- Published on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 13:47
Bku farmers carried out several direct actions on Dec 27th 2010 all across UP in districts like Muzzafarnagar, Pratapgarh, Saharanpur, Meerat, Bijnaur, Tiloi, Moradabad and many others.
In some places farmers locked up government offices, in another a highway was blocked and in another yet scores of farmers arrived in bullock carts full of paddy for sale protesting corruption in purchase of produce.
Memorandums were submitted to the Prime minister, chief ministers and local government officials with demands ranging from reduced fertilizer prices and supply, free electricity, reduced prices for farm implemens, compensation to flood affected farmers, farmers insurance, higher compensation prices for land acquisition, an end to rising oil prices, corruption of governemnt officials as well as the regular demand of implementing Swaminathan commissions reccomendation of providing a scientifically calculated MSP along with 50% profit above that.
BKU farmers also met the Chief minister in Lucknow recently and discussed the impending Seed Bill as well as the Land Acquisition Bill thereafter submitting their demadns on the seed bill and getting an assurance from the UP government that it would write to the center to support the farmers demands – including regulating corporate seed prices in the seed bill.
For more information please visit the BKU blog at: http://bhartiyakisanunion.blogspot.com/
- Published on Monday, 13 December 2010 14:32
They Did It
La Via Campesina considers December 7th was a historical day as a result of the international mobilizations for climate justice held under the theme “Thousands of Cancuns”. The peasant leaders highlight that they were able to convey their “1000 solutions” in the Mexican city where the UN COP16 on Climate is being carried out and that they strengthened their alliances with other social movements.
On Tuesday, the peasants organized a press conference inside the same hotel where the official negotiations are taking place, the luxurious Moon Palace. Then, members of several organizations joined La Via Campesina and left the UN space to join the march that was set to arrive to that place. At the end of the march there was an Assembly of the Social Movements.
- Published on Saturday, 11 December 2010 18:15
The Hindu, 11 December 2010
Calls for referendum involving people on steps to save planet
“Agreement must focus on life, not victory for some powers”
“We should not make other people pay for luxuries”
CANCUN: Bolivian President Evo Morales said climate change reflected the crisis of capitalism and called for a worldwide referendum involving people from all over to decide for the planet and Mother Earth. He endorsed Bolivia's support to the second commitment of the Kyoto Protocol as well.
- Published on Friday, 10 December 2010 12:39
Global Forum for Life, Environmental and Social Justice (December 4-10, 2010)
No agreement is better than a bad agreement
Members of La Vía Campesina from more than thirty countries from all over the world united our thousands of struggles in Cancun to demand environmental and social justice, and respect for Mother Earth at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 16). We joined together to denounce the attempts of governments, mainly from the North, to commercialize the essential elements of life in benefit of transnational corporations and to publicize the thousands of grassroots solutions to cool the planet and stop the environmental devastation that seriously threatens humanity today.