Issue of each country         Young Organization Workshop (20110619)

 

<Philippines>

 

Common Issues

           Forced eviction along :

                     •Riverways

                     •Waterways

                     •Coastal

                     •Slum Communities

                     •Rural areas

           are subject for development project.

Cause Analysis

•Rapid growth of development due to neo liberalization.

•The government uses climate change/disaster as the reason to evict families along riverways.

•Abuse of political power.

Objectives

1) To organized & to linked communities in local and international, and established broad mass based movement in campaigning against forced evictions.

2) To do mass actions to resist evictions.

3) To train & educate COers and community leaders on issues of eviction (Advocacy work).

4) To formulate set of demands with the people depends on their cases.

Actions

1) Series of mass mobilizations to implementing agencies, embassy, international financial institutions(WB, ADB, etc.).

2) Dialogue.

3) International or local appeal, petition or letters of protest.

4) Training program for COers&CL.

 

<Thailand 1>

Common Issues

Evictions (in general)

Cause Analysis

National development emphasizing industrialization in line with neoliberalism results in land becoming a commodity, valued only economically rather than for its social or cultural purpose, meaning that it gets bought and sold according to who has the most amount of money, with the expectation that it will be used to generate maximum profit.

Objectives

Stop evictions and stop development projects that have a negative impact on communities, both rural and urban.

Create security of tenure in line with the needs of the individual community.

Create policy guarantees to ensure that the poor have access to land, enabling them to live in accordance with their actual way of life.

Have the government provide budgetary support in order to implement the policy guarantees (above).

Actions

Provide concrete support to communities facing eviction by mobilizing to pressure decision makers, in accordance to what is possible within the particular national context. In countries where mobilization is still difficult, it should be the responsibility of LOCOA to mobilize to exert pressure from the outside to stop evictions.

All countries should hold mobilizations on World Habitat Day in order to demand an end to all evictions everywhere.

Have exchanges between young community organizers to learn about how to resist evictions, and other issues related to resisting neoliberalism. In these exchanges, a young organizer is responsible for his or her own air ticket, while food, lodging, local transportation costs, etc. will be covered by the hosts in the country being visited.

Mobilize with other people’s organizations in each country (e.g., peasants, labor, other poor groups) to oppose problems caused by neoliberalism, such as WTO, free trade agreements, etc.

 

<Thailand 2>

Common Issues

Evictions of communities along waterways

Cause Analysis

Massive flooding at the end of last year in Thailand.

Communities along waterways are located on public land on which they have no legal right to live.

As a result of these two factors above, communities living along canals became victims of society, being blamed for causing the flooding by stopping up the canals and hindering effective drainage. Consequently, the Thai government has a plan to evict communities living along canals now.

Objectives

Stop the eviction of communities living along waterways.

Upgrade communities on their original location and rehabilitate the canals and environment in order to show society that these communities are not the cause of flooding, but rather are responsible for looking after the canals and taking care of the environment.

 

Actions

Domestically, demonstrate to pressure the government to have a policy or law that enables these communities to continue living on their present location with legal security of tenure.

Internationally, provide support to affected communities in accordance with these communities’ plans for mobilization. For example, an affected community that will hold a demonstration to express its demands may call on friends abroad to hold demonstrations on the same day targeting relevant targets in their countries, such as the embassy of the country in which the eviction is happening, or the relevant international financial institution that is financing the project causing the eviction.

 

<Korea>

Confirmed Common Issues

Forced Eviction

           1)Coastal eviction

           2)Riverside eviction

           3)Slum area eviction

 

※ What's matter forced evictions!

           1) Huge

           2) Violence

           3) No countermeasure

Cause Analysis

1) People can't organize their demands & rights

2) Due to lack of organized power to capital

3) Government sell right for development and guarantee exclusive right for ownership and monopoly of the land

4) Individual uses government as a mean to pursue personal gain and private interest

Objectives

1) To build up Asian Committee to put 'Joint Action' into practice to resist against eviction

2) Suggest on alternative development way

Action Strategies

1) Fund-raing for each countries' PO

2) Having a joint action day of

           -Resistance against forced eviction

           -Resistance against violence eviction with pickets and letters of protest

3) Joint action against Global-capital

           -Worldwide boycott movement

           -Relay-protest against World Bank/ADB

4) Case study about PO's movement in Asia (against capital and government)

 

 

<Indonesia>

 

Confirmed Common Issue

Forced Eviction :

           -River side eviction

           -Coastal eviction

           -Slum eviction

 

 

 

Action Strategies

           Community organizing -> form the PO's

           Advocacy :

                     Mass power

                     Alternative concept

                     Negociations, lobby

           Networking

                     Mass media

                     Professionals/expert

                     NGO, Individual, that need : local, national, international

Cause Analysis

1. River Project :

           -Straighten the river

           -Relocate the community to the Rusunawa/Flats

2. Water Front City Project :

           Tourism Area

           Busines Area

           Luxuty Housing

3. Slum Grab by Goverment or Owner

 


 

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country

What support do you want? /

What support can you give?

How to do?

Indonesia

1.Campaign participation in each country

2. Information sharing

3. Joint organizing and advocacy

4. Network; co exchange program

1. Mass mobilization

2. Campaign

3. Video conference

4. E-mail & facebook

Korea

1. Spreading information of field/issue to Korean NGOs, Cos and media

2. Protesting embassy, financial support agency(WB, ADB etc)

3. Network with eviction field continually

4. Having a joint action day

1. Internet(email), twitter, facebook and press release

2. Submitting a letter of protest, demonstration, press conference

3. Cooperation to taking park in establishing organization which is working for network

4. Korea committee for overseas community organization

Philippines

- Solidarity and support by pressuring Phil. Government (International financial institution)

- Solidarity support by pressuring the Thai. Government

- Solidarity support by pressuring the Indonesian. Government

- Solidarity support by pressuring the Korean. Government

- Mass demonstration

- Dialogue with the press negotiation

- Networking/soliciting support from other international group(petition letters)

- Sending letter of appeal, petition, demand of protest

* Mass demonstration to Thai, Korean, Indonesia Embassy

Thailand

1. What support do you want?

- noting yet. But we want to be able to count on your support if we need to call for action in the future

2. What support can you give?

- we can take part in the anti-eviction actions that are planned by each of the countries

- carry out mobilization on world habitat day to campaign for an end to evictions of communities on waterway

- Hold demonstrations submit petitions, etc to pressure relevant targets(embassies, international financial institutions supporting project, etc)

- Submit petition and demonstration at UN office on world habitat day

 

 

*Common Agenda Items on Basic CO Standards

 

1.     Definition: Community organizing is a process of working with people to empower them, raise their consciousness, as well as take action to change their lives and society.

 

2.     Basic CO Steps: Integration Meeting Action Reflection Establishing organization

3.     Basic CO Principles:

-       People’s participation at all level

-       Issues must be developed, from simple to complex

-       Accumulating victories to accumulate power

-       Non-violence

-       We work with the poor to marginalized defend their interests and assert their rights

-       Challenge authority through mass action in order to solve people’s problems

 

4.     Basic role of community organizer:

-       Agent of change

-       Being one with the people

-       Tactician

-       Agtitator

-       Facilitate opportunities for people to learn and raise their consciousness,

 

5.     Success standard of CO

-       The particular problem issue is resolved to the people’s satisfaction

-       Forming people’s organization

-       Action to exercise people’s power, raise consciousness and challenge authority

 


 

 

 

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