Aug 192013

Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos  – 1

Asamblea Internacional de los Pueblos – 2

Assemblée Internationale des Peuples

International People's Assembly-Detroit, Oct.5-6, 2013

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We call on all activists fighting banker-imposed austerity – here in the U.S. and worldwide – to come to Detroit, Michigan, on October 5 and 6, 2013. Join the people of this city under siege in convening the International People’s Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity.

Join us in Detroit on October 5-6 to demand:

  • Cancel the debt to the banks which is strangling our schools, cities, states and countries.
  • Guarantee workers’ jobs and pensions and services for the community. No union busting. $15
    minimum wage!
  • End undemocratic, racist emergency management of our cities and schools.
  • A jobs program funded by the banks to put the unemployed to work rebuilding our cities. The banks owe our communities billions of dollars for the destruction they have caused.
  • Moratorium on all foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions. Housing is a right.
  • Repudiate student loan debt. Education must be free and available to all. Increase funding for public education.
  • Stop racism and attacks on immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.
  • The federal government must bail out the people, not the banks.
  • Money for cities, not for war–Hands off Syria.
  • Ban Fracking. No tar sands oil, petcoke, wood ethanol, etc. Reverse climate change.


Debt Moratorium banner at 50th anniversary of the Great March to Freedom, June 2013

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Sep 292013

Note: the Union SUD BPCE (SUD Banques Populaires Caisses d’Epargne) is a French bank workers union.

Dear Comrades, dear Friends,

My name is Patrick Saurin. I’m an employee working in a French savings bank.

I’m also a representative of the Union SUD BPCE (SUD Banques Populaires Caisses d’Epargne) and I come on behalf of my Union to send to you this message of support.

Residents of Detroit, SUD BPCE supports your legitimate and necessary fight against fraudulent and predatory acts of banking and finance.
The dramatic situation facing the residents of Detroit, and particularly communities of colour, has its origins in criminal activity of banks free to do what they want and make greater profit trapping cities and States with toxic financial products. Another cause is the culpable inaction of politicians often complicit in these abuses.

Also in France, as in the United States and other countries in Europe unfortunately, banks have marketed toxic loans to cities, hospitals and housing agencies. Also in France, activists have developed groups to investigate these public debts. The goal is to look all the public debts and decide which ones are legitimate, legal and have a purpose that serve the public. We have been pressuring the elected representatives of cities to sue in court the banks. There are now in France more than three hundred trials and several banks have been sentenced.

The debt system is a fraudulent one.

It is a mechanism to take away our future, it steals our future from us, it imprisons us until the end of our days and this is why we need to keep fighting.

We’ve been swindled, so “Don’t Owe, Won’t Pay !”.

Today, debt is a weapon in the hands of capitalists. We must disarm them.

My Union SUD BPCE approves the demands of the 5th October appeal and add our signature.

Dear comrades of Detroit, Dear Friends, know that you are not alone in your struggle.

As we say in France : “On lâche rien !” “We stand strong !”

Sep 282013


Tomei conhecimento com alegria da realização em Detroit,nos dias 5 e 6 de Outubro,da Assembleia Internacional dos Povos contra a Austeridade.

Foi feliz a escolha de Detroit para sede da iniciativa porque a luta do povo da vossa cidade ,vitima de uma politica criminosa e de uma feroz repressão, sensibiliza hoje as forças progressistas em todo o mundo.

O vosso combate é um estimulo e um exemplo para quantos sofrem as consequências das estratégia da grande banca transnacional

Com os votos de um grande êxito para os trabalhos da Assembleia Interrnacional dos Povos, envio as minhas fraternais saudações

Miguel Urbano Rodrigues,escritor,Portugal



I was happy to learn that in Detroit, on October 5 and 6, the International Peoples Assembly Against Austerity will take place.

I was happy to see that Detroit was chosen to host the initiative because the struggle of the people of your city, victim of criminal policies and fierce repression, is felt strongly today by progressive forces around the world.

Your fight is an encouragement and an example for those suffering the consequences of the strategy of the great transnational banks.

With best wishes for a great success for the work of the International Peoples Assembly, I send my fraternal greetings.

Miguel Urbano Rodrigues, writer, Portugal, former deputy to the National Assembly and to the European Parliament and former editor in chief of the daily newspaper O Diario and other publications.