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
To workshop a project in The Frontier Fund Forum, click on its VIEW button.
"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."
"Alter trading cards that local police departments give out to businesses and schools each year. Change them to reflect the officers' records for police brutality, unlawful searches, and false arrests, so that the kids can 'get to know them better.'"
"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."
"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."
"Pay or otherwise convince the new hires at major corporations to refuse to submit to biometric identifiers when they try to enter the US under new Homeland Security Act and other intensified security policies."
"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.)
"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).
"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.
"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."
"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."
"Launch a campaign whose aim is to amend the U.S. Constitution to declare a real name for the territorial entity currently called the 'United States of America.' This name that isn't one is used by the majority of the inhabitants of this union of States to use the name 'America' for the country, and 'American' for the citizen, thus dispossessing the other Americans (Argentinians, Brazilians, Canadians) of their continent. In the same way that the official name of Mexico is the 'United States of Mexico,' so the United States of America must decide on an official, real name for themselves. Public relations agencies and citizen groups may participate in this effort, which should result in a popular referendum or a vote of Congress."
"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!'"