Thursday, February 7, 2002

  • Crashing the Stock Market Democracy Now! Style: Through the Police Barricades, the Metaldetectors and the Security Checks to the Gala Soiree of the World Economic Forum in the New York Stock Exchange

    The World Economic Forum has wrapped up its meetings here in New York. The CEOs and heads of state have returned totheir countries and their country clubs. Last weekend thousands of people descended on New York for massive streetprotests demonstrating against corporate driven globalization. The streets were full of people and puppets, drummersand dancers, activists and union leaders. Behind the police barricades, there were dozens of exclusive parties andsoirées where the captains of industry rubbed elbows with celebrities, government officials and world leaders. Someof these parties were so exclusive that even people like billionaire-currency speculator George Soros were notinvited. Well, Democracy Now! wasn’t invited to any of these galas either. But with a little help from some bravepeople on the inside of the WEF, we managed to crash one of these exclusive parties-in fact it was THE party thehottest ticket in town; held on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. In order to get in you had to have aspecial ID badge with a computer chip verifying your identity. The brazen bash invited the guests to experiencesounds and flavors from around the globe on the trading floor. A celebration of the Americas, a taste of Asia, anevening in Casablanca and the rhythms of Africa as you sample the exotic fare of Africa. Well, despite the heavysecurity, last Saturday, we headed to Wall Street and made it onto the floor of the Stock Exchange for the exclusivegala soirée.

  • Indonesian Labor Activist Rejects the Reebok Human Rights Award

    Tonight in Salt Lake City, on the eve of the Olympic Winter Games, the Reebok Human Rights Award ceremony will alsotake place in Salt Lake City. Reebok annually recognizes four activists age 30 or under who they say have madesignificant contributions to the field of human rights. But this year one of the winners has refused to accept the$50,000 award from Reebok. She has done so in protest against the low salaries the company pays its workers in herhomeland. So she won’t attend the award ceremony tomorrow in Salt Lake City, which is scheduled to coincide with theopening celebrations of the Winter Olympics.

  • Redefining Globalization to Mean Global Justice for the Environment and the World

    President George Bush’s proposed budget for 2003 would boost spending on fossil fuel and nuclear energy projectswhile cutting key environmental protection measures.