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. 

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TWO NEW ARTICLE SERIES

Other Worlds is currently running an article series on African seed and food sovereingty as well as a series on land rights and food sovereignty in Haiti. Click here to read the articles from the African series and here to read the articles from the series on Haiti.

NEW WEBSITE

Stay tuned for the launch of our new website in early 2016! 

Visit our blog, below, of articles by and about our allies building grassroots alternatives around the world.

 

Alternatives Blog

Two Years after the Earthquake in Haiti, “Housing Is Our Battle”

January 19, 2012

By Alexis Erkert
January 19, 2012

Remember, you are marching today for those who couldn’t be here, To say to them, “We haven’t forgotten. We’ll never forget.” And to say to those that are still here, We will take a stand for the rebuilding of Haiti.  – Right to Housing Collective, January 12, 2012

Restaurant Opportunities Council National Diners' Guide 2012 Release!

January 17, 2012

Check out this amazing event hosted by our ally, the Restaurant Opportunities Council. 
Cross-posted from http://rocny.org/events/2012128.

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"When you go out to eat, you shouldn't get wage theft, racism, and sick cooks
in the kitchen, along with your meal.  How the food tastes at a restaurant really
doesn't matter, if the people who work there are being mistreated.  
This guide will help you separate the good guys from the bad."
-Eric Schlosser, Author, Fast Food Nation



YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND:

ROC National Diners' Guide 2012 Release!
 

Looking at Haiti from Haiti: Two years after the earthquake, a new book aims to tell the story we’ve missed

January 15, 2012

By Francie Latour |      JANUARY 15, 2012

Originally posted on The Boston Globe website.

Mark Schuller, center, is a New York anthropologist who also teaches at University of Haiti in Port-au-Prince.

Two years ago, in one of the worst natural disasters recorded in the western hemisphere, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook the island nation of Haiti, leveling the capital of Port-au-Prince, taking more than a quarter-million lives, and leaving 1.5 million homeless.

New Book & Upcoming Events: "Tectonic Shifts: Impacts of Haiti’s Earthquake"

January 11, 2012

 

We’d like to introduce a new book, Tectonic Shifts: Impacts of Haiti's Earthquake (Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales, Eds., Kumarian Press), an anthology in which two Other Worlds staff have chapters. In Tectonic Shifts, Haitian and international activists, journalists, and scholars lay out the politics of aid and disaster capitalism, and civil society efforts to reshape reconstruction in a way that prioritizes human rights and Haitian leadership.

AN INTERNATIONAL GATHERING TO SUPPORT MOVEMENTS FOR ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES IN HONDURAS

January 4, 2012

Honduras is home to a powerful movement of indigenous peoples demanding control over their own governance, territory (meaning all that is under, on, and over their lands), knowledge (otherwise known as intellectual property), agriculture, and customs. Indigenous peoples have won title to some of their lands and promoted national land reform that has redistributed some of the heavily ownership-concentrated land.  Together with campesino (small farmer) and other sectors, they have stalled or stopped free trade agreements, hydro-electric dams, mining exploration, and logging.

Home: From Displacement Camps to Community in Haiti

January 4, 2012

By Alexis Erkert and Beverly Bell

As 2012 begins, a growing movement of displaced people and their allies in Haiti is actively claiming the right to housing, which is recognized by both the Haitian constitution and international treaties to which Haiti is signatory.

Haitians displaced by the earthquake two years ago face many crises, but perhaps none worse than ongoing homelessness. One of the 520,000 people still living in displacement camps, [i] Dieula Croissey describes conditions where she lives in Cité Soleil: “We’re living in insecurity, our lives are threatened, our daughters are used.” In addition to insecurity and violence, especially against women, people living in camps face deteriorating shelter materials – shredding plastic tarps and tattered tents – hunger, and lack of adequate water or toilets. Despite Haiti’s declining rates of cholera infection,[ii] the dearth of sanitation options leaves real risk for contracting the disease. 

A Haitian Mother’s Plea: Don’t Bring Back the Army

December 27, 2011

Author Anonymous
Re-posted with Permission from Bookmanlit

Authorities of Haiti, I beg you, please don’t bring back the army. Not while so many children are dying from hunger, cholera, and neglect.  Don’t re-mobilize the khaki caskets of the FADH [Haitian National Army]. These caskets have stained our soil with blood, shame, and abuse. Don’t divert our meager funds to train our new killers. Don’t budget money for uniforms and ammunition to fight an imaginary enemy when our people are dying of real starvation.

GAIA Highlights Environmental Justice Victories in 2011

December 22, 2011


Despite the failure of the recent COP climate talks in Durban, South Africa, grassroots environmental justice movements have achieved some important victories in 2011.  Here are some highlights from our friends at the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), www.no-burn.org:

GAIA wishes everyone a happy and safe end of 2011. It has been a year of remarkable struggles and successes in our collective efforts to challenge waste and pollution, and to promote healthy, sustainable solutions. We're pleased to share some of the most recent successes—including victories in Brazil and the United States, and zero waste events in Italy. We're also pleased to profile Alliance for a Clean Environment (ACE) in Western Australia, and share their recent victories.

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