::Action Alert::

 

INTERNATIONAL  ACTIVISTS  TO  FAST  IN  FRONT  OF  WORLD  BANK  HEADQUARTERS  DURING  ANNUAL  MEETING  TO DEMAND  END  TO  FORCED  DISPLACEMENT

THEY WILL KICK-OFF THE FAST WITH A PRESS CONFERENCE.

 

1. Solidarity cocktails Friday (23rd), Saturday (24th), Sunday (25th) at 6
p.m.  Come by for a glass of water with a squeeze of lime.

2. Friday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. 2004 Goldman Environmental Prize winners
Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla who have been fighting for justice for
victims of  the Bhopal disaster will join us.  They fasted in 2002 for 19
days in their quest for justice. There will be a candlelight vigil at
dusk.

3. The Mobilization for Global Justice permitted march on Saturday April
24th (www.globalizethis.org for more info) will stop to visit the fasters. 
Alok Agrawal of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, the first grassroots movement
to force the World Bank to rescind a loan, will speak.
 

 

WHEN:  Friday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. The fast will end the morning of

Monday, April 26th.

 

WHERE:  EDWARD R. MURROW PARK, directly across from the World Bank between H and Pennsylvania.  Nearest Metro stops are Farragut West (Orange Line) or Farragut North (Red Line).

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. Endorse the demands - you can view them at
www.aidindia.org/wbfast

Send endorsements to parekh@ocean.mit.edu. Include your name,
organization (if applicable) and country.

2. Click on http://www.aidindia.org/wbfast  to send a fax to your
country's Executive Director at the World Bank to show your support of the
fasters' demands.

3. Participate in a solidarity fast. Join us (in spirit or preson) for
one or more of the 3 days. Sign up at www.aidindia.org/wbfast .

 

 

SPEAKERS:

 

        Smitu Kothari, Indian human rights activist. Director of Lokayan, India, past recipient of Right Livelihood Award.

 

        Dickson Mundia, human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe whose family was displaced by Kariba Dam.

 

        Angana Chatterji, scholar-activist working with indigenous rights and
professor of anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

 

        Elias Diaz Pena, past recipient of Goldman Environmental Prize.  He has helped local affected people file claims to the World Bank inspection panel to challenge the Yacyreta Dam in Paraguay and Argentina.

 

        Dana Clark, human rights and environmental lawyer, co-author and co-editor of a recent book about the World Bank Inspection Panel.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

 

Dana Clark                    410-905-3303                danaclark7@mindspring.com

Angana Chatterji            415-640-4013               achatterji@ciis.edu

Antonia Juhasz              415-846-5447               ajuhasz@ifg.org