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Globalize This! Help Build Momentum for Real Change

Date:
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Time:
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Event Type:
Meeting
Organizer/Author:
Brendan
Location Details:
Revolution Cafe at 3248 22nd Street between Mission and Valencia

Next Planning Meeting for Globalize This!:
Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Revolution Cafe at 3248 22nd Street between Valencia and Mission [MAP].

Globalize This! is a new group looking to coalesce activists, community organizers, and other organizations in the Bay Area in opposition to corporate globalization and so-called 'free trade' agreements.

Free trade institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and treaties such as NAFTA and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) are protecting wealth and solidifying the power of multinational corporations at the expense of the environment, workers rights, the indigenous, people of color, and the poor.

Globalize This! seeks to coordinate activities, events, actions, and public forums that will help raise awareness about the negative impacts of neo-liberal policies (i.e., pro-corporate globalization), develop innovative campaigns to build a diverse activist base and deliver concrete results in the struggle against the corporate globalization agenda, and work in solidarity with other anti-globalization groups world-wide.

It is time to take these grassroots organizing efforts to the next level in preparation for the next big battle against free trade set to take place in Costa Rica on October 7, when Costa Rican voters will have the chance to accept or reject the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). This opportunity is historic as it is the first time a voting population anywhere in the world has had the chance to vote on a free trade agreement.

Costa Rican organizations have been reaching out to people in North America to act in solidarity with their struggle against DR-CAFTA and to procure further support in preparation for the October referendum--but time is short.

Our present campaigns are focused on work in conjunction with Costa Rican organizations to defeat CAFTA at the ballot box in October as well as to plan in preparation for the No Border Camp in November.

Campaign planning will focus around:

- Drafting a media strategy and press releases
- Planning and coordinating anti-globalization events
- Community outreach
- Web design
- Translation
- Post-October initiatives including the No Border Camp in November

If you are interested in becoming a part of Globalize This! and helping out with this or future campaigns, email us at info [at] globalizethissf.org or just come to our next planning meeting Sunday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Revolution Cafe in the Mission at 3248 22nd Street between Valencia and Mission.

OTRO MUNDO ES POSIBLE -- ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE

Added to the calendar on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 10:12AM
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