Citizen Organizing & Politics

Stop the Repression of Oaxaca's Teachers Union

June 22, 2016

Urgent Call for Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers Union

Reposted from Alliance for Global Justice

Originally posted on June 21, 2016

The Alliance for Global Justice denounces the brutal repression on June 19, 2016 against striking teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico that has left 12 teachers and students dead. They were killed by federal, state and local police who fired on unarmed, nonviolent demonstrators. According to a report by Telesur, the dead include 10 in Nochixtlan, one in Hacienda Blanca and one in Juchitán. Many persons have been wounded, and at least 23 persons disappeared. Witnesses report that wounded protesters and civillians were being turned away from the hospital at Nochixtlan, only police officers being admitted.

Global Coalition of NGOs Calls for Investigation Into Murder of Activist Involved in Palm Oil Case in Guatemala

November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015 — A coalition of international NGOs delivered an open letter today to Guatemala’s Attorney General, Thelma Aldana, and Interior Minister Eunice Mendizábal, calling on the Guatemalan government to conduct an immediate investigation into the murder of environmental activist Rigoberto Lima Choc. The petition— a joint action by Friends of the Earth, ActionAid USA and GHRC— was signed by 49,314 individuals from several different countries. 

The petition was presented alongside the Network of Communities Affected by Palm Oil and accompanying organizations, who have publicly denounced the attack and the negative impact of oil palm in communities in Guatemala. 

Action Alert: Please Help Support Ethiopian Food & Land Rights Activists

November 30, 2015

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Three Ethiopian food security and indigenous rights activists are facing trial after trying to attend a workshop on food security in Kenya. The move is part of the Ethiopian government's effort to silence critical voices using a draconian counterterrorism law.

Popular housing alternatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

November 3, 2015

Reposted from International Alliance of Inhabitants

Orignially shared on January 1, 2015

By Alessio Surian, Cristina Reynals, Paul Maquet Makedonski y Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna, de la UPU AIH 

Alessio Surian, Cristina Reynals, Paul Maquet Makedonski and Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna, of the IAI Urban Popular University, have realised this project with a commitment to make visible and disseminate the experiences of community members and community-based organisations, as fundamental supports for alternative policies for the development and construction of popular housing, outside of the dominant market paradigm.

Students Declare Support for the Landless Families Occupying ESALQ Area

September 11, 2015

Reposted from  on September 11, 2015

They denounce the idle land use, separation of small milk producers in the region and the influence of the former owners to acquire the area. Several students from the Levante Popular da Juventude [Popular Uprising of Youth], the National Biology Student Body (ENEBio) and academic centers of USP [University of São Paulo] publicly declared support for about 1,200 landless families occupying the Fazenda Figueira in Londrina (PR) on the last day August 17th.

COPINH: WE CONDEMN the International Congress of Mining in Honduras. No to mines!!

July 27, 2015

COPINH: WE CONDEMN the International Congress of Mining in Honduras. No to mines!!

Reposted from on July 27, 2015

We, members of the Lenca People and the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), who come from communities in the provinces of Intibucá, La Paz, Lempira, Santa Barbara and Cortes, Lenca territories of age-old resistance, and have arrived to this capital city since July 6 of this year to once again join and support the process of outrage and protest, along with sister organizations of the Platform of Social and Popular Movements of Honduras, to which we belong, to condemn the so-called First International Conference on Mining in Honduras, which is being held from 7 to 11 July in Tegucigalpa. This event reflects the continuing policy of the Government of Honduras to continue handing over territory, sovereignty, common goods and nature, as it moves forward in the establishment of a transnational dictatorship.


The “Other” Politics of Ayotzinapa

April 1, 2015

How a popular movement arisen from the forced disappearance of student-teachers in Mexico demonstrates a horizontal politics of shared leadership.

by Charlotte Maria Sáenz

"Códice de Ayotzinapa" (detail) at entrance of National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. (Photo by Charlotte Sáenz)

Family and colleagues of 43 student-teachers forcibly disappeared and feared killed in Iguala, Guerrero last September 26, 2014 have grown into a civilian movement known as “Ayotzinapa” that includes people from all walks of life and from around the world. Their simple but powerful actions of visibility and protest have put in stark light the excesses and failures of a corrupt government structure which operates in deep collusion with drug lords and corporate interests. The case of Ayotzinapa is but a window into a larger pattern of forced disappearances that plagues the nation as a whole. The movement demands accountability and justice for all of Mexico’s disappeared as well as for radical change in a country ravaged by an epidemic of extreme violence, corruption and impunity.

Rojava – the formation of an economic alternative: Private property in the service of all

March 30, 2015

By: Michael Knapp, Historian; Translated from German original by Richard Braude

Cross-posted from: Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Originally released on: 6 February, 2015



The revolution in Rojava (West Kurdistan/ North Syria), which started in Kobanî (Ain al-Arab) and spread like wildfire through Afrîn, Dêrik (Al-Malikiya), Qamişlo (Al-Qamishli), Amûdê and Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-Ayn) – the regions lying on the Turkish-Syrian border – has launched an alternative development in all aspects of society.

Inspired by the model of democratic confederalism and democratic autonomy, democratic assemblies, women’s council and other democratic organisations have been established. Every ethnic and religious group must be represented in these councils, and the leadership of each evenly divided between the sexes. This is not a project striving towards a nation state, but for democratic autonomy in the region and a democratic Syria.

Honduras: Indigenous Communities Resist Dams in the Face of Threats and Violence

March 19, 2015

By Brigitte Gynther

Reposted from on March 19, 2015

On the evening Jan. 27, a bus of Indigenous Lenca community leaders returning from Rio Blanco, Honduras, the site of an almost two-year Lenca blockade and struggle against the construction of the Agua Zarca dam, was waived to a stop by the police.


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