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A Conspiracy of Hope

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Many think the global movement against unfair trade started in Seattle 1999. But going back over 200 years, people have reached across borders to end the slave trade, shame a brutal colonial regime, and bring respite to laborers of the industrial revolution.

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Spring 2004

A Conspiracy of Hope
by Zahara Heckscher
Many thought the global movement against unfair trade started in Seattle 1999. But going back over 200 years, people have reached across borders to end the slave trade, shame a brutal colonial regime, and bring respite to laborers of the industrial revolution.

Zapatistas and the Globalization of Resistance
by Bill Weinberg
They launched their uprising as NAFTA took effect, brought activists together in the jungles of southern Mexico, and inspired a worldwide justice movement. Ten years later, the Zapatistas are still thinking global

Resurrecting Democracy
an interview with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker
What can we do to put people, not corporations, back in charge of our fate?

Citizen Action, Networks & Global Change
by Anwar Fazal

Report from the World Social Forum
by Frances F. Korten
What began as a counter to the elite World Economic Forum has become a global gathering for those who believe that another world is possible—and are making it so

A Pilgrimage to Syria
by Elias Amidon & Elizabeth Rabia Roberts
Pilgrims to Syria find that the healing of wounds—ancient and new—begins in listening, learning, and praying together in many languages

Making the Whole World a Witness
by Dana Hughes
Human rights abuses thrive in the dark, dank world of censorship and government secrecy. What if those in danger could shine the light of publicity where it matters most?

Finding Dignity in Exile
by Ingrid Drake
Fleeing the violence of Burma’s military rulers, Shan women create a sanctuary and a power base by working together

A Race to the Top?
by Elizabeth Grossman
Instead of lowering labor and environmental standards, might global companies compete to meet high standards?

A Better Life for Hogs
by Holly Dressel
In response to the epidemic of industrial hog farms, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. share science and strategies

Appropriating the Internet for Global Activism
by Mark Surman & Katherine Reilly
Activists are appropriating the Internet to collaborate, get heard, and mobilize. But this is just the beginning

Etiquette for Activists
by Michael F. Leonen
Why do so many attempts to build coalitions across race and culture fail? These seasoned activists offer insights on what works—and what doesn’t

The Gifts from the Four Directions
by Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
The elders tell us that when the people of the four sacred colors come together at last, we will see the beginnings of a new world

Resources for Crossing Borders
by Becky Brun

features

community
Reflections on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beloved community
by Grace Lee Boggs
On the 75th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth, a movement elder reflects on what King’s revolutionary ideas mean for us today

arts & media
Does Anyone Else Feel This Strange Music?
by Carol Estes
A young radical poet and an elder philosopher forge an unlikely cosmological partnership


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Letter from the Editor
by Sarah Ruth van Gelder

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