" 'Another world is possible!' is the slogan created at the World Social Forum in Brazil in 2001. Another world is also necessary, for this one is unjust, unsustainable, and unsafe. It's up to us to envision, fight for, and create that world, a world of freedom, real justice, balance, and shared abundance, a world woven in a new design." So writes Starhawk, who has been spearheading nonviolence training workshops and reporting from the front lines of the global justice movement. This visionary work gathers together many of the pieces she wrote on the Internet since her arrest and five-day jail stay during the Seattle anti-World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in November of 1999. The second half of the book contains seven substantive essays on her vision of the future: Our Place in Nature, The Practice of Direct Democracy, Building a Diverse Movement, Cultural Appropriation, "Many Roads to Morning": Rethinking Nonviolence, What We Want: Economy and Strategy for the End Times, and Spirit and Action.
Starhawk covers her involvement in the pivotal WTO protests in 1999 and subsequent directs actions against corporate globalization in Prague, Brazil, Quebec City, and Genoa. She is angered by illegal, preemptive arrests as the police strategy of choice in these campaigns. Equally disconcerting to her are the attempts of the media to consistently depict demonstrators as violent terrorists. The author shares her fears about the divisions within the global justice movement and the threats they pose to a united front against the growing power of corporations and the governments that are being swayed by their enticements.
Starhawk does a masterful job outlining how the World Trade Organization's policies and rulings have affected major labor, human rights, and environmental considerations. She shares the Cochabamba Declaration which was written by a group of people in Bolivia who staged an uprising to retake their water supply after the government, trying to meet WTO requirements, had sold the water rights to the Bechtel Corporation. And after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, she makes an eloquent plea for justice for all victims of terror around the world as well as recognition of the part America has played in supporting and forging that terror.