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Blue October 2013 Call - Global Action Month to Defend Our Water

Dear Allies,

This is the 8th year that we celebrate Blue October!

Blue October is an international month of action to challenge the corporate control of water and to protect it as a human right and a shared natural resource available to all. The battle to defend water is growing as corporations and governments are trying to expand mining and dam projects, polluting and, more recently, fracking in the planet. For this reason, we have decided to dedicate this Blue October to defending water sources.

We hope you’ll join us in this historic international month of action by organizing activities to draw attention to water issues in your community. Activities can range from the very small and local to national events.

You can help make Blue October 2013 a success by endorsing Blue October and by organizing an action or event, big or small!

How to join Blue October 2013?
- Visit www.blueoctobercampaign.org See what has been done in previous years by many countries!
- Organize an activity and share its details with Blue October organizers. You can fill out the information below and email it back to organizers. This will ensure that your activity details will be listed on the Blue October website.
- Post links from your organization’s website to the Blue October Website. Like our facebook page!
- Go ahead and download any resources posted on our website! The Blue October logos and templates are to be shared and they can be reproduced and customized according to your specific needs.
Don’t forget to take pictures an share them!

Around the world, people are taking action throughout October. There are actions already being planned in Uruguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico and we will soon share these with you. Please add your actions to this list.

BACKGROUNDER:
In solidarity with all who defend water justice around the world, Blue October was launched in 2006. October was chosen in honour of Uruguay’s historic constitutional amendment on the human right to water. On October 31, 2004, the people of Uruguay voted to amend their constitution to recognize this fundamental right. The Constitution now guarantees that piped water and sanitation is available to all Uruguayans, and it bans for-profit private water and sanitation services. Blue October calls on communities to challenge the corporate control of water through global action! In total, 46 countries have participated in the last 7 years and many more activities were organized.

If you are planning to join us in commemorating Blue October, please fill out the activity information and email it back to:
blueoctobercampaign@gmail.com

Answer the following questions as briefly as possible
*Title and Brief Description of Activity:
*Date and time of Activity:
*Name of Organization or Group:
*Country:
City:
Venue:
Organizational Website:
*Contact Name:
*Contact Email Address:
Contact Telephone Number:

Defending water sources!

In solidarity,

Blue Planet Project
Coalición de Organizaciones Mexicanas por el Derecho al Agua
Comité en Defensa del Agua y de la Vida de Antoquia
Corporate Accountability International
Council of Canadians
CNDAV- FFOSE
Federación de trabajadores del agua potable y alcantarillado del Perú
Food and Water Watch
Fundación Solón
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Red Vida
Waterlat