Goa Citizen’s Meet

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Presenter: The World United Goa

Date & Time: Thursday, 26th Jan’17, from 3 pm to 7 pm

Venue: Panjim Garden, Opp Panjim Church, Panjim, Goa

Organized By: Goenchi Mati Movement

Description:

* TELL ELECTION CANDIDATES WHAT YOU WANT GOA TO BE
* FIGHT FOR AN ASSEMBLY THAT WILL CARE FOR GOANS & GOA
* OUR CHILDREN NEED TO INHERIT THE GOA THAT WE DID!
* THIS IS YOUR BIGGEST CHANCE TO DECIDE GOA’S PUBLIC POLICIES. PLEASE COME IN LARGE NUMBERS.

What a way to celebrate Republic Day! All Goan public interest groups and civil society getting together for a massive public meeting to register their demands for candidates to consider (and indicate their stand) if they want their votes in the February 4 election.

* Panjim Garden, 3-7 pm, next to Panjim Church, Thursday 26 January *
* Strictly non-party public meeting of Goa Citizens *

“Bring the children with you. There will be songs and balloons. And water.Please spread the word. Main organisers include 30 of Goa’s public interest fighters including the Goa Foundation, Goa Bachao Abhiyan, and the Goenchi Mati Campaign. Francis de Tuem will sing his cantars on Goenchi Mati and Goa Forgiving is dedicating its song, Goenkarponn, to the Goenchi Mati movement. Make it a day the politicians will never forget. Make them lose their sleep.” – Claude Alvares

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Every day a piece of Goa dies. Trees, hills, rivers, springs, beaches, villages. Mega development projects are killing the natural and social environment of our villages. Tenants, tribals and fisherfolk sidelined. Lands in the hands of speculators. Young people unable to purchase homes or access good jobs. Natural wealth looted.

Meanwhile, we have been steadily looted of our natural wealth especially iron ore. In 8 years of mining, Goa got less than 5% of the earnings generated, 95% went to mining companies and central government. Goa lost Rs.54,000 crores of natural wealth (only counting iron ore mining). For next 12 years, Goans will lose another Rs.79,000 crores, as 88 mining leases have been renewed, allowing mining companies free access to the natural treasures we own. Ironically, Goan citizens are deepest in public debt compared to people of all other states.

We want MLAs that put Goans, especially ordinary Goans, at the centre of planning and investment. We want to hand over Goa to the next generation in a safe and happy environment, just as we found it, without resources stolen. Is this too much to ask?

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CO-ORGANISERS: Goenchi Mati Movement * The Goa Foundation * Aam Aadmi Aurat Against Gambling * Adivasi Sanghatna Quepem * All Goa Scrap Dealers Associations * Amdai Villagers Committee * Anyay Rahit Zindagi * Bailancho Saad * Benaulim Residents and Consumer Forum * Betul Villagers against Defexpo * Cansaulim Villagers Action Committee and Cansaulim Arossim Cuelim Civic Consumer Forum * Caurem Villagers Committee * Cavelossim Villagers Forum * Colamb Villagers Committee * Colva Civic and Consumer Forum * Federation of Rainbow Warriors * Fisherfolk against MPT Dredging * Goa Heritage Action Group * Goa Bachao Abhiyan * Goa ForGiving * Goa Movement for Special Status * Goans for Dabolim Airport * Goencho Ramponkarancho Ekvott *
Gomantak Bhandari Samaj * Justice for Fr. Bismarque Movement *
MARG * Mission Bypass, Sanvordem * Nirmal Vishwa * Peaceful Society * Peace and Humanity Forum * Pilerne Citizens Forum * Pro-Child Network * Quelossim Villagers Committee * Save Western Ghats * St Anthony’s Tenants and Mundkar Association * United for Mother Goa * United Goans Foundation * Video VolunteersFee: This is a free event

Facebook Event Link: www.facebook.com/events/1729869797327581

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