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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:



Currently available 2013 delegation dates:

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


We Have a Dream: Farmworkers Organize for Justice

June 24, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Part 13 of the Harvesting Justice series

Picking tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida, home of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). Photo: Courtesy of CIW.

For decades, farmworkers – the more than one million men and women who work in fields and orchards around the country – have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. They have been building awareness and mobilizing the public, successfully securing some rights, higher wages, and better working conditions. Today, a recent string of victories by the farmworker group Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.

Chorus of Voices Demands Justice Three Years After BP Gulf Disaster

April 24, 2013

Cross-posted from Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos

"The Gulf and its people can’t wait any longer"

Photo: US Coast Guard

Saturday marks three years since the blowout of BP's Macondo well and explosion of Transocean's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico which killed 11 men and spewed 200 million gallons of oil over three months.

One Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

April 1, 2013

Cross-posted from Christian Science Monitor

By Annie Murphy

Lidia Romero (c.), a member of the Community Police, stands guard on a road at the entrance to the town of Cherán one week ago. Residents of remote regions have taken up arms to patrol and defend their communities from organized crimes and gangs. Alan Ortega/Reuters


About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.

Haitian Senate Calls for Halt to Mining Activities

March 1, 2013

Cross-posted from Inter Press Service

By Jane Regan

Map showing location of Morne Bossa property (VCS / Société Miniere Delta). Credit: VCS website 

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Feb 24 2013 (IPS) - Outraged that they have not been consulted, this week Haitian senators called for a moratorium on all activities connected with recently granted gold and copper mining permits.

In a resolution approved by 15 of 16 senators present, the lawmakers also demanded the establishment of a commission to review all of the current mining contracts and “a national debate on the country’s mineral resources”.

Harvesting Justice: Food Sovereignty Blog Series

February 18, 2013

“Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of ‘making salt’ has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement – one that spans the globe – seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems, with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.”



February 17, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, “They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through monopolization.”


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