“Veolia BDS Victories Abound! Join Us for a National Call to Learn More!” Thus the US-based organisation EndTheOccupation.org announces new successes in their national campaign for corporate divestment and local boycotts of the French company Veolia, which is infamous for upholding the Israeli occupation in waste management and public transport commercial interests. This should boost the campaign by the BDS movement in the UK, across Europe and in Australia, too, who can boast its own successes in their Dump Veolia campaigns. Currently, Veolia holds contracts widely with councils in the UK for waste management, but some bids by Veolia have failed, due in significant part to public indignation changing minds and policies on councils. There is still much for us in the UK to do. Click here!
Around the World we have been marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington by the Civil Rights Movement and the inspired, inspirational and iconic speech by Martin Luther King remembered for its lyrical climax of brand new and bold beatitudes for a modern multicultural New World, each punctuated by “I Have a Dream!”
So how brilliantly fitting is it that in September Veolia sold off (to an Israeli company) its Transdev bus services on the segregated roads in the West Bank, parts of the “Matrix of Control” for Israelis to travel to and between illegal settlements in the West Bank. Famously, the event that threw King into the forefront as a leader and spokesman of the Civil Rights Movement was the Bus Boycott in Montgomery Alabama, which began with a lone act by Rosa Parks in claiming her right as a fully signed up member of the human race to sit where she wished on a bus in Montgomery for her journey to work. There began the long and hard road for King and so many folks, black and white , which they strode, knowing they risked being cut down any time by a bomb or bullet in the hands of those unofficial or official people who feared this non-violence more than the language of violence which they spoke and could understand how to deal with. As the poet and Archbishop Rowan Williams once said, “If all you have is a hammer, all you can see are nails.”