Luther Place Church
1226 Vermont Ave NW
At the People’s Forum, the star attraction isn’t closed door meetings that reduce you to the role of a spectator in your own life, but your own voice!
As the G20 summit scrambles to fix their broken toy of the “free market”, we’ve decided that the world needs its own summit, where we we turn all the cards in the world financial game face up and real people have an opportunity to express their fears over how the world is and their hopes for a world to be.
November 15 was a day of popular education and discussion that featured:
- The World Economic System, Explained: What is globalized capitalism and how did the financial crisis happen?
- Mapping the Crisis: Group discussions and education on the crises that go beyond bank bailouts and effect our lives: The Food crisis, the Energy crisis, the Housing, and the Climate crisis.
- Alternative Visions for the Future: Is it our fate to only live in a world we can expect a slightly better system? We say no! Join us for fishbowl discussions on what kind of alternatives to our economic system exist and learn how we can fight back against the current crisis by helping each other and building community.
- What we want to do next: Let’s talk about what we, the people, are doing right now in our own communities and then have a conversation about what next steps we can take to build a strong movement for social justice in our communities, in the United States, and around the world.
- The International Face of Global Justice: Noted speakers from around the world join us for a panel discussion to present an international perspective on how capitalism works (and doesn’t work!) and what other ideas are out there.
- 2:00-2:15 PM – Opening statements from the Global Justice Action organizers
- 2:15-3:00 PM – Introduction to the financial crisis and its foundation in global capitalism with Basav Sen, and a series of short skits by the ACT Collective
- 3:00-3:45 PM – Breakout groups to further explore specific facets of the major crises that contribute to the financial crisis.
- 4:00-5:00 PM – Fishbowl discussion on alternatives to capitalism, exploring local, national and global models. Featuring David Graeber, Mark Lance, Sameer Dossani, and Carwil James
- 5:15-6:30 PM – Movement discussion and networking – making another world possible.
- 7:30-8:30 PM – International Perspectives – a panel discussion with
Martin Khor, Director of the Third World Network, and board member of the International Forum on Globalization
Njoki Njehu, long-time Director of the Fifty Years is Enough Network
Lidy Nacpil, Filipina activist and long-time leader of Jubilee South
Moderator: John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for Policy Studies
1226 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 2005
Nearest Train Stops
McPherson Square on the Blue/Orange Lines
Mt. Vernon Square on the Green/Yellow Lines
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