A presentation by Honey Mae Caffin on March 19, 2012, sponsored by UBC Philippine Studies Series.
About the presentation: Foreign-controlled mining operations are aggressively claiming land in the Philippines, including ancestral indigenous territories in Southern Mindanao. This results in “bakwit”, or displacement, contributing to the loss of livelihood and cultural heritage, and the spread of poverty. There is also conflict developing between small-scale local miners and foreign-owned operations. In one area, a Philippine mining company has been acquired (80% ownership) by a Canadian mining corporation. The endeavour of the local people to organize a resistance movement has had little progress in the two years since the murder of one of the main organizers, which remains unresolved until today. This operation is controversial also due to the supposed mining ban (with 1,600 applications awaiting approval from the government).
Honey Mae Caffin will talk about her research visit to Mindanao, Philippines, in February 2012, to conduct a series of workshops on the potential of social media and mobile technologies in the monitoring of Canadian mining operations in the Southern Philippines. The goal of the first phase of the project is to inform the communities affected by mining operations of the potential of mobile technologies for reaching out to the public with their stories, and for monitoring the effects of mining in the region. This project is done in cooperation with the Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao, an alliance of organizations and individuals with a commitment to defend the region against environmental destruction caused by the government-sanctioned corporate exploitation of natural (mineral) resources.
About the Speaker: Honey Mae Caffin is co-founder of Mobit, a community-based mobile monitoring project designed to provide social media literacy and infrastructure to rural communities via mobile devices and internet connectivity. She is the founder of Design School for Girls, and also the principal consultant at Intertextual Design Communications. Her research and creative products are inspired by topics such as the feminized migration of labour, decolonizing methodology, aboriginal rights redress, object-oriented ecology, networked-learning, FLOSS/DIY culture, and social media strategies for cross-cultural communication, among others. She also works as the in-house graphic designer of UBC Press.
Maude Barlow’s talk November 30, 2011 at the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton, NJ is part of the Institute’s annual series, Lectures on Public Policy, which aims to address issues relevant to contemporary politics and social conditions and scientific matters of broad import.
In this lecture, Ms. Barlow explains how the world is running out of available water supplies, potentially leading to serious conflicst. She describes the nature and cause of the crisis and offers a three part solution to a water-secure world.
Ms. Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest public advocacy organization. She was a founding member of the Council in 1985 and has served as its voluntary chair since 1988. The Council of Canadians has become a leading voice in Canada and around the world for social, environmental and economic justice. The Council fights to protect Canada’s public social programs and natural resource heritage along with its food security. It also advocates for fair trade and sustainable economic policies in Canada and around the world and promotes a peacekeeping role for Canada’s armed forces. Barlow is also Chair of Food and Water Watch, an organization that works to ensure that the food, water and fish being consumed around the world are safe, accessible and sustainably produced. She is also a founding board member of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco-based think-tank comprising international activists, scholars, writers and economists dedicated to creating sustainable alternatives to economic globalization. She received her B.A. from Carlton University in Ottawa.
Among her many books, Barlow is the author of Blue Covenant, The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water (McClelland & Stewart, 2007). She is a contributing author to the IFG report Alternatives to Economic Globalization.
Barriere Lake Solidarity has produced this video to help bring attention to the current struggle by the Algonquins of Barriere Lake (ABL) against the Canadian Government's imposition of Section 74 of the Indian Act. By enacting this obscure piece of the Act, the Canadian Government is attempting to take control of the community by imposing band council elections on the community. The ABL have always had their own customary government.
Interviewed in Berlin Kreuzberg, 1. of July. Jabar comments on the tense stand off between the massive police contingent and the refugees who are refusing to leave the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule, used as a shelter by refugees in Berlin.
More information from the info point near the protest site: