[Hpn] NCH Joins Mobilization for Global Justice Rally FWD

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Mon, 08 May 2000 22:34:01 -0700 (PDT)

FWD  National Coalition for the Homeless - April 16, 2000


The National Coalition for the Homeless joined over 30,000 activists who
traveled to Washington DC for the Mobilization for Global Justice rally and
march on April 16th.  An estimated 206 grass roots organizations comprised
of faith-based, policy, social and economic justice, youth, labor, and
women's advocacy groups united in solidarity against the injustices of the
IMF and World Bank.

Activists say they came to Washington DC to highlight how the two world
loan institutions perpetuate poverty in developing nations with
overwhelming debts.  These debt payments have a devastating effect on
economies by lowering wages, standards of living, and workers' rights.
This happens not only in poor countries, but in the United States as well,
as American workers are displaced by underpaid overseas labor.

Governments of developing nations often lower standards of labor and wages
in order to attract multi-national corporations.  This not only undercuts
the availability of jobs abroad but also in the United States as these
corporations "pack up shop" and move to developing nations where wage and
safety regulations don't exist.    Relieving countries of that debt would
make a huge difference on working families in all nations.  Debt relief is
a crucial step in securing livable income jobs for workers here and around
the world.

Around 10,000 demonstrators flooded the Ellipse near the White House to
hear from prominent speakers and musicians show their support.  Among those
present were Michael Moore, Ralph Nader and the Indigo Girls.


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