3 November 2011

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G20: People in, Corporate Sponsors Out!

In 24 hours, the G20 summit of world governments meets to discuss the global economic crisis, but banks and big corporations are sponsoring the meeting in exchange for an all access pass! This, while ordinary citizens are locked out. Let's raise a massive petition to summit President Nicolas Sarkozy to kick out the corporate sponsors and clean up the G20!

Dear friends, 

It's unbelievable. The G20 -- the most powerful summit of world governments -- meets tomorrow to discuss the global economic crisis, and who is sponsoring the meeting? Banks and corporations!

No wonder the site of the meeting -- the French city of Cannes -- is completely locked down to any ordinary citizens, while banks and large corporate CEOs have all access passes to tell our governments what to do.

Corporations and banks have captured our governments, winning vast bailouts after helping to create the crisis. Now they are buying their way into the very meeting that could decide the world's financial future. Together we can persuade summit President Nicolas Sarkozy to cancel the sponsorship -- let's build a massive public outcry that causes a media firestorm and forces Sarkozy to kick out the corporate sponsors and clean up the G20. Sign the petition and forward widely:

The line between corporate power and responsible government has steadily blurred, undermining our democracies and our economy. Politicians take money from corporations for their campaigns, make policies that reward them when in office, and then take high-paid jobs with them after they leave. It's corruption, plain and simple.

Now Société Générale, a French bank that received a public bailout and has a vested interest in Europe's financial policy, is an official sponsor of the summit. Insiders have told Avaaz that this bank and 20 other corporations have paid large sums of money in sponsorship for a seat at the table of our governments.

The only way to get policies that protect jobs, tackle speculators and guarantee a fair future for us all is to kick back against the lobbies and prise our leaders away from corporate interests. Let’s tell Nicolas Sarkozy and the other leaders that their future depends on ditching the sponsors now and agreeing to no more corporate capture of our governments. Sign the petition and send to everyone

The global economic crisis resulted in large part from reckless banks that were no longer regulated effectively by governments because of the control banks exert over our leaders. This corporate capture of government is the major threat today, both to democracy, and to an efficient and fair economy. Across the world, people are taking to the streets to take back our democracies. In the next 24 hours, let's start with the G20.

With hope and determination,

Loup Dargent
On behalf of Alex, Maria Paz, Emma, Ricken, Morgan, Wissam and the rest of the Avaaz team 


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