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A Call for a WEF Counter-Summit

National Activist and Student Mobilization

Thursday, January 31st to Friday, February 1st 2002

at Columbia University in New York City


1. Background on the World Economic Forum (WEF)


What is the WEF?


Every year, 1,000 top business leaders, come together to shape the global agenda, while political elites and media luminaries gaze on admiringly. The World Economic Forum (WEF) will hold its annual meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City from January 31st to February 4th 2002. By its own description, the WEF is a special club of elite business leaders, whose annual meeting is the world's global business summit.


What is the WEF's agenda?


At the New York WEF summit, the world's richest CEOs will collaborate with the world's most powerful politicians to set the global economic agenda. Meanwhile, in the halls of Congress, the world's most powerful politicians are collaborating with the world's richest CEOs to expand the "war on terrorism."

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Update: As of 10 am Jan 31, 2002 NYC time, the WEF site is DOWN!

WEF

WEEEEEEEEE!!! We are NOW DANCING ON the Strategic Partners! JOIN US NOW!!


CALL FOR ACTION WORLDWIDE

Plus a Zapatista Tale -- "Another Apple, Another Politics."
(In the First Comments Box Below)

NETSTRIKE against the World Economic Fools meeting in NYC,

January 31-February 4, 2002

The WORLD ECONOMIC FOOLS, a who's-who of transnational
corporate reps and CEOs, will be meeting from January 31 to
February 4, 2002 in New York City to plan the continued
erosion of human rights, environmental standards, sustainable
development, and social justice, all in the name of ever-greater
corporate profit margins.

WE PITY THESE FOOLS who blindly believe that corporate
globalization and the worldwide imposition of neoliberal
economic policies can withstand the mounting tide of
grassroots resistance.

WE CALL ON YOU TO:

JOIN Electronic Disturbance Theater and the Federation of
Random Action in a Netstrike against corporate globalization,
DISTURB the electronic infrastructure of the WEF's corporate
membership, in a collective demand that the FOOLS LISTEN UP
when the people of Earth are speaking, MOVE YOUR DATA-BUTT
and place your data-body alongside the REAL BUTTS of thousands
who will be taking to the streets in NYC, and help advance an
alternative vision where people are more important than profit.

TO PARTICIPATE DOWNLOAD Your Virtual Sit-In Tool, below:

A Year in the Streets: WTO Seattle to the Bush Inauguration

produced by the Cascadia Media Collective.

Friday February 1 at 8:00pm at ABC No Rio

Sliding Scale: $2—$5

"85 minutes of glorious footage from the revolutionary movement against capitalism and globalization."

--AK Press

A new generation of activists rises to expose the atrocities of neoliberal
economic globalization and to confront the violence of the capitalist police
state. In the belly of the beast, people are hitting the streets in mass
actions, struggling for a future in which domination, exploitation and
ecocide will be sad memories of a bygone era. Their message is a vibrant,
raging cry for justice and a free humanity. From WTO Seattle to the Bush
inauguration protests, A Year in the Streets criss-crosses the country,
providing a street-level view of the clash between activists who recognize
the need for urgent radical change and a state apparatus engaged in the
widespread repression of free speech and assembly.

The videomakers will be present.

The Cascadia Media Collective is an uncompromising group of videographers
producing "left of left" videos on resistance to environmental destruction,
political demonstrations and the collapse of the techno-capitalist era. CMC
challenges typical liberal viewpoints to expand and accept more radical
approaches to today's looming problems, as well as their solutions. Through
its films and media projects, CMC has appealed to a wide cross section of the
public without compromising its radical viewpoints, providing a healthy,
vibrant alternative to the mainstream corporate media.

ABC No Rio

156 Rivington Street (between Clinton & Suffolk)

(212) 254-3697

http://www.abcnorio.org

Anonymous Comrade writes: "

"Freedom Downtime" to Appear at New York City Film Festival

The 2600 documentary "Freedom Downtime" has been accepted at the New York International Independent Film and
Video Festival and will be screened in February.


The screening is scheduled for Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm at the Sutton 1 Theater, located at 205 East 57th
Street by 3rd Avenue.

Anonymous Comrade writes: "
Saturday Evening 02.02.02:


Art Activism + Technology
In the Age of Corporate Globalism



First in a series of talks, workshops,
performances, media, human interaction


Stragegies for Access and Media Autonomy
in the Digital Age



Presented by Cristine Wang


Panel:


John Perry Barlow

co-founder Electronic Frontier Foundation


Paul Garrin

Media Artist/Activist, founder of Name.Space


Saskia Sassen

Professor of Sociology and author of
"Globalization and its Discontents"


Remote Panelists: Geert Lovink, Eduardo Kac


Saturday 02.02.02

Name.Space Lab

11 East 4th St.

NYC


Door opens at 5.00

for vegetarian buffet and drinks reception.


Panel begins at 6.30


Performances and music begins at 9.00 till 2.00


Artists and Performers include:

Ricardo Dominguez, Sinister Forces,

Renegades of Punk, Walter Stedding/David Schmidlapp,

Yasunao Tone, Jenny Marketou, Frank Morales and others.


http://FreeTheMedia.org

(check out the poster and lineup)


for more info send email to: events@freethemedia.org


Admission $10 $5 after 10.00

proceeds benefit Free.The.Media and are applied toward
full membership for those who join the collective."

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We at RTS NYC recently conducted a poll.

We asked CEOs, high-level government officials and
other members of the wealthy global elite the
following question:

Four months after the worst terrorist attack in U.S.
history, at a time when the site of the World Trade
Center remains a smoldering mass grave; when thousands
of New Yorkers have been laid off; when the city has
entered into austerity mode, initiating budget cuts,
axing social programs and welfare (but generously
donated a community center to a needy developer); and
when many New Yorkers are still deep in the process of
mourning their dead and a home forever changed, what
would be the best way to spend a few million taxpayer
dollars?

a) on social programs that would benefit New York's
poor, hungry, homeless and jobless

b) on a 5-day cocktail party for rich people



Our prestigious respondents unanimously chose "b".

(Though George W. Bush requested, "No fancy fruity
drinks. Just beer and chicks.")

We at RTS NYC have decided to endorse these lovable
fat
cats. We figure, with all that money and power, they
must know what they're doing!

So in solidarity with the World Economic Forum, RTS is
throwing its own bash -- a musically oriented,
danceable one, of course. Argentine Tango, anyone?
Consider yourself cordially invited to...

DANCE UPON THE RUINS OF THE WORLD

Profits Before People! Rebuild NY for Big Business!

Dress up, make music, and tango till you drop.

Date: Saturday, 2 February

Time: Noon

Place: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Park Avenue, NYC



Formal attire.



Calling all samba bands, musicians of every stripe,
tango instructors, bikers in ball gowns and
loudmouths. Meet with us next Wednesday, 16 January,
at 7pm at Judson Church (55 Washington Square South,
near Thompson St.) to plan the party.


No R.S.V.P. required.

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Libertarian Book Club's Anarchist
Forum, January 2002

What Is This War Really About?

co-sponsored by Counter Information Alliance (C.I.A.)

On Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30pm, the Libertarian Book Club's Anarchist
Forum welcomes Bill Weinberg, Silvia Federici, Eric Laursen and Jay
Underhill as a panel, discussing "What Is This War Really About?", that
will provide alternative and anarchist views of what is really
motivating and guiding the Bush administration in it's supposed war on
terrorism. Is this war really more about building the power of
capitalism and the state, than bringing scoundrels to justice?

Bill Weinberg is publisher of the political and online journal WORLD
WAR III REPORT and host of "The Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade" on
WBAI.

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer and a member of the Committee for
Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA).

Eric Laursen is a political/financial
author and member of NYC DAN.

Jay Underhill is host and producer of the
public access TV show "Anarchist Propaganda and Variety Hour".

After the panel presentation an open period of questions and discussion will
follow.

The event will take place at the Brecht Forum on the 10th floor of 122
West 27th St. [between 6th and 7th Aves.], a short walk from the 28th
St. 1, 2, N, and R stops, the 34th St. B, D, Q and W stop, and the 23rd
St. F and V stop. There is no set fee for the presentation, but a
contribution to aid the LBC is requested.

If you have questions, contact the LBC/Anarchist Forum, 212-979-8353,
339 Lafayette St., Room 202, NYC, NY 10012 or e-mail:
roberterler@erols.com

Anonymous Comrade writes: "Drawing Resistance--A Traveling Political Art Show

ABC No Rio--January 10 thru February 14

Gallery Hours: Sundays 1:00-3:00pm; Tues & Thurs 5:00-7:00pm


Drawing Resistance is a group show featuring work by 31 artist/activists from North America. The show speaks to subjects vital to understanding the world today, including globalization, working class rights, environmental destruction, corporate control, police brutality, homelessness, gentrification and the Zapatista movement in Mexico.

Anonymous Comrade writes:
"Proposal for New York City Social Forum- Preparatory Conference

The meetings to take place Sat and Sunday January 26th and 27th 2002, and to directly proceed the World Economic Forum meetings being held here in NYC between January 31st and February 5th at the Waldorf Astoria.

We invite all locally based social and economic justice organizations to participate in formulating the procedure for a comprehensive NYC Social Forum- a forum for the communication and exchange of social and economic projects that promote human rights, fight for social justice, and build sustainable and multi-racial networks and structures.

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Dear friends,


International Conference "The Public Eye on Davos" in New York
From January 31 February 3 2002 at the United Nations Church Center (UN Plaza)


Parallel to the World Economic Forum annual meeting, "The Public Eye on DavosÒ was organizing for the third time an independent international conference with representatives from Southern and Northern countries in Davos, when the WEF shifted site to New York. Having already organized various panels, the core group of "The Public Eye on Davos" decided to transfer their conference to New York too.


The thematic focus is on the negative impacts of a one-sided economic globalization, and alternatives to the neoliberal model that are oriented around a socially just and environmentally sustainable development. The program* is divided into thematic blocks. Each block contains a short presentation followed by a moderated panel discussion in which the audience can participate.

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