The G20 countries' forced postponement of the
UN Conference on the Economic Crisis
MEANS THAT THE PEOPLES STRUGGLE AGAINST
THE BANKERS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER!
Although pressure and hostility on the part of some G20 governments has resulted in the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development being postponed from June 1 to 3 until June 24 to 26, the People's Economic Summit this Sunday, May 31 will go on as scheduled. The summit will take place from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in a summit tent city across the street from the UN in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 47 St. and 1st Ave. The Bail Out the People Movement encourages all who have made plans to attend the People's Economic Summit on May 31 not to change those plans. The postponement of the UN meeting makes it all the more necessary that we meet on Sunday.
Because of recent developments, the May 31 Summit will not only be a critical opportunity to discuss the causes of the world economic crisis, hear the voices of those who are suffering the most because of this crisis and plan mass action, it will also be a protest against the G20 governments, especially the U.S. and European imperialist powers that have conspired for six months to either derail, discredit, or weaken the UN economic summit.
The governments and banking establishments of the U.S. and Europe, whose greed has pushed the world into the gravest economic crisis since the depression of the 1930s never wanted the UN economic conference because they don't want to listen to the poor of the world and they don't want their imperial hegemony over the world economy challenged even in the slightest way.
The rich want to use the UN, especially the Security Council, to legitimize U.S. occupation and war, or to condemn, isolate and starve countries like North Korea and Iran. The rich don't want the poor using the UN as a vehicle to demand or implement any measures that might make the governance over the world's economy, wealth and resources a little more democratic, or equitable, or less driven by greed and profits. The only UN meeting that Wall Street is interested in is one that rubber stamps the continued globalization of poverty for the maximization of their profits.
If you haven't done so yet, read the proposals in draft of the UN Economic Conference Outcome document made public on May 8 at http://www.un.org/ga/president/63/interactive/financialcrisis/outcomedoc.pdf. Amongst other reasonable measures, the document proposes that three trillion dollars, a mere 5% of the world's GDP, be allocated to bail out poor countries where the scourges of hunger, disease and homelessness have been made immeasurably worst by the worldwide depression. The bankers of the world, who have insisted that they get tens of trillions of dollars of bail out money, don't want to share any this fortune with anyone, least of all the poor of the planet.
Any measure in the May 8 document that calls for power and wealth being shared with the poor and working people of the planet will be furiously resisted by the powers that be.
The banks that the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have given trillions of dollars to have recently demonstrated that they have the power to stop the U.S. Congress from doing anything meaningful to stop the mass eviction of millions due to home foreclosures. These very same banks believe they have the right and the power to stop the UN from bailing out the poor, and unless people organize and fight back, the banks will prevail.
The campaign of the rich against the UN conference on the world economic crisis should and must serve as a reminder that changes from above are only possible if there is mass resistance from below. It is this understanding and this purpose that the People's Economic Summit is dedicated to. The People's Economic Summit will be discussing such things as how can the mass movements work together, how can we elevate the organization of the unemployed in the struggle for jobs, and how do we respond to the next G20 summit meeting scheduled to take place in September in NYC. Please join us, take part in this important discussion and help realize the vision and plans that come out of it.
The Bail Out the People Movement invites you to a
People's Economic Summit in New York City
Another world is urgently necessary - but we must fight for it.
Sunday May 31--11 a.m.
Inside tents in DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD PLAZA, 47th St. & 1st Ave.
What you can do:
1) Endorse: http://www.bailoutpeople.org/peoplessummitendorse.shtml
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