[mgj-discuss] MGJ general organizing meeting tonight! Yea!
phipco at riseup.net
Wed May 18 19:21:47 GMT 2005
Hey, hey! The Mobilization for Global Justice is meeting tonight, as
it does every Wednesday. There are lots of projects and campaigns to get
involved in and people power is always needed. For example, Paul
Wolfowitz, the architect of the Iraq war takes over officially as World
Bank President on June 1st. MGJ is collaborating with some other groups
in town to be out on June 1st with some spirited street theater. Also,
did you now that the World Bank and IMF don't pay taxes in DC? They owe
about 1.2 billion in back taxes! That is unacceptable. Join MGJ in the
Tax the Bank campaign.
Next General Meeting: Wednesday May 18th
7:00 – 9:00pm St. Stephens Church 16th and Newton St. NW
From the Columbia Heights Metro walk three blocks north on 14th to
Newton and take a left by the fire station then walk to the corner of
16th and Newton. Enter the church on the left side (the big red door).
(General meetings are every Wednesday)
roles (notes, time etc) (2)
Intro to MGJ/Consensus (5)
Review of notes from last meeting (3)
- May 26th
- June 1st
Report backs from working groups that met since last general meeting and
other stuff (10)
- Local to global connections
- Tax the Bank
- September confusion
- Strategy retreat
Discussion on the fall meetings of the World Bank and IMF (45)
- UFPJ, ASNWER and what not
Next general meeting/facilitator (s) (2)
If you wish to add or subtract from the agenda e-mail mgj (at) riseup.net
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.
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 poverty.
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.
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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