It's now official: In the wake of the September 11 disaster, the IMF and World Bank have indefinitely postponed their planned late-September meetings, with uncertain repercussions for the anti-corporate globalization movement.
"There's something ultimately unknowable about why protest movements arise: why one injustice inspires outrage, while another goes unanswered. The question of <I>how</I> protest movements arise -- what form they take, how they define themselves, what political vision they express -- is a different story."
"As opponents of corporate rule gather this week to protest the World Bank and IMF, they will unwittingly reprise a pivotal but nearly unknown moment in radical history -- the segue in 1971 between the centralized, male-dominated leadership of the New Left and the more diverse, decentralized direct action tactics of today."
"New York City is on the verge of an explosion. With the March 16 police shooting of Patrick Dorismond, the number of unarmed black men gunned down by the NYPD in the last year has risen to three. People here are beyond grief, even beyond anger, so sickened and fed up with the out-of-control police force that they're ready to shut the city down."
"Movements aren't born on the Internet. But once people are in motion, the Internet is an agitator's dream: fast, cheap, far-reaching. Grassroots movements of all kinds increasingly use listserves and discussion groups to coordinate their work."
"For the longest time, being on the left has meant being marginal, powerless and embattled," writes activist L.A. Kaufman in the debut of FREE RADICAL, a new AlterNet column. "But history has turned a corner. Suddenly, a new radicalism has emerged: broad, confident, and compelling. The WTO protests in Seattle marked this movement's first major victory, but the new unrest also encompasses campaigns against police brutality and the prison-industrial complex, organized labor, immigrant rights groups and a whole host of vocal and spirited causes."
"As an activist at the A16 protests, I noticed that our logistical discussions were filled with paramilitary lingo -- tac, com, scouts, recon -- that became both more seductive and more ridiculous as the big action day approached. It started to feel like one slogan -- shut it down -- had dictated our strategy and forced us into what seemed like war games."