MoJo Must Reads

The anti-WTO movement through cash-colored glasses

Mar. 10, 2000

Think the tumultuous anti-WTO protests in Seattle were a flash in the pan? The protestors’ enemies sure seem to think otherwise. COMMON DREAMS received and published a leaked memo apparently produced by the lobbying firm Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healy, entitled “Guide to the Seattle Meltdown.” The memo, aiming to provide corporate-types with an “alarming window on the future,” offers a compendium of anti-globalization activist groups whose activities “may have significant short-term ramifications for the business community.”

The memo is intended as a precautionary guide for corporations, but it’s also about the best morale booster and organizing tool an activist could ask for. A portion of the memo, written by the firm’s managing director, warns of “the potential ability of the emerging coalition of these groups to seriously impact broader, longer-term corporate interests.” It adds: “Seattle was not an anomaly and the consistent anti-corporate message of virtually all the groups who participated there in November is not a temporary phenomenon.” The memo then goes on to list all the major groups, their leaders’ names and their Web sites for further info.

Read the leaked memo on COMMON DREAMS.



It's been a tough several weeks for those who care about the truth: Congress, the FBI, and the judiciary are seemingly more concerned with providing cover for a foregone conclusion than with uncovering facts.

But we also saw something incredibly powerful: that truth-tellers don't quit, and that speaking up is contagious. I hope you'll read why, even now, we believe the truth will prevail—and why we aren't giving up on our goal of raising $30,000 in new monthly donations this fall, even though there's a long way to go to get there. Please help close the gap with a tax-deductible donation today.