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Alternatives & Advances

Check out each topic listed under Alternatives & Advances for news from social movements and articles about victories, alternatives, solutions, and advances by and about our allies, who are creating vibrant grassroots alternatives everyday.

People ask us all the time, “What is the alternative?” to the growing inequality, oppression, war, and crisis of the environment and human rights? There is no single solution, as every society has its own complex history, problems, and needs. Each movement needs to evolve its own answers, its own visions and models.

All over this website are interviews, analyses, research, and social movement statements about alternatives that are being dreamed or constructed. We have created a roster of topics and models that we find viable and exciting, and a space to share about movements making innovative advances. These alternatives are all interconnected - as are the struggles to which they are responding - and our list is by no means complete. We hope you will delve in, and become inspired to connect with existent efforts or start your own.

The U.S. Elections: End of Empire? A View from Haiti

Today on campus was a discussion aimed at addressing the issue of safety for our most vulnerable students: people of color, especially Black students and undocumented students (who, at NIU, mostly come from Mexico), as well as women and LGBTQI individuals.

Why now?

This past weekend, an African American male was accosted by a group of four white men in a pickup truck with a Confederate flag. A firearm was visible.

MPDP Declaration Post Hurricane Matthew

MPDP’s position on the disaster of Hurricane Matthew in the country

The Popular Democratic People’s Movement [MPDP in the original Haitian Creole] shares its sympathies and solidarity with every person, family, organization, and institution victimized by the huge strike of Hurricane Matthew, especially the region of the Grand South [the South, Nippes, and Grand’Anse provinces] and lower Northwest in the country. MPDP respectfully bows our heads in the presence of the cadavers and disappeared caused by Hurricane Matthew while raising our hands to our heads in horror in the face of the dimensions of the material damage.


Threats to territory on the Garífuna coast

Ruling in favor of Barra Vieja and attempted eviction in Santa Fe


Translated by Steven Johnson

Originally posted on September 10, 2016

Read the original in Spanish here.

Sambo Creek, Aug 10, 2016. - Yesterday the Court of Tela issued a not guilty ruling in favor of the Garífuna community of Barra Vieja, which is being harassed by the Indura Hilton, by means of the National Port Company and the Honduran Institute of Tourism.

Interview with Gustavo Castro, Co-Victim and Survivor of the Assassination of Berta Caceres


Gustavo Castro. Photo Credit:

Gustavo Castro, the only witness of the [March 2, 2016] assassination of Berta Caceres, explains what happened the evening and days following the attack that took the life of the indigenous leader. “The Honduran Government has not yet called me to identify the detainees even though I saw one of the hired killers”.  Six months after the murder of the Honduran activist who struggled against multinational abuses, “the investigation is stalled”.

On Coup Anniversary, Examining the US Role in Honduras

In this handout picture released by the Guatemalan Presidency, Hondura’s President Porfirio Lobo talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Guatemala City on March 5, 2010. (Photo: Guatemala Presidency/Handout)

State Department Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List

Soldiers and policemen are deployed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, next to a blockade. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON John Kirby on Wednesday repeatedly denied that the government of Honduras kills its own citizens, saying more than a dozen times that he has not heard “credible evidence” of “deaths ordered by the military.”

Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier

One human rights expert said: ‘This … reinforces calls that the US must withdraw military aid from Honduras where there’s been a bloodbath since the 2009 coup.’ Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A unit trained by US special forces was ordered to kill the environmental activist who was slain in March, according to an ex-member who now fears for his life

Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed.

Stop the Repression of Oaxaca's Teachers Union

Urgent Call for Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers Union

Report Details How US-Backed Coup Unleashed Wave of Abuses in Honduras

Before her assassination, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres criticized U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as an example of international "meddling." (Photo via Democracy Now!)

The U.S.-backed Honduran coup ushered in a wave of neoliberal policies that have systematically violated the economic, cultural, and social rights of the nation's Indigenous people, women, and farmers, while leaving activists and rights defenders—such as the late Berta Cáceres—vulnerable to criminalization and violence.


[For a list of embassies, see this post on School of the Americas Watch]

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