Sept. mobilization against WB/IMF
September 2001 Mobilization
September 28 - October 4
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A Call Issued By:
50 Years Is Enough Network; Mexico Solidarity Network; Essential Action;Center for Economic Justice; Nicaragua Network; Global Exchange; Jubilee South Africa; ACERCA; Native Forest Network - Gulf of Maine; Rights
Action; Native Forest Network - Southwestern US; Native Forest Network -Eastern North America Resource Center; STITCH; Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines); Alliance for Global Justice; Campaign for Labor Rights; Jobs with Justice.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank will be holding their Joint Annual General Meetings in Washington, DC from September 28 to October 4, 2001.
We call on activists from all over the world to come to Washington during that week to be involved in education and advocacy work, and to protest and expose the illegitimate policies and actions of the institutions and officials who continue to claim the right to determinethe course of the world economy.
In April 2000, some 30,000 activists came to Washington to protest the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank.
The fall 2001 meetings are an even more important target for
educational, advocacy and protest activities: instead of a few hundred bankers and bureaucrats, thousands of global political "leaders", financiers, investors, traders, pundits, etc, descend on Washington for the annual meetings.
The IMF and the World Bank are the primary architects of neo-liberal globalization. Their meetings in Washington are the most significant gathering of the proponents of corporate-led globalization in the US in 2001.
It is imperative that supporters of global economic justice send a clear message: the movement for global justice continues to grow, and will not stand for continuing efforts by these institutions, and the G-7 governments, to structure the world for the benefit of corporations and
the wealthy and to deny basic justice to the majority of the world's people.
Among the groups issuing this call are those who issued the first call for the April 2000 mobilization. We helped create the Mobilization for Global Justice for that event, and, in cooperation with Jobs with Justice, and others, later helped organize over 65 nationwide events in
September 2000 in solidarity with protesters in Prague at the time of the 2000 IMF/World Bank annual meetings.
We will work to rally the same coalition of forces that came together in April 2000, as we work to organize for September 2001. We have already started to reach out to the many groups working on the issues within the
US that parallel those in the IMF/World Bank struggle: access to health care, welfare reform, labor rights, discrimination, people of color, environmental justice, etc.
We issue this call now, ahead of the formal beginning of that organizing effort, to alert activists to an upcoming imperative and opportunity.
The 50 Years Is Enough Network will circulate a set of demands of the IMF and World Bank, developed in consultation with colleagues in the Global South, for which we hope to gain broad endorsement.
As part of the preparation for the September actions, the Network, in cooperation with others, is also organizing "teach-in tours" in the US and Canada, featuring colleagues from the Global South who will share their experiences and struggles of resistance to corporate-led
globalization, the international debt burden, structural adjustment programs, the HIV/AIDS crisis, economic and political oppression, as well as their organizing efforts in advance of the September actions.
For more information contact the 50 Years Is Enough Network:
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