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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.

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.

As Hillary Clinton Defends Her Role in 2009 Coup, Is US Aid to Honduras Adding "Fuel to the Fire"?

[Watch the interview here.]


Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided prog

International Conference of Agrarian Reform: Marabá Declaration

(Marabá, April 17 2016) We are more than 130 representatives of La Via Campesina member organizations and allies from four continents, 10 regions and 28 countries of the world. We are here in Marabá, Pará, Brazil, to analyze, reflect and continue our collective processes to develop our ideas, proposals, and alternative projects for confronting the offensive of global capital against the peoples and natural goods of the countryside, coasts and seas. More than anything, we come together to struggle for our territories, and for a different kind of society.

International Gathering ”Berta Cáceres Lives On” Ends in Violence: "The National Police were only pretending to be helping us”

Participants in the International Gathering bathe in Río Gualcarque on April 15, 2017. Photo: Gloria Jimenez.

A member of the indigenous Peche community strongly criticized the poor work of the police on the last day of the International Gathering “Berta Cáceres Lives On.” The gathering ended with a Mayan ceremony on April 17th in Rio Blanco, where members of the delegation were assaulted by paramilitaries. The aggressors were paid 250 lempiras, the equivalent of 11 dollars, by Desarrollos Energeticos SA, the company implementing the Agua Zarca dam project, according to local residents.

"People of the World: Intensify the Struggle" Declaration of the International Summit in Honor of Berta Cáceres

Final Statement of the Berta Cáceres Lives International Peoples' Summit

[Declaración original en español]

Photo: Giorgio Trucchi

Miriam Miranda in Berkeley - Palm Oil: Fueling Land Grabs, Hunger & Injustice in Central America

Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities of the Afro-indigenous Garífuna of Honduras, to defend their territories, natural resources, identity, and rights. Miriam’s narrative:

From the Heart of Berta

Women of COPINH: After more than 500 years of resistance we are the legitimate authorities

The women of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) are speaking up today about the occupation we are carrying out at the Attorney General’s building in the city of Tegucigalpa.

We are protesting in front of this institution to demand justice for the assassination of our compañera, sister and leader, Berta Cáceres. We want them to stop playing around with us and stop re-victimizing us by denying us the truth and trying to manipulate us.

"We are going to bring Berta’s legacy to life" - Berta Cáceres Lives Honduran Popular Alliance

Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 9th, 2016 Photo by Giorgio Trucchi

In a packed room, grassroots social movements who make up the Berta Cáceres Popular Alliance met this April 9th to initiate a path towards unity, towards building principles to guide an agenda of struggle by organized sectors of the Honduran people.

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