Call to International Action

For the Economic, Political, Cultural and Environmental Sovereignty of Our Peoples End the Impunity of Transnational Corporations Now!  The time has come to unite the hundreds of struggles, campaigns, networks, movements and organizations that are combating the different ways transnational corporations are appropriating our destinies, natural heritage and rights, dismantling public services, destroying the commons and endangering food sovereignty in every corner of the planet. Neoliberal globalization has opened the doors for the savage exploitation of the world by the big economic powers. They have gradually taken over our lives and the planet by creating a blanket of impunity through the dismantling and systematic violation of laws and the signing of international trade and investment agreements, which award investors more rights than citizens. As a result, peoples’ rights have been systematically violated, the Earth and its resources destroyed, pillaged and contaminated, and resistance criminalized, while corporations continue committing economic and ecological crimes with total impunity. Driven by their imperative of maximizing profit, TNCs seek to pit workers from different regions against one another in what is a race to the bottom for the world’s working people. The governance and policies of the multilateral institutions (IMF, WB, and the WTO) have long served corporate interests, while the institutions of the UN and the EU have been increasingly captured by TNCs. This is reflected in the policies shaped to satisfy the interests of capital and in these institutions’ systematic refusal to impose limits on corporations. In most countries, governments are at the service of corporate interests and against us, the majority of peoples. Setting aside democratic principles, they usurp institutions and, with the complicity of national elites, succeed in altering laws and policies that allow them to continue plundering the wealth of nations and maintain their predatory relation to nature. In the face of mounting criticism of their operations, TNCs’ have designed tools like Corporate Social Responsibility to clean up their image, while allowing them to continue to increase their profits. Furthermore, they control major media agencies, which play a key role in ensuring the continuity of corporate hegemony. Acting with brutality in the rich countries from which they originate, but especially in countries of the Global South – and increasingly in “emerging” countries like Brazil, India, China and Russia – major corporations are appropriating more and more of our wealth and rights. Their growing economic monopoly, political power and control over the justice system destroy our right to a decent life and dominate our peoples’ and nations’ cultural habits and consumption patterns. Transnationals have commodified life and continue to seize our territories, forests and water and transform social and human relations. Health and education, for example, are now considered privileges of those who have money, and are no longer seen as the rights of all people. With the crisis in the U.S. and various European countries, the banks have expropriated thousands of people’s houses. In Europe, they have imposed austerity measures, which are a replica of the structural adjustment programs implemented years ago in countries in the South to deal with the so-called “external debt”. Today, we are seeing unprecedented attacks on public services, labour rights and social programs, while governments use public funds to save the market’s excesses and the financial institutions. Transnational corporations operate globally, moving from one country to another, while applying the same recipe to generate profit at any cost. It is we, the 99%, who bear the costs. Yet, resistance is growing throughout the world. Every day, there are more communities, movements and peoples struggling against transnationals – often confronting specific companies or sectors and that have won important victories. Even so, we have not succeeded in halting the advance of corporations, as when defeated in one place, they adjust their strategies and move to another, where they confront any obstacle that rises on their path. Therefore, to confront corporate power and the system that protects and benefits TNCs, it is urgent and necessary to give a systematic response. We must unite our experiences and our struggles, learn collectively from our victories and our failures and share our analysis and strategies for putting an end to the impunity of transnationals. The concrete struggles of our communities against a transnational corporation could be even more victorious if we are able to unite them with the efforts of other people in other countries, regions or continents. Sharing our experience in developing ways of life that are distinct from the culture of transnational production imposed by capitalism, that now wants to disguise itself as “green”, is fundamental for building an alternative society in which we, the people, are the protagonists. We, the undersigned, hereby invite you to join us in collectively building this process of mobilization towards a global campaign against the power of corporations and their crimes against humanity. Dismantling the transnationals’ system of power demands coordinated action at the global level: engaging in struggles in various spheres, combining mobilizations on the streets and in territories with popular education and actions in parliaments, media and international forums and organisations. By creating a powerful movement of solidarity and action against TNCs, their apologists and promoters, we will begin to build a world free from corporate power and greed. Dismantle Corporate Power! End the Impunity of Transnational Corporations!  

List of Sign-Ons:

 

International

• Bi-regional Europe-Latin America y the Caribbean Enlazando Alternativas Network    www.enlazandoalternativas.org • Blue Planet Project    www.blueplanetproject.net • CADTM International    www.cadtm.org • Corporate Accountability International    www.stopcorporateabuse.org • Food and Water Watch    www.foodandwaterwatch.org • Friends of the Earth International    www.foei.org • Global Forest Coalition (GFC)    www.globalforestcoalition.org • International Articulation of those Affected by Vale    www.atingidospelavale.wordpress.com • La Via Campesina    www.viacampesina.org • The International Office for Human Rights Action on Colombia (OIDHACO)    www.oidhaco.org • Transnational Institute – TNI    http://www.tni.org/ • World Forum for Alternatives    www.forumdesalternatives.org/en/ • World March of Women    www.worldmarchofwomen.org • World Rainforest Movement    www.wrm.org.uy

Regional

• African Uranium Alliance, Africa • Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y el Caribe – ATALC    atalc.org • CADTM – AYNA, Americas    cadtm.org • Campaña Justicia Climática, Americas • Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indigenas – CAOI, Andean region    www.coordinadoracaoi.org/portal/ • Focus on the Global South, India/Thailand/Philippines    www.focusweb.org • Food and Water Watch Europe    www.foodandwatereurope.org • Hemispheric Social Alliance, Americas    www.asc-hsa.org • International Alliance of Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA)    www.ianra.org

• Jubilee South – Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development    www.apmdd.org

• Jubileo Sur Americas    jubileosuramericas.net • Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos – PIDDHH, Americas    www.pidhdd.org/v3/ • Jubileo Sur Americas    jubileosuramericas.net

• Red Lationamericana por el Acceso a Medicamentos    www.redlam.org

• Red Latinoamericana sobre Deuda, Desarrollo y Derechos – LATINDADD, Americas    www.latindadd.org • Red Vidahttp://laredvida.org/ • Red Vida    laredvida.org • Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA)    www.smaa.asia • Southern Africa Faith Communities Environmental Initiative (SAFCEI)    www.safcei.org • Third World Network Africa     twnafrica.org/ • Transnational Migrant Platform – Europe     www.facebook.com/TransnationalMigrantPlatform/info/?tab=page_info • Young Friends of the Earth Europe    www.foeeurope.org/yfoee  

National

• ACSUR – Las Segovias, Spain   acsur.org • Action from Ireland – AFRI    www.afri.ie • African Women Against Destructive Natural Resource Extraction (WoMin), South Africa  Association Internationale de Techniciens, Experts et Chercheurs (AITEC), France    aitec.reseau-ipam.org • Alianza Mexicana por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos – AMAP    www.rmalc.org.mx • All India Forum of Forest Movement – (AIFFM), India • Alliance of Progressive Labour, Philippines   www.apl.org.ph • Alternative Information Development Center – AIDC, South Africa www.aidc.org.za • Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) – Philippines    alyansatigilmina.net • AM-net (APEC Monitor NGO Network)    http://am-net.org/index.html • Amigos de la Tierra (España)    www.tierra.org • Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall), Palestine    www.stopthewall.org • Arlac, Belgium   www.arlac.be • ATTAC Argentina   attacargentina.com.ar • ATTAC Austria    www.attac.at • ATTAC France    www.france.attac.org • ATTAC Japan    http://www.jca.apc.org/attac-jp/japanese/ • ATTAC Maroc    www.attacmaroc.org • ATTAC Spain    http://www.attac.es • ATTAC Switzerland   www.suisse.attac.org • ATTAC Vlaanderen    http://vl.attac.be/ • A Seed Japan (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Development) • Bench Markes Foundation, South Africa    www.bench-marks.org.za • Beyond Copenhagen, India    http://beyondcph.blogspot.com.br • Biowatch South Africa    http://www.biowatch.org.za • Both ENDS, The Netherlands    http://www.bothends.org/en/ • Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA)    www.abiaids.org.br • Brazilian Network for the Integration of the Peoples (REBRIP), Brazil    www.rebrip.org.br • Campaña de Afectados por Repsol – Catalunya • Campaña Explotación a Precio de Saldo, Spain  • Campaña Mesoamericana Para la Justicia Climática, El Salvador • Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB)   http://cedib.org/ • Censat Agua Viva – Amigos de la Tierra Colombia    http://www.censat.org/ • Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina    www.cta.org.ar • Centre Europe Tiers Monde (CETIM), Switzerland • Centre for Natural Resource Governance, Zimbabwe • Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD),  Zambia    www.ctpd.org.zm • Centre for the Development of Women and Children (CDWC), Zimbabwe • Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos “Segundo Montes Mozo S.J.” (CSMM), Ecuador • Centro de Estudios para la Justicia Social Tierra Digna, Colombia • Centro de Investigación y Documentación Chile-América Latina – FDCL, Germany    http://fdcl-berlin.de/index.php?id=313&L=2 • Centro de Investigaciones e Información en Desarrollo (CIID), Guatemala • CIVICUS, South Africa • COECOCeiba, Costa Rica • Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo – CCAJAR, Colombia    http://www.colectivodeabogados.org • Colectivo de Mujeres Hondureñas (CODEMUH), Honduras    www.codemuh.net • Colibri, Germany • Col-lectiu de Respostes a les Transnacionals (RETS), Catalunya, Spain    http://collectiurets.wordpress.com • Comision Interclesial de Justicia y Paz, Colombia    http://justiciaypazcolombia.com • Comisión Nacional de Enlace (CNE), Costa Rica • Comité por los Derechos Humanos en América Latina (CDHAL), Canada    www.cdhal.net • Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (CDH)    http://www.cdh.org.ec/ • Comité pour le respect des droits humains “Daniel Gillard”    https://www.facebook.com/comitedaniel.gillard • Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers – International Office, Philippines    http://www.cfmw.org • Common Frontiers, Canada    http://www.commonfrontiers.ca/ • Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT)    http://cgt.org.es • Coordinación por los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (CODPI), Spain    www.cdhal.net • Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Belgium    www.corporateeurope.org • Council of Canadians, Canada • Cristianos de Base, Spain    www.iglesiadebasedemadrid.org • CSAAWU    www.csaawu.wordpress.com • Democracy Center, Bolivia • Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras, Perú • Eastern and Soutern Africa Farmers Forum (ESAFF), Zambia • EcoDoc Africa    http://www.ecodocafrica.co.za • Ecologistas en Acción-Ekologistak Martxan – Ecologistes en Acció, Spain    http://www.ecologistasenaccion.org • ¿Economía Verde? ¡Futuro Imposible! – Alianza por una alternativa ecológica, social y urgente al capitalismo, Spain    http://alianzaeconomiaverdefuturonegro.wordpress.com/ • Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA, South Africa    www.ejn.org.za • Enginyeria sense Fronteras, Catalonia    http://catalunya.isf.es/home/index.php • Entrepueblos, Spain • Environmental Monitoring Group, South Africa    http://www.emg.org.za • Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria    http://www.emg.org.za • Federation of Organs for Social and Educational Assistance (FASE), Brazil    www.fase.org.br • Federació de Associacions Veinals de Mataró (FAVM), Catalunya • Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos (FOCO), Argentina    http://www.inpade.org.ar/ • France Amérique Latine – FAL, France    www.franceameriquelatine.org • Fresh Eyes- People to People Travel • Friends of the Earth, Japan   http://www.foejapan.org/en/ • Friends of the Earth, Scotland • Friends of the Earth, Finland    www.foei.org/en/who-we-are/member-directory/groups-by-region/europe/finland.html • Friends of the Landless, Finland    www.foei.org/en/resources/publications/annual-report/2008/what-we-achieved-in-2008/member-  groups/europe/sweden-european-social-forum • Fundación Solon, Bolivia   www.funsolon.org/ingles_solon.htm • Fundación de Investigaciones Sociales y políticas – FISYP, Argentina    www.fisyp.org.ar • Global Economy Project

• Global Justice Now/ Attac UK

• Grassroots Global Justice, USA    ggjalliance.org • Grassroots International, USA    www.grassrootsonline.org • Groundwork, Friends of the Earth South Africa    www.groundwork.org.za • Groupe de recherche pour une stratégie économique alternative (GRESEA) – Mirador, Belgium     www.gresea.be • Hegoa, Instituto de Estudios sobre el Desarrollo y la Cooperación Internacional del País Vasco, Basque Country    www.hegoa.ehu.es • HOMA Center for Business and Human Rightswork    manoelaroland@gmail.com • India FDI Watch, India    www.indiafdiwatch.org • Indian Social Action Forum – INSAF, India • Instituto de Ciencias Alejandro Lipschutz – ICAL, Chile    www.ical.cl • Instituto Eqüit – Gênero, Economia e Cidadania Global, Brasil    www.equit.org.br • Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (INESC)    http://www.inesc.org.br • Instituto Latinoamericano para una sociedad y un derecho alternativo – ILSA, Colombia    ilsa.org.co:81/ • Janpahal, India

• Laboratorio de Investigación en Desarrollo Comunitario y Sustentabilidad de México     http://lidecs.org

• Labour Research Service – LRS, South Africa    www.lrs.org.za/ • Mahlathini Organics, South Africa    sites.google.com/site/mahlathiniorganics/ • Milieu Defensie – Friends of the Earth, Netherlands    www.milieudefensie.nl/english • Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB), Brazil 
   uwww.mabnacional.org.br • Movimiento Rios Vivos, Colombia • Movimiento Social Nicaraguense – Otro Mundo Es Posible, Nicaragua    otromundoesposiblenic.codigosur.net/ • National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), Bangladesh    www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/s26/banglad/index.htm • North East Peoples Alliance, India    nealliance.net/ • Observatório de la Deuda en la Globalización – ODG, Spain    eng.odg.cat/ • Observatorio de Multinacionales en America Latina – OMAL, Spain    www.omal.info/www/

• Pacific Asia Resource Centre (PARC)    http://parc-jp.org/

• PACS – Instituto Políticas Alternativas para o Cone Sul, Brazil    www.pacs.org.br/ • Palenke del Alto Cauca – PCN, Colombia • Partido de la Rifondazione Comunista/Izquierda Europea, Italia   web.rifondazione.it/home/index.php • Pax Romana, Switzerland • Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement – PRRM, Philippines    www.prrm.org • Plataforma Alternativa para el Desarrollo de Haití (Papda)   www.papda.org • Plataforma DHESC, Brazil    www.dhescbrasil.org.br • Plataforma Rural – Alianza por un Mundo Rural Vivo, Spain    www.plataformarural.org • Polaris Institute, Canada    www.polarisinstitute.org • REBRIP – Brazilian Network for the Integration of the Peoples, Brazil    www.rebrip.org.br/_rebrip/ • Recalca, Colombia    www.recalca.org.co • Red Mexicana de Acción frente al Libre Comercio – RMALC, Mexico    www.rmalc.org.mx/index.shtml • Red Nacional Genero y Economía Mujeres para el Diálogo, AC, Mexico • Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Brazil    www.social.org.br/index.php • SEATINI, Zimbabwe    www.seatini.org • SETEM, Catalonia    www.setem.org/site/cat/catalunya/ • SIEMBRA, AC, Mexico • Sindicato de Trabajadoras de la Enseñanza de Euskalherria – STEE-EILAS, Basque Country    stee-eilas-unibertsitatea.org • Soldepaz Pachakuti, Spain    www.pachakuti.org • Solidaridad Suecia – America Latina – SAL / Latinamerikagrupperna, Sweden    latinamerikagrupperna.se/quienes-somos • SOMO – Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, Netherlands    somo.nl • South African and Allied Workers Union – SATAWU, South Africa    www.satawu.org.za/ • South African Water Caucus – SAWC, South Africa • South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracyú    www.saded.in/ • South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, South Africa    www.sdcea.co.za/ • Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior – SACOM, Hong Kong, China    sacom.hk/ • Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC)    www.swc.org.za/ • Terra de Direitos, Brazil    terradedireitos.org.br/ • Toxics Watch Alliance – TWA, India    toxicswatch.blogspot.com.br/ • Trust for Community Outreach and Education – TSOE, South Africa    tcoe.org.za/ • Unidad Ecologica Salvadoreña – UNES, El Salvador    unes.org.sv/es • Veterinarios sin Fronteras, Spain    www.veterinariossinfronteras.org/es/ • War on Want, England    www.waronwant.org

 

   

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