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PEOPLES’ SUMMIT PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 8 am – 6 pm ~ “Globalization & the G-20”


Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
8:00 – Registration, Resource Table Set-Up
9:00 a.m. – Opening of Peoples’ Summit
Welcoming remarks:
• Indira Nair, Vice-Provost of Education, Carnegie Mellon University (5 min)
• James Ferlo, Pennsylvania State Senator (5 min)
• Leo Gerard, President, United Steel Workers of America, AFL-CIO (10 min)
• Others

9:45 a.m. Speaker: Globalization and the G-20, Walden Bello


10:15 a.m. Response Panel - James Quilligan, Robert Enholm, Anna Pinto
Discussion

11:30 a.m. -- Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Howard Zinn – special video presentation for the Peoples’ Summit

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Workshops Session I - See list below

2:30 – 3:20 p.m. Speaker: Anthony Arnove, Author: War, Occupations and the G20

3:30 p.m. Panel: Student and Youth Activism: Christa Cooke, Facilitator, Green Initiatives Coordinator,
LaRoche College Student Government Association, Leia Petty, former leader, NYC Campus Antiwar
Network: Janet Checkley, Invisible Children, Pitt Grad ’09, former President, University of Pittsburgh
Amnesty International chapter, DeVaughn Hopkins, Pittsburgh Teens Against Senseless Violence
(TASK), Pittsburgh Public Schools High; Josh Litvik, founder and former president of La Roche
STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition.

4:30 p.m. –BREAK

4:45 p.m. Workshops Session II - See list below

6:00 p.m. -- Close of the day’s proceedings.


Saturday Sept. 19, 7 – 9:45 pm ~ Cultural Program
Art and Humanity: Another World is Possible
Carnegie Mellon University, McConomy Auditorium, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
• Henry Pinnix, Master of Ceremonies
• Abafasi African American women’s performance group (kelly e parker, LaVerne Baker-Hotep,
Toeknee Bailey, Toni "Tilo" Lois McClendon)
• Brian Francis, Spoken Word
• La Roche College African Dance groups
• Son of Nun, national Hip Hop artist
• Brian Jones, performing Howard Zinn’s one-act play, Marx in Soho

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Monday, Sept. 21, 7 – 9:30 pm – Peoples’ Summit Session II


Ending World Poverty, Reversing Economic Decline in Our Communities
Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
7:00 p.m. – Welcome/Greetings.
7:20 p.m. – Speaker: Privilege Haangandu, Jubilee Zambia/Jubilee USA
7:40 – Panel of Community and Labor Leaders & Discussion:
• Tim Stevens, B-PEP/Black Political Empowerment Project.
• Carl Redwood, One Hill
• John Canning, Northside United
• Molly Rush, Thomas Merton Center and PUSH/Pennsylvanians for Single-Payer Health Care
• Maria Somma, Health Care Organizing Coordinator, United Steelworkers

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Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Peoples Summit – Session III


Another World Is Possible
Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

7:00 p.m. Welcome, Highlights of Peoples Summit to Date


7:15 – 9:45 p.m. –
• John Tarka, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
• Jihan Gearon, Dine (Navajo)/African American organizer, traveling with New Voices on Climate
Change speaking tour
• Jeremy Scahill, Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, Author, Blackwater:
The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
• Others
Peoples Summit Workshops for Saturday, September 19
Scheduling is not Final

All Workshops will be held on Saturday August 19, 2009 at the Twentieth Century Club.

Workshop Session I – 1 – 2:15 pm

1. Youth/Student Activism Today – Discussion Group following Plenary Panel Presentations


Christa Cooke, Green Initiatives Coordinator, LaRoche College Student Government Assoc.,
Facilitator
Leia Petty, former leader, NYC Campus Antiwar Network
Janet Checkley, former President, University of Pittsburgh Amnesty International, Invisible Children
DeVaughn Hopkins, Pittsburgh Public High School Student, Teens Against Senseless Violence
(TASK)
Josh Litvik, founder and former president, La Roche STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
Diane Ghogomu, International Peace, Justice and Empowerment Summit organizer

2. G20 101 – What Does the G20 Mean to People


Buky Williams, Global Solutions Pittsburgh, Facilitator
Robert Enholm, National Director, Citizens for Global Solutions
Shakura Sabur, Community and Leadership Development consultant
James Quilligan, International Development expert

3. Environmental Justice
Ed Bortz, Green Party, Allegheny County, Facilitator
Jesse Johnson, anti-mountain top coal removal organizer, founder West Virginia Mountain Party
Jihan Gearon: Diné (Navajo) and African American environmental justice organizer; New Voices on
Climate Change speaking tour
Raina Rippel, Executive Director, Center for Coalfield Justice, Washington, Pennsylvania
Impact on local populations and the environment of extractive energy operations such as mountain-
top coal removal, long-wall coal mining, and various energy/resource issues on Indigenous Peoples'
lands in the Southwestern U.S. and peoples struggles for environmental justice

4. Rebuilding Devastated Minority and Poor Communities


Craig Stevens, Black & White Reunion (Pittsburgh) Facilitator
Leif Jensen, Prof of Sociology Penn State University – Global and rural U.S. rural poverty
Malik Rahim, Community Organizer, Common Ground Relief (New Orleans)
Others

5. Human Rights and Civil Liberties from Guantanamo to the Pittsburgh G20 Summit

6. Corporations, the G-20, and Democratic Self-Determination


Greg Coleridge, NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee,
Mike Ferner, Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD)
Workshop will focus on economic and environmental justice organizing strategies and examples
in challenging the legal, political and economic power of multi-national corporations.

7. Bread for the World Workshop – Session I – Food Security in an Insecure World
Larry Hollar, N. Central Senior Regional Organizer (Dayton OH)
Others
Workshop will examine ways, both locally and internationally, that people are working to ensure that
adequate food is on the table, so all may eat, even in tough economic times. Both G-8/G-20
initiatives, as well as actions in PA and the Pittsburgh area, will be discussed. Bring your own ideas
and plans for a more food-secure future.
8. Palestine in a Global Context
Fayyad Sbaihat, Palestinian student and activist;
Jonas Moffat, local activist who spent 1.5 years in the Occupied West Bank, President of Pitt
Students for Justice in Palestine;
Sarah Moawad, Egyptian-American student/activist, Vice President of Pitt Students for Justice in
Palestine.
A student and Palestinian-led workshop focusing on Israel's occupation and apartheid policies, and
the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement

Workshop Session II - 4:45 – 6 p.m

9. Report Card for the G-20: Is the G-20 Making Good on its Promises to the World’s Poor?
Melinda St. Louis, Jubilee USA
The United Nations estimates that up to 90 million will be forced into extreme poverty this year due
to the global financial crisis not of their making. In April 2009, the G-20 met in London to address
the effects of the global financial crisis, and at that summit they made some promises to help lowest
income countries weather the crisis. This workshop will provide an overview of what those
promises were and will track the progress the G20 has made on its own promises, as well as
discuss some additional urgent actions the G-20 must take if they are indeed serious about helping
the world’s poor. The workshop will also provide concrete ways for concerned citizens to advocate
for debt cancellation for poor countries.

10. Health Care as a Human Right –


Sameer Dossani, Amnesty International, Director of Demand Dignity Campaign
Claudia Detwiler, Secretary, Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare
Molly Rush, Steering Committee, Pennsylvanians for Single-Payer Healthcare (PUSH)
Workshop will focus on international, national and state-wide grass roots campaigns to develop
universal or single-payer health care systems that will ensure quality, affordable, accessible
healthcare for all.

11. US Economic Crisis: Causes, Consequences and needed Changes


Greg Coleridge, NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee
Jessica Walker Beaumont, National Economic Justice Analyst
A participatory workshop examining the historical context of the current crisis, impact on personal
lives and communities, and local and national proposed solutions from the individual to collective
levels. Participants will leave the workshop with tangible ideas for what can be done now and
resources to help them.

12. War Economy – Human and Economic Cost


Ed Bortz, Green Party of Allegheny County, Facilitator
Titus North, Green Party, Pitt Professor
Workshop will consider and discuss U.S. government expenditures for present wars and preparation
for war, and how it affects domestic, non-military, human needs. Related topics might include the
"bail-outs" and "stimulus" packages and their possible short and long term impacts.

13. Role of Women in the Global Economy


Jaime Evanoski, Project to End Human Trafficking (University of Pittsburgh), Facilitating
Maria Somma, Health Care Organizing Coordinator, United Steelworkers
Anna Pinto, New Voices on Climate Change speaking tour

14. Racism and the Global Economy


Celeste Taylor, B-PEP/REMP (Black Political Empowerment Project/Regional Equity Monitoring
Project)

15. Immigrant Rights – National and local perspectives on Immigrant Rights


Khadra Mohammed, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Refugee Center
Pastor Linda Theophilus, Ambassador, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

16. Climate Justice – Indigenous Peoples Network Presenters