Protest the G-20 in Pittsburgh: 'People Over Profits! Jobs Not War!'
G-20 protest, London, Sring 2009
On Sept. 24 and 25, the Group of 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G-20) will hold a summit in Pittsburgh.
The G-20 consists of the finance ministers and central bank leaders of 19 countries and financial representatives from the European Union, as well as representatives from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The group is strongly dominated by representatives of the world's major imperialist powers, gathering one to two times per year to discuss the world economy and make joint decisions affecting finance.
Assembled behind closed doors, these meetings espouse the same pro-corporate banking policies that have led to millions being laid off, foreclosed, evicted and plunged into hunger both in the United States and around the world. Their decision to meet in Pittsburgh—a city deeply affected by economic crises of years past—shows the callousness of these world leaders in the face of massive human suffering.
Activists are hard at work in the Pittsburgh area, building grassroots support for actions opposing the G-20 in their communities, workplaces, schools and everywhere they can. Large numbers of people will be coming from all over the region, the East Coast and the Midwest to protest the G-20—starting on Sept. 19 and culminating with the Peoples’ March to the G-20 on Sept. 25—to demand money for jobs, health care and education, not for endless war and trillions in bank bailouts.
The Peoples' March to the G-20 will gather on Friday, Sept. 25, at 12 noon for an opening rally at the corner of Fifth and Craft Avenues in Oakland. It will then march to the City-County Building downtown for a rally, then march to the Federal Building for a second rally, and finally march to a block from the G-20 summit.
The Peoples’ March has attracted the support of over 60 organizations, including the ANSWER Coalition, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, the Thomas Merton Center Pittsburgh, Connecticut Students Against the War, Ohio Valley Peace, Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine, Philly Against War, and many others.
Earlier in the week, there will be a series of events, including a Peoples’ Summit on Sept. 19, 21 and 22; a March for Jobs on Sept. 20; and several tent cities, panels and other actions.
The ANSWER Coalition encourages progressive activists from the region to take part in these events. If you are interested in working with the ANSWER Coalition while in Pittsburgh, or if you need more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org