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March 22nd, World Water Day (declared by the UN in 1992) is a moment to recommit to fighting for the human right to water and to make visible the growing global crisis of water inequality fueled by water privatization.
On World Water Day 2014, the Rachel Corrie Foundation (RCF) is proud to sign on to the Marseille Declaration which calls on global citizens of conscience to take action for Palestinian water rights and to promote global water justice. With this action, we partner with those who resist corporate and state profiteering from human rights violations and the corporatizing of our common water heritage. Please join us!
- Read and endorse the Marseille Declaration today!
- Join RCF and Stop Veolia Seattle (SVS) this Sunday at the Northwest Film Forum for a series of World Water Day films and discussion on The Human Right to Water: Connecting Local and Global Struggles.
- Learn more from our World Water Day contributors Susan Koppelman and Marcela Olivera on boycotting Veolia and about global responses to water privatization.
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The following piece is an early submission for the Stop Veolia Zine Project. SVS is still accepting short research articles, stories, interviews, illustrations, comics, photographs, drawings, anything that you think helps to tell the story of Veolia and resistances to its corporatization of public services. Deadline for submissions is May 15th.
The Rising Water in Bolivia and Latin America
Over the past decade, we have removed bad governments, kicked out corporations and rejected many World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies after they stole our natural resources and ruined an already crippled economy with their “shock therapy” prescriptions. We also successfully waged the historic “Cochabamba Water War of 2000” that recovered our water from an international consortium. The people of Uruguay won the first battle in the polls introducing the right to water in their constitution. Their example has spread all over Latin America.
Social movements have mobilized and have changed the political face of this continent. But the struggles haven’t stopped. Water embraces and strengthens other urgent challenges that are happening now across the continent. Water is the one issue where everything intersects; it crosses over into political and economic issues in every region and in every country. People’s struggles over water are about having their voices heard, having better living conditions, establishing their rights to basic survival needs, and determining their own political and economic futures. That is what we call direct democracy. In Bolivia, the water rights struggle has given birth to a political shift. Water has become a symbol of our struggle for political and economic autonomy and for regaining our dignity.
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By Susan Koppelman
World Water Day has become a day to recommit to the struggle for water justice. For decades local and global activists have been leading successful campaigns to maintain local control of water, to protect indigenous rights and to limit corporate profiteering.
In 2012, the Blue Planet Project issued a report on the Human Right to Water in Palestine that calls on “global citizens [to] continue boycott, divestment and sanctions and other forms of resistance that are proving successful in building a global movement, with the aim of generating a global consensus around defying Israel’s illegal restrictions on Palestinian water and sanitation development.”
At the same time this report was released, water justice activists at the Alternative World Water Forum issued the Marseille Declaration for Palestinian Water Rights naming five points of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) that highlight Israel’s system of water apartheid and corporate profiteering from violations of Palestinian water rights.
Marcela Olivera, veteran of the Cochabamba Water War of 2000 that successfully expelled American corporation Bechtel from Bolivia, is a signatory to the Marseille Declaration and a leader of the global movement to create successful alternatives to water privatization. From Bolivia across Latin America, to France, South Africa, and India, water justice activists are deposing multinational corporations, re-municipalizing their water supplies, and creating new institutions of public oversight. (See Olivera’s submission to the Stop Veolia Zine Project, “The Rising Water in Bolivia and Latin America”).
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