Many Yeses, One No: Confronting Corporate Globalization

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Date/Time: 21/11/2008 12:00 am

Many Yeses, One No: Confronting Corporate Globalization
A Retrospective Film Screening and Panel Discussion
November 21st, 2008, 7:00pm
Labowitz Theater
715 Broadway, NYC
As the anniversary of the Seattle protests against the WTO approaches,
the world economic system- a system whose logic and shape has been
defined by neoliberal economic theory- is in ruins, and the United
States has elected a new president that many people hope and expect
will bring about “real Change.”
What does this mean for a movement that seems to have seen its
heyday, but whose critique of the problem- neoliberalism run amok-
now seems more salient, and more urgently needed, than ever? If we
were to look at the Global Justice Movement, or Alter-Globalization
Movement, as historians, what lessons might we learn from this
history? How can these lessons be applied to the current moment?
These are some of the questions that we will be asking of activists,
filmmakers, academics, and each other, at this film screening and
panel discussion at New York University.
Films to be Excerpted:
Breaking the Bank (2000)
Showdown in Seattle (1999)
Fourth World War (2003)
It’s A Riot (1989)
The Debt Game (1992)
A Cry for Freedom and Democracy (1994)
Total screening time will be approximately 45 minutes, to be followed
by panelist remarks, and audience Q and A.
The Panel:
SAMEER DOSSANI is the Director of 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for
Global Economic Justice. Sameer has lived and organized in Canada,
Australia, the Philippines and India and has been writing and speaking
about the injustices of global capitalism since 1994.
BROOKE LEHMAN is a founding Participant of the Direct Action Network,
a national organizing collective that was instrumental in several
large mobilizations, and is a Co-Founder of Bluestockings Bookstore, a
radical bookstore and community center in the Lower East Side of New
York City.
RITTY LUKOSE is an NYU Professor and the author of the forthcoming
book “Liberalization’s Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer
Citizenship in Globalizing India” which explores the culture and
politics of anti-globalization in Kerala, South India.
MANUEL PEREZ-ROCHA is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy
Studies, and
participates in the Alliance for Responsible Trade. A Mexican
national, Pérez-Rocha has advocated against NAFTA and other neoliberal
policies that have an adverse impact on people´s human rights. Prior
to moving to Washington, DC in 2006, he worked for many years with the
Mexican Action Network on Free Trade and continues to be a member of
that coalition of social organizations.
RICK ROWLEY is a documentary filmmaker, television producer and
co-founder of Big Noise Films. He was part of the first Indymedia
center, in Seattle, and later wend on to co-direct the feature films
“This Is What Democracy Looks Like,” and “Fourth World War.” He
currently produces work for several television outlets, including
Al-Jazeera english language channel.
DAVID SOLNIT is an arts and direct action organizer and a pissed-off
puppeteer. He was an organizer in the shutdowns of the WTO in Seattle
in 1999 and in San Francisco the day after Iraq was invaded in 2003.
He currently works with Courage to Resist, supporting GI resistance
and organizes against Chevron Oil Corporation. He also edited
Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better
Moderated by STEPHEN DUNCOMBE, the author, most recently, of Dream:
Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and the editor
of the Cultural Resistance Reader. He is a life-long political
activist, and was active in the Anti-Capitalist Globalization Movement
as an organizer for Reclaim the Streets/NYC.
This event is made possible with the help of:
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
NYU Humanities Initiative
Community Learning Initiative of the Gallatin School

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