Subject: January 12 Teach-In on World Economic Forum (WEF) Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 10:32:24 -0500 From: Tim Scanlon <>

Pasted and attached below is the announcement for the upcoming WEF Teach-In


WHAT: WEF Exposed : Corporate Greed at Home and Abroad

WHEN: Saturday January 12, 2002 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

WHERE: Josephine Butler Park Center 2437 15th Street, NW, Corner of 15th and Euclid

This teach-in is being held to educate people about the World Economic Forum (WEF) that is being held in New York at the end of this month and to mobilize people for the protests scheduled against the forum on February 2, 2002.

The WEF claims to be "an independent organization committed to improving

the state of the world." Yet it is composed and funded by corporations like McDonalds, Coca Cola, Microsoft and Enron who have amassed more wealth than most countries.

Through the WEF and other institution like the IMF and World Bank, these

corporations have pushed social and economic policies that have curtailed democracy, harmed workers and peasants, and destroyed the environment.

The results of these policies have been making the front pages of major newspapers today - whether it is Monsanto's decades-old poisoning of the

water and soil in Alabama or the devastation o the lives of a large portion of the population in Argentina.

These institutions of capitalist globalization must be exposed and held responsible for the devastation they have wreaked in DC, the US and in countries like Argentina, Africa, Turkey and South Korea.


1:00 to 2:15 PM - Opening Plenary

2:30 to 4:00 PM - Workshops

4:15 to 5:45 PM - Closing Plenary and Announcements for the WEF demonstrations


Dennis Brutus, Civil Rights Activist and Poet, to speak about the WEF, the World Social Forum (WSF), and anti-war movement.

Kevin Danaher (Invited), of Global Exchange, speaking about the WEF and the anti-war movement.

Venessa Dixon, of the Health Care Now Coalition, speaking about local (DC) struggles against corporate greed.


1. Localizing the Global Struggle:

Parisa Norouzi on the Federal City Council in DC;

Deepak Bhargava on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);

Edgar Rivera on the Tenants and Workers Support Committee in Alexandria;

Henry Moses on the struggle of service industry workers in DC.

2. Global Capitalism vs. Democracy:

Margaretta Strand from Public Citizen to speak about the WTO and the WEF;

Kevin Danaher on Fair Trade vs. Free Trade;

Farah Fosse of the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (not confirmed) to speak about effects of globalization on women ;

A speaker to address the Argentina Crisis.

3. War and Globalization:

Damu Smith (not confirmed) of Black Voices for Peace to speak about local anti-war organizing;

Rami El-Amine of Left Turn and SUSTAIN to speak about the crisis in Palestine

Anthony Arnove of the ISO, to speak on the sanctions in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan;

4. Who Owes What to Whom: Reparations and Debt

Dennis Brutus on reparations and the Durban Social Forum in South Africa;

Invited speaker from BRC to speak about links between globalization and reparations.

This workshop will also include a short film clip on South Africa, the Durban Social Forum and the WEF.


Sarah Anderson, IPS Fellow, Global Economy Project on the crisis and fightback Argentina

Dennis Brutus on alternatives to the WEF - the World Social Forum

Damu Smith (not confirmed) on the local fightback against the war.


There will be a party at Cada Vez on U Street, NW at night, sponsored by

the Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ) among other groups. Details will be posted

*** There will be a charge of $ 25.00 for groups or individuals that want to set up a table at the teach-in.

Sponsored by the Mobilization for Global Justice.

To endorse or inquire about the teach-in contact :