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Alternatives & Advances

Check out each topic listed under Alternatives & Advances for news from social movements and articles about victories, alternatives, solutions, and advances by and about our allies, who are creating vibrant grassroots alternatives everyday.

People ask us all the time, “What is the alternative?” to the growing inequality, oppression, war, and crisis of the environment and human rights? There is no single solution, as every society has its own complex history, problems, and needs. Each movement needs to evolve its own answers, its own visions and models.

All over this website are interviews, analyses, research, and social movement statements about alternatives that are being dreamed or constructed. We have created a roster of topics and models that we find viable and exciting, and a space to share about movements making innovative advances. These alternatives are all interconnected - as are the struggles to which they are responding - and our list is by no means complete. We hope you will delve in, and become inspired to connect with existent efforts or start your own.

Threats to territory on the Garífuna coast

Ruling in favor of Barra Vieja and attempted eviction in Santa Fe

By OFRANEH

Translated by Steven Johnson

Originally posted on September 10, 2016

Read the original in Spanish here.

Sambo Creek, Aug 10, 2016. - Yesterday the Court of Tela issued a not guilty ruling in favor of the Garífuna community of Barra Vieja, which is being harassed by the Indura Hilton, by means of the National Port Company and the Honduran Institute of Tourism.

Interview with Gustavo Castro, Co-Victim and Survivor of the Assassination of Berta Caceres

HONDURAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN ASSASSINATION OF BERTA CACERES

Gustavo Castro. Photo Credit: Critero.hn

Gustavo Castro, the only witness of the [March 2, 2016] assassination of Berta Caceres, explains what happened the evening and days following the attack that took the life of the indigenous leader. “The Honduran Government has not yet called me to identify the detainees even though I saw one of the hired killers”.  Six months after the murder of the Honduran activist who struggled against multinational abuses, “the investigation is stalled”.
 

On Coup Anniversary, Examining the US Role in Honduras

In this handout picture released by the Guatemalan Presidency, Hondura’s President Porfirio Lobo talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Guatemala City on March 5, 2010. (Photo: Guatemala Presidency/Handout)

State Department Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List

Soldiers and policemen are deployed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, next to a blockade. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON John Kirby on Wednesday repeatedly denied that the government of Honduras kills its own citizens, saying more than a dozen times that he has not heard “credible evidence” of “deaths ordered by the military.”

Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier

One human rights expert said: ‘This … reinforces calls that the US must withdraw military aid from Honduras where there’s been a bloodbath since the 2009 coup.’ Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A unit trained by US special forces was ordered to kill the environmental activist who was slain in March, according to an ex-member who now fears for his life

Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed.

Stop the Repression of Oaxaca's Teachers Union

Urgent Call for Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers Union

Report Details How US-Backed Coup Unleashed Wave of Abuses in Honduras

Before her assassination, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres criticized U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as an example of international "meddling." (Photo via Democracy Now!)

The U.S.-backed Honduran coup ushered in a wave of neoliberal policies that have systematically violated the economic, cultural, and social rights of the nation's Indigenous people, women, and farmers, while leaving activists and rights defenders—such as the late Berta Cáceres—vulnerable to criminalization and violence.

GLOBAL ACTION FOR JUSTICE FOR BERTA CÁCERES JUNE 15th

[For a list of embassies, see this post on School of the Americas Watch]

To the grassroots social movements, organizations and civil society around the world:

JUNE 1ST TO OCTOBER 15 – MOBILIZE FOR IMMEDIATE TROOP WITHDRAWAL

Shut-down MINUSTAH and end all occupation of Haiti!

Demilitarize our America!

Reposted from the Haiti No MINUSTAH Solidarity Campaign

Originally posted on May 29, 2016

In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers

Less than three months before Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was brutally assassinated, the social arm of Desarollos Energeticos SA (DESA)–the Honduran company leading the Agua Zarca dam project Cáceres was campaigning against–signed a contract with USAID implementing partner Fintrac, a Washington DC based development contracting firm.