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Urgent Action: We urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

March 3, 2016

Embassy of Honduras in Mexico
Mexican Consulate in Honduras
Inter American Commission on Human Rights

Early this morning, March 3, 2016, armed individuals forcibly entered and assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres, founder of COPINH, in her home in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in southwestern Honduras.

Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4). Gustavo survived the attack and has become a key actor in the investigation into the murder of our friend Berta.

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Mozambique’s Movement to End Land Grabs

March 1, 2016

By Anabela Lemos of Justiça Ambiental, Mozambique

Community members walk toward the Zambezi River in Tete Province, where land grabbing for coal mining has displaced people and impacted their food sovereignty. Photo: Justiça Ambiental.

This article was drawn from an interview with Anabela Lemos, and conducted, edited, and condensed by Simone Adler.

Anabela Lemos is Co-founder, Campaign Coordinator, and Board Member of Justiça Ambiental (JA), the Mozambique branch of Friends of the Earth.

 

To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local] knowledge. If the community structure is broken, if the land – the means of food production – is lost, we lose everything.

What You Probably Don't Know About Hillary Clinton's Record

February 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton on a trip to Haiti in 2011. "Hand Washing" by Kendra Helmer/USAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Missing from the public discussion of Hillary Rodham Clinton's record has been her work in Haiti, where she blatantly manipulated and threatened Haitian government officials to control electoral outcomes. In that country, too, she and her husband have led the way in promoting a sweatshop-led development model.

Other Worlds has compiled a list of articles that take a closer look into Clinton's work in Haiti and what her Presidency could portend for other nations. 

Illegal and Illegitimate Hydroelectric Project Reinitiated on Gualcarque River in Honduras

February 24, 2016

Reposted from COPINH

The Government of Honduras continues to permit and be complicit in the violation of the human rights of the Lenca People of Río Blanco and the nothern part of the Department of Intibucá, to support DESA’s second attempt to build the “Agua Zarca” hydroelectric project on the Gualcarque River – a natural heritage, cultural, economic and functional habitat of the Lenca people. This new attempt by DESA-Agua Zarca is based on the same illegal concession that violates the right to prior, free and informed consultation of the Lenca people, as well as [International Labor Organization] Convention 169, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which declares this hydroelectric project since its inception, illegitimate and illegal.

Call to Action to Support COPINH and the Community of Rio Blanco, Honduras

February 22, 2016

These are the events that have unfolded as a result of a walk organized by COPINH that began [yesterday] morning. The community was walking to the Gualcarque river where DESA-Agua Zarca are constructing a hydroelectric dam project. For background on the project and COPINH/Rio Blanco's resistance, see Annie Bird's report.

Activists Demand A Bill Of Rights For California Farm Workers

February 22, 2016

Reposted from NPR

Originally Shared on January 29, 2016

By Tracie McMillan

Migrant workers harvest strawberries at a farm near Oxnard, Calif. Ventura County is one of two counties where labor organizers hope to get a Bill of Rights passed to protect farm workers from abuse and wage theft. Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images.

Farm workers in two of the nation's most important agricultural counties joined other low-wage food sector workers on Wednesday, demanding better wages with a new Bill of Rights.

Disputed Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down in India

February 18, 2016

Reposted from India Resource Center

Originally Shared on February 10, 2016

Deteriorated Groundwater Conditions Lead to Closure

San Francisco: The Coca-Cola company has stopped production at its disputed bottling plant in Kala Dera in Jaipur, and has no plans to resume operations, according to documents (in Hindi) obtained by the India Resource Center and interviews with workers.

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

February 18, 2016

Reposted from Yes! Magazine

Originally Shared on February 12, 2015

By David Goodman

Nina Gualinga, Sarayaku resident and international activist on indigenous rights, traveling on the Bobonaza River, Sarayaku, Ecuador. Photo by Caroline Bennett / Amazon Watch.

Patricia Gualinga stands serenely as chaos swirls about her. I find this petite woman with striking black and red face paint at the head of the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. She is adorned with earrings made of brilliant bird feathers and a thick necklace of yellow and blue beads. She has come here from Sarayaku, a community deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

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