Check out these articles by and about our allies, who are creating vibrant grassroots alternatives everyday.

The MST issues a statement about the current political situation and agrarian reform

September 21, 2015

MST website

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The political crisis that began after the re-election of Dilma Rousseff and the offensive by the opposition and the most conservative sectors of the country has given us some warnings.

Objecting to War: The Human Conscience v. the US Military

September 17, 2015

By Guest Author Maria Santelli, Executive Director, Center on Conscience & War

Maria Santelli in the office of Center on Conscience & War, photo courtesy of Bill Galvin.

Conscientious objection wages an active challenge to war, one soldier at a time.

Affirmation of conscience and support for conscientious objectors, or COs – helping people get out of the military - is an important part of a larger anti-war strategy, and one with real, concrete and measurable results. Military COs give us powerful insight into our own nature, and they can be strong and credible voices for peace, having fixed the opposition to war in their hearts through experiences most people will never have.


Students Declare Support for the Landless Families Occupying ESALQ Area

September 11, 2015

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They denounce the idle land use, separation of small milk producers in the region and the influence of the former owners to acquire the area. Several students from the Levante Popular da Juventude [Popular Uprising of Youth], the National Biology Student Body (ENEBio) and academic centers of USP [University of São Paulo] publicly declared support for about 1,200 landless families occupying the Fazenda Figueira in Londrina (PR) on the last day August 17th.

THE POWER OF CONSCIENCE: The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence

September 9, 2015

By Guest Author Maria Santelli,  Executive Director, Center on Conscience & War

Camilo Mejía, an Iraq War veteran, conscientious objector, and peace activist. Photo courtesy of the Center on Conscience & War.

We have this tragic misperception that humanity is predisposed to violence.

The truth is that humanity is predisposed to peace. The default position for humanity is that of conscientious objector to war and violence.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Black and Afro-Indigenous Farmers Share 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize

September 1, 2015

Contact: Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition

US Food Sovereignty Alliance



In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fishermen, and stewards of ancestral lands and water. We especially honor them as a vital part of food chain workers, who together are creating food sovereignty, meaning a world with healthy, ecologically produced food, and democratic control over food systems.

In 2015, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance’s two prize winners are the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in the U.S., and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. The prizes will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015.

The Pope, the Activist, the Martyr – And the Organization Putting Their Words Into Action

August 26, 2015

By Guest Author Jeff Haas of EcoViva

The banner on the painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people.” Photo courtesy of Ecoviva.

"The future of humanity is in great measure in your own hands, through your ability to organize and carry out creative alternatives" – Pope Francis at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 9, 2015.

If you believe in the ecological and moral mandates of Pope Francis, activist-author Naomi Klein, and beatified Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, then you should be pleased to learn there is an organization of communities in El Salvador putting their message into practice. These great leaders have coalesced around the priorities of saving the earth, fighting climate change, and working to lessen the gap between the wealthy and the poor. In El Salvador, the Mangrove Association, a grassroots organization based in the Lower Lempa region, has created a remarkable movement that brings together the environment and the fight against poverty. Their model of action is beginning to influence the country’s direction as it fights to escape a legacy of conflict and corruption that predates the civil war.

Four Ways Mexico's Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future

August 21, 2015

By Leah Penniman

Reposted from on August 21, 2015

Affectionately called “Professor” by his neighbors, Josefino Martinez is a well-respected indigenous farmer and community organizer from the remote town of Chicahuaxtla, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He watched with patient attention as I showed him photographs of Soul Fire Farm, my family’s organic farm in the mountains of upstate New York.

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador

August 12, 2015

An interview with Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador

By Beverly Bell

Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. Photo courtesy of MAOES.

We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers.

We in the Organic Agriculture Movement see the soil as Mother Earth, a living organism, which gives birth to all kinds of life. Mother Earth is agonizing, and needs to be rescued. Even a new small plot of land under organic management is part of the effort to revive her.

Mexico: Indigenous Food and Water Sovereignty in Chiapas, Oct. 17-27, 2015

July 30, 2015

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Recent political and economic events have had a devastating impact on traditional food production the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and throughout Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dismantled trade regulations, resulting in a flood of highly subsidized corn into Mexico, which undercut peasant producers. Changes in land tenure have led to the privatization of communally held lands, forcing many small farmers to seek jobs in Mexican cities or to migrate to the United States. In response, small farmers and indigenous Mayans are fighting to defend their territories and communities—combining traditional methods of food production with modern scientific approaches based in agroecology.

Working for the MAN: A New Way to Build Community Economy

July 29, 2015

By Guest Author Stephanie Rearick

Stephanie Rearick is founder and project coordinator of Mutual Aid Networks. She is also founding co-director of the Dane County [Wisconsin] TimeBank, and former co-chair and former interim co-director of TimeBanks USA.

Allied Coop leaders on a field trip to New Orleans, learning about "social aid and pleasure clubs," the historic African-American mutual aid (and festivity) tradition. Photo: Spence Zalkind.

A timebank is a system of mutual credit, where a member provides a service to someone else in the timebank and gets credit, which they can redeem for that same amount of time to get something they need from another person in the network. Timebanks capture our imaginations and allow us to replace some of our financial pressures with community supports. Engaging in timebanking lets us enhance our social ties, stretch our budgets in this money-based economy, and free up our time. Timebanking works beautifully for growing informal community economies, where people used to meet their basic needs before they were swallowed up by the monetary economy.