- Published on Monday, 23 April 2012 14:40
(Albany, Calif.), April 22, 2012 – Occupy the Farm, a coalition of local residents, farmers, students, researchers, and activists are planting over 15,000 seedlings at the Gill Tract, the last remaining 10 acres of Class I agricultural soil in the urbanized East Bay area. The Gill Tract is public land administered by the University of California, which plans to sell it to private developers.
For decades the UC has thwarted attempts by community members to transform the site for urban sustainable agriculture and hands-on education. With deliberate disregard for public interest, the University administrators plan to pave over this prime agricultural soil for commercial retail space, a Whole Foods, and a parking lot.
"For ten years people in Albany have tried to turn the Gill Tract into an Urban Farm and a more open space for the community. The people in the Bay Area deserve to use this treasure of land for an urban farm to help secure the future of our children," explains Jackie Hermes-Fletcher, an Albany resident and public school teacher for 38 years.
- Published on Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:19
Anjuman-e-Muzareen Punjab, Pakistan (AMP) (A Movement of Landless peasants) organized a demonstration on “International Peasants’ Day” on Tuesday, the 17th of April 2012 at 5:30 pm, in front of the Lahore Press Club, Lahore.
Its purpose is to have ownership rights who have been tilling almost a century. In this protest, the peasants reminded, the Punjab government who had promised in the high level meeting between leaders of AMP and senior advisers of Chief Minister of Punjab on the day of AMP’s peasants Long March on 9 March 2010 to give this land to the tenants. Up till now, still they have not fulfilled their promises. They also demanded to put an end all fake cases against the leaders of AMP. There were hundreds of peasants representatives including women, children, political leaders and social activists participated in this event.
- Published on Saturday, 21 April 2012 20:02
- Published on Friday, 20 April 2012 07:14
Escalating phenomenon of land grabs is resulting to thousands of land conflicts in Indonesia.
In 2011 there are 2,791 cases all across the agrarian country—two of them surfaced to became national matters. Mesuji and Bima case were so alarming because it brutally showed the violence side of conflict: people are shot dead and the vast area of agrarian resources involved. These two cases sparked national mobilization for the urgent need to further protect the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. And reality bites: there are little—if we don’t want to say nothing at all—agrarian reform in Indonesia.
In conjunction to those facts, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) commemmorate the international peasants struggle day with the emphasis of resolving agrarian conflicts and law reform. Together with 9 other people’s movements and NGOs, SPI launched a judicial review process on Law No. 2/2012 on Land Acquisition.