Gordon Brown and his fellow G20 leaders must agree an overhaul of the global economy to promote jobs, justice and climate when they meet today in London, according to Put People First an unprecedented alliance of more than 160 unions, development, environment and faith groups.
Our need to get out there and demonstrate against a corrupted world, says Brian Draper, needs to translate into a set of positive commitments and actions that speak for what we are for as well as what we are against.
The Put People First demonstration in London on 28 March, ahead of the G20 meeting was a showcase of political, environmental and economic idealism, says Hannah Kowszun. But are such marches mirroring too much of what they decry?
Protestors carrying a huge dead canary and signs saying ‘Canary Wharf RIP’ will demonstrate tomorrow against the government’s attempts to revive the dead policies of the free market system on the eve of the G20 summit of the world’s leading economies.
Responding to global financial crisis must be more than "short term financial bail out." It must seek "long term transformation" and "sound ethical and moral principles", says the World Council of Churches.
It is understandable that some people feel sceptical about demonstrations in the wake of events like the G20 summit, says Simon Barrow. But mobilisation for change needs to be seen as part of a larger process of change, not as an act of disconnected idealism.