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November 30, 2000
On Anniversary of Seattle Protests, IPS Releases Report on Student Activism
in the Anti-Globalization Movement
You can access the report in Adobe Acrobat format
(http://www.ips-dc.org/student.htm) or call 202-234-9382 to order hard copy.
On the first anniversary of the mass protests in Seattle against the World
Trade Organization (WTO), the Institute for Policy Studies is releasing a
report that presents the opinions and reflections of student activists
engaged in the growing movement against corporate globalization.
On November 30, 1999, thousands of students joined with trade unionists,
environmentalists and others in protests which successfully thwarted the WTO
^s plans to launch a new round of trade negotiations and fueled an upsurge
of student activism.
The new report, ^Student Voices: One Year After Seattle,^ documents how
these young leaders are working to continue to build on the momentum of the
Battle in Seattle and to meet the challenges they will face in the years to
come, particularly in building a movement that is cohesive as well as
racially and socioeconomically inclusive.
The report^s author, Bhumika Muchhala, a recent university graduate who
participated in the Seattle demonstrations, conducted interviews with 50
students and recent graduates from 38 universities across the country.
According to Muchhala, ^The student voices I^ve documented reflect the
energy and creativity, the new ideas and organizing structures, and the
strong idealism that they bring to this growing movement.^
The 40 page report presents direct quotes from students on:
--how they became politicized and what continues to motivate them,
--their opinions on what the collective vision encompasses,
--their most empowering experiences at protests and on campus,
--what the issues surrounding coalition building across race and
socioeconomic divides are and
--what constructive steps they have taken to address the divides, as well as
--their plans for the future and how they want to contribute to the growing
movement in the long
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