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 Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series
In a land reform encampment in Brazil, where families hope to win title to unused land. Photo: Andy Lin.
As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn’t, battles over land have been fought from time immemorial. One of the earliest may have been led by Adam and Eve as they attempted to reclaim their garden after having been evicted. Even before the Crusades, through centuries of colonization, to the oil- and water-motivated wars of the present day, land has long been the currency of religious, national, and imperial power.
ALERTA URGENTE: LLAMADO A LA SOLIDARIDAD NACIONAL E INTERNACIONAL
SE INCREMENTA LA PERSECUCIÓN JUDICIAL
CONTRA BERTA CÁCERES Y LÍDERES COMUNITARIOS DEL COPINH.
SITUACION DE RÍO BLANCO, INTIBUCÁ. REITERAMOS NUESTRO LLAMADO A ARTICULAR LEVANTAMIENTOS TERRITORIALES ANTE EL SAQUEO.
Cross-posted from Honduras Resists / Honduras Resiste.
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:49 PM PDT
Cross-posted from Christian Science Monitor
By Annie Murphy
About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.
Cross-posted from CIP Americas.
Idle No More (INM), started in late 2012 as an aboriginal movement to block regressive legislation threatening indigenous, territorial and treaty claims in Canada, has quickly become a worldwide vehicle for indigenous peoples’ rights and environmental complaints. By early 2013 It has attracted significant attention from Latin American quarters.
Cross-posted from Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Days Two and Three:
Back-to-back 15 mile days leave marchers' bodies sore, and spirits soaring!
Small farmers in Honduras have taken to the streets, marching to the capital Tegucigalpa in protest of privately owned Charter Cities and industry mining on their land. The following declaration was released by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH on February 27, 2013.
Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH
Walk for Dignity and Sovereignty, Step by Step.
COPINH has begun the Dignity and Sovereignty Walk, Step by Step, leaving the headquarters of COPINH to meet the other walkers that have left La Barca, everyone on their way to Tegucigalpa.
Part 3 of the Harvesting Justice Series
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell
Agricultural economist Peter Rosset is with the Center for the Study of Rural Change in Mexico
and the Land Research Action Network. He is also a member of the technical support team of
Via Campesina. Beverly Bell talked with Peter Rosset in Havana in 2009; they updated the
interview in 2012.
There are several fundamental pillars that are necessary to take control over food and agricultural
systems. One is to force even reluctant or reactionary governments to regain control over their
national borders from the flow of imported food. That means canceling free trade agreements
and not signing WTO agreements. It means stopping the import either of incredibly cheap,
subsidized food from agro-export countries which drives local producers out of business, or of
food made ridiculously expensive by food speculation.
“Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of ‘making salt’ has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement – one that spans the globe – seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems, with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.”