The global justice movement is giving increasing voice to alternatives to globalization as presented to us by giant corporations and the "free" market. This collection brings together some of the most important themes and voices which these rapidly growing, diverse citizens' movements have expressed at the World Social Forum which gathers each year in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Their power emerges from the range of disparate activists and organizations - indigenous groups, trade unions, environmentalists, women's organizations, church groups, students - that make up the global justice movement. The challenge is how to articulate their different agendas into a shared set of proposals for the creation of alternative social models to neoliberal globalization. This book assembles some of the most cogent and constructive thinking around the main issues: how to produce wealth and manage economies in the interests of people; social justice; environmental sustainability; affirmation of civil society and public space; democracy and ethical political action.
Table of Contents
* Editors' Preface * Acknowledgements * Foreword - Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri * Introduction: The World Social Forum and the Reinvention of Democracy * Thomas Ponniah and William F. Fisher * PART I: The Production of Wealth and Social Reproduction * Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues * William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah * 1. External Debt * Abolish the Debt in Order to Free Development * Eric Toussaint and Arnaud Zacharie (Committee for the Annulment of Third World Debt) * 2. Africa/Brazil * Conference Synthesis * Jacques d'Adesky (Facilitator) * 3. Financial Capital * Controls on Financial Capital * ATTAC-France * 4. International Trade * Conference Synthesis * Bernard Cassen, ATTAC (Facilitator) * 5. Transnational Corporations * Issues and Proposals * Joshua Karliner, CorpWatch and Karolo Aparicio, Global Exchange * 6. Labour * A Strategic Perspective on the International Trade Union Movement for the 21st Century * Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) * A Global Strategy for Labour * Jeff Faux (Economic Policy Institute) * 7. A Solidarity Economy: * Resist and Build * Economic Solidarity Group of Quebec * Conference Synthesis * Sandra Quintela (Institute of Alternative Policies for the Southern Cone) (Facilitator) * PART II: Access to Wealth and Sustainability * Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues * William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah * 8. Environment and Sustainabity * The Living Democracy Movement: Alternatives to the Bankruptcy of Globalization * Vandana Shiva, Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology * Conference Synthesis * Sara Larrain, International Forum on Globalization, Chile (Facilitator) * 9. Water - A Common Good * Conference Synthesis * Glenn Switkes, International Rivers Network, USA, and Elias Diaz Pena, Rios Vivos/Amigos de la Tierra, Paraguay (Facilitators) * 10. Knowledge, Copyright and Patents * Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Gap * OXFAM, UK * Conference Synthesis * Francois Houtart, Tricontinental Centre (Facilitator) * 11. Medicine, Health, AIDS * Conference Synthesis * Sonia Correa, IBASE and DAWN Network (Facilitator) * 12. Food * People's Right to Produce, Feed Themselves and Exercise their Food Sovereignty * APM World Network * 13. Cities, Urban Populations * Conference Synthesis * Erminia Maricato (Facilitator) * 14. Indigenous Peoples * Indigenous Commission Statement * Dionito Makuxi, Pina Tembe, Simiao Wapixana, Joel Pataxo, Lurdes Tapajos, Luiz Titia Pataxo Ha-Ha-Hae * Conference Synthesis * Paulo Maldos, Centre for Popular Education, Brazil (Facilitator) * PART III: The Affirmation of Civil Society and Public Space * Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues * William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah * 15. The Media * Democratization of Communications and the Media * Osvaldo Leon, Agencia Latinoamerica de Informacion * 16. Education * Conference Synthesis * Bernard Charlot, World Forum on Education and Paul Belanger, International Council on Adult Education (Facilitators) * 17. Culture * Cultural Diversity, Cultural Production and Identity * Fatma Alloo, Luiza Monteiro, Aureli Argemi, Imruh Bakari, Xavi Perez * 18. Violence * Violence Against Women: The 'other world' must act * World March of Women * Conference Synthesis on the Culture of Violence and Domestic Violence * Fatima Mello, ABONG, Brazil (Facilitator) * 19. Discrimination and Intolerance * Combating Discrimination and Intolerance * National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, India * Conference Synthesis * Lilian Celiberti, Articulacion Feminista Marcosur (Facilitator) * 20. Migration and the Traffic in People * The Contradictions of Globalization * Lorenzo Prencipe, Centre for Documentation and Research on International Migration, Paris * 21. The Global Civil Society Movement * Discussion Document * Latin American Social Observatory (OSAL), Latin American Social Science Council (CLACSO) * Conference Synthesis * Vittorio Agnoletto, Genoa Social Forum (Facilitator) * Part IV: Political Power and Ethics in the New Society * Overview: Key Questions, Critical Issues * William F. Fisher and Thomas Ponniah * 22. The International Architecture of Power * International Organizations and the Architecture of World Power * Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South * Conference Synthesis * Teivo Teivainen, Network Institute for Global Democratization (Facilitator) * 23. Militarism and Globalization * Conference Synthesis * Marcela Escribano, Alternatives, Canada (Facilitator) * 24 Human Rights * Conference Synthesis on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights * Maria Luisa Mendonca, Social Network for Justice and Human Rights (Facilitator) * 25. Sovereignty * Sovereignty, Nation, Empire * Daniel Bensaid, University of Paris (St-Denis) * 26. Democracy * Participatory Democracy * M. P. Parameswaran, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad * 27. Values * Values of a New Civilization * Mi
William Fisher is associate professor of anthropology and international development at Clark University, Massachusetts. Thomas Ponniah is a doctoral candidate at Clark University and has worked with the World Social Forum secretariat. He completed his masters degree in the department of cultural studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. The contributors include Walden Bello, Vandana Shiva, Ricardo Petrella and Medha Patkar. The preface is by Michael Hardt and Tony Negri.