Letter to Foreign Office: Gdeim Izik Political Prisoners, Occupied Western Sahara

7 November 2017 - 11:30am

We were asked by our Saharawi partners to write a letter to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs expressing our deep concerns over the severe sentences handed out by the Moroccan court against the Gdeim Izik 24 Saharawi activists. The letter has been signed by several trade unions' General Secretaries.

For more information, you can read the text of the letter below or download the PDF here.

Watch videos of "Paradises of the Earth" Web Documentary - Tunisia

13 November 2017 - 12:15pm

First Episode - Gabes: Watch now!

This episode follows an international solidarity caravan to the first stop of the trip: the mediterranean oasis of Gabes in southern #Tunisia, where the installation of a chemical phosphate factory on its shores caused an ecocide deeply impacting fishing, agriculture, water resources and people's livelihoods.

The neocolonial violence of mining: stories of resistance against BHP

29 September 2017 - 11:30am

Speaker Tour 14-20 October

BHP is the world’s biggest mining company. The Anglo-Australian giant's record of forced displacement of indigenous and afro-descendant communities and its catastrophic environmental damage stretches back decades. 

During October, community representatives and activists from Colombia and Brazil will be in London to challenge the company at their Annual General Meeting, demanding respect for their rights and seeking justice for the harm caused by BHP’s mining operations. Join us!

Two Days of Events: Resistance and Social Justice Struggles in the Maghreb

27 September 2017 - 1:00pm

FIRST EVENT: Friday 29th September. 18:30-20:00

WHAT: Panel discussion with activists from the Maghreb

TITLE: The Maghreb - A Boiling Site of Resistance to Neoliberalism

LOCATION: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS. London, WC1H 0XG

SECOND EVENT: Saturday 30th September. 15:00-19:00

WHAT: Two documentary screenings + Q&A with directors

Thousands take on the fight for decent housing in South Africa

27 June 2017 - 4:15pm

Close to ten thousand shack dwellers and people living in informal housing took to the streets of Durban to protest against state sanctioned violence against them. The protest, held yesterday, was to draw attention to the fact that shack dwellers, hostel dwellers and those living in squalid government housing are being killed during violent eviction clashes with police and anti-land invasion units. 

Colombia: a win for people power

23 June 2017 - 12:30pm

They took on the government and won. After years of state neglect, the people of Buenaventura in the Colombian pacific took to the streets to demand peace and dignity. Following three weeks of intense civic strike and non-stop negotiations, they emerged victorious.

On Strike: The people of Buenaventura have had enough

22 May 2017 - 4:15pm

Communities and social movements in Colombia's most important port city, Buenaventura, are engaged in an indefinite civic strike over the state's historic neglect of the city's majority Afro-descendent population. Over 150 000 people have shown their discontent and shut down the city and its port, bringing the economy to a grinding halt.

Mining and conflict in Chile – the British connection

20 May 2017 - 2:45pm

  • Event Date: Tuesday 23 May, 7pm – 9pm
  • Location: Room 243, Second floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Join us to hear about Antofagasta, the London-listed company entangled in ongoing corruption scandals, exacerbation of major droughts, destruction and cover-up of archaeological sites and attempts to expand the largest mine waste tailings dam in Latin America.

Jemna in Tunisia: an inspiring land struggle in North Africa

27 April 2017 - 11:15am

Jemna is a beacon of hope for a Tunisia where its people have sovereignty over their land and resources. Jemna needs to be supported, celebrated and emulated for the sake of its people and for our sake. 

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The Ecologist: President Santos: environmental saint or sinner?

21 November 2017 - 11:00am

President Santos of Colombia recently won two international awards for championing peace and biodiversity despite criticism from campaigners who say he is "encouraging agro-industrial projects that displace local communities", writes Catherine Early at The Ecologist (20 November 2017).

Quoting War on Want's Seb Muñoz, Early writes about the controversies around Santos' contributions, including the issue of displacing indigenous people through destructive extraction industries:

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Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines & Money

20 November 2017 - 4:30pm

Between 25-30 November, we will be hosting frontline activists from Uganda, Philippines and Colombia to challenge the Mines and Money Conference in London – the premier space for the global mining industry and its destructive deals. Our speakers will be sharing stories of resistance, successes and alternatives to mining – and opposing mining violence and current threats from extracitivism in their communities. Join us!

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