Advocacy work to promote life-affirming policy
"The unfinished work of our heroes, truely must be our own." Ben Harper
At the Sexto Sol Center, we are committed to doing our part to help move the world toward a humane and inclusive political culture based on the truth that all life is sacred. Human rights, and environmental integrity, as well as the full participation of indigenous nations are of paramount concern to us.
It is obvious that we must abandon the destructive consumption patterns of modern life. The "throw-away" mentality of the way goods are produced has depended on the subjugation of native peoples, local economies and of nature in order to satisfy it's voracious appetite for raw materials and for markets. Policy making that impacts in one way or another the use of natural resources is a vast arena where much work should be focused by the world community.
The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action has joined with other representatives of civil society from around the world in international meetings and forums as we have worked together to tip the scales in policy debates toward the side that protects Life. This has included the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, ZA and two sessions of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development. We have served as delegate for CAPAJ, Comision Juridica Para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos, at two sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. We continue to do on-going solidarity work for this important organization that furthers the human rights and interests of Andean peoples.
Locally, Sexto Sol is often asked to contribute to plenary sessions of government sponsored conferences and other organizational meetings where policy is discussed. Above all, we seek to help local people find their voice as they consider policy affecting them.