TRADE JUSTICE PSALM
- Thousands are filling pavements, queuing for miles:
sun-baked unreported, protesting for others,
- trade is governed unjustly, the placards proclaim:
fair trade should help the workers, not lower our bills!
- We used to give to charity to help the starving:
now nations must help themselves – drop the debt.
- Our planet’s only on loan to us from the future:
we want to be the conscience of the silent, asking questions,
- loans can set up trade, not just send rice:
for people can help themselves, trade not aid.
- The gentry rule a world where most are poor:
only a matter of class who has the power,
- it’s always been the same, when most were slaves:
the fight for democracy continues … modernise!
- So you’ve won the argument, make it work:
supply the goods that are needed, change the world.
- Improve the lives of the poor by sharing the risks:
financing more fair trade with my own money.
- We now need managed trade, not open markets:
the system helps global companies, not the poor.
- Power could work by diffusion, away from the few:
riches can be better distributed, if we will.
- Give us more courage to make things better:
tomorrow could be the best day of all, or it could be the last.