As the meeting of the world’s twenty richest economies (the G20) draws nearer, citizens across the world are preparing to give their leaders – and their financial elites – a piece of their mind. They could probably do with it.
The biggest event is set to be the ‘Put People First’ march through central London (setting out from the Victoria Embankment at 11am) on Saturday 28 March http://www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk/
But there will be numerous other activities at and around this period. The meeting of the G20 is scheduled for 2 April – helpfully close to April Fools Day. Many countries around the world celebrate this day is a similar way – so the temptation of launching various ‘Financial Fools’ actions is proving too hard to resist. http://www.financialfoolsday.com/
If you belong to a union, a civil society group or an NGO, your organization may also want to sign an international ‘Put Finance in Its Place’ petition which has come out of the 2009 World Social Forum gathering in Belem. It can be directly signed at www.choike.org/gcrisis and is now available in English, Spanish and French, German, Italian and Portuguese
New Internationalist too is ‘putting people first’ in our next issue of the magazine. We are part of the protest – but are also proposing ways to build a fairer, greener, more just economy. For, in the current crisis, we see not only collapse and hardship but also the prospect of an ‘age of possibility’. Join us at the on 28 March. And look out for the April issue of New Internationalist, out soon.