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

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.

Social Fault Lines: The Disaster of Poverty in Haiti (Part I)

April 5, 2010

Laura Wagner, a U.S. anthropologist who survived – barely - Haiti’s earthquake in January, writes, “Social scientists who study catastrophes say there are no natural disasters. In every calamity, it is inevitably the poor who suffer more, die more, and will continue to suffer and die after the cameras turn their gaze elsewhere. Do not be deceived by claims that everyone was affected equally -- fault lines are social as well as geological.”

Beverly Bell and Edwidge Danticat on Haitian Women (audio)

April 1, 2010

As Haiti disappears from our TV screens and our attention returns to domestic issues, the people of Haiti are now in even greater peril as the rains begin threatening a public health disaster. But the people
of Haiti are not just standing in the rain waiting to be rescued. They are organizing, both in the U.S. and in Haiti, where over 50 grassroots groups met in Port Au Prince to demand input into the future of Haitian reconstruction, and the issues of women and children are front and center.

Healing Body and Heart, Cuban Style: Alternative Health Care in Haiti (Part I)

April 1, 2010

The governments of Cuba, Brazil, and Haiti signed a trilateral accord on March 27 to rebuild the public health system in Haiti. Brazil committed $US80 million toward the effort and pledged to create a national epidemiologic surveillance network. The Cuban contribution includes more than 1,600 doctors, a couple of hundred of whom were already in Haiti when the earthquake hit and who acted as first responders. Most of the medical delegation came shortly after the earthquake, to provide top-quality health care for two years.

Seeds for Ayiti

From Sandrine 
I am collecting organic seeds from anyone who is willing to share and sending them to groups in Ayiti.  I encourage people to pronounce Haiti the way it is pronounced on the island, Ayiti (Taino for "mountainous land").  Calling my country a name that resonates "hate"  or "Hades"  just doesn't empower.  I plan to go back home with many hands to help in the replanting of Ayiti.  I appreciate all the wonderful people helping us rebuilt right, rebuild concious.

After Foreclosure: Keeping Families in their Homes

March 25, 2010

In Boston, the grassroots group City Life/Vida Urbana has begun a new project with Boston Community Capital, a non-profit economic development financial institution, which is allowing families to buy back their homes after they have been foreclosed by their bank. This new project addresses one of the cruelest ironies of the housing crisis: although lenders have been unwilling to negotiate to lower the capital owed by borrowers who owe more than their houses are worth, after foreclosure the banks are left with properties that they can't sell and often don't maintain.

"Our Bodies are Shaking Now" - Rape Follows Earthquake in Haiti

March 24, 2010

“The way you saw the earth shake, that’s how our bodies are shaking now,” said a member of the grassroots anti-violence group Commission of Women Victim-to-Victim (KOFAVIV by its Creole acronym). She was speaking at a meeting about violence against women and children since the earthquake January 12.
 
The venue of the meeting was KOFAVIV’s new headquarters: a tarp in a displaced persons camp in Port-au-Prince. All the women of KOFAVIV lost their homes in the disaster, while more than 300 lost their lives.

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