The G20: Bad for Pittsburgh,
Bad for the World
This September, the political elites will be gathering in Pittsburgh to push policies that harm workers, human rights, the envi-
ronment, and our local quality of life. Tell them, “enough is enough!”
What is the G20?
The G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors
from the world’s largest economies who meet twice a year to discuss
and coordinate the international financial system. Although the poli-
cies that result from the G-20 talks affect everyone, only a handful
of elites from 19 countries plus the European Union are invited to
participate. This September 24-25 around 1,500 delegates will be
meeting in a fenced-off area of downtown alongside more than 2,000
members of the media, thousands of police, and corporate lobbyists.
Why Pittsburghers are opposing the G20:
The G-20 seeks to promote so-called “free-trade” policies such
as those contained in the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The idea
behind free-trade agreements is to make it as easy as possible for the
world’s largest, most powerful corporations to do business cheaply
and maximize their profits at the expense of workers, small business
owners, the poor, and the health of our environment and local communities. We’ve seen the results of policies like these locally
in the last couple of decades as our city has lost manufacturing jobs to countries known for cheap labor, a lack of worker and
union rights, and lax environmental protections.
We’ve also seen policies of eliminating controls over corporate financial institutions play a major role in the recent mortgage
crisis and bank failures. On the heels of this past year’s financial meltdown that has affected hundreds of millions of people
worldwide, we’re told that members of the G-20 are meeting to fix the system, to make things better. Actually, they’re the ones
who messed things up in the first place.
Who we are:
We are Pittsburghers of all ages and backgro