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posted by: anon

begins: Oct 9, 10:00 pm

ends: Oct 11, 10:00 pm

location: washington d.c.

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have a well-deserved
reputation for being the loan sharks of global capitalism. Both
institutions are infamous for forcing poor countries in the global south
to ruin their own economies in order to further enrich Western
corporations. Nations who decline to borrow money at exorbitant interest
rates and then beggar their populations to pay it back (or worse, default
on their existing debt), are subjected to trade sanctions that have been
described as “the economic equivalent of nuclear war.”



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International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have a well-deserved
reputation for being the loan sharks of global capitalism. Both
institutions are infamous for forcing poor countries in the global south
to ruin their own economies in order to further enrich Western
corporations. Nations who decline to borrow money at exorbitant interest
rates and then beggar their populations to pay it back (or worse, default
on their existing debt), are subjected to trade sanctions that have been
described as “the economic equivalent of nuclear war.”

The neoliberal regime represented by the IMF has generated intense, and
largely successful, resistance across the world. In Argentina a popular
revolt in response to the 2001 economic collapse, caused by strict
adherence to neoliberal policies, saw three governments toppled in a
month. Piqueteros threw up barricades of burning tires on the highways,
workers took over their factories, and “Que se vayan todos!” became the
rallying cry for an entire nation. After the passage of NAFTA in 1994, the
Zapatistas
established their own autonomous territory in the Mexican state of Chiapas
that survives to this day, in spite of continuous government repression.
In North America and Europe massive protests greeted neoliberal elites at
every summit, including Seattle in 1999 when the World Trade Organization
meeting was completely shut down. In Barcelona in 2001 the World Bank
canceled a summit entirely for fear of protests.

More recently, world leaders have attempted to re-establish neoliberalism
under the guise of recovering from the economic collapse that they
themselves caused. The IMF has been recapitalized with 1.1 trillion
dollars from the G20 group of nations. Employers everywhere are slashing
wages, as governments cut social services correspondingly, all justified
by calls to “share the pain.” Resistance has intensified accordingly.
Wildcat strikes in Bangladesh have periodically crippled the garment
industry there, as workers demand safety improvements and back wages.
Protesters in Romania have held huge demonstrations against
government-imposed austerity measures. The entire country of Greece has
been virtually ungovernable since the riots over the police murder of a
15-year old in December 2008. Riots, general strikes and insurrection are
common occurrences. Farmers blockade the Bulgarian border with their
tractors and banners are dropped from the Acropolis. The announcement in
April that the Greek government would be instituting austerity measures as
part of an IMF/European Union bank bailout sent 200,000 protesters into
the streets in Athens alone.

Here in the US, ground zero for neoliberalism, reaction to the financial
collapse has been comparatively muted. Recent protests have not approached
the size and intensity of those of the antiglobalization era. The IMF
Resistance Network exists to help change that. We are an East coast-based
antiauthoritarian group dedicated to organizing demonstrations against IMF
and World Bank summit meetings in Washington, DC. The next one is on
October 9 – 11 of this year.

You’re all invited. Details will follow shortly.

See you in the streets,
The IMF Resistance Network

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have a well-deserved
reputation for being the loan sharks of global capitalism. Both
institutions are infamous for forcing poor countries in the global south
to ruin their own economies in order to further enrich Western
corporations. Nations who decline to borrow money at exorbitant interest
rates and then beggar their populations to pay it back (or worse, default
on their existing debt), are subjected to trade sanctions that have been
described as “the economic equivalent of nuclear war.”

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PAL union rallies anew at DOLE, appeals “midnight decision”

June 28, 2010

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) held another rally this afternoon at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in protest at the decision of Acting Labor Secretary Romeo Lagman that declared the planned PAL mass layoff to be a “valid exercise of management prerogative.” PALEA also filed a motion for reconsideration of the Lagman order in time for the deadline today.

Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) vice-chairperson, insisted that “There are strong grounds to seek the reversal of Lagman’s decision.” PALEA assails the order as a “midnight decision that is erroneous on both substantive and procedural grounds.”

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On the evening of May 20, the notorious Shock Force of the Puerto Rican Police brutally attacked a demonstration of hundreds of students and workers protesting against Governor Luis Fortuño. The assault took place in the luxurious Sheraton Hotel, where the privatizing, anti-worker governor was presiding over a fancy fundraising dinner. As our reporter recounts, the police brutally beat demonstrators with riot clubs and pepper-sprayed everyone with tear gas and pepper gas. This was the response of the government to the workers strike two days ago in support of the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico, which has lasted almost a month. It is urgently necessary to translate the worker-student unity that was on display on May 18 into powerful strike actions that shut down key sectors of the economy of the U.S.' Caribbean island economy. We publish here the on-the-spot report from our correspondent who witnessed and participated in the protest.

The Internationalist
May 2010

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In the Philippines poor children die at three times the rate of the children of the rich, according to latest UN data. Under-five mortality rates are 66 child deaths to every 1000 live births amongst the poor, compared to 21 child deaths to every 1000 births amongst the rich.

For a Government of the Masses of Women and for a Socialist-Feminist Society!

By Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM - Party of the Laboring Masses)

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The January 12 earthquake in Haiti that devastated the capital city, leaving well over 100,000 dead and a million homeless, was one of the worst geological calamities of modern times. The earthquake was a natural disaster, but the horrendous death toll and monumental destruction were caused by capitalism and imperialism. Now the human suffering has been enormously compounded by to the militarization of the relief effort and reoccupation of Haiti by the United States. More than a dozen flights by aid groups, carrying rescue squads, tons of medical supplies and entire field hospitals, were refused permission to land at the Port-au-Prince airport by U.S. military air controllers who are now in charge. Food was already stocked in warehouses, but agencies refused to distribute it for fear of "riots." The media blitz is a propaganda war to embellish the image of U.S. imperialism. This phony humanitarianism are being used to disguise a new U.S. occupation of Haiti. We demand an end to the imperialist occupation, U.S./U.N. forces get out of Haiti and stop blocking entry of Haitian refugees.


January 2010

Washington Exploits Earthquake to Reoccupy the Country
Haiti: Workers Solidarity, Yes! Imperialist Occupation, No!


MINUSTAH “peacekeeper” guards food in Haiti, January 17. We demand U.S./U.N. forces stop blocking aid to Haitian people. No to imperialist occupation! Troops get out now! Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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The threat to Mumia Abu-Jamal's life is increasingly ominous. His lead attorney, Robert Bryan, warns: "There is an escalated effort by the authorities to see him die at the hands of the executioner. This is the most dangerous time for Mumia since his 1981 arrest." The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down Jamal's two appeals. If it were to rule in favor of the prosecution's appeal, this would open the way for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell to issue a third warrant of execution, which he has vowed to do. Contrary to the misplaced expectations of many, the Obama administration is not about to save Mumia. Around the world, hundreds of thousands have marched for this courageous champion of oppressed. Trade unions representing millions of members have rallied to the defense of Mumia. It is urgent to expand this support into powerful labor/black action, appealing to the integrated union movement to join with the black, Latino and immigrant poor to demand that he be liberated.

Appeals to Obama’s Top Cop Eric Holder Spread Deadly Illusions

Mumia’s Life Is On the Line:
Mobilize Labor/Black Power to Free Him Now!

Internationalist Group at Harlem rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal, 8 May 2009. (Internationalist photo)

Internationalist Group at Harlem rally for Mumia Abu-Jamal, 8 May 2009. (Internationalist photo)

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Four Protestors currently on Coal River Mountain. Two locked down to drill rig on Bee Tree Permit site. Mine security and county police are currently there as well. Blasting is still halted.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    11/21/09
Contact: Zoe Beavers 304-854-7372
Email: news@climategroundzero.org

PETTUS, W. Va. – Early this morning two concerned citizens, Dea Goblirsch and Nick Martin, locked down to a drill rig on Coal River Mountain’s Bee Tree mountaintop removal site, effectively stopping blasting. Two others, Grace Williams and Laura Von Dolen, joined them in direct support, holding a banner with the message “Save Coal River Mountain”.

These nonviolent protestors have taken this action to bring attention to the extreme danger facing residents of the Coal River Valley from blasting near the Brushy Fork Impoundment. They plan to stay locked down until law enforcement removes them.

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Workers belonging to the Coalition Against Contractualization (KONTRA) today marched to Mendiola to mark the anniversary of the signing of Proclamation 1081 that imposed Martial Law 37 years ago and to reaffirm their vows to never again let the country slip into darkness.

The people should never forget that the Martial Law plunged the country into a 14-year nightmare – a conjugal dictatorship, the suppression of all democratic rights and civil liberties, the imprisonment of some 50,000 Filipinos, and the torture, murder and disappearance of thousands, many of them trade union leaders, women, peasants and students.

At the same time, Martial Law and the EDSA Revolution should remind everyone that only through solidarity could tyranny be defeated.

Today, 23 years after the downfall of Marcos Dictatorship, the working class continues to suffer from the tyranny of economic injustice and political marginalization.

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ACLU-PA and Center for Constitutional Rights sue Pittsburgh police over harassment of G-20 protestors.

Pittsburgh -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a complaint this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Seeds of Peace Collective and the Three Rivers Climate Convergence (3RCC).

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