September 2010

An Alternative Environmental Future for Haiti

September 30, 2010

Haiti is famous around the world primarily for its problems, one being advanced ecological destruction.  However, as with its other problems, citizens – with international friends and the occasional help of the government – are working to turn this around and create a healthy environment.
Aldrin Calixte tells of the social, economic, and political causes of the environmental crisis and what is being done to create a different future. One of Haiti’s principal environmental advocates, Aldrin is an agronomist who specializes in natural resource management. 

Call to Action: End Poverty by Building Working Food Economies

September 23, 2010

The Working Group on the Food Crisis, an ad-hoc coalition of of organizations working on human rights, environmental, and economic issues related to food, has just launched the US Food Sovereignty Alliance. To celebrate the launch of this new movement, they have called for a week of action in support of food and environmental justice worldwide.

Below is their call to action:

Emerging out of the US Working Group on the Food Crisis (www.usfoodcrisisgroup.org), the US Food Sovereignty Alliance will be the first of its kind in the United States. To celebrate its launch, we encourage people fighting for food justice and sovereignty to take actions during the week of October 10-17.

New Report on Gender Based Violence in Haiti

September 23, 2010

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti partnered with MADRE, TransAfrica Forum, and the law schools of the University of Minnesota and the University of Virginia to release "Our Bodies are Still Trembling: Haitian Women’s Fight Against Rape," the first report of its kind to focus exclusively on the crisis of violence against Haitian women and girls that has emerged in the aftermath of the earthquake. The report contains interviews with victims, statistical analysis of sexual violence in the refugee camps, and recommendations for steps to address this escalating problem.

Getting Their Reward on Earth: Haitian Social Movements and Reconstruction

September 23, 2010

“There needs to be a new vision for Haiti, and that vision needs to come from the people,” says  Marc-Arthur Fils-Aimé, director of the Karl Leveque Cultural Institute (commonly known by its Creole acronym ICKL), a grassroots center which supports peasant and other popular organizations to help them develop their analysis and capacity as a movement.

Post-earthquake Haiti is often portrayed in the international media, by some international humanitarian organizations, and by the U.S. government as a nation of victims whose future depends on the largess of the international community.

Biking to a Just Economy

September 23, 2010

This October 25th, Other Worlds’ friends and allies at Shikshantar are setting forth on a “Cycle Yatra” - a week long bicycle pilgrimage through rural Rajastan, India.  What makes their journey different than your average bike tour is what they are leaving behind: money.  Participants set off without any food, money, gadgets, or medicines.  They trade labor for food and housing in the communities that they pass through, learning new skills, and sharing songs, games, and stories with the people they meet.

 

"Help Us Produce, Don't Give Us Food": Food Sovereignty in Haiti (Part IV)

September 16, 2010

Jonas Deronzil is a farmer from the village of Mogé in Haiti’s fertile Artibonite Valley, and one of about 2,000 members of a production and marketing cooperative.  Here he analyzes the problems Haitian small producers face, notably U.S. food imports, and proposes alternatives.

I am a peasant planter, that’s all I do. From 1974 when I got out of school, I attached myself to my hoe so I could earn my bread.  I’ve been farming for 36 years. 

"The Last Thing to Lose are Your Dignity and Hope": Haitian Refugee Camps Model Future Society (Part II)

September 9, 2010

If one positive thing has come from the earthquake of January 12, it is the greater inclusion of Haiti in the human family. True, the catastrophe has brought out of the woodwork many scoundrels – individuals, corporations, agencies, and governments – looking to gain wealth and power off of poverty and disaster.  But it has also cracked open many hearts and brought solidarity from people everywhere who view themselves as citizens of the world. One group of women and men who already viewed themselves that way is the Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women (MUDHA by its Spanish acronym).

New Tactics Win Big for Worker Rights

September 3, 2010

This Labor Day, many in the US labor movement are celebrating a historic victory for the Domestic Workers United (DWU), whose 10-year struggle for the rights of nannies, elder care aids, and house cleaners bore fruit this week, as New York Governor David Patterson signed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law.  This new bill expands the basic labor rights that many Ame

"Even If We're Peasants, We Deserve to Live Too": Tèt Kole on the Needs of Haitian Farmers

September 2, 2010

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti) is the oldest peasant group in Haiti, born covertly in 1970 during the Duvalier dictatorship. Today Tèt Kole is one of Haiti’s two national peasant farmer movements, with more than 55,000 members in all ten departments of the country. Here, members talk about their problems, needs, and priorities for their future.*