MISSION

Other Worlds is a women-driven education and movement support collaborative. We compile and bring to light alternatives flourishing throughout the world – ones opening spaces for economic, political, social, and environmental justice, and meaningful democracy – in order to inspire and incite others. We also directly support the movements that are propelling the alternatives.

In the spirit of “Nothing about us without us,” Other Worlds relies on deep collaboration with economic and social justice movements, and is accountable to them.

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. 

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

Biking to a Just Economy

September 23, 2010

This October 25th, Other Worlds’ friends and allies at Shikshantar are setting forth on a “Cycle Yatra” - a week long bicycle pilgrimage through rural Rajastan, India.  What makes their journey different than your average bike tour is what they are leaving behind: money.  Participants set off without any food, money, gadgets, or medicines.  They trade labor for food and housing in the communities that they pass through, learning new skills, and sharing songs, games, and stories with the people they meet.

 

"Help Us Produce, Don't Give Us Food": Food Sovereignty in Haiti (Part IV)

September 16, 2010

Jonas Deronzil is a farmer from the village of Mogé in Haiti’s fertile Artibonite Valley, and one of about 2,000 members of a production and marketing cooperative.  Here he analyzes the problems Haitian small producers face, notably U.S. food imports, and proposes alternatives.

I am a peasant planter, that’s all I do. From 1974 when I got out of school, I attached myself to my hoe so I could earn my bread.  I’ve been farming for 36 years. 

"The Last Thing to Lose are Your Dignity and Hope": Haitian Refugee Camps Model Future Society (Part II)

September 9, 2010

If one positive thing has come from the earthquake of January 12, it is the greater inclusion of Haiti in the human family. True, the catastrophe has brought out of the woodwork many scoundrels – individuals, corporations, agencies, and governments – looking to gain wealth and power off of poverty and disaster.  But it has also cracked open many hearts and brought solidarity from people everywhere who view themselves as citizens of the world. One group of women and men who already viewed themselves that way is the Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women (MUDHA by its Spanish acronym).

New Tactics Win Big for Worker Rights

September 3, 2010

This Labor Day, many in the US labor movement are celebrating a historic victory for the Domestic Workers United (DWU), whose 10-year struggle for the rights of nannies, elder care aids, and house cleaners bore fruit this week, as New York Governor David Patterson signed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law.  This new bill expands the basic labor rights that many Ame

"Even If We're Peasants, We Deserve to Live Too": Tèt Kole on the Needs of Haitian Farmers

September 2, 2010

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti) is the oldest peasant group in Haiti, born covertly in 1970 during the Duvalier dictatorship. Today Tèt Kole is one of Haiti’s two national peasant farmer movements, with more than 55,000 members in all ten departments of the country. Here, members talk about their problems, needs, and priorities for their future.*

Climate Change "Solutions" Threaten Land and Livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples

August 26, 2010

It feels like every day we learn about another bio-fuel that will wean us off of our dependence on fossil fuels and solve the problem of global warming once and for all.  It is an appealing solution, one that is sold as natural, and that wouldn't require people in developed nations to give up any of the comforts that we are accustomed to.  But the reality of bio-fuels is much less "green" than the picture presented in the media, and the people who most often pay the price of large scale bio-fuel production are indigenous people and campesinos-communities who have contributed the least to the problem of global climate change in the first place.

"Part of the Dream for National Reconstruction": Haitian Refugee Camps Model Future Society

August 26, 2010

While it should never be the case that a high percentage of the Haitian population remains living in refugee camps seven months after the earthquake, still camp residents have managed to create in a few of those  camps a small-scale model of the type of future society that many would like to see. This includes democratic participation by community members; autonomy from foreign authority; a focus on meeting the needs of all; dignified living conditions; respect for rights; creativity; and a commitment to gender equity.

For Partners in Health, Good Health Means Justice and Rights (Alternative Health Care in Haiti, Part IV)

August 19, 2010

With the motto “Providing a preferential option for the poor in health care,” Partners in Health offers an unusual model of health care provision. Its mission is both medical and moral. Partners in Health is widely recognized as changing the potential for health for low-income people and countries throughout the world.

"People Need a Normal, Stable Life" (The Urgency of Housing in Haiti, Part V)

August 11, 2010

Carine Exantus is a 22-year-old university student majoring in social communications. She lost her home, aunt, and cousin in the earthquake of January 12. In “You Need to Hear from the People: Communicating from Haiti’s Refugee Camps” (August 5, 2010),” Carine explains why she has been blogging from the internally displaced people’s camp where she now lives. Here she tells more about daily life in the camps, and why creating permanent housing for the displaced populations is essential.

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