With the world’s supply of natural resources increasingly depleted or polluted, the carefully protected repository on indigenous lands is now a target of big business. Globalization has increased the risks for indigenous peoples living on lands that contain such strategic resources as water, oil, gas, forests, minerals, and biodiversity. All this - not to mention knowledge, plants, animals, and human genetic information - are subject to privatization by government and to sale on the stock market.
Indigenous Territory & Resource Rights
By Beverly Bell and Tory Field
Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series.
The indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco is in its fifth month of blocking an illegal damming operation on the sacred Gualcarque River. Here, the road to the river, blockaded. Photo: Beverly Bell.
On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta, the general coordinator of COPINH and an internationally recognized social movement leader, is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “to the danger of the internal security of Honduras.”
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION SEPT 10: PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT LEADERS
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
PRESSURE THE HONDURAN GOVERNMENT TO DROP CRIMINAL CHARGES & CEASE VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS DEFENDERS OF LAND AND WATER
Tomás Gomez, Berta Caceres,and Aureliano Molina
*Please see below for info on direct actions planned in San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago; consider planning an action in your city; or respond to the request for phone calls and emails below.*
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales.
Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, second from the left, in Mexico. Photo: Fernanda Robinson.
The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, a Xoxocotla indigenous man from the state of Morelos, Mexico. He is a member of the Council of Peoples and the Xoxocotla Drinking Water Association.
Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.
DECLARATION-- FIRST REGIONAL FORUM REGARDING THE MINING INDUSTRY AND ITS IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. MAGDALENA TEITIPAC AUGUST 17TH 2013
Important declaration created following the Regional Forum on Mining and Indigenous Communities:
The peoples, communities, and organizations that have gathered in the community of Magdalena Teitipac to analyze the impact of the mining industry on the region of the Tlacolula valley in Oaxaca; as well as to share the experiences of resistance of other affected communities and towns by mining projects both in their territory as well as in social issues.
Join Delegation to Mexico: Learn from indigenous communities defending their land against mega-development projects
SURCO A.C., Oaxaca, México invites you to join an:
EDUCATIONAL / SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO OAXACA, MÉXICO
“DEFENSE OF INDIGENOUS TERRITORIES: COMMUNITY WELL-BEING, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE ENVIRONMENT Versus INTERNATIONAL MINING COMPANIES IN OAXACA”
Currently available 2013 delegation dates:
October 5-13, Nov. 23-Dec. 1
Please respond to this urgent demand, circulated by our friends at Agricultural Missions, Inc.
Brief: COPINH (Honduras) leaders face trumped up charges to break the back of 140+ day road occupation which has effectively stopped the installation of a hydro electric dam project on the Sacred Gualcarque River in Lenca Territory in Rio Blanco, Honduras. Lenca People: No means No!* (*Indigenous peoples have an internationally recognized right to collectively be consulted and approve or deny proposals for use of their lands, under ILO Convention 169)
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Co-authored by Lauren Elliott
Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series
Consuelo Castillo and son in their land reform community in Bajo Aguán, Honduras.
Photo: Jennifer Jewell.
For the next three articles, we will pause to linger on Honduras. On vivid display there is the search for solutions to the problems addressed in this Harvesting Justice series: the piracy of land, indigenous territories, agriculture, food systems, and the global commons.
The Sustainable Palm Oil Round Table, the World Wildlife Fund, and the "Certification" of the "Palm Oil Producer of Death."
(English translation by S. Bartlett)
Starting on August 6 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras the 4th Latin American
Conference and Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will take place,
an event organized by the Honduran Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock,
the Palm Oil Federation, the World Worldlife Fund (WWF) and the Dutch
Cooperation and Development Service (SNV).
Take Action: This is the second time since July 15 that one of our colleagues fighting for indigenous and small-farmer control over their lands and rivers has been assisinated. Cross-posted from Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero.
Acción Urgente por el asesinato de Noé Vázquez Ortiz durante el X
Aniversario del MAPDER