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Beach House: Real Love
One of the living space options was a 4/5 bedroom flat on Ipanema Beach. This was code-named the ‘Beach House’ and perhaps using these words brought this song to mind many many times. So much so that it remains the definitive riot20 theme Song
The Irrepresibles: In This Shirt (Royskop remix)
This genius song is one of the central themes to my entire 2012 experience. As always, it soundtracked several bus trips and early morning solo missions. Also a guiding light for me during my ‘street days’ in Rio
The Bright Eyes: Lua
This track firmly became my ‘Depature’ Song for 2012 at Afrika Burns, walking past fallen tents on the way past Twanka Dam and deep into 6 o’clock.
This also became the JungleHouse2.0 departure tune.
The Jungle Book: I wanna be like you
Sitting in Stellenbos in the middle of beautiful pink crystal mountains and hackers ,the Jungle Playlist was created. A simple ‘jungle’ search in My Music brought up this legendary track, a true riot20 anthem
The Pixies This Monkeys Gone to Heaven
As a South African in South America, this song became part of my daily routine. This was the stand-out theme for our visit to the Christos Statue, in the clouds with Jesus watching.
Mark Ronson: Toxic
Just for the awesome brass stabs and the aweso mely fun nature of this song. Soundtrack to some early evening JungleHouse Office sessions
Manu Chao: Clandestino
There was this magical moment when we were at a live performance event at the Cupula Dos Povos. We still had to find the rest of the riot20 squad and head over to the Youth Territories, we might even have stopped over at the Ocupa site on the way to the Federal University. As we got the front of the stage eager to find the EYES squad and the various satellite elements of riot20, the band breaks out in this track and bam, next thing we’r right in front of the horns dancing truly to this song
Ursula Rucker: Circe (Jazzanova Mix)
In the search for the Sao Paulo soundtrack, we encountered the SP Wig Girl and the quest became the soundtrack to her street artivism missions. The search for clarity of beat and simple clear clicks brought this song.
Burial: Stolen Dogs
This breeze of a song was the second stanza of the ‘SP Wig Girl’ movement. The SP Wig Girl was the anonymous street artist character who we spent some time with in the Sao Paulo leg of the journey. The clean crisp beat and sounds matched the feeling of riding the massive metro system and cruising through the streets dodging options and searching for vegetarian food.
Adele: Rolling in the Deep (Jamie XX Shuffle mix)
How can any playlist from this year not have something that the XX is crafting. From their library, this song captured a few special moments in Lapa and around riot20
João e Maria – Chico Buarque e Nara Leão
A song firmly rooted in the days living with the vegan anarchist punks of Sao Paulo.
Manu Chao Politik Kills
Take back our robbed future
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, has just came to an end, and so have our hopes and trust in this theatre dominated by corporate power. We are young people from Earth sharing the same outrage towards the indecisiveness and the lack of commitment of state leaders, government representatives and UN officials with regards to the environment and our communities. These old structures do not correspond to today ́s social dynamics.
Those in power pretended to reach a global agreement on “the future we want”; However, they took a tremendous step back and further discredited the promises made in 1992, eroding the principles of social and environmental justice. This is not the future we want.
We are young people that came to Rio with different motivations and expectations. Some of us directly took part in the official process and final negotiations. Some of us gathered at the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice. Others occupied the streets of Rio. Despite the diversity of our political and ideological backgrounds and levels of action, we all share the same outrage towards the outcomes of Rio+20.
We understand that the youth must fight for a social and environmental justice based on diversity, respect for the communities and the genders, without marginalization of poor and criminalization of social movements, in order to build a road to a fairer, more democratic society. We also know that the corporate media treats us as vandals and subversive, but we will continue expressing and exposing the problems of this system in crisis.
When the Eco-92 was initiated, many of us were not born and others were only children. The decisions taken then were aimed at creating a future for us. Now, as youth, we realize that they didn’t walk their talks. Today, twenty years later, this is explicit. Our leaders do not believe in people but in a wealthy minority.
We came here not only to protest against the undemocratic nature of a decision-making process that values profits more than people, but also to together formulate visions, solutions, and pathways towards the future we really want and need. A future that respects and preserves the Earth, empowers our communities through food sovereignty, access to water and sanitation, a solidarity based economy and, above all, that provides emancipatory and accessible education for everybody.
It is up to us to take charge and build sustainable alternatives for us and for the future generations allowing for inter-generational equity. Therefore we call to youths from all around the world, to gather and act on the construction of the future we want to live. We will take back our future!
RIOt20 and young friends from Earth
Indigenous Peoples’ statement on the coup in Paraguay
Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples - FAPI
Legally registered under Decree No.508410
FAPI Statement on the current political and social situation in Paraguay
Following the dismissal of President Fernando Lugo through an abrupt and traumatic process for all of us, and given the present political situation in Paraguay, FAPI, a body that unites several indigenous peoples’ organisations of the western and eastern regions of the country, wishes to inform the national and international communities that:
1. Our Indigenous Peoples’ Organisation demands that the Government installed by Congress respect Indigenous People’s human rights and our territorial rights over which we have sought recognition for many years. In particular, we call for respect for the rights of our brothers in voluntary isolation, including the Ayoreo people in northern Paraguayan Chaco, and the Mbya Guarani in the Tekoha Guazu Traditional Territory located in San Rafael National Park Reserve. We demand that the Paraguayan State cancels its historical debt to the Mbya Guarani and Ava Guarani peoples stemming from the construction of the Hydroelectric Dams of Yacyreta and Itaipu, respectively. Indigenous Peoples need legal guarantees for tenure rights to our ancestral and traditional territories, and we reject the statements made by the Acting President, Federico Franco, arguing that “the country’s problem is not the land, but to provide income and create jobs”.
2. We are deeply concerned about the comment made by a person in the Executive, in a statement made to the international press saying: “who is responsible for guaranteeing that civil war will not break out (sic)…”*. So far, the international community is witness to the fact that that all expressions in favour or against the person to assume the Presidency have been peaceful and non-violent. These unjustified statements, stemming from a person that holds the position of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, could generate an unnecessary state of alert among the police and armed forces, and these words could become the cause of violent and reprehensible actions. It seems that these statements have no basis in fact and are directed against those of us exercising our freedoms and defending and demanding our rights. On this point we affirm that dissent is a fundamental right in a democracy.
3. Indigenous communities and their settlements have frequently been victims of violence, especially at the hands of the National Police who have no justification other than the illegal defence of properties under fraudulent possession by third parties. These properties are in lands legalized by the State in favour of indigenous peoples, including lands titled and registered in the Public Registry of the General Directorate. In this way, the police actions are in violation of the Constitution and the law. We trust that these illegal actions will not be repeated, not only because of the harm they may cause, but also because they will further add to the illegitimacy attributed to the origin of the executive power of the government.
4. We have heard repeatedly from Mr. Federico Franco that Brazilians and so called brasiguayos will be privileged under this administration, and that they will receive ‘legal security’ over their productive resources, including land. We believe that indigenous peoples, peasants and all Paraguayans deserve the same commitment to security. We demand that the Executive power urgently abandon the historic practice of discrimination, and that the same guarantee for rights that it mentions be given in relation to our territories, rights that have been violated innumerable times under a dense blanket of impunity in both the Eastern region and in the Western Chaco region of the country.
5. Finally, we reiterate our hope that our collective and individual rights will not be violated during the time that your government will be in power, expecting that vigilance of human rights will not be affected by the serious democratic crisis in Paraguay, and that the authorities will fulfil their duty and obligation to respect the equality of everyone that inhabits the Republic of Paraguay, without distinction or privilege.
Context to Bolivian Repression
When the Bolivian government overturned the law outlawing the construction of a road that was signed at the end of the first march to protect the TIPNIS by signing into law a “prior” consultation with indigenous communities (despite having signed contracts for the construction of the road in 2008) the main indigenous organizations of both the lowlands and highlands decided to march again, starting at the end of April (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ultimas_noticias/2012/04/120427_ultnot_bolivia_tipnis_carretera_evo_fp.shtml). They have now marched peacefully more than 600km from the Amazon to the Andes in 62 days, enduring great hardship and vulnerability, provoking serious health problems which eventually to led to the death of a baby on arrival in La Paz (http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/economia/20120629/de-luto-por-una-bebe-dejan-acciones-para-hoy_176718_372949.html).
Pro-government groups sought to undermine the march from the outset, by blocking the routes to the planned starting point (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/ultimas_noticias/2012/04/120426_ultnot_marcha_indigenas_bolivia_bd.shtml ), and then threatening the march and preventing access to water and other provisions in specific locations along the route.
Despite these adverse conditions, the march arrived in La Paz on Wednesday 27th June and again received great support from the population of La Paz. However, the government is doing everything it can to undermine the credibility of the march and divide and weaken the movement. Specifically it has done the following:
- Accused the march of plotting a coup d’etat before it arrived in La Paz. (http://www.paginasiete.bo/2012-07-03/Nacional/Destacados/5Nac00303-04.aspx http://www.paginasiete.bo/2012-06-25/Nacional/Destacados/Tipnis-rechaza-golpe.aspx)
- Did not provide fair conditions for dialogue in good faith during the march and continuing up until now.
- Promoted conflict with pro-government mobilisations, creating high risk of physical confrontations (http://www.plataformaenergetica.org/content/3376)
- Criminalized leaders and activists, for example by jailing two young people from the environmentalist anarchist movement who had a strong presence in the mobilizations around the first march. (http://www.bolpress.com/art.php?Cod=2012053101)
- Accused the leaders of the march of being connected to narcotraffic and being funded by opposition political parties. (http://www.paginasiete.bo/2012-07-03/Nacional/Destacados/5Nac00303-04.aspx)
- On Saturday 30th June signed an agreement with a false leader of one regional indigenous organization and under this agreement offered marchers $150 and the air fare to return to their communities. (http://www.erbol.com.bo/noticia.php?identificador=2147483960678)
- On Tuesday 3rd July signed an agreement with 45 community authorities, of which only 18 are from the TIPNIS and the rest are from a coca-growing area outside the TIPNIS boundaries. (http://www.erbol.com.bo/noticia.php?identificador=2147483960837)
- Bribed communities to accept the consultation by giving them motors and telecommunications equipment.
Through these tactics the government is weakening support for the movement and clearly aiming to exhaust the marchers in order to avoid effective dialogue for long enough to get to the start date of the “prior” consultation, scheduled for 29 July. We are now at a tipping point because the march has not achieved open dialogue with the government despite having been in La Paz for one week, and if nothing happens before that date then it will become impossible to stop the project. Considering the Bolivian government’s good relationship with grassroots and activist movements, an urgent international outcry against this illegitimate consultation process could make the difference and tip the balance in favour of the indigenous peoples’ demands.
By updating and re-launching this petition, we can show Evo Morales that the world wants him to “walk the talk” after being named “Defender of Mother Earth” in 2009. This is not simply an internal political issue: the protection of the Amazon rainforest is vital for the future of our planet and if this project is allowed to go ahead then it will set the pace for others to follow. Equally, the illegitimate “prior” consultation violates the article 32 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that sets out: “States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.”
Following our friends in Bolivia, is fresh news that police has used teargas and water cannons to repress the Ninth March.
The Ninth March, made up of some 1,500 indigenous marchers and their allies, arrived in La Paz on June 27, after a 62-day, 580-kilometer trek from the Amazonian lowlands to protest the government’s proposed highway through the Isiboro-Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS). Just hours before the march arrived in the capital, President Evo Morales settled a National Police mutiny that had seen six days of street clashes in the city. Morales had darkly warned that the mutiny was part of a plot by conservative opposition forces to set the stage for a coup d’etat. Vice President Alvaro García Linera attempted to link the Ninth March to the supposed plot, saying the government had evidence of a “Plan TIPNIS” to destabilize the Morales government. Esteban Urquizu, governor of Chuquisaca with Morales’ Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), cautioned, “both the police mutiny and the indigenous march are seeking violence or confrontation, as well as deaths, in order to blame the government.”
TIPNIS indigenous leader Fernando Vargas was quick to refute the charge. “Our mobilizations were never [intended] to overthrow the government but, on the contrary, have been to redirect government policies that have gone astray,” he stated. (NACLA News, July 2; La Razón, June 27)
appropriated from HERE: http://www.ww4report.com/node/11254
An anonymous source in Bolivia, caught in the repression had this to say:
…a dodgy translation of the description i wrote out yesterday on a private message list:
What I have seen: those that were in the march shouted to let us into the Murillo Square, then went to the vice presidency and we kept shouting there. There several people joined our group, men and women, both people from the vigil and citizens in general. Some people (I don’t know exactly who) started throwing things like fruit at the police, then suddenly someone started to hit the shield of a police officer with a flag pole. This was enough for the police to justify launching tear gas and we all started running to escape the gases, including children who were with their mothers. From where we stopped half a block, I saw that people were still throwing things at the police. They continued releasing even more gas, so the streets became unbearable but several people continued there and I saw people throwing sticks at the police. I can not say who threw them. The police then began with the Neptune water cannon, sending high pressure water at the tents of the vigil. And I saw people fighting the police with wooden sticks. They continued releasing more gas, one person even told me that you could feel the gas 5 blocks away.
It would be interesting to know the story of someone else who was there, but for me the key question is who was the person who started to hit the shields with a stick? Someone told me it was a man and a citizen off the street, not one of the march, and he had seen the same person in other manifestations doing the same. We must find out who is and whether supports the movement and has an anger problem or if someone infiltrated that seeks to create confrontation. What is clear is that this person is to blame for generating violence and cause the police to react … On the other hand, is not justified in the police launch so much gas at a march of women and children just because ONE person showed them violence.
We must denounce this.
What the international community can do is to watch, comment and use our position to help our sisters and children and brothers. As fellow citizens of the spaceship Earth, we have an obligation to do what we can and not continue to turn a blind eye to things we feel we have right to ignore.
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Final Declaration of the People’s Summit in Rio +20
Friday, June 22, 2012
Note this is a Google Translation of the original Portuguese-language Declaration from http://cupuladospovos.org.br/2012/06/declaracao-final-da-cupula-dos-povos-na-rio20-2/
The final document of the Summit of the peoples summarizes the main points discussed during the plenary sessions and meetings, as well as express the intense mobilization that occurred during this period – 15-22 June – that point of convergence around the structural causes and false solutions, solutions to the crises facing the people, as well as the main axes of struggle for the next period.
The syntheses were approved in plenary integrate and complement this policy document for the people, movements and organizations can continue to converge and deepen their struggles and building alternatives in their territories, regions and countries all over the world.
You can also read the letter here (pdf).
Peoples’ Summit in Rio +20 for Social and Environmental Justice
in defense of the commons, against the commodification of life
Social and popular movements, trade unions, people, civil society organizations and environmentalists from around the world present at the Peoples’ Summit in Rio +20 for Social and Environmental Justice, lived in the camps, the mass mobilization, in the debates, the construction of the convergences and alternatives, conscious that we are subjects of a different relationship between humans and humans and between humanity and nature, taking the urgent challenge of halting the next phase of restoration of capitalism and build through our struggles, new paradigms of society.
The People’s Summit is the symbolic moment of a new cycle path in the global struggles that produces new convergence between women’s movements, indigenous peoples, blacks, youths, farmers / peasants and the family, trabalhadore / as, traditional communities and peoples, Maroons, fighters for the right city, and religions around the world. The meetings, demonstrations and great march of Peoples were the moments of maximum expression of these convergences.
The multilateral financial institutions, the coalitions in the service of the financial system, as the G8/G20, corporate capture of the UN and most governments have demonstrated irresponsibility with the future of humanity and the planet and promoted the interests of corporations in the official conference. In contrast to this, the vitality and strength of demonstrations and discussions at the Summit of the Peoples strengthened our conviction that only the people organized and mobilized can rid the world of corporate control and financial capital.
Twenty years ago the Global Forum, also held in Flamengo Park, denounced the risks which humanity and nature ran with privatization and neoliberalism. Today we say that, besides confirming our analysis, there were significant setbacks in relation to human rights already recognized. The Rio +20 repeats the script failed false solutions advocated by the same actors who caused the global crisis. As this crisis deepens, more corporations move against the people’s rights, democracy and nature, kidnapping the common property of mankind to save the financial-economic system.
The multiple voices and forces that converge around the Summit of the Peoples denounce the true structural cause of the global crisis, the capitalist system of patriarchal, racist and homophobic.
Transnational corporations continue to commit their crimes with the systematic violation of the rights of people and nature with impunity. Likewise, advance their interests through militarization, criminalization of livelihoods of people and social movements promoting deterritorialization in the field and in the city.
Likewise denounce the historical environmental debt that affects mainly the oppressed peoples of the world, and it should be assumed by the highly industrialized countries, which at the end of the day, were the ones who caused the multiple crises we have today.
Capitalism also leads to loss of social control, democratic and communitarian them on natural resources and strategic services, which continue to be privatized, turning rights into commodities and limiting the access of people to goods and services necessary for survival.
The so-called “green economy” is one of the financial terms of the current phase of capitalism that also makes use of old and new mechanisms, such as deepening of the public-private debt, the super-stimulus to consumption, ownership and concentration of new technologies , carbon markets and biodiversity, land grabbing and land foreignization and public-private partnerships, among others.
The alternatives are in our people, our history, our customs, knowledge, practices and production systems, we must maintain, upgrade and achieve scale project as counter-hegemonic and transformative.
The defense of public spaces in cities with democratic governance and popular participation, cooperative and inclusive economy, food sovereignty, a new paradigm of production, distribution and consumption, the change of the energy matrix, are examples of real alternatives to the current system agro-industrial-urban.
The defense of the commons is guaranteed by a series of human rights and the nature, solidarity and respect for different worldviews and beliefs of peoples, for example, the defense of “Living Well” as a way to exist in harmony with nature, which presupposes a just transition to be built with workers / and the people.
We require a just transition which implies the expansion of the concept of work, recognition of women’s work and a balance between production and reproduction, so this is not an exclusive assignment of women. Still passes for freedom of organization and the right to collective bargaining, as well as the establishment of a broad network of social welfare and protection, understood as a human right as well as public policies that ensure decent work forms.
We claim feminism as a means of building equality, women’s autonomy over their bodies and sexuality and the right to a life free of violence. Likewise we reaffirm the urgency of the distribution of wealth and income, combating racism and ethnocide, the guarantee of right to land and territory, the right to the city, the environment and water, education, culture, freedom of expression and democratization of the media.
The strengthening of diverse local economies and ensure the territorial rights of the community building the most vibrant economies. These local economies provide sustainable livelihoods local, community solidarity, vital components of ecosystem resilience. The diversity of nature and its associated cultural diversity is the foundation for a new paradigm of society.
People want to determine what and whom they are intended for common goods and energy, and take control of their democratic and popular production. A new energetic model is based on decentralized renewable energy and making energy for the population and not to corporations.
The convergence of social transformation requires action, joints, and schedules from the resistance against hegemonic and alternative to the capitalist system that are underway in every corner of the planet. The social processes accumulated by social organizations and movements that converged in the Peoples’ Summit pointed to the following axes of struggle:
- Against the militarization of states and territories;
- Against the criminalization of social movements and organizations;
- Violence against women;
- Violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender people;
- Against large corporations;
- Against the imposition of unjust economic payment of debts and popular of these audits;
- To guarantee the right of peoples to land and territory urban and rural;
- For consultation and free, prior and informed consent, based on the principles of good faith and binding, according to ILO Convention 169;
- For the healthy food and food sovereignty, against pesticides and GMOs;
- For the guarantee of rights and conquest;
- For solidarity with the peoples and countries, especially those threatened by military coups or institutional, as is happening now in Paraguay;
- The sovereignty of the people in control of the commons against the attempts of commodification;
- By changing the matrix and current energy model;
- For the democratization of the media;
- In recognition of the historical social and ecological debt;
- For the construction of the WORLD DAY OF GENERAL STRIKE.
Let us return to our territories, regions and countries to build animated required to follow convergences fighting, resisting and advancing against the capitalist system and its old and renewed ways of reproduction.
Standing still struggling!
Rio de Janeiro, 15 to 22 June 2012.
Peoples’ Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons, against the commodification of life.
Our dear friends at Climate Connections have an amazing photo selection of the craziness that was Rio+20 here: http://climate-connections.org/2012/06/29/photo-essay-reflections-on-rio20/