[NOTE: The following is from the AFL-CIO website.]
A Call to
Action to Globalize Justice
Global Justice Week of Action
Sept. 26–Oct. 1, 2001
fall, America’s unions will unite with a broad range of activists from around
the world to insist on transforming the rules and institutions of the
global economy to ensure that they work for working people.
international union movement, student organizations, women’s groups, human
rights advocates, faith-based activists, solidarity groups, immigrants,
environmentalists, unemployed people, small farmers and business people will
come together in a week of action to reject the global economic system that
values profits over people.
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank hold their annual joint
meetings in Washington, D.C., the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2001, we will come
together for a massive march and rally and related events in the nation’s
we approach the November meeting of the World Trade Organization in Qatar, we
also will be joining together with unions from around the world in global
solidarity actions being planned by the International Confederation of Free
Trade Unions (ICFTU).
in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24–25, the National Council of Women’s
Organizations will hold its Women’s Equality Summit, Congressional Action Day with
a focus on Social Security privatization—another item on the World Bank’s
fall meetings of the IMF and World Bank will be among the most significant
gatherings of the proponents and makers of corporate-led globalization in
2001. We cannot just stand by as these institutions continue to structure
global economic rules for the benefit of corporations and the wealthy and deny
basic justice to the majority of the world’s people.
IMF/World Bank are forcing national “structural adjustments” that include
privatizing, downsizing, and slashing spending by governments; recklessly
opening trade doors to exploitative foreign investment; and promotion of
so-called “labor flexibility” moves, such as reducing the minimum wage and
weakening workers’ protections. Some countries are spending more each year
trying to repay loan debts to these institutions than they are able to
spend to meet the basic health, sanitation and education needs of their people.
Both domestically and abroad, the World Bank continues to promote
privatization of our public systems with dangerous consequences for the
well-being of workers.
The struggle against the IMF and World Bank is about much more than trade. It is the struggle to address the inequalities of the global economy through the institutions that perpetuate them.
justice activists are making three demands:
call on people of conscience and good will to Be There for a Global Justice Week
Women’s Equality Summit, Congressional
in defense of the rights of immigrants:
on the World Bank, IMF and the Global Economy: Thursday evening, Sept. 27
through Saturday, Sept. 29
Forum on the impacts of international financial institution policies on women in the global economy &
Service for debt cancellation and global justice: Saturday, Sept. 29
Massive rally and march Sunday, Sept. 30, demanding:
IMF/World Bank debt cancellation
A fair trade agenda and no Fast Track/FTAA
Priority treatment for combating HIV/AIDS
Support for local labor struggles (including D.C. parking lot attendants’ fight for the right to organize with Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 27)
Preparation for the ICFTU’s Global Unions’ Day of Action by the
Workplaces of the World to be held Nov. 9 around the meeting of the WTO in