In this episode, with Stephanie out sick, we revisit the most listened to episode of 2017 (with over 350 listens, and rising) — it’s our 26th Episode, Kartini Kendeng: Indonesia’s Own Water Protectors, where we talked about the amazing female farmers of Kendeng in Central Java who have bravely risked their lives and their livelihood to protest the invasive mining activities of cement companies in their region, which threatens to damage and hurt the community & environment for generations to come. We talked about their incredible “feet cement protest,” where they encased their feet in cement for days on end in front of the Presidential Palace, in order to get the attention of President Jokowi and his ministers and get them to do something about the issue. You’ll hear from some of these women during their protest in late March last year.
We want to play this episode again because, for some of our newer listeners, they may not have had the chance to listen to this episode yet — and we’re really proud of it, and we definitely wanna support — and continue to support — the women of Kendeng, the farmers in Kendeng, and their fight against encroaching capitalism in their home. Echoing what we said in the episode, we’ve only got one homeland in Indonesia, and it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, and if we don’t protect, nobody will. Not the government, not corporations.
Thanks for listening!