This fund challenges naive, utopic visions of the "global
village," focussing on the implications of allowing corporations and other
multinational interests to operate free of social context. Many of these
projects concentrate on the role of the citizen, the worker, local
cultures, and ethnic groups in a world increasingly controlled by the
interests of unrestricted global free trade. This is a stable but
slow-moving international fund with the potential for very high long-term
"Place this brochure advertising 'Deportation Class' seating in airline seat pockets and airport waiting rooms to help show how commercial airlines are complicit in government deportation programs that treat people as inferior to trade goods. Download and print before you fly!" See also project AIRP.
"Manufacture cards to be placed with sweatshop-produced apparel (in shoe boxes, shirt/pant pockets, etc.) in department stores. Cards can contain such phrases as 'Handmade just for you by Juan, your Honduran friend. 3.5 cents of your purchase will go towards feeding my family. Thank you!'"
"An WTO/GATT investor will pay US$500 to anyone who successfully deploys a full size Trojan Horse against the fortress that has been built to keep protesters out of sight and away from the power brokers of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting in Quebec. US$200 is being offered by the same investor for anyone who can deploy a siege tower, catapult or 'Trojan Rabbit.'"
"Argue that a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Certificate of Origin form can replace the lengthy and difficult immigration procedures for the United States. If products are able to move between Canada, the US, and Mexico with the reduced or eliminated duty allowed under the NAFTA regulations, people should be allowed to move across national boundaries with reduced or eliminated migration regulations as well. You can find a copy of the form here. Several people must make it across the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders with the document, and their actions must be widely reported in the media."
"Export strong encryption software to as many non-NATO countries as possible, concentrating especially on the Middle East, China, and the former USSR. Strong encryption (especially above 128-bit) is classified by the United States military as a munition; therefore, this act constitutes treason under US law."
"Develop a 'virtual worker' system that allows populations normally engaged in migrant labor to work over the web instead. For example, develop a telepresent robot that picks oranges or strawberries while being controlled through the internet. Then, unionize both the robots and the telepresent workers."
"Place 'Sally Struthers'-style leaflets, detailing the poor working conditions that exist for those who assemble athletic footwear, in major-brand athletic shoes, their shoeboxes, or the shoppings bags containing them, before or as they are being sold. Workers in many cities are being sought to plant the leaflets on an agreed-upon day, especially in 'flagship' stores. Media must report on it." Click here for a sample leaflet sent in by a NIKE subscriber (and here for high-res version of same).
"The Department of Space and Land Reclamation is a campaign to reclaim all space, land and visuals of Chicago. Throughout the city, citizens will tactically intervene in streets, allies, parks, corporate atria, and other crevices of the Chicago urban landscape. Additionally, at a secret hub participants will lounge, eat food, attend discussions and plot the more sustained redistribution of all space and land."
"Shut down the New York Stock Exchange, through a combination of street-level direct action and Electronic Civil Disobedience, in conjunction with the 4th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 9 to 13 November 2001."
"Create a new map or globe of the world that shows multinational corporate borders, vectors and free trade zones instead of national boundaries. Map must make it into a grade-school geography textbook, or globes must be sent to several elementary schools nation-wide; either event must be reported upon extensively in the mainstream press." (See this site for inspiration.)