The International Council on Peace, Justice and Empowerment Summit - G20 - 2009.The G20 Summit of nations will meet in Pittsburgh, PA on September 24th and 25th following the London Summit of April 1st of this year, when it met in the context of the financial crisis, in an attempt to stabilize global financial markets. These Summits are closed-door meetings organized and attended by financial representatives from 19 of the richest and most influential nations and their decisions affect the economic trajectory of our world for generations to come. Sadly, nowhere in the final communiqué issue by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the host of the April meeting, were measures proposed to shield disadvantaged communities around the world who were already under stress before the financial crisis provided even steeper challenges of survival. Indeed, the G7, the antecedent of the G20, had been so criticized for creating structural criteria for the dispensation of funds to poor countries that activists and others from the private sector intervened in its discussions and stated that what was done to alleviate poverty was grossly insufficient and to demand added effort. Since then, meetings of the G20 have met with enormous protest from progressive forces, calling on participating members to acknowledge the needs of the disadvantaged populations in their respective nations.
Therefore, in the effort to constructively empower and engage our disadvantaged communities, and
those who advocate for them:
The Community Empowerment Association along with the National Council of Urban Peace and Justice presents
The First Annual International Peace, Justice, and Empowerment Summit
September 22nd, 2009
Townhall Meeting and Banquet with Dr. Ron Walters
September 23rd, 2009
(807 Wallace Avenue)
Keynote by: Dr. Ron Walters
Video Presentation by: Dr. john a. powell
Extensive workshops and panel discussions by grassroots organizations and activists from all over the world!
Goals of First Annual International Justice, Peace and Empowerment Summit September 22 and 23, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA
1. Review “Best-in-Class” grassroots organizational initiatives that address local issues within hard-to-reach populations that have global implications for peace, social justice and spiritual redemption in the following areas:
- urban crime and justice
- energy and environment
- health care
2. Identify Green Urban Design and Greenspace case studies and projects that support healthy working and living conditions in densely populated communities as linkages with pre-apprenticeship “green” jobs training and social service programs.
3. Through working groups, use the “Best-In-Class” case studies to develop a framework for local urban interdisciplinary approaches that create pathways out of poverty that can also serve as international models.
4. Identify concrete “Action Steps” and recommendations supported by “Best-In-Class” models implemented by participating grassroots organizations to present to the White House Office of Urban Affairs to help shape a national urban policy agenda.
This Summit is a foundation for serious action and interaction, not merely a protest site. Our teachins and workshops will focus on the nature of the crisis faced by disadvantaged populations of color everywhere; from the many blighted communities in Pittsburgh, to the shanty towns of Brazil. By elevating discussions of the G20 beyond the narrow aspects of the health of financial markets, into addressing problems such as poverty, housing, employment, education, climate change, urban infrastructure, health care, economic development, we seek to remind the world that the issues pertinent to the survival of disadvantaged peoples are also an essential part of the long-term answer to national and global viability.
We are calling all professors, students, activists, grassroots organizations, business owners, politicians, and concerned citizens to participate in this action oriented Summit of the following goals:
- To examine the intersectionality of local and global communities of color, addressing issues such as a. The effect of the global financial crisis on the poorest countries, most of which are on the African Continent b. The impact of globalization on urban economic opportunity c. Urban youth violence, and the prison industrial complex d. Urban blight and the lack of neighborhood capital and investment e. The access of disadvantaged peoples to the proposed “green economy”
- Raise consciousness to the public about the myriad ways that communities of color are exploited locally and globally
- Take steps to resurrect the important bond that has ceased to exist between the national and international struggles of people of color
- Compare the "best-in-class models" of grassroots initiatives and pathways out of poverty so that we may replicate and learn from these models
- Continue to communicate and organize with this newly formed community and network of progressives to further our work in racial and social justice
- Determine the role of the White House Office on Urban Policy in addressing the urban crisis while developing a list of policy recommendations for the administration.
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