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Chicago ctivist groups, unions to picket 'corporate crime centers' on S26

On Tuesday, Chicago-based labor, community, and corporate accountability groups will stage a series of actions -- culminating in a 4:00 PM convergence and march through the south Loop targeting local 'Corporate Crime Centers' -- as part of mobilizations in more than 50 U.S. cities to support anti-IMF/World Bank demonstrations in Prague.
On Tuesday, Chicago-based labor, community, immigrant rights and corporate accountability groups will stage a series of area actions to raise public awareness about local financial institutions, corporations and government agencies whose policies hurt workers and the environment. The mobilizations will culminate in a 4:00 PM convergence and march through the south Loop targeting local 'Corporate Crime Centers'.

Tuesday's actions are being convened as part of mobilizations in more than 50 U.S. cities in solidarity with demonstrations opposing economic and political exploitation and repression at the annual IMF/World Bank meetings in Prague.

Local targets for the 4PM convergence include the Board of Trade, the Federal Reserve Bank, and Harris Bank, which has helped bankroll Titan Tire's two-year-old lockout of its workers. Activists charge that the World Bank and International Monetary Fund use debt as a battering ram to force governments to open their doors to global corporations, resulting in rampant abuse of workers' rights and the environment and the further impoverishment of the very people they claim to help. Tuesday's actions are designed to focus the lense of public opinion on local institutions that support corporate globilization, as well as companies and agencies engaged in specific actions against their workers.

Unions and groups supporting the 4PM convergence include SEIU Local 46, the Chicago MayDay Coalition, UNITE!, the 8th Day Center for Justice, BCT Union Local 1, the Day Laborer Organizing Project, Jubilee 2000/Chicago, and Chicago Jobs With Justice.

Schedule of Actions: Ss26/Chicago

12:00 noon: Puppet Event, sponsored by Art & Revolution.
Water Tower Place, 800 N Michigan.

12:00 noon: Harris Bank Protest Sponsored by United Steel Workers of America, in solidarity w/Titan Tire workers. 111 W Monroe St.

2:00 p.m.: Niketown protest. Sponsored by the S26 Collective. 669 N. Michigan Av.

3:00 p.m.: Protest against Citibank's role in selling World Bank bonds. Sponsored by Jubilee Chicago, a leading advocate of Third World debt forgiveness. Citibank's former CEO Walter Wristen wrote The Twilight of Sovereignty, the seminal book on corporate strategies to manipulate nations and markets at the expense of people and the environment.

4:00 p.m.: Convergence at LaSalle and Jackson for a march up LaSalle St and a tour of some of the corrider's leading CCCs (Corporate Crime Centers). Convened by the Chicago MayDay Coalition. Rally/march to include musicians, Radical Cheerleaders and carnival acts accompanying the procession. Bring your noisemakers, songs, chants, costumes, puppets and signs to add to the colorful carnival atmosphere!

Schedule assembled by members of the Chicago MayDay Coalition.
 
 

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