How the Financial Sector Can Pay for the Crisis

On April 23, finance ministers from the G-20 countries will be meeting in Washington, where they will discuss various options for ensuring that the financial industry pays a fair share of the costs of the global crisis.  This forum will highlight proposals for financial speculation taxes, very small levies on trades of stock, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments that would curb excessive speculation and raise upwards of $100 billion a year for important public investments like creating jobs, providing global development aid, and addressing climate change worldwide.

My Cat is No Fat Cat

My Cat is No Fat Cat

My cat is on the pudgy side, but she is nothing like our titans of finance. Let’s stop maligning our feline friends by comparing them to greedy, evil Wall Street execs.

Discussion: Housing Struggles Worldwide

Ashraf Cassiem, the chairperson of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign will speak about some of the realities of post-apartheid South Africa, the campaign’s organizing efforts in poor communities, obstacles facing social movement-building in Africa, and the anti-foreclosure activism emerging in some of the US cities he will be visiting, including Washington, DC.

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, based in Cape Town, South Africa, was formed in November 2000 with the aim of fighting evictions, water cut-offs and poor health services, obtaining free electricity, securing decent housing, and opposing police brutality.

The AEC is currently an umbrella body for over 15 community organizations, crisis committees, and concerned residents’ movements who have come together to organize and demand their rights to basic services.

Africa Action and the Institute for Policy Studies will be cohosting this discussion and lunch-in. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Michael Stulman at Michael [dot] Stulman [at] africaaction.org or 202-546-7961.

Structural Inequality: News Not Fit to Print?

President Obama’s address to the NAACP acknowledged that racial inequality is not an African-American problem, but rather a problem of our entire nation. So why didn’t the New York Times?