Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Word On The Street: "Defy Your Empire" - The G-20 Comes To America (and all we got was this lousy depression)

Protests will begin several days before the summit. Many of the activities are being coordinated by Pittsburgh’s Thomas Merton Center. There will be a march Sept. 25 for anyone who, as Jessica Benner of the center’s Antiwar Committee stated, “has lost a job, a home, a loved one to war, lost value to a retirement plan, gotten sick from environmental pollution, or lived without adequate healthcare, water, or food. … ”

There will be at least three tent cities, in addition to a Music Camp beginning Sept. 18 that will be situated at the South Side Riverfront Park near 18th Street. Unemployed workers will set up one tent city at the Monumental Baptist Church on Sept. 20 and five days later will march on the Convention Center. The encampment and the march are being organized by the Bail Out the People Movement.

The Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation magazine, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, Pittsburgh United and other organizations will host events including a panel on corporate globalization featuring former World Bank President Joseph Stiglitz, along with a “People’s Tribunal.”

There will be a religious procession calling for social justice and a concert organized by Students for a Democratic Society [PDF, The Port Huron Statement, SDS founding document].

Go to Pittsburgh, Young Man, and Defy Your Empire

Posted on Aug 31, 2009

Shock troops and “free speech zones” have become the norm at mass gatherings in modern America.

By Chris Hedges

Globalization and unfettered capitalism have been swept into the history books along with the open-market theory of the 1920s, the experiments of fascism, communism and the New Deal. It is time for a new economic and political paradigm. It is time for a new language to address our reality. The voices of change, those who speak in powerful and yet unfamiliar words, will cry out Sept. 25 and 26 in Pittsburgh when protesters from around the country gather to defy the heads of state, bankers and finance ministers from the world’s 22 largest economies who are convening for a meeting of the G-20.

If we heed these dissident voices we have a future.

If we do not we will commit collective suicide.

[In Full @ TruthDig]

For more on how these organizations of the Power Elite destroy economies around the world, see:

"Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The WTO, World Bank, and IMF - Destroying African (or insert your third world country's name here) Agriculture - Walden Bello, FPIF

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