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IMF/World Bank Action in DC: Date: Sept 28
18 Jul 2002
Modified: 19 Jul 2002
IMF/World Bank Action in DC: Date: Sept 28
The folks in Washington D.C. are moving ahead with plans for what could be one of the largest anti-corporate globalization actions yet.

Mark the dates listed below on your calendars. It's not too early to start coordinating teach-ins, workshops, ride-shares, buses and affinity groups.

MGJ Minutes, July 17, 2002

1. Consensus on Date and Action Outline
2. Schedule
3. Goals Discussion
4. Date Discussion
5. Working Groups

1. Consensus on Date and Action Outline

MGJ consensed on a Saturday, September 28 rally, march and direct action.

The rough outline of the plan is a rally and march, to be followed by a quarantine action (surrounding the IMF and Bank; quarantining the instigators of an economic smallpox, as Luke put it) that could run into the evening. Actions might continue overnight and onto Sunday.

Details will be worked out by the scenario working groups.

2. Schedule of Events Surrounding IMF/Bank meetings

September 25: March for Dignity and Immigrant Rights
September 25-27: Business Week's CEO Summit, at the Ritz-Carlton
September 26 evening: Interfaith vigil (Religious Working Group on the IMF and World Bank, Jubilee and others)
September 27: People's Strike (Anti-Capitalist Convergence)
***September 28: ***MGJ Protest***; IMF and World Bank meetings (International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee)
September 29: IMF and World Bank meetings (Annual meetings)

3. Goals Discussion

Following small group discussion, we discussed the following goals. The goals were not critiqued or agreed upon. Many overlap. Those with xxx next to them received multiple airings:

- Promote Global South voices xxx
- Massive numbers into the streets xxx
- Shut down the meeting/ direct action xxx
- Open and attractive action to a wide array of people xxx
- March and rally xxx
- Education events xxx
- Effective media and messaging work
- Strengthen confidence in the movement xxx
- Cause real disruption xxx
- Build long-term links with others, especially labor and local groups; do solidarity actions with local groups xxx
- Delegitimize further the institutions
- Tie-in current corporate and global crises to IMF and Bank
- Outreach to new constituencies and the unconverted xxx
- Pageantry/Beauty
- Post-event actions; make available ongoing ways to take action and stay connected to the movement
- Quarantine rather than a shutdown
- Connect to the US budget crisis
- Show better alternatives to IMF/WB policy

4. Date Discussion

There was general agreement on setting the action for Saturday or Sunday, and then pretty quickly agreement on Saturday.

Reasons expressed included: Conducting the action during the IMF/WB meetings; and picking a date that is accessible to the most number of people, including working people and families.

5. Working Groups

The Roundtable working group announced that a first roundtable, intended to bring together diverse segments of the DC local community, will be held on Thurs, July 25, at the AFSC office, at 2211 14th St., NW. Information on the roundtable has been posted to the full lists already.

We agreed on establishing a number of working groups, designated contact people, and set meeting times for several. This information will be posted in a subsequent message.

We're moving forward!

6. Next meeting

The next general MGJ meeting will be on July 31, 7:30 at St. Stephens, 1525 Newton St., NW (near 16th and Newton, NW). Facilitators will be Liz Butler (liz (at) forestethics.org) and Michael Bee (nonviolence (at) igc.org)
See also:
www.madhattersimc.org
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lets shut it down!!!!
19 Jul 2002
lets get a move on! were gonna have to work if we want to shut the meetings down. maybe we can get an autonomous-united left front to dc to show those corporate fuck heads what all.