[mgj-announce] Reminder: MGJ Big meeting this Wednesday!
catherinebenedict at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 29 22:28:05 GMT 2005
Just a reminder that this week is BIG meeting #4 for MGJ. This is
really important so please come! We will be discussing proposals for a
campaign that MGJ will focus on for the next 6 months to a year. People
will be bringing concrete proposals to discuss and decide between. We
really need everyone's input!
The email that Hope sent out calling for proposals sums it all up - it's
Mobilization for Global Justice General Meeting
Wednesday, November 30, 7-9pm
St. Stephen's Church, 16th & Newton NW
From the Columbia Heights metro walk north on 14th, turn left on Newton
and walk until you reach 16th. Enter on the side. There is wheelchair
access at the back of the building.
*Call for MGJ Campaign Ideas*
For the past two weeks, MGJ has been deliberating several ideas for a
new campaign, which would be aligned with certain internal and external
goals discussed at various strategy sessions. The idea of a campaign
arose out of questions of developing medium-term goals and a concern
that MGJ wanted a framework for possible events during the IMF/World
Bank spring meetings in April 2006, and a greater connection with local
On the Nov 30th meeting, we hope that people will come prepared to
discuss several strong candidates and strategies for an MGJ campaign.
Below are some "good issue" criteria and specific campaign ideas which
were discussed at the Nov 16th meeting.
*General Criteria for a "good issue"*
1. Is specific and measurable (we know if we won or not)
2. Is winnable (within reason of our capacity), and serves as a
springboard for greater movement building
3. Has a target
4. Has potential allies and coalition-building potential
5. Will both use our strength and build new capacity
6. Is deeply and widely felt by our organizers
*More specific internal MGJ criteria that the issue campaign should:*
1. Deepen our linkages and relationships with (strong) local groups
struggling against structural adjustment here (who are they?);
2. Have a direct link to the WB/IMF and be a logical step towards
realizing one of MGJ?s demands.
3. Make MGJ bigger (achieving critical mass at our meetings)
4. Make the movement bigger (outside meetings: achieving more folks
working on our issues, coming to rallies)
5. Make MGJ & movement more diverse (not just who is in the room but
also groups with whom we?re organizing)
6. Tie into the NGO community more
7. Lend itself to direct action and popular education
8. Will partner us with allies we like and who want to do "our kind" of
9. Will link to and take direction from movements in the global South
*Specific Campaign ideas from Nov 16th*
/*Privatization of DC schools:/ Wouldn?t be starting a campaign ? would
plug into an existing campaign. Specific and measurable ? Full Funding
Coalition is calling for devoting funds to public rather than charter
schools. Proposal to support the world of FFC and others, could tie in
Tax the Bank.
/*Predatory lending and WBB:/ Would tie personal and international debt.
Strategy ? identify a financial institution notorious for predatory
lending AND holds WBB, put pressure on them to drop the WBBs. Possible
connections with WBB Boycott, AFSC, ACORN, and outreach to DC victims of
/*IMF budget ceilings:/ Would tie into under-funding of healthcare in US
? not enough funding for healthcare either in DC or in the Global South
because of structural adjustment/neoliberal policies. Goal: to eliminate
IMF ceilings and whatever DC groups identify as a local demand. Targets
the IMF, which doesn?t get enough attention.
*Next Steps:*Need to do more research and flesh out these three
proposals ? have done in two weeks (by 11/30). Basav and Catherine will
convene school privatization discussion. Matt and Sarah will work on
budget ceilings. Luke will work on predatory lending.
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