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Beedhi Vyaaparigala Hakkotaya Andolana: Protest March against eviction of vendors

A city level campaign of Street Hawkers, Dalits, Human Rights Activists, Social and Progressive Organizations

End our evictions. They are unconstitutional and contrary to the National Street Vendors Policy

Value our contributions to the society. Respect our fundamental rights. We demand legal cover and social security

The past several months, we, the street hawkers of Bangalore, have been the victims of forcible eviction by the BBMP, the police and Muzrai departments who have undertake an aggressive and continuous exercise to ‘clear’ the streets and pavements of Shivajinagar, Jayanagar, Ulsoor and Gandhinagar without giving us any prior notice or allocation of any alternate location for our livelihood (see details in adjoining sheet). Since then we and our families are struggling to survive as we have been left with absolutely no source of income – we are unable to pay the school fees for our children and many have been pulled out of school, our landlords have given us notice as we have not paid our house rent. The reason given for our evictions is apparently that we are impeding flow of traffic and pedestrians or that our presence makes the city ugly.

Street hawkers are an integral part of Bangalore’s daily life and its residents are all beneficiaries of the work of the street hawkers. From the vegetable vendor pushing his cart in localities, to the cobbler, the coconut vendor, the flower seller outside places of worship, the tea seller, the santhes, etc., the general public depend on street hawkers for their daily needs and convenience. In fact it is impossible to imagine Bangalore, or any other city, without its street hawkers.

These illegal actions of the BBMP and the police violate our [street vendors’] fundamental rights enshrined under Article 19(1) (g) and Article 21of the Constitution of India, as well as Article 39(a) of the Constitution of India,.This also represents the failure of the State to fulfil its obligations to guarantee everyone, the right to work, free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment as enshrined under Article 23 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and to take appropriate steps to safeguard this right as derived from Article 6(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

These actions of the BBMP are not just illegal and unconstitutional but also contrary to the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors, 2009 issued by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. It is pertinent to note that the Policy recognizes street vendors as an integral and legitimate part of the urban retail trade and distribution system. It also recognizes that street vendors provide valuable services to the urban masses while eking out a living through their own enterprise, limited resources and labour. It is also necessary to point out that after the Policy was passed, the Hon’ble Prime Minister has sent a letter to all the Chief Ministers seeking that the National Policy on Urban Street Vendors 2009 be implemented and legislation be enacted taking into account the Model Bill which is part of the Policy to “enable street vendors to ply their trade without harassment”.

Moreover, the BBMP is also in violation of the judgments of the Hon’ble Supreme Court which has recognized street vending as a fundamental right under the Constitution of this country, and as we should know, fundamental rights cannot be denied to anyone. In fact, the Supreme Court, in Mahrashtra Ekta Hawkers’ Union & Another – Versus-Municipal Corporation, Greater Mumbai & Others, in its order dated 12th February 2007, has observed that any steps taken in regard to Street Vendors should be in consonance with the aims and objects of the National Policy to render some sort of succour to urban street vendors to enable them to earn livelihood through hawking.

In spite of all our efforts to secure our rights to conduct our business fulfilled, the BBMP has not met our demands. We are therefore conducting a protest march on Thursday, Oct 21 , 11am, from Russell Market Chowk to BBMP Head Office to press for our demands:

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Lecture on THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUNESS FOR A GREEN PLANET

Lecture on

THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUNESS FOR A GREEN PLANET

By Deepti Diwakar

18 September 2010, Saturday, 5:30 PM

At British Library, Bangalore

Climate change knows no national boundaries and natural environment and wildlife species are becoming extinct, perhaps never to be replaced again. Can we evolve holistically instead of just being intellectual? Let us reconsider our relationship with the earth.

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Ah, the monsoons are almost here

www.pradeepsanyal.com

Dark Rain Clouds

www.pradeepsanyal.com

Monsoon’s here, well almost

Get ready for the showers (and hopefully, no water-logging all over the city)

Multimedia Exhibition about Krumbiegel

The German botanist Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel is a part and parcel of Bangalore history….

Now, Max Mueller Bhavan is hosting an exhibition about him:

G.H. Krumbiegel: “Whatever he touched he adorned”
A multimedia show curated by Suresh Jayaram

17 – 30.04.2010
9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Closed on Sundays)
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Inauguration on 16.04.2010, 6.30 p.m

More details at

https://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/ver/en5881307v.htm

Panel Discussion and Film Screenings on the theme of “Water”

March 22nd World Water Day

New bill to penalize those wasting drinking water-Deccan Herald, Bangalore March9

Privatisation no solution to tackle water shortage in city- Deccan Herald March 9

Water Crisis to worsen in city- Deccan Herald March 12

City is the second highest water waster in country at 50.9% New Delhi tops the list at 52.4%- Deccan Herald March 13

While all these questions remain unanswered and new ones added, the city gets thirstier under the scorching summer sun and the water vendors make a fast buck( in some instances as much as Rs 1000) for a tank load of water.

A consortium of concerned organisations and institutions working on water and environment issues invite you to a panel discussion and film screenings on the use and abuse of water:

March 22nd & 23rd March, 2010 at Ashirvad, 30 St. Mark’s Road Cross, Opp. State Bank of India at 5.45pm.

Programme details

5.45 pm: Tea

6 Water Songs by Bhoomi Thayi Balaga,followed by Panel discussion: on the use and abuse of water

Panelists:

1. Prof. Stewart Ayash will speak on the Global Use and Abuse of Water. He is a scholar on international health issues, health communication and consumer health issues.

2. Viswanath Srikantaiah will speak on Water through the Ages in India. Vishwanath is a well known water activist from Bangalore who is deeply committed to water conservation and rain water harvesting. He is the founder of Rainwater Club Bangalore.

6.45 pm: Film Screening:˜Water and a City” directed by Swati Dandekar, followed by discussions.

Professor Patricia Zimmerman will lead the discussion on the Film. Prof. Patricia Zimmerman from Ithaca College USA is a scholar on cinema, photography and media arts and the co-director of Finger lake environmental film festival.

7.30 pm: Film screening ˜Living on the Edge” directed by Raseena Sherif and Anu Priya, students of Jyothi Nivas College, followed by discussions.

Mr. Leo Saldana, of Environment Support Group and environmental justice campaigner will lead the discussion.

Tuesday 23rd

6.30 pm: 6.00 pm: Film screening a) ˜Publos unibos: swineflu ground zero in mexico”- directed by Felipe Casanova and Miguel Angel Tiaz & b) ˜From big easy to big empty”- directed by Greg Palaston

Discussions with Prof. Patricia and Prof. Stewart

For Synopsis of the film,click

here

Contact: 25493705/9886213516

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Organised by Bangalore Film Society, Bhoomi Network, Green Path, Voices from the Waters, Environment Support Group (Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives). Suchitra Film Society, Rainwater Club and Samvada

Bengaluru Jana Vedike Manifesto

To see the manifesto created by many citizen volunteers,

click here

and keep this for ready reference.

It’s you and I who are concerned citizens of Bangalore, and together, we can make a difference!

Cycling Rally on March 7th 2010

Cycle Rally – 7th March 2010

The Event: ‘Go Green Bangalore’ – A Cycle Rally in Bangalore on Sunday, 7th March 2010, 6.30 am.

The Task: Cycling 21 kms : Kanteerva Stadium – Hebbal Flyover – Kanteerva Stadium.

The Cause:

· To commemorate International Women’s Day.

· To tell Bangalore that it is time to Go Green and Healthy.

· To urge the Government to create cycling and walking lanes around the city.

Participation: Anyone and everyone who believes in cleaner and greener Bangalore. Beg, borrow, buy a cycle and be at Kanteerva Stadium. Email us and we will send you the application form.

Conducted by: Women Adventure Network of India (WANI), this event is being held in Bangalore, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Mount Abu, Baroda and Surat.

Contact:

· Vasumathi Srinivasan: vasumathis@dataone.in

· Smitha Srinivasan: smithasrinivasan@gmail.com

Bangalore Bus Day, Feb 4th 2010

1. What is Bus Day?

It is a daylong event promoting Public Transport in the city of Bengaluru on February 4th, 2010. It is an event calling all the citizens of Bengaluru to use Public Transport on Feb 4th for all their getting about in the city.

2. What is so special about Bus Day?

Bus Day has been suggested by few enthusiastic citizens . The idea behind Bus Day is to observe the changes which can be brought in the city in trying to respect · Environment · Traffic Situation · Health of individuals · Perception

3. What should be done on Bus day?

We should not use our private vehicle for one day. We use public transport, walk a little more, and tolerate waiting time.

4. Who are the people participating in Bus Day?

It is an event for all citizens of Bangalore, as well as for corporations existing in Bangalore. In other words all the individuals, companies, govt organizations, auto rickshaws, BMTC, Bangalore police… and everyone who lives in Bangalore and feels responsible for the enviroment of the city.

5. What is the responsibility of these participants?

Everyone has to either use or help others to use public transport. · As an individual we should not use our cars for the day, and only use public transport. Companies should permit all employees to come to the office by bus; Auto Rickshaws should take (hopefully) fair fare; the Traffic Police should take care of pedestrians on the day.

6. How can “Bus Day” be a success?

Bus Day will be success if we feel that roads are not congested….thatthe air is fresh..that there is less honking… If we can see a change in the traffic around us….if we cannot see the smoke rings around street lights in the night….if we can see winter fog instead of pollution fog …if,in the night sky,we can see the stars clear and bright.

BUS DAY has been planned for Thursday the 4th of February 2010 .On that day we request you to leave your personal vehicles behind and JUST TAKE THE BUS to commute!

1) Survey Link: BMTC requests you to pass this link to their survey on to everyone. It will be great if we can have the responses by sometime next week (earlier the better). An event flier ( timings, schedules and routes etc) will be emailed to the public, after receiving the responses.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGNvOGxYNzdacktOdXpJVFduc1dHVWc6MA

ATREE Seminar on Urban Ecology

The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
invites you to an Urban Ecology Public Seminar, on Saturday 30th
January 2010, the first of a series of public seminars to be held by
ATREE in the coming months, with the aim of creating a platform to
facilitate exchange of information, and generate discussion on
ecological and environmental issues critical to Bangalore. This
meeting is open to all interested, and will be held from 10 a.m. –
12.30 at Loyola Hall (ground floor), Ashirvad, #30 St.Marks Road
Cross, Bangalore – 560001, tel: 22210154 (opp the SBI main office on
St. Marks road).

The schedule is as below – each presentation will be for about 40
minutes followed by an open discussion.

10 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. – registration
10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. – “Street trees of Bangalore: a critical
ecological and environmental resource”, by Harini Nagendra
11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – “Urban commons: A case study of Agara lake”,
by Rohan D’Souza

Contact Person:

Harini Nagendra, PhD.
DST Ramanujan Fellow and Urban Ecology Coordinator
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post
Bangalore 560064

Video protesting Government’s move to introduce ID cards for Cubbon Park and Lalbagh

The students of St.Joseph’s have made a short video protesting against the Government’s move to issue passes at Rs.200 for entry to Cubbon Park and Lalbagh.

Watch the video

here

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