We, participants to the Seattle International People's Assembly coming
from the First and Third Worlds, close our two-day meeting -- "Say No to
WTO!" -- firmly united in the task of exposing and opposing the WTO and
advancing the people's resistance to imperialist globalization.
Imperialist globalization must be unmasked and fully discredited. We see
it as nothing but monopoly capitalism masquerading as a new and wonderful
product of the electronic age. But in truth it ravages the environment,
devastates countries and subjugates entire peoples with unequaled
ferocity and ruthlessness.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the instrument of multinational
corporations (MNCs) and imperialist states for dictating trade policy on
client states even as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) dictates
financial and monetary policy and the World Bank, fiscal policy. US
imperialism controls the WTO contrary to the official propaganda that 134
member states enjoy equality and decide by consensus.
Imperialist states, acting as protectors and promoters of the
superprofits of giant monopoly firms, are the masterminds of the
anti-worker "contractualization" policy, the chief instigators of human
rights violations, and the biggest plunderers and polluters of the
Imperialist globalization is not inevitable. It is not unstoppable. We
have proven this time and again in tactical battles against the neoliberal
policies of liberalization, deregulation and privatization, against the
debt trap, and in the recent highly successful anti-MAI (Multilateral
Agreement on Investments) campaign. In this spirit, we support the call
of peasant movements, including La Via Campesina and KMP (Kilusang
Magbubukid ng Pilipinas -- Peasant Movement of the Philippines), to take
agriculture out of the WTO. It is a call that supports the peasants'
and farm workers' fight against landlessness, feudal and semi-feudal
But while we struggle for reforms and try to achieve palpable gains on
immediate issues, we make sure that we are not distracted from the
overall struggle against the main enemy of the world's peoples
today -- imperialism -- specifically the No. 1 imperialist power, the USA.
We vow to close ranks to confront the imperialist monster that has taken
away our lands, jobs and livelihood and has further displaced,
commodified and turned women into modern-day slaves. We denounce
imperialism that has impoverished us and left us hungry, sick, without
decent housing, and has stolen our youth's future.
We commit ourselves to bring down this system which is bringing genocidal
wars of imperialist intervention and domination upon the peoples of the
world. We demand an end to the economic blockade of Cuba, the ongoing
bombing of Iraq and the depredations on Yugoslav independence and
sovereignty and the use of United Nations sanctions to bring sovereign
countries to heel.
We firm up our resolve to promote and develop the anti-imperialist and
democratic struggle of the workers and oppressed peoples against the
inhuman policies and acts of the MNCs, their governments and international
instruments such as the IMF, World Bank, WTO and military alliances.
We support the calls of the International League of People's Struggle
which will be founded at the end of the year 2000.
Finally, we stand ready to fight for the following:
1. National and social liberation from imperialism and all reaction;
2. Human rights in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural
3. The cause of peace against wars of aggression and against nuclear and
4. Workers' rights and reduction of working hours at full pay against
mass unemployment and decreasing wage levels;
5. Rights of peasants, farm workers and fisherfolk against feudal and
semi-feudal exploitation and oppression;
6. Women's rights against discrimination and sexual exploitation;
7. The rights of gays and lesbians against discrimination;
8. Children's rights against child labor and other forms of
9. Rights of indigenous peoples and nationalities against chauvinism and
10. The rights of teachers and the youth against the privatization of
education and to academic freedom;
11. Rights and welfare of refugees and migrant workers;
12. Environmental protection against plunder and pollution, towards the
survival of all species;
13. The right to safe and healthy food free from genetic manipulation,
hazardous chemicals and processes.
We call on all the oppressed peoples to strengthen international solidarity
and advance the peoples' struggle against imperialism!