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50 Years Of Cutting Cane May Not Be Enough To Keep Dominican Republic From Deporting You

June 30, 2015

By Roque Planas

Reposted from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/29/dominican-cane-cutters_n_7688392.html on July 1, 2015

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- When André Pérez first left Haiti for the Dominican Republic in 1964, his new employer gave him a machete, a gallon of water and a bag. The 14-year-old boy went to work cutting cane, one of the most grueling jobs the hemisphere offers, and one that is intimately tied to the advent of racial slavery his birth country had rebelled against in the 18th century. For the next five decades, he swung a machete under the tropical sun.
 

VIDEO: Check out a Short Doc on the Haitian Birthright Crisis

June 23, 2015

By Sameer Rao

Reposted from http://www.colorlines.com/articles/video-check-out-short-doc-haitian-birthright-crisis on June 26, 2015

As our country heals from the scars left by the murders in Charleston, the world is also witnessing a human rights catastrophe whose origins also partly lay in the imperialistic, racially-divisive policies of the United States. At present, hundreds of thousands of Haitians residing in the Dominican Republic (many of whom were born on Dominican soil) and working in the country are facing the threat of forced deportation. The current wave of deportations and violence has immediate roots in a 2013 court decision that decreed that being born in the Dominican Republic did not automatically constitute citizenship, but it stretches back as far as the 1937 genocide of Haitians by US-backed dictator Rafael Trujillo and remained in the form of culturally-ingrained anti-Haitian sentiment.

 

Food Justice and Food Sovereignty Organizations call out “Our Food is Not a Commodity” at upcoming US Social Forum in San José

June 10, 2015

Bellingham, Wash., June 9, 2015 - Food justice and food sovereignty organizations from the West Coast to the Midwest will converge for a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) later this month at the upcoming US Social Forum in San José, California. The PMA, titled on Food Sovereignty: Our Food is Not a Commodity, will take place on Saturday, June 27th at 2 pm at the Washington United Youth Center in San José.

President of Honduras Promotes “Utopian Vision” Based on Violent Land Grabbing at San Francisco Event

June 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Contact: Karen Spring, Honduras Solidarity Network, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Spring.kj@gmail.com, 011-504-9507-3835

Contact: Porfirio Quintano, Honduran activist, Bay Area, California

Porfirio31@yahoo.com, 415-994-3711

Contact: Karolo Aparicio, EcoViva, Bay Area, California

karolo@ecoviva.org, 510-835-1334

President of Honduras Promotes “Utopian Vision” Based on Violent Land Grabbing

at San Francisco Event

OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2015 – Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez will appear in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. The president will be promoting his anti-democratic vision of “Charter Cities.” These are areas within Honduran territory where Honduran law does not apply, which are instead governed by foreign governments and corporations.

Bay Area residents will turn out to protest this assault on Honduran sovereignty, and the context in which the Charter Cities are being proposed. That is government repression, violence, and impunity, backed by strong US political and financial support.

G7 food initiative driving hunger in African countries, say global civil society groups

June 3, 2015

3 JUNE 2015. Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. On the same day, a coalition of a hundred farmers organisations, social movements, unions and civil society groups around the world have released a statement calling on the G7 and African governments to stop supporting the New Alliance.

The policies of the New Alliance have been criticised as they “facilitate the grabbing of land and other natural resources, further marginalize small-scale producers, and undermine the right to adequate food and nutrition.”

Launched by the G8 in 2012, the New Alliance provides aid money from the G8 countries and helps big business invest in different countries in the African agricultural sector. But in return, African countries are required to change their land, seed and trade rules in favour of big agribusiness companies.

Assassination of yet another COPINH community leader

May 22, 2015

Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras COPINH

¡Asesinan al compañero Moisés Durón Sánchez,  líder comunitario del COPINH en Santa Bárbara!

El COPINH denuncia y condena el brutal  asesinato del compañero Moisés Durón Sánchez de la comunidad de Somolagua, San Juan, municipio de Ceguaca, Departamento de Santa Bárbara, perpetrado en horas de la tarde del 20 de mayo por sicarios vinculados a los hermanos  Ríos, invasora de tierras comunitarias.

 

Beverly Bell on Honduran Environmental Resistance

May 20, 2015

http://fair.org/home/marjorie-cohn-on-drones-beverly-bell-on-honduran-en...

This week on CounterSpin: The killing of two Western hostages by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan led some US media to re- engage debate over US drone policy. But media’s discussion is over how and where drones should be used—not whether they should be. We’ll talk to law professor Marjorie Cohn, author of, most recently, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues.  

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