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Mobilize for Mass Action Against the G20!

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On September 24 and 25, 2009, the G20 will meet in Pittsburgh with the aim of reviving their ailing system: capitalism. All workers and youth who can should come out for mass action against the G20 summit.

The G20 is made up of finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 of the world’s largest national economies, as well as the European Union, which is the 20th member. Also participating are leaders of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The main task of the G20 is to stabilize the global capitalist economy.

Not surprisingly, organizations of working-class people have never been invited to the table.
The agendas of G20 meetings are never made public, and their proceedings are also secret. The only information that the public receives about what actually happens during the meetings comes from the press releases offered by these finance barons themselves.

One of the key ways the G20 attempts to “stabilize economies” is by lending through the IMF, an organization notorious for ravaging economies, the natural environment, and public programs such as education and healthcare. One of the main goals of the Pittsburgh G20 summit is to “reform” the IMF so that it will be able to operate more “proactively” (i.e. ruthlessly).

The G20’s agenda enriches multinational corporations at the expense of working people around the world. For example, at their last summit, held in April of this year, the G20 tripled the finances of the IMF by pumping in another $500 billion.

How outrageous that workers, innocent victims of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, are being laid off by the millions, thrown out of our homes, and seeing our schools being closed down, while the governments of the world have managed to find trillions of dollars to keep profits flowing into the banks and other corporations that detonated this crisis!

The G20 and IMF are not anti-worker institutions simply because they are run by “evil” people. They are an organic outgrowth of the capitalist system, which by its very nature concentrates economic, political, and military power in the hands of the few at the expense of the many.

So, on September 24 and 25, come out for an organized struggle against the G20 and the vicious system that created it. Fight for a world of peace, freedom, and plenty: a socialist alternative.

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