After the conventions: organizing to win

by Eric Schwartz Friday, Sep. 22, 2000 at 1:47 AM

Mass mobilizations can work, but only if they don’t take the place of resistance in our own hometowns. Only by organizing at home can we build an anti-capitalist movement broad enough and strong enough to win.

In the nine months since our unexpected victory at the World Trade Organization summit, thousands of people have converged on Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to protest the International Monetary Fund/ World Bank and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions (RNC and DNC). These mass actions have expanded the anti-capitalist and anti-globalizations movements tremendously by tapping in to the energy coming out of the Seattle protests. The most recent of these actions, the Democratic National Convention protests in L.A., left me both excited by our progress in coalition-building and disappointed by our de-escalation of tactics. Most importantly, though, the DNC protests made me concerned that our attempts to

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