Economic justice for farmers

Declaration of Solidarity with the Jansatyagraha 2012 March in India

Half of the inhabitants of our earth are farmers. Guaranteeing these people the conditions to sustain their lives through their work is one of the major elements of sustainable development. The alternative can only be violence for millions of poor people, who are starving, deprived of resources, displaced and turned into cheap labour in the slums of large cities. Land, water, seeds, forests and minerals—the common goods of humanity—are now being monopolized by investors with the support of governments. All across the planet, local subsistence agriculture is being displaced by mining and forest exploitation, large-scale dams, tourist zones and intensive monoculture or bio-fuels farms for export. This exploitation of the land is growing daily.

March for Justice, for the rights to Food, to Land, to Water, to Seeds and to Forest

A nonviolent march for justice, Jansatyagraha 2012, is being organized by Ekta Parishad in India from October 2011 to October 2012. In its final stage, during October 2012, over 100,000, landless peasants, tribal people and dalits will march 350km to the Indian capital, Delhi, to have their rights to livelihood resources and a dignified life recognized. This march is a historic opportunity to shed light on the fundamental questions of social justice: the sharing of wealth, access to natural resource, food sovereignty, the debts of poor countries, the place of the most deprived in our societies, the role of women—as well as the issues of participative democracy, the responsibilities of multinationals and the international financial system. It is opportunity to promote a model of development which will be sustainable and equitable, recognizing people?s rights and supporting their initiatives to gain control over the resources that are indispensable to their lives.

Globalize Solidarity

Individuals and civil society organizations are invited to support this march in whatever way is possible. They are also invited to demand, in a determined but nonviolent way, that international organisations (the World Trade Organisation, World Bank, G20, European Union, International Monetary Fund etc.) recognise the rights of local people to have access to natural resources (land, water, seeds and forests). It is crucial to globalize solidarity. In 2012, especially between 2nd October (the international day of non-violence) and 17th October (the international day of struggle against poverty) Ekta Parishad~calls on citizens to organize non-violent actions such as marches, sit-ins, human chains, moments~of silence, concerts, etc which link to the March For Justice in India.

Gerald Conyngham