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In 2003, OCA Led a Delegation to WTO Protests in Cancun, Mexico. This Page is an Archived Resource of that Event

Travel Package and Information on World Trade Organization (WTO) Protests in Cancun, Mexico
(September 4-11, 2003)

In 1999, the 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 Ronnie Cummins and other OCA staff on an escorted delegation to the historic teach-ins and protests against the WTO in Cancun, Mexico.

WTO Cancun ProtestsOver 150,000 concerned citizens from North and South America, 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. As Simon Harris of the OCA puts it, "Cancun may very well mark the beginning of the end of the WTO".

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 Chiapas-based biodiversity specialist. These leaders, and others, including Mexican activists, will provide in-depth presentations and workshops for delegation participants.

During the week of teach-ins and protests, September 4-11, the OCA delegation will be housed in comfortable accommodations in the city of Cancun. Costs for a shared double room, meals, seminars, and transport to and from the teach-ins and activities will be $850 (airfare not included). Private rooms are available for an additional $200.

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