Other Worlds is excited to announce the launch of our fundraiser for our Hatian land rights campaign on Global Giving!

A grassroots movement for secure land tenure and food sovereignty is growing throughout Haiti, and Other Worlds has committed to bolstering it. We will be building campaigns of political support in both the global North and South, and garnering much-needed funding, technical support, and visibility for the frontline communities and ally organizations in Haiti.

Read more about the issues facing Haitian peasant farmers and make a donation on our fundraising page.

Check out our recent four-part article series collaboration, Cultivating Climate Justice!

Our friends at the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) created inspiring articles of community groups on the frontlines of the waste and climate crises, coming together for systems change. We are getting them out far and wide for publication. Click on the image logo to view the series and be inspired!

 

Throughout the world, solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the day are either nascent or fully thriving. Organized people's movements - sometimes with help from supportive government - are changing the structures which cause violence, poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. At the same time, they are creating better quality of life in their communities.  In other instances, people are preserving ancient cultures where individuals live in relative equity and harmony with other life and their communities, and without expectation of profit. 

Join us to learn more and become a part of this inspiring movement:

We are thrilled to announce our latest book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide by Beverly Bell, published by Cornell University Press. You can find out more about the book, read an excerpt, and order it online by visiting the book's website.

We continue to support indigenous peoples in Honduras who are defending their lands and rivers, and to challenge US-supported attacks on them by the Honduran government. Honduran movement leaders from the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) have been specifically targeted by the government and international dam companies.

Check out Other Worlds' book & educational tool, Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas, which explores the growing movement to reclaim the food system from multinational agribusiness and put it back into the hands of people. Accompanying the book is a popular education curriculum called Sowing Seeds, and a weekly blog series! And, find more resources and action steps on the Harvesting Justice website.

Four and a half years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, read about how Haitian grassroots movements are continuing the struggle for a just reconstruction on our Another Haiti is Possible blog.

Visit our blog, below, of articles by and about our allies building grassroots alternatives around the world (click here for full blog history).

Alternatives Blog

Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds

May 17, 2010

“A new earthquake” is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation’s presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day.

In an open letter sent of May 14, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, the Executive Director of MPP and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP), called the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti “a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds…, and on what is left of our environment in Haiti.”

Foreign-Led Commission Now Governs Haiti; Voting Membership Determined by Size of Contribution

May 13, 2010

On April 15, the Haitian Parliament ratified a law extending by 18 months the state of emergency that President René Préval declared after the earthquake of January 12. The parliament also formally ceded its powers over finances and reconstruction, during the state of emergency, to a foreign-led Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (CIRH). The CIRH’s mandate is to direct the post-earthquake reconstruction of Haiti through the $9.9 billion in pledges of international aid, including approving policies, projects, and budgeting. The World Bank will manage the money.

Re-Envisioning the City

May 13, 2010

You can't imagine a more just, more sustainable planet, without also imagining a new kind of city. More than half of the world's population is urban, and cities often amplify many of the problems we face as a planet: inequality, violence, pollution, isolation. Luckily, people around the world are joining forces to re-imagine how we design and live in cities, and they've come up with a number of exciting proposals!

People Without Homes & Homes Without People

May 12, 2010

The New York City Right to the City Alliance has come out with a fantastic new report on vacant housing and homelessness in NYC. “People Without Housing and Housing Without People: A Count of Vacant Condos in Select NYC Neighborhoods" was created through a long term participatory research project, which canvassed nine low income neighborhoods in New York to identify housing units that are currently vacant.

Suffering and Survival: Haitian Earthquake Survivors Need Social and Economic Rights

May 10, 2010

“It’s a nightmare from which you never wake up,” said a coordinator for Partners in Health in Port-au-Prince, referring to the January 12 earthquake and its social aftermath.
 
The ‘nightmare’ has long roots in structural violence, the set of national and international systems and policies that have left the majority in Haiti (and the world) neglected and resource-poor.

The Urgency of Housing in Haiti: Government Destroys Refugee Camps, National Hurricane Center Predicts Busy Season (Part II)

May 6, 2010

“Everything we owned got smashed. We lost everything.”
 
Getro Nelio was not referring to the devastating earthquake of January 12. The unemployed, 24-year-old Haitian was speaking about losing his home a second time in three months, on this occasion due to the government. Since late March, armed Haitian police have been closing camps and destroying the shelters that quake victims created out of whatever supplies they could scavenge, from cardboard to small strips of tin. U.N. troops sometimes aid in the evictions.

The Urgency of Housing in Haiti: First Priority in Addressing Widespread Rape (Part I)

May 4, 2010

The 7.3 earthquake which struck Haiti on January 12 was only the start of Haiti’s most recent catastrophe. It has been followed by an ever-deepening social and economic crisis for those whose survival was precarious before the quake, especially among the 1.3 million who were left homeless or displaced.  For this group, who are now packed into camps or squeezed into the most marginal of open spaces, some daily elements of life include the following:

Interview: The Status of Women in Post-Earthquake Haiti (audio)

April 30, 2010

Listen to Lambi Fund of Haiti Board President Marie St. Cyr,  Nicole Phillips, the staff attorney for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Other Worlds Coordinator Beverly Bell discuss women's rights in post-earthquake Haiti, in this interview from "Women: Body and Soul" on WBAI in New York.

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