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ICFG book: Small-scale fisherfolk reject corporate fisheries,call for sustainable alternatives

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:02

In solidarity with the people's struggles to improve the welfare and uphold the rights of small-scale fisherfolk all over the world, IBON International released this month a book on the proceedings of the successful International Conference on Fisheries and Globalization (ICFG), held last September 2012 in Iloilo, Philippines.

The publication, titled "Resist Corporate Capture of Fisheries: Build Sustainable Fisheries for the People," tackles the challenges faced by the fisheries sector, as the neoliberal policies implemented under the corporate-centered global economy have clearly resulted in widespread poverty and overexploitation of natural resources.

The ICFG was spearheaded by the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), IBON International, the Philippine-based fisherfolk organization Pamalakaya, and the Fisheries and Marine Environment and Research Institute.

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Solon’s arrest shows Hacienda Luisita in a “state of terror”

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Written by April Porteria Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:09

News Release from Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) / 18 September 2013

Solon’s arrest shows Hacienda Luisita in a “state of terror”

The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today said that the arrestofAnakpawis Rep. Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap and ten other agrarian reform advocates in Hacienda Luisita yesterday proves that “the whole sugar estate owned by President Aquino’s family is under a state of terror.”

“The national fact-finding mission team were in Hacienda Luisita to document political and economic rights abuses suffered by farmworkers. Unfortunately, the team experienced first-hand the day-to-day violence experienced by Hacienda Luisita farmworkers and residents,” says KMP secretary general Antonio Flores.

“The illegal arrest and detention of Ka Pando and 10 other land reform advocates show that Hacienda Luisita is under a state of terror,” says Flores, adding, “even persons who supposedly enjoys parliamentary immunity was not spared. Imagine the life of an ordinary Hacienda Luisita farm worker at the hands of the President’s family.”

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Grassroots groups, advocates affirm collective action against land grabs, WTO

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Written by April Porteria Friday, 13 September 2013 06:25

PR | 12 September 2013

People's Solidarity Festival

Grassroots groups, advocates affirm collective action against land grabs, WTO

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) through its Asia regional office together with 16 other local and international organizations based in the Philippines co-sponsored and organized the “People’s Solidarity Festival: Strengthening People’s Collective Actions to the Global Crisis,” last September 10 in Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Around 200 participants from Philippine-based people’s organizations, civil society organizations, the academe, and international participants from the Caribbean and Asia, among others, gathered to discuss key global issues on political, economic and liberation rights and together drew resolutions for engaging in collective actions towards moving the people’s struggles forward to address such issues.

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