India: Defending the Poor and Hungry is Non-Negotiable!
(Bali, 2 December 2013) On the occasion of the Ninth Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Bali, Indonesia, several farmers’ organisations, trade unions, mass organisations and peoples’ campaigns resolved to support the Indian Government’s position to not trade away national food security.
The group welcomes the decision of the Indian Cabinet on 28th November to reject any peace clause that does not guarantee a permanent solution. The peace clause has been widely opposed by the Chairs of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce and Agriculture, several political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties, and mass organisations.
However, the group cautioned the Indian negotiating team headed by Commerce Minister Mr. Anand Sharma, not to bow to any pressure to weaken India’s position on defending and upholding national food security as a sovereign right. The group declared that the safeguarding and promotion of the country’s food security, rural employment and livelihoods are non-negotiable, and that food security cannot be ensured without supporting agricultural production by small and marginal farmers.
The group reminds the WTO members that no country needs to be on the defensive about protecting the right to food and fighting hunger in their countries. And that aggressively upholding the rights of its citizens is not tantamount to collapsing the ministerial talks. On the contrary, such pressure tactics must be exposed as a conspiracy to keep people hungry and poor.
It was decided that the group would closely monitor the negotiations during the ministerial meeting to ensure that the interests of the poor and hungry are not compromised in any way.
Bhartiya Kisan Union
Bharatiya Krishak Samaj
Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh
Focus on the Global South India
Great Mission Group Consultancy
Public Services International
Right to Food Campaign
Shram Seva Nyas
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements
Third World Network India
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Note: Karen Pickett is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Justice Ecology Project
By Karen Pickett, Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
Photo: Karen Pickett
On Monday morning, Sept. 9, organizers from Idle No More Bay Area and supporters converged on the Canadian Consulate in San Francisco, Calif. to say “Shame on Canada.” They called for a stop to the disastrous effects on First Nations people and others in the sacrifice zone in Alberta, Canada due to tar sands mining and steam drilling, citing loss of livelihood, toxic contamination, cancers, and damaged and sick children. People called for a rapid wind down of tar sands mining, a halt to Keystone XL pipeline, sequestration of the wastewater, restoration of the devastated region, and reparations. Pull in the tentacles of the oil companies from around humanity’s neck!
During the several hours that people demonstrated, sang, prayed and drummed at the Consulate, a proclamation and list of demands was signed by everyone present and delivered to Consulate officials by Penny Opal Plant, one of the organizers of the demonstration.
Other co-sponsors of the on-going protests against Tar Sands development and the Keystone pipeline include Rising Tide, Do the Math and 350.org.
26 June 2013. Source: CHCH
Several people have been arrested at the site of an oil pipeline protest in Flamborough.
To view the video of the arrests, click here
Shortly before 7 am, between eight and 10 police cruisers, vans and unmarked vehicles rolled along Concession 6 West leading up to Enbridge’s North Westover facility, where four protesters have been allowed to remain under an injunction issued yesterday. Local residents told CHCH News that those four are actually across the street from the station.
Freelance journalist Tim Groves witnessed several people being handcuffed and led into police vans.
Washington, DC, November 5, 2012–This morning Earth First and Occupy in DC organized a tar sands solidarity action that is currently occupying TransCanada’s lobby firm. They occupied and blockaded the building. Four arrested at last count.
You can watch the live stream here – http://www.ustream.tv/occupyeye
And see an instagram pic here- http://t.co/oXFqiCuk
more info as it becomes available.
18 October. Source: EF! Newswire
Last month, activists with the Everglades Earth First! group joined forces with residents of Limestone Creek, a historic Black community, near the city of Jupiter. This week the alliance succeeded in defeating a plan related to Scripps Biotech in Palm Beach County. Following a County Commission hearing on Tuesday, the road proposed by Hawkeye Jupiter LLC to go through a neighborhood leading to 82 acres of endangered species habitat was voted down.
The plan for plowing through the quite Limestone Creek neighborhood of Kennedy Estates and paving over the nearby pine flatwoods for more biotech laboratories was the latest in a failing attempt to establish a “biotech hub” in the south Florida region.
The effort to expand biotech venture capitalist investment in the area has been fought since its initial inception in 2004, when then-Governor Jeb Bush unloaded hundreds of millions in corporate welfare to entice the industry. A long journey of agency whistle-blowing, environmental lawsuits, protests and civil disobedience actions has kept their progress at bay. Despite the compromise deals of several Big Green NGOs, grassroots resistance has kept the “biotech hub” from breaking new ground on large undeveloped tracts of land, as initially desired.
The victory this week at Limestone Creek was a step towards pushing back the corporate biotech industry attempting to re-colonize the area.
For more updates on this story, the history of the fight against Scripps Biotech, and more pictures, videos and documents from the 8-year struggle, check outScrapScripps.info
For video of the mainstream news coverage about the victory this week click here
To better understand the developer’s sleazy PR approach, look here.
Note: Global Justice Ecology Project was recently forwarded the following email. In addition to October being Non-GMO Month, today is World Food Day.
–The GJEP Team
If you find Monsanto and their GMOs as disgusting as I do, join me in taking this quick, easy action. It’s simple and feels great!
We already know how horrible Monsanto is. So in honor of October being Non-GMO Month, I sent a donation of $10 in Monsanto’s name to Global Justice Ecology Project for their work to stop genetically engineered trees.
Here is what’s so great about this–when you make a donation to stop GE trees in Monsanto’s name, Global Justice Ecology Project will send them a note to let them know.
You donate by going to: https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=1004723 then select ‘STOP GE Trees Campaign’ from the ‘Program Designation’ menu.
Then under ‘Dedication‘ click ‘on behalf of’ and type ‘Monsanto.’
It’s a great way to piss off Monsanto and help stop the horror of genetically engineered trees–all for only $10.
I hope you’ll join me!“
Police guard the international headquarters of Monsanto. Photo: Langelle/GJEP
Filed under Actions / Protest, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Commodification of Life, Corporate Globalization, Food Sovereignty, Forests, GE Trees, Genetic Engineering, Industrial agriculture, Land Grabs, Latin America-Caribbean, Pollution
By Camilla Mortensen, September 26, 2012. Source: EugeneWeekly.com
Cascadia Forest Defenders are probably most know for tree sits and occupying government offices — most recently over logging in the Elliott State Forest, but when it comes to logging, mills and biomass plants are a part of the equation, so today CFD is occupying a billboard near the Seneca Sawmill/Seneca Sustainable energy plant:
Eugene, OR- This afternoon members of Cascadia Forest Defenders occupied a billboard outside of the West Eugene Seneca Sawmill with a banner that read, “SENECA JONES: BAILOUTS, CLEARCUTS, & POLLUTING WEST EUGENE”.
Seneca Biomass is a wood burning power plant in West Eugene that opened in the spring of 2011 amid public protest. Though the project has been marketed as “green energy,” Seneca Biomass failed its first EPA air pollution test last fall. The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually —t his in addition to the 73,000 pounds already released annually from the mill itself. There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca Biomass facility.
Filed under Actions / Protest, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Energy, False Solutions to Climate Change, Forests, Forests and Climate Change, Greenwashing, Pollution, The Greed Economy and the Future of Forests
Source: RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival)
Twenty people were arrested and are currently jailed in West Virginia for a courageous act of non-violent civil disobedience against mountaintop removal mining last weekend. These folks are currently under a bond of $25,000 per person, and this excessively high bond means that the protestors cannot be released until the funds are raised to bail them out. We do not have anything close to this amount of money, so we need your help.
Please donate to help raise bail for these activists http://bit.ly/mj-legal
Last week, as part of a massive “Mountain Mobilization” organized by RAMPS – Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, folks walked onto Patriot Coal’s Hobet mountaintop removal mine as a non-violent protest against this form of coal mining, where coal companies blast the tops off the Appalachian Mountains, destroying the forests and every living thing on the mountain. Over 500 mountains in Appalachia have already been flattened by this form of mining. Coal companies dump enormous amounts of mining waste rock and debris into precious headwater mountain streams in mountaintop removal, and the landscape is permanently altered.
Burning coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and carbon dioxide is the leading contributor to global warming.
Filed under Actions / Protest, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Coal, Ending the Era of Extreme Energy, Energy, Mining, Mountaintop Removal, Political Repression, Pollution, Water
Cross-Posted from Marcellus Earth First!, 8 July 2012
Tree-Sitters Halt Hydrofracking Operations
Blockade at EQT frack site in Moshannon State Forest, PA.
Activists from Marcellus Earth First! have erected a slash pile blockade and two tree sits blocking an access road to an EQT hydro-fracking site in Moshannon State Forest in Clearfield County, PA., halting drilling operations set to begin this week. The blockaders were joined by 40 supporters and concerned citizens, who turned around a Halliburton truck. The blockade is trying to stop the further destruction of Pennsylvania’s state forests—more than half of which have already been leased for drilling—and call attention to the devastating effects of hydrofracking on the state’s communities. The sitters’ anchor lines are blocking the road by crossing each other and the road, and if an anchor line is cut a sitter will fall. This action has been coordinated as the post-Rendezvous action. Each Summer Earth First!ers and allies come together to skill share, take part in discussion workshops, and keep it wild in our last remaining wilderness places in the US. Following a week in the woods, we take part in an action in support of the local organizers hosting the camp out, also know as the Round River Rendezvous, or Rondy.
Today’s blockade is the latest in a series of escalating actions of resistance to the destructive impacts of hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale. Last May, residents of Butler County occupied the office of State Representative Brian Ellis, demanding accountability for widespread contamination caused by horizontal drilling. In June, seven families, along with dozens of supporters, blocked the entrance to the Riverdale Mobile Home Community to prevent their imminent eviction at the hands of Aqua America PVR. Aqua sought to destroy their homes and construct a water withdrawal facility permitted to extract up to three million gallons of water from the Susquehanna River daily for use in fracking. Residents were able to maintain the blockade for 12 days. On June 17, 1,000 Ohioans stormed the statehouse in Columbus and passed a “people’s resolution” banning hydrofracking. Most recently, a 31-year-old landowner from Athens County, Ohio chained herself to concrete barrels and shut down operations at one of Ohio’s 170 injection wells, which contain about 95% of the toxic and radioactive fracking waste generated from Pennsylvania drilling.
Momentum in the anti-fracking battle will continue to build across the Marcellus and Utica shale regions throughout July. Next weekend, residents from Ohio and beyond will gather at an anti-fracking action camp in Youngstown and prepare to enforce the “people’s resolution” against fracking. The upcoming months show the beginnings of a national rebellion against extractive industry across the board. On July 28, anti-frackers from across the nation will gather in Washington D.C. for “Stop the Frack Attack,” the largest mobilization against fracking ever. In West Virginia, Appalachians and allies will stand together at the “Mountain Mobilization” and shut down an active strip mine the last week of July. In Montana,the “Coal Export Action”, a ten-day campaign of civil disobedience at the beginning of August will target coal shipments from strip mines in the Powder River Basin, overseas. And later in the month, Texas residents have called for the “Tar Sands Blockade” to block the recently approved southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Where the government has failed to act to protect communities and the earth from the ravages of an out-of-control energy industry, the people are rising up to resist. No matter where you live, you have the opportunity to join the fight for our future. Find your place, stand your ground, and in the words of Mother Jones, “Boogie Chilluns.”
For updates go to Marcellus Earth First!
Cross-Posted from IVAW
This video features an exclusive interview with Suraia Sahar of Afghans for Peace (AFP) and Aaron Hughes of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) that was shot a day after a historic march for Justice and Reconciliation to end the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) occupation of Afghanistan and begin a process of healing and reconciliation.
This march led to a new growing relationship between IVAW and AFP that is sparking a new antiwar movement lead by the most impacted communities, veterans and Afghan civilians. Currently the Afghanistan Veterans Against the War Committee of IVAW is working with AFP on a joint statement for justice and reconciliation.