the organisation: Global Uprising is an on-line community of young activists around the world who want to tell their stories about the critical issues we all face today and share them with others around the globe. Their stories have been gathered on a website that wants to be a hub for news on activism undertaken by young people in many countries and a forum for communication.
There's a growing new global movement for justice today, and it's largely driven by a new generation of activists. Young people from the US and around the world are standing up for peace, the environment, and for social justice - and they're demanding to be heard. Global Uprising documents this new youth movement through compelling first person narratives, interviews with both new and seasoned activists, poster art, poetry, and striking black and white photographs. Issues addressed include globalisation and economic inequity, racism and women's rights, police brutality, media control, sweatshop labour and fair trade, the prison industrial complex and the criminalisation of youth, old-growth forest destruction, and biotechnology.
the book: the site and the overall project is connected to the book “Global Uprising - Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century - Stories from a New Generation of Activists” by Neva Welton and Linda Wolf (New Society Publishers; November 2001; Paperback; $17.95) that reflects the new global youth movement for peace and justice. The book is a concrete voice of youth involvement in international issues and it is able to demonstrate what youth can do and what they can change by taking action.
“Global Uprising” begins with the historical events of November 1999, when more than 50,000 people and 700 organisations demonstrated in Seattle (and in solidarity events around the world) to protest the World Trade Organization's (WTO) corporate agenda and the new round of closed-door trade talks that govern the global economy. Students, teachers, farm workers, factory and steel workers, feminists, environmentalists, scientists, spiritual leaders, gay rights activists, animal lovers, magic workers, shopkeepers, friends and families all took to the streets for the sake of global justice.
From the 60 stories and essays of these activists, the book documents this new youth movement through compelling first person narratives and interviews. Because it cannot be easily divided into categories such as social, economic, political, or environmental activism, the diverse material in Global Uprising is loosely organised by tabs in the margin indicating Context, Tactics, Mentor, Witness, Organization, or Resources (of which there are many). Many of the pieces offer “Links” to related websites, and short quotations sprinkled throughout offer “Another Voice,” the thoughts or observations of individual activists. Powerful black-and-white photographs capture the visible spirit and passion of activists at work and at rest.
quote: “We wanted to know more about the people behind the blockades, lock-downs, and banner-hangs. We wanted to know about the struggles of those who traveled halfway around the world to march in the streets of Seattle and about those who couldn’t, but whose lives are dedicated to peace and justice,” declared the authors.