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Workers Stand Strong As Economy Falters

03.12.2001 09:21

workers rally In the face of a worsening economic crisis, Argentina's working and poor people are mobilizing for action. The newly-unemployed are joining road blockades around a "Workers' Area" in La Matanza and the southern area of Buenos Aires. Teachers and government workers are resisting plans for privitization, delayed salary, and payments in bonds. And mine workers in Río Turbio have occupied their mine in solidarity with their fired co-workers.

In Neuquén, striking workers from the Zanón ceramics factory are meeting with the area's landless and unemployed in order to reopen their plant under worker control. The Zanón workers and their supporters were violently attacked by police forces on Friday. Workers were shot in the face with rubber pellets, chased into a nearby hospital and hunted down over a 15-block radius. The workers had been demonstrating in front of the Government House, demanding the reinstatement of 380 workers of the Zanón Ceramics plant and Cerámica del Valle fired the previous day. The two-month old strike began when the company tried to roll back benefits won by the workers in a bitter struggle just one year ago.

Forum and protests in Guatemala brings together activists against the neoliberal free trade Plan Puebla Panama

29.11.2001 07:34

Activists from across the americas converged in Xela, Guatemala to launch a campaign against the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP). The Plan which is being pushed by Mexican President Vincete Fox would create an integrated neoliberal economic zone from the Yucatan to Panama. The plan is a "development" project proposal that calls for "regional integration" mirroring the same language and logic used to implement NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and now pushing the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). The PPP calls for the creation of industrial corridors, highways, high speed rails that will run north-south and east-west from Puebla, Mexico to Panama. Participants contest the PPP will displace enormous populations of indigenous peoples in the region, and accelerate the exploitation of labor and resources in the region.

Over 800 people people from 262 different organizations participated in the forum and protests including hundreds of indigenous representatives, campesino organizers, grassroots activists, journalists and internationals in solidarity marched through the streets of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, marking the closing of the Second Forum, Xelaj Frente a la Globalización, El Pueblo Es Primero (Confronting Globalization, the People First.)

For more extensive coverage in english and spanish go to Indymedia Chiapas and the Foro Xelaju.

Help the Philadelphia IMC Make Permanent Space for Independent Media

26.11.2001 18:20

The Philadelphia Independent Media Center is currently working with a number of independent media and social justice organizations around Philadelphia to purchase a long-abandoned building to develop into a permanent media-making and community organizing center. The three story building, located at 4134 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia to become a community media and organizing center, will eventually house the IMC, including the studio of the IMC's on-air radio station, Radio Volta, among many other things such as:

  • a public computer lab
  • space for community classes and workshops
  • a radical literature lending library
  • a radical video library
  • a darkroom
  • 2 floors of rooms for offices
  • meeting spaces
  • kitchens equipped to cook for large gatherings, conferences and benefits
  • screen printing and art supplies
  • space for concerts, video screenings, community events
  • numerous resources for community action.

The Philadelphia IMC needs to raise $15,100 by December 14 in order to purchase the building. So far the group has raised approximately $8,500. Please help the Philadelphia IMC achieve this important goal.

-- Donate online: Click the following button to donate to the Philly IMC Space account with Paypal.

For more information about how to support the space and/or become involved in the organizing, contact the Space Team's e-mail list at space@phillyimc.org.

IMC Had DNS Server Troubles Last Night

26.11.2001 18:20

Contrary to newswire gossip, IMC was not taken over by three-headed aliens from Planet Coint3lpro. A corrupted upstream hard drive dumped the DNS information needed to get you the pages you've come to know and love. A workaround was soon found but there may be one more short down-time in the near future. "We're gonna maybe replace it later this week," said someone upstream from us. "We just got two volunteers who are working completely on DNS issues," said a longterm tech volunteer named Micah, "so hopefully we'll be better off in the future when such problems happen." He also pointed out that IMC is all volunteer, and it has long been suggested that less complaining about the media and more "becoming the media" is not only fun but a moral imperative. Good news and good night.

Two Months Into Strike, Ceramics Workers Continue To Fight

24.11.2001 03:33

striking workers in Argentina The workers of the Zanón ceramics factory in the Argentine province of Neuquén have been on strike for nearly two months, as the company tries to roll back benefits won by the workers in a bitter struggle just one year ago. The bosses stopped paying salaries and suspended medical care, hoping to starve the union back to work. The workers have responded by occupying the factory building and launching a fundraising drive to feed their families. [Read More / Discuss]

Los trabajadores de Zanón mantienen la huelga

Frente a la crisis que atraviesa Argentina, sectores de trabajadores comienzan a ensayar formas mas avanzadas de resistencia. Como un ejemplo de ello, hace ya dos meses los trabajadores de Cerámicas Zanon, fábrica de la pronvincia de Neuquén, mantienen una huelga contra rebajas salariales y amenazas de despidos. Ante la planta cerrada, los obreros pusieron las máquinas a producir durante un día por sus propios medios, demostrando que con eso solo alcanzaba para cobrar sus salarios. [más]

Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning

22.11.2001 08:11

Ward Churchill: "...[F]rom an American Indian perspective, what is it we're supposed to be so thankful for? Does anyone really expect us to give thanks for the fact that soon after the Pilgrim Fathers regained their strength, they set out to dispossess and exterminate the very Indians who had fed them that first winter?" More links: Lakota Oyate | Howard Zinn

32nd National Day of Mourning: A Call To Action
United American Indians of New England: "We are mourning our ancestors and the genocide of our peoples and the theft of our lands. [What is called 'thanksgiving'] is a day when we mourn, but we also feel our strength in political action." More links: Wamsutta James | Leonard Peltier

Big Mountain, Arizona: A Call To Action
Roberta Blackgoat, DinehJudith Nies: "Today, 30 years after the strip mining for coal began [Peabody Coal Co.], the cities have the energy they were promised, but the Hopi and Navajo nations are not rich.... Instead, Black Mesa has suffered human rights abuses and ecological devastation [radioactive exposure]... and, unbeknownst to most Americans, 12,000 Navajos have been removed from their lands."

Black Mesa Indigenous Support: "There are still Dineh families on Black Mesa who are resisting relocation.... [They] have requested outside support... people willing to live on the land with elders [as workers and human rights observers]."
[ SENAA ] [ More links & discussion ]

16.11.2001 21:02

OTTAWA: Rescheduled IMF/WB Talks Meet Resistance COLUMBUS: Thousands Return to Shut Down the SOA
Protests in Ottawa against the IMF

The IMF and WB are meeting in Ottawa this weekend, after postponing their planned gathering in Washington, DC, from September. Quickly planned anti-Globalization and anti-Capitalist protests are aiming to disrupt the meetings.

Complete coverage from the Ontario IMC
More info from Global Democracy Ottawa

The Ontario-IMC audio team will be broadcasting LIVE from Ottawa. Read more.

School Of the Americas Watch is holding its annual rally against the SOA training school for terrorists. Thousands are expected for permitted rallies. Many will participate in a direct action funeral procession onto the grounds of Fort Benning,

Complete coverage from the Atlanta IMC
More info from School of the Americas Watch

Blast Furnace Radio will be broadcasting LIVE from Fort Benning, Georgia, this weekend in mp3 and real audio.

WTO launches new round despite clear tensions

16.11.2001 13:54

WTO vs. Democracy, CNN vs. Indymedia After contentious and prolonged meetings threatened the viability of the World Trade Organization's new round of trade talks, delegates were presented with a declaration (.pdf) that they could vote only up or down. Entering the 7th day of what was meant to be a 5-day meeting, the declaration finally passed.

The pressure for a successful round following the Seattle, 1999 debacle has forced all sides to agree to terms they may not have otherwise. In the final agreement, the European Union reluctantly agreed to a concession that will "phase out" subsidies to farmers, while many delegates from developing nations argued that the cards are still unfairly stacked against them. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick celebrated, saying "Today the members of the WTO have sent a powerful signal to the world. We have removed the stain of Seattle."

Developing nations did win a major victory regarding patenting laws (mp3). The new TRIPS Agreement (pdf), grants nations the right to produce generic medication in case of national health crises. Particularly in Africa, where the AIDS epidemic has spread to over 25% of the African population, this agreement marks a major victory. It will reduce the cost of AIDS medication from $10,000 per year, per person to a mere $250 per year, per person, causing a severe blow to pharmaceutical corporations.

However, activists and NGO representatives maintain that the undemocratic process (mp3) and underlying premise of the WTO continues to be a major obstacle in developing truly global and sustainable economic progress.

UPDATE: " November 21, 2001 NewsBlast" - featuring a selection of news summaries and stories found on the Independent Media Center websites and other media

"The meaning of Doha" by Walden Bello and Anuradha Mittal

Read and contribute to an www.indymedia.org WTO-Qatar Feature Page for information on the issues, the protests, reports from Doha and the Beirut World Forum.

**Webradio distributed coverage - no\/wto horizontal radio project:
[ radio.indymedia.org | tazebao.dyne.org ]

No New Round Radio, a joint project of Indymedia and Greenpeace, brodcasted from Doha each day of the ministerial.

"Diaries" from Doha
Sarah L. Wright: Nov. 8 | Nov. 12
Anuradha Mittal of Food First: Nov. 9 | Nov. 10 | Nov. 11

Counter-Summits: Beirut | Report from Beirut conference | New York

Some Action Reports
Doha, Qatar - Aalborg, Denmark Albi, France | Amherst, MA | Austria | Bangkok | Barbados | Bangor, Wales | Barcelona (many reports including Cataluña, Valencia, Vigo) | Bayonne, France | Berlin | Bern | Bilbao, Basque Country | Bolivia | Brasil | Buenos Aires | Christchurch, NZ | Copenhagen, Denmark | Dhaka City, Bangladesh | Dijon, France | Dublin | Finland | Frankfurt | Geneva, pics | Germany (many reports) | Greece1, 2 | Groningen, Netherlands | Guildford, England 1, 2 | India 1, India 2 | Indonesia | Iran | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Leiden | London Nov. 3, pics, Nov. 9-1, 2 | Lyon, France | Manchester, England 1, 2 | Manila, Philippines | Montreal | Melbourne | Netherlands | New York | Newcastle, England 1, 2 | Nice, France | Nîmes, France | Ontario | Ottawa | Palo Alto, California | Paris | Quebec and many more.

MORE ACTION REPORTS: Nadir.org | Protest.net | Infoshop.org N9/WTO report | Global Unions

Separatist Leader Found Dead; Papuans Suggest Indonesian Military Played Role

16.11.2001 13:25

From West Papua The mysterious death of popular West Papuan separatist leader Theys Eluay has sparked substantial unrest in the Indonesian-ruled land over the last several days. On Sunday, November 11, Eluay was found, suffocated, inside his car at the bottom of a ravine, after being missing for almost a day. Eluay's supporters have declared that the Indonesian military is to blame; Indonesian leaders have strongly denied involvement. Eluay, leader of the Papuan Presidium Council, a West Papuan separatist group, had been on trial along with three other presidium members, on charges of "subversion." West Papuan separatists are preparing for a difficult week in anticipation of December 1, the day they have chosen as their 'independence day."

Next month the Indonesian government will grant greater autonomy, though not independence, to West Papua, which occupies the western part of New Guinean Island. Many in the province, currently called Irian Jaya, have been struggling for independence from Indonesia for 40 years. U.S.-based Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc., has owned mines in the province since Indonesia took control in 1969; the controversial corporation operates the world's largest gold mine and one of the world's largest copper mines there; West Papuan separatists have accused Freeport-McMoran of bolstering the Indonesian military's often brutal rule.

Estudiante Muerto el Miércoles en Colombia en Protesta Contra Guerra / Student Killed in Anti-War Protest in Colombia Wednesday

08.11.2001 16:20

Bogota university students protesting against the war Update: 9nov01 dos más fueron matados | two more were killed

[es] Carlos Geovanny Blanco Leguzamo estudiaba medicina en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Ayer murió de un disparo en Bogotá en el transcurso de una manifestación de protesta en contra de la guerra.
Un grupo de estudiantes se manifestaban en contra de los bombardeos en Afganistán cuando la policía respondió con violencia. Un grupo de estudiantes se enfrentaba a las fuerzas de policía que habían invadido el campus universitario alrededor del mediodía cuando Carlos fue disparado. El comandante de policía niega que la policía sea responsable del tiroteo pero varios testigos confirman que el disparo vino de las líneas policiales.
La policía ocupó el campus durante toda la tarde. Por la noche había muchos estudiantes acampados en la universidad preparíndose para las protestas del jueves.
La universidad permanecerá cerrada hoy y mañana.
Aún no ha aparecido ningún informe sobre lo ocurrido en ningún medio de comunicación del capital.

[en] Carlos Geovanny Blanco Leguzamo was studying medicine at Colombia National University.
Yesterday he was shot dead during an anti-war protest in Bogota.
A group of students were protesting the bombings in Afganistan when police responded to the demo with violence. A group of students were confronting police forces who had invaded university campus when Carlos was shot at around noon. Police commander denies police are responsible for the shooting but a number of witnesses confirm the shot came from behind police lines.
Police occupied the campus for the whole afternoon. By night a lot of students were camping in the university and preparing protests for Thursday.
The University will be closed today and tomorrow.
Reports of this have yet to appear in Corporate media anywhere.

COP7 Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, Raises Questions About Trading Emissions

07.11.2001 13:46

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's "Seventh Conference of the Parties" (COP7) is set to conclude in two days after meeting since October 29 in Marrakesh, Morocco to finalize measures needed to make the Kyoto protocol "operational." Tense negotiations have been taking place over specific provisions for the "sharing" of carbon dioxide emssions, especially the Protoype Carbon Fund, which, according to Yin Shao Loong of the Third World Network, "pave[s] the way for business interests to seize a brand new market, in the name of greenhouse gas emissions trading." Critics have accused Russia, Japan, Australia and Canada of watering down the provisions, and condemn the entire process for falling dramatically short of the fundamental changes in policy that would have to occur to halt or even slow climate change. Moroccan non-governmental organizations have faced police pressure while calling for the conference to promote sustainable development, especially for the delicate maghreb.

The Climate IMC continues to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the summit.

Challenging the World Economic Forum in Asia

07.11.2001 13:30

From October 29-31 hundreds of the world's business and political leaders met in Hong Kong for the World Economic Forum's East Asia Economic Summit. The summit focused on responding to the worldwide economic downturn, supporting the stability of Asia's economies even as U.S. bombs threaten to destabalize the region. Activists from the Asia People's Solidarity Forum criticized the WEF as an instrument of globalization and accused nations of "[using] the September 11 incident to expand the curtailment of the rights of their citizens and to implement economic policies in furtherance of globalization." Three hundred supporters of the Solidarity and Resistance Against Globalisation Alliance protested the summit on Ocotber 28, defying police warnings.

The World Economic Forum describes itself as a "platform for discussion, debate and action on the key issues on the global agenda." Detractors, who have most recently faced the World Ecnomic Forum's meetings in Salzburg, Austria, Davos, Switzerland and Melbourne, Australia. See coverage of those meetings in the archives of the Austria, Switzerland and Melbourne IMCs.

From the S11.org site:

Questioning the Effect of &quot;Humanitarian Aid&quot; in Afghanistan

02.11.2001 16:53

From the day the first American bomb fell on Afghanistan, U.S. government officials have claimed that the country is fighting the war on two levels -- trying to unseat the Taliban with bombs, and fighting a humanitarian battle against poverty and gender-based persecution. Even before the bombing Afghans had been facing decades of civil war that had forced hundreds of thousands to flee to neighboring countries. Those who remained faced a landscaped riddled with landmines, a Taliban government that punished women daily with supposed religious justification and, most recently, a devastating three-year drought. International aid agencies had tried to clear landmines and stave off starvation in Afghanstan by painstakingly removing mines, one by one from the countryside, and shipping in thousands of tons of food and supplies. Since the bombing began both efforts have halted; hundreds of thousands more Afghans have fled for the (closed) Pakistani border. U.S. bombs have destroyed several humanitarian facilities, such as the office of a mine-clearing program, killing four aid workers, and twice on Red Cross food warehouses. The Taliban have also been condemned for targeting aid organizations.

Since the U.S. began to drop bombs on Afghanstan U.S. cargo planes have dropped almost a million daily food rations. Have these food drops alleviated the increasing humanitarian crisis in Afghanstan or simply served as propaganda for the U.S. military? Has the U.S. helped Afghan people by supporting the questionable Northern Alliance/United Front, or will U.S. actions result in even more war, oppression and poverty for the Afghan people?

Join the Philadelphia IMC in gathering links about the humanitarian situation in Central Asia, including articles about the effect of food drops and questions about human rights in Uzbekistan.

Listen to reports from Between the Lines Radio and other IMC-Radio associates on the humanitarian situation.

Peace and Justice Marches, Vigils and Demonstrations Occur Worldwide on October 27

31.10.2001 16:32

Marches, vigils, teach-ins and demonstrations took place around the world on October 27 to continue questioning the "war on terrorism." The International Action Center reports that actions, most sposored by the coalition known as International A.N.S.W.E.R. -- Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, occurred in 75 U.S. cities and over twenty countries. Reports have come in to Indymedia from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta (watch video), Portland, the Twin Cities, St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Albuquerque. Visit the IAC site for reports about the actions, and Protest.net for news about upcoming peace and justice actions and events. Stop by IMC sites like the IMC-UK, which features a calendar of upcoming actions, the Barcelona IMC which features multilingual reports, and other IMCs throughout the world for ongoing coverage of anti-war demonstrations internationally.

Animal Rights Issue Raised in Protests in Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.

30.10.2001 19:59

Animal Rights demonstrators in Little Rock, Arkansas Animal rights proponents faced police in Little Rock, Arkansas, this week during three days of actions meant to attract public attention to Stephens, Inc., the primary investor in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), and the Bank of America, which is affiliated with Stephens. Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty has protested HLS and its associates internationally, accusing the company of continued cruel treatment of animals in the course of its research. HLS argues that animal testing is necessary to advance medical science.

Police in Little Rock took advantage of a newly promulgated city ordinance, pushed through the city council by Stephens, to harass and brutalize activists. A website has been set up to support the 26 people arrested on Monday. To find out how to help the jailed activists in Little Rock, click here.

A Portland Indymedia reporter was on the scene. Read her reports here: [ Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday, 1 | Monday, 2 | Monday, 3 ]

Bolivian Farmers and Troops Clash Over Coca, Privatization

28.10.2001 04:27

Ptotests in Bolivia In the wake of the September 11 attacks on the U.S., in the name of the "war against terrorism," the United States has moved to increase funding for its support of certain South American governments such as that in Bolivia. Confrontations between government troops and indigenous farmers expanded throughout the nation this week as Bolivia's farmers responded by stepping up their battle against U.S. and World Bank/IMF-backed policies of coca crop eradication and privatization. In Chapare, farmers have been blockading army bases to halt the U.S.-imposed "Plan Dignity," an effort to completely eradicate the nation's coca crops by 2002. Since former ruler Hugo Banzer's re-election in 1997 Bolviain troops have destroyed 95% of Chapare's coca fields, primarily of poor, indigenous farmers, even though farmers demand to be allowed to keep some coca to use in traditional culture and medicine. This month, three farmers were killed during a road block and another died from gases used to break up protests, adding to the rising toll of activists killed since the protests began. Farmers are preparing to escalate blockades on November 6. Farmers from organizations like the Confederación de Campesinos (Confederation of farmers), the Movimiento Sin Tierra and the Indigenous Confederation (CIDOB) are also fighting the government and paramilitaries, having occupied 11 farms to reclaim the nation's lands.

Bolivians also continue to fight World-Bank backed privatization. In April of 2000 the people of Cochabamba forced construction multinational Becthel to withdraw from its ownership of the recently privatized water system. Today Bolivians fighting against the privatization of an airline which is now on the verge of collapse.

The recent confrontations have connected with strikes of transport workers, teachers and a growing strike in the mining area of Poposi, as well as with protests against the U.S.-led bombing of Afghanistan, to contribute to a nationwide escalation of tensions. The international corporate and governmental media have rarely reported on the situation in Bolivia. Participate in a project by the Argentina IMC to gather independently-written articles about the crises in Bolivia by adding your links the Argentina IMC's Bolvia dossier.

Governments Use &quot;War on Terrorism&quot; to Threaten Civil Liberties

24.10.2001 07:52

In times of crisis, whether real or manufactured, national governments often find it expedient to eliminate or abridge the rights of activist citizens in an effort to "maintain order." Ongoing incidents concerning surveillance and repression of citizens by their own governments take place almost everywhere on Earth -- recently, for example, throughout Europe, in Argentina, India, Slovenia and Italy. Now, the "War against Terrorism" has served to intensify this dynamic. In France, in order "fight terrorism," the government is weighing a series of exceptional security amendements, part of the "Loi Securite Quotidienne" ("Day-to-day Security Law") that would infringe upon constitutional rights. Human Rights activists are protesting such measures. In Germany, police officers broke into the homes and office of the group 'Libertad!, confiscating computers, hard disks, CD-ROMs and documents. 'Libertad!' had mobilised in protest of the deportation of refugees by the airline 'Deutsche Lufthansa AG'.

In the United States, where so much is made of freedom and democracy, measures that threaten civil liberties like former President Clinton's Executive Order #12919 have been in place, or intended to be put in place for years. There is a relatively long history of repression against progressive activists in the United States and the countries the U.S. influences worldwide, both during peace time and war. Civil libertarians are strongly protesting creation of the Office of Homeland Security along with the debates surrounding the US Anti-Terrorism Act. Some call "Orwellian" the increasingly sweeping proposals that are being put forward.

In the present atmosphere of war, many are calling for measures that will further restrict civil liberties and human rights. Both on the ground and in cyberspace national security is being used as an excuse to question free speech. U.S. government surveillance techniques as Carnivore and Echelon as well as encryption crackdowns are finding even more support than they did before the September 11 attacks, when surveillance by governments and private corporations was already on the rise worldwide. Likewise, in real space workplace surveillance, face recognition technology, national ID cards, fingerprint tracking and Social Security number schemes are being seriously considered in government and corporate circles. Many who rely on the freedom to dissent are preparing to protect themselves, wondering if appeal to government is still viable. Some are taking their fears, inspiration, and creativity to the streets.

20,000 Criticize European Union in Ghent, Belgium

24.10.2001 06:34

Anti EU-demonstrations in Ghent, Belgium On October 19 at least 20 000 people demonstrated against European Union policies outside of an informal EU summit being held in Ghent, Belgium. There were several actions during the day. Many organisations held their own actions, such as a "students strike" (2000 people), an ATTAC gathering (100), a pink and green march organised by anarchists (600) and a union demonstration (8000). Many Non-Governmental Organisations had their own smaller actions. In the evening a very large demonstration (20 000) took place, followed by a party less than 200 metres from the summit's meeting place. The left parties in Belgium government (Greens & Socialists) demonstrated in the big evening march, resulting in a "pie-fight."

The original focus of the demonstrations had shifted slightly due of the "War on Terrorism." There was still a strong reaction against the corporate-dominated econonomic policies of the European Union but the topics "peace" and "anti-war" were omnipresent. Beside the demonstrators, the streets of Ghent were nearly empty. While the mayor of Ghent had cautioned citizens and shop owners about impending violence, there was no violence so the 3500 police had little to do. Rather than focus on the content of the protests, most corporate media chose to focus their reports on why there was no violence.

For detailed multilingual, multimedia coverage of the demonstrations as well as the issues that motivated them, visit IMC-Belgium.

Activists Confront Police as Ontario Premier Resigns

16.10.2001 19:10

&quot;No War but the Class War&quot; in Toronto on October 16 This morning activists from around Ontario converged on Toronto's financial district to protest growing poverty in Canada and around the world by attempting to temporarily shut down the country's fiancial center. The confrontational protests began before daybreak and disrupted some activity on Toronto's Bay Street. The demonstrations lasted several hours before marchers joined street parties and rallies. The protests nearly coincided with the announcement by Ontario Premier Mike Harris that he will step down as soon as his Progressive Conservative Party can choose a new leader (likely in the spring), citing personal reasons. Canadian activists have long criticized Harris for instituting policies that have allowed poverty to grow exponentially in Canada. Harris has insisted that his reforms have spurred Ontario's economy.

Today's protest was the kickoff of the "fall campaign of economic disruption" by the Ontario Common Front, a coalition of over 75 anti-povery and social justice organizations, that will "attempt to create a political crisis for the Tory government by shutting down the profit system in this province." As organizers from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, one of the members of the Ontario Common Front, declared the event a success, debate continued about OCAP's tactics.

Visit IMC-Ontario regularly for coverage of today's actions and ongoing social justice issues in Canada.

A first-hand overview of the October 16 actions.

Activists Gather in Norway to Propose Alternatives to Corporate Globalization

16.10.2001 18:20

IMC-Norway From October 11 to 13, activists and social justice theorists gathered in Oslo, Norway, for the "Another World is Possible" conference, the "Norwegian 'sister conference' to the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Visit the newly opened IMC-Norway site for video, audio, print and photo coverage the conference and continue to check out the http://www.indymedia.no site for coverage of events in and concerning Norway.

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