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Rally for Justice in Iberá: FRIDAY 2pm @ WIDENER

Rally to Stop Harvard’s Argentine Mismanagement and Exploitation

Harvard needs to hear the message from us LOUD AND CLEAR: END the abuses. We are ONE Harvard community, and we deserve ONE set of standards. 

Will you join us to on April 11th as we unite across the 4000 miles between Corrientes and Harvard Yard to demand an end to the injustice? 

For 7 years, Harvard-owned plantations in the Argentine Iberá Wetlands have jeopardized Emilio and Adrian’s communities and their way of life, squeezing out profits in the name of Harvard students’ benefit.

Join the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition for an epic RALLY on FRIDAY, APRIL 11th at 2PM to honor Emilio and Adrian’s visit to Cambridge and hear their account firsthand.

Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition
Students for a Just and Stable Future
Food and Water Watch
Student Labor Action Movement
Harvard Developers for Development
Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance
Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee
Responsible Endowments Coalition
Harvard Kennedy School Progressive Caucus
Harvard College Environmental Action Committee
HealthRoots at Harvard School of Public Health

This rally is part of the Stop Harvard’s Argentinian Mismanagement and Exploitation (SHAME) Tour week-of-action from April 5 to 16th.


PRESS ADVISORY: Students to deliver letter from Argentine farmers to Harvard President

Cambridge, MA—At 1PM tomorrow, December 10, a group of students from the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition will rally in front of Massachusetts Hall in Harvard Yard in support of Argentine farmers.

They plan to deliver a letter from those farmers to Harvard University President Drew Faust. Harvard owns two industrial timber plantations in the Corrientes province of Argentina that have degraded the Iberá Wetlands ecosystem and endangered thousands of small-hold farmers in the region.

Last Thursday, community organizers rallied in the provincial capital of Corrientes against the expansion of Harvard’s timber plantations. Holding signs that said “STOP HARVARD,” they marched to the offices of Harvard’s two timber companies in Corrientes, EVASA and Las Misiones.

RI at Harvard and the Oakland Institute released a report revealing that industrial timber plantations owned by Harvard University the productivity of surrounding farms, create public health problems, and cause damage to public roads. Since it purchased EVASA and Las Misiones in 2007, Harvard has rapidly expanded the plantations into protected wetland and surrounding communities. The two companies are worth $55.2 million and own 217,166 acres of land.

Harvard has not yet responded to the allegations in the report or to demands by students and farmers to halt expansion of plantations, remove trees within 2000 meters of homes, and improve labor conditions.

ACTION ALERT: Argentine communities rally

Facing intimidation, Argentine communities and students continue demanding
Harvard University halt timber plantation expansion in protected wetlands

On Thursday, December 5 at 9am, community organizations in rural Argentina began protesting the expansion of Harvard University’s timber plantations into the world’s second largest wetlands, Esteros del Iberá, and the endangerment of the rights and livelihoods of nearby communities.

The action follows the October release of a report by the student-led Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition and the California-based Oakland Institute titled, “Harvard in Iberá,” detailing the impact of Harvard’s investments in Corrientes, Argentina, where the University fully owns and operates two timber companies, EVASA and Las Misiones, valued at $55.2 million.

Grounded in interviews with local residents, the report concluded that the plantations interfere with local land use, damage the local roads and water supply, cause long-term soil degradation, and pose public health risks. Scientists cited in the report point to mounting ecosystem damage and encroachment into Esteros del Iberá, the protected wetlands bordering the plantations.

News of these destructive practices was widely reported in BloombergBusinessWeek and Argentina’s two leading newspapers, Clarín and La Nación. Under mounting pressure, Harvard’s companies have attempted to intimidate vocal community members.

Your support is urgently needed to halt these intimidation tactics and meet the demands of Corrientes community members to:

1)        Stop expanding the plantations until completing a participatory study of their environmental and community impacts;
2)        Remove all plantations within 2,000 meters from our communities; and
3)        Comply with all legally required employment practices.

These demands are endorsed by La Asociación Departamental de Pequeñas Productores de San Miguel; Organización Ambientalista Guardianes del Ibera; Iglesia Católica de San Miguel; Foro de Organizaciones de Agricultura Familiar; Escuela de Familia Agrícola Ñande Roga (Nuestra Casa); Grupo Ecologista Y Syry (Agua Que Corre), San Miguel; Grupo Mbarete (Fuerte), Chavarria

Help us stop this intimidation and plantation expansion

Guardianes del Iberá
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Email: corrientes@responsibleharvard.com