A global webinar series is to be held between August and October 2020 on the Right to Say No. It follows from the Thematic Social Forum (TSF) on Mining and the Extractivist Economy held in Johannesburg, South Africa between the 12th to 15th November 2018. The final declaration of the TSF was premised on the platform of “Beyond Extractivism: Reclaiming Peoples Power, Our Right to Say No!
The Webinar series is a continuation of the work of the TSF in terms of consolidating a broad movement of resistance in order to build common struggles for solidarity. We build this solidarity in diverse ways and from different perspectives but what hold us together is our resistance to the destructive effects of extractivism.
In the name of economic growth and development we have witnessed how extractivism has exploited the natural resources of so many countries and the devastating impact this has had on local communities. We have also witnessed the resistance by local communities who claim the Right to Say No on extractive activities in their regions.
These local initiatives are the foundation for building the necessary alternatives needed to challenge the system.
The Right to Say No: Learning from Global Struggles
From legal struggles in South Africa to people’s blockades in the Philippines, the opening webinar, The Right to Say NO – Learning from Global Struggles, featured front line speakers and movement activists who shared how the #Right2SayNO is being asserted in different ways around our living planet to counter extractivism. The webinar discussed experiences of community resistance presented by comrades from the Amadiba Crisis Committee (South Africa), Serra do Brigadeiro: Mineração Aqui Não (Brazil), Dhaatri Resource Centre for Women and Children’s Rights (South East Asia) and Code Rood (The Netherlands).
Join us for the global and regional webinar series that reflect on cases of community resistance as they struggle for the Right to Say No!