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

U.S. Has No Plans for Leniency With Unaccompanied Migrant Children

June 24, 2014

Cross posted from Color Lines
By: Julianne Hing

Migrants fleeing Central America for the U.S. will not be greeted with open arms, the Obama administration wants to make clear. In fact, to deal with the influx of an expected 90,000 migrants this year, the Obama administration will be funneling immigration officers and judges to the region to accelerate processing—and deportations—of migrants, reports the New York Times.

Fracking- What is Fracking and Why Should It Be Banned?

June 18, 2014

Cross-posted from Food and Water Watch

By Food and Water Watch

The case to ban fracking  grows stronger every day. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing. It’s a water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid — a mix of water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to cause cancer — are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This releases extra oil and gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well.

Food and Water Watch: Superbugs Get Started on Factory Farms

June 17, 2014

Cross-posted from Food and Water Watch.

By Jo Miles

You’ve probably heard about the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections: bacteria that have grown increasingly resistant to medicine. It’s a serious threat… yet not many people realize that factory farms are a huge part of the problem. 

Check out the comic below to see how factory farms are putting everyone’s health at risk. Then tell your lawmakers to stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

RAISING HOPE ACROSS BORDERS: TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND POWER

June 17, 2014

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell

June 17, 2014


Last gathering of the cross-border Cry of the Excluded movement, in indigenous lands in Honduras, with participants from 10 countries in the Americas. Cerdas is on far right in the yellow shirt. 

Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of the Excluded. He is also a sociologist and researcher. A native of Costa Rica, Cerdas lives in Brazil.

What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement?

June 16, 2014
Cross-posted from YES! Magazine.

For the movement to succeed, it must be led by the dispossessed—those for whom the mainstream economy has never worked.
 

posted Jun 10, 2014

photo by Stephen Melkisethian

Fast food worker strike in Wheaton, Maryland. Food service jobs are among the worst-paid and lowest-quality in the country and have been a recent focus of social justice movements. December 15, 2013. Photo by Stephen Melkisethian.

Like It or Not: Île à Vache Haiti “Open for Business”

June 10, 2014
Cross-posted from Counterpunch.
 
by MARK SCHULLER

Recently Haiti President Michel Martelly celebrated his third year in office. He gained wide support from the U.S. on his election platform which persists as his administration’s slogan: “Haiti is open for business.” Three days after his inauguration, Martelly landed at Île à Vache’s Abaka Bay resort and extended an offer of one million dollars to become 51% shareholder to then-owner Robert Dietrich.

SOLIDARITY ECONOMIES: A GUERRILLA WAR AGAINST CAPITALISM – Part I

June 3, 2014

An interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo

by Beverly Bell and Jessica Hsu


These glassblowers are also owners of a cooperative dishware factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Andy Lin.)

Nicolás Cruz Tineo is an economist and director of the Dominican Republic-based Institute for the Development of Associative Economics (IDEAC by its Spanish acronym). IDEAC provides technical support to encourage solidarity economies. Cruz also serves as the executive secretary of the Network of Solidarity Economy Organizations (REDESOL).

At the first World Social Forum at the end of the 90’s, participants started looking for alternatives. There are a lot of authors who started to theorize about different forms of economies. They started to rescue the idea of solidarity economy, based on the experience of cooperatives, indigenous practices, practices from different parts of the world and different economies.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND POWER: CHANGE FROM BELOW IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

May 20, 2014

An Interview with Pedro Franco

By Beverly Bell

May 20, 2014

From Santo Domingo, Pedro Franco is an organizer of social movements and mutual-aid cooperatives. He is also a member of CoopHabitat, which promotes housing coops.

 
​"Easy tasks are not for people who want to create change." - Pedro Franco. Photo: Beverly Bell

Previous theories of social transformation could be constructed based on the American Far West movies, where the stagecoach came through the desert with those who stole, guarded, and transported the gold. The revolutionaries waited to raid the coach.

“Back to the Grassroots”: Building a Movement for Sexual and Economic Rights

May 7, 2014

By Anne Lim, interviewed by Deepa Panchang
 


2014 International Women's Day community pride march in Quezon City, where GALANG works. The banner slogan roughly translates to “Human Rights: No More. No Less. Equal Rights!” Photo courtesy of GALANG.
 

Anne Lim is from Quezon City, Philippines, where she serves as Executive Director of GALANG, a lesbian-led organization that works with urban poor LBTs (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people) in the city. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Baldwin Award, which recognizes human rights work outside the U.S. Anne gave this interview during the last Association for Women’s Rights in Development conference in Istanbul.
 

I'm Anne Lim and I'm a lesbian rights activist. Currently I’m running an organization called GALANG Philippines. Galang is the Filipino word for respect. We work to build leadership capacities of lesbians in metropolitan Manila, doing advocacy and forming LBT people’s organizations.

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