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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. 

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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).

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Community Radio Activists Under Attack in Mexico and Honduras

April 29, 2010

This has been a tragic week for supporters of indigenous autonomy and community media in Mexico and Honduras. On Tuesday, a caravan bringing humanitarian aid to an autonomous community in Oaxaca, Mexico, was attacked by a paramilitary group linked to the state government. The autonomous Triqui community of San Juan Copala has been the subject of threats and violence from paramilitary groups for years. In 2008 two indigenous women radio promoters were assassinated as they traveled to a regional meeting of community radio organizations.

From Charity to Solidarity in Haiti: Lessons for the Policy Makers (Part III)

April 27, 2010

Humanitarian aid initiatives organized by Haitian communities offer respectful, democratic contrasts to the multi-billion dollar aid effort of the international community, much of which is wasted at best and destructive at worst. “Embedded in the local humanitarian responses is the model of a society premised on generosity and dignity,” says a report released today by Other Worlds, “From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors.”

From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors

April 26, 2010

At the request of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti, Other Worlds has produced a new report, "From Disaster Aid to Solidarity: Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Haiti’s Earthquake Survivors." Written by Other Worlds Coordinator Beverly Bell, "From Disaster Aid to Solidarity" documents the failures of the international aid and reconstruction efforts in Haiti, and presents innovative models of local and international relief efforts.

 

 

 

Broadcasting Women's Voices in Haiti's Reconstruction: Women's Community Radio

April 22, 2010

Haitian women have been increasingly vocal and active in social, political, and economic issues since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986. Though it has not come easily, their progress in changing gender relations of power within the home, within social movements, and within the nation has been steady. Women’s organizations have been key to these advances, helping create the space to foster and protect women’s activism. One network is helping women gain voice, literally: the Haitian Women’s Community Radio Network (REFRAKA by its Creole acronym).

Addressing the Social Causes of Poor Health: Alternative Health and Healing in Haiti (Part III)

April 19, 2010

For most Haitians, when health care is available at all, it all too often treats the immediate problem only. Given the conditions under which the vast majority of Haitians live – dire poverty, malnourishment, and lack of access to water or sanitation – the next illness or physical challenge is an ever-present threat.

Poor health is not simply a result of biology, but a direct result of national and international policies and programs which foster poverty and inequality.  Improving health care requires addressing the social causes of poor health. Known as the social determinants of health, these are the economic, political, and social conditions in which people are born, live, and work.

The Shock Doctrine in Haiti: An Interview with Patrick Elie

April 16, 2010

Patrick Elie has long been a democracy activist.  Moreover, during President Aristide’s administration-in-exile during the 91-94 coup d’etat, Patrick was coordinator of the anti-drug unit of the National Intelligence Service, where he was key to exposing the collusion between the U.S. government and the military coup leaders. He subsequently served as Aristide’s secretary of defense. Here Patrick discusses how the ‘shock doctrine’ is working in Haiti, why equality is essential to rebuilding the nation, and why Haitians need to break from the vision that the international community has for its reconstruction.

Social and Psychological Well Being: Alternative Health and Healing in Haiti (Part II)

April 12, 2010

Lenz Jean-Francois is a social psychologist. He is also a professor and provisional head of the psychology department of the School of Social Sciences of the State University of Haiti. He talks about how local organizations and institutions are using social psychology in Haiti’s post-earthquake context to help survivors heal.
 
Haitians’ humanity is threatened today. If there is a battle that Haitians don’t want to lose, it’s their humanity.  Each one is looking for recognition that he or she is present, that he or she is among the living.
 
The difficult situation that Haitians are going through today makes them more fragile.  But it can also be a force.

The Business of Disaster: Where's the Haiti-Bound Money Going?

April 8, 2010

“A sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the international donors conference on March 31 in New York, where foreign nations and other international institutions pledged $5.3 billion toward Haiti over the next 18 months, of which $1.15 billion comes from the U.S. government. Mr. Ban continued, “Today, we have mobilized to give Haiti and its people what they need most: hope for a new future.”

Finding the Tipping Point

April 6, 2010

Many of the problems that face our planet seem overwhelming and unsolvable, until suddenly one day they aren't. Whether through community organizing, legislation, or scientific innovation, problems as pervasive as polio, child labor, or access to voting rights can go from being seen as unchangeable problems to a thing of the past from one generation to the next.

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