Photo: Lucas Shapiro
People Rally in Washington Against Unjust Treatment of the World's Poor
People from across the United States and the world came together in Washington, DC September 27-30 to support the aspirations of poor people of the world for basic necessities, and to oppose policies and institutions that the participants believed were severely harming poor people.
The occasion was a moving display of solidarity of U.S. citizens with poor people abroad, and the speeches and handouts in the weekend plus events gave an analysis of international economic and political concerns of poor people absent from the mainstream media. (For a look at worldwide media coverage.) The Washington Post, in its coverage, focused principally on "will Washingtonians be able to get to work," including crowd counting and police/protestor relations, ignoring, as far as we could see, any analysis of the actual issues. In the most obtuse coverage of any which this reporter read, Marc Fisher actually wrote a column in the Washington Post asserting that poor people (in Washington--no mention of poor people elsewhere -- were harmed by the demonstrations (Anti-IMF Antics Hurt Small People Not Fat Cats), and that many demonstrators will grow up to be oppressors.
The event was timed to coincide with the annual IMF/World Bank meetings. These meetings are held every two years in Washington, and have been a luxurious networking week with events such as cocktail parties and lavish dinners for those invited. Ordinary people showing up as protestors have had as one effect a considerable diminution of attendance, networking and luxury in the official meeting and other related events.
For more on the issues see the Mobilization for Global Justice website. Hunger Notes has also followed key issues including debt, trade between developing and developed countries, U.S. and other developed country assistance to developing countries, and efforts to reduce world hunger.