La Via Campesina
La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
La Via Campesina comprises about 164 local and national organizations in 73 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.
CLOC- Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo – Via Campesina
The Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations is a continental articulation with 16 years of continued commitment to the social struggle. It represents peasant, workers, indigenous and Afro-descendants all through Latin America.
Border Agricultural Workers
The Border Agricultural Workers Project is based in El Paso, Texas and works in the US-México border region around El Paso, Texas. This corner region of the states of Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua, is the historic and most important recruitment place for agricultural workers in the Southwest. From this region, thousands of farmworkers, the majority from México, move to various other agricultural areas of America. Moreover, a significant number of workers stay or reside in this area and work in the agricultural fields near El Paso.
CNMCIOB-BS – Confederación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas indigenas originarias Bartolinas Sissa
The Bartolina Sisa National Confederation of Campesino, Indigenous, and Native Women of Bolivia (Spanish:Confederación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas Indígenas Originarias de Bolivia “Bartolina Sisa”; CNMCIOB-BS; informally, the Bartolina Sisas) is the primary union organization of peasant women in Bolivia, and the women’s organization with the largest membership in the country. The name Bartolina Sisa refers to the Aymara peasant leader of the 18th century, the wife of Túpac Katari, and reflects the strong influence of the Katarista movement in peasant politics. Their main aims are to organize and facilitate women’s participation in national terrain.
MNICI – Movimiento Nacional Campesino Indígena
MNCI stands in Spanish for National Indigenous Peasants Movements. MNCI is a Movement comprised by more than 20,000 families of peasants and indigenous farmers of Argentina. Their fight has two lines of struggle: to achieve a Comprehensive Agrarian Reform and Food Sovereignty by popular organization.
CONAMURI -Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones de Mujeres Trabajadoras Rurales e indigenas
Our organization was created in 1999 in response to the need for their own space of peasant and indigenous to the defense of women’s rights; and the search for alternatives to the desperate poverty (mboriahu), discrimination (ñemboyke) and exclusion (ñemboykete) based on class, ethnicity and gender.
ANAMURI -Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Rurales e Indigenas
The National Association of Rural and Indigenous Women (ANAMURI) is the most important women’s organisation in Chile. ANAMURI works with rural and indigenous women all over the country, including fisherfolk, small farmers, artisans, seasonal laborers and keepers of folk traditions. Is part of the Via Campesina, an international movement which coordinates peasant organisations of small and middle-scale producers, agricultural workers, rural women, and indigenous communities from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe.
ZIMSOFF – Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmer Forum / Via Campesina
Zimbabwe´s Smallholder Organic Farmer Forum mission statement is “to create and nurture a dynamic alliance of Small holder Farmer Organizations that promotes organic farming, processing and marketing, in partnership with PELUM Zimbabwe Service Provider Organizations to uplift the welfare of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe through participatory ecological land use planning and management”.
MST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra
Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) in Portuguese, is a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and by all those who want to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas.
The MST was born through a process of occupying latifundios (large landed estates) and become a national movement in 1984. Over more than two decades, the movement has led more than 2,500 land occupations, with about 370,000 families – families that today settled on 7.5 million hectares of land that they won as a result of the occupations. Through their organizing, these families continue to push for schools, credit for agricultural production and cooperatives, and access to health care.
Currently, there are approximately 900 encampment holding 150,000 landless families in Brazil. Those camped, as well as those already settled, remain mobilized, ready to exercise their full citizenship, by fighting for the realization of their political, social economic, environmental and cultural rights.
COMITÉ DE UNIDAD CAMPESINA (CUC – Guatemala)
The CUC was born on 1978, when the peasants and farm workers join together to fight for better agricultural wages and against militarization and discrimination against indigenous peoples. We are a broad and pluralistic organization of farmers, indigenous and popular base. We struggle to uproot injustice and the oppressive and exclusionary system, through organizing, political education and grassroots mobilization, generating policy proposals and techniques, and developing work in political and public decision-making spaces.
Coordinate and promote solidarity with peasant sister organizations, grassroots and other civil, national and international society, seeking alliances to achieve measures for the poor in Guatemala.
COMUNIDAD INDÍGENA XINCA DE SANTA MARIA XALAPAN Y PARLAMENTO XINCA
The Xinca, also known as the Xinka, are a non-Mayan indigenous people of Mesoamerica, with communities in the southern portion of Guatemala, near its border with El Salvador, and in the mountainous region to the north.
The Acuerdo sobre Identidad y Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas was signed in Guatemala in 1995; it recognised the multiethnic character of the nation and specifically defined the Xinca as one of the groups contributing to the ethnic makeup of the republic. Once the Xinca had been officially recognised they began to incorporate themselves into the political scene, joining indigenous organisations such as the first indigenous parliament in the country.
Movimiento Indígena-Campesino De Chiapas
MLN arises from a long process of resistance experiences. What we need to design in order to guide and illuminate the construction of national liberation is: Autonomy, Popular Power and Participatory Democracy. These are the only paths we have to pursue in order to develop a new citizenship based on the articulation of communities and a framework of civil liberties. Autonomy as self-government and our ability to defend our national and ethnic entities and our class.
ENHE BIZKAIA – VIA CAMPESINA
EHNE-Bizkaia (Basque Nekazarien Elkartasuna UPV) is a farmers’ union, an agricultural professional organization, which legalized in the years 1976-1977. After many years of existence, both as purposeful protest, right now its main objective is to promote food sovereignty in the whole of Euskal Herria, a key principle in that it involves the ability to decide, but also linked to what a well-informed society wants, which is a close ecological production, to ensure safety, food quality, and respect for the environment and climate, in addition to employment and rural vitality.
COPINH – Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras
COPINH is an organisation which since its foundation in 1993 has fought to improve the life of the Lenca people and to uphold their right to defend territory, natural resources and the environment. The Lenca communities of Rio Blanco and Santa Barbara department have been struggling since April 2013 against the construction of a dam on the river Gualcarque by the transnational corporations DESA, SINOHYDRO and the FICOHSA Group. These companies started the construction of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project without previous consultation and against the will of the local indigenous Lenca population in flagrant violation of ILO Convention 169 (signed by Honduras in 1995) and national legislation such as the ‘Ley de Ordenamiento Territorial’.
European Coordination – Vía Campesina
The European Coordination Via Campesina regroups the organisations formerly gathered in the European Farmers Coordination (CPE 1986-2008) and other farmers’ and agricultural workers’ organisations of Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, and Turkey.
Our principal objective is the struggle for other food and agricultural policies based on more legitimacy, fairness, solidarity and sustainability, wich are necessary in Europe to ensure food security, food safety, public health, employment in rural areas and to tackle the issues of the global food crisis and climate change.
CIFTCI-SEN (CONFEDERATION PAYSANNE)
The Farmer Union Confederation Çiftçi-Sen is an organization of peasants from all around turkey and a member of the European Coordination Via Campesina.
Farm workers association of Florida
The Farmworker Association of Florida was founded in 1983 in response to devastating freezes decimating the citrus crop in Central Florida and impacting farmworkers’ livelihoods. The mission of the Farmworker Association of Florida is to build power among farmworker and rural poor communities to empower them to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health and environmental justice issues that impact their lives.
MMC – Movimento de Mulheres Camponesas
We are women farmers, tenants, riverine, squatters, day laborers, day laborers, partners, extractive, coconut crackers, artisan fishers, landless settlers … Indian Women, blacks, descendants of Europeans. We are the sum of the diversity of our country. Belong to the working class, feminist cause and fight for the transformation of society. Fighting has always been our condition. We build our autonomous women’s movement.
KRRS – Karnataka State Farmers Union
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, also known as KRRS or the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, is a farmer’s movement. They are in the forefront of fighting multinational companies that try to sell seeds. An important component of KRRS’ work is bringing global issues to the local constituencies, and fighting against global institutions and transnational corporations in Karnataka.
The Karnataka Rajysa Raitha Sangha is the biggest movement of small and medium farmers and landless labourers in India. It was launched in 1980 and today several million peasants are organised in KRRS. The KRRS plays a key-role not only in mobilising people in the Indian state Karnataka but also at national level (bringing movements together in networks such as JAFIP and BKU) and in international networking (through Via Campesina and Peoples Global Action).
Conseil national de concertation et de coopération des ruraux
The National Council for Dialogue and Cooperation of Rurals, CNCR of Senegal aims to contribute to the development of peasant agriculture that ensures sustainable socio-economic for their family farms.
Asociación nacional de Trabajadores Agropecuarios
The National Association of Agricultural Workers ANTA was formed on August 8, 1985 with the participation of 40 farmers, mostly from the east of the country. The fundamental objective is creating representative rural organization of the poor farmers of El Salvador, with the ability to influence agricultural policy country. ANTA demanding changes in agrarian structures of the country.
AMELIOR ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE RECICLADORES DE COLOMBIA
Association Amelior has been in existence since August 2012. It was born as a mixed constituency of biffins and citizens of Paris that are in solidarity with their cause: in social recognition, eradication of economic poverty and police repression to which they are subject. The biffins are skilled in collecting, repairing and upgrading objects and devices, with ancient expertise in sorting and selling. The job of biffins seems, a priori, legal and legitimate. However, this activity does not enjoy the recognition is due today, and is even subject to genuine judicial and police repression.
CRBZ -Corriente Revolucionaria Bolivar y Zamora
We are people articulated by a large commitment of love and passion with the Bolivarian Revolution. We are, above all, men and women, gathered in groups, organizations and groups, acutely aware of the responsibility we share in this historic time of change and the advent of the New Nation. We understand that the revolution is about making dreams realities and precisely this is the great challenge of the Bolivarian Revolution: translate into tangible facts proposed as historic project – cultural in Revolutionary Program, NATIONAL PROJECT SIMON BOLIVAR. This requires conscious, creative and sign of competition and revolutionary, that we are who we understand and assume as makers boost and make the Revolution from the people.
Korean Women Peasants Association
The Korean Women Peasant Association (KWPA), founded in 1989, seeks to improve the status of women farmers and oppose neoliberal agricultural policies in South Korea. In order to forward its goals, KWPA has been a leader of the country’s food sovereignty movement, through which it has advocated for sustainable agriculture and against the state’s preferential treatment for large-scale farms. Among other projects, KWPA has helped create local, ecologically friendly agricultural supply chains and has organized native seed banks to defend against corporate control of the food system.
MPP – Mouviman Peyzan Papay
MPP wants to gather all the poor peasants (men, women, youth, and children) from all the corners of Haïti in a large national movement to fight to build a Haïti where everyone finds life. The organization fights, among other things, for food sovereignty, decent jobs and education for all, health care made available to all, decent housing and recreation, for freedom of conscience as well as for freedom of speech.
Organización “Ambiental” – GRAIN – Grup de Recerca per a l’Aplicació de les Intel•ligències Múltiples
GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. Our support takes the form of independent research and analysis, networking at local, regional and international levels, and fostering new forms of cooperation and alliance-building. Most of our work is oriented towards, and carried out in, Africa, Asia and Latin America. GRAIN’s work goes back to the early 1980s, when a number of activists around the world started drawing attention to the dramatic loss of genetic diversity on our farms — the very cornerstone of the world’s food supply.
CNOP – Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali
The National Coordination of Peasants’ Organizations is composed of Peasants’ Organizations with national and/or regional competences which cover all the under-sectors of agriculture, breeding, fishing, forest. The CNOP objectives are: to promote a competitive family agriculture; to reinforce the capacities of design, elaboration, follow-up, plea and lobbying of the leaders as regards Agricultural policies; to develop at the local, regional and national level dialogue frameworks between the peasant´s organizations and between the CNOP and the other actors of rural development and to promote a representative national peasant movement effectively ensuring the representation, the defence of interests as well as the supply of economic and technical services to the family farms.
NFFC- National Family Farm Coalition
United States of America
The National Family Farm Coalition represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities. The NFFC was founded in 1986.
NFFC chooses its projects based on the potential to empower family farmers by reducing the corporate control of agriculture and promoting a more socially just farm and food policy.
Re-food 4 Good
Re-food is non-profit project, founded as an instrument to facilitate the redirection of un-served left-over food to hungry people. Re-food has a three-fold mission: to end unnecessary food waste; to end urban hunger and to build local communities. The project was developed in Lisbon, Portugal during 2010, expecting to have to fight to change attitudes in the food service industry and political realms, before getting down to the business of moving the food to the people who need it.
UNAC – União Nacional de Camponeses
In Mozambique 80% of the poor live in rural areas and land rights are hugely important, both for people’s livelihoods and cultural identity. However, rural people face major difficulties, in terms of awareness and organisation, to effectively claim and enforce these rights. UNAC (União Nacional de Camponeses) is the national farmers’ movement founded in 1987 by the farmers themselves that now comprises 32,000 members.
IDEA – Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Associations Cambodia
IDEA is a trade union organisation which protects popular workers’ rights. Is a labor group comprised mostly of tuk-tuk drivers and moto-dops but also of as street vendors and domestic workers. Its total membership is around 4900 members. IDEA members organise themselves in order to build a strong union organisation. Their main goal is that workers are recognised as wha and to have its voice everywhere while making national policy.
CTPC- FNT Confederación de los Trabajadores por su Cuenta Propia Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a country where the self-employed workers constitute the majority of the working population. CTCP was formed in 2000. It is a national alliance of membership-based organisations of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers, co-operatives and associations of own-account workers. 60% of members are informal traders. The CTCP-FNT was created after twelve years of neoliberal policies implementation, and began to organize a great number of people who were working on their own on the streets due to the massive unemployment generated at the heart of the rural workers and the artisans.
Fábricas Recuperadas Rimaflow
In March 2013, a group of some fifty workers in the town of Trezzano sul Naviglio near Milan, decided to occupy the factory where they used to work and run it as a cooperative making and selling recycled electric and electronic components. These workers were previously employed by Maflow, an Italian multinational that made pipes for car air-conditioning systems. For many years, Maflow was a market leader servicing many big car companies; BMW was its biggest customer. But after a series of financial difficulties, the company closed down its main Italian arms at the end of 2012. And that’s when Ri-Maflow was born as a social co-operative making its first steps towards providing a future for the occupiers and their families.
Frente Nacional Comunal Simón Bolivar- FNCSM
We are people articulated by a large commitment of love and passion with the Simon Bolivar National Project. This requires conscious, creative and sign of competition and revolutionary, that we are who we understand and assume as makers boost and make the Revolution from the people. FNCSM actively participates in the social processes activated by the Bolivarian revolution like the “consejos comunales”, the instance of grass-roots participation of the urban ppor and the well-known “misiones”.
ARB- ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE RECICLADORES DE COLOMBIA
The Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá (ARB) is comprised of 25 waste picker groups representing 2500 people. Since 1990 ARB has been defending the rights of waste pickers. It has achieved an impressive level of organization in Bogota, and currently negotiates contracts with the private and public sectors.
MTE – Movimiento de Trabajadores Excluidos
MTE stands for Movement of Excluded Workers, is a social organization independent from political parties, which brings together more than 3000 waste pickers in Buenos Aires.
MTE cartoneros and activists, despite the current system of exclusion that intends to exclude waste picker´s work, have come together to honor the culture of work, solidarity, and partnership as core values.
Their fight is to legitimize and formalize waste picker´s work so that there is no difference between “included” or “excluded” workers; so waste pickers have the same inalienable rights as any other worker; so that they can have possibilities of retirement, bonuses, occupational health and safety; and so they can have access to technologies that allow them to increase the volume of recyclable materials in order to advance towards a more socially and ecologically sustainable country.
Confederación de Trabajadores de la Economía Popular
The Confederation of Workers of the Popular Economy (CTEP) is a national organization that represents the popular economy workers and their families (e.g. wastepickers, street vendors, recovered factories, paesants, fishermen, cooperatativts, artesans, and several informal workers). CTEP is a struggle tool for them since it fights towards the restoration of the social and labor rights that neoliberalism took away from the working poor. It is a necessary fight tool because after ten years of uninterrupted growth in the region, CTEP learned that improving macroeconomic indicators, increasing productivity, development of technology and increasing in investment do not result in formal work and dignity for all collegues. In the capitalist market there is no place for them and that there are two choices: settle down and subsist as “second class citizens” -scarcely attended by the State- in the peripheries of the Market; or build a new economy that breaks down with the logic of profit, the Popular Economy.
FACyR – Federación Argentina de Cartoneros y Recicladores
The Argentinean Federation of cartoneros and recyclers is a recognition tool the waste pickers created to defend the rights and the environmental and social value of their work. Their members are part of the cartoneros (waste pickers) and urban garbage recyclers around the country, organized in cooperatives or other associations. The aim of the Federation is to defend the rights these workers have that are not nationally acknowledged.
KKPKP – Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat – Waste Pickers Collective
We pick up what someone has discarded as having no value and give it value through our labour. Long ago in 1990, we were treated like the trash we collect. People would shoo us away like they would dogs. They would cover their noses when they passed us. It hurt. We were not sitting in garbage because we enjoyed it! We were there because we wanted the recyclables. We mostly worked alone, sometimes with friends who did not care too much about it either. Our mothers and grandmothers had done it before us. It was this work that brought us money to feed ourselves and our families so we did it.
CMP – Central de Movimentos Populares
CMP was founded in 1993 as a result of the historical process of resistance of social movements. I has major bases in 17 of the 27 states Brazil has. It is comprised of groups of workers without work, building and land´s occupants, landless, homeless and jobless, informal woekers cultural and social organizations, etc. Central axis of action is the Popular Participation in Public Policy.
Federación de Recicladores RENAREC- Red LACRE
The Renarec brings together more than 1,000 waste pickers working in different cities of Ecuador. Each waste picker seeks in every street, dump and landfill for materials such as paper, plastic or glass. After segregating, washing and packing, waste pickers sell the material to those engaged in developing new products with it. Through recycling RENAREC organize at local and national level to improve their working conditions.
The Latin American Network of Waste Pickers, Red LACRE, is an organization representative of recyclers labor movements in the region. Its mission is to improve the working conditions of recyclers and encourage dialogue between countries to exchange experiences, to design and execute collective actions.
CTPC- FNT Confederación de los Trabajadores por su Cuenta Propia
Nicaragua is a country where the self-employed workers constitute the majority of the working population. CTCP was formed in 2000. It is a national alliance of membership-based organisations of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers, co-operatives and associations of own-account workers. 60% of members are informal traders. The National Front of Workers FNT was born on the 28th of April, 1990, as a Sandinista union organization. The CTCP-FNT was created after twelve years of neoliberal policies implementation, and began to organize a great number of people who were working on their own on the streets due to the massive unemployment generated at the heart of the rural workers and the artisans.
ASSOTSI – Associação dos Operadores e Trabalhadores do Sector Informal
ASSOTSI was formed in 1999. Is a city-based alliance of membership-based organisations of market vendors, hawkers and informal sector workers. Members pay monthly subscription. It aims to promote and encourage unity within operators and workers in informal sector; promotes and defend their rights and interests; and contributes to organize the informal sector and improve the quality of services. Plans to expand and become a National organisation. Organises through workshops, meetings and one-one discussions. Meetings are mainly held in markets.
Corriente Villera Independiente
It is an articulation space for the various slums of Buenos Aires City. This independent slums movements aims to be an axis for the different struggle experiences for all the mis-tretated neighborhoods by all governments. We say neighborhoods because our first aspiration is to work and fight for the urbanization of slums. We intend to move forward by all means: sit around a table and discuss with the executive, legislative and judicial power, but knowing that our power is in the organization and the struggle of each and all residents who are willing to fight and change everything that needs to be changed.
Federación Uruguaya de Cooperativas de Vivienda por Ayuda Mutua
FUCVAM stands for Federation of Housing Cooperatives for Mutual Aid. Is the largest, oldest and most active social organization devoted to housing and urban development issues in Uruguay. Established in 1970, comprises more than 500 housing cooperatives, representing over 25,000 families in Uruguay (ie, approximately 90,000 people.
The model developed and promoted by FUCVAM has five key principles: 1) solidarity; 2) democratic participation; 3) self management; 4) mutual aid; and 5) collective property, providing security for families and avoid speculation.
KENASVIT – Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders
Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) is a national alliance of street vendors, hawkers and informal traders in Kenya. It was formed in 2005 and it is a membership umbrella organization for several local urban street vendors, hawkers and informal traders’ associations. The national office for the Alliance is located in Nakuru Municipality.The Mission of the Alliance is to organize and empower street vendors and informal traders, in order to improve their businesses through training, access to credit, dialogue with local authorities and other relevant organizations on appropriate by- laws and policies that give recognition to and bring to an end harrasssment and discrimination against to popular traders.
MUFIS (Malawi Union for the Informal Sector)
The Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) first began in 2000, and was officially registered in 2004. As of 2012, MUFIS has approximately 14550 members, who work in the following informal sectors: home-based workers, street vendors, waste pickers, construction workers, domestic workers and small-scale tea farmers.
The Union’s vision is to assist, represent and educate its members to improve their businesses, and its objectives are to protect the rights and interests of members, encourage full participation by members in the union, promote legislation that is in members’ interests, and to affiliate with both local and international organizations that have similar objectives to MUFIS.
MNER – Movimiento Nacional de Empresas Recuperadas/ SUBPGA – Sub-productos ganaderos
MNER stands for National Movements of Recovered Companies. MNER along with piqueteros, unemployed movements and neighborhood assemblies join in solidarity to resist neoliberal policies. Occupy, resist and produce is what MNER claims for. That is the voice that today stands at more than 190 recovered companies.
SUBPGA stands for Livestock Sub- Products and is a recovered factory.
In 2005 his former owner began a process of emptying the company, which continued with a systematic delay in the payment of wages and layoffs in January 2006. The mobilization of workers succeeded in February 2006. Since then, all SUBPGA employees began an arduous path while their goal was to keep their jobs through the creation of a cooperative.
Industrial Workers of the World
USA, Australia, Ireland and other
IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than bankers. Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic and racial lines. Nowadays, IWW focus on the workers in worse labor conditions such as fast-food, recycling shops, etc.
International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (ICYCW-CIJOC)
The YCW is a movement of young people, young men and women, who are at work, in study-work situations, unemployed or in short term, insecure or casual work. The aim of the YCW is to help young workers reflect and take action themselves in order to gain freedom from what prevents them living with Dignity and to bear witness to the presence of God and His plan in Jesus Christ within the world of working youth. For this purpose it helps young people develop as Christian leaders who will take an active role in society and in the Church.
World Movement of Catholic Workers WMCW – Movimiento Mundial de Trabajadores Cristianos MMTC
The WMCW was set up in 1966. Today, it brings together more than 50 affiliated organizations from four continents. Its member organizations promote the interests of all those who rely upon their work or for their income, whether formally or informally. The WMCW is a movement of formation through action. The member movements are committed to raising awareness through permanent education. Their objective is to create solidarity and encourage their members to take an active part in the commitment to social change. That is, a comprehensive education, one aimed at commitment and concerning all aspects of life. To reach this goal, the WMCW applies the «-see-judge-act method», also called the «Review of life».
The ultimate goal of this collective action of continuing education is to improve the living conditions of all workers and their families.
CUT – Central Única dos Trabalhadores Minas Gerais – Movimiento Sindical de Maestros
It has been 28 years since the Central Workers of Minas Gerais was formed. Since then, they have been always in the vanguard of the working class struggles, with key role in union organizing and strengthening the New Unionism and the principles CUT. Additionally, the CUT / MG starred, developed and organized numerous debates and actions of interest to society as a whole and has supported all the popular struggles and social movements in the state area.
New Zealand Council of Trade Union – Te Kauae Kaimahi (CTU)
The CTU representing 350,000 workers in 36 unions is the largest democratic, advocacy and representative organisation in New Zealand. Its core purpose is advocacy on workers employment rights and economic and social interests. The CTU with its affiliates strives for a democracy that gives working people an active voice in decision making at work and in society that recognises and values collectivism, solidarity and the role of unions and acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas
Mexican Electrician´s Syndicate is an organization integrated by workers from the national electricity sector. The organizations has 100 years of existence.
Syndicate of Informal Workers- HomeNet Eastern Europe
The principal activities of Homenet are aimed at organizing events, providing a greater awareness as” for” and “to” home workers and providing funding for training and retraining of unemployed and different production manufacturers.
The French organizations Droit au Logement/No-Vox
NoVox is a network of grassroots social movements and organizations of “deprived peoples” (from work, from housing, from legal residence, from earnings etc.) No-Vox was founded in Florence during the first European social forum (2002) in order to ask the organizing comittee to take into account analysis and participation of the movements representing the most segregated. It became worldwilde in january 2003, during the third World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, when No-Vox supported the occupation of a building downtown by MNLM.
USW – United Steelworkers
United States and North America
The United Steelworkers is the North America’s largest industrial union with 1.2 million members and retirees strong in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. They proudly represent men and women who work in nearly every industry there is. They fight for a better life for all workers in union halls, at the work place, in the courts and in legislatures – wherever the pursuit of fairness and justice is.
The Truth Foundation was established in 2009 by ordinary South Koreans who had been tortured and imprisoned under fabricated charges of spying for communist North Korea, but whose convictions were later overturned. The reparations they received from the government became the seed money for the Foundation.
FTDES – Forum Tunsien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux
FTDES is a non-governmental organization, neutral, independent of any political party or any religious institution. It was created in 2011 in order to defend the people´s economic and social rights nationally and internationally. The FTDES works on the following topics: labor law, women’s rights, environmental rights and the rights of migrants.
UAWC – Union Of Agricultural Work Committees
UAWC was established in 1986 in response to the vulnerable socio-political circumstance of farmers that resulted from occupation policies in confiscating lands and water.
Nowadays UAWC´s mission is to empower small farmers, both men and women, as well as their families, and strengthen farmers’ resilience on their lands in an agricultural and public developmental framework at the public level.
Movimientos hacia el ALBA
The articulation of social movements towards ALBA is an anti-imperialist, anti-neoliberal and anti-patriarchal continental integration proposal. It is driven by organized grassroots movements capable of popular mobilization, fighting for equality, freedom and true emancipation of the region.
Levante Popular da Juventude
The Popular Raise of Youth is a youth militant organization dedicated to the mass struggle in pursuit of social transformation. WE ARE A POPULAR YOUTH PROJECT, and we do not bow our heads to the injustices and inequalities.
Our main goal is to multiply youth groups in different social sectors and territories, experimenting organization, agitation and mobilization. We also search driving the force of the Brazilian Revolution: a social integration in different categories of people who are likely to rise in a new period of upturn in struggle.
La Junta- Movimientos hacia el ALBA -Capítulo Perú
Is a place for systematic political education made by young people for young people. We integrate men and women with different paths of social and political commitment in Peru. We are legally incorporated as a nonprofit organization, we have partnerships with several for logistical support and training content entities, are self-governing and autonomous, a team of young animators make decisions collectively and sovereign. Its overall objective is “to contribute to changing the country because the current economic model and the current political establishment do not respond to the great interests of the country and denies us the opportunity to access a quality of life.
Spirit of Youth Association For Environmental Services
Officially registered in 2004, the Spirit of Youth Association works to educate and empower youth through learning opportunities related to sustaining entrepreneurial recycling businesses and also advocates the causes of the garbage collector’s community in their integration into the formal sector of solid waste management. We are dedicated to empowering marginalized children and youth to improve their environment through playing constructive roles in their communities.
One of the main objectives are: to improve the environment of particularly impoverished communities by spreading the concept and the practice of waste segregation at the source; to build the capacity of the Zabaleen by advocating for their integration into the formal waste management sector in Egypt; to provide awareness and primary health care services to children, youth and women in marginalized communities, assisting them to obtain access to free governmental medical services.
Espousing the interests of the inhabitants of E’zbet Haggana, an informal settlement of several hundreds of thousands close to Cairo International Airport, Al-Shehab has disseminated a rights-based and democratic conception of development as it has engaged the residents. It is unique among civil society organizations in the area in that it does not carry a religious label and is equally open to Muslims and Copts, as it is to men and women, boys and girls, Egyptians and Sudanese refugees, vigourously asserting their equal dignity and legitimate claim to consideration of their family members, peers and authorities, and indeed of their own selves.
PAH – Plataforma Afectados por la Hipoteca
Is a Spanish grassroots organization that campaigns for the right to a home.
The PAH, composed of people affected by subprime mortgages, is a social movement struggling for decent housing, having emerged in Barcelona in February 2009 and now extending across the Spanish territory. It surged in response to the real estate crisis of 2008 that triggered the bursting of the Spanish housing bubble and became a strong part of the movements that later formed to contest austerity politics in the context of the sovereign debt crisis. As such, the PAH also came to constitute a part of the 15M movement that emerged in May 2011.
National Alliance of People’s Movements
It is an alliance of progressive people’s organisations and movements, who while retaining their autonomous identities, are working together to bring the struggle for primacy of rights of communities over natural resources, conservation and governance, decentralised democratic development and towards a just, sustainable and egalitarian society in the true spirit of globalism. We stand against corporate globalisation, communalism and religious fundamentalism, patriarchy, casteism, untouchability and discrimination of all kinds. We believe an alliance emerging out of such a process with shared ideology and diverse strategies can give rise to a strong social, political force and a National People’s movement. In its quest for a larger alliance, beyond the people’s movements, NAPM also reaches out to integrate various civil society organisations and individuals working towards similar goals.
MÉMOIRE DES LUTTES
Memory struggles is an association created at the initiative of Gunter Holzmann and whose mission is stated in the preamble to the Statute, “Gunter Holzmann, always engaged in struggles for a more just, more free world, more egalitarian, more fraternal and united, intends to act, beyond himself, to contribute to the fighting and keep their memory alive. To that end, he wants to be created a non-profit institution which aims to make it permanent, it makes a financial contribution”.
Genuine Clandestino was founded in 2010 as a communication campaign to expose a set of rules that unjust, equating peasant foods processed from those of large food industries, has made them outlaws. For this claim from its origins the free transformation of peasant foods, giving a right expropriated by the neoliberal system.
Homeless Peoples Federation Philippines Inc.
The Homeless People’s Federation Philippines, Inc. (HPFPI) is a self-help, community-based federation duly registered on 28 February 2001, which promotes community-led approaches to securing tenure, upgrading, housing, basic services, and livelihoods. It espouses savings mobilization as a way of building the financial capability of communities to invest in their own development. It upholds, above all, the aspirations of its members to secure their own land, maintain decent living conditions, rise above poverty, and protect their dignity and rights as human beings.
Forum des Alternatives Maroc
Aims at helping build democratic social movements, strong and independent citizens regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
Faith in Community Scotland
Faith in Community Scotland works hard to support local people living in Scotland’s economically poorest neighbourhoods. Provides a range of training, advice, funding and support to faith groups in these areas and encourage them to work in partnership with others. We believe strongly in the immense strength and gifts of local people. They are the experts who have the vision, determination and desire to make a real difference in the places where they live. Faith in Community Scotland is a charity, with strong core values guiding all that we do.
ETC Group – Erosion, Technology and Concentration-
ETC Group works to address the socioeconomic and ecological issues surrounding new technologies that could have an impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We investigate ecological erosion (including the erosion of cultures and human rights); the development of new technologies (especially agricultural but also other technologies that work with genomics and matter); and we monitor global governance issues including corporate concentration and trade in technologies. We operate at the global political level. We work closely with partner civil society organizations (CSOs) and social movements, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Asian Social Institute
The Asian Social Institute (ASI) was established in 1962 by Rev. Dr. Francis Senden, cicm. Ensuring its social and cultural rootedness, ASI provides a learning environment which is structured in three interacting departments – the Academe-Research, the Social Development, and the Administrative Services. ASI’s thrust is to contribute to an experientially and culturally based theory of social transformation. It gives importance to the persons-in-community and their essential relationships. It creates a social climate which enables persons to achieve their full human potentials towards community wealth and well-being within a new ecological development paradigm and movement called “Co-Creating Sustainable Bio-Regional Communities (CSBCom).”
Asociación Democracia Real Ya
In order to advance in the construction of unity and people’s power they organize the Marches for Dignity. Their slogan is “to live and work with dignity in our land with our people”!
Bread, a roof, rights and dignity for all workers.
CMMLK – Centro Memorial Martin Luther King
The Martin Luther King Memorial Center is a Christian-based organization macroecumenical that from the Cuban people and their churches prophetically contributes to solidarity and popular participation, conscious, organized, critical, engaged in a socialist option. This contribution makes from a conception of popular education and popular theology, critical, liberating and contextualized.
CONEN – Coordenação Nacional de Entidades Negras
CONEN was born in the 1990s, in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination, prejudice and intolerance struggle. It is built from an articulation of the organizations participating in the first National Black Entities, the ENEN, held in São Paulo in November 1991.
The CONEN founded in 1991, has established itself as a national authority and a space for building unity in action of hundreds of entities present in the whole territory, accompanying his guidance, to ensure equal and dignified conditions for the black population and overcome regional inequalities of race, class and gender in Brazil.
Centro Sociale Leoncavallo – Milán
The Leoncavallo is a Milan historic social center, founded in 1975, and from 2000 described himself as self-managed public space (Leoncavallo SPA) rather than social center. Today, in the new structure of the center space are a publisher-library, a legal immigrants counseling office, the headquarters of six associations. Every year there are many concerts, theater representation, alternaie movies, an international exhibition of comics, also there is a Radio Onda d’Urto station.
Centro Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas
Civil Organization, independent of any government or political ideology or religious creed. Founded in 1989 through the initiative of Samuel Ruiz García, catholic bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Frayba has a Christian inspiration and ecumenical inspiration.
They work in defense and promotion of human rights, especially for the indigenous villages and communities in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
The idea behind Banca Etica consists in creating a place where savers, driven by the common desire of a more transparent and responsible management of financial resources, may meet socio-economic initiatives, inspired by the values of a sustainable social and human development. The bank manages savings raised from private citizens, as singles or families, organisations, companies and institutions in general, and invests them in initiatives pursuing both social and economic objectives, operating in full respect of human dignity and the environment. In such context Banca Etica sets out to educate both savers and borrowers by enhancing the awareness of the formers about their saving’s destination, and encouraging the latter to develop their management and entrepreneurial abilities.
Associazione Trentini nel mondo onlus
Associazione Trentini nel Mondo was created in 1957 with a social solidarity aim and as an instrument of union and assistance for the Trentino migrants and their descendants. Among the promoters counts the Chamber of Commerce of Trento, Fondazione Comunità Solidale, the Italian Christian workers’ society, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Trento e Rovereto and the Cooperative Movement in Trentino.
Agencia Adista de Roma
Adista is an editorial project that aim is the right and duty of the democratic news. The information, that across the board, but out of the sow of the mass media, “yes, it is, but it’s best not to say” .The facts, links, distinctions, links, implications, textures, the fabric, the readings, the conflicts.
SAWPA – South African Waste Picker Association / Groundwork
SAWPA is an informal association that has a national scope. Each landfill (or street area) has a committee and then each province choses a provincial coordinator from amongst the waste pickers.
With the aid of NGO Groundwork, waste pickers continue organising themselves and developing local strategies for participation in waste management systems. Where dumps are being formalised as landfills, groundWork advocates that waste pickers must formalise or else there is more chance of them being marginalised from the formal waste management system.
APIB – ARTICULAÇÃO DOS POVOS INDÍGENAS DO BRASIL
The Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) is the national body for deliberation and political articulation of the Indigenous Movement. The organization brings together the regional Indigenous Organizations of all the country. The APIB also has their permanent National Commission (CNP) in Brasilia formed by representatives of organizations and technical advice.
ANTA – Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Agropecuarios
The National Association of Agricultural Workers ANTA was formed on August 8, 1985, by Salvadorian farmers, mostly from the east of the country. The fundamental objective is creating representative rural organization of the poor farmers of El Salvador, with the ability to influence agricultural policy country. ANTA demands changes in agrarian structures of the country.
AJD – Associação Juízes para a Democracia
The AJD, civil nonprofit organization wuthout corporatist interests, has statutory objectives are realized the intransigent defense of the democratic state values, the comprehensive defense of the dignity of the human person, the internal democratization of the judiciary (in organization and jurisdictional action ) and the rescue of the public service (as a service to the public) inherent in the exercise of power, which should be guided by full transparency, always with the citizen control.