The Common Good
July-August 2002

White Overalls, Black Blocs

by The Editors | July-August 2002

No, the "Battle for Seattle' wasn't the Yankees-Mariners series.

Anarchism: A political theory holding all forms of governmental authority to be unnecessary and undesirable and advocating a society based on voluntary cooperation and free association of individuals and groups.

Black Bloc: A collection of anarchists that organize together for a particular protest action. Their goals are to give an anarchist critique of issues and to provide solidarity in the face of what they consider repressive police action. Black is the color of anarchism.

White Overalls: A movement of disenfranchised European youth organized against the economics of neo-liberalism. They wear white overalls as a symbol of the invisibility of most of the world's work force and other protective apparel, like foam rubber armor, to ward off police batons.

Battle for Seattle: The first modern major American protest against the effects of economic policies of the non-democratic World Trade Organization. More than 50,000 people took to the streets of Seattle in November 1999 to oppose the WTO. While predominantly peaceful, violence broke out as anarchist groups destroyed storefront property and clashed with police.

Anti-Corporate-Globalization Movement: An international movement against international trade and development that benefits corporations and leaves the world's poor at a worsening economic disadvantage. The movement's primary targets are the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

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