World economic crisis, workers fight back

The IMF has predicted a deepening recession in Europe, with the euro zone’s economy contracting by 4.2 percent this year, significantly worse than its January forecast of a 2 percent decline: here.

As finance ministers meeting in Washington failed to adopt any new policies to confront the deepening world economic crisis, the head of the World Bank warned that it threatens to unleash “a human and developmental calamity”: here.

USA: Wall Street pay back to pre-crash levels: here.

Animals and money: Bronx Zoo lays off hundreds of ‘unpopular’ animals: here.

With wages and employment falling but student debt increasing, US college students face increasingly difficult prospects finding jobs and starting families: here.

This is a French video about Caterpillar workers in action.

France: Caterpillar workers, facing 733 planned job cuts at the transnational construction and agricultural machinery company’s two plants in Grenoble, rejected their unions’ compromise deal with management last week: here.

British government denounced by charities for neglect of the poor: here.

Australia: Survivors of Victorian bushfires receive minimal compensation: here.

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  1. Help Restore City Funding to the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium

    Dear Friend:

    As someone who cares about the environment, conservation, education, and economic development in New York City, I urge you to send a message to Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council to restore city funding to the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.

    As a parent of two young children and a regular visitor to the Zoo, I know from first-hand experience that the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium educate and inspire thousands of children and teachers and are essential to the cultural fabric of our city. These beloved institutions are an integral part of their communities and stabilize the city’s economy by providing well paying jobs and supporting local businesses. They work jointly with schools and area community groups to provide free or affordable access and programming for the most vulnerable citizens.

    According to a 2008 national public opinion survey, 79 percent of Americans believe that zoos and aquariums are good for their local economy, and an impressive 80 percent believe that zoos and aquariums are important enough to local communities to be supported by government funding. But you don’t need a survey to tell you that. All you need to do is go there, as I do with my boys, and see the children’s faces light up. That tells you all you need to know.

    New York City is great because of its great cultural institutions. Please join me in asking City Hall to recognize the important and unique role of cultural institutions like the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium.

    Please email this letter to everyone you know!

    Act Now!

    ©2009 Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460, 718-220-5100


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