A protest will be held against the World Business Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 8, starting at 4 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall at 50th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The call for the protest was initiated by the People’s Power Assembly and endorsed by political, labor and community forces.
On October 7-8, the highest concentration of CEOs and the superrich will gather for a conference entitled “Provocateurs.” Although this conference of corporate criminals will advertise feel-good speakers like Malcolm Gladwell and Robert Redford, it will really be a strategy session for the 1%.
Their final and keynote speaker is Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve — and one of the forces behind Wall Street, the too-big-to-fail banks and the economic crash of 2007-2008.
The heads of such corporations as Monsanto, Time Warner, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Citicorp, Bank of America, Darden Restaurants, McDonald’s, Duke Energy, GM, Microsoft and about 5,000 other transnational corporations will be there.
The title “Provocateurs” is being used to mislead, by invoking the image of daring and innovative agents of positive change. In reality, this is a conference for the forces who mobilize to stop fast food workers from getting a living wage. These are the all-powerful ruling class figures— who fire workers, pay the lowest wages possible, bust unions, pollute and destroy the planet, and make wars of conquest in order to make higher profits.