Throughout the world, solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the day are either nascent or fully thriving. Organized people's movements - sometimes with help from supportive government - are changing the structures which cause violence, poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. At the same time, they are creating better quality of life in their communities.  In other instances, people are preserving ancient cultures where individuals live in relative equity and harmony with other life and their communities, and without expectation of profit. 

Join us to learn more and become a part of this inspiring movement:
  • We are thrilled to announce our latest book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti's Divide by Beverly Bell, published by Cornell University Press. You can find out more about the book, read an excerpt, and order it online by visiting the book's website.

  • We continue to support indigenous peoples in Honduras who are defending their lands and rivers, and to challenge US-supported attacks on them by the Honduran government. Honduran movement leaders from the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) have been specifically targeted by the government and international dam companies. Sign the petition supporting them here, call or email the Honduran authorities (demands and suggested talking points can be found in the links), and get updates about the situation via our "Justice in Honduras" section on the left. You can also contribute to Honduras Solidarity Network's Legal Defense Fund.

  • Check out Other Worlds' book & educational tool, Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas, which explores the growing movement to reclaim the food system from multinational agribusiness and put it back into the hands of people. Accompanying the book is a popular education curriculum called Sowing Seeds, and a weekly blog series! And, find more resources and action steps on the Harvesting Justice website.

  • More than four years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, read about how Haitian grassroots movements are continuing the struggle for a just reconstruction on our Another Haiti is Possible blog.
     
  • Visit our blog, below, of articles by and about our allies building grassroots alternatives around the world (click here for full blog history).

Alternatives Blog

Country Hospitality: Haitian Peasant Organizations Provide Humanitarian Aid

February 24, 2010

“Yon sèl dwèt pa manje kalalou,” says Christroi Petit-homme, a member of a peasant farmer organization. You can’t eat gumbo with one finger. Peasant groups throughout rural Haiti form the fingers of the hand, reaching out with humanitarian aid for those left bereft after the earthquake.
 
U.S. Ambassador Ken Merten said at a February 12 State Department briefing, "In terms of humanitarian aid delivery, frankly, it's working really well, and I believe that this will be something that people will be able to look back on in the future as a model for how we've been able to sort ourselves out as donors on the ground and responding to an earthquake." Judging from hundreds of interviews, that impression is not shared by survivors of the earthquake. Most claim they have received no goods or services from the Haitian or U.S. governments, while only a few report having received donations of food and water from other sources such as the U.N. Homeless people greatly outnumber the supply of tents. Free medical care, now widely available through burgeoning community clinics, is the single accessible service.

Voices from Haiti

February 19, 2010

Other Worlds Coordinator Beverly Bell is currently in Haiti, meeting with grassroots and community organizations, and talking to Hatian organizers about their vision and desires for a new, more just, Haiti.

Survival Stories

February 19, 2010

Everyone in Haiti knows many amazing stories about those who survived the earthquake, and at least an equal number of horror stories about those who didn’t.  Here are a few from those who survived.
 
Bishop André Pierre starts our conversation this way:
“How are you doing, Father André?”
“Oh, fine. We’re alive and well.”
“Wait, I thought you lost a lot of the priests and seminarians in your community.”
“Many. Many. Many.”

Building Democracy from the Ashes of a Coup

February 19, 2010

Over the last several months, attention has drifted away from the country of Honduras and the ongoing conflict there.  The mainstream media and international officials have repeatedly insisted that democracy has been restored, that there is no need to speak of the brief interruption in the democratic process that Honduras experienced in 2009.  But the people on the ground in Honduras know that this is not the case.

Three Cheers for Detroit!

February 18, 2010

Last year, Detroit joined the ranks of Ithaca, NY, Santa Fe, NM, Bloomington , IN, and more than 2,500 communities worldwide when it issued its own currency, the Detroit Cheer.

Local currencies are a strategy for encouraging community members to spend their money locally, and to think about the benefits of small, locally owned businesses over large chains without deeper roots in the community.

Challenging globalization head-on: Women respond to poverty

February 18, 2010

By Mary Ann Manahan.  It’s inspiring for many young feminists and young activists like me to see how, in the midst of globalization, the most vulnerable women are using collective action to build their strength. These are people who are considered victims, who’ve faced decades of being battered by wrong agricultural policies and by their husbands, of not being taken seriously.

Magalie Marcelin

February 18, 2010

“A loss for the whole nation.” That is how one of Magalie Marcelin’s friends described the death of this women’s rights leader in Haiti’s earthquake January 12.

Magalie was at the forefront of the 1980s birth of the contemporary women’s movement in Haiti (‘contemporary’ because recorded actions for gender equity go back as far as 1820). She started Kay Fanm, or Women’s House, Haiti’s first shelter for battered women, which was also a hub of feminist and anti-violent activities. She was instrumental in passing laws for women’s equal rights in marriage, and for the criminalization of rape and domestic violence.

Community and Popular Media in Haiti Today

February 17, 2010

Sony Esteus is squeezed into an elementary school chair, the kind with the curved piece of wood in front, in a courtyard. Around him are chickens, a fly-swarmed pile of compost, a truck, and a tent. Sony runs his laptop off of an extension cord running out a window.  The cord and the courtyard are on loan from a non-profit, and they have formed Sony’s work station since the earthquake’s destruction of his own organization’s building.  Sony is director of the Society for Social Mobilization and Communication - SAKS by its Creole acroynym - which provides training, technical support, equipment, and production to help popular radio stations educate and inform the community.

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