- Published on Monday, 30 July 2012 20:19
Sharing each country’s situation on FTA/TPP & Results of 2nd Strategy Meeting on FTA/TPP
Australia: Mr. Harvey Purse from AFTINET
Where we are in Australia in the moment?
60 unions, community groups, church groups are fighting for fair trade based on principles of human rights, labor rights, and environmental sustainability. We are raising awareness of this agreement in Australia slow building opposition against the TPP. When Australia negotiated with US there was 35% opposition, now there is 65% opposition. The goal is to achieve the same with the TPP. We have started campaigning with young people such as holding a concert with variety of artists. There was also a book written: No Ordinary Deal: Unmasking the TPP. The book was written by people from Australia, New Zealand, US, and a few of the Latin American countries that were involved. We are also creating a series of pamphlets to update every few months around worker’s rights and health in order to raise awareness in Australia and cut through all groups in Australia. We have managed some victories. We got the Catholic and United church to support us. We also have support from the National Unions for construction, mining, forestry and manufacturing and social services. We have gotten the current government (Worker’s government) to oppose any changes that impact people’s access to cheap medicine and to oppose the ISD. We have gotten them to protect worker’s rights from being impacted by free trade agreements or TPP and to agree that the environment must be protected. We are worried that we may lose next year’s election to a far more conservative administration. We are all working together and keep on educating.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:42
Bukit Tinggi Declaration
Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century
14 July 2012
We have been meeting here in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia, from July 10 to 15, 2012, for the International Workshop and Seminar "Agrarian Reform and Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century: The Challenge and the Future," convened by La Via Campesina and the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, in the midst of a global emergency caused by the multiple crises of food, climate, finance, poverty and unemployment. We have been evaluating our strategies and lessons learned during the last two decades of struggles for agrarian reform, and the defense of the lands and territories of our peoples.
The most recent worldwide avalanche of land grabbing lends urgency to our analysis. As we stated in the Dakar Appeal and the Nyeleni Declaration against Land Grabbing, this is a global phenomenon promoted by elites with local, national and transnational investors, and governments, with the goal of controlling the most valuable resources on this planet.
- Published on Saturday, 14 July 2012 06:45
Besides the international boycott of Paraguay’s illegitimate administration of former vicepresident Federico Franco, several organizations and social groups are holding solidarity missions in the country, where there is a permanent demand to reinstate Fernando Lugo as its legitimate president.
On June 2 and 7, members of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia travelled to Paraguay in a solidarity mission.
The mission aimed to support the indigenous and peasant organizations, as well as the social sectors, and to receive testimonies and different impressions of the national situation after the recent incidents.
The peasant delegation was in contact with the National Coordinating Committee of Organizations of Rural and Indigenous Women Workers (CONAMURI), the Popular Agrarian Movement (MAP), the Coordinating Committee of Peasant Organizations (MCNOC), the Paraguayan Peasant Movement (MCP) and the Organization of Struggle for Land (OLT).
They also met with families of the victims of the Curuguaty massacre, with students, human rights lawyers and with the secretary general of Frente Guazu, the country’s Attorney General, some local authorities and President Fernando Lugo. Some of the conclusions of the mission are “the will power and determination of peasant and social movements to struggle for Lugo’s reinstatement and the defense of real democracy and the interests of the poor and the oppressed from national and transnational capitalism”.
- Published on Saturday, 14 July 2012 06:41
Call to actions. Starting with a march to parliament and occupation
Western Cap, July 3,2012
WE FORESTRY COMMUNITIES CAN NO LONGER TOLERATE SILENCE AND CONTINUED DISCRIMINATION. NOW WE ARE TAKING ACTION.
We the households and residents of isolated forestry towns in the mountain areas of the Western Cape (such as Hawequa, Nuweberg, Meerlust, Wemmershoek, Lamotte, Limietberg Lebanon amongst others) continue to be rejected and oppressed by our own government. We live under the yoke of oppression despite our well intentioned constitution, policies and laws that are supposed to improve the living conditions of all South Africans, including ours – the poor, landless, destitute and homeless.
We simply cannot afford to give up our precious time by leaving our places of work and families to go to Cape Town to remind the government of its constitutional responsibilities. We have no other choice but to mobilise and march, because we are experiencing continous discrimination. We are tired of phoning, writing, faxing, emailing, reminding and begging the government to listen to us. We are tired of lies and empty promises. We are angry and inflamed.