COMITE DEL PARO CIVICO PARA VIVIR CON DIGNIDAD Y PAZ EN EL TERRITORIO

COMITE DEL PARO CIVICO PARA VIVIR CON DIGNIDAD Y PAZ EN EL TERRITORIO

STATEMENT TO PUBLIC OPINION

BUENAVENTURA, COLOMBIA. MAYO 2017

 

 

After decades of denouncing, mobilizing and negotiating with the national government (and of especial relevance the demonstration of 2014), and having heard the official evolutions that only reflect the constant incompliance of the different governments with Buenaventura – Valle de Cauca department, the structural problems are aggravating. The territory and its communities have an important participation in the national income with 5,47 billion of pesos in tariff income raised here, making up 27% of the national total. With the participation of the different sectors, social organizations and communities decided to declare may 16th, 2017 as the first day of an indefinite strike in Buenaventura und the motto of “living with dignity and peace in the territory” and moving the national government to declare the state of economic, social and ecological emergency (following article 215 of the National Constitution). The emergency is based in the indicators we are suffering from, the marginalization, the lack of knowledge, inequality and historical discrimination, which has been even more violent due to the presence of the armed groups in our territory that have produced thousands of victims.

A few numbers, all of the accepted from various state agencies, highlight the scandalous situation and support the popular demand: the level of unemployment of 62%, the level of informal employment of 90,3%, and 162.512 of the 407.539 inhabitants are victims of the armed conflict (officially recognized by the Victmis Unit). The deficit in housing is of 54% and the level of unsatisfied basic needs of poor persons is of 36% or three times higher than in the city of Cali (capital of the Valle de Cauca department). There is zero supply of medium or high level health services. A vast number of the water resources of the rivers are contaminated by mercury and other metals due to mining and other activities. There are plans for displacement of territories and a high level of control of community life by illegal armed groups. Our forgotten city was founded in 1540 and has never received support ,but always high levels of discrimination, as expressed in the mere fact that the first lower grade of education was given in 1934.

Facing these severities, only the declaration of the state of emergency would allow for the urgent legal, administrative and economic measures which would provide for structural solutions to the problems that are hindering a life in dignity for the Buenaventuran people. Once the state of emergency will be declared by the national government, the spaces for negotiation and definition of concrete compromise will be opened, around the following the thematic lines:

  1. Health services of low, medium and high standards and in traditional medicine. Coverage, Prevention and attention.
  2. Recovery and conservation of rivers and other strategic ecosystems in status of degradation.
  3. Education: Coverage, quality and adequacy of the basic, second level, technical and higher education.
  4. Cultural, recreational and physical activities: strengthening and promotion.
  5. Public services: water management, infrastructure; public and community based management.
  6. Access to justice and reparation for victims on individual and collective level.
  7. Reordering the territory and the urban habitat for better livelyhoos conditions and the collective well-being including reparation and new housing for families.
  8. Fostering the local and regional production and other economic measures that provide employment in dignity and income for the families in need.

These topics are to be seen complementary to programs of institutional strengthening of the local authorities (distrito level) and the fight against corruption.

Convinced of the just cause of our initiative, we ask the support and backing of persons, institutions and national and international organizations before, during and after the civic walkout and for our collective aims.

We are seeking inclusive development with respect for traditions, the environment, the culturally inherited forms of relationships, the local and regional autonomy, an economy built on solidarity, differential approaches to health and educational services, adequate housing in dignity and the effective enjoyment of all our rights.

We appreciate all the help that can be offered in support of this popular action.

Organizations united for the indefinite civic strike: ASOCIACIÓN DE TRANSPORTADORES MARITIMO Y FLUVIAL DEL

PACÍFICO 2. COMITÉ DEL AGUA Y LA VIDA. 3. PASTORAL SOCIAL DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BUENAVENTURA. 4. PASTORAL AFRO 5. ASOCIACIÓN DE

COMERCIANTES UNIDOS DE BUENAVENTURA. 6. ASOCIACIÓN COLOMBIANA DE INDUSTRIALES Y ARMADORES PESQUEROS. 7. ASOCIACIÓN

NACIONAL DE PESCADORES ARTESANALES. 8. SINDICATO DE TRABAJADORES DEL MUNICIPIO DE BUENAVENTURA. 9. PROCESO DE

COMUNIDADES NEGRAS. 10. SINDICATO UNITARIO DE TRABAJADORES DE LA EDUCACIÓN DEL VALLE (SUTEV). 11. SINDICATO DE TRABAJADORES DEL HOSPITAL LUIS ABLANQUE DE LA PLATA. 12. UNIVERSIDAD DEL PACÍFICO. 13. CENTRAL UNITARIA DE TRABAJADORES. 14. SINDICATO DE TRABAJADORES DE BUENAVENTURA MEDIO AMBIENTE. 15. SINDICATO DE HIDROPACÍFICO. 16. PALENQUE REGIONAL EL CONGAL 17. MADRES COMUNITARIAS. 18. SINDICATO DE TRABAJADORES DE ENERGIA ELECTRICA DE COLOMBIA. 19. SINDICATO NACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DE TRANSPORTE TERRESTRE. 20. SINDICATO NACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DE LAS UNIVERSIDADES DE COLOMBIA SUBDIRETIVA VALLE. 21. SINDICATO NACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DE LAS UNIVERSIDADES DE COLOMBIA SUBDIRETIVA DEL PACÍFICO. 22. ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DE HOSPITALES Y CLINICAS. SINDICATO NACIONAL DE TRABAJADORES DEL TRANSPORTE. 24. ASOCIACIÓN DE VOLQUETEROS. 25. ASOCIACIÓN DE PALEROS. 26. CIUDADELA SAN ANTONIO. 27. ASOCIACIÓN NACIONAL DE PROFESORES UNIVERSITARIOS DE COLOMBIA. 28. JUNTAS DE ACCIÓN COMUNAL DE LA COMUNA 7. 29. EDILES DE LA LOCALIDAD 1. 30. EDILES DE LA

LOCALIDAD 2. 31. FUNDESCODES. 32. BARRIO NUEVA COLOMBIA. 33. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE CITRONELA

  1. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE LA CAUCANA. 35. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE CÓRDOBA. 36. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE ALTO Y MEDIO DAGUA. 37. CABILDO INDIGENA NASAKIWE. 38. CORPORACIÓN PARA EL MEJORAMIENTO DE LA CALIDAD EDUCATIVA DE LOS COLEGIOS PRIVADOS DE BUENAVENTURA. 39. JUNTA DE ACCIÓN COMUNAL DEL BARRIO EL CAPRICHO. 40. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DEL CALIMA. 41. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE YURUMANGUI. 42. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE RAPOSO. 43. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE MAYORQUIN. 44. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE LA GLORIA. 45. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE NAYA. 46. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE CAJAMBRE. 47. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS DE MALAGA. 48. ASOCIACIÓN DE TERRENOS GANADOS AL MAR. 49.

COMITÉ INTERORGANIZACIONAL. 50. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS GUAIMIA. 51. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS AGUA CLARA. 52. CONSEJO COMUNITARIO DE COMUNIDADES NEGRAS MAYOR DE ANCHICAYA. 53. ASOCIACIÓN DE JUNTAS DE ACCIÓN COMUNAL. 54. JUNTAS ADMINISTRADORAS LOCALES. 55. SINDICATO DE ETNOEDUCADORES. 56. ASOCIACIÓN DE TECNICOS Y TECNÓLOGOS DE TRANSITO Y TRANSPORTE. 57. ASOCIACIÓN DE AGENTES DE TRANSITO. 58. JUNTAS DE ACCIÓN COMUNAL DE LA COMUNA 5. 59. ECOMADERA. 60. ASOCIACIÓN GREMIAL FINANCIERA.COLOMBIANA EN BUENAVENTURA. 61. JUNTA DE ACCIÓN COMUNAL BARRIO EL CAPRICHO