| The Anti-WTO Coordination, Bern
The Anti-WTO Coordination has been in existence since the autumn of 1997. It was founded in order to organize a mobilization against the second ministerial conference of the WTO, which took place in Geneva in May, 1998. The goal was to sensitize the public about the enormous power of the WTO and the disastrous effects of its policies: at the time, almost nobody knew of the existence or the importance of the WTO.
The Anti-WTO Coordination exists in relationship with organizations in every continent that struggle against the power of the multinationals and the logic of the economy of the market, which tends to impose its will on every domain of life. But the Coordination is not a «third world solidarity group» that exclusively criticizes the exploitation of far-away countries: on the contrary, the Anti-WTO Coordination also sees in Switzerland sufficient necessity to intervene and support social struggles, to relaunch them and to develop them. In this sense, the ant-WTO coordination participated in the founding of «People's Global Action» in February 1998 in Geneva, an informal ensemble of organizations based all over the planet, which learn from each other in complete equality, and which work to support each other reciprocally. The common platform is a manifesto with five basic points, which are also the founding principles of the Anti-WTO Coordination:
The Bern group for the Anti-WTO coordination is strongly linked to the autonomous cultural center «Reitschule» («Riding School»). In addition to being the site of many meetings, the Reitschule is also often host to events and discussions organized by the Anti-WTO Coordination.
In preparing the mobilization for Davos last year, the Bern Anti-WTO Coordination organized, along with ATTAC Bern as well as the Working Group for Ecumenicism, Mission, and Development of the Reformed Churches of Bern/Jura, a series of events entitled, «Perspectives after Davos,»; which included more than thirty meetings.
The Bern Anti-WTO Coordination is participating in the project, «Le Geometrie della Memoria», by organizing the program and framework of the exhibition. In this way, the Anti-WTO Coordination seeks to contact different people and groups that are concerned with the same type of questions. The goal is to arrive at a fruitful reflection on how to transcend, here and everywhere, the inhuman relationships imposed by this system of exploitation.
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