Connect with us

International

Anti-mining resistance repressed in El Estor

Published

on

Norma Sancir | Prensa Comunitaria abrazos
(Image by Norma Sancir | Prensa Comunitaria)

Mayan Q’eqchis communities demand to be consulted. Government decrees state of siege and defends interests of Russian-Swiss corporation.

As of 24 October, a state of siege has been in effect in the northeastern municipality of El Estor, Izabal, for a period of 30 days. The measure, approved by the government and ratified by Congress, will limit freedom of action and mobilisation, the right of assembly and demonstration, and allow arrests without warrants. It was taken after more than twenty days of resistance by the Maya Q’eqchis communities against the Fénix mining project.

The project is operated by Compañía Guatemalteca de Niquel (CGN) and Compañía Procesadora de Níquel de Izabal (Pronico), subsidiaries of the multi-million-dollar Russian-Swiss corporation Solway Investment Group.

According to the digital media Prensa Comunitaria[1], this is the largest mining licence in Mesoamerica, with an extension of almost 250 square kilometres (municipalities of Cahabón, Panzós, El Estor and Senahú), i.e. an area of exploitation twelve times larger than what is permitted by Guatemalan law.

Two years ago, indigenous authorities and residents of El Estor appealed to the Constitutional Court, which ordered the suspension of the mining licence granted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) to CGN-Pronico. The ruling was made final by the judges one year later (June 2020).

In its ruling, the Court considered that, by failing to carry out the free, prior and informed consultation established by Convention 169 of the International Labour Organisation, the MEM had violated “the rights of indigenous peoples to participate in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of economic, social and cultural development plans and programmes that directly affect them”.

Furthermore, the environmental impact study of the Fénix project was carried out on only a very small portion – 6.29 square kilometres – of the total territory to be mined, which is 247.9 square kilometres. In this sense, the judges ordered the MEM to delimit the territorial space of the licence “only in the 6.29 square kilometres that have the environmental impact assessment study”.

Finally, the Constitutional Court ruled that a process of pre-consultation and consultation with the peoples settled in the area where the Fénix project is to be developed should be carried out within a maximum period of 18 months.

Sixteen months later, the Court’s decision has remained practically a dead letter: the subsidiaries of the Russian-Swiss transnational never stopped their activities and the MEM refused to take into account and involve the legitimate Q’eqchi authorities in the pre-consultation process.

Faced with this situation, the communities began a peaceful protest with the aim of preventing CGN-Pronico’s trucks from passing through, forcing compliance with the Court’s ruling and, above all, defending their territories from the destructive impacts of the mining project.

Brutal repression

On Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October, hundreds of police and military personnel attacked the peaceful protest of the Q’eqchi communities, using excessive force. Several journalists who were covering the events were assaulted by agents.

The brutal repression was condemned by the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office (PDH), which called on President Giammattei and the head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines to “strictly comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Court”.

Attorney Jordán Rodas denounced, through social networks, that CGN-Pronico continues to operate illegally, that the government is guarding company trucks and that security forces are repressing the population and journalists. It also condemned and rejected the use of tear gas bombs against peaceful demonstrators.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Guatemala also expressed its concern and called for dialogue, reminding the Guatemalan state that it has a responsibility to “protect human rights, including the right to life and to facilitate free and peaceful assembly”.

The Convergence for Human Rights expressed its support for the dignified resistance of the Q’eqchi’ people “in the face of the imposition of extractive and predatory industry by a company that destroys life in Lake Izabal and in the municipality of El Estor”.

The Unit for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Guatemala (Udefegua) expressed its solidarity with the Q’eqchi’ communities and population “who are resisting the imposition of a project that has been temporarily suspended (…) The lack of compliance with the provisions of Convention 169 is the express cause of the demands of the population”.

Udefegua called on Guatemalan society to express “its repudiation of these acts of violence and its solidarity with the resistance in the municipality of El Estor”.

“What is happening in El Estor is shameful. We are very concerned about the repression they have unleashed and now with the state of siege, an extreme measure that borders on a state of war,” said Carlos Barrientos, director of the Peasant Unity Committee (CUC).

“The Court’s ruling is not being complied with, the communities and sectors of the population that filed the injunction are being excluded from the pre-consultation and consultation process, and the interests of the transnational company are being imposed, allowing it to continue operating and opening the way for its trucks with blood and fire,” he added.

Barrientos also recalled that this serious situation is taking place in a very conflictive territory, where in recent decades the national oligarchies and transnational capital have been promoting the uncontrolled expansion of monocultures and the accelerated implementation of energy and extractive projects.

It is also a very delicate moment for the country, where the so-called “corrupt pact” has taken almost total control of the institutions and is legislating and taking ultra-regressive measures to increasingly criminalise human rights defenders and social protest.

“We are facing a government that, in the face of social unrest, prefers to declare a state of siege, repress and silence rather than seek dialogue. Serious human rights violations are taking place.

It is important that the international community speaks out and rejects the manipulation of the consultation, the repression against the communities and the state of siege in El Estor. It is also important to show solidarity with all those who are suffering from the violence”, concluded Barrientos.

Guatemala is bleeding to death

According to Global Witness’ latest report “Last Line of Defence”[2], Guatemala remains one of the deadliest countries on the planet for those defending land and the commons. Last year, 13 defenders were killed and Guatemala had the fourth highest number of defenders killed per capita worldwide.

Between January and December 2020, which corresponds to the first year of President Giammattei’s term in office, 1055 cases of aggressions, 15 murders and 22 attempted murders against human rights defenders were registered in Guatemala.

Between January and June 2021, Udefegua registered 551 aggressions. “If this trend continues, this year will become the period with the highest number of attacks against human rights defenders, organisations and communities in Guatemala”.

Of all these attacks, 45% were against defenders, 42% against women defenders and 14% against organisations and communities. Udefegua emphasised the increase in attacks against women defenders, which, in an unprecedented way, reached the same rate of violence as men.

After the repression of 23 and 24 October and the declaration of a state of siege, several sources denounced the raid on the premises of the community radio station Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a and the Q’eqchi’ Ombudsman’s Office, as well as police harassment and persecution against members of the anti-mining resistance and journalists.

Get Mobilized and Make Love Go Viral!
Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

An Empowered World

If Democracy is in Peril, How do we Reverse Course to fix it?

Published

on

The Global State of Democracy Report 2021 –  Building Resilience in a Pandemic Era

International IDEA’s “The Global State of Democracy: Building resilience in a pandemic era” report aims to influence the global debate and analyses current trends and challenges to democracy, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers specific policy recommendations to spark new and innovative thinking for policymakers, governments and civil society organizations supporting democracy.

Visit the GSoD website to read and download the 2021 report.

 

The GLOBAL STATE OF DEMOCRACY Events

International IDEA will host a series of global and regional events in November and December about The Global State of Democracy (global and regional) reports. Join the Global Launch beginning 22 November 2021, 15:00-17:00 CET.  Browse this events page for more details about all event agendas involving notable speakers and supporters of democracy.

Please register to join events online or plan to watch live.

Follow us and engage with us on social media: #GSoD2021, #RenewDemocracy, #GlobalStateofDemocracy

This page is being updated on a daily basis. Please check back often for more information. 

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Download [2.52 MB]

THE GLOBAL STATE OF DEMOCRACY INITIATIVE

In 2016, International IDEA launched the Global State of Democracy Initiative, to analyze democratic trends and challenges and opportunities impacting on the global democracy landscape. The Global State of Democracy Initiative provides evidence-based and balanced analysis and data on the state and quality of democracy across most countires and all regions of the world. It aims to contribute to the public debate on democracy and inform policy interventions to strengthen democracy.

The Global State of Democracy Initiative is led by the Democracy Assessment team. For contact or queries on the GSoD Initiative or the GSoD Indices, please contact the DA team and GSoD Helpdesk.

 

Event notices: 

  • Individuals noted on any UN sanctions list (United Nations Security Council Consolidated List) or European Union sanctions list are not allowed to participate in any International IDEA events.
  • All events will be recorded.

Event Listing

 

 

Events

 

The global State of Democracy report – global Launch

Date: 22 November 2021, 15:00-17:00 CET

Location: Brussels and online

Opening 

  • H.E. Michael Clauss, Permanent Representative of Germany to the European Union
  •  Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA

Keynote 

  •  Ms Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships  (pre-recorded message)
  •  Dr Jürgen Zattler, Director-General for  International Development Policy, 2030 Agenda, Climate, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy Report  

  • Dr Seema Shah, Head of Democracy Assessment Unit, International IDEA
  •  Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA

Panel Discussion

  • Mr Christophe Deloire, Secretary General,  Reporters Without Borders
  • Mr Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa
  • Ms Mu Sochua, Democracy activist and former Vice-President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party

Moderator: Massimo Tommasoli, Director of Global Programmes, International IDEA

 

State of Democracy in Asia and the Pacific report Launch

Date: 24 November 2021, 16:00-17:30 AEDT,  6:00-7:30 CET

Location: Canberra (Museum of Australian Democracy (MoADand online

Welcome Message and Opening 

  • Daryl Karp AM, Museum Director at Museum of Australian Democracy
  • Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA

Special Messages (pre-recorded)

  • Hon. Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan

Presentation of the State of Democracy in Asia and the Pacific Report  

  • Leena Rikkila Tamang, Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, International IDEA

Panel Discussion

  • Edward Aspinall, PhD , Professor, Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
  • Imelda Deinla, PhD , Associate Professor, Ateneo School of Government, Philippines
  • Nematullah Bizhan, PhD, Lecturer in Public Policy, Australian National University, former government official of Afghanistan

Moderator:

Mark Evans, PhD ,Professor, Center for Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Host: Adhy Aman, Senior Programme Manager, Asia and the Pacific, International IDEA

 

The Global State of Democracy report – stockholm Presentation

Date: 25 November 2021, 15:00-17:00 CET

Location: Stockholm and online

Opening 

  • Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA

Keynote 

  •  H.E. Ann Linde, Foreign Affairs Minister, Sweden

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy Report

  • Dr Seema Shah, Head of Democracy Assessment, International IDEA

Panel Discussion

  • Ms Benedicte Berner, Civil Rights Defenders
  • Mr Erik Halkjaer, Reporters Without Borders
  • Ms Birgitta Ohlsson, National Democratic Institute

Moderator:  Dr Miguel Angel Lara Otaola, Senior Democracy Assessment Specialist, International IDEA

 

State of Democracy report in Asia and the Pacific – melanesia

Date: 7 December 2021

Location: Papua New Guinea

More details to come. 

 

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy Report

  • Leena Rikkila Tamang, Director for Asia and the Pacific, International IDEA

 

State of Democracy report in Europe – Brussels

Date: 7 December 2021

Location: Bussels

More details to come. 

 

Presentation of the State of Democracy in Europe Report

 

 

The Global State of Democracy report  – Washington, dc presentation

Date: 7 December 2021, 9:00-10:30 EST, 15:00-16:30 CET

Location: Washington, DC

More details to come. 

 

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy Report

 

State of Democracy report in Africa Launch

Date: 10 December 2021, 11:30-13:30 EAT, 09:30-11:30 CET

Location: Ethiopia and online

Welcome and Opening Remarks  

  • Dr Roba Sharamo, Regional Director International IDEA Africa and West Asia
  • Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Keynote Speech

  • Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security- African Union Commission

“Continental perspective on the state of democracy and the role of the AU and regional economic bodies”  

Presentations of the State of Democracy Reports 

  • Presentation of the Global Findings: Dr Seema Shah, Head of Democracy Assessments, International IDEA
  • Presentation of Africa Findings, Dr Roba Sharamo, Regional Director International IDEA Africa and West Asia

Panel Discussion

Moderator:  Ms Njeri Kabeberi, Chair, International IDEA Board of Advisors

  • Democratic Recession Amidst a Global Health Pandemic – Re-Emergence of Coups, Extended Presidential Tenures and Infringements of Fundamental Rights –  Dr Andrews Atta Samoah, Programme Head, African Peace and Security Governance – Institute for Security Studies
  • Africa’s youth- Channelling the Opportunities to Address the Challenge of Exclusion –  (TBC)
  • Key Considerations for Addressing Democratic Regression in Africa –   Dr. Khabele Matlosa, Former Director of Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission

 

The Global State of Democracy report  – New York (UN) presentation

Date: 13 December 2021, 13:30-15:00 EST, 19:30-21:00 CET

Location: New York

More details to come. 

 

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy Report

  • Massimo Tommasoli, Director of Global Programmes, International IDEA

 

 

 

State of Democracy report in the americaS launch

Date: 15 December 2021, 10:00-11:30

Location: Panama City, Panama

More details to come. 

 

Presentation of the Global State of Democracy in the Americas Report

  • Daniel Zovatto, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International IDEA

 

 

State of Democracy report in THE americaS – santiago presentation

Date: 17 December 2021, 15:00-17:00 CET

Location: Santiago, Chile

More details to come. 

 

 

 

State of Democracy report in europe – the hague presentation

Date: Early 2022

Location: The Hague, Netherlands

More details to come. 

 

 

 

State of Democracy report in THe  americaS – LiMA presentation

Date: Early 2022

Location: Lima, Peru

More details to come. 

 

Source: IDEA International

 

 

 

Get Mobilized and Make Love Go Viral!
Continue Reading

Asia

The Love for All Animals

Published

on

Love for Living Animals: The Javan Rhinoceros Communicates Through Secretions on its Foot

AN ESSAY

We must safeguard the web of life and care about the other living species that we share this planet with. Pygmy tarsiers eat and host bugs that we’ve seen at home — insects, spiders, lizards, bedbugs, lice, fleas, roundworms, and tapeworms. The vaquitas are preyed upon by large sharks and killer whales, keeping them away from us. But only 10 vaquitas are left and in their absence, the diet of sharks and whales may change. A tiger in the wild indicates that the forest it inhabits is healthy and diverse. As of now, there are 3,900 tigers in the wild globally, and more than twice as many (8,000) in captivity. By protecting the web of life, we build a kinder world for everyone.

The Javan Rhino, only found in Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia, is critically endangered. It’s not just because only 75 of them are alive, but also because the park where they are located is too small for a growing future population.

They are the most threatened of all five rhino species. Their small population may lead to inbreeding, which will cause poor genetic variability. Forthcoming rhinos will be more vulnerable to disease.

Javan Rhinos, the second smallest rhino globally, have the smallest horn of all rhinos, at 10 inches. If its horn is broken, a new one will grow. Only the male Javan rhino has a horn.

The Javan rhino never reproduces in captivity. However, 25 individuals were placed at Ujung Kulon National Park in 1967. Today, they number 75, but the Park is too small for more Javan rhinos, so a new area is being studied to accommodate this growing population. Also, Ujung Kulon is near a volcano that has instigated tsunami waves in the past.

In Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, the last Javan rhino was killed by poachers, for its horn, making them extinct in the country in 2011. There is an excessive demand for their horns as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine for pain and fever, despite studies showing that no medicinal value is in the horn.

A Day in its Life

A Javan rhino spends more than half of the day in mud holes for their body temperature, to prevent sunburn, eliminate skin parasites, and avoid insects. If the mudhole is too small, the Javan rhino will deepen it with its horn and feet, turning puddles into pools. It is believed that Javan rhinos depend on the forest for protection from solar radiation.

After the Javan rhino is done relaxing, it will look for food. It will scrape the sides of its mud hole with its horn for plants. Then it will leave the hole and seek thick vegetation on the ground.

In the absence of a horn, this rhino still has its pointed upper lip to grab food. Its diet is a rich variety of leaves, shoots, twigs, and fruits. In one day it will eat as much food as a healthy person will eat in one year.

Still Much to Learn

Scientists say there is much to learn about the Javan rhino’s biology. They are observing the rhino and studying its dung. Javan rhinos don’t communicate vocally, although they’re capable of making sounds.

Instead, they communicate through, first, a spray of urine, second, a secretion from its foot glands, third, twisted saplings, and fourth, scrapes on the ground made with secretions released from its foot.

An example of a Javan rhino sound can be heard here. They have more aggressive sounds when two males fight over a female, or when a male and female fight before mating.

Scientists use camera traps to better understand this rhinoceros. Some things they have learned:

  1. Unlike humans that have evolved steadily to the way we look today, the Javan Rhino is believed to have remained unchanged for over one million years.

  2. Space. If you keep a silent, respectful distance from a Javan rhino, you will be allowed to observe it and photograph it until it tires and moves away. This was the experience of wildlife photographer Stephen Belcher.

  3. However, you mustn’t approach a javan rhino. Otherwise, they will attack humans by plunging their long sharp lower teeth into your body.

  4. Solitary animals. The Javan rhino lives alone, but may sometimes be with other rhinos in places rich with mud holes for wallowing, or areas where there is a large deposit of mineral salts. The rhinos use these salt licks to get essential nutrients like calcium, sodium, magnesium, and zinc.

  5. Occasionally young Javan rhinos will come together in pairs or small groups.

  6. Javan rhinos also interact during mating season, or when a female is caring for its young. A Javan rhino female is pregnant for 16 to 19 months and gives birth to a single calf every 2 ½ to 5 years. On very rare occasions, she’ll bear two calves. The calf separates from its mother at three years old. The lifespan of a Javan rhino is from 35-40 years in the wild.

  7. Courtship behavior is one of the rare times this animal will vocalize. Sometimes males will use their saber-like sharp incisors to fight each other during mating season for a female. Other times, a male and female Javan rhino will fight and growl loudly, followed by mating. In other cases, a male and female rhino may eat vegetation together. Suddenly, they’ll engage in a 200 meters long chase.

  8. Javan rhinos have poor eyesight, but their smelling and hearing are keen.

  9. Forest: Although the Javan rhino prefers ground vegetation to tree vegetation, they still use the forest for protection from solar radiation. Also, a forest has fewer water supply fluctuations. They also eat saplings from forest trees. The Javan rhino’s habitat requires a mesh of glades, and patches of forest.

Threats to the Javan rhino

At the start of the 20th century, 500,000 Rhinoceroses ran through much of Southeast Asia including Calcutta, India, Borneo, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the Sumatra, and Java. They lived in tropical rainforests, floodplains, and grasslands.

Now, there are only 29,000 rhinoceroses left in the world. Out of that number, 75 are Javan rhinos with only one habitat, Ujung Kulon National Park. Despite this, there are still some dangers, such as:

  1. The 2018 tsunami, caused by the eruption of the nearby Anak Krakatau volcano, resulted in 10 feet high waves. Four hundred and thirty people died, two park rangers among them. Park buildings and ships were destroyed. This tsunami hit the north coast. If it had hit the south coast, all the Javan rhinos left in the world would have died.

  2. Anak Krakatau volcano is active. In August 1883, Krakatau erupted, resulting in 60 feet high waves. This volcano can wipe out the entire Javan rhino population in one fell swoop.

  3. Arengu palm. This invasive tree has overtaken 60% of Ujung Kulon National Park. It’s a tall tree, and its fronds block sunlight needed for ground vegetation. This results in food reduction and poor nutritional quality of what remains. The WWF is removing the Arenga palm trees, and restoring natural vegetation and food plants for the rhinos.

  4. Disease. In 1981 and 1982, five rhinos died in Ujung Kulon. The Morris Animal Foundation blamed the tabanid flies, horse flies, and deer flies, all of which can spread parasites that result in hemorrhagic septicemia, an acute, highly fatal form of pasteurellosis, causing death. A free vaccination program for livestock by the local government is in progress to address this.

  5. Habitat loss. Ujung Kulon is the last remaining habitat for the critically endangered Javan rhino species. However, another location is being eyed and studied to see if it can accommodate Javan rhinos.

  6. Poaching. In colonial times Javan rhinos were displayed as trophies. Now, they’re hunted for their horns. This continues to threaten the 75 Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon.

What is Being Done

Many conservationist groups are working to save ecosystems, plants, and other animals by saving the Javan rhino first. Some groups doing this are:

  1. Save The Rhino. This group seeks to produce 2,000 to 2,500 Javan rhinos within the next 150 years. This is the number required for Javan rhinos for possible long-term survival. They do this by:

  • Protecting the Javan rhinos and their habitat.
  • Searching for new habitats to translocate Javan rhinos.
  • Providing ranger kits that include quality shoes, backpacks, and accommodation.
  • Expanding Dog squads to track and apprehend poachers.
  • Detecting illegally smuggled wildlife products.
  • Funding for veterinary interventions.
  • Providing transmitters and radio frequency tags to help track rhinos in the wild.
  1. WWF. The World Wildlife Fund and its partners found a possible habitat area for new Javan rhinos. As a result, they are: Conducting a feasibility study of the habitat.

  • Establishing management structures
  • Enlisting surrounding communities to protect the area. Engaging scientific research to inform conservation and management efforts.
  • Planning to remove all Arenga palm trees in Ujung Kulon
  • Planting suitable vegetation for the rhinos.
  • Patrolling against poachers with community help.
  • Addressing illegal trade through local and international law enforcement to subject traffickers to justice.
  1. The Morris Foundation funds studies focused on saving the Javan rhino.

  2. The International Rhino Foundation and the staff of Ujung Kulon National Park protect the Javan rhino. Javan rhinos are the flagship species of the Western Java Rainforests ecoregion.

Ecological Importance of the Javan Rhino

The Javan rhino does a lot of good for an ecosystem. For example:

  1. Javan rhinos keep an ecosystem healthy and balanced. By consuming so much vegetation, they help shape the landscape and keep plant life populations in check, and permit soil space for new plants to grow. Other animals in the ecosystem also benefit from this.

  2. The Javan is the most adaptable feeder of all rhino species. Biologists have identified 300 species of food that they eat.

  3. Javan rhinos topple vegetation and crush it with their feet and body weight, so it can wallow in the mud. This provides natural plant trimming that strengthens the forest. It also stores CO2 and releases clean air.

  4. Many plants and animals cohabit an area with Javan rhinos. Protecting the rhinos keeps all plants and animals in the ecosystem protected too, such as antelopes, buffalo, elephants, and large carnivores.

  5. Local people depend on natural resources from the rhino’s habitat for food and fuel. Ecotourism can generate income for locals.

Get Mobilized and Make Love Go Viral!
Continue Reading

An Empowered World

In Chile, A different and courageous alternative with new ideas and proposals for leadership

Published

on

“We are a different, courageous alternative with new ideas and proposals”, Susana López

Nicolás Filipic

(Image by Nicolás Filipic)

A good way to describe Susana Lopez is to read her facebook wall where many former students of this young teacher from Ovalle greet her and remember her. “The teacher taught me the values of honesty and nonviolence. “Aunt Susana always had a space for us, to listen to us and give us advice. “Thanks to the teacher I decided to study law to be able to defend the weakest and those who nobody takes into account”.

And so, hundreds of messages of love, affection and respect for the person who is now running for Congress for the first time.

“It was very difficult for me to make up my mind because of the exposure that a candidacy for national deputy demands, and on top of that, on the ballot paper, I am in the centre and first on the list”, says Susana, laughing at this paradox.

President of the Coquimbo region of the Humanist Party, it was the members of Humanismo in the region who decided to proclaim her, “it is important that people know that this candidacy does not arise, like all the others, in an office in Santiago, but that it is the people of the territory who decide”, she says, affirming that she is not part of any political caste where other candidates run again and again and make a career playing with the hopes of the people.

“It is incredible, but there are candidates from the parties that have shared power over the last thirty years who promise what they have never done before, and then the question arises: how long will people allow themselves to be fooled into voting for them again? That’s why this candidacy makes sense, because we want to be a different, brave alternative with new ideas and proposals.

What are these proposals?

The Law of Political Responsibility, presented by our deputy Laura Rodriguez in 1990, and which was never dealt with, proposes the revocation of the mandate of any authority or elected official who does not fulfil his or her campaign promises within a period of one year.

A Law of Worker Ownership through which all companies that share profits with their workers can have some kind of tax exemption, since we believe that the capital-labour relationship has to be seen from a new perspective where the most important thing is the Human Being and not money.

The creation of an Environmental Social Tribunal, neighbours working together with the judiciary so that those who pollute go to jail, enough of paying fines to continue ruining our ecosystem.

Popular Water Committee to put an end to the plundering of water in our communities and the business of water trucks which is an abuse for our people, especially the peasantry.

We are going to put pressure on the authorities so that we have an oncology centre of excellence in our region, it cannot be that families have to migrate to be able to have cancer treatments, we need political decision to understand that health is a right for the whole country and not only for those who live in Santiago.

We are concerned about violence against women, every day we know of more cases and nobody does anything. We are going to put pressure on the decision makers to create shelters run by women in the main cities of our region.

As I am a teacher and I experience the problems of education on a daily basis, we are going to propose a Law on Education for Nonviolence, where students, parents and teachers are taught tools for conflict resolution through active nonviolence.

The enthusiasm does not wane in Susana who defines herself as an ordinary person, “my father was a taxi driver to Sotaqui, I have always lived the values of work, honesty and love, also good and decent people have the right to get involved in politics and Humanism has a history of coherence and transparency that make it unique”.

This reference has its roots in the fact that the Humanist Party was the first to be legalised in the midst of the dictatorship (1986).

“When I joined the Humanist Party, 15 years ago, I found a proposal that fitted perfectly with what I needed, the idea of simultaneous social and personal change seemed wonderful to me and resonated with me, with the personal work I could recognise my strength and rely on my virtues to remove the suffering look on the bad things that had happened to me”,

“We Humanists were the only ones who marched together with the people without anyone running us off and we were in the assemblies that took place at the time, and we want this support to be translated into votes to be able to change history”, she says with strength and conviction.

“If Pamela Jiles, being the only humanist deputy, was able to turn the tide and achieve the withdrawal of the AFP and with that put food on the table for hundreds of Chilean families, can you imagine what a humanist bench could achieve”, Susana says and says goodbye, walking calmly through the streets handing out flyers and smiles to those who pass by.

The closeness that people feel with Susana is because she is genuine and shows herself as she is, and as a neighbour told her: “it is time for people like you to represent us”.

Source: Pressenza

Get Mobilized and Make Love Go Viral!
Continue Reading

Translate:

Mobilized TV

Mobilized TV on Free Speech TV  takes a deep look at our world, the consequences of human activity on our planet, and how we can reverse and prevent existing and future crises from occurring. Mobilized reveals life on our planet as a system of systems which all work together for the optimal health of the whole. The show delves into deep conversations with change-makers so people can clearly take concerted actions.

Produced by Steven Jay and hosted by Jeff Van Treese.

Mobilized’s TV series Mobilized TV  premieres on Free Speech TV on Friday, October 15, 2021. All episodes appear:

Fridays 9:30 PM Eastern (USA/Canada)

Saturdays; 6:30 PM (Eastern USA/Canada)

Sundays: 8:30 AM Eastern (USA/Canada)

Nov 26,27,28: Imagination will take you Everywhere: Howard Bloom
Howard Bloom has worn many hats. As an Author, he’s known for “The Global Brain” and “The Lucifer Principle” and many others.  As the head of the Howard Bloom Organization, for many years, he empowered a team of publicists to connect his stable of artists with media, creating successful campaigns for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Amnesty International, The Jacksons Victory Tour, Billy Joel and John Mellencamp. But his real passion is science and discovery, and empowering human soul into the creation of optimal systems that serve all.  Howard claims that “We need a vision for the future that we could reach towards by looking up, the same way JFK encourage us to look into the sky and go to the Moon.”  It is this type of vision that great societies try to attain.”

December 3,4,5: How can we eliminate heart disease featuring Dr. Michael Ozner

How a better understanding of whole system health can bring about more health and well-being. We spend a little quality time with celebrated preventative cardiologist and Author of The Complete Mediterranean Diet, Dr. Michael Ozner.

December 10, 11, 12 Dr. Julie Peller: Plastics Everywhere: What can we do about it?

Dr. Julie Peller is a professor of chemistry at Valparaiso University, where she studies microplastic solution. On today’s show, Dr. Peller discusses the extent of microplastic pollution in our environment and the risks they pose to human health.

December 17,18, 18: Population Matters with Dave Gardner of Growthbusters

Scientists have stated that unlimited growth on a finite planet with finite resources is an impossibility? So if growth is unsustainable, what does that mean for a growing population?

Mobilized TV4 days ago

Howard Bloom: Imagination Takes You Everywhere

Featured6 days ago

From Punk to Planet: Slam Dunk the Junk with Dave Street

Uncapped7 days ago

The Hoodless Hoodie and No-Wax Floors

An Empowered World1 week ago

If Democracy is in Peril, How do we Reverse Course to fix it?

Editorials1 week ago

The Decisive Role of Conscience: Clues for Non Violence

Asia1 week ago

The Love for All Animals

Featured1 week ago

Community and World Health: Protecting Native Seeds

An Empowered World1 week ago

In Chile, A different and courageous alternative with new ideas and proposals for leadership

Agriculture1 week ago

Celebrating Food Sovereignty | Highlights of Solidarity Actions in October

Agriculture1 week ago

Food Sovereignty, a Manifesto for the Future of Our Planet | La Via Campesina

Editorials2 weeks ago

Good Needs Better Distribution: We Already Have the Tools We Need to Solve Climate Change

Chuck W.3 weeks ago

The United Nations system: What’s Gone Wrong? What’s Gone Right?

Mobilized TV3 weeks ago

A Moral Responsibility: Jean Su, Ctr. for Biological Diversity

Editorials3 weeks ago

OPINION COLUMN: No presidential program raises paradigm shift in education

Mobilized TV4 weeks ago

On Free Speech TV: Rethinking Humanity with James Arbib of RethinkX

International1 month ago

Anti-mining resistance repressed in El Estor

International1 month ago

Coronacrisis, neoliberalism, democracy: what’s next

Asia1 month ago

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s recent meeting with Pakistani envoy has a message for India

Mobilized TV1 month ago

Sustainable Architecture, Design and Building for a Sustainable Planet

Mobilized TV1 month ago

A better understanding of lawn care for Climate Care featuring Dr. Rob Moir of the Ocean River Institute

Mobilized TV1 month ago

Stories from the Reservation: Davidica Little Spotted Horse

Editorials1 month ago

Understanding the global neglect of indigenous peoples

Editorials1 month ago

Diabetes And Net Zero

Agriculture1 month ago

Land Workers of the World Unite: Food Sovereignty for Climate Justice Now!

Featured1 month ago

Free Speech TV: Mobilized with Dr. Rob Moir of the Ocean River Institute

Featured1 month ago

A Primer on Climate Security

Editorials1 month ago

A Finger In The Dam

Mobilized TV1 month ago

Free Speech TV: Episode 001: Davidica Little Spotted Horse

Editorials1 month ago

The Green Jobs Advantage: How Climate-friendly Investments Are Better Job Creators

Editorials1 month ago

Behind the Lofty SDGs the Reality is People Don’t Trust Governments to Act

Editorials1 month ago

Rebranding Public Service

Agriculture2 months ago

More than 65 groups call to fundamentally reorient its approach to global policy development on food and agriculture issues.

Chuck W.2 months ago

“We hold” this truth “to be Self-evident.”

Editorials2 months ago

The Monsters Go for a Walk in Chile

Editorials2 months ago

Sharing Surplus: An Ethic of Care

Editorials2 months ago

“If there is gas collusion in Chile, then distribution should be done by a public company”: Sector workers

Africa2 months ago

Eurasian Women’s Forum Seeks Answers to Significant Questions in Women’s World

Editorials2 months ago

Modifying the Organic Statutes at the University of Santiago de Chile

Featured2 months ago

Towards Latin America’s Nonviolent Future

Featured2 months ago

Phytotherapy, knowledge and experiences 03- “A path to the deep”.

Editorials2 months ago

Lies Kill

Editorials2 months ago

Lifting Seas to the Skies—The Invention of the Tree

Create the Future2 months ago

Global Wisdom Events

Create the Future2 months ago

Arts and Entertainment

Create the Future2 months ago

Let’s Create Systems That Serves People and Planet, Not corporations or governments

Editorials2 months ago

Chile: The Iquique bonfire, a national shame

Editorials2 months ago

The “Myth” of Independence (When in Reality, We are Interdependent)

Editorials2 months ago

Screen addiction, there’s still hope

Editorials2 months ago

Saying Yes to Food Sovereignty, No to Corporate Food Systems

Editorials2 months ago

La Via Campesina: The UN Food Systems Summit is hogwash. It is a threat to peoples’ food sovereignty

Categories

Trending

Translate »
Skip to toolbar