From the "Declaration of the People's Conference Against Imperialist Globalization"
--Quezon City, Philippines, November 21-23, 1996
Revolutionary Worker #933, November 23, 1997
Globalization schemes are wiping out jobs and livelihoods in industry and agriculture, both in industrial and non-industrial countries. Evidence we have seen undoubtedly show that globalization is causing mass layoff of workers via "downsizing," "labor flexibalization," "labor-only contracting" and other management designs; massive landlessness and worsening forms of feudal and capitalist exploitation of peasants and farm workers; displacement, commodification, and modern-day slavery of women; eviction of the urban poor; deprivation of indigenous peoples of their ancestral lands and patenting of their human genes; wanton human rights violations and political repression; commodification of migration; razing of the environment; de-industrialization and bankruptcy of small and medium enterprises; cutdown or total absence of state social services; rising costs of consumer goods and services and declining levels of income and standards of living of the majority of the people. They also aim to deprive the toiling masses of their capacity to organize and effectively fight for their rights and survival and to resist imperialist domination.
No wonder workers and peasants of many countries, men and women alike, have raised their banners in defiance. They and their fellow oppressed represented in this conference--indigenous peoples, women, youths and students, intellectuals, the middle classes, among others--are determined to shatter the myths and expose the false promises of globalization by showing its all-too-real adverse impacts on people's lives and environments. More than that, they are waging varied forms of struggles to frustrate globalization.
By its own rapacity and cupidity [greed], monopoly capital is fast bringing together the world's exploited and oppressed peoples to share their common pains as well as their common struggles and aspirations. In more and more countries, they are developing new means of struggle or taking up proven ones, including the revolutionary recourse to armed struggle. Having resisted and survived state reaction and brutal repression, the people are resolved to win.
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