Philadelphia Social Forum & Moonstone Present
To Promote Democracy
September 11, 2003 is the 30th Anniversary of the Assassination of Salvador Allende
September 10 to 14, 2003 is the Fifth Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization
In memory of Salvador Allende and all of those who have died fighting for freedom and democracy, we look at the role of the United States in Latin America with films, lectures, music,
a Conference and readings from the literature of liberation and resistance.
All events are Free. Please join us!
Sunday September 7, 2003 – 2PM – Films & Discussion
Globalization and the WTO
What is the World Trade Organization? What do they do? Why have there been demonstrations against it?
Global Village or Global Pillage?: How People Around the World Are Challenging Corporate Globalization by Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello with Brendan Smith, Narrated by Edward Asner, Featuring Ralph Nader, Charles Kerneghan, Thea Lee, Loretta Ross, Dennis Brutus
GLOBAL VILLAGE OR GLOBAL PILLAGE? shows constructive ways ordinary people around the world are addressing the impact of globalization on their communities, workplaces, and environments. It weaves together video of local and transnational activities, interviews, music, and original video comics to show that, through grassroots organizing combined with mutual support around the world, ordinary people can empower themselves to deal with the global economy.
THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, A co-production of the Seattle Independent Media Center and Big Noise Films, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is a 70 minute documentary capturing the events of the 1999 anti-WTO protests in Seattle. More than a film, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE is a mobilizing campaign. The same grassroots network that celebrated victory in Seattle is collaborating to bring THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE to communities all over the world and mobilizing activists to initiate a dialogue about new ways to organize across our differences. Cut from the footage of over 100 media activists, the film marks a turning point in collaborative filmmaking and achieves a scope and vision possible only through the lenses of over 100 cameras. With a driving soundtrack including Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow, and Anne Feeney, as well as narration by Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti, THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE delivers an intensely political and emotional account of a week that changed the world.
"The documentary, like the protests, turns art into action..." ~ Village Voice
"One of the most important films of the year. A must-see... if you can handle the truth" ~ Willamette Week
Monday September 8, 2003 – 7PM - Film & Discussion
NAFTA and Latin America
What is the North American Fair Trade Agreement? How has it affected workers in the United States and Latin America?
Zoned for Slavery: the Child Behind the Label- This video tells of a campaign to defend the rights of young women who work for sweatshops, using the example of a large Taiwanese company, Mandarin, located in a free trade zone in El Salvador. Companies such as The Gap contract out work to companies like Mandarin, in search of the lowest wages and lowest levels of human rights regulation. Many workers suffer abusive conditions such as forced work shifts until four a.m., not receiving overtime pay, firing for not complying and threats for forming a union. Year Produced 1995 Length: 23 minutes
Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti- Describes labor conditions in Haitian factories where clothing with the Disney label is sewn. Companies subcontract their production in search of the lowest wages and lowest levels of human rights regulations. Year Produced 1996Length 19 minutes
Tuesday September 9, 2003 – 7PM - Film & Discussion
What is Plan Colombia? What does the School of the America’s have to do with it? What does the “War on Drugs” have to do with United States foreign policy?
More than 10,000 Colombian soldiers have been trained in the U.S. at the School of the Americas (SOA). Many ranking Colombian officers, who are graduates of the SOA, have been cited for recent brutal atrocities – including murderous rampage which were conducted in association with the AUC paramilitary, whose tactics include torture and the dismemberment of bodies. In 2000, as part of “Plan Colombia,” the US allocated $1.3 billion to Colombia. The majority of this money is going to US-based weapons manufacturers in the form of helicopters (costing over $15 million each), chemical corporations, who supply the toxins used for fumigations, and other corporations who use outsourcing to deploy mercenaries to the region. The remaining tens of millions will go directly to the Colombian military. This plan, commonly referred to as the Plan of Death, has resulted in countless human atrocities, serious ecological ramifications, and has contributed the displacement of 4 million (mostly indigenous) people. To date, tens of thousands of acres of rainforests and countless species have been decimated due to the fumigation of crops and medicinal plants have been destroyed and serious health problems have emerged. Although this “aid” is promoted as an initiative to support the “Wear on Drugs,” in reality it is having little effect eradicating coca. Rather, the aid provides the military backing to wage an ongoing biological and civilian targeted war against the poor, so that multinational corporations can fully exploit the land and resources at any and all cost.
Discussion lead by Philadelphia activists Linda Panetta, SOA Watch NE, author Plan Colombia … Plan of Death” and Berta Joubert-Ceci, International Action Center, who has been working with the striking Coca Cola workers in Columbia (Sinal Trinal).
Wednesday September 10. 2003 - 7PM – Film & Discussion
Battle of Chile Part One: Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie, a film by Patricio Guzman
This event takes place at the Class of 55 Conference Room, 2nd floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 34th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, for information call 215-898-4325 or 898-9919
On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that day. The bombing of the Presidential Palace, in which Allende died, would now become the ending for Guzmán's seminal documentary The Battle of Chile (1975-76), an epic chronicle of that country's open and peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it. Spanish with English Subtitles
"Not only the best film about Allende and the coup d'etat, but among the best documentary films ever made, changing our concepts of political documentary within a framework accessible to the widest audience." - Time
THE BATTLE OF CHILE (Part 1): The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (96 minutes) examines the escalation of rightist opposition following the left's unexpected victory in Congressional elections held in March, 1973. Finding that democracy would not stop Allende's socialist policies, the right-wing shifted its tactics from the polls to the streets. The film follows months of activity as a variety of increasingly violent tactics are used by the right to weaken the government and provoke a crisis.
THE BATTLE OF CHILE (Part 2): The Coup d'Etat (88 minutes) opens with the attempted military coup of June, 1973 which is put down by troops loyal to the government. It serves as a useful dry run, however, for the final showdown, that everyone now realizes is coming. The film shows a left divided over strategy, while the right methodically lays the groundwork for the military seizure of power. The film's dramatic concluding sequence documents the coup d'etat, including Allende's last radio messages to the people of Chile, footage of the military assault on the presidential palace, and that evening's televised presentation of the new military junta. (To be shown Wednesday September 17th at 7PM)
"Great films rarely arrive as unheralded as The Battle of Chile." Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
"The major political film of our times - a magnificent achievement." Tom Allen, Village Voice
"A landmark in the presentation of living history on film." Judy Stone, San Francisco Chronicle
Presented by the Univ. of Pennsylvania Library and the program in Latin American and Latino Studies
Thursday September 11, 2003 - 7PM – Film & Discussion
Venezuela – A 21st Century Revolution
Film featuring interviews with grassroots women and men, and with President Chavez, on what this amazing revolution is winning, what we can do for it, and what it can do for us. Discussion lead by Phoebe Jones Schellenberg of Global Women’s Strike, who has been invited twice to Venezuela and was in Caracas on the first anniversary of the uprising in April 2002 that reversed a coup organized by Venezuela’s elite and the US government against the elected government of President Hugo Chavez.
Friday September 12, 2003 – 7PM – Discussion
Is The Future in the Global South?
In 1959 Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, and has survived. On September 11, 1973 Salvador Allende was killed during the military coup against his democratically elected government in Chile. In April of 2002 the same tactic failed against the democratically elected government of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. In 2002, following 40 years of growth of the Workers’ Party, Lula was democratically elected in Brazil. Since 2000 the World Social Forum has taken place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with the motto, “Another World is Possible.”
Moderated by Dennis Brutus, South Africa; with Marjorie Agosin, Chile; Arturo Arias, Guatemala; Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Brazil; Jan Carew, Guyana; Enrique Sacerio-Gari, Cuba
Saturday September 13, 2003 – 10AM - Conference
To Promote Democracy
This Event takes place at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
10AM - Welcome and Introduction – Craig Eisendrath
10:30 – Overview of economic intervention– Marie Racine & Patrick Bond
Embargo and Economic Sanctions; Use of the IMF, World Bank and WTO; NAFTA and Free Trade for Manufactured Goods
11:30 – Overview of the military/Covert intervention– Adam Isacson, Jan Carew and Linda Panetta
The School of the Americas and the Training of the Latin American Military and Death Squads; The CIA and Covert Action; Direct Intervention with United States Troops
1:00– The Caribbean & Central America Case Studies – Moderated by Arturo Arias
(Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama,
Nicaragua, Puerto Rico)
With: Gioconda Belli, Jan Carew, Adam Isacson, Enrique Sacerio-Gari, Wayne Smith, Ambassador Robert White,
3:00 – Mexico & South America Case Studies – Moderated by Marjorie Agosin
(Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela)
With: Marjorie Agosin, Dennis Brutus, Adam Isacson,
5:00 – Wrap Up Discussion
6:00 – Dinner Break
7:30 - Showing of films on the World Social Forum, which has taken place for the last three years in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Discussion led by Dennis Brutus.
Co-Sponsored by The First Unitarian church,
Sunday September 14, 2003 – 10 AM – Panel & Readings
Red Ink: Literature of Residence & Liberation
“ The artist must elect to fight for Freedom or for Slavery.
I have made my choice, I had no alternative.” Paul Robeson
10:00AM – Panel Discussion on the Role of the Artist as Activist –
with Marjorie Agosin, Arturo Arias, Dennis Brutus, Jan Carew, Enrique
Sacerio-Gari, Lamont Steptoe
12:00 PM – Lunch Break
1:00 PM – Readings by the panelists Marjorie Agosin, Arturo Arias, Dennis Brutus, Jan Carew,
Enrique Sacerio-Gari, Lamont Steptoe
2:30 PM – Open Reading of political poetry & prose (limited to 3 minutes each)
Moderated by stevenallenmay