Demonstrations in Miami Against the FTAA

“In November, 2003, trade ministers from 34 countries met in Miami, Florida, to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). FTAA threatens to devastate workers, the environment, and public services like health care, education, and water, and to destroy indigenous rights and cultural diversity across North, Central, and South America.

“Thousands of union members, environmentalists, feminists, anarchists, students, farm workers, media activists, and human rights activists who gathered in Miami to struggle against the FTAA were brutally attacked with rubber bullets, pepper spray, electric guns and shock batons, embedded reporters and information warfare, all coordinated by the new United States Department of Homeland Security.

“Against Capitals model of paramilitary oppression, information warfare, and corporate rule, we offered models of grassroots resistance, creative action and solidarity.” — the Miami Model

the Miami Model (2004)

Scenes from the Overtown Garden

In the early 1960s, a freeway divided Overtown into fractions of mostly unusable land equaling 43 acres. Overtown no longer has hotels, motels, theaters, restaurants, factories, parlors, or a hospital. The population of blacks has dropped from 100,000 in the 1960s to 14,000 today.

* A few photos from the Overtown Garden are used in the documentary film the Miami Model (2004). They are in the segment produced by Adams Wood and Francine Cavanaugh.

Dissent on Biscayne Boulevard

Scenes from Biscayne Boulevard prior to the AFL-CIO led march.

March Against the FTAA

Photos from the AFL-CIO led march.

People Will Always Riseup Against Injustice

Photos from Biscayne Blvd. shortly after the AFL-CIO led march.

Lady Liberty was Killed By Greed

The first four photos were taken on Miami Ave. in the morning while I was walking to the convergence center from downtown Miami. November 21, 2003.

The next two photos were taken outside the convergence center. People huddled around small televisions watching the commercial media’s live coverage from outside the Miami jail during the jail solidarity rally and press conference. November 21, 2003.

The ‘lady liberty’ photo was taken outside the convergence center. November 19, 2003.

Police in Miami Shot Me With a Really Hard Plastic Bullet

Photographs of my leg six days after being shot by the Police in Miami.

Originally published on FTAA IMC, which is no longer online.
Miami Indymedia was created in the aftermath of this demonstration.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.