NANFA-- April 16 protest in D.C.

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 13 Apr 2000 13:07:43 EDT

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are meeting in Washington,
D.C., this weekend, and as in Seattle they're attracting protesters. It's
the same basic drill as in Seattle last December, a bizarrely broad
coalition of groups will be protesting various aspects of WB/IMF policy.
What might interest members of this list would be concerns about
environmental damage encouraged by WB/IMF loan practices in various parts of
the world, especially deforestation and destruction of various aquatic
resources and environments.

The coalition organizing the demos has a well-organized web page at if you want to see their side of the story and their
concerns. If there's trouble over the weekend, I'm sure they'll be demonized
by the press again as violent anarchists, like in Seattle.

This isn't directly related to North American ecosystems, of course, but
does raise basic issues of how some types of economic development can
adversely affect natural systems.

(And if you live in the D.C. area and are concerned about where demos are
going & happening, they promise to have up-to-date activity listings and
maybe even live video feeds...)

Anyway, just a thought.

--Bruce Stallsmith
in Huntsville, AL, where massive deforestation has already occurred

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