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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Delegate to La Via Campesina Mobilization against the 16th UN Conference on Climate Change, Novemeber-Decemeber 2010 Mexico

Hi everyone,

I am a delegate sponsored by my organization, Grupo de la Apoyo de la Soberania Alimentaria/ Food Sovereignty Support Group, Rural Coalicion/Coalicion Rural and Family Farm Defenders to the La Via Campesina, International Peasants Movement mobilization against the 16th UN Conference on Climate Change from Novemeber 28th to Decemeber 10, 2010 in Mexico. There are three caravans scheduled to start in central Mexico on November 28th with about 40 people each. I will be joining the caravan starting in San Luis Potosi, travelling first to Mexico City and then Cancun where I and all the delgates will attend the Alternative Forum on Life, the Environment and Social Justice. I will be camping along the way and in the LVC Camp in Cancun where the Alterantive Forum will be held.

This caravan starting in San Luis Potosí will make stops in:

o Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato,
o Salamanca, Hidalgo,
o Pachuca, Hidalgo,
o Ciudad de México, DF.

The issues that will be highlighted will be:

o Contamination by export agriculture contamination of local communities and rivers by fertilizers and other chemicals,
o Community resistance to development and industrial contamination
o Community resistance and struggles against toxic waste sites

Route 2 will begin in El Salto, Jalisco and make stops in:
o Morelia, Michoacán
o Toluca, México
o Magdalena Contreras, DF
o Ciudad de México, DF

The issues that will be highlighted will be:
o Community struggles against damns and control of water,
o Indigenous struggles against deforestation
o Resistance against expropriation of communal agricultural lands for development, and
o Resistance against displacement by superhighway development.

Route No.3 will start in Acapulco and make stops in:
o Chilpancingo, Guerrero
o Alpuyeca, Morelos
o Cuernavaca, Morelos
o Ciudad de México, DF.

The issues that will be highlighted will be:
o Community struggles against dump sites,
o Water contamination
o Hydroelectric generation and control of water
o Resistance and struggles in the mines.

From Mexico City, all three caravans will travel together for two days to Cancun. This approximately 120 person caravan will depart from Mexico City on December 1st and make stops in:

o Puebla, Puebla
o Puerto de Veracruz, Veracruz
o Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz
o Merida, Yucatan
o Chichen Itza, Quintana Roo, and
o Cancún, Quintana Roo.

The issues that will be highlighted will be:
o Community resistance against expropriation of lands for development and industrial contamination
o Community struggles against damns and control of water, and
o Indigenous struggles against land expropriation, soil depletion and contamination by industrial agriculture.


We will then set up a a camp in Cancun for the Alternative Forum on Life, the Environment, and Social Justice from Decemeber 3rd to the 10th, the site of the 16th UN Conference on Climate Change.

This blog will detail the events that happen during the caravans across Mexico and in the LVC Camp and Alternative Forum for Life, the Environment and Social Justice. Fellow Food Sovereignty Support Grouper Blain Snipstal, the youngest member of the Rural Coaltion delegation, college student, and advocate for local food and food sovereignty in Baldwin City, KS will be joining the delegation in Cancun for the Alternative Forum. Tony Schulze and Hiroshi will be joining the Family Farm Defender delegation in Cancun.

Angelica Salizar and Angela Adrar of Washington D.C. will be on route 3 of the caravans starting in Aculpulco. Chilo Villarreal, Tirso Moreno, Kevin Cowan, Marta Benavides, Andrea Solazzo, and Linda Velarde will also represent Rural Coalition and the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association during these events. During the caravans across Mexico delegates will stay in the rural communities they visit. In Cancun I and Blain Snipstal will stay in the La Via Campesina camp where the Alternative Forum for Live, the Environmental and Social Jutice will take place.

The purpose of the La Via Campesina Caravans and Alternative Foum is: (and I quote)

• To unmask the double moral standard on the environment with which the government of Mexico maneuvers itself amidst the world-wide climatic crisis. At the same time exposing its true rapacious attitude towards the environment and its subservient attitude with the United States government.

• To open up a practical path of convergence between diverse social organizations of the United States, Canada and Mexico, which nowadays share, without knowing it and without much contact, an effort to struggle against neoliberalism.

• To contact numerous environmental struggles of Mexico with the global agenda of the movement against the world-wide climatic crisis. Placing within the agendas of the local and regional movements the diverse priorities which the international coordination of diverse struggles is generating. The local and national preparation of the international caravans destined to Cancún, opens the possibility of creating numerous dynamics of leadership and political development as well as popular education with reference to the climatic crisis.

• To contribute, nationally and locally, to the global civil society’s enormous effort of denouncing the destructive attitude present in many regions of the world, and which is being espoused by the decisions and greed of the governments of the richest nations of the world and transnational corporations.

• To nurture as much as possible the campesino, indigenous and peoples mobilizations against the indolence with which the main countries and capitalists of the world will make themselves present at the COP-16 in Cancun.

• To contribute in the preparation of new networks of international coordination.

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