[mgj-announce] DC Sept 25-29th WB/IMF Actions! QUARANTINE corporate greed!
patrickr at riseup.net
Thu Aug 15 13:22:41 EDT 2002
- call #1 approved by MGJ general meeting August 14th 2002 -
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(also attached as Word Document)
Call to Action!
September 25th - 29th in Washington, DC
STOP Infectious Corporate Greed!
CONFRONT Corporate Evil-doers at their CEO Summit!
QUARANTINE the World Bank and IMF on Saturday, September 28th
Get Plugged-in at www.globalizethis.com or call 202-452-5912
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and related elites are
gathering in Washington, DC from September 25th to the 29th to discuss
how to continue the destructive path of corporate globalization. They
think that bankers should write the rules of the global economy and put
profits ahead of local communities, workers, the environment, human
rights, justice and future generations. Right now, their actions in
South America threaten to drag the world down in a global depression and
cost untold millions their jobs. Obviously, these policies are sick and
we plan to protect the rest of the world from them by symbolically
quarantining these diseased institutions until they learn basic respect
for democracy, justice and the earth.
Join us for 5 days of marches, rallies, creative actions, workshops,
trainings and teach-ins with voices of hope and dignity from around the
world. Following the lead of the grassroots uprising in Argentina we
will share our organizing and strategies for building stronger movements
for justice. Come share your vision and help turn this autumn into the
corporate fall and eradicate the disease of corporate greed from the globe!
For more details, read on . . .
Now is the Moment to Voice our Dissent to Profits-over-People!
Over the last three years, hundreds of thousands of North Americans have
joined the Global Justice Movement by rallying, marching and engaging in
mass non-violent direct action. We've shown our opposition to the
globalization of corporate greed, destruction and control. We've shown
that a world based on true democracy, dignity, justice and ecological
sanity is possible.
WE ARE WINNING! Over the last year, our movement around the world has
grown, just as dramatically as the veneer of corporate America has been
tarnished. In Barcelona, 300,000 rallied against the economic policies
of the European Union. In Argentina, millions have protested the IMF's
policies over the last year. In Peru, tens of thousands protested
electricity privatization. In Lesotho, thousands protested three World
Bank dam projects. Already in Ecuador tens of thousands of people are
preparing for mass actions against the next Free Trade Agreement of the
Americas meeting set to happen in Quito in October. Meanwhile in the
United States, corporate America has exposed its own avarice and
corruption by cheating workers and pensioners out of millions.
It's time to show the world that the Global Justice Movement is
stronger, smarter and more relevant than ever. With our actions we will
reveal that scandals like Enron (one of the World Bank's favorite
partners) are just the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, it's not just
a few bad corporate apples -- it's a rotten tree and we plan to uproot
it by building a people's globalization movement to fight for a real
democracy, ecological sanity and global justice!
Globalize Justice : Another World Is Possible!
. If you think the unchecked power of corporate greed is a threat to
democracy, freedom and the future of the planet....
. If you are saddened by polluted land, water, and air...
. If you have grown weary of representatives that do not represent and
institutions that do not serve people...
. If your heart has grown heavy in the face of distinctions based on
power over others, sexism, racism, homophobia...
. If you are dismayed with participation in a system that brings untold
wealth to the doorsteps of a few by stealing bread from the tables of
. If you are appalled by excuses that place profits before the lives of
millions of people living with HIV...
. If you know in your heart and mind that a just, sane and nonviolent
world is possible, and you want to help create it... COME TO DC!
We demand that the World Bank and International Monetary Fund:
. Open all World Bank and IMF meetings to the media and the public.
. Cancel all impoverished country debt to the World Bank and IMF, using
the institutions' own resources.
. End all World Bank and IMF policies that hinder people's access to
food, clean water, shelter, health care, education, and right to
organize. (Such "structural adjustment" policies include user fees,
privatization, and economic austerity programs.)
. Stop all World Bank support for socially and environmentally
destructive projects such as oil, gas, and mining activities, and all
support for projects such as dams that include forced relocation of people.
We furthermore demand that the United States government, the largest
shareholder and most influential government in the World Bank and IMF,
adopt the above demands, and work vigorously to compel the World Bank
and IMF to implement them.
Get Involved and Help Build the Movement
Please join us in making this mobilization the most articulate, creative
and strategic mobilization yet! Spread the word! Organize teach-ins,
buses, media events and solidarity actions. Help raise money to bring
people from around the world. Let us know your coming and help us plan
the actions and people's assemblies in the streets of DC! We need local
organizers and contacts across the continent! Let's turn this unique
opportunity of public concern about corporate power into a launching pad
for a giant movement against corporate rule!
Schedule of events:
Sept 25-29 Convergence of organizers and activists. Trainings, teach-ins, and
coordination for the Fall and beyond
Sept 25-27 End Corporate Rule Teach-In: Global Struggles Against the IMF &
World Bank organized by 50 Years is Enough and others (see www.50years.org)
Sept. 25-27 CEO Summit, Ritz Carlton Hotel
Sept. 26th Power for the People / Clean Energy Rally (day) Interfaith
Sept. 27th Anti-Capitalist Convergence Action (see www.abolishthebank.org)
Sept. 28th-29th IMF & World Bank Group Annual meetings
Sept. 28th Mobilization for Global Justice Rally & March (day)
Quarantine Actions (evening)
Sept. 29th Social Forum and People's Assemblies being planned
From Washington to Quito
Join us for Corporate Fall!
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