To the Relevant Authorities:
We direct this letter to the Paraguayan authorities and Cargill--the largest exporter of soy in the country--in relation to the citizen protest that will take place on March 26, 2008 in the department of San Pedro. This protest, organized by the Interdistrict Coordination in Defense of Sovereignty, under the banner “Against the Soy Invasion”, expresses the concern of campesino and Indigenous communities for the serious social and environmental problems that are being caused and exacerbated by the expansion of transgenic soy monoculture.
In May of 2006, OaxacanGovernor Ulises Ruiz, with the support for federal Mexican troops detained over 500 people, tortured many, and killed more than a dozen people including U.S. journalist, Brad Will. They are still holding several political prisoners. Please join U.S. based Family Farm Defenders to demand the immediate release of Flavio Sosa and other political prisoners held in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Contact the Mexican Embassy at 1911 Pennsylvania AV, NW, Washington D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 728 1600
Or send a message using this form:
The 2007 Farm Bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, July 27th with a vote of 231 to 191, after surprisingly little debate.
The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate where the pressure is on to adopt commodity limits that might finally break the agricultural subsidies deadlock that has gripped the Doha round of WTO negotiations since the dramatic collapse of negotiations in Cancun in 2003. President Bush’s threat to veto the farm bill, unless subsidies per farm are capped at a level lower than the House limit of one million dollars per farm, may move the Senate in that direction. Farmer’s groups and farm state leaders have been vocal in their disapproval of the direct payments system, a form of subsidies in which farmers are given yearly payouts – with an estimated $26 billion in taxpayer money over the next five years.1
ACTION ALERT—Call or write your congressional representative requesting removal of recently added Sec. 123 in the 2007 Farm Bill draft that would prevent states and counties from determining whether genetically modified crops can be grown.
Please forward this action alert to friends who share your concern about food safety.
The biotech industry and agribusiness have been pushing similar state bills, but now they are trying to hide it in the very lengthy Farm Bill. Please write to the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Collin C. Peterson, MN and other members of that committee. You can view the list of committee members at: http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/members.html
The Building Sustainable Futures for Farmers Globally campaign asks farm organizations and other civil society groups around the world to sign on to the following call in support of agriculture, trade and food policies that support a sustainable livelihood for farmers and assure food for all. To add your organization to this call, please email Patty Kupfer, pkupfer [at] ruralco [dot] org. For further information, contact us at www.globalfarmer.org
Building Sustainable Futures For Farmers Globally
A Call for Action
Mexico City, 29 November 2006
Compañeras and compañeros:
Oaxaca, Mexico, is currently the target of massive state-led repression, in
an attempt to exterminate the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca
(APPO), which is a legitimate movement composed of social organizations,
peasants, indigenous people, trade unions, neighborhood organizations, and
teachers, which demands the removal of Oaxaca state governor Ulises Ruiz, as
well as a profound political reform and public policies that would favor
sectors of society who have traditionally been excluded.
Oaxaca is one of the poorer states in Mexico, with the highest proportion of
Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform
Report from the delegation to Indonesia of the Land Research Action Network (LRAN)
September 21, 2005
At present, more than 4732 families in the south and southeast of the state of Pará are threatened with eviction. As yet, 140 families have already been evicted from their houses. In total, an estimated number of 20 thousand people could be evicted from their lands in a soon future in the municipalities of Marabá, Rondon do Pará, São João Araguaia, Itupiranga, Paraupebas, Curionópolis, Abel Figueiredo, Eldorado de Carajás, Canaã de Carajás, Tucuruí and Breu Branco.
The US House of Representatives passed the Central American Free Trade agreement just after midnight on July 28th by an extremely narrow vote of 217 to 216, including one opposing vote that initially went uncounted. Due to the immense organizing effort of a wide array of citizen organizations opposing the agreement, the White House had to pull out the stops in strategic timing, arm twisting, and backroom dealing to squeak this deal through. The outcome of this vote shows the strength of our movement as we continue onward.