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

“THEY FEAR US BECAUSE WE’RE FEARLESS”: RECLAIMING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND STRENGTH IN HONDURAS

August 27, 2013

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field


COPINH members on a piece of their ancestral land to which they had just won title. Photo: Oscar Andrade.

“Honduras has been known for two things only: being a military base for the [contra] attacks on the Nicaraguan revolution, and Hurricane Mitch.” So said Berta Caceres, co-founder and general coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH by its Spanish acronym). COPINH is an organization of hundreds of communities of Lenca indigenous peoples and small farmers.

“Now They’re All Dead": Threats of Assassination to Human Rights Advocates in Haiti

August 21, 2013

Attorney Patrice Florvilus speaks at a press conference denouncing threats made against him and other Haitian human rights defenders.

 

By Mark Snyder and Other Worlds

August 21, 2013

 

"Those before you were strong. Now they’re all dead. Stop what you are doing, or the same will happen to you."

Join Delegation to Mexico: Learn from indigenous communities defending their land against mega-development projects

August 15, 2013

SURCO A.C., Oaxaca, México invites you to join an:

EDUCATIONAL / SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO OAXACA, MÉXICO

“DEFENSE OF INDIGENOUS TERRITORIES: COMMUNITY WELL-BEING, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE ENVIRONMENT Versus INTERNATIONAL MINING COMPANIES IN OAXACA”

Currently available 2013 delegation dates:

October 5-13, Nov. 23-Dec. 1

CONTEXT:

URGENT ACTION required to protect movement leaders in Honduras

August 14, 2013

 

Please respond to this urgent demand, circulated by our friends at Agricultural Missions, Inc.

Brief:  COPINH (Honduras) leaders face trumped up charges to break the back of 140+ day road occupation which has effectively stopped the installation of a hydro electric dam project on the Sacred Gualcarque River in Lenca Territory in Rio Blanco, HondurasLenca People:  No means No!*  (*Indigenous peoples have an internationally recognized right to collectively be consulted and approve or deny proposals for use of their lands, under ILO Convention 169)

We Don’t Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

August 11, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Co-authored by Lauren Elliott

Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series


Consuelo Castillo and son in their land reform community in Bajo Aguán, Honduras.
Photo: Jennifer Jewell.

For the next three articles, we will pause to linger on Honduras. On vivid display there is the search for solutions to the problems addressed in this Harvesting Justice series: the piracy of land, indigenous territories, agriculture, food systems, and the global commons.

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