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(en) Call for PGA Indian Meeting. Delhi 19th March and New Delhi Mammoth Rally 17th March

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Date Tue, 8 Mar 2005 09:38:52 +0100 (CET)


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On 18th and 19th March the Indian Government will discuss on its
position and strategy on agriculture policies (including the reduction
of import tariffs) and the Agreement on Agriculture of WTO.
KRRS and BKU, as convenors of the National Indian Farmer’s Movements
Coordination call all Indian social movements and organizations to
participate in the mammoth mobilization on 17th March 2005 in Kisan Ghat
in New Delhi to fight against the WTO and the destructive capitalist
agriculture policies of the government. (See below the call)
In this framework BKU, as PGA convenor of South Asia together with other
Indian social movements is calling for an Indian PGA meeting on 19th
March in Delhi.
This meeting is not intended to discuss and analyse the different
issues, but to concretise strategies and plan of actions at Indian
level, as well as starting in India the process of the organization of
the IV International People’s Global Action, to be held next September
(see call bellow)

TARGET OF THE MEETING:

* Defining strategies and action plan for the South Asian PGA
sustainable campaigns agreed in the regional and gender conference in Dhaka.

* Defining effectives tools of communication and coordination at the
national level and mechanism to strengthening and consolidating the
process in India.

* Starting preparations for the IV International Conference of PGA, to
be held next September

* Starting preparation national mobilizations against WTO before and
during WTO ministerial conference in Hong Kong, 2005

* Chosen Indian PGA Coordinator(s)

PARTICIPANTS AND TRANSLATION:

We call to participate in this meeting to all Indian people’s movements
that agree with the hallmarks of PGA (see below).

We make a special call to be aware on gender inequality and oppression
and kindly propose to the organizations to send women delegates to the
meeting.


As decided in the regional conference in Dhaka, representative as NGOs
could participate only as observers and only after agreement by
consensus of the organizations attending the meeting.

Political parties delegates are not allowed in the meeting.

Regarding translation, we cannot provide with translation to all
languages, so we please ask the organizations include in the delegation
their own translators. The meeting will be mainly English and Hindi.

It is important that the organizations inform us in advance of its
participation, so we can provide with appropriate accommodation and food
as well as necessary documents to prepare the meeting.
It is also important that organizations send us their description: name,
contact address, history of its foundation, objectives, struggles and
campaigns. In this way we could create a profile and exchange this
information among all the organizations.


AGENDA 19th March 2005:


8: 30 Breakfast
9:30 Welcome by Yudhvir Sing (BKU) and Chukki Nanjundaswamy (KRRS)
9:40 Short presentation of PGA and the agenda.
9:45 Short introduction of all the organizations present (2 min per
organization)
10:15 Short Report of Dhaka Conference, decisions and campaigns.
10:25 Short Report of the participation of South Asian Convenor in
European Regional Conference in Belgrade, July 2004

10:30 Division in working groups on sustainable campaigns to define
concrete actions and strategic plan: 1. On violence against women and
Reproductive Rights. 2. Food sovereignty and land reform. 3. Against
privatisation on common wealth (water, energy, land…). 4. Against state
militarism and paramilitarism. 5. Construction of our own models of
life: village republic, seeds banks, peasant economy, indigenous
self-determination… 6. Mining. 7. Defence and recognition of
self-determination and land sovereignty of all people.

11:30 Tea Break

11:50 Reports of the working groups: (2 min per workshops)
12:05 Responsibilities and commitments. Communication and coordination
strategies.
12:30 Proposals on common national campaigns. Responsibilities and
commitments.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Update on preparations and discussions regarding IV
International PGA Conference.
14:05 Proposals for the conference: caravans, rallies, local
actions, local press conference…
14:30 Distribution of responsibilities: bulletins and documentation,
translations, Indian participants coordination…

15:00 Tea break


15:20 Chosen Indian Coordinator

15:45 Evaluation rally 17th March
16:00 Campaign against WTO. Plan of action before and during WTO
ministerial conference in Hong Kong

16:15 Division in working groups by sectors: Indigenous, farmers,
unions…Concretise proposals and responsibilities and commitments.

17:00 Recapitulating all decisions and conclusions. Deciding in
next national and states coordination meetings.

17:30 Tea. End of the meeting

ACOMMODATION AND FOOD

Local organizers, BKU North India, will provide accommodation and food.

CONTACT ADDRESSES:

Contact Person: Yudhvir Sing (BKU Delhi)
Mobil Telephone contacts in Delhi: 9811428568; (Yudhvir Sing) 9868146405

Email address contact (Trasgu, KRRS): dianhuburlon@gmx.net

Address in Delhi:

Vishwa Yuvak Kendra
Chanakyapuri
Opposite to Chanakyapuri Police Station


APPLICATION FORM:

* Name of the organization:

* Contact details of the organization:
--- Telephone
---- Fax
---- E-mail
--- Postal address
---- …..


* Number and name of delegates:

* Description of the organization
-- When it was founded
-- Social framework when founded
-- Objectives of the organization
-- Organizational Structure
-- Number of members
-- Events, campaigns, actions…organized
-- ……….

* Gender awareness: women decision making in the organization, projects
address to women, women issues, ….


* Please, send us any document you would like to be distributed among
the organizations.


PGA Hallmarks

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
globalisation;

2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human
beings.

3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organizations, in
which transactional capital is the only real policy-maker;

4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism;

5. An organizational philosophy based on decentralization and autonomy

PGA Organisational Principles:

1. The PGA is an instrument for co-ordination, not an
organisation. Its main objectives are:

i. Inspiring the greatest possible number of persons and
organisations to act against corporate domination through civil
disobedience and people-oriented constructive actions.

ii. Offering an instrument for co-ordination and mutual support at
global level for those resisting corporate rule and the capitalist
development paradigm.
iii. Giving more international projection to the struggles against
economic liberalisation and global capitalism, as well as to the
struggles of indigenous people and original cultures.

2. The organisational philosophy of the PGA is based on
decentralisation and autonomy.Hence, central structures are minimal. Following the same idea, each
region's participating organisations and movements will decide how to
organize locally. Nevertheless, there needs to be a point of contact and
coordination for each of these regions, decided at regional level and
known to all the participating organisations and movements of the network.

3. The PGA has no membership.

4. The PGA does not have and will not have a juridical personality. It will not be legalised or registered in any country. No organisation
or person represents the PGA, nor does the PGA represent any
organisation or person.

5. There will be conferences of the PGA when judged necessary
by the participating organisations and movements. The functions of
these conferences will be:

i. Updating the manifesto (if necessary)

ii. Advancing in the process of co-ordination at global level of the
resistance against "free" trade
iii. Co-ordinating decentralised actions according to the global days
of action and the sustained campaigns of the PGA.

There will be an equal participation of women and men in the
international and regional conferences. The gender issue will be
discussed at all of the PGA conferences, both at the international
and regional levels.

6. The conferences of the PGA will be convened by a committee
conformed by representative organisations and movements of each
region, including the points of contact named for each of these
regions. The composition of this committee must show a regional
balance, and a balance regarding the areas of work of the
organisations and movements that conform it. The local organisers
will be part of the committee.

This committee will fulfil the following tasks:

i. Coordinating the programme of the conference according to
the proposals for themes, actions and issues emerging from the
regional conferences

ii. Coordinating the selection of the delegates, in respect with the
principle of decentralization and autonomy of each region as well as in
accordance with the decisions taken on this matter at the regional
conferences
iii. Deciding about the use of resources; especially, deciding which
organisations will receive help to pay the travel expenses to attend the
conference
iv. Advising the local organisers in technical and organisational
questions
v. Interpreting the manifesto if this would be necessary (the whole
part on publications and info to be taken out)

The committee, just like any other participating organisation or
movement, cannot speak in the name of the PGA.
Each conference of the PGA will be coordinated by a committee
conformed of different organisations and movements. Also, the points
of contact named for each region will change in each regional
conference (used to be in each international conference but it is
now a problem to leave it like that if we're going to have
international conferences only when judged necessary...). The old
committee will choose a small group that will act as advisers of the
new committee. It will also provide technical support at the
regional level. This advisory group will not have decision- making
power.

7. In keeping with PGA's philosophy, all communication
processes will be diverse, decentralised and coordinated. There will
be at least one point of contact in each region to be decided at
regional level.
Whilst recognising there are limits to the internet, the PGA website
will comprise of PGA documents including conference notes and
contact lists. All documents will be translated into as many diverse
languages as possible. For all this communication to work
effectively, responsibility must be taken at the regional level by
as many groups as possible.

8. The PGA will not have any resources. The funds needed to pay the conferences and the information tools will
have to be raised in a decentralised way. All the funds raised for the
conference will be administered by the committee. The publications will
have to be self-financed.

9. The PGA has a rotative secretariat, which changes every
year. Each committee, during it's term, will decide where the
secretariats will be.

10. The conferences of the PGA will not include the discussion
of these organisational principles in the programme. If there is a
concrete request, a discussion group on organisational questions
will be formed. This discussion group will meet parallel to the
programme of the conference, to elaborate concrete modification
proposals which shall be voted upon in the plenary.

11. The PGA hopes that it will inspire the creation of different
platforms (both regional and issue-based) against "free" trade and
the different institutions that promote it. There will not be,
however, a relationship of pertenence between these platforms and
the PGA. The platforms will hence be completely autonomous.
The PGA also aims to initiate discussions at the regional level
through various means, emphasizing on the organisation of caravans,
as well as the exchange of people, products and experiences between
regions. The results of these debates will then be shared at the
global level with the whole network.

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Indian farmers rally against WTO-March 17-2005-New Delhi


National Coordination of Farmers’ Movements including KRRS, BKU and all
the member organizations call for mobilization against WTO on March 17th
-2005 in Kisan Ghat in New Delhi. .

The worst impacts of free trade regime in the agricultural sector is the
universal problem. Dumping of subsidized food and agricultural products
will drastically hit the ability of Indian Peasant Community

Farmers’ suicides will increase considerably if India goes ahead and
agrees to the stipulations of the WTO in the next ministerial meeting
scheduled to be held in Hong Kong in December.

Government will remove Quantitative Restrictions(QRs) on most of
agricultural produce and open the market completely for the dumping of
agricultural produce which they said, are in line with the prevailing
economic policies of the government.

The central government move towards this issue fraught with danger as
India will be reduced to a dumping ground for agriculture produce of the
developed world.

This will ruin Indian farmers’ who are already under duress from the new
economic policies being followed by the government.

Government seems to be in favor of removing subsidies on fertilizers and
abolishing minimum support price for agriculture produce.

“India has imposed 65 percent import duty on agriculture produce in the
past and this has been gradually reduced to 35%.

In this situation talks are on to abolish import duty and open the
country for agriculture market without securing similar benefits for
Indian farmers.

National coordination of farmers’ movement together with all the member
organizations all over India call for a farmers’ rally in New Delhi on
March 17th 2005 to pressure the government to keep agriculture and food
out of the purview of the WTO. or India should come out of WTO And to
intensify the agitation across the country.


National Convenors

-------------------

Ch.Mahendra Singh Tikait
President BKU-India

Mr.Yudhvir Singh
President -BKU-New delhi

Chukki Nanjundaswamy
General Secretary-KRRS-Karnataka

Mr.Ajmer Singh Lakhowal
President BKU-Punjab

Mr.Vijay Jawandhia
Shetkari Sanghatan
Maharashtra


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Fourth Conference of People's Global Action (PGA):
Food Sovereignty and Gender
On 17-21 September 2005, Kathmandu, Nepal
Background
The PGA process in Asia has been further strengthened and consolidated
due to the conference in Dhaka Bangladesh. It was attended by over 150
activists from grassroots people's movements comprising peasants, women,
trade Unions, fisherfolk, indigenous people and youth. The conference
saw the beginning of the grass-rooting of the PGA process in Bangladesh,
the expansion of the PGA process to SE Asia, with groups from Thailand,
Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines participating, and the hopeful
convenor-ship of SE Asia being taken up by Thailand's Assembly of the
Poor. The conference established a common political platform and
concrete campaigns of action for the next two years. There were three
concrete calls to action: (i) Global days of action across Asia, against
the WTO during its meeting in Hong Kong (September 2005); (ii) a global
day of action focusing on violence against women on International
Women's Day, 2005; and (iii) an Asian caravan (in 2005/2006).
Following the PGA Conference, the movements in South Asia met together
in Bangalore, India and discussed the necessity of holding the Fourth
PGA Global Conference, since the last one was in 2001 (in Cochabamba,
Bolivia). Since then, movement energies have focused on strengthening
the regional PGA process in Asia. The movements recognised that the PGA
global conferences have taken place in the past, prior to the WTO
meetings. Previously successful PGA initiatives have been held in this
region: the second PGA International Conference was convened in 1999 in
Bangalore, India; the first PGA South Asian Regional Conference was held
in 2000 in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and, as noted, the first PGA Asia
conference was successfully organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year. We
believe that now is the time to commit ourselves to consolidate the PGA
Global process. Therefore, the movements propose that the upcoming PGA
Global conference take place in Asia since the PGA Asian regional
process has developed because of the conference and can host the
conference. The final proposals coming from the meeting were:
Place: Kathmandu, Nepal
Host: All Nepal Peasants' Association (ANPA)
Dates: On 17-21 September 2005
Asian organizations agreed with this proposal that ANPA, as Asian
convenor, send the proposal to the European list to be put into the
agenda and discussed at the European Regional Conference, to be held in
Yugoslavia in July. The European Regional Conference also agreed and
supported the idea of convening the global conference of PGA is
Kathmandu, Nepal to be hosted by ANPA.
Rationale:
During the past 20 years the effects of neoliberal globalisation have
been increasingly felt through the global South - through structural
adjustment programmes; the privatisation of the public commons; and the
increasing involvement of transnational corporations and global
institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the World Bank
and the IMF in economic decision-making. The result of such processes
has been the drastic reduction in government spending on health,
education, welfare, and environmental protection; and the unemployment,
pauperisation and marginalisation of women, indigenous peoples, peasant
farmers, and industrial workers. Income disparities have increased,
millions of peasants have struggled against all forms of exploitation,
food security of peasants has been severely undermined, and women have
suffered from unequal labour, property, and reproductive rights, as well
as numerous forms of violence. Over 2.8 billion people struggle to
survive on less than US$2 a day; one billion people lack access to safe
drinking water; and 825 million people are undernourished. In response
to these processes, social movements have emerged around the world
articulating popular struggles for cultural, ecological and economic
survival and creating alternative economic practices at both the local
and national levels.
The proposed global conference in Asia is important for two reasons.
First, Asia, with 3.6 billion (over half) of the world's population, has
suffered greatly from the effects of neoliberal globalisation, and Asian
social movements have begun to develop networks of mutual support -
particularly following the PGA Asia conference in Dhaka. The global
conference will provide an important opportunity to further deepen the
PGA process in Asia and the rest of the world. Second, the conference
will be held prior to the WTO Ministerial meeting to be held in Hong
Kong, in December 2005. The conference will provide grassroots movements
with the opportunity to discuss their collective response to the
policies of the WTO, and develop alternative practices to it. Locating
the PGA global conference in the same continent as the WTO meeting will
send a powerful message of resistance from people's movements to the
architects of neoliberal globalisation.
PGA process
People all over the world, resisting the neoliberal globalization
process have intensified their mobilizations against the WTO, World
Bank, IMF and World Economic Forum in Seattle, USA, (against the WTO,
1999), Prague (against the World Bank and IMF in 2000), Nice (against
the EU summit in 2000), Genoa (against the G8 meeting in 2001) and
Cancun (against the WTO in 2003). Now we have to really derail the WTO
meeting to be held in Hong Kong. For that we have to organize,
strengthen ourselves and consolidate our networks throughout the world.
Peoples' Global Action (PGA) provides a common communication and
coordination tool for social movements worldwide that struggle against
capitalist globalization and all forms of domination. PGA provides a
global forum for people's struggles to associate their efforts and share
experiences and skills. PGA not an organization. PGA has no members and
does not have and will not have a juridical personality. No organization
or person represents the PGA, nor does the PGA represent any
organization or person. PGA limits itself to facilitating coordination
and exchange of information between grassroots movements through
conferences and various means of communication.
People's Global Action (PGA), has been against neoliberal globalization
since its inception. It has played a significant role worldwide to
resist all forms of neoliberal domination. PGA has taken a radical
position toward WTO opposing the entire neoliberal project. PGA is the
only network that has a clear and non-negotiable stance against the WTO,
which it regards as an illegal and undemocratic institution. It believes
on 'local' alternatives to the WTO which would be democratically
organized by the people. It gives emphasis on the people's equal access
to the productive resources. It believes that the forms of physical
violence are not only the result of capitalist globalization, but also
because of more locally derived social, political and economic
structures. People's movements involved in the PGA process do not only
reject neoliberal globalization, they also reject all forms of
domination while espousing an organizational philosophy based on
decentralization and autonomy. The PGA 'philosophy' is enshrined in the
following hallmarks (positions of common ground):
PGA Hallmarks
A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
globalization;
We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human
beings.
A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can have
a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organizations, in which
transnational capital is the only real policy-maker;
A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism;
An organizational philosophy based on decentralization and autonomy

Sustained campaigns of PGA
· Campaign against state militarism and para-militarism:
· Campaign for defense and recognition of self-determination and
land sovereignty of all people:
· Campaign against all privatization:
· Campaign on construction of alternative models to the capitalist
system, based on education and formation


Who can join the CONFERENCE?
The conference welcomes to all people's movements around the Globe that
support and feel comfortable with the PGA hallmarks.
Prem Dangal, PGA Asia Convenor, with the delegates of all the movements
in the PGA conference.


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