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El Salvador: Climate Action

As activists prepare for one of the largest climate days in history - some 250,000 people are expected to march in New York on Sunday 21 September - a broad alliance of organisations and GCAP constituents including youth and indigenous people are holding a Celebration of Sustainability in El Salvador's second largest city, Santa Ana.

This festival of solidarity will focus on creativity, invention and innovation in the areas of food sovereignty, natural medicine, folk arts and ecological tools like energy-saving stoves and solar energy.

GCAP's New Leadership!

Acclaimed rights activists from El Salvador, India and Uganda have been elected to serve as co-chairs of GCAP's Global Council and help lead the world's largest civil society network focused on inequality and poverty eradication.

Richard Ssewakiryanga - executive director of a large NGO forum, chairperson of the Uganda Land Alliance and president of the East Africa Civil Society Forum – was elected to his first term as co-chair by acclamation at the GCAP Global Assembly in Johannesburg.

Amitabh Behar, convenor of India's Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, and Marta Benavides, an outspoken advocate for people and planet, were re-elected at the assembly to serve second terms.

Mandela, The Loss of a Great Hero - Reflections by Marta Benavides

By Marta Benavides, GCAP co-chair

We know that Mandela – Madiba as he was called in his beloved country - is alive in all that we do, in the way we decide to live, lives dedicated to the well being of all and the care of Mother Earth.

His soft and tender smile, the peaceful semblance of his face, are here to stay, as we walk the paths we are called to walk, if we choose to live them in the way he did - in humbleness, in the magnificent magnanimity of caring deeply, intentionally and sincerely.

"Create the Community of Peoples and Nations that We Need" ~ Marta Benavides

Speaking at the The World We Want People's Voices Series in New York on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, GCAP co-chair Marta Benavides called on all members of society to “work together to create the community of peoples and nations that we need.”

But first, she argued, the peoples of the North and South must recognise that modern poverty is rooted in the history of colonialism and exploitation.

“We need to decolonise the processes . . . I don't want a better world,” Benavides argues, “I want a different world order, but that can only happen if we have the Economic, Social and Cultural rights of people. People have dignity. We are not asking for handouts.”

Marta Benavides: My Reflections on Peace and the Passing of Wangari Maathai, A Dear Friend

I write this letter as I reflect on the work ahead and Sept 21st, International Day of Peace understanding that many people around the world are working to figure out what must be done, what must be lived for the enjoyment of peace.
 
Peace for many of us around the world is real development; that is, to live in a healthy planet, and to have all human needs met for all of us in today’s generation and for the generations to come, to the seventh generation, and beyond.

Democracy Under Assault in El Salvador – Civil Society Reacts

Civil society in El Salvador has taken to the streets en masse to protest against a new law, Decree 743, which would require all 5 judges of the Constitutional Court to vote unanimously in order to rule any new laws as unconstitutional.

The Constitutional Court (Sala de lo Constitucional) of El Salvador's Supreme Court is the judicial body which has the responsibility for ruling

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