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Join the OCA for the WTO Teach-ins & Protests in Cancun Mexico

Join an OCA Delegation to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Protests in Cancun, Mexico (September 4-11, 2003)\

In 1999, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) helped organize protests and teach-ins against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle.

The "Battle of Seattle", as it came to be known, was the coming of age of the global grassroots in its attempt to stop the headlong rush of corporate globalization.

Now you have the opportunity to join OCA director Ronnie Cummins and other OCA staff on an escorted delegation to the historic teach-ins and protests against the WTO in Cancun, Mexico.

Thousands of concerned citizens from North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia are expected to converge on Cancun, including leading farm, food, Fair Trade, and anti-GE activists. They'll attend a wide range of workshops, forums, and cultural events. Following up on the theme of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, "Another World is Possible," the emphasis in Cancun will be on presenting alternatives to corporate globalization.

Organizers emphasize that public events will be strictly non-violent, and that any civil disobedience protests will be organized separately from the teach-ins and educational workshops.

Trade analysts predict that the outcome of the WTO Ministerial in Cancun will largely determine whether such corporate globalization schemes as genetic engineering, water privatization, investment and social services privatization, and patenting of drugs and life forms will go forward.

In the wake of the unpopular war in Iraq, the Bush administration will likely find itself increasingly isolated.

The OCA delegation, limited to 100 people, will include experts on genetic engineering and organic agriculture such as Ronnie Cummins, OCA National Director; Dr. Michael Hansen, from the Consumers Union; Laura Miller and John Stauber, publishers of PR Watch, a leading source of information on corporate power and propaganda; and Ryan Zinn, OCA's biodiversity specialist. These leaders, and others, including Mexican activists, will provide in-depth presentations and workshops for delegation participants.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of activities, including the International Forum on Globalization's "Teach-In on the WTO" and the International Fair Trade

Expo and Symposium, as well as local Mayan archeological sites, like Tulum.

Costs for the September 4-11 OCA Delegation to Cancun will be $850 (airfare, not included), and includes meals, lodging, workshops, and transportation. Private rooms are available for an additional $200.

To reserve your space on the WTO delegation, send a $400 deposit to:

Organic Consumers Association,
6101 Cliff Estate Road,
Little Marais, MN 55614
or call the OCA office at 218-226-4164.
For further information send an e-mail to /old_articles/wto_cancun.htm

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