Wednesday, November 2, 2011

: People in, Corporate Sponsors Out

Unbelievable ...

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From: Alex Wilks - <>
Date: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Subject: People in, Corporate Sponsors Out

Dear friends,

In 24 hours, world leaders meet to discuss the global economic crisis, and banks and big corporations are sponsoring the meeting in exchange for an all access pass. This, while ordinary citizens are locked out. Let's raise a massive petition to Nicolas Sarkozy to kick out the corporations and keep the G20 for the people.
It's unbelievable. The G20 -- the most powerful summit of world governments -- meets tomorrow to discuss the global economic crisis, and who is sponsoring the meeting? Banks and corporations!

No wonder the site of the meeting -- the French city of Cannes -- is completely locked down to any ordinary citizens, while banks and large corporate CEOs have all access passes to tell our governments what to do.

Corporations have captured our governments, winning vast corporate bailouts despite destroying our economy. Now they are buying their way into the very meeting that could decide the financial future for much of the globe. Together we can persuade summit host Nicolas Sarkozy to cancel the sponsorship -- let's build a massive public outcry that causes a media firestorm and forces Sarkozy to kick out the corporate sponsors and clean up the G20. Sign the petition and forward widely:

The line between corporate power and responsible government has steadily blurred. Politicians take money from corporations for their campaigns, make policies that reward them when in office, and then take high-paid jobs with them after they leave. It's corruption, plain and simple.

Now Société Générale, a French bank that received a US$12 billion bailout three years ago and has a massive vested interest in Europe's response to the Euro crisis -- this summit's main topic -- has paid to have its logo prominent as an official sponsor. The US Chamber of Commerce and its equivalents from other countries are invited for a cosy 'B20 summit' to tell our leaders what they think.

The only way to get policies that protect jobs, tackle speculators and guarantee a fair future for us all is to kick back against the lobbies and prise our leaders away from corporate interests. Let’s tell Nicolas Sarkozy and the other leaders that their future depends on ditching the sponsors now and agreeing to no more corporate capture of our governments. Sign the petition and send to everyone:

The global economic crisis resulted from greed and narrow self-interest. But when people are most under pressure they can come together in amazing ways, as we have seen repeatedly this year. From Wall Street, through London, to Melbourne, tens thousands of people are today occupying their cities -- we can join them in their call for responsible government and kick the corporations out!

With hope and determination,

Alex, Maria Paz, Emma, Ricken, Morgan, Wissam and the rest of the Avaaz team


Business leaders press G20 (Financial Times)

Business 20 summit parallel to the G20

Ottawa Steered Clear of Corporate Sponsorships for G20 (Globe and Mail)

List of G20 Cannes Sponsors

Société Générale gets $12 billion in AIG bailout (New York Times)

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jimm said...

Not sure how to respond to this post. But the OccupyWS movement seems to be the G20's opposite.

And I'm wondering why no one from OWS points out how the super-rich NYC mayor got the 2-term-limit laws changed so he could continue his political dynasty.

Seems that would be a fine example of how corporate america continues its dominance of the US government.

J said...

Ah, Jim, but these dear idealistic campers won't picket Bloomberg or George Soros, because those billionaires butter their bread. Soros, a smarmy Hungarian currency speculator, is a hero because he and all the unions know how to fund political campaigns as secretly as anyone in the business. This is all part of Obama's campaign. Trouble is, the crowd in New York is now being swelled by inmates getting out of Riker's and the homeless. As the weather gets colder and the peace and love gives over to theft, rape, robbery and an occasional murder, there will be an emerging majority of Manhattanites that will support the cops doing to them what Hoover and MacArthur did to the bonus marchers who built a shanty town on the Mall in DC in 1932: They'll chase them away. That's when the crooks will go back to jail, the homeless to their residence hotels, the unionists back to their hiring hall, and the kids to the parents who have been supporting them all this time. What a divine comedy it is.


I cannot ever keep my big mouth
shut!!! On my radical joe Blog last week,
I express myself in a way that
is different. I said last week
that, we had Kings and the serf's,
were the rich and poor. We have
the same thing happening today.
The Kings are still the Rich, and
we are the serf's(peons) are still
are the poor.
Why the Kings give
in the guise of charity, and their
embellished "look at me, I am Mr.
Goody, Goody* while the poor don't
have a place to sleep at nite.
I think the following says it ALL
I think of the Beggar and rich man
in the Bible, the rich man wanted to go back to his brothers and tell
them that he was in Hell, and "God,
said they wouldn't listen all their
lives to Me, why do you think they
would listen to you." Amen.
Not the exact words of God, but the
meaning is there.

Gary Kelly said...

Apparently my last comment failed to "stick" again, so I'll take another shot.

I'm not sure where I stand on this issue. However I admit it is a worry to think that banks and corporations are telling governments what to do. But I also worry about what would happen if governments were telling banks and corporations what to do.

gp said...

The line between big money and government ain't blurred, it's completely erased. Except for the occasional labor union officer, the only people with access to the top political honchos are the guys with the bucks.

jimm said...

J- i take issues with who butters whose bread? And look no further than Wall St if ya wanna define crooks!!!