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Day of Activism

Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

Part 4

The weekend of October 2 was also the weekend of the meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).  Normally this event is accompanied by large-scale protests, and all kinds of other happenings.  This time around, the events were surprisingly low-key.  I quickly learned that no large-scale protests were planned in order to keep the focus on the upcoming presidential election.  As such, only a small vigil was being held at Murrow Park, across the street from the World Bank.  The vigil began the day before, and ran until the end of the closing rally at the vigil site.  All in all, it was a very low-key event, which was quite fitting.


Underneath a small tent in the middle of Murrow Park sit various people participating in the vigil outside the World Bank.  Underneath a small tent in the middle of Murrow Park sit various people participating in the vigil outside the World Bank.

Underneath a small tent in the middle of Murrow Park sit various people participating in the vigil outside the World Bank.


Around the tent, cloth banners were hung, painted with images stating viewpoints on the activities of the World Bank and the IMF.  Around the tent, cloth banners were hung, painted with images stating viewpoints on the activities of the World Bank and the IMF.

Around the tent, cloth banners were hung, painted with images stating viewpoints on the activities of the World Bank and the IMF.

Around the tent, cloth banners were hung, painted with images stating viewpoints on the activities of the World Bank and the IMF.


   

Other banners showed a list of demands, as well as a long list of organizations who have endorsed their vigil.  The demands read as follows:

In the 60th anniversary year of the IMF and the World Bank, WE DEMAND the following from the institutions and the governments that control them:
1) Open all World Bank and IMF meetings to the media and the public.
2) Cancel all impoverished country debt to the World Bank and IMF, using the institutions’ own resources.
3) End all World Bank and IMF policies that hinder people’s access to food, clean water, shelter, health care, education, and right to organize.
4) Stop all World Bank support for socially and economically destructive projects, and those that include forced relocation of people.


On the ground in front of the tent, banners were placed on the ground for those on the street and in nearby buildings to see.  On the ground in front of the tent, banners were placed on the ground for those on the street and in nearby buildings to see.

On the ground in front of the tent, banners were placed on the ground for those on the street and in nearby buildings to see.

On the ground in front of the tent, banners were placed on the ground for those on the street and in nearby buildings to see.


Additionally, small wooden crosses were placed all over the ground, each with the name of a third world country, and the amount of their debt.

Additionally, small wooden crosses were placed all over the ground, each with the name of a third world country, and the amount of their debt.

Additionally, small wooden crosses were placed all over the ground, each with the name of a third world country, and the amount of their debt.


After a quick visit to the World Bank after leaving the anti-war marchers at Arlington National Cemetery, I headed over to the Ellipse to revisit the anti-war crowd.  After finishing up there, I headed back to the World Bank, to see the closing rally for the vigil.


The area around the World Bank was barricaded off, creating a secure zone going a number of blocks in all directions.  Murrow Park was about the only way that anyone could actually see the World Bank building, and the park itself was barricaded on three sides.  On one side, the barricades extended as far away as Farragut Square, where a vehicle access gate was set up.

The area around the World Bank was barricaded off, creating a secure zone going a number of blocks in all directions.  Murrow Park was about the only way that anyone could actually see the World Bank building, and the park itself was barricaded on three sides.  On one side, the barricades extended as far away as Farragut Square, where a vehicle access gate was set up.


For the closing rally, a small but dedicated crowd had gathered.  For the closing rally, a small but dedicated crowd had gathered.

For the closing rally, a small but dedicated crowd had gathered.


Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.  Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.  Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.

Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.

Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.  Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.

Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.  Speakers spoke on a number of issues relating to third world debt and the policies of the World Bank and IMF.  Some led parts of the written program, while others gave short speeches.


At the conclusion of this event, I was done!  That was the end of what was very much a day of activism.  I certainly learned quite a few things today, and had a lot of new experiences.

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Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

Part 4