It was great to see all of you regulars back as well as some new faces. Our most pressing matters coming up are the events surrounding the G-20 in Pittsburgh next week. We spoke at length during the meeting about the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank (the groups are represented by the G-20 members) and their roles in perpetuating cycles of poverty in Third World countries. If you missed the meeting and want to know more here is a link on the blog (http://slimupitt.blogspot.com/) to the PowerPoint presentation Sesi and Liz gave as well as some slides with extra commentary. We broke up into groups and discussed some of what we as students and as an organization can do to combat these policies. If you are interested in finding out more, stick with the club and maybe do some further reading and advocacy. There is a good list of books on the website (link below, click "Project Malawi" tab, under "Academic Objectives"). Here are some organizations that are fighting for legislation to combat IMF/World Bank policies and you can help lobby:
As always we would like to start our work on our annual 5K/10K fundraiser starting this fall. There is a lot of work to do finding sponsors, alerting race websites, getting timers, etc. so if you are interested in working with the 5K committee please respond to this email. The People's Summit flyers we passed out during the meeting need to be pasted across the campus so get on that. Here are the details of the People's Summit and other upcoming G-20 events, so czech 'em out:
Forum with Finance Ministries of Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and India
Presentation and exchange with representatives from the finance ministries of four major governments from the Global South: Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and India.
Friday, September 25, 2009
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - David Lawrence Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh (Oakland)
Voices from Latin America
Leaders of the Hemispheric Social Alliance and labor, indigenous and environmental organizations from Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Peru and Bolivia, will comment on G-20 policies and offer alternative models of development.
As always are next meeting is Monday, September 21st at 8:40 pm in 232 Cathedral of Learning. Next week we will continue to talk more at length about the 5K/10K and will most likely have another discussion on some health-related topics so be there to learn something. In addition, we are trying to organize a bake sale for next week. More details are on the way but dig out those delicious cookie recipes!