‘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...

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

Gachantivá follows the example of municipalities defending their territory in Colombia

By: Jairo Barbosa – Member of the information committee – Movimiento Cívico por el Agua y por la Vida de Gachantivá Gachantivá is not an exception of the national mining problem and wants to ratify the right consecrated in the Political Constitution of 1991, of the community in power to decide the...

5 Stories of Resistance and Revival from 2017

5 Stories of Resistance and Revival from 2017

On every inhabited continent, communities are defending land, water and life from unwanted mining operations, building the alternatives to extractivism and winning victories. Here we share some stories to inspire from 2017. Popular consultations banning mining sweep Colombia In a landmark popular consultation, on 26th March 2017 a resounding 98%...

Highlights from the YLNM Network in 2017

Highlights from the YLNM Network in 2017

In 2017 the YLNM Network has welcomed new members; supported critical campaigns and held its first global meeting of coordinators. Here we re-cap some of our network’s highlights. A first global gathering of YLNM Coordinators in Galicia In March 2017, YLNM’s 9 Regional coordinators met for the first time in Galicia, Spain,...

The Colombian government has a new strategy to limit popular consultations but communities are proving it wrong

The Colombian government has a new strategy to limit popular consultations but communities are proving it wrong

The Colombian Government is taking steps to stop citizens participating in decisions about the future of their territories. But the people of Córdoba are fighting back. Article translated from Spanish to English by Yes to Life no to Mining. 23/11/17. For original article, click here. As a result of the...

Press Release: Frontline defenders travel to London to counter Mines and Money conference between 25-30 November

Press Release: Frontline defenders travel to London to counter Mines and Money conference between 25-30 November

YLNM Coordinator for South East Asia Enteng Bautista and Camila Mendez from member group COSAJUCA, will travel to the heart of the mining industry- London – to challenge the Mines and Money Conference. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 21/11/17.  London Mining Network, War on Want, The Gaia Foundation, YLNM, Colombia Solidarity,...

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...