[mgj-announce] MGJ General Meeting on Wednesday June 8
basav at igc.org
basav at igc.org
Wed Jun 8 02:46:10 GMT 2005
Dear supporters of global economic justice,
Please come to the Mobilization for Global Justice general meeting to help
plan our activities for the summer and fall. We have lots of exciting
things that we're doing, so we need your help, your energy, and your
* We're working on resisting the biotechnology industry's plans to take
over agriculture globally, by participating in the protest at their annual
industry association meeting in Philadelphia (June 18-21).
* We're planning protests at the IMF/World Bank fall meetings in Washington
* We're working on connecting the IMF and World Bank with local issues in
Washington DC in concrete ways.
* We're resisting the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
* And finally, we're working on several fun fundraising and outreach events
over the summer.
What: MGJ General Meeting
When: Wednesday June 8, 7 pm.
Where: St. Stephens Church, down stairs in the dinning hall
(16th and Newton St. NW)
>From the Columbia Heights metro on the Green Line, walk north on 14th, turn
left on Newton and walk until you reach 16th. Enter on the 16th St. side.
The following is a tentative agenda. (Our agendas are never set in stone,
they are always subject to change at the meeting.)
Roles (notes, time etc)
Intro to MGJ
Biodemocracy - updates from Philadelphia if any
Tax the Bank
Other local issues
Working group breakouts (Biodemocracy, fundraising, September planning, Tax
the Bank - any other?)
Next working group meetings
Next general meeting/facilitator (s)
The Mobilization for Global Justice is a Washington DC based group that
works on issues of global economic and social justice and sustainability.
We believe another world is possible and necessary. We envision a world
free of corporate domination and crushing debt, particularly in communities
of color. We act to expose and change the institutionalized violence
wrought by international financial and trade institutions such as the World
Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization.
The Mobilization is committed to nonviolence and recognizes militarism as a
tool used by the global corporate elite to keep money flowing to the
privileged few while restricting the rights of people worldwide. We oppose
corporate practice which places short-term profits ahead of human dignity,
sustainable development and a healthy earth. We stand for the globalization
of our rights to speech, thought, religion, assembly, a clean environment,
self-determination, freedom from fear and persecution and freedom from
We stand for the rights of women, children, elderly, affordable health
care, strong labor rights and social and economic policies that put people
and the environment before profits. Finally, we are committed to linking
the IMF and World Bank policies to similar ones that are being implemented
in Washington DC which are resulting in decreased access to vital human
services for DC's most needy residents. To that other globalization--the
globalization of greed and obscene concentrations of wealth--we say that
Another World Is Possible and Necessary.
MGJ is a non-hierarchical nonviolent organization of individuals and
organizations that promotes the arts, conducts workshops, facilitates
nonviolent direct actions, educates, organizes, campaigns, empowers, and
aims to rip injustice from its roots.
The Mobilization for Global Justice is committed to making all events safe
spaces that are open, accessible, and accepting of all. We welcome everyone
to participate in making this happen. If you have any special needs, please
let us know.
OUR DEMANDS OF THE WORLD BANK AND IMF:
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
so-called 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.
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