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"Human beings don't have a right to water."

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Across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources.

Nestlé’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”

Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. It’s time we took a stand for public water sources.

Tell Nestlé that we have a right to water. Stop locking up our resources!

At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. For us, it means paying up to 2,000 percent more for drinking water because it comes from a plastic bottle.

Now, in countries around the world, Nestlé is promoting bottled water as a status symbol. As it pumps out fresh water at high volume, water tables lower and local wells become degraded. Safe water becomes a privilege only affordable for the wealthy.

In our story, clean water is a resource that should be available to all. It should be something we look after for the public good, to keep safe for generations, not something we pump out by billions of gallons to fuel short-term private profits. Nestlé thinks our opinion is “extreme”, but we have to make a stand for public resources. Please join us today in telling Nestlé that it’s not “extreme” to treat water like a public right.

Tell Nestlé to start treating water like a public right, not a source for private profits!

 
 
 

 
Sources and further reading:
Nestlé: The Global Search for Liquid Gold, Urban Times, June 11th, 2013
Bottled Water Costs 2000 Times As Much As Tap Water, Business Insider, July 12th, 2013
Peter Brabeck discussion his philosophy about water rights

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blackourstory:

Happy Black History YEAR!

Greatness.

loving how my old history teacher talked about them like a terrorist group

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Wow okay so for those skimming, there’s a memo up there from THE DIRECTOR OF THE FBI that sets a mission to LIE about the good things the Black Panthers were doing, spread rumors of them being terrorists, and terrorize the communities supporting them.

If you think the Black Panthers were terrorists and you’ve never heard of the community-building, it’s because there was a literal government conspiracy to make you and people 45 years ago think that way.

i’m reblogging again (bolding mine), because people need to fucking know this. especially white americans. 

common law and order: svu plot twist #69751382712

  • benson:

    damn a crime happened

  • benson:

    this is the THIRD TIME this dude attacked someone

  • stabler:

    we gotta question the victim

  • benson:

    righto

  • ~at the hospital~

  • victim:

    i don't wanna talk about it

  • benson:

    you're not the first person he's atta-

  • victim:

    i don't remember

  • stabler:

    next time he might do wor-

  • victim:

    la lA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOUUUU

  • stabler:

    fine damn

  • ~later~

  • benson:

    dammit he did it again

  • benson:

    and this time he killed the guy

  • stabler:

    we need to talk to the victim again they've gotta know something

  • benson:

    indeed

  • ~at the victim's house~

  • benson:

    ayyy we're back

  • victim:

    wtf do you want

  • stabler:

    the guy that attacked you got someone else

  • stabler:

    but he wasn't as lucky as you

  • victim:

    you mean???

  • stabler:

    he dead

  • victim:

    shit

  • victim:

    alright fine i'll talk

  • victim:

    ~tells story~

  • victim:

    are you happy now

  • benson:

    actually we were hoping you could testify

  • victim:

    moTHERFUCKER

  • victim:

    fine w/e just get off my back

  • stabler:

    awesome thanks

  • ~at court~

  • judge:

    hey where dafuq is yo witness

  • novak:

    idk

  • novak:

    stabler and benson u better find this dude i s2g

  • benson:

    okay lets go

  • ~at the victims house~

  • stabler:

    heyyy, you home?

  • benson:

    sHIT I FOUND HIM

  • stabler:

    this doesn't look good *takes victims pulse*

  • benson:

    I NEED A FUCKIN BUS

  • stabler:

    its too late

  • benson:

    ???

  • stabler:

    he dead

  • benson:

    shit

ryanpanos:

Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via

The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.

Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.

In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels.  Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.

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