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Another World is Possible -- Another World is Necessary

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From the 2nd U.S. Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan

June 24 June 26

The G20 opened on Friday, June 25th in Toronto. Government leaders from 20 countries designated as most critical to addressing the world's financial crises met to discuss their proposed solutions for rescuing and stabilizing the world's financial markets.

The headlines were full of news about financial regulation, cutbacks in social programs paid for by government, outstanding debt owed by developing nations, saving the banks and ways in which the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the United States led "war on terror" is affecting the ability of corporations to conduct business profitably all around the world.

What we didn't hear were the voices of those who are most impacted by the current economic crises, economic crises that in some instances have existed for decades. We didn't hear about how conditions in impoverished nations have been worsening for the past 20 or 30 years and how that deterioration in conditions was barely noted until the most developed nations were affected. These are impoverished nations, not poor nations, because many are resource rich, but unable to enjoy those resources as corporations extract them and sell them elsewhere. While this situation is rarely discussed and certainly not addressed, when the U.S. hit the depths of recession, the world took notice because the U.S. had so far to fall. When we hit bottom, the world heard a large crash, a crash that continues to drown out the voices of those who are hurt most by the fall and those who offer solutions at the community level.

It wouldn't take much to hear the voices of those impacted around the world and here at home in cities like Newark and towns like Bloomfield. Just over 200 miles away from the G20, focal point of international attention, more than 10,000 people from around the U.S. and around the world gathered in Detroit, Michigan for only the 2nd ever U.S. Social Forum.

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Madelyn Hoffman is the Executive Director of NJ Peace Action, based in Bloomfield, New Jersey. She has held that position since August 2000. Madelyn Hoffman traveled to Afghanistan with Global Exchange in June 2005 and has given dozens of (more...)

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