Across the country, the tide is against the rural and urban poor,
farmers, and labourers. With large-scale infrastructure, development
and city beautification projects displacing more and more people, the
challenge before us is enormous. The struggle against the Sardar
Sarovar dam is one example of this. Neither you nor us can therefore
sit quiet nor bear silent witness to this injustice.
Please write to, speak with, lobby, the PM, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress
Party, your local political representatives and others about the
urgent need to immediately stop this murderous and violent development
paradigm that is prevalent across the country. Please put pressure
wherever you can to ensure that the construction of the Sardar Sarovar
dam stops immediately.
We have decided to declare 26 May as a DAY OF NATIONAL ACTION against
violence, injustice, displacement and forced evictions in the name of
development. Wherever you are, please mobilise, strategise, and
organise a local action – either outside the court, the Mantralaya,
local government offices – wherever you feel that pressure is needed.
Suggested actions include signature campaigns against the Supreme
Court decision outside local courts, demonstrations outside Congress
party offices, rallies calling for immediate halt of construction of
the dam and an end to displacement and forced eviction around the
country. We have to speak up against the persistent injustice and
question the responsible authorities for inflicting destruction on the
people. Let us unite and rally together to raise a strong voice on May
26! NO MORE VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POOR! NO MORE DISPLACEMENT! NO MORE
FORCED EVICTION! NO MORE STATE-SPONSORED MURDER!
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you for the
Convention of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) that
will be held in Bangalore from 30 May to 1 June, 2006. Please attend
this meeting to discuss the critical issues facing us all across the
country, to build greater solidarity across movements, and to develop
more focused and long-term strategies. The need of the hour is for us
to unite and take our movement to a stronger yet different level. For
more details on the NAPM Convention, please write to: email@example.com
or call 98694 00508 and 98206 36335.
We look forward to working together and uniting our struggles.
In gratitude, and in solidarity,
Medha Patkar, Dipti Bhatnagar, Kamala Yadav, Pinjaribai, Om Prakash,
Jankibai, Clifton Rozario, Ashish Mandloi, Yogini Khanolkar, Kailash
Awasya, Noorjibhai, Banabhai, Chetan, Mohanbhai