‘It’s possible to fight the giant and to win’- YLNM’s Mariana Gomez on Cajamarca, peace and extractivism

‘It’s possible to fight the giant and to win’- YLNM’s Mariana Gomez on Cajamarca, peace and extractivism

Mariana Gómez Soto (Yes to Life, No to Mining’s Latin America coordinator in Colombia) speaks to the Karibu Foundation, about Cajamarca’s mine-stopping referendum, how it has affected political life in Colombia and inspired other movements in the region and around the world. Karibu Foundation, April 15th 2017 In 2009, South...

Popular Consultations banning mining: first issue in Colombia’s presidential debates on environment

Popular Consultations banning mining: first issue in Colombia’s presidential debates on environment

Colombia is about to elect a new president. But what do the candidates think about popular consultations- the citizen-led processes stopping mining across the nation and questioning a development policy based on extractivism? Here we find out. Popular consultations have been the first topic of debate during dialogues with presidential...

The False Dilemma of Popular Consultations in Colombia

The False Dilemma of Popular Consultations in Colombia

Original article in La Silla Vacía  By: Juana Marina Hofman Quintero It is not a matter of whether the right to participation should be restricted or not, nor to absurdly think that communities will be able to decide whether or not they want public lighting. The central discussion here is...

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

Arracacha: people of Cajamarca and Colombian businesses show there’s prosperity without mining

What happens after a community successfully says No to mining? Having rejected the La Colosa Gold Mine in a popular consultation last year, the people of Cajamarca, Colombia, and forward-thinking Colombia businesses are building a future based on the region’s real treasures- clean water, land and agriculture. Article drawn from...

National and international organizations ask the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the recoil of Popular Consultations

National and international organizations ask the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the recoil of Popular Consultations

by: Valentina Camacho Montealegre @valentinacmpm (twitter) Through a public letter to the Colombian Constitutional Court, 14 international organizations, 112 Colombian organizations, six research groups and 90 experts and social leaders expressed their opposition against the pronouncement made by the high court saying they are looking at ways of limiting popular...

Ibagué, first capital city in Colombia to prohibit polluting mining

Ibagué, first capital city in Colombia to prohibit polluting mining

By Valentina Camacho Montealegre | Published 06/08/2017 @valentinacmpm   With 14 votes in favour, the plenary of the City Council of Ibagué has approved Agreement 012 “whereby measures are to be taken for the preservation and defense of the ecological and cultural heritage of the Municipality of Ibagué” by banning mega-mining. The...

Press-release on the Outrage against environmental leaders in Cajamarca, Colombia – By the Youth Socio-environmental collective group of Cajamarca COSAJUCA 

Press-release on the Outrage against environmental leaders in Cajamarca, Colombia – By the Youth Socio-environmental collective group of Cajamarca COSAJUCA 

By: COSAJUCA 28 of July 2017  COSAJUCA informs the public opinion that the 28th of July at 7:30pm close to the hamlet of Cajamarca, exactly on the road to the Rincón Placer and Ciudadela Ismael Perdomo, two members of COSAJUCA were victims of an outrage with firearm. Fortunately, these two...

Jericó and Támesis: Colombian municipalities find new ways to stay mining-free

Jericó and Támesis: Colombian municipalities find new ways to stay mining-free

Colombian citizens are employing a range of new democratic tactics to defend their territories, livelihoods and life from extractivism, writes Mariana Gomez, YLNM Coordinator for Latin America. This is a moment of great innovation. Article compiled thanks to articles and press notes by Fernando Jaramillo, Francisco Arias and other members of...

Cumaral, Meta: Another resounding victory for life, land & water in Colombia

Cumaral, Meta: Another resounding victory for life, land & water in Colombia

The people of Cumaral, Colombia, have voted to reject new oil extraction in their territory with a 97% majority. This victory is the latest in a rising tide of peaceful, democratic actions to protect land, water and life from extractivism. By Mariana Gomez Soto, YLNM Coordinator for Latin America. 15th June...

POLITICAL DECLARATION FOR THE IX MARCHA CARNAVAL IN DEFENSE OF WATER, LIFE AND TERRITORY

POLITICAL DECLARATION FOR THE IX MARCHA CARNAVAL IN DEFENSE OF WATER, LIFE AND TERRITORY

On Friday 2nd of June, Marchas Carnaval where held in more than 35 municipalities in Colombia, and in other cities around the world, celebrating the defense of water, life and territory through songs dance, theater and art. This celebration of life called more than 120.000 people only in the city...