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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.

Bearing Witness: In Honduras, Garifuna Women Fight Climate Change & State Violence

February 18, 2016

Reposted from Feministing

Originally Shared in December 2015

By Juliana Britto Schwartz

Image by Felipe Canova

Ed. note: This post is part of a series, “Bearing Witness,” highlighting indigenous women fighting for climate justice in the Americas. Read the rest of the series here.

When children in the United States learn about the transatlantic slave trade, they rarely hear stories of revolt or resilience in the face of violence and cultural erasure. The Garifuna are such a people

Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An interview with Iderle Brénus

February 17, 2016

From an interview by Beverly Bell

Involved in all levels of food production, Haitian women need control over land and protection from today's wave of expropriation.  Photo: Salena Tramel, for Grassroots International.

In Haiti, the majority of the people working the land are women. Not only are they there during planting, weeding and harvesting, but they also play a role in transforming and marketing food products. They’re involved in the entire agricultural production process. This is why we call women the poto mitan, central pillar, of the country.


Liberated Haiti: Thirty Years After Duvalier

February 8, 2016
By Robert Maguire
Originally Shared on February 3, 2016

February 7, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the ouster of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier as President of Haiti, ending the 29 year Duvalier family dictatorship. When Baby Doc fled the country in 1986 for exile in France, massive street celebrations burst out, calling his departure Haiti’s second independence.   In the weeks that followed, it seemed as if almost everyone wore a tee shirt proclaiming “Haiti Libérée.” Optimism reigned that the misgoverned country would transition in relatively short order from dictatorship to democracy and that life would improve for all, particularly the more than 75 percent of the country’s population surviving on an average of $2.00 a day or less.

USFSA Calls for Immediate Release of Saeed Baloch, General Secretary of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

February 3, 2016

Reposted from US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Originally shared on January 26, 2016

USFSA Member organizations and allies send urgent letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry to push the Pakistani government to release Mr. Baloch, who was unjustly arrested and detained.

On January 16, Mr. Saeed Baloch, the General Secretary of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) was arrested by elements of the Pakistan Army and has since been detained without charges. Mr. Baloch has been a Human Rights activist since the 1980s, and has been involved with PFF since its inception. PFF is a member of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), a global social movement for the food sovereignty and human rights of fisher peoples around the world.

La Via Campesina, Building an International Movement for Food and Seed Sovereignty: An Interview with General Coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu

February 2, 2016

By Elizabeth Mpofu

Women members of the Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum, member organization of La Via Campesina, display their seeds at a seed fair. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Mpofu. 

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

Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe is General Coordinator of the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, a coalition of 164 organizations in 73 countries around the world, representing about 200 million peasant, landless, indigenous, and other farmers. She is also Chairperson of Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forumand herself a farmer.


Who we are fighting for is every single peasant farmer – more than 200 million – on the planet. People are eager to join hands in building a global voice.                    

Transnational corporations are pushing policies in African countries for industrial farming and the use of GMO [genetically modified] seeds, while grabbing our land and [stealing] our natural resources.  No one should come and tell us how to produce food. 


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