In light of the negative connotation that has been linked with those referred to as "protesters" (whose true desire it is to encourage thinking about the impact of the G-20's decisions on the poor and marginalized here and around the world), I suggest more accurate descriptors. We, the protesters, are "awareness agents," "justice generators," "change champions," "anti-apathy advocates," "issues investigators" and "truth tellers"!
With so many voices unheard at the summit's tables, many of us feel a responsibility to peacefully speak out and hopefully engage others to consider the deeper economic, environmental and human rights concerns embedded in economic policies that we often fail to explore as we go about our busy lives.
The extreme poverty in which so many millions live is unimaginable to most of us. Surely this dire situation is an injustice worthy of protest. Surely we all agree that poverty, disease, pollution and a severe lack of food, work and education are common human problems that concern us all, that we all are willing to work together to solve.
So, if participating in events that seek to bring these issues to the attention of everyday citizens as well as to the world's "top" leaders earns me the label of "protester," then a proud Pittsburgh protester I will be. Come on, Pittsburghers, devote some time this week to being champions for the world!