baker Center to anchor multiple efforts to challenge the criminalization, incarceration and abuse of low-income people and people of color. To learn more about Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, visit www.ellabakercenter.org

Deborah James is the Global Economy Director at Global Exchange, where she has worked to democratize the global economy since 1993. She played a key role in the hemispheric movement to stop the expansion of NAFTA to the rest of Latin America through the Free Trade Area of the Americas. This successful campaign paralleled her efforts to stop the expansion of the World Trade Organization in both 1999 and 2003 with the global network Our World Is Not for Sale. In 2004, Deborah served as the first Executive Director of the Venezuela Information Office in Washington, DC, an organization that reframed public debate of the exciting progressive social transformation happening under Hugo Chavez’s leadership and successfully shifted US foreign policy towards Venezuela. www.globalexchange.org

Moderator: Anuradha Mittal, a native of India, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agricultural issues. She is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including America Needs Human Rights, The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance, and Voices From the South: Third World Speaks Out Against Genetic Engineering. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Economic and Political Weekly, Houston Chronicle, and the Nation. She is the founder and executive director of a new policy think tank, The Oakland Institute. www.oaklandinstitute.org




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