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The Progressive International: A Global Movement against Fascism, War and Planetary Extinction


December 1, 2018
The Common Dreams Staff & Nemonte Nenquimo / Common Dreams

With fascist movements on the rise and controlling the levers of power in the US and across the world, the Sanders Institute and Europe's DiEM25 have announced the launch of Progressive International with the goal of standing up against right-wing forces with an organized "grassroots movement for global justice." And, from the forests of the Amazon, Nemonte Nenquimo, brings inspiration and a call for Indigenous Resistance against forces that are destroying the natural world.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/30/it-time-progressives-world-unite-sanders-varoufakis-issue-open-call-new-global

'It Is Time for Progressives of the World to Unite':
Sanders-Varoufakis Issue Open Call
For New Global Movement

< big>The Common Dreams Staff

"Our Progressive International will reclaim
our communities, our cities, our countries, and our planet
with a bold International New Deal
that we will work, together, to deliver."


BURLINGTON, VT (November 30, 2018) -- With fascist movements on the rise and controlling the levers of power in the United States and across the world, the US-based Sanders Institute and Europe's DiEM25 -- the groups founded by Jane Sanders and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, respectively -- announced the launch of Progressive International on Friday with the goal of beating back right-wing forces with an organized "grassroots movement for global justice."

"There is a global war being waged against workers, against our environment, against democracy, against decency," declares the Progressive International's open call to join the movement, which was unveiled Friday evening by Varoufakis and Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during The Sanders Institute Gathering in Burlington, Vermont.

"A network of right-wing factions is collaborating across borders to erode human rights, silence dissent, and promote intolerance. Not since the 1930 has humanity faced such an existential threat," the call continues. "To defeat them, we cannot simply go back to the failed status quo of the last few decades. Unfettered globalization promised peace and prosperity. But it delivered financial crisis, needless war, and disastrous climate change, instead."


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Sign up for the call here. And read the full the call to action below:

There is a global war being waged against workers, against our environment, against democracy, against decency.

A network of right-wing factions is collaborating across borders to erode human rights, silence dissent, and promote intolerance. Not since the 1930 has humanity faced such an existential threat.

To defeat them, we cannot simply go back to the failed status quo of the last few decades. Unfettered globalization promised peace and prosperity. But it delivered financial crisis, needless war, and disastrous climate change, instead.

The time has come for progressives to form a grassroots movement for global justice: to mobilize workers, women and the disenfranchised all around the world behind a shared vision of democracy, prosperity, sustainability, and solidarity.

Our Progressive International will reach out to communities in every corner of the world to help build our shared vision.

Our Progressive International will stand by people who are already fighting to end inequality, exploitation, discrimination and environmental degradation.

Our Progressive International will reclaim our communities, our cities, our countries, and our planet with a bold International New Deal that we will work, together, to deliver.

It is time for progressives of the world to unite.

Today, on behalf of DiEM25 and The Sanders Institute, we issue a Call to Action: to create a global network of individuals and organizations that will fight together for dignity, peace, prosperity and the future of our planet.

ACTION: Join us. Join Progressive International.
VISIT the website for the new group here.

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A Message of Indigenous Resistance
And Inspiration From the Amazon

Nemonte Nenquimo / Common Dreams

Our fight is not just a fight about oil --
it's a fight about a different way of living
They will bring money, sickness and contamination.
They will try to divide our families and change our way of thinking


(November 29, 2018) -- The following piece is quoted directly from the keynote address of Ceibo Alliance co-founder Nemonte Nenquimo, who traveled from her home in the remote Ecuadorian Amazon to present to a live audience at this year's Bioneers conference in Marin, California. This article is part of the Profiles in Community Action series, sourced from the resistance struggles of Community Action Grant recipients by Rainforest Action Network.



Nemonte Nenquimo with Waorani elders. (Photo by Jeronimo Zubiga, Amazon Frontlines)

"I have flown here like a scarlet macaw from a forest, far away.
"This is not a strange land to me because we are all connected.

"Because the forest connects us -- you and me."

I am Nemonte Nenquimo. My name means Many Stars. My people are the Waorani and our forest is our home. I am a Waorani woman and a mother.

I have a three-year-old daughter who is learning how to sing our songs. Songs that our ancestors sang for thousands of years. Songs about living. About growing food and hunting. Medicine songs. War songs. Joking songs.

After my daughter sings, she always asks me: "Now I am Waorani, right, Mama?"

Our songs, just like our forest, we inherited from our ancestors. As a mother, I feel the responsibility inside of me to pass down our songs and our forest to our children and grandchildren. But I am afraid for my people now.

Our ancestors defended our way of life for generations with spears. But the threats we face now cannot be confronted with spears alone.

Two moons from now, the government plans to auction our territory to the oil companies. If we do not stop them, the company will get a foothold in our lands. They will bring money, sickness and contamination. They will try to divide our families and change our way of thinking.

This is a fight about different ways of living.
One that protects life and one that destroys life.


So, I am here now as a Waorani woman and as a mother. To tell you that our fight is not just a fight about oil. This is a fight about different ways of living. One that protects life and one that destroys life.

When we started Ceibo Alliance, the Kofan, Siona and Siekopai nations invited my people to visit their territories. (See also the English language website of Ceibo's sister organization Amazon Frontlines.) We traveled from far away by canoe and jungle trail and we learned about all the problems that come with oil.

More than anything, we learned that the company doesn't see the forest. They don't see us. They see what they want to see. They see oil wells where we see gardens. They see money where we see life.

How can we defend our way of life and our forests? That was our question.

We decided to make a map of our territory that shows all of the creeks and trails. Our medicinal gardens, our hunting grounds, our sacred sites. Mapping our lands brought our people together. Our youth and elders trekked our territory, like the old days. Not with spears, but with GPS, video cameras and camera traps.

The government wants to sell our land to the oil companies.

Now, the government wants to sell our land to the oil companies. But we are united. Our land is not for sale. In the coming weeks, we will take the government to court demanding that they respect our right to decide what happens in our territory.

By working together in the Ceibo Alliance, our people are stronger than ever before. We are supporting each other's battles. Our Kofan friends have already won a big fight against gold miners, and us Waorani were there supporting them.

And the Siona are taking their battle to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights demanding the Colombian government respect their rights. And the Siekopai are titling ancestral lands in Peru that were stolen from them during the rubber boom.

I know that the Waorani will win our fight to protect our forests. Because we are not alone. We are fighting together.

And now, as a woman, as a mother, as a water protector and a forest defender, I want you to join us in our fight to defend our way of life, our forests and our planet.

This article was produced by Earth | Food | Life, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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