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Call for PGA Day-of-Action on Land

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    To: pgauk@cupboard.org Subject: [pgauk] [convenors] call for April 17th day of action on land Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 Call for People s Global Action
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2004
      To: pgauk@...
      Subject: [pgauk] [convenors] call for April 17th day of action on land
      Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004

      Call for People's Global Action Day-of-Action on Land

      Call for April 17th 2004

      Land has become a big issue all over the world. Every day people are
      losing their land. Because of the global exploitation process perpetrated by
      capitalist globalisation land ownership has become increasingly concentrated.
      Finally, more and more land is going to the hands of big transnational
      corporations. Transnational corporations seek ownership of land for commercial
      interests. The common people who have relatively little political and economical control are the ones losing out in this process. By losing their land their access to food and a better future is declining.

      These alarming circumstances are visible throughout the world in different
      forms. The people have started protesting for their land rights. They started
      fighting to protect their land and establish their right to land. The poor
      landless men and women feel the necessity of having comprehensive land reform as
      well as agrarian reform. On April 17th 1996 in Brazil, thousands of landless
      people took to the streetS for a genuine agrarian reform. The ruling class
      launched a major attack in order to suppress the audacity of poor landless men
      and women by resorting (to) massive repression. The police fired on them and
      killed 19 landless people brutally.

      In the same year in November-December in Bangladesh, the police also launched a
      massive attack on the landless people who had occupied land in the southern
      coastal belt of Bangladesh by killing one landless man, by throwing 16 children
      into the river water and by destroying 536 huts made by the settlers. Since the
      brutal incident in Brazil, April 17th is commemorated every year as Global
      Peasant Day world wide.

      This year this day is even more important than ever before. We are celebrating
      the tenth anniversary of the Zapatista uprising. The US-UK led war victimizes
      the common people in Afghanistan and Iraq. North-American and European
      capitalist globalisation is also continuously threatening other countries in
      order to establish their monopoly over the entire world. Thus, military bases
      are being established almost everywhere in the world in different forms.
      On other hand there is the World Trade Organization, WTO. This institution,
      along with the World Bank and the IMF has become a key player in promoting the
      concept of globalization that serves the interests of Transnational
      Corporations. The WTO wants to extend trade to life as a whole, including
      agriculture and services all over the world on unequal terms.

      In the mean time, massive negative impacts of the globalization process are
      being faced by the people. For example, women are affected severely in various
      ways. Capitalist globalisation is using the patriarchal system that roots very
      much in society the world over.

      Considering April 17th as Global Action Day we call on networks and groups all
      over the world to stage demonstrations, rallies, direct actions, sit-ins,
      strikes, blockades, etc. and resist all forms of capitalist globalisation. We
      urge grass-root movements throughout the world to raise their loud and strong
      voice this day based on the following hallmarks:

      1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all trade
      agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive globalisation;

      2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including,
      but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious fundamentalism of all
      creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.

      3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have a
      major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in which
      transnational capital is the only real policy-maker;

      4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
      movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for
      life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction of local
      alternatives to global capitalism;

      5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.

      and to express opposition against:
      (1) Imperialist war & militarism
      (2) Conspiracies against genuine agrarian reform
      (3) Institutions like the WTO
      (4) World Bank and IMF
      (5) Patriarchy, racism and fundamentalism of all creeds

      see also:
      Journal for Exchange and Analysis on Agriculture:

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