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Violence / Solidarity
Violence / Solidarity
TerraJusta at 18 months: covid + critiques + collaborations
State of Power 2021
A long 18 months

TerraJusta launched in 2020 just as coronavirus was taking over the world. The impact on our work was immediate: travel plans cancelled, training events moved online, emergency support offered to covid-impacted communities, and new work taken up as part of a coalition on covid and the mining sector.

Here we are 18 months on, and no-one knew what a deep and profound impact the pandemic was to keep having on our professional and personal lives. As we have navigated those challenges we have completed a major 3-year project on climate drivers and activist responses; delivered online communications and water monitoring training to communities impacted by extractive projects; worked with London Mining Network allies on targeting virtual mining corporation AGMs (at times even less accessible than the live ones); and undertaken detailed collaborative research projects on mining sites in Southern Peru. We also took on the Latin America coordination for the covid and mining coalition. Please look out for more about these efforts in the next newsletter.

At the same time we've looked inward to consolidate our mission, vision and strategies for the coming years. Being clearer about what we are doing and why and how we do it has helped us be clearer in sharing our analysis and perspectives with others too - this newsletter features two of our recent efforts to do that, as well as news of other recent exchanges and collaborations. Thanks for reading, and do feel free to get in touch (contact details below).

Neoextractivism and State Violence

TerraJusta was invited to contribute to the Transnational Institute's 'State of Power 2021' report, published under the subtitle 'Coercive World'. The essay Neoextractivism and state violence: Defending the defenders in Latin America tracks how the commodities boom in the early 2000s extended the frontiers of extractivism and has relied on state violence, making Latin America one of the most dangerous and deadly places for indigenous peoples and frontline community defenders. Focused on Peru and Colombia, the essay explores dynamics of state violence and strategies for effective resistance.

"Gigantic TNCs, such as Anglo American, BHP, Glencore, Southern,  Newmont, China Minmetals Corporation, have shares in operating companies that have signed agreements with the police in recent years. The companies provide the police logistical support, basic services, communications equipment, food, vehicles, internet, office supplies and more. According to ERI, between 2010 and 2018, the police were paid 45.5 million soles (more than US$ 12.2 million) for their security services."

Read @ TNI
Lessons in solidarity

Creating the possibilities for a different kind of world means addressing dominant power structures, including in the ways we work. That is a long and ongoing process. We appreciate the folks at EDGE Funders giving us a chance to share some of our critiques and reflections so far on what 'solidarity' means and on the different ways it can be done.

"All the actions that we develop are carried out in highly racialized spaces, where structures of power and dependency are evident and generally legitimise violence. Solidarity is not always going to be equitable, I believe that it should aspire to the construction of honest collective processes, where it is clear what the scope of both parties are, what the goals or aspirations are, and how far we can walk together."

Read @ EDGE
New on the website

PODCAST: An interview with Oracio Pacori, Director of Human Rights without Borders (Cusco – Peru) about the main characteristics of mining activity in the South Andean region of Peru, mainly in the Espinar province, where Swiss mining giant Glencore's Antapaccay mining project is located.

Listen/Read

WEBINAR: 'Continental Synergies in Times of Global Challenges' - In June 2021, Pax Christi International invited TerraJusta to speak at this event about “Extractivism as a global model and its impacts on communities and the environment in Latin America”.

Watch/Listen

VIRTUAL FORUM: 'Climate Crisis, Extractivism and Transnational Corporations. Communities in Resistance in Latin America and The Caribbean' - TerraJusta helped organise this event as part of our membership in the 'Make Big Polluters Pay' campaign.

Read/Watch
What else?

Events

Sept 10th: 'The BHP Disaster in Latin America - experiences of resistance and solidarity'. Held as part of the Global Extraction Film Festival, September 9-11th 

Sept 18th: Event on ISDS and the climate crisis - TerraJusta will participate in an online event organised by allies War on Want and Global Justice Now on how corporate power and the Investor State Dispute Settlement system blocks action on the climate and environmental crises across the globe. We will be highlighting cases in Latin America - look out for more information on our social networks.

From our allies

The ongoing impacts of the pandemic look set to make this year's COP26 in Glasgow UK an even more restrictive event for global South participants than usual. The COP26 Coalition of civil society organisations has a visa support service for people trying to get to Scotland during the negotiations.

Coming soon from TerraJusta

Look out for the latest on our work with communities in Latin America as part of the covid and mining coalition, as well as the results of our research into the Antapaccay and Quelleveco mining sites in Peru.

Thank you

Many thanks to the KR Foundation for their support between 2017 and 2020. Thanks also to the Network for Social Change, London Mining Network and Passionists for their investment in our work.

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