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Financial Fools — just too tempting!

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

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.

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 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.

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Vanessa Baird a New Internationalist contributor

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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