Water for Life, Not for Profit

BOSTON, MA: A series of educational events on the topic, “Water for Life, Not for Profit,” will be held Friday to Sunday, July 23-25, during the Boston Social Forum at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The Forum’s “Water Track” will bring together water activists from the US and Nicaraguan activist in a series of seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and films.

“Multinational corporations are seeking to control access to limited freshwater supplies by laying claim to groundwater resources and seeking to take over municipal water systems,” says Arnie Alpert of the New Hampshire American Friends Service Committee and a member of the Water Allies Network. “But all over the world, grassroots movements are fighting back, saying ‘Our Water Is Not For Sale.’”

Topics for different events include: water struggles throughout world; campaigns against municipal privatization and bottled water companies; the impact of international trade agreements and financial institutions; and how grassroots groups can take on the “water barons.”

The Water Track, one of 30 separate tracks at the Boston Social Forum, has been organized by the Water Allies Network, a multi-cultural, multi-racial network of over 50 grassroots organizations nationwide.

“The Water Allies Network hopes to use the Boston Social Forum as an opportunity to identify and inform more people who care about ensuring secure and equitable access to clean water as a human right to be protected for all generations and for all living things,” said Ali Hebshi, a union organizer from Connecticut who is active in the Water Allies Network.

The Boston Social Forum is organized by dozens of progressive organizations and unions, to help activists articulate their vision of a better society and map out strategies for change. It will bring together thousands of people for hundreds of educational and cultural events, all at UMASS Boston during the weekend prior to the Democratic National Convention.

For more information about the Boston Social Forum, or to pre-register, visit http://www.bostonsocialforum.org . For more information about the Water Track, e-mail: watertrack@bostonsocialforum.org

Informant: arnie alpert


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