Shutdown DC Spoofs IMF Debt Cancellation Announcement

repost from Shutdown DC

Earlier today we sent around an email with an almost unbelievable announcement: the International Monetary Fund and other international financial institutions were canceling ALL of debt for 111 countries that were experiencing a moderate or high risk of debt distress. Payments on these debts take essential resources out of the budgets of many of the world’s poorest countries. The structural adjustment policies that accompany these loans act as a tool of colonial domination, allowing rich countries to mandate that the world’s poorest nations make painful cuts to vital social programs.

Throughout the day, dozens of people reached out to ask if we had been duped. Some even asked if this was the work of the notorious laughtavist pranksters, “The Yes Men.”

The truth is, this is not real. The IMF did not cancel all debt. #ShutDownDC activists created the IMF2020.org website and announcement (but we’re humbled to be compared to the Yes Men). But it is also true that canceling all debts for low and moderate income countries is not only the right thing to do, it’s essential at this moment.

The IMF and other financial institutions did announce some small debt relief measures at around the same time as we sent out the email. But these measures are disgustingly inadequate. The IMF’s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), for instance, provided less assistance than the US Federal Government provided to large corporations in the most recent bailout package.

We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and the world’s poorest countries need to be able to mobilize every available resource to provide for the health and wellbeing of people who have been made vulnerable to this virus. And when we emerge from the pandemic, there is no going back to the old normal. We need to build to a new normal where we’ve dismantled the interlocking systems of oppression that created this incessant stream of climate, public health and economic crises.

So the IMF has not canceled all debt yet. But they are responding to the pressure and we need to keep up the pressure! Our friends at Jubilee USA are campaigning for much needed reforms among the international financial institutions like the IMF. Sign their petition and support their work!

And today’s action also shows that we CAN take disruptive action during the global pandemic both online AND in person. Over the next several months, physical distancing and wearing face covering is going to be essential to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. We all have a responsibility to act responsibly. But we also can’t afford to sit on the sidelines while people die, the corporations line up to fill their pockets and the government quietly rolls back protections. We need to be responsible and keep each other safe and healthy, but we also need to continue to fight a just and sustainable future.

Between Earth Day and May Day, we’re going to take bold action (both online AND in person) to take aim at the interlocking systems that are creating the crises our communities are suffering from and build a collaborative framework for a healthier, more just and more sustainable world.

We’re working on some exciting action plans for those 10 days–imagine using lots of eco-friendly paint to paint a mutual on a side street in front of an evil billionaire’s home, or hanging massive banners in iconic locations around the district, or using bicycles to haul solar powered PA system around town bring the voices of front line communities to the institutions that are facilitating the destruction of their communities.

Join our next organizing conference call– the last weekly call before Earth Day to find out what the plans are and how YOU can plug in! Thursday, April 16 at 7pm eastern.

Talk real soon!

#ShutDownDC

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Groups Call on Private Equity Firm to Stop Investments in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and Respect Indigenous Sovereignty

Press Contacts:

Annie Banks Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Front Bay Area 510-631-4653

Emily Luba Wet’suwet’en Solidarity U.K. 074 294 63976

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Groups Call on Private Equity Firm to Stop Investments in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and Respect Indigenous Sovereignty

Online event part of international protests targeting Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., calling to stop construction of the controversial British Columbia pipeline.

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES: This week, a coalition of groups, including Rising Tide North America, Wet’suwet’en Solidarity UK, Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Front Bay Area and Greenpeace USA, launched a virtual “day of action” against Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and individuals sent over 7,500 emails, and 275 phone calls in a communication’s blockade to the private equity firm’s CEOs, New York headquarters, plus California and London offices.

Today’s day of action is in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs currently resisting the illegal construction of the Coast GasLink pipeline slated to cut through our territories at a huge environmental, social, and economic cost. The resistance to the Coastal GasLink project has been widespread, including rail blockades, port shutdowns, government office occupations, and sit-ins at legislatures and banks investing in this illegal pipeline project. As an organizer from London explains, “it is incredibly key that we put global pressure on KKR & Co. From the heart of the British empire, we are watching Indigenous genocide continue in so-called Canada at the hands of Coastal GasLink.”

“Despite the COVID-19 crisis, TC Energy is still going ahead with construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline and sending more workers and federal police officers onto Wet’suwet’en territories, putting communities at even more risk,” said organizer Vanessa Butterworth of Rising Tide North America. “Billionaire oil and gas CEOs see the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to push through whatever they can when the world is looking the other way.”

KKR has plans to purchase 65% of the Coastal GasLink pipeline with Alberta Investment Management Corp (AIMCo).

This 670-kilometer-long pipeline would carry fracked gas from northeast BC to a future liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the coast, the largest of its kind ever proposed in Canada. The pipeline would cut through Wet’suwet’en territory, which is divided into 5 clans and 13 house groups, and stretches over 22,000 square kilometres, wherein each clan has full jurisdiction to control access to its territory. The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have maintained their land use, occupancy, hereditary governance system, and are the title holders with authority and jurisdiction to make decisions about unceded lands, including the land where the pipeline is scheduled to be built.

For more information about other Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions around the globe, please see https://actionnetwork.org/letters/messagekkr

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All Eyes on the Frontlines: Coronavirus Mutual Aid

As the coronavirus spreads across North America, communities are coming together in mutual-aid to support those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Communities on the frontlines of capitalism’s violence, including low-income workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, the houseless, and those who are incarcerated, are among those who will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and efforts to contain the coronavirus. We need all eyes on the frontlines.

In response to the coronavirus, community-based mutual aid groups are forming to support each other by sharing resources, running errands, providing financial support, and emotional care to each other. Today, over 30 groups have emerged to provide community-based mutual-aid in response to the coronavirus.

To find one in your community, follow these links and scroll down for a list of COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups.

While the Trump Administration and global elite botch the coronavirus response, set plans to push through an oil and gas bailout, and leave communities scrambling on their own, we must keep organizing for all forms of social, economic, and environmental justice. The only way to stop Trump’s plans to exacerbate one crisis with another, is acting up now.

Here are a few things you can do this week:

Ensure Safe Housing For All:

In this time of global pandemic, ensuring housing for all is more important than ever. This winter, Oakland moms took on one of the nation’s most notorious landlords and won. Yesterday, Mom’s in Los Angeles followed suit and seized their own house to try to stay safe during the pandemic.

Learn about their campaign and join a webinar from Moms4Housing Oakland and Bargaining for the Common Good network partner, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) about the successful campaign in Oakland that brought the issue of affordable housing and investor speculation to national attention. Register at this link!

Act in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en:

As we all take measures to address the coronavirus in our own communities, Rising Tide North America is continuing to act in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their fight to stop the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Our organizing cannot stop. This is when they’ll try to take everything. All eyes on the frontlines. All eyes on Wet’suwet’en.

KKR is in the process of buying 65% of Coastal GasLink. If we can stop the sale, we can help stop the pipeline from being built. While you’re home this week, take 5 minutes to tweet, email, or call KKR and tell them to divest from the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Don’t forget to sign the #ShutDownKKR petition. It has 125,000 signatures and growing!

Sample Tweets:

  • We cannot stop organizing. This is when they’ll try to take everything. All eyes on the frontlines. All eyes on Wet’suwet’en. #ShutDownKKR: http://bit.ly/stop_kkr
  • After laying off more than 33K Toys R Us employees, @KKR_co is now coming after the Wet’suwet’en land with the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction. Rise up with the #WetsuwetenStrong! Tell KKR to divest from the Coastal GasLink pipeline: http://bit.ly/stop_kkr

Read the #ShutDownKKR: Get Your Hands Off Wet’suwet’en Lands! Toolkit for more information on how you can take action.

Advocate and Act for a Just Response to Coronavirus

For more ideas on how you can take action for a just response to the coronavirus, visit and read:

City/town-based coronavirus mutual aid efforts

Alabama

Birmingham Mutual Aid

 

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Dickson Food Bank Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet, Fayetteville

Mutual Aid Northwest Arkansas

 

California

Bay Area

Berkeley Mutual Aid Network

East Bay Disability Ally Form

East Bay Disabled Folks COVID19 Support Request Form

San Francisco Unified School District Mutual Aid

SF Bay Mutual Aid Form

South Bay Mutual Aid Volunteer and Request Support

West Oakland Punks with Lunch

People’s Breakfast Oakland Twitter and Website

Sacramento

Sacramento COVID-19 Mutual Aid 2020

Los Angeles

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources Links (Los Angeles)

Mutual Aid Action Los Angeles Fundraiser

ASC Los Angeles Mutual Aid Fund

San Diego

San Diego (county-wide) COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign-Up and Facebook Group

LSC of DSA-San Diego COVID-19 Mutual Aid Grocery Shopping

 

Colorado

Front Range Mutual Aid

Northern Colorado Mutual Aid and Defense request supplies and food, donate food and supplies

 

Connecticut

Mutual Aid Waterbury, Bridgeport, New Haven

 

Delaware

 

Florida

Taking Care of Each Other: Tampa COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign Up

 

Georgia

Atlanta COVID-19 Solidarity & Mutual Aid Master Resource Document

Food 4 Life Atlanta Donate and Volunteer Program Sign Up

 

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Bloomington Mutual Aid for COVID-19

Central Illinois Mutual Aid Meta Guide

Champaign County COVID-19 Food Distribution Volunteer Sign-up

Champaign-Urbana COVID-19 Mutual Aid

Chicago COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign-up

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Rockford: Volunteer and Request Support

 

Indiana

Bloomington No Space for Hate COVID 19 Mutual Aid

 

Iowa

 

Kansas

Kansas City Mutual Aid

 

Kentucky

Mutual Aid Lexington

Mutual Aid Louisville

AS:UU/CCC COVID-19 Kentucky Mutual Aid

 

Louisiana

New Orleans COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group

 

Maine

Maine Coronavirus Community Assistance

 

Maryland

Baltimore Mutual Aid

Baltimore Mutual Aid and Emergency Relief Fund

 

Massachusetts

Boston Solidarity Supply Distro

Charles River Mutual Aid

Mutual Jamaica Plain & Roxbury

Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville

Smith Student Mutual Aid Network

 

Michigan

Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid

Huron Valley COVID-19 Mutual Aid Form

Kalamazoo COVID-19 Mutual Aid List

Lansing Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti

Washtenaw County Mutual Aid Network

 

Minnesota

Minneapolis & St. Paul COVID-19 Mutual Aid

South Minneapolis Mutual Aid — COVID 19

Twin Cities DSA Solidarity Fund

Twin Cities Queer and Trans Mutual Aid

 

Mississippi

 

Missouri

Kansas City Mutual Aid

St. Louis Community Mutual Aid

 

Montana

Bozeman Solidarity and COVID-2019

Missoula COVID-19 Mutual Aid Community

 

Nebraska

Covid Mutual Aid Lincoln/Omaha

 

Nevada

Las Vegas DSA COVID-19 Mutual Aid Form

Reno/Sparks Mutual Aid

 

New Hampshire

Manchester Mutual Aid Spreadsheet

Sea Coast Mutual Aid Spreadsheet

 

New Jersey

Central New Jersey DSA COVID Mutual Aid Request Sign-Up

North New Jersey COVID-19 Mutual Aid Form

 

New Mexico

Albuquerque Mutual Aid

 

New York

NYC United Against Coronavirus – Resources and Information (includes links to neighborhood mutual aid groups)

NYC Mutual Aid Network

Brooklyn Coronavirus Resources Aggregate List

Kensington, Brooklyn Group for Mutual Aid (coronavirus)

Westcott Mutual Aid

 

North Carolina

Ashville Survival Program

Chapel Hill Food Not Bombs

Mutual Aid Carrboro

 

North Dakota

 

Ohio

Cleveland Pandemic Response Facebook and Sign Up Form

Cincinnati/ SW Ohio Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid Central Ohio

Mutual Aid Dayton/Miami Valley

Mutual Aid Southeast Ohio

CWRU Mutual Aid Spreadsheet

 

Oklahoma

 

Oregon

Bend Mutual Aid – Pandemic Partners

Benton County Family Response Team

Klamath Siskiyou Mutual Aid Network

Lane County Mutual Aid Network

Piedmont Mutual Aid

Portland-area COVID-19 Offer Support Volunteer Form and Request Support Form

 

Pennsylvania

Care Web for Philadelphia’s Disability Community During COVID-19

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Request For Aid – Philly Mutual Aid for Folks affected by COVID-19

Pitt Mutual Aid

 

Rhode Island

Providence Community Mutual Aid Intake Form and Offer Form

 

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Knoxville First Aid Collective

Knoxville Mutual Aid for COVID-19

Nashville Anarchist Black Cross

Rebuild North Nashville

 

Texas

Austin Mutual Aid

Laredo Mutual Aid

San Antonio Mutual Aid

 

Utah

Salt Lake Valley COVID19 Mutual Aid

 

Vermont

Vermont Mutual Aid and Other Resources Related to Covid-19 (includes links to local mutual aid groups)

Montpelier-Area COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign-up

Northern NEK VT (Newport Region) – Mutual Aid Contact information

Southern NEK Covid-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Form

 

Virginia

Shenandoah Mutual Aid: https://www.facebook.com/shenandoahmutualaid

 

Washington State

Common Stash Mutual Aid in So Called Olympia

Olympia Mutual Aid for COVID-19 Offer Form and Facebook Group

Seattle Area COVID-19 Request Support Form and Donate

Tacoma Mutual Aid Collective

 

Washington DC

COVID-19 Response/Serve Your Neighbor

East of the River Mutual Aid Fund

Takoma, DC

West Virginia

Wisconsin

COVID-19 Madison Mutual Aid

Dane County Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Madison General Defense Committee Mutual Aid

Milwaukee, WI: Community Care and Mutual Aid Sign-Up

Wyoming

Canada

Toronto/Trankto

Another tree-sit up in fight against Mountain Valley Pipeline

cross-posted from Appalachians Against Pipelines

photo via Appalachians Against Pipelines

An update from the Yellow Finch tree sits on DAY 553 blockading the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline:

“After several weeks, MVP security has FINALLY noticed our newest addition to the Yellow Finch blockade … so we are proud to publicly announce our third tree sit! Come on down and check it out!

“MVP was here, using this fine spring weather to work on their sad excuse for erosion control, but so far, no progress on getting us out of here. ?