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Coalition on Homelessness, SF
Thu, 27 Jul 2000 23:20:06 -0700
>Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 18:42:13 -0700
>From: "Coalition on Homelessness, SF" <email@example.com>
>Subject: A CALL TO ACTION!
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>A CALL TO ACTION!
>MOBILIZATION TO PROTEST THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION 2000
>Join thousands of concerned people in Philadelphia and Los Angeles
>to let both the Republican and Democratic Parties know that business
>cannot continue as usual. We will come from every corner of the
>world united in our demand for a total change of priorities from the
>production of things to the caring for people and the environment.
>Join us in a series of marches, nonviolent direct actions and events
>leading up to and during the Republican National Convention in
>Philadelphia, July 31- August 3 and the Democratic National
>Convention in L. A., August 14-17.
>We will celebrate and renew our resistance to: corporate
>globalization, militarism, poverty, starvation, campaign finance
>corruption, sexism, racism, homo/trans-phobia, criminalization of
>youth, environmental destruction, prison industrial complex,
>genocide, undermining of organizing labor, ageism, welfare reform,
>persecution and deportation of immigrants, lack of decent and
>affordable healthcare, undermining of small family farms,
>disintegration of public education, law enforcement corruption,
>brutality and state sanctioned murder, corporate controlled media,
>exploitation of the disabled and all forms of oppression that divide
>people throughout the world.
>The gap between the rich and those near or below the poverty line
>widens every day. Fewer and fewer corporations and the ruling elite
>are controlling more and more of the wealth, the media and the
>political process. Both the Democrats and the Republicans,
>controlled by corporate dollars, make the way for global
>exploitation by the multinationals. Politicians in both parties are
>more interested in serving special interests than in addressing the
>needs and wants of the people they are supposed to represent.
>For the rest of us, the dollar buys less than it did twenty years
>ago, we have less time with our loved ones, and the social safety
>net has been pulled out from under millions of us. Our health,
>healthcare, and education are a shambles and teachers, caregivers
>and service workers are underpaid. Insurance companies make billions
>out of people's misery and corporations are starting to control our
>schools. Housing and transportation are not affordable or accessible
>and rarely meet the needs of those who need it most, particularly
>those who are disabled. Homelessness is a major problem that
>continues to grow.
>Everyday our communities and youth are criminalized. Racial
>profiling is rampant. The U.S. has the largest prison population in
>the world where women of color - 80% of whom are mothers - are the
>fastest growing population. The Three Strikes laws in several states
>feeds the prison industry and the death penalty disproportionately
>kills Black and other men of color. Immigrant communities are under
>attack and amnesty and benefits are not available to most. While
>hate crimes are on the rise, police continue to harass communities
>of color and the gay community. Those who want or need treatment for
>substance abuse are criminalized instead.
>Women lack pay equity and their unwaged work is not valued. Finding
>quality childcare is a challenge and those who care for our children
>receive wages that are insulting, or no wages at all. Mothers on
>welfare are being penalized and told that raising their own children
>is not work. Instead of prioritizing care for our children, the
>brutal demands of the global market have meant less time with them.
>Older people, who could be enjoying a well-earned retirement, are
>forced to decide between medicines and food - most cannot afford
>prescriptions or alternative treatments. HIV-positive people need
>full access to treatments and care of their choice. We need
>universal healthcare and not a healthcare and medical research
>industry whose commitment is to profits.
>Technology has leapt ahead, leaving most of us behind, and rather
>than reducing our burden of work, people are working harder. While
>the economy is supposed to be booming, the majority of people are
>making less. Labor unions are under attack, jobs are being
>privatized, and workers who try to organize face ferocious
>opposition. Although the right to organize a union exists,
>harassment and intimidation is still rampant.
>Indigenous peoples from Chiapas, Mexico, to the U'wa in Colombia, to
>the Dineh people in Arizona, to Bolivia, villages and pueblos
>throughout the world are under attack. Africa, Latin America and the
>Caribbean, Asia and other countries of the Global South are
>suffocating under structural adjustment policies, third world debt,
>and U.S. intervention under the guise of the 'war on drugs'.
>Women and children are carrying the greatest burden of the so-called
>'Third-World debt'. Reparations for slavery and theft of indigenous
>lands have never been paid. Through its politically-motivated
>economic embargoes, the US has caused the hunger and suffering of
>millions. Military rape and mayhem have devastated entire countries,
>most recently in Eastern Europe.
>Instead of sustainable farming, we face an onslaught of genetically
>modified foods and damage from pesticides as mega-corporations take
>over the international food supply. Instead of showing respect for
>our environment, those in power have brought us to the brink of an
>environmental disaster. We are all under threat. None of us is
>Instead of building positive international collaboration,
>governments bypass local communities and hire "professionals" to be
>used against the rest of us - imposing their corporate solutions.
>Worsening economic realities are matched by increased military
>spending, militarization and the pouring of billions into the
>coffers of the arms merchants. Escalating racial, ethnic, gender and
>religious hatreds are fanned by an economy that glorifies the global
>It is the U.S. political leaders, and their corporate sponsors,
>controlling the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO who must be held
>accountable for this global suffering and environmental devastation.
>No More Business As Usual!
>In Los Angeles, we are powerful in our diversity and united in our
>commitment. We celebrate our differences and are working to cross
>the divisions among us. We are building a broad progressive movement
>that makes a way for all who are suffering to take action on their
>own behalf. We will raise our concerns, speak with a unified voice
>and demand a total change. People must come before profit.
>This is the beginning of the politics of the new millennium.
>Join us in our call to put an end to poverty, hunger, militarism and
>the destruction of the environment.
>Join us in our call for economic, social, gender and racial justice.
>Join us in our call for peace and freedom.
>Join us as we march for our lives, our future and for the generations to come.
>Join us to make history in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles.
>This text is from the website of the Mobilization to Protest the
>Democratic National Convention. To learn more, and to join the us in
>the struggle for all our lives, contact:
Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco
468 Turk St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
vox: (415) 346.3740
Fax: (415) 775.5639