Listen to audio recordings of People's Tribunal Testimonials from GGJ member reps Ai-Jen Poo (Domestic Workers United), Helena Wong (CAAAV), Kali Akuno (US Human Rights Network), Jihan Gearon (Indigenous Environmental Network), Earlina Fisher (Community Voices Heard) and Salma Mirza (United Students Against Sweatshops) and allies:
The G-20 closed their official summit on Friday, September 25, 2009 with a declaration of victory, saying their coordinated and forceful response has worked to avert future economic catastrophe and have put people back to work.
Officials of the city of Pittsburgh closed the summit with their own declaration of victory, saying the event was a PR stunt worth $100 million.
As the G-20 gathers in Pittsburgh September 24-25, thousands of representatives of grassroots organizations, unions, student and faith-based groups from across the nation and the world will also be converging to express dissent against the G-20s failed policies, and to strengthen the growing international movement for a sustainable new economy.
It's a rainy day in Pittsburgh, but it feels like the calm before the storm. Arrived late yesterday, but even at night you could see how picturesque the city is. Downtown is almost completely surrounded by water as the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers converge to form the Ohio River. A series of bridges connects downtown to the rest of the city. We'll go into downtown today to visit the offices of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, a last chance before the bridges will be closed that grant people access to the city's center.