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Stop the WTO!
Maker: Eric Drooker
Date Made: 1999
Place Made: North America: United States; Washington, Seattle
Measurements: 56 cm x 44.5 cm; 22 1/16 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Globalization & International Economics
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Carnival Against Capital Stop the WTO! N30 Global Day of Action Nov 29-Dec 3, Seattle, Washington N30 Global Day of Action: November 30th, Seattle & everywhere N30 Seattle Mass Direct Action, 7am sharp Seattle Central Community College (Bway & Pine) and Victor Steinbrueck Park (N. of Pike Place Mrkt) Direct Action Convergence: Seattle, November 20-28 9 Days of workshops, performances, and tool to build a revolutionary movement! www.n30.org www.agitprop.org/artandrevolution/wto (206) 632-1656 On November 30th activists from all over the world will use their bodies to shut down the World Trade Organization's Seattle Ministerial and their voices to educate the world about the not-so-New World Order that is destroying our lives and our planet in the name of profit. The World Trade Organization (WTO) enforces "free trade" at the explicit expense of human rights, health, labor, and the environment. Since its inception the WTO has forced Guatemala to stop warning mothers of the dangers of breast milk substitute; it has put an end to sea-turtle-free shrimping laws; it has forced countries to repeal their ban on the known carcinogen asbestos; and is in the process of forcing bovine growth hormone down the throat of Europe-- all in the name of corporate profits. Thanks to the WTO, the divestment strategy that was used in the 80s to force an end to apartheid in South Africa is illegal today. Who is the WTO? The World Trade Organization was established in 1995 at the end of the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations (the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade). The WTO is comprised of trade representatives appointed by its 134 member nations and functions as a sort of supreme global trade court. . . . The WTO is a frightening institution, yet within its abominations lie a tremendous opportunity for us to educate people about the dangers of a political system so tightly gripped by capitalism that is choking the life out of our planet.
Acquisition Number: 2000-080
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