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In June, the WTO returns to the U.S. for the first time since Seattle

hey portland IMC editors, here's a suggested headline if you put this in the middle: "In June, the WTO returns to the U.S. for the first time since Seattle; Activists put out call-to-action"


Sacramento is an important destination on the World Trade Organization's (WTO) pre-Cancun itinerary. The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), USAID, and the US State Department are hosting a summit to which the Ministers of Trade, Agriculture, and Environment from 180 nations have been invited. It will take place in downtown Sacramento from June 23-25, 2003.

An "Expo On Agricultural Science and Technology" will run concurrently to showcase transnational agribusiness and biotechnology corporations and promote an industrialized, hunger inducing, agricultural model. These events are intended to build up to the WTOs September 2003 meetings in Cancun, Mexico. Agriculture is the most contentious issue inside the WTO. Neither the meeting nor the Expo are open to the general public. "This is not a public event", say EXPO organizers. A broad coalition of community organizations from Sacramento and Northern California are organizing a response to these events.

The resistant spirit of Seattle, D.C., Prague, and Quebec is alive and flows through Sacramento towards Cancun and beyond. The Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture is in the process of planning a response to both the meeting and EXPO. Events in Sacramento will include a "permitted" public demonstration and march, media events, street theatre, public education forums and literature, and non-threatening but disruptive direct actions. Our intent is to non-violently confront the powers that control our food systems with an alternative to their destructive, self-serving vision. We have adopted some basic guidelines of non-violent direct action for this mobilization and encourage a diversity of creative responses. They are not philosophical, political requirements placed upon participants or judgments about the validity of some tactics over others. The guidelines are agreements that create a basis for trust, so we can work together for this action and know what to expect from each other.

We will use no violence, physical or verbal, towards any person. We consider speech or acts that are racist, homophobic, or sexist to be violent. We will carry no weapons. We will not bring or use any alcohol or illegal drugs. We will not destroy property. We will respect the rights of others: we want your energy, ideas, and participation regardless of differences of race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age or previous political affiliations. We invite others to join us who are willing to accept our "guidelines" which we believe best serve the interests of our community, here in Sacramento.

The Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture is made up of organic farmers, family farmers, environmentalists, labor, religious, and economic/social justice groups. We encourage everyone who is concerned about the injustice of corporate globalization to join our network and/or organize actions leading up to June 23-25. This is a worldwide call to action, inviting the participation of social justice/ human rights/ animal rights/and peace activists, workers, students, trade unionists, environmentalists, indigenous groups, artists, community campaigners, consumer advocates, citizens and anyone else who is concerned about the violence and inequality of the corporate economy.

People and ecosystems worldwide already suffer the effects of polluted water, air and land: illness, death, anxiety, economic hardship, wrecked communities, loss of biodiversity and more. The "Agri-Business" model has not eliminated hunger in the U.S. The same unaccountable global corporations which, in their relentless quest for bigger and bigger profits, brought us the Roundup Ready and Terminator seeds, the toxicity of Love Canal, the 30,000+ causalities of Bhopal, the ecological catastrophe of the Exxon Valdez and the twisted torsos and missing limbs of Thalidomide, will now bring you genetically modified foods and escalating corporate control of all our food and water supplies, abroad and here at home.

Seize this opportunity to demand safe, sustainable agriculture, the rights of farmers to practice the time-tested traditional methods of their forebears, and wholesome, delicious, non-toxic, naturally grown food for every man, woman and child on the planet. Please join us, as an individual or as an organization, in organizing to get the message out to ag officials, the media and the public alike that the world wants to see an end to the horrors of industrial agriculture. Come to Sacramento this June.

If you want more information or to get involved email: silr@jps.net or call (916)-456-9435 Web site: www.biodev.org/sacramento/

Please call or email us if your organization would like to endorse this mobilization.

homepage: homepage: http://www.biodev.org/sacramento/

hear that, kids? 11.Apr.2003 01:31


Now this is appropriate black-bloc territory. I guess I'll be seeing a lot of you in Sacramento.

Si la Vida!

Well.... 11.Apr.2003 10:46


No, this is not black bloc territory, at least according to our gracious "organizers" who have provided us with a generous list of guidelines.

"We will not destroy property."

Of course not. Diversity of tactics is great, just so long as it doesn't include tactics that our "organizers" find unsettling. We wouldn't want to go and do anything rash like being effective, now, would we?

"We invite others to join us who are willing to accept our "guidelines" which we believe best serve the interests of our community, here in Sacramento."

This one says it all. All are welcome at our parade unless they work on their own terms, not those provided by our "organizers". If you accept our guidelines, you can come march with us, but if not, you aren't welcome. In other words, anarchists - stay the fuck away from our demo!

The blac bloc will be there... 11.Apr.2003 13:17

countzero countzero@ziplip.com

There has almost always been an unspoked agreement at these events(seattle etc) that the blac bloc will be there and WILL destroy property.
Of course they will say that there will be none happening in advance but they also likely will not try to stop it from happening-unofficial acceptance if you will.
Dont freak out and think that the radical elements are being excluded or told not to come as neither is the case and what is happening here is the same as always just possibly much bigger as the resistance movement has taken off quite a bit sinceday of bombing...


the black blockheads want in, eh? 11.Apr.2003 20:46

seen em in action

We need a small, violent, elitist movement. That's why it's GREAT that the supermacho, 'manarchist' Black Block-heads will make sure that a mass movement of nonviolent resistance never emerges... people want violence! trashing! screaming at cops! That's what amerikkans see on TV so that's what they're used to. Who cares what the organizers thing? Anyway I'd rather confront a bunch of wimpy, sissy not-radical-enough, not-tough-talking-enough liberal mushy-brained dumb pacifists who want to control me (like my parents!) than organize. Organize means you have to talk to people, win them over, have compassion for them, use reason.... think a lot, show some self-restraint... nah!

It's better to keep the movement small, get rid of the sellouts, the fake radicals, the people who don't really want Revolution!! To hell with them!!!

Be sure to dress real scary, all in black, lots of leather and ski-masks. people will think you're like a terrorist! dope!! Your parents would be so pissed!!!!

very small, violent movements are the one that accomplish all the good stuff in history.

Your Dumb 12.Apr.2003 11:45


That was one of dumbest things ive ever heard.

Black bloc is a tactic like anything else. By them closing it off to all forms of property destruction and all forms of non violence thats no longer trying for a diversity of tactics thats doing exactly what you thought the bloc was doing. Quote - "We need a small, violent, elitist movement."

Except for the violent part how does that not descibe what happens when only some people are invited and only the people who do the exact same things as me or you can come.

Here are my definitions.
Liberal - Ineffective
Radical - Effective

MLK, gandhi, - Radical. People who chain themselves down - radical. Nonviolent protest trying to shut the wto down - radical. Black bloc when effective -radical. When people "incourage" diversity of tactics by discouraging it - liberal. Black bloc while not being effective - liberal. Sign waving in general - Liberal.

The idea that only men choose to participate in the block is also riducules. Some of the most effective and sometimes violent people ive seen in a black bloc are women. And for two, just because violence is done doesnt mean its macho. When someone hits my friend, and i get in front of that blow thats just courageous. When people continuously destroy are lives and we try to stop them anyway nessacary, thats just courageous.

Another point. Most black bloc'ers understand the importance of diversity of tactics. A lot of them have done completly non violent actions. A lot of the black blocs that form at protests are completly non violent. There just prepared to use the tool of blocing up to be effective. If the police are beating someone up and they dearrest them. or if they see a large multi national company exploiting workers overseas and exploiting small businesses here, there willing to get themselves arrested to destroy it.

Why black bloc and all dress in black and all wear scary terrorist masks? Read any of the faq websites done by people who advocate for the use of black blox. Dress all in black so you cant be idenified by the police. Show solidarity with people who choose to do things illegal so they cant be targeted by the police. It really does make sense if you take a step back and examine it in a new light.

Most of your article was dumb. It was from talking to nobody who took part in our around black blocs. Its from never beening in a bloc. You've basically mirrored back all the arguements that the corporate media has against anti capitalists/ anarchists/ everyday folks. You need to get out of that vicious circle and start thinking for yourself.

ride share 13.Apr.2003 14:10

Brian criticalmasser@riseup.net

If there are any rideshares down to Sacramento for this time, please email me. Or, if a gang of people want to team up and bike from PDX to Sacramento and back I would be up for that kind of action. Peace.Love.

ride share 13.Apr.2003 14:10

Brian criticalmasser@riseup.net

If there are any rideshares down to Sacramento for this time, please email me. Or, if a gang of people want to team up and bike from PDX to Sacramento and back I would be up for that kind of action. Peace.Love.