Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit

Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit

May 18, 2012          10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Community Room, C. Burr Artz Public Library
110 E. Patrick Street,
Frederick, Maryland

You can download the full “Occupy G8 Peoples’ Summit Report: An Economy for People and the Planet” by clicking here:  Occupy G8 Summit Report Final

Videos of the Peoples’ Summit:

 Short summary of the Summit

Videos of each speaker

Livestream of the event

 Video: Watch the Global #LaughRiot Which Begins at Occupy G8

Video: Kevin Zeese explains the Robin Hood Tax, a Financial Transactions Tax

Read: Why We Protest the G8

The “Occupy G8 Summit for the People” is an alternative to the G8 that will have speakers (see agenda below) discuss the effect of concentrated wealth on global public policy, the effects of wealth inequality on peoples’ well-being and alternative economic structures that would close the wealth divide and create a more democratic, sustainable economy. The Summit will include time for hearing the voices of the 99% who will be in attendance.  The public and the press are invited.

This summit will discuss how to:

  • Build the international economy from the bottom up, not the top down.
  •  Highlight the wealth divide that undermines the foundation of the economy and corrupts political decision-making.
  • Increase the minimum wage, end poverty and reduce debt to provide a stronger foundation on which to build a new sustainable economy.
  • Institute a Robin Hood Tax on the purchase of stocks, bonds and derivatives.
  •  Build a new economy that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • Build wealth at the base by encouraging worker owned co-ops and other democratized economic institutions; and by turning corporate welfare into taxpayer investment where everyone profits from the investment by the commonwealth, not just the corporate owners.
  • Recognize that we all share a common destiny and that even the wealthiest require the commonwealth in order to increase their riches.


10:00 am – Welcome  Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, co-directors, ItsOurEconomy.US and organizers for October2011.org/OccupyWashington, DC

10:10 am – Global Wealth Inequality  Sam Pizzigati, Too Much; Brooke Harper, Global Trade Watch; Jeremy Weyl, JubileeUSA

11:10 am – Creating a Global Economy Based on Sustainable Resources  Brent Blackwelder, former executive director Friends of the Earth and Steady State; Ruth Caplan,Campaign for Global Water Watch and Alliance for Democracy; Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association

12:10 pm – Break

12:20 pm –Building a New Economy from the Bottom Up Rob Kall, Editor of OpEd News and Bottom Up Radio Show; James Riker, University of Maryland and co-facilitator of 2010 G20 Civil Society Dialogue; Emily Kawano, Solidarity Economy Network and Center for Popular Economics; Lisa Stolarski, The National Cooperative Business Association

1:30 – Reception

Sponsored by OccupyFrederick, October2011.org/OccupyWashington,DC and ItsOurEconomy.us

For background on the G8 and more information see The People vs. The G8, The Challenge to the Looting Class Continues


Alexis  Baden-Mayer is a lawyer and activist working in Washington, D.C., as the political director for the Organic Consumers Association. She writes the group’s weekly newsletter Organic Bytes, with 363,000 subscribers, and leads its Millions Against Monsanto campaign. OCA is part of the California Right to Know/Label GMOs coalition, which just gathered over 970,000 signatures for a November 2012 ballot initiative for labels on genetically engineered food.

Brent Blackwelder is President, Friends of the Earth 1994-2009, Environmental advocate for 40 years; worked to save rivers including expansion of the National Scenic Rivers Program to include over 250 rivers; helped defeat over 200 boondoggle dam and dredge river-destroying projects; promoted clean water and clean energy; in 1983 helped launch a campaign to reform the World Bank & the IMF; testified over 100 times before Congress. A founder of the Environmental Policy Center (1972) and the Environmental Policy Institute (1974). Founding Chairman, American Rivers 1973. Chairman of the Board, League of Conservation Voters 1980s. Board Member: Tax Justice Network US, Gender Action, Potomac RiverKeeper, Foundation Earth, International Rivers, Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy, monthly blogs: www.steadystate.org.

Ruth Caplan is the National Coordinator for the Alliance for Democracy’s Defending Water for Life Campaign. She worked with town of Barnstead NH to pass the first ordinance in the country to declare water to be a fundamental right, to deny corporations the right to take the water for profit, and to deny corporations constitutional rights in the town. She has organized around the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services to oppose the privatization of water services and wrote “Trading Away Our Water: How Trade Agreements Promote Corporate Water Profiteering.” She appears in the documentary Tapped and wrote the discussion guide for the documentary Thirst.

Margaret Flowers is a pediatrician and mother of 3 teens from Baltimore, MD who left medical practice in 2007 to advocate full-time for single payer health care. She was an organizer of October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC at Freedom Plaza, served as Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program, is on the board of Healthcare-Now.org, is co-director of ItsOurEconomy.us and has organized and participated in protests for health care, peace and economic justice. She is co-host of “Clearing the FOG: Speaking truth to expose the Forces of Greed” on WeActRadio.com, WPWC 1480 am out of Anacostia in Washington, DC.

Brooke Harper  is Senior Field Organizer for Global Trade Watch and oversees its national campaigns grassroots outreach. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch, she was the National Field Organizer for Jubilee USA Network where she organized for expanded debt cancellation and international financial institution reforms. She also worked for Moveon.org on their clean energy and healthcare campaigns and campaigned with Obama for America in 12 states. She has also worked on political and anti-war campaigns.

Rob Kall  is executive editor, publisher and site architect of OpEdNews.com, host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), President of Future health, inc, inventor and is published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com. With his experience as architect and founder of a technorati top 100 blog, he is also a new media / social media consultant and trainer for corporations, non-profits, entrepreneurs and authors. He is a frequent Speaker on the bottom up revolution, politics, The art, science and power of story, heroes and the hero’s journey, Positive Psychology, Stress, Biofeedback and a wide range of subjects.

Emily Kawano  is the Director of the Center for Popular Economics and the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network, received her Ph.D in economics from the Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst,  a member of the CPE collective for more than twenty years and has served as the director since 2004, taught economics at Smith College and worked as the National Economic Justice Representative for the American Friends Service Committee. In N. Ireland, she founded a popular economics program with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, served on the N.I. Social Economy Network Working Group developed a social economy training program for community groups seeking to start up social enterprises.

Sam Pizzigati is  an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, editsToo Much, a weekly online newsletter on inequality and excess, has edited publications for four different national American unions, and his articles on income and wealth maldistribution have appeared in a host of major American dailies, magazines, and journals. His most recent book is Greed and Good: Understanding and Overcoming the Inequality that Limits Our Lives (Rowman & Littlefield), and his  new book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The forgotten triumph over plutocracy, 1900-1970, that created the classic American middle class, will be forthcoming this fall from Seven Stories Press.

James V. Riker is Director of the Beyond the Classroom Program at the Univ of Maryland, College Park, has led multi-stakeholder consultation processes involving civil society leaders, scholars, and policy-makers, and served as a consultant to the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Ford Foundation, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, the Asian Pacific Development Centre and the Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, is the author of Promising Visions and Strategies to Advancing Global Democracy (FIM, 2005), co-editor of Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms), editor of A Program to End Hunger, and co- editor of Government-NGO Relations in Asia: Prospects and Challenges for People-Centered Development. He is a board member for the Forum International de Montréal (FIM): Forum on Democratic Global Governance based in Canada; and is chair of the board of Citizens for Global Solutions’ Education Fund in Washington, D.C.

Jeremy Weyl  the Outreach and Congregations Fellow for the Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of more than 75 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing debts and transformation of international financial institutions to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He received his undergraduate degree in International Development and Social Change, and his Masters in Community Development and Planning from Clark University.  At his university, he organized various student wide campaigns around climate change, against corporate globalization, and university-labor issues.  In the city of Worcester, he worked with the Worcester Roots Project to address environmental justice issues around lead-poisoning.

Kevin Zeese  is a lawyer from Baltimore, MD with more than 30 years of experience of writing, speaking and advocacy across a broad range of issues around peace, justice and democracy, was an organizer of October2011/OccupyWashington,DC at Freedom Plaza, organized the Sounds of Resistance concert and protest against Bank of America and Stop These Wars/Expose the Lies/Free Bradley Manning in December 2010/March 2011, co-director of ItsOurEconomy.us, director of ComeHomeAmerica.us and in the steering committee of the Bradeley Manning Support Network, serves on the boards of Velvet Revolution and Common Sense for Drug Policy. He is co-host of “Clearing the FOG: Speaking truth to expose the Forces of Greed” on WeActRadio.com, WPWC 1480 am out of Anacostia in Washington, DC.