About 100 activists and community leaders have gathered in Pittsburgh today as part of the "People's Summit" that's being held in response to next week's G20 Summit. The 3-day event, billed as an educational dialogue about problems facing the world, kicked off this morning at the 20th Century Club in Oakland. One of the first speakers was State Senator Jim Ferlo of Pittsburgh. He railed against globalization, called health care "a basic human civil right," and spoke about what activists call "the myth of free market economics."
Today's speakers also include Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers of America, Anna Pinto, an environmentalist from India, and a panel of student and youth activists.
The People's Summit continues Monday and Tuesday evenings in Pittsburgh.