[mgj-discuss] October mobilization Organizing Conference Call - Thursday May 24th 6:30pm
phipco at riseup.net
Wed May 23 09:45:23 PDT 2007
Let's get organizing! This is to invite you to participate in a
national conference call on Thursday May 24 at 6:30pm EST to discuss
organizing and mobilization for the October meetings of the World Bank
To participate call:
Dial: 605-475-4250, prompt 2
Access Code: 656276#
Among the goals of this call are:
-assessing energy and motivations for organizing around the fall meetings
- Developing a broad picture of how folks would like to plug in to the
- Develop an idea of what we would like to see happen in October
- Set some outreach goals
The upcoming conference call is intended as a first check-in to
brainstorm about the possibilities for major actions against the
IMF/WB annual meetings in Washington DC on October 19-21, as well
as connections we can make to issues such as housing, health
care, access to education, and workers’ rights locally.
Note that nothing is decided about this mobilization, other than
that many of us would love to see it happen. (And the dates,
which are outside our control!) Please bring your creative ideas
for conceiving and planning a mobilization, as well as your ideas
for mobilizing particular networks and constituencies.
Here is some background"
During the World Social Forum in Nairobi in January 2007,
activists from all over the world (particularly from the Global
South) got together to call for International Days of Action
against the IMF and World Bank from October 14-21, culminating in
their annual meetings in Washington DC on October 19-21.
The Mobilization for Global Justice in Washington DC, as well as
other activists in Washington DC and nationwide, are thinking of
using this opportunity to answer the call from Nairobi, and to
revive the resistance to neoliberalism in North America.
The IMF is struggling for relevance, the WTO is on
the verge of collapse, and Latin America in particular is
asserting its political and economic independence from the
neoliberal world order. Paradoxically, resistance to
neoliberalism is weak in North America at present, even while it
picks up everywhere else.
However, there are some hopeful signs as well, such as last
year’s upsurge in the immigrants’ rights movement; the growing
trend of immigrant communities in the U.S. openly resisting the
neoliberal attack on their home countries (for example, Congolese
community-led protests against World Bank-funded mining in the
Congo, and Korean-American resistance to the Korea-U.S. Free
Trade Agreement); the energy generated by the US Social Forum in
Atlanta at the end of next month; and increasingly militant
movements of low wage workers (for example, the Coalition of
The call from Nairobi is a tremendous opportunity for us to
revive a really compelling movement for global justice here in
North America, building on these recent successes.
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