National Campaign “In Defence of Mother Earth and Territory” Launched on Sunday in Mexico City
We defend Mother Earth
Proceso: Judith Amador Tello
Mexico City – On Sunday, April 10, at noon, the national campaign “In Defence of Mother Earth and Territory” will be launched and its action plan announced at an event held at the Monument to the Revolution. Taking part in the launch will be actresses Ofelia Medina, Julieta Egurrola and Sophie Alexander, joined by musician Roco Pachukote (Maldita Vecindad, Cursed Neighbour), the group Pantheon Rococo, Fernanda Paz (Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research at the UNAM) and researcher Adolfo Gilly.
The campaign is organized by Services and Consulting for Peace (Serapaz), a non-profit, independent agency that assists in the construction of peace and the transformation of social conflict through the promotion and coordination of civil processes and initiatives, according to information on its website.
In a communiqué, SERAPAZ states that the national campaign is a response to the national emergency, the: “consequence of projects of pollution, exploitation and destruction of territories and natural resources, the same ones that put at risk hundreds of pueblos communities, neighbourhoods and districts throughout the country.”
The communiqué adds: “Those affected [by these projects] decided to join forces and present this initiative.”
It is anticipated that representatives from more than 120 pueblos from various parts of the country will take part, including Xochicuatla [construction of Toluca-Nacualpan Highway is set to cross their lands in State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, horseshoe-like], Yaqui Pueblo [Independence Aqueduct draws water from Sonora River in violation of their hereditary rights], the Purépecha indigenous community of Cherán K’eri [Michoacán], the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam [Guerrero], and the Peoples Front in Defence of the Land (San Salvador Atenco), and others whose communities have suffered the plunder of their territory in the interest of projects that also affect the environment.
Since its inception in 1996, SERAPAZ took over the functions formerly performed by the National Mediation Commission (CONAI), presided over at the time by Samuel Ruiz García, bishop of San Cristóbal de las Casas.
To date SERAPAZ has worked on various social processes in several parts of the country, including Oaxaca, Guerrero, State of Mexico, Mexico City, Hidalgo, Morelos, Michoacán, Ciudad Juárez and Jalisco.
Translated by Jane Brundage