[act-ma] 9/1: Bail Out the People Movement/G20 Organizing Committee Meeting ; 9/20 March for Jobs
Bail Out the People Movement - Boston
bopmboston at gmail.com
Sun Aug 30 12:59:48 PDT 2009
*in this email:
1) 9/1 - Bail Out the People/G20 Organizing Committee Meeting
2) Why are we demanding jobs or income at the G-20 Economic Crisis
Meeting in Pittsburgh in September?*
*1) Tuesday, September 1 - Bail Out the People Movement/G20 Organizing
6:30 pm - Action Center, 284 Amory St. (The Brewery), Jamaica Plain*
*a)* Join with trade unionists; community, anti-racist & anti-war
activists; the unemployed to discuss plans for a series of actions at
the upcoming G20 meeting in Pittsburgh and to build a solidarity action
* A Global Week of Solidarity with the Unemployed - September 19 -
26 -(During the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA)
* Yes to Jobs & Human Needs; No to War & Wall Street Greed
* Sunday, September 20 - Rally & March for a Real Jobs Program
* Building a Tent City in Pittsburgh for the Unemployed & Supporters
the weekend before the G-20 Summit
* Organizing Caravans of Unemployed People and Supporters to
Converge on Pittsburgh during the week of September 19-26
*b)* Raffle to raise money to send people to Pittsburgh
c**)* Update on Chuck Turner's re-election campaign
*d)* Update on the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, USW L. 8751
fightback against layoffs
*e)* Update on the struggle against the resegregation of the Boston
Schools and charter schools
Sept 20 March for Jobs <http://www.bailoutpeople.org/>
Why are we demanding jobs or income at the G-20 Economic Crisis
Meeting in Pittsburgh in September?
*30 million people in the U.S. are unemployed or underemployed -- We say
*What is the G-20?*
It's a group of Treasury officials and central bankers from 20
countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Its goal
is to protect bank profits, whatever it costs the people of the world.
The U.S. delegation is led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and
Ben Bernanke, head of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed). They
organized a bailout of the banks, insurance companies and stock
brokerages that totals $12.6 trillion--or $42,105 for every adult and
child in the U.S.
* *How much is a trillion dollars? It is 1,000 billion. And a
billion is 1,000 million. *
The Federal Reserve controls this money, yet most people have never
heard of it. The Fed has seven governors, all bankers, appointed by the
U.S. President for 14-year terms. George W. Bush appointed Bernanke
Chairman of his Council of Economic Advisors and then head of the Fed.
The Fed operates in secrecy, even from Congress, yet makes decisions
affecting whether we work, have homes, or eat.
Geithner, the former chief of the NY Federal Reserve Bank, worked with
the Fed under the Bush administration to devise the bank bailout. He
invented the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and eight other
programs to funnel taxpayer money into the banks. His top aide is from
Goldman Sachs Bank. He changed bank regulations to prohibit
congressional audits of the Federal Reserve.
*Who is representing the people at the G20 conference? No one!*
*Profit recovery for banks --
Jobless 'recovery' for workers*
*The bailout for the banks:*
* $12.6 trillion in handouts, loans and guarantees.
* Bonuses: Since the bailout, six banks that got our money are
giving $74 billion in bonuses -- double last year's.
* Even TARP chief Neel Kashkari says the bailout is "Rich bankers
bailing out rich bankers, using the taxpayer's credit card."
* The New York Times said the bailout of banks by taxpayers is a
"Partnership in which one partner robs the other."
* Sen. Dick Durbin said, "We're facing a banking crisis that many
banks created -- still they are the most powerful lobby on Capitol
Hill, and they frankly own the place."
* Representative Alan Grayson, House Financial Services Committee,
said of the Fed: "We are seeing a transfer of trillions of dollars
of wealth from the taxpayers to the bad banks.... We have become
the saps for Wall Street."
* Who got bailed out: Citigroup, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Lehman
Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, Wells
Fargo. Some have now merged into larger, more powerful monopolies.
* Result: The banks are making huge profits again and concentration
of wealth is in fewer hands. Instead of more regulation, they
demanded and got less. The UN says just 500 rich people in the
world earn more than the 416 million poorest people, and this is
* Instead of creating jobs they are demanding speedups. Corporate
profits go up; wages go down and jobs or hours decrease.
Bailout money for us:
* $8.2 billion
This is less than one-thousandth of the $12 trillion the banks have
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, most of this
went to state unemployment insurance programs or job training
programs---for JOBS THAT ARE NOT THERE. Just $25 a week went to those
receiving unemployment insurance.
* Result for us: 30 million people in the U.S. are unemployed or
working involuntary part-time.
Wall Street admits unemployment will be permanently high. Unlike other
times when workers were called back, millions of jobs have been
terminated. Others have had their hours cut. There are fewer jobs now
than in 2001, although 12 million new workers have joined the labor force.
* Fewest young men have jobs in 61 years of record keeping.
* Teenagers age 16-19 suffer 78% unemployment.
* For youth and people of color, this is worse than the Great
* Foreclosures are continuing at record levels this year.
* People are running out of unemployment benefits.
* Personal bankruptcies are up again.
* Retirees have lost 22% of their benefits, forcing seniors to
work--but there are no jobs.
Will going to Pittsburgh make a difference for me or my family?
We are demanding a public jobs program and forcing corporations to hire
so everyone in need is guaranteed a livable income. Only a mass movement
of the people on the march, holding protest meetings and organizing in
our communities, schools, unions, and places of worship, can change our
lives. We must represent ourselves. It's not easy, but it can be done.
You can start by bringing friends together in your home. You can invite
an organizer from the Bailout the People Movement. Then you can do your
block, your neighborhood, your workplace, school or place of worship.
If you have a job now, you can only protect it and your wages and
benefits by joining the movement for jobs. With millions out of work
your boss will use the competition among workers to get cheaper labor to
replace you, make working conditions harder, or lower your wages.
/*PITTSBURGH IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THIS MOVEMENT*/
How can I get there?
We are working hard to raise funds for buses, cars, and vans to caravan
to Pittsburgh. You can help. Donate, or have a yard sale, bake sale,
raffle or dinner. Even one dollar will help.
*WORKERS ARE CONNECTED ALL AROUND THE WORLD*
The G-20 bankers come together to make profits off the backs of the
world's people. Our lives are all connected now. Unemployment anywhere
in the world is unacceptable. At the time of the G-20 Pittsburgh
conference there will be protests in cities worldwide. We can compete
against each other and die, or unite and have a better life now and for
our children. A job is a right!
*Join the March for Jobs, Pittsburgh, September 20!*
* *We need your help!* Funds are urgently needed to help subsidize
buses and vans and to assist with organizing costs for the "March
for Jobs." - http://bailoutpeople.org/donate.shtml
* Become a local organizer - help organize a "Jobs or Income Now"
caravan (cars, vans, bus, etc) to Pittsburgh for the G20.
* Volunteer - http://www.bailoutpeople.org/septg20volorgcents.shtml
* Download leaflets at
* Join the BOPM Facebook Group -
* Rev. Thomas Smith, Pastor, Monumental Baptist Church, Pittsburgh;
Pres., Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO);
* Bill Robinson, Allegheny County Commissioner, Pittsburgh;
* Rev. Graylan Hagler, Pres., Ministers for Racial, Social and
Economic Justice of the United Church of Christ;
* Abayomi Azikiwe, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit;
* Rob Robinson, Picture The Homeless, New York;
* Cynthia McKinney, DIGNITY;
* Cheri Honkala, Nat'l Organizer, Poor People's Economic Human
* Donna DeWitt, Pres., South Carolina AFL-CIO Council;
* Cindy Sheehan, Anti-war and Human Rights activist;
* Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General;
* Charles Barron, New York City Council Member;
* Brenda Walker, Operation POWER;
* Chris Silvera, Sec-Treas., Teamsters Local 808, NYC;
* Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, San Francisco;
* Brenda Stokely, NYC Katrina & Rita Hurricane Survivors Network;
* Rev. Lucius Walker, Pastors For Peace;
* Fr. Luis Barrios, Human Rights Activist;
* Saladin Muhammed, Black Workers For Justice;
* Rev. Dr. Bruce Wright, Refuge Ministries;
* Lawrence Hamm, Chairperson, People's Organization For Progress;
* Dave Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council;
* Barbara Vedder, County Board Supervisor, Dane, Madison, WI;
* Bill Reuther, Trustee, Ohio Valley Trades & Labor Assembly,*
* Bill Perry, Executive Director, Delaware Valley Veterans for
America, Levittown, PA;
* Roxanne Pauline, Coord., Scranton- Wilkes Barre Citizens In
* Nada Khader, Exec. Director, WESPAC Foundation, Pleasantville, NY;
* Karen Hansen, State Director, Ohio Conference On Fair Trade*;
* Darren Graves, Humanities Comm. Chair, Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers and Trainmen,* Cleveland;
*for identification only
*Bail Out The People Movement
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