farmers' rights

China faces rural revolts

Rural protests make up a large part of overall social unrest in China. But such protests had not received prominent international attention until the siege of Wukan, a village of 12,000 in Guangdong province, late last year.

Just like the strikes in Honda plants in 2010, Wukan brought to light the deep-seated grievances of villagers in a dramatic way. The revolt featured the eviction of party officials and the police, the self-management of the village by villagers, and the stand-off against armed police in a siege for more than a week.

US Occupy activist: 'Those suffering are not alone'

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in New York in September last year and rapidly spread to hundreds of cities and towns across the United States, continues organising against the greed and exploitation of the “1%”.

Occupy activists are mobilising against home evictions, supporting workers fighting for their rights and taking action against corporate exploitation and environmental destruction.

Colombia: 'Carbon credit' scheme a cover for land grab

When the paramilitaries of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) arrived in San Onofre in northern Colombia in the late 1990s, they came after dark, dragging people from their homes and disappearing into the night.

Soon, they did not need the cover of darkness. People were executed in public plazas in broad daylight. Women and young girls were openly raped and abused.

Growing Change - a journey inside Venezuela's food revolution

An award winning documentary by Simon Cunich.

Screening at Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth.

$15 / $10 concession. 6:30 for 7pm start. Light refreshments available.

Event date: 
Thu, 01/03/2012 - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Thu, 01/03/2012 - 6:30pm
9325 7229

Nicaragua: Washington threatens reprisals as poor make gains

In a fit of petulant anger, the US government lashed out on January 25 against the outcome of Nicaragua’s recent presidential election. The leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front's (FSLN) Daniel Ortega was easily re-elected president and the FSLN won a majority in the National Assembly.

Coal, CSG mining threatens our food future, says forum

“We can’t eat money, we need to save our future food,” seventh generation farmer Tim Duddy told a packed forum on February 6.

Organised by the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance, the forum examined the impacts of coal and coal seam gas (CSG) activity on farming regions that make up Australia’s food bowl.

Gasland screening

Timely screening of the film that highlights the dangers of hydrolic fracturing - "fracking" - for unconventional gas. The frackers are already busy exploring WA for unconventional gas. This screening is part of a campaign to ensure it does not take hold in WA.

6:30pm for picnic meal
7:30pm for movie

Painted Fish Cafe, 37 Hulbert St, South Fremantle

Organised by No Fracking WAy

Event date: 
Fri, 16/03/2012 - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Fri, 16/03/2012 - 6:30pm
Farida 0412 109 160

Australians line up to defend land against CSG

The small town of Kerry, located on the Scenic Rim in Queensland's Beaudesert, is a prime food-producing area one hour from Brisbane. The land is now the site of a coal seam gas (CSG) exploration well.

The community hasn't let this happen quietly. The property on which the drilling occurred has also been the site of a significant protest.

A community blockade against foreign-owned CSG company Arrow Energy stopped work on the site for almost 10 days, until the company's trucks broke through by driving over dozens of hats laid down in protest on January 21.

Stop CSG: a fight for our future

In the face of a broad and growing campaign, rhetoric from the NSW government is beginning to match some of the risks when it comes to coal seam gas (CSG) mining. This begs the question: what is being done when it comes to CSG?

In an interview about CSG mining on December 1, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell told 2GB’s Alan Jones: “I don’t intend to allow — particularly after the drought we went through over a decade — mining or any other activity to threaten water resources.

Food security, revolution and hope

More than 100 people filled Leichhardt’s Palace Cinema on November 24 for the Sydney premiere screening of Growing Change: A Journey Inside Venezuela’s Food Revolution.

The documentary, made by filmmaker and solidarity activist Simon Cunich, examines the global food crisis that leaves hundreds of millions of people in hunger and is rapidly depleting the soil fertility on which long-term food security depends.

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