A message from AVAAZ
Let’s persuade G20 summit President Nicolas Sarkozy to cancel the corporate sponsorship
Avaaz — meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages — was launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: to organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.
The global economic crisis resulted in large part from the actions of reckless banks that were no longer regulated effectively by governments because of the control banks exert over our leaders. This corporate capture of government is the major threat today, both to democracy, and to an efficient and fair economy. Across the world, people are taking to the streets to take back our democracies. In the next 24 hours, let’s start with the G20.
Today Avaaz sent information about a petition which is being signed every second at the moment because the G20 is meeting to discuss the global economic crisis – a meeting sponsored by banks and corporations!
Société Générale, a French bank that received a public bailout and has a vested interest in Europe’s financial policy, is an official sponsor of the summit. Insiders have told Avaaz that this bank and 20 other corporations have paid large sums of money in sponsorship for a seat at the table of our governments.
The site of the meeting — the French city of Cannes — is off limits to ordinary citizens, while banks and large corporate CEOs all have access passes to tell our governments what to do. Avaaz writes:
“Corporations and banks have captured our governments, winning vast bailouts after helping to create the crisis. Now they are buying their way into the very meeting that could decide the world’s financial future.
“The line between corporate power and responsible government has steadily blurred, undermining our democracies and our economy. Politicians take money from corporations for their campaigns, make policies that reward them when in office, and then take high-paid jobs with them after they leave. It’s corruption, plain and simple.
“The only way to get policies that protect jobs, tackle speculators and guarantee a fair future for us all is to kick back against the lobbies and prise our leaders away from corporate interests’
“Together we can persuade summit President Nicolas Sarkozy to cancel the sponsorship – sign the petition and forward widely: http://www.avaaz.org/en/occupy_g20/?vl