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Protest the IMF and World Bank

By Ben Dalbey | September 20, 2002 | Page 11

WASHINGTON--Activists from up and down the East Coast and beyond will come to Washington on the weekend of September 28-29 to protest the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The Mobilization for Global Justice (MGJ), the main coalition of groups and individuals organizing against the Bank and IMF in D.C., has called for a mass rally and march on the afternoon of September 28--followed by nonviolent civil disobedience in the evening to symbolically "quarantine" the delegates inside the meetings. There will also be teach-ins and other events in the run-up. Organizing for the protests was limited until recent weeks, when meetings got larger after students returned, and more groups have come on board.

While efforts within the MGJ to add an antiwar demand to the group's platform were blocked this summer, peace and antiwar groups are now holding a separate event on September 29 against Bush's coming war on Iraq.

This march can be a valuable opportunity to show how the IMF's policies of "structural adjustment"--which place the greed of Western banks and corporations over the needs of people in poor countries--are connected to the U.S. government's plan to be the world's super-cop.

DEMONSTRATE! Washington, D.C., September 25—29. For more information, go to on the Web.

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