World Social Forum

The Struggle for Democratic Representation in Quebec Gets a Boost at the 2016 World Social Forum

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_FSM_2016__-_Copy.pngThe World Social Forum, held this month in Montreal, brought together thousands of activists, organizations and social movements working to build a sustainable and inclusive world, to learn, strategize and share knowledge with each other.  With so many organizers, farmers, activists, students and change makers in one place, it was easy to see the collective strength of the movement and the potential for the type of transformative social change that our world needs.  The power of this potential was crystal clear at a briefing held by Quebec’s Union paysanne and La Via Campesina on the struggle of small-scale farmers in Quebec.

Union paysanne, or Peasant Union, was formed by a group of concerned farmers, consumers and activists that have been organizing in Quebec since 2001 to advocate for agricultural reform across the province. The goals of the movement – clearly articulated in their policy platform – include defending the rights of small scale farmers and organic production, advocating for access to land, food sovereignty and fair trade principles, and combating the corporate control of seeds, land and access to resources, including the refusal of GMOs and dependency on industrial agriculture. As Benoit Girouard, president of Union paysanne and a beekeeper and farmer explained, the main issue in Quebec is “the fight for access and control of our local resources for the local people.”

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Declaration of LVC Delegation to the 2016 World Social Forum

Montreal, Quebec, August 14, 2016

"We not only believe that another world is necessary, the members of La Vía Campesina are already building a better world."

~ Carlos Marentes, co-coordinator of the North America Region of LVC

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-22_LVC_delegation_at_WSF.jpgWe, representatives of member organizations of La Vía Campesina from the North America Region (Union Paysanne from Quebec, National Farmers Union, Canada, National Family Farm Coalition, Rural Coalition and Border Agricultural Workers Project from United States), accompanied by LVC members from Europe, Palestine and Brazil took part in the World Social Forum in Montreal, Quebec from August 9-14, 2016.  

We were graciously hosted by the Union paysanne and reaffirmed our support for their struggle to end the syndicate-monopoly control of agriculture in Quebec, adding our voice to the demand that "There is no Food Sovereignty without Peasant sovereignty". 

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World Social Forum 2016 | Day 1 Highlights

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-11_WSFDay1.jpgSeveral delegates comprising women, men, youth, and representing peasants and migrant agricultural and rural workers from several regions of La Via Campesina, are carrying messages of global solidarity and food sovereignty at the 2016 World Social Forum being held at Montreal, Canada. 

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Via Campesina will join 2016 World Social Forum to strengthen and advance food sovereignty and peasants’ rights

Press Release

2016-08-04 WSF Logo.jpgSeveral delegates comprising women, men, youth, and representing peasants and migrant agricultural and rural workers from several regions of La Via Campesina, will carry messages of global solidarity and food sovereignty at the 2016 World Social Forum this August. The Forum, which is a collective call for a sustainable and inclusive world, will be held in Montreal, Canada from the 9th to 14th

La Via Campesina considers World Social Forum as an important space to build collective strengths of social movements worldwide – all of whom are fighting for social, economic, cultural and political justice.  

In Montreal, our delegates will collectively organize and participate in sessions that would address the questions of agrarian reform, climate justice, peasant led research, alternatives to corporate controlled food systems, people’s sovereignty over corporate impunity, young peasants, the future of agriculture and many more. 

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"We are La Via Campesina"

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Watch a new video by La Via Campesina!

(Zimbabwe, Harare, August 18, 2015) We are happy to release a new Video by La Via Campesina , the international peasant movement. In this video, men and women, leaders of La Via Campesina member organizations in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe share their struggles and fight for food sovereignty, social and climate justice.

Again, in the film (shot during the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunisia), we hear peasant´s experiences about solidarity, women struggles, land, seeds, water, etc...

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Global Justice Movements Converge on Revolutionary Ground

Salena Tramel

Collective adrenaline ran high as the World Social Forum opened on March 24 in Tunis. It had not yet been five years since a peaceful revolution brought a dictatorship long backed by Western political superpowers to its knees and ignited the fire of the Arab Spring that burns to this day. And it had not yet been a week since shooters stormed the Bardo Museum, killing 22, and retesting the resolve of a delicately budding democracy.

Tens of thousands of delegates from across the globe converged in Tunis not only to show support for Tunisian sovereignty, but also to share their own local struggles and solutions while advocating change in the face of interlinked systemic injustices. The opening march easily demonstrated the diversity of the constituency--bands of Tunisian students in perfect stride with Latin American labor organizers and Sub-Saharan African small-scale food producers, knit together by the unraveling food, climate, energy, and financial crises.

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UAWC participates in the World Social Forum in Tunis

2015-UAWC WSF participation.jpegWithin Via Campesian's Activities UAWC participates in the World Social Forum in Tunis

(Tunisia, Tunis, March 2015) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees represented Palestine and lead the Arab World delegation in La Via Campesina's activities within the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis. La Via Campesina delegation included representatives from France, Senegal, Brazil, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Mali, Norway, Chile, Nicaragua, Belgium, and Sweden. The representatives emphasized on continuing the fight to accomplish farmers' rights. UAWC participated with La Via Campesina in the WSF's opening demonstration raising the Palestinian flag with other international activists and organizations.

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