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More than a billion people are suffering from hunger

In the twentieth century, more than a billion human beings are suffering from hunger. Every 4 seconds, one  person dies as a result of hunger, the majority of them children under  five years of age. Twenty-five percent of the population of the earth  are consuming eighty-five percent of its available resources and, in  addition to that, they are consuming thirty percent more resources than  the earth is capable of replenishing.

Half of the inhabitants of  our earth are farmers and of these, three quarters do their work solely  by hand. Guaranteeing these people the conditions for sustaining 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 ghettos of large cities.

Land, water, seeds, forests  and minerals—the common goods of humanity—are now being monopolized by  investors with the consent of governments or through their incapacity.  All across the planet, local self-subsistent agriculture is being  displaced by mining and forest exploitation, large-scale dams, tourist  zones, hyper-intensive monocultural farms of transgenic products or  bio-fuels for export. This exploitation of the land is growing daily.

Parallel to this there is a  influx of foodstuffs into the markets of the south, which are produced  in the rich countries through highly mechanized means and with  subsidies. This creates a perverse undercurrent that ruins local  farmers.

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

The nonviolent march for justice—Jansatyagraha 2012—is being organized by the Ekta Parishad movement  and will take place in India from October 2011 to October 2012. This  will be a powerful and symbolic event. In its final stage—during October  2012—there will be over 100,000 people gathered together, poor people,  landless peasants, tribals and untouchables. They will march for thirty  days in order 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 and  economic 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 decide about a  model of development which will be sustainable and equitable. It is not a  case of assisting peoples in situations of misery but rather of  recognizing their rights and supporting their initiative to gain control  over the resources that are indispensable to their lives, to enable  them to work and have initiative.

Globalize Solidarity

We invite individuals and civil society  organizations to support this march in whatever way is possible. We also  invite you to demand—in a determined but non-violent way—before all  international groups (for example, the World Trade Organisation, the  World Bank, the G20, the European Union, etc.,) the rights of local  peoples to have access to natural resources (land, water, seeds and  forests). These rights imply the attention of existing laws and their  enforcement by systems of control and regulation. In international law  also the right to food sovereignty ought to be recognized as superior to  the rights of commerce and investment.

On all continents it is crucial to globalize our solidarity. In 2012,  we call on citizens to organize non-violent actions that are concerted  and simultaneous (marches, sit-ins, human chains, moments of silence,  concerts, etc.,) and which link to the march for justice that is  happening in India. We think that the important period is between the 2nd of October (the international day of non-violence) and the 17th of October (the international day of struggle against poverty).

Organization circulating this document, EKTA Canada http://www.ektacanada.weebly.com
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Gandhi International – www.gandhi2012.org
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