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Workshop for activists: Building Global Resistance Against Neoliberal Violence

25 June 2015

 Join War on Want and Movimento Jaguar Despierto as we bring together London, Mexican and South African activists on the 15 July 2015 to build a movement of resistance against the violence of neoliberalism. Book your free ticket here - seats are limited

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 In the last decade, vast numbers of people have taken to the streets in acts of dissent as they begin to feel more marginalised and oppressed by the global socio-economic and political framework.We see the violence of neoliberalism everyday: as states give way to global economic interests, favouring the interests of private capital over the public interests of ordinary people. Whilst all of this is happening, we are being asked by our governments to wait patiently for the benefits of this economic growth to trickle down to us. We are asked to be compliant, to be consensual. People have become tired of waiting, tired of being patient as inequality between the classes becomes more apparent and more vulgar. People are angry.

Join us for an evening of sharing of struggles and building a global movement of resistance

15 July 2015, 6:30pm at SOAS University
Book your free ticket here - seats are limited

 

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Africa: A continent of wealth, a continent of poverty

24 June 2015

by Tom Lebert, senior international programme officer (Resources & Conflict) at War on Want

There has been much talk of an African renaissance in recent years. Thabo Mbeki, South Africa's second post-apartheid president has spoken of a 'rebirth that must encompass all Africans'. So as African politicians and mining companies convene in London this week for 'Mining on Top' - Africa's annual mining summit - where are the voices of civil society? Their absence speaks volumes.

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London and South African activists to talk about Violence of Neoliberalism

23 June 2015

War on Want, together with the Housing Assembly, the Radical Housing Network, London Mexico Solidarity, London Black Revs, Defend the Right to Protest, Inter-Community Forum and the UK Labour Movement will be spending a week from the 11-16 July 2015, sharing their experiences with neoliberal violence and building a global movement of resistance.

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The Violence of Neoliberalism: SA Housing Activists visit the UK

15 June 2015

 Faeza Meyer and Josephine Abrahams, two women housing activists from the South African social movement, the Housing Assembly, will be traveling to the UK for a speaker tour hosted by War on Want.  The tour, which runs from the 6-17 July 2015, has been put together to raise awareness and build global resistance against the violence of neoliberalism and its infringements on human rights including the right to shelter, housing and to dissent.

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TTIP: a week of victories

13 June 2015

ttip protest strasbourg 9 june 2015 webJohn Hilary reflects on an extraordinary few days on both sides of the Atlantic.

Campaigning works. This is the clear message from a rollercoaster week in the struggle over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the controversial trade deal being negotiated by the EU and US behind closed doors. People power has knocked TTIP backwards on both sides of the Atlantic, sending its proponents into a tail spin. For all those who have taken action as part of the NoTTIP campaign: we are winning and they are losing.

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War on Want at 2015 G4S Shareholders' Meeting

05 June 2015

War on Want attended the G4S Annual General Meeting and demanded an end to the company’s complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation and the imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, including children.

A lively protest outside the meeting organised by the Stop G4S coalition highlighted the many types of abuses G4S is involved in, from providing equipment and services to the Israeli Prison Service; equipping checkpoints along the illegal Apartheid Wall in the West Bank; and abuses in running detention centres and deportations in the UK. 

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Justice for Victims of Oil Companies

22 May 2015

BP has been taken to the High Court, in London, by a Colombian trade unionist after he was kidnapped and tortured by paramilitaries. Gilberto Torres is challenging the actions of BP, its successors and subsidiary companies. He is represented by London law firm Deighton Pierce Glynn, working with Colombian lawyer Francisco Ramirez. They are seeking compensation for negligence, conspiracy and false imprisonment. 

Gilberto Torres was held captive in an insect-infested pit and had to witness another captive being dismembered by paramilitaries. The reason for his release is unclear, but it seems to be due to the threat of a national strike backed by international solidarity. On Gilberto’s release, the police advised him to flee Colombia with his wife and son. He still lives in exile because it is not safe to return. Their lives have been ruined. Gilberto had been campaigning on labour and environmental issues in the oil-rich Casanare area exploited by BP from the 1990s, and then passed on to companies connected to BP until they pulled out in 2011. 

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The Guardian produced a documentary showing Gilberto's plight and the impact of BP operations in Colombia.

BP had admitted paying millions of dollars to the Colombian army to patrol its installations. However, it is refusing to publish relevant documents related to Gilberto’s case. Countless other community activists, environmentalists and trade union members who have opposed resource extraction multinationals have been murdered or disappeared in the past 25 years since oil exploration started.

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TTIP update May 2015

21 May 2015

TTIP successes and what's next - get your MEP to take action NOW

 21 May 2015

We're frantically busy trying to stop TTIP, with your help. Here's what's happening right now, and a round up of recent activity in our campaign against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Right Now - if you do one thing, do this: 

MEPs are preparing to vote on the mechanism that allows companies to sue governments if their actions impact on company profits, in specially created courts. This puts our very democracy in jeapordy. Tell your MEP to vote against special rights for foreign investors.

Read this Guardian article by our campaigner Mark Dearn 'Privatising public services is no way to fund sustainable developement'

In the USA, TTIP is being fast-tracked through Congress, and campaigners are battling hard to stop it. If it succeeds, it could hit the Palestinian boycott movement and solidarity campaigning

 

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Stop Glencore’s Deadly Mine

18 May 2015

Glencore owns a controlling stake in the Tampakan mining project to build a huge copper and gold mine on Mindanao island, southern Philippines. The project threatens to displace thousands of people and destroy 10,000 hectares which are home to rainforest and the source of five rivers. Local B'laan indigenous communities which oppose the project have faced continuous threats and violent action by military and paramilitary forces.

This documentary was first shown last Saturday at UNISON and is brought to you by War on Want, Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines, UNISON and PIPLinks.

Glencore stands to make enormous profits from the exploitation of the B’laan ancestral lands. Together, we can stop this deadly mining project from going ahead.

 

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'UDITA' (Arise)

01 May 2015

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'UDITA' (Arise) - Life, death, oppression and resistance - 5 Years with the women of Bangladesh's sweatshops and their fight for a better life.

'Udita' is a film by acclaimed documentary makers Rainbow Collective. It follows the lives of female Bangladeshi garment workers as they organise into a union and fight for their rights. The Union highlighted: the National Garment Workers Federation [NGWF] has been a partner of War on Want for many years.

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