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November 5, 2015


[November 3, 2015]

To the Honduran people and to the world:

On this national day of protest, the COALITION OF POPULAR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS OF HONDURAS [PMSPH by its Spanish acronym] makes the following statement:

Out of solidarity, commitment, and popular struggle, our organizations - together with allied groups across the country - have pledged to organize and promote the national day of protest in each one of our territories, communities, villages, and neighborhoods. We call on the Honduran people to join us in:


November 4, 2015

From an Interview with Mariama Sonko

By Simone Adler and Beverly Bell

Mariama Sonko, third from right, with a women farmers' organization. Photo courtesy of Fahamu.

Mariama Sonko is a farmer and organizer in Casamance, Senegal. She is the National Coordinator of We Are the Solution, a campaign for food sovereignty led by rural women in West Africa.

Traditional, small-holder peasant agriculture is done by women. Women are the ones who save the seeds – the soul of the peasant population. This is to honor what women have inherited from their ancestors: the conservation of seeds as part of their knowledge to care for the whole family and nourish their communities.

The green revolution introduced GMOs in Africa. Technicians and researchers come to tell our producers about agriculture from the outside. They tell us that these modern varieties of [GMO] seeds are going to increase our yield. So we will produce a lot, fill up our stores – but soon we will be sick and in the cemeteries. Isn’t it better to grow less, eat well, have good health, live a long life, and pay attention to the generations to come? We reject agriculture that pollutes with chemicals, pesticides, GMOs.

Popular housing alternatives in Latin America and the Caribbean

November 3, 2015

Reposted from International Alliance of Inhabitants

Orignially shared on January 1, 2015

By Alessio Surian, Cristina Reynals, Paul Maquet Makedonski y Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna, de la UPU AIH 

Alessio Surian, Cristina Reynals, Paul Maquet Makedonski and Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna, of the IAI Urban Popular University, have realised this project with a commitment to make visible and disseminate the experiences of community members and community-based organisations, as fundamental supports for alternative policies for the development and construction of popular housing, outside of the dominant market paradigm.

The Legacy and Current Growth of Black Cooperatives

October 28, 2015

An interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard

by Beverly Bell and Natalie Miller

Photo of Mandela Foods Cooperative, courtesy of Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

For National Co-op Month, we present a three-part series from an interview with Jessica Gordon Nembhard. Read the first piece, Black Cooperative Economics During Enslavement, here and the second piece, on how the cooperatives were critical partners to struggles throughout African-American history, here.

When I first became interested in cooperative economics, everybody, Black and white, told me that Black people  just don’t engage in cooperative economics. But that didn’t seem right to me. So I started studying it, talking to people about it, and participating in the US co-op movement. I found there were hardly any Blacks involved, except when they were in agricultural cooperatives in the South. None of the mainstream co-op literature talked about Black co-ops, and yet I was sure that African-Americans must have been involved.


East Bay Premiere of Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley

October 27, 2015

Other Worlds, Friends of the Earth and Food First are co-sponsoring a film screening of Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will introduce the program and Filmmaker Jesse Freeston will lead the post-film discussion.

When a 21st century coup d’état overthrows the only president they ever believed in, the farmers take over the plantations. With no plans to ever give them back.

We Are All Indigenous & We Are fighting For a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry

October 27, 2015

Together to build a fair and supportive Brazil

The social and union movements from Mato Grosso do Sul, who got together last September 22nd , reaffirm their full support to indigenous peoples’ struggle for their rights, such as the battle to reclaim their territory and at least the chance of a fair and decent life. Once again, outraged, we denounce that in our Mato Grosso do Sul some of the farmers and their roughnecks have been working with some armed organizations and in less than a month they effected 12 (twelve) paramilitary attacks against Guarani Kaiowá, Tekohá Ñanderú Maragantú, Potrero Guasu, Guyra Kamby'I, Pyelito Kue and Kurupi. As a result of this war, Semião Vilhalva,  Guarani Kaiowá’s leader, was murdered and three Indians were shot. Many others were injured by some rubber bullets, while others were beaten up. 


Indigenous Mayans Win Stunning Repeal of Hated ‘Monsanto Law’

October 27, 2015

Cross posted from Waking Times

Originally released October 19, 2015

By Alex Pietrowski

Photo Credit: Cristina Chiquin

The success of the Guatemalan people in defending their food sovereignty and stopping “Monsanto Law” is an inspiring example that people, when united, can overpower even the largest of corporations.

African Seed & Food Sovereignty

October 23, 2015

Other Worlds brings to you a 7-part article series on African food and seed sovereignty, which will feature interviews with grassroots leaders (mostly women) from Senegal, Mali, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Each is working for seed sovereignty and the decolonization of Africa’s food system.

Other Worlds will release the articles every other Wednesday beginning November 4th. They are in English, run around 1200 words, and include photos.

Brazil Aims to Torpedo International Moratorium on Terminator Seeds

October 22, 2015

Farmers’ Rights and Food Sovereignty Under Fire

By Etc Group

Orignially released on October 2, 2015

At a time when just three corporations – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – control 55% of the world’s commercial seeds, industrial farming interests in the Brazilian Congress have introduced a bill that aims to overturn the country’s 10-year old ban on Terminator technology – seeds that have been genetically modified to render sterile seeds. The technology is designed to secure corporate profits by eliminating the age-old right of farmers to save and re-plant harvested seeds.