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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

November 9 - Global Day of Action: A World without Walls

From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – Walls are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation. As people affected by these walls and as movements that pose justice, freedom and equality as our tools to resolve the problems of this planet, we join the call for the 9th of November as a Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

Read and endorse the Call for Action below. 

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"There is no word for wall in our language. We've asked our elders. We have searched. There is no word for wall because there shouldn't be walls."

Verlon M. Jose, Tohono O'odham tribal vice chairperson. The Tohono O'odham people's land is divided by the US/Mexico border.

 

From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – almost 70 walls across all continents are today ripping through people’s lives and lands as they fortify often unilaterally defined borders or limits of state control. They cause thousands of deaths every year and destroy means of livelihoods and hope for many more. They are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation.

15 years ago Israel started building its up to 8-meter high and over 700km long Wall on Palestinian occupied land as an integral part of its policy to confiscate over 60% of the West Bank and imprison the Palestinian people on not more than 13% of their historical homeland. This adds to its wall surrounding and completely isolating the Palestinian Gaza Strip since 1994. Palestinians have never stopped resisting these illegal Walls and the continuous expulsion of their people from their land and in 2003 called for November 9 – the day the Berlin Wall fell – as International Day against Israel’s apartheid Wall.

Today it is time we unite against the global proliferation of walls – we call for November 9 as Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

Israel has been central in promoting this new global era of walls and the US has risen to back it up: From India, to Saudi Arabia, to Turkey, Western Sahara and Europe, today, the number of walls designed to forcibly define and seal borders has almost tripled over the last two decades. These walls bar the right to freedom of movement and self-determination. They have become are cornerstones in a world where wars, militarisation and exclusion are to substitute justice, freedom and equality.

Walls have not only risen to fortify borders of state control but demarcate the boundaries between the rich, the powerful, the socially acceptable and the ‘other’. They increasingly dominate our cities and societies. Tens of thousands linger as prisoners of conscience or under illegal and inhumane conditions behind prison walls. Visible and invisible walls, as is the case of the blockade of Cuba, aim to bar us from attaining economic, political, social and environmental justice.

Where they do not outright promote these walls, governments de facto condone their existence, while a veritable industry of walls literally makes a killing out of all of this. Selling their ideology, methodology and technology corporations team up in arms fairs, biddings and seminars to profit from the construction of these walls.

As people affected by these walls and as movements that pose justice, freedom and equality as our tools to resolve the problems of this planet, we join the call for the 9th of November as a Global Day of Action for a World without Walls.

We will unite in mobilisation to:

  • Raise awareness about the devastating effect of the increasing dominance of walls in our world and our lives

  • Create solidarity and links among the people affected by the walls and movements fighting the walls

  • Demand an immediate end to the walls that expel, exclude, oppress, discriminate and exploit

  • Resist and defund those that profit from the walls

 

Signatories:  

 

From Palestine:

  • Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)

  • Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

  • The National and Islamic Forces in the West Bank (the coordination body of Palestinian political parties)

  • Palestinian Non Governmental organizations Network (132 civil society organizations)

  • Palestinian General Union for Charitable society (PGCUS) (400 civil society organizations)

  • Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON)

  • Land Defense Coalition (11 civil society organizations)

  • Palestinian Non Governmental Institute PNIN (37 civil society organizations)

  • Palestinian Consultative Staff for Developing NGOs (25 civil society organizations)

  • Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

  • Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC)

  • Popular Art Center

  • MUSAWA - Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession

  • First Sareyyet Ramallah

  • Arab Agronomists Association

  • Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center

  • Palestinian Farmers' Union (PFU)

  • Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC )

  • Union Of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

  • Mother school

  • Addameer - Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

  • Women Center for Legal Aid and Consulting (WCLAC)

  • Land Research Center

  • Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ)

  • Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD)

  • MA'AN Development Center

  • Palestinian Working Women's Society for Development (PWWSD)

  • Defense for Children DCI – Palestine

  • Youth Development Association

  • Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute (HDIP)

  • Palestinian Youth Union

  • Palestinian Family Protection

  • Palestinian Counseling Center

  • Huriyyat - Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights

  • Palestinian Hydrology Group

  • Save the Jordan Valley Campaign

  • Palestinian Federation of New Unions

  • Palestinian Postal services workers union (PPSWU)

  • Palestine Youth Forum

  • Popular Council to Protect the Jordan Valley

  • Palestinian Women Development Center

  • The Palestinian Farmers Society-Tulkarem

  • Association for Farmers’ Rights and for the Preservation of the Environment

  • Association Jadayel - Palestinian Center for Culture, Arts and creativity

  • Ni’lin Society for Development and Community Work

  • Al-Amal Association for Childhood and Development

  • Burj Al-LuqLuq Social Center Society
    SAWA women organization
    Arab Women Union Society - Nablus
     

 

From Mexico:

  • Coordinadora de Solidaridad con Palestina - Corsopal (Coordination in Solidarity with Palestine)

  • Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos (Observatory of Human Rights of the People)

  • Movimiento Nacional del Poder Popular (MNPP) (National Movement of Popular Power)

  • Movimiento Nacional del Poder Popular Zacatecas (MNPP – Zacatecas) (National Movement of Popular Power - Zacatecas)

  • Movimiento del Magisterio Democrático Nacional (Movement of the National Democratic Teachers)

  • Comité Ejecutivo Nacional Democrático del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación en Lucha (CEND del SNTE en Lucha) (National Democratic Executive Committee of the National Union of Education Workers in Struggle)

  • Asamblea de los Pueblos en Defensa del Territorio, la Educación Pública, Laica, Gratuita y los Derechos Humanos (Assembly of the Peoples in Defense of the Territory, Public, Secular and Free Education and Human Rights)

  • Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra en San Salvador Atenco (FPDT-Atenco) (Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land in San Salvador Atenco)

  • Consejo de Defensa de los Derechos del Pueblo (CODEP-MNPP) (Council for the Defense of People's Rights)

  • Council of Interdisciplinary Organizations Bounded for Oxaca (COIVO-MNPP)

  • Coordinación de Comunidades Indígenas de la Sierra Sur (COCISS) (Coordination of Indigenous Communities of the Sierra Sur)

  • Comité de Defensa Ciudadana (CODECI-MNPP) (Citizen Defense Committee)

  • Contingentes del Comité Ejecutivo Nacional Democrático del SNTE en Lucha (CEND SNTE en Lucha) (Contingents of the National Democratic Executive Committee of the SNTE in Struggle)

  • Congreso Nacional de Bases, Movimiento del Magisterio Democrático Nacional (National Popular Congress, Movement of the National Democratic Teachers): Sección III de Baja California Sur; Sección V de Campeche; Sección X de la Ciudad de México; Sección XIII y XLV de Guanajuato; Sección XIV de Guerrero; Sección XV de Hidalgo; Movimiento Magisterial Jalisciense, Secciones XVI y XLVII de Jalisco; Sección XVIII de Michoacán; Movimiento Magisterial de Bases, Sección XIX de Morelos; Consejo Democrático Magisterial Poblano, Secciones XXIII y LI de Puebla

  • Movimiento Magisterial de Bases (Grassroots Teachers Movement) de Querétaro, Sección XXIV de Querétaro

  • Bases Magisteriales Democráticas (Democratic Teachers Collective) de Quintana Roo, Sección XXV de Q. Roo

  • Bases Magisteriales (Teachers Collective) de Tabasco, Sección XXIX de Tabasco

  • Trabajadores del Colegio de Bachilleres de Tabasco (Workers of the Bachilleres de Tabasco high school)

  • Comité Estatal Democrático, Sección XXXII y LVI de Veracruz; Sección XXXVI del Valle de México; Consejo Nacional de Sistematización; Escuelas Integrales de Educación Básica de Michoacán; Colectivo Pedagógico “Francisco Javier Acuña Hernández”

  • Promotora del Poder Popular de Michoacán (Promoter of the Popular Power of Michoacán)

  • Caja Popular de Ahorro (Popular Savings Bank) “Emiliano Zapata”

  • Colectivo de Estudios (Study Collective) “Ricardo Flores Magón”

  • Movimiento de Unidad Social por un Gobierno del Pueblo (MUSOC-GP) (Movement of Social Unity for a People's Government, Michoacán)

  • Coalición de Jubilados y Pensionados “Elpidio Domínguez Castro”; Talleres

  • Community of Nezahualcoyotl Municipality - Estado de México Comunitarios del Municipio de Nezahualcóyotl, Estado de México

  • Federation Brazon: Estado de Mexico, Queretaro, Morales, Veracruz, Guerrero and Mexico City - Barzón Federación: Estado de México, Querétaro, Morelos, Veracruz, Guerrero y Distrito Federal

  • Coalición Nacional de Cooperativas y Empresas Sociales (CONACyES) (National Coalition of Cooperatives and Social Enterprises)

  • Organización Nacional del Poder Popular (ONPP) (National Organization of People's Power)

  • Organización Nacional del Poder Popular de Morelos (ONPP-MORELOS) (National Organization of People's Power - Morelos)

  • Organización Nacional del Poder Popular del D. F. (National Organization of Popular Power of the district of Mexico City)

  • Asamblea Permanente de los Pueblos de Morelos (Permanent Assembly of the Peoples of Morelos)

  • Instituto Mexicano de Desarrollo Comunitario (IMDEC), Mexican Institute of Community Development

  • Centro de Atención en Derechos Humanos a la Mujer y el Menor Indígena (CADHMMI) (Center for Human Rights Care for Women and Indigenous Minors)

  • Centro Regional Indígena en Derechos Humanos “Ñuu-Savi” (CERIDH) (Indigenous Regional Center on Human Rights)

  • Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas del Bajo Mixe (OPI) (Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of Bajo Mixe)

  • Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas de la Cuenca (OPIC) (Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Cuenca)

  • Coalición de los Pueblos Indígenas de Valles Centrales (COPIVAC) (Coalition of the Indigenous Peoples of the Central Valleys)

  • Coordinator of United Neighborhoods from Salina Cruz (CCU)

 

International signatures:

  • Red de Colectivos La Araña Feminista de Venezuela (Feminist Network ‘ The Spider)

  • Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora de Venezuela (Revolutionary Tendency Bolívar and Zamora)

  • Bolivarian Agrarian and Community Movement from Venezuela - Movimiento

  • Comisión Multisectorial del Uruguay (Multisector Commission)

  • Red de Integración Orgánica – Rio – Por la Defensa de la Madre Tierra y los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (Network of Organic Integration - RIO - for the defense of Mother Earth and Human Rights)

  • Global Justice Alliance

  • SOA Watch – Observatory for the Closure of the School of Americas

  • Confederación Nacional de Organizaciones Campesinas, Indígenas y Negras (FENOCIN) de Ecuador (National Confederation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organizations)

  • Confederación Sindical Única De Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB) (Trade Union Confederation of Peasant Workers of Bolivia)

  • Observatory of Human Rights of the People, USA and Swiss chapters

  • Soldepaz – Pachakuti

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