We are everywhere: The irresistable rise of global anticapitalism

Notes from Nowhere Collective
Publisher:  Verso, London / New York
Year Published:  2003
Pages:  520pp   ISBN:  1-85984-447-2
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7873

Global voices presenting alternative visions of democracy.

We Are Everywhere is a book of stories, stories written by activists from the front lines of resistance against capitalism and economic globalization, tales of struggle and rebellion from participants in a movement of movments that is gaining ground on every continent. These stories, told with both words and pictures, have been collected over the past three years by a collective of activists, writers and artists, all of whom have deep connections to the movement.

The book explores and celebrates what activist, academic, and media commentators have recently come to refer to as the "anticapitalist" movement. One of the great strengths of this movement has been its capacity to re-kindle the idea of a global political project, a project defined by notions of autonomy, ecology, democracy, self-organization and direct action, notions which are explored in We Are Everywhere.

The Stories:
Fifty-five stories and accounts from twenty-six countries run in chronological order. Some are highly subjective, others come in the form of collective declarations - all have been chosen not only for their ability to document key issues and events of the movement, but also for the quality of their writing.

On the pages of the book one can find a taxi driver's account of organizing Seattle cab drivers during the actions against the World Trade Organization rubbing shoulders with a Nigerian activist's story of returning home from exile and witnessing a welcoming "Carnival of the Oppressed" on the same day that similar "carnivals against capital" were closing down financial centres across the world.

Accounts of Thai villagers building protest villages in the path of a mega dam mix with tales of riots against water privatization in Bolivia, road blockades by Argentinean movements of the unemployed, and the realization of a Papua New Guinean movement, via the internet, that they are not alone in fighting against policies imposed by the World Bank. Together these diverse writings reflect the essence of this movement. The stories are framed by seven essays collectively written by the editors which explore several of the various defining priorities and hallmarks of the movement.

Photographic Essays:
The book is punctuated by ten photo essays, some of which document certain events such as the global days of action (such as those in Seattle, Prague, and Genoa); others develop a key theme. The book begins and ends with photo essays, providing an accessible and inspiring way in and out of the publication.

Table of Contents


1. Emergence an irresistible global uprising
Over the Wall: so this is direct action!
Tomorrow Begins Today: invitation to an insurrection
The Sans-Papiers: a woman draws the first lessons
The Sweatshop and the Ivory Tower
Reclaim the Streets: an arrow of hope
Direct Action: Street Claiming

2. Networks the ecology of the movement
Dreaming of a Reality Where the Past and Future Meet the Present
Death of a Zapatista
Direct Action: Affinity Groups
We Have the Time, You Have the Money: the French unemployed get busy
People's Global Action: the grassroots go global
Global Day of Action: Party and protests against 'free trade' and the WTO

3. Autonomy creating spaces for freedom
Direct Action: Squatting Spaces
Cutting the Wire: the landless movement of Brazil
Cultivating Hope: the community gardens of New York City
Power Generation: the protest villages of Thailand
A Peace Message to the Public: words from the Assembly of the Poor
Direct Action: Guerrilla Gardening
Cremating Monsanto: genetically modified fields on fire
Life is Not Business: the intercontinental caravan
Together We Start A Struggle: a speech by Brazil's landless movement

4. Carnival resistance is the secret of joy
Global Day of Action: J18- Carnival ambushes capital
Dancing at the Edge of Chaos: a spanner in the works of global capitalism
Carnival of the oppressed: resisting of the oil occupation of the Niger delta
Direct Action: Disobedient Bodies
Global Day of Action: N30 - Shut Down the WTO
The Anticipated First
Not in Service: the tale of insurgent taxi drivers
Direct Action: Organizing Chaos
Infernal Noise: the soundtrack to insurrection
Indymedia: don't hate the media, be the media
Direct Action: Culture Jamming
The Pranksters and the Golden Phallus: impersonating the WTO
Disobedience is Happiness: the art of Mujeres Creando
Direct Action: The Pie's The Limit
The Water is Ours, Damnit! Cochabamba's water wars
The Roquefort Rebellion
Global Day of Action: S26 - Balls to the IMF
It's Got to be Silver and Pink: on the road with Tactical Frivolity
A River Never Comes to Prague: solidarity from Narmada
Nice - If You Could Only Breathe

5. Clandestinity resisting state repression
Anarchists Can Fly
Civil Emergency: Zapatistas hit the road
Direct Action: Jail Solidarity
An April of Death: African students fight World Bank policies
Kenyan Students Resist the World Bank
Global Day of Action: A20 - FTAA, No Way! Quebec City
The Bridge at Midnight Trembles
Touching the Violence of the State
Global Day of Action: J20- You are G8, We are 6 Billion
Genoa: the new beginnings of an old war
Assassini: the day after
Testimony of Terror
Will a Death in the Family Breathe Life into the Movement?
Protecting the Movement and its unity: a realistic approach
Direct Action: Action Medical
International Solidarity: accompanying ambulances in Palestine

6. Power building it without taking it
Durban Social Forum Declaration
We Mekin Histri
The Altered Landscape: reflections on the effects of 9/11
We Discovered We Weren't Alone: surfing the net in Papua New Guinea
Pots, Pans, and Popular Power: neighborhood assemblies of Buenos Aires
Direct Action: No Borders, No Nations
We are Human Beings: the Woomera breakout
Escape From Woomera
Direct Action: Dismantling War
It's Great We Are Everywhere, We Thought We Were Quite Alone
Forging Links in Ozarow: Polish workers take back their factory
Direct Action: Solidarity and Sabotage
We're Nothing, We Want to be Everything: a tale of self-management
Fighting to Win: The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
The Power of the Piqueteros: Argentina's movement of unemployed workers
Global Day of Action: 012 - We Will Not Be Recolonized, Americas
Between the Broken and the Built: power to the neighborhoods

7. Walking we ask questions

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