- Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 08:51
8 de Enero, Radio Mundo Real.
The headquarters of the Chilean Workers Union (CUT), in Santiago, capital of Chile, was chosen to hold the press conference that the organizers of the Summit of the Peoples, to take place from January 25 to 27 in that city, carried out on Friday to make the public and open call to this event.
“We believe that where the presidents meet, where these important summits are held, our spaces are so or more important, because it is there where social movements, the peoples, are represented”, said Francisca Rodriguez, of the National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women of Chile (ANAMURI) and the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) to Real World Radio.
The meeting will take place in the Urban Planning and Architecture School of the University of Chile, in parallel to the EU-CELAC Summit to take place in the same city.
- Published on Monday, 14 January 2013 18:11
Via Campesina Africa Solidarity Statement on the farmworkers mobilization
(Maputo 14th January 2013) - During the month of November last year, the world watched farmworkers strikes, particularly those working in vinyards, in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa. They were protesting against exploitation and poor working and living conditions on farms, demanding an increase in minimum wages. In many cases, South African police responded to the demonstrations with violence and intolerance and showed no respect for laws. Many farmworkers and activists were arrested, including peasants of The Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, a member of La Via Campesina.
After dubious negotiations that halted the strikes in December, the South African government has refused to make any change to the minimum wage and the situation has remained unchanged. Early this January farmworkers resumed the strikes and are being heavily repressed by police.
- Published on Friday, 11 January 2013 21:47
Statement of the International Commission of Women of La Via Campesina
10 January 2013.
We are writing to you from the International Commission of Women (CIM) of La Via Campesina with tremendous pain in our hearts.
Last Sunday (06/01/2013) we received the sad and repulsive news that our comrade María Do Fetal de Almeida had been brutally murdered by her partner in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Published on Monday, 10 December 2012 14:40
Call to Support La Via Campesina
1993-2013: 20 years of Struggle
IN 2013, La Via Campesina will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Almost 20 years ago, in 1993 a group of farmers representatives women and men - from the four continents gave birth to the movement at a meeting in Mons, Belgium. At that time, agricultural policies and agribusiness were becoming globalized and small farmers needed to develop a common vision and organize the struggle to defend it. Small-scale farmers organizations also wanted their voices to be heard and to participate directly in the decisions that were affecting their lives. Over the last 20 years the local struggles of national organizations have been strengthened by being a part of this vibrant international peasant movement, inspired by a common struggle and the solidarity and support from other organisations.