WASHINGTON - April 4 - WHEN: 9:30 A.M. Thursday April 8, 2004
WHERE: The National Press Club, 529 14th Street N.W., 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
WHAT: Mobilization for Global Justice will hold a news conference to announce the week of global justice actions April 21-25, marking the 60th Anniversary of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to demand:
* Open all World Bank and IMF meetings to the media and the public.
* Cancel all impoverished country debt to the World Bank and IMF, using the institutions' own resources.
* End all World Bank and IMF policies that hinder people's access to food, clean water, shelter, health care, education, and the right to organize. (Such "structural adjustment" policies include user fees, privatization, and so-called economic austerity programs).
* Stop all World Bank support for socially and environmentally destructive projects such as oil, gas, and mining activities, and all support for projects such as dams that include forced relocation of people.
We further demand that the United States government, the largest shareholder and most influential member in the IMF and World Bank, adopt these demands, and work vigorously to compel the World Bank and IMF to implement them.
* Njoki Njoroge Njehu, Director of 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice, a coalition of over 200 organizations dedicated to the fundamental transformation of the IMF and World Bank.
* Marie Clarke, Director of the Jubilee USA Network, which works for the cancellation of the debt burden crushing the countries of the Global South.
* Roger Newell, executive committee member of DC Jobs with Justice, a community-labor organizing coalition.
* David Levy, Mobilization for Global Justice, organizer of protests at IMF/World Bank meetings and other events linked to corporate globalization.
* And others
APRIL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:
* April 21: World Bank and IMF 60th "Unhappy Birthday" Party
* April 22-23: Conference: "Resist Market Fundamentalism: Retirement
Planning for the IMF and World Bank at 60"
* April 24: Rally, March and Festival with music, games, puppets and pageantry
* April 25: Global Justice for Women Contingent marches in the "March for Women's Lives."
The Mobilization for Global Justice is a Washington, DC based organization of groups and individuals focused on the growing problem of corporate globalization in today's world. It sponsors educational events, rallies and demonstrations that serve to highlight the harmful neo-liberal economic policies carried out by unaccountable, undemocratic international financial institutions. Visit our web site at www.globalizethis.org