Carnival of Dirt
June 15, 2012 11:00Tagged as:
Friday 15 June, London is about to experience its first ever Carnival of Dirt, a carnival like no other, highlighting the ills of mining and extraction corporations – including Glencore and Xstrata – that evade millions in taxation, are supported by the British government and are propped up by UK pension funds, despite their obscene human rights, financial and environmental abuses.
About the carnival
- If you scratch the surface of any transnational mining or extraction corporation, you will find the same abhorrent, filthy behaviour.
- The billionaires behind this trade, make their fortunes at the cost of human rights abuses, labour rights violations, poisoning of the environment and dwindling water resources, forced acquisition of lands with empty promises of adequate housing and employment, evading millions in taxes, corrupting governments, thriving in conflict zones and turning peoples against each other.
- Financial institutions like the London Stock Exchange and the London Metal Exchange and governments turn a blind eye to these abuses and fail to punish for these crimes in the majority world or even legislate against them adequately.
- Carnival Of Dirt celebrates all those fighting this injustice and remembers those who have suffered for doing so.
Schedule: 11am Breakfast
A ceremony to celebrate those who stand up against the mining and extraction corporations and to remember those who have died for doing so. The full funeral cortege – with Congolese choir and New Orleans funeral jazz band – will bring their message to one of the institutions most responsible for these practices, the London Stock Exchange.
A picnic held where participants can eat food from the countries most affected while listening to speeches given by people from the various movements involved.
A party in the legendary style of Reclaim the Streets, to celebrate the global movement that is moving to end corporatocracy, end a global economic system that is unjust, unsustainable and undemocratic, end the unnecessary and failing austerity measures and bring about a fairer, more equal and sustainable world for all. Three sound systems and a global mix of genres.
Assemble at The Embankment at 6pm.
In addition, over the course of the day, there will be many more surprises from the Carnival family.
The Carnival Family
This unique day of remembrance, actions and celebrations is bringing together people across generations and causes, political ideals and continents, with a coalition of activists contributing to the day including members of Frack Off, Congo United for Freedom, Free West Papua Campaign, Congolese Youth Action Platform, Earth Faeries, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links, No Tar Sands, Foil Vedanta, Colombian Solidarity Campaign, Tatiana Giraud Foundation, Gaia Foundation, Lumumba Coalition, Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme, Government of the Dead, London Mining Network, UK Uncut, Occupy London, Reclaim the Streets and more.