Taking Aim at Multinationals: Strategic Lessons from Anti-Corporate Campaigns on the Environment

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Wed, 06/23/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: D3-25
Full Description: 

The leading actors in the destruction of our environment are multinational corporations, from oil giants like Chevron to water profiteers like Bechtel. Much of what we demand from governments are actually rules governing what corporations can do. Throughout the world, social justice and environmental activists are sidestepping the middleman (government) to take direct aim at corporations, and they are winning.

The workshop will feature a panel discussion by campaigners and a group exercise to draw out our collective wisdom about what it takes to take on a corporation and win. This workshop is a companion to one organized in April at the People's Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The convener, the Democracy Center, helped lead the winning campaign against Bechtel, forcing the U.S. giant to drop its $50 million legal case against the people of Cochabamba following the 2000 Water Revolt.

Organizer Name: 
Jim Shultz
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First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
The Democracy Center
Climate Justice: sustainability, resources and land
International Solidarity and Responsibility: building a unified response to global crises
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