SAVE THE DATE: People’s General Assembly 24-September, NY

Thursday 18 September 2014

WHAT: People’s General Assembly WHEN: 24th September 2014, 4 to 8:00 pm WHERE: The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York 12 West 12th Street (at Fifth Avenue) New York, New York 10011

Governments will meet again in New York on September to set the Post-2015 development framework and goals, but there is disjoint between the emerging development narrative and the concrete demands and struggles of peoples on the ground. It is imperative that states and other stakeholders engaging in these negotiations hear the voices of people whose lives are most impacted by development policies.

In this light, IBON International, an international non-government organization providing capacity development interventions to promote alternative systems, social structures, economic programs and development paradigms to peoples’ movements and civil society organizations, is inviting you and your organization to the People’s General Assembly on 24 September 2014 in New York City.

The People’s General Assembly features speakers from grassroots organizations and social movements from all over the world to share their experiences of development policies and present a new, transformative framework:

Dr. Efleda Kempis-Bautista (People Surge): Educator and environmental activist, Bautista narrates the stories of hardships and valiant resistance of survivors of super typhoon Haiyan that claimed more than 6,300 lives and affected 11 million people in central Philippines.

Poguri Chennaiah (National Alliance of People’s Movements - NAPM): Chennaiah speaks about the negative impacts to women, workers farmers, fisherfolk, Dalits, and Adivasis of a multi-billion dollar public-private initiative between the governments of India and Japan and big business to expand industrial zones across states in India.

Norma Maldonado (Asociación Raxch’och’ Oxlaju Aj - AROAJ): Maldonado highlights the struggles of local communities against the massive land-grabbing, human rights violations, and the monopolization of seeds and plant life by foreign agro-transnational corporations and the Guatemalan government.

Legborsi Saro Pyagbara (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People - MOSOP): Pyagbara discusses the journey to claim justice and indemnification for the victims of Royal Dutch Shell’s human rights and environmental abuses in Ogoniland and the struggle for self-determination of the Ogoni people.

Marta Sánchez Soler (Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano): Soler probes the underlying issues of poverty, underdevelopment and inequality driving the migration of peoples from the Latin American and Caribbean countries to North America and the increasing racial discrimination and violence against migrants in transit.

Jiten Yumnam (Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur - CRAM): Journalist, environmentalist, indigenous people’s rights activist Yumnam illustrates the pattern of development aggression policies in Manipur within the context of increasing neoliberal policies in Manipur and across India’s North East region.

Plus many more activists and advocates from different parts of the globe!

We have the opportunity to chart a new course, a course that the vast majority of peoples want, a course of global equity, of ecological sustainability, of social justice, human rights enjoyment and dignity for all! Join us in building a global movement for Development Justice!

Please email the People’s Goals secretariat if you and your organization wish to take part in this historic activity:

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