Wednesday, 22 July 2015

International Day of Actions Denouncing Multinationals : to-day --- State Library of Victoria --- 5.30pm

Community Rally

If you love life...Don't drink Coca-Cola!! 
(all its link products)

Melbourne, Wednesday July 22nd, 5:30pm
Victoria State Library
corner of Latrobe and Swanston Street
Melbourne City
Everyone welcome.
Speakers, music and more
We invite social and human rights organizations and all those affected by the policies of the transnational corporations, to join the International Day to be held in different countries on July 22, and in Australia on Saturday July 23rd, as an expression of protest against exploitation, poverty, hunger, war, so that we do not continue to be the ones who pay for the economic crisis and environmental devastation”.

Corporations around the world act as a law unto their own. We see this play out in our myriad struggles. 

Many people are continuing the fight against the domination corporations exercise over peoples’ lives, and we ask that you join us on this day to take a public stand against the devastation these amoral corporations are inflicting on us and other oppressed peoples.

Multinational Corporations, with State and so-called democratic governments' support and complicity, act only to benefit the privileged few at the expense of the majority; to reinforce exploitation of poor people, smash unionism and undermine workers rights, terrorise and murder union activists, displace and assimilate Indigenous communities and trash our natural resources and environment.

The well-documented crimes of corporations such as BHP, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, Coca-Cola, Fonterra, Chiquita Brand, Monsanto, Drummond, Nestle, and BP, among others,is hardly complete; thus LASNET continues with the initiative to develop an International Multinational Monitor, and we invite everyone interested to join us in developing this initiative in order to watch and denounce multinationals' behaviour against people. 

Particularly those engaged in the oppression and abuse of people around the world, firms such as Motorola involved who have supported the Israeli apartheid regime through providing guided munitions and surveillance technologies used against the Palestinian people; or in Colombia like Chiquita Brands and Coca-Cola who are involved in supporting paramilitaries as with the US courts cases against these two companies due to their involvement in the repression against SINALTRAINAL, Colombia’s food industry union.

With this protest we are calling to stop Multinational corporations' involvement in violence against people around the world especially in Colombia, Mexico, Palestine, and locally in Australia.

We acknowledge, and support, the proliferation of local struggles for workers rights/community power, autonomy and self-management, for freedom from corporate domination and devastation. We should be able to work and create spaces for these different actions, and to make concrete, living social manifestations of community and workers’ self-management.

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