15 Oct 2013

“Internationalism between Peoples”: Dessalines Brigade Wins the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Award

Interview by Beverly Bell, Other Worlds   Jose Luis Patrola is a history professor, farmer, and member of the Brazilian land reform group, the Rural Landless Workers’ Movement, or MST. He lived in Haiti for three years as part of the Dessalines Brigade, an exchange of agricultural and technical cooperation between

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15 Oct 2013

Growing Strength to Grow Food: Haitian Farmers Win Annual U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Prize

By Beverly Bell, Other Worlds The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, the USFSA upholds the right to food as

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25 Sep 2013

Because the Land Is Ours: The Rights of Mother Earth v. Carbon Trading

  Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect their lands and waters. The Kuna Yala people recently prevailed over

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06 Sep 2013

Defending Indigenous Lands And Waters In Honduras: The Case Of Rio Blanco

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series. On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing

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03 Sep 2013

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, a Xoxocotla indigenous man from the state of Morelos, Mexico. He is a member of the Council of Peoples and the Xoxocotla Drinking Water Association. Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we

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29 Aug 2013

“They Fear Us Because We’re Fearless”: Reclaiming Indigenous Lands and Strength in Honduras

“Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolution, and Hurricane Mitch.” So said Berta Caceres, co-founder and general coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH by its Spanish acronym). COPINH is an

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26 Aug 2013

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities of the Afro-indigenous Garífuna of Honduras, to defend their territories, natural resources, identity, and rights. Miriam’s narrative below is from an interview with Beverly Bell in

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21 Aug 2013

“Now They’re All Dead”: Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you. Those were the words delivered to Frena Florvilus, Director of Education and Advocacy of the Haitian human rights organization Defenders of the Oppressed (DOP), early on the morning of

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15 Aug 2013

We Don’t Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell. Co-authored by Lauren Elliott Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series  For the next three articles, we will pause to linger on Honduras. On vivid display there is the search for solutions to the problems addressed in this Harvesting Justice series: the piracy of land,

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07 Aug 2013

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn’t, battles over land have been fought from time immemorial. One of the earliest may have been led by Adam and Eve as they attempted to reclaim

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