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

Bev Bell interview on Pacifica's "Uprising"

July 26, 2013

Check out Bev's latest interview with Sonali Kolhatkar on Pacifica's "Uprising"!

Cross-posted from Uprising Radio.

Listen here.

We don’t often think about where our food really comes from. Tracing back last night’s dinner from our plates back to the hands that actually harvested our vegetables or the machines that slaughtered our meat, perhaps half a world away, provides a disturbing lesson about how our food supply is built.

Conventional foods that form the majority of our diets are grown elsewhere, often by impoverished workers, sprayed with pesticides or pumped with antibiotics, transported thousands of miles over land and sea using precious fossil fuel resources, packaged in plastic and set out on refrigerated store shelves before landing in our kitchens.

Along the way farmers get ripped off, multinational companies make huge profits, and consumers get gouged.

People are literally fed up, and have sparked a global movement to transform the politics of food – that movement is the subject of a new book by Tory Field and Beverly Bell called Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agricultural Systems in the Americas.

GUEST: Beverly Bell, co-author with Tory Field of Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agricultural Systems in the Americas

Find out more about the book at www.harvesting-justice.org.

- See more at: http://uprisingradio.org/home/2013/07/26/harvesting-justice-transforming...

Seeking Participants: Healing Our Movement Ecosystem (HOME) Jam

July 26, 2013

Our friends at YES! are seeking participants for this inspiring, movement building gathering:

Healing Our Movement Ecosystem (HOME) Jam

August 16-21, 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Greetings! We are glad to share with you the invitation for the first-ever Healing Our Movement Ecosystem (HOME) Jam. It will take place from August 16-21, 2013, at Synergia Ranch, a beautiful retreat center in the high plateaus of New Mexico.

The HOME Jam brings together 30 passionate, dynamic changemakers from diverse regions and backgrounds, for a week of thinking big and diving deep to transform the environmental movement from the inside out.

Food for Body, Food for Thought, Food for Justice: People’s Grocery in Oakland, California

July 23, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Part 22 of the Harvesting Justice series

Deepa Panchang co-authored this article.


Photo courtesy of People’s Grocery

The neighborhood of West Oakland in California has long been without a large grocery store, let alone one that offers healthy, fresh food. With unemployment at about 10% and nearly half the population of 30,000 residents living at or below the poverty line, West Oakland is a neighborhood that grocery store chains have claimed isn’t able to sustain a full-functioning store.[1]

FACING OFF: THE INTEGRATION OF CAPITAL V. THE INTEGRATION OF PEOPLES IN THE AMERICAS

July 22, 2013

from a speech by João Pedro Stédile,
Co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil

Edited by Beverly Bell


João Pedro Stédile, second from left, speaks to the Peasant Movement of Papay in Haiti. Photo: Beverly Bell.

João Pedro Stédile is an economist, co-founder and co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, and leader among Latin American social movements. He gave the following talk to hundreds of Haitian farmers at the 40th anniversary assembly of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) on March 18, 2013.

I’d like to bring to you the perspective of the Landless Workers Movement on this complex historic moment, and on the social movements we’re building in Latin America.

Amnesty International alert: Support LGBTi activists at risk in Haiti

July 19, 2013


UA: 186/13 Index: AMR 36/014/2013  Haiti        Date: 19 July 2013


URGENT ACTION
LGBTi activists at risk in haiti
Activists of Kouraj a group working for the rights of the Haitian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, have been receiving threats related to their work. The threats seem to be related to a march against “homosexuality in Haiti”, scheduled for 26 July.

Other Worlds is seeking an intern!

July 17, 2013

Media & Outreach Internship Description
Summer/Fall 2013

*Accepting applications immediately

 

About Us

Other Worlds is a women-driven, multi-media education and movement-building collaborative. Other Worlds inspires hope and knowledge that another world is possible, and helps build it. We compile and bring to light political, economic, social, and environmental alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, and inspire and help the public throughout the Americas open up new pathways to adapt and replicate them. We support the global movements that are propelling the alternatives. In the U.S., we seek to draw in new participants and strengthen existent efforts for economic justice, environmentally sound systems, and meaningful democracy.

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