OVER 120 people gathered at Southampton Institute to take part in a Globalise Resistance conference on Wednesday of last week. There were workshops, ranging from Third World debt to the global fight against privatisation.
Speakers included local activists from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Christian Aid, Refugee Action and St Mary's Regeneration Campaign. There was a wide range of opinions, but people readily made the links between local issues and the need to oppose corporate dominance on a global scale. The final rally was inspiring, with George Monbiot, Barry Coates from the World Development Movement, student activist Helen Salmon and local Socialist Alliance candidate Mark Abel all stressing the need for unity against global capitalism.
We have now started to organise a Southampton delegation to the protest at the G8 summit in Genoa.
- AMY WALLEN and STEVE SQUIBBS
OVER 200 people attended a question time on globalisation for prospective parliamentary candidates in Hove last Thursday. The meeting was organised by Brighton & Hove World Development Movement. People grilled Labour MP Ivor Caplin, and candidates from the Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Socialist Alliance on a range of issues from the role of the World Trade Organisation to British immigration policy. The questions and discussion showed deep anger at the Labour government's record, particularly over its persecution of asylum seekers and submission to the multinationals.
AROUND 90 people attended the second Globalise Resistance forum in Conway Hall in London last Wednesday. A speaker from Action for Southern Africa led a debate around the issue of drug patents.
The forum then split up into workshops to organise activities such as getting people to Genoa (including booking a train). Globalise Resistance is organising a blockade of Balfour Beatty on 28 March in protest at the firm's involvement in privatisation of the tube, PFI in hospitals and the Ilisu dam in Turkey.
- SUE JONES
WE ORGANISED a forum on globalisation at Queen Mary College in east London last week. The evening was a great success and over 30 people signed up for a new Globalise Resistance student society.
- PHIL MOORE
SOME 90 protesters staged a sit-down protest outside Gap in Birmingham last Saturday and closed down the store for an hour.
UP TO 100 people attended a "Labour Behind the Label" public meeting at the House of Commons last week. The meeting was organised by War on Want and discussed the conditions of sweatshop workers across the world.