Monday, February 4, 2002

  • Is Another World Possible? Power and Protest As the World Economic Forum Comes to New York

    More than ten thousand people gathered to protest the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum this weekend in thestreets of midtown Manhattan. A diverse array of groups marched downtown from the west and the east sides of the cityand converged at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where the forum took place this weekend. The colorful crowd swarmed overthe busy streets, carrying puppets and banners, chanting and singing, culminating in a rally outside the hotel. Butdespite weeks of preparations by the NYPD and heavy police presence during the weekend of protests, Saturday’sdemonstration was relatively peaceful. Less than 40 were arrested yesterday, and there were few reports of violencealong the demonstration route.

  • Have Forum Leaders Learned to Listen to Their Critics, Or Have They Just Learned to Deflectcriticism?

    Today is the final day of the World Economic Forum, held this year for the first time in New York City. Previouslyit was held in Davos, Switzerland.

  • After Thousands Hit the Streets of Midtown Manhattan to Protest Against the World Economicforum, Activists Talk About Direct Action Strategies

    More than a thousand corporate chief executives gathered in conference rooms World Economic Forum this weekend. Butin four days of nonstop talking, the Enron scandal was hardly mentioned; when it was, the emphasis was lax businesspractices and how every recession brings down some big company, rather than on the apparent fraud at the heart ofEnron’s collapse Several of the groups organizing this weekend’s protests have planned a demonstration this afternoonoutside the Manhattan offices of Anderson Accounting, demanding that they open the books.

  • Thousands of Activists Converge at the World Social Forum to Weave a New Vision of Reality

    Over the last few days, thousands of activists are converging at the World Social Forum to weave a new vision ofreality, one in which humans and nature replace profits and power as the center of concern. The forum’s theme:another world is possible.