Image courtesy of Witness for Peace

Berta Cáceres - internationally renowned activist in Honduras and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize - was assassinated on Wednesday March 3rd. Berta, cofounder and coordinator of National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was a leader of indigenous peoples defending their land, rivers, and rights. She was part of the ongoing struggle to stop the construction of a hydroelectric dam by the internationally-financed Honduran company, DESA, on the Gualcarque River. 

Read more about Berta's life and legacy

 

UPDATE: HONDURAN GOVERNMENT RELEASES GUSTAVO CASTRO 

Gustavo Castro Soto was the only witness to Berta’s assassination, and was shot twice in the attack. A Mexican citizen and coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, coordinator of the  Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4), and Other Worlds’ co-founder and board member, Gustavo was held by the Honduran government for 24 days. Gustavo's testimony is key to preventing the Honduran government from distorting responsibility for the crime and their attempt to pin Berta's murder on COPINH itself.  

On March 31st, the First Courthouse of Letters of Intibucá, Honduras, acting on instructions from the judge Victorina Flores Orellana, decided to lift the measure prohibiting Gustavo Castro Soto from leaving the country. This decision was made after the Honduran General Attorney’s office requested that it be lifted on the basis of the argument that “all of the [necessary] investigations and scientific tests have been exhausted” in the case of the assassination of Berta Cáceres.  

 

Support an independent international investigation

into the murder of Berta Cáceres. 

Take action here.

Check out our blog, below, for further action alerts, articles, and updates from our allies in Honduras.

Alternatives Blog

Steps forward to Abolish Poverty in America: First US Courts of Women on Poverty

July 30, 2012

Read this account about the very first US Courts of Women on Poverty, from our friends at the Women's Economic Agenda Project!

Cross-posted from the Women's Economic Agenda Project.

 

Steps forward to Abolish Poverty in America

Summary of Resolutions of Action
Story and Photos by Austin Long-Scott

“POVERTY IS AN ACT OF VIOLENCE!,” WEAP’s Executive Director Ethel Long-Scott shouted out in her opening comments at the very first US Courts of Women on Poverty. Over the next four days the outpouring of both stoic and emotional testimony certainly reflected her words.  Many participants cried as they listened to others pouring out their intimate stories about the horrors and the violence that poverty brought into their lives.

The Story of Change: Watch the New Video!

July 30, 2012

Check out Annie Leonard & the Story of Stuff''s latest short movie, The Story of Change!

Watch it here, and read about Annie's motivation for creating the piece. Cross-posted from The Story of Stuff Project's website.

I used to think the truth would set us free. Like many who care about the environment, I spent years thinking that information would lead to change. So I wrote reports, gave speeches, even testified before Congress.

Some things changed. Sadly, the big picture didn’t.

For a long time I couldn’t understand why. Now I’ve realized that it isn’t because we don’t have enough data, white papers or experts to tell us we’re in trouble. The problem is we’ve forgotten what it takes to make change.

"Latinoamerica" Official Video: Celebrating the Global Commons

July 23, 2012

Check out Calle 13's beautiful new video "Latinoamerica" which captures the spirit of people all over Latin America who embrace natural resources and the Earth's treasures as part of the global commons. Many are actively involved in resisting the commodification of their surroundings, declaring "You cannot buy the sun," and "We are not for sale." 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHv4WQ2NoKg&feature=youtu.be

 

"Homelessness, Displacement, Evictions . . . This Sounds Familiar": New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

July 23, 2012

Cross-posted from the New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center.
Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by

By Hannah Adams, Guest Contributor

There are a number of obvious parallels between housing needs in New Orleans after the 2005 hurricanes and housing needs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

In both disasters, large regions lost the majority of their affordable housing stock, resulting in massive spikes in homelessness and displacement.  UNITY of Greater New Orleans reports that homelessness rates effectively doubled in the city from January 2005 to January 2009. [1] The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center adds that New Orleans experienced a population loss of over 140,000 according to the 2010 census, and that poor New Orleanians and families with children under eighteen were among those less likely to return. [2] Meanwhile, the Under Tents Campaign reports that 400,000 Haitians remain homeless in displacement camps where they face gender-based violence, disease, unsanitary living conditions, and flooding.

"Baseball in the Time of Cholera" Film Now Available Online!

July 17, 2012

Check out this announcement from RYOT Fims and see their campaign here: www.undeny.org!

Baseball in The Time of Cholera is a powerful insight into the tragedy and scandal of Haiti's Cholera epidemic through the eyes of a young baseball player

If a foreign military dumped their raw sewage into the Mississippi river and it caused the deaths of over 7000 Americans would we remain silent?


That very scenario is playing out in Haiti right now!  UN peacekeeping forces from Nepal dumped their sewage into Haiti's largest river and the ensuing cholera outbreak has resulted in over 500,000 Haitians infected and over 7000 deaths (and counting). 

GOOD FOOD AND GOOD JOBS FOR ALL: Challenges and Opportunities to Advance Racial and Economic Equity in the Food System

July 16, 2012

Check out this new food justice news from the Applied Research Center - cross-posted here:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

goodfood_es_cover_titleonly.jpg

 

FULL REPORT  goodfood_finalreport_cover_sm.jpg

A new report released by the Applied Research Center finds stronger collaboration is needed between movements for “good food” and “good jobs” in order to advance racial and economic equity in the food system. Download executive summary, and the full report. Press Release available for journalists.

 

Garifuna of Honduras Planning to Reclaim Land: History and Defense of Vallecito Campaign

July 11, 2012
The text below was written by OFRANEH, Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras, and translated by Stephen Bartlett of Agriculatural Missions.

The Garifuna people arrived 215 years ago on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, after having been driven out of the island of San Vicente in the Lesser Antilles by the British. Today we live in 47 communities located mostly in deltas, estuaries, coastal strips and coastal hills.

Afro-Indigenous Hondurans Reclaiming Stolen Land Call for Our Support Now!

July 11, 2012
The Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) calls for international support as it plans to reclaim communal lands stolen from them. Specifically they request financial support for their planned Land Recovery campaign. Funds raised will go directly to OFRANEH to use for legal accompaniment and communications during and after the campaign. See below for an open letter by Agricultural Missions, a US-based ally helping raise funds for OFRANEH. 
 
Checks made out to Agricultural Missions (with the word Garifuna in memo line) can be sent to AMI, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 810, New York, NY 10115 or you can go to our website and contribute using  Paypal:  www.agriculturalmissions.org

Paraguay: Weaving Peoples Resistance Against Corporate Occupation

July 9, 2012

Our allies in Paraguay have issued this important letter regarding the recent coup in their country. See the original text in Spanish, and list of signatories, on the website of Cxhab Wala Kiwe, Territorio del Gran Pueblo.

Paraguay: Weaving Peoples Resistance

Against Corporate Occupation

The undersigning organizations, collectives and individuals working towards a coordinated initiative of popular resistance from and with the peoples of Paraguay clearly and unequivocally declare:

We believe it to be an urgent priority to accompany and support the Frente Unido para la Defensa de la Democracia (United Front for the Defence of Democracy or FDD) and the expressed desires of the people of Paraguay to develop and implement their agenda of autonomous resistance to the occupation through the recent Coup d’Etat.

Monsanto May Lose Billions in Brazil Over “Monsanto Tax”

July 9, 2012

Cross-posted from Organic Consumers Association and mercola.com.

By Dr. Mercola

Brazil, the second-largest producer of genetically modified (GM) crops (after the U.S.), is the latest country to take a stand against biotech giant Monsanto, which could end up handing over at least $2 billion as a result.

A war has been waging against Monsanto in Brazil for nearly a decade, virtually ever since the country legalized farming of GM crops in 2005.

Since then, Monsanto has been charging Brazilian farmers double – once for their seeds, and again when they sell their crops.

Pages