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IMPORTANT: Debt & Development day of action this Saturday in Dublin

category international | anti-capitalism | press release author Wednesday July 16, 2003 12:32author by Anonymous - Debt & Development Coalition Report this post to the editors

Please e-mail on to all those that you know

Please try and make it to Dublin city centre this Saturday, July 19th, at the times and locations below - for an important few hours of action, to put pressure on the Irish government to live up to its own policy of supporting 100% debt cancellation, which it announced this time last year. Thank you.

(To view the below properly go to Ireland's Debt & Development web site at http://www.debtireland.org


One year ago on 19th July 2002, the Irish Government launched its policy supporting 100% debt cancellation.

"We the people are calling for a lot more actions not more words".

Calling all young and old, - Make July 19th a National Day of OUTCRY For Cancellation of the Debt of the poorest people in OUR WORLD.


"To encourage Mr Bertie Ahern, to make Debt Cancellation one of his EU presidency priorities in January 2004".

COME JOIN US in SOLIDARITY with the Poorest People in OUR WORLD on Saturday July 19th 2003.

11.30am - Top of Grafton Street
Collecting signatures on the street, plus more….

2.30pm - Assemble to dance, sing, and chant "Cancel the Debt" down Grafton St. to Central Bank

3.00pm - Central Bank, Dame Street
Public signing of LARGE petition by groups/agencies/campaigners/people


For more info contact:-

Anne Reilly - Education and Campaigns -Debt & Development Coalition Ireland, All Hallows, Grace Park Road, Dublin 9.Tel 01-8571828 Fax 01-8573140 email: ddc@connect.ie
web: http://www.debtireland.org

author by MGpublication date Wed Jul 16, 2003 13:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... is this organised by Bono's imaginary "activist friends" who are going to magically change the world by following the Killiney tosser in his campaign of "civil disobedience"?

author by Anonymouspublication date Wed Jul 16, 2003 13:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Address & contact details as listed above.

Ahh your true cynical colours are coming out MG :) - Can't say I blame ya, but keep the faith!

author by .publication date Wed Jul 16, 2003 14:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... he or she is.

I doubt if Bono's tactics are going to make a significant difference in global poverty, and his accent and sunglasses are really annoying, but I've got a lot more respect for him than I do for some tosspot posting away on indymedia making sure that the pure flame of revolution stays unsullied by anything like ... you know ... action.

What have you done lately arsehole?

author by Seánpublication date Wed Jul 16, 2003 15:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Fairly easy to attack someone you don't know from the anonomity of an alias, isn't it "."(not that much thought went into that one)?
Not that the previous ignorant even warrants a response but I and many other activists have a lot of respect for MG and the campaigning she's been involved in throughout the years.

I too would not like to participate in ANY event organised to make Bono feel better about himself.

This is a final comment.

author by Ciaranpublication date Wed Jul 16, 2003 16:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The DDC post makes no mention of Bono - so why drag him into it? From where I'm standing it seems clear to me that Bono has studiously avoided any contact with campaigns such as the DDC one. Can anyone point out an instance where he has endorsed any Irish debt cancellation campaign?

author by MG aka wanker aka arseholepublication date Thu Jul 17, 2003 15:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm a "he" and we're all wankers, really, if you think about it...

I have nothing against the Debt and Development Coalition, but (in my very humble opinion) collecting signatures on a petition will make absolutely no difference to anybody.

Also, you may respect Bono, but (again in my very humble opinon) schmoozing with war criminals and greedy presidents only serves to boost their public image and get them re-elected the next time around. If he really wanted to affect change, he should try to get the scumbags he hangs around with replaced by decent human beings.

Oh, and Sean, I think you mixed me up with someone else, but thanks for the (unwarranted) praise nonetheless...

author by non-cynicpublication date Thu Jul 17, 2003 21:43author address author phone Report this post to the editors

MG: I understand your schepticism, but in fact the evidence is very clear the debt relief that has been given - while it may be little more than throwing a few crumbs - has made a a very real difference for some of the poorest people on the planet. There is a momentum here that needs to be build on.

Also, this is a campaign that is capable of engaging a lot of people that wouldn't otherwise get involved in this kind of global politics. And look how far it has come - its no longer about debt "forgiveness" its about social justice, its about "don't owe, won't pay" and the notion of odious debt. People are also starting to make the link between the dependancy of countries due to debt, and the way the World Bank, IMF and WTO have forced these a disastrous neoliberal agenda onto so many African countries.

Wish I could be there on Saturday.

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