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

July 1, 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.

The Cutting Edge Method for Producing Food Just Might Be the Old Method for Producing Food

May 18, 2015

By Taylor Dolven

Cross-posted from Vice News

Originally posted on May 8, 2015

Photo Credit: Vice News

The world's population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050 — and that's putting extraordinary pressures on the agricultural sector, especially as climate change is expected to wither many productive areas around the world, while submerging others during increasingly frequent floods.

Echoing the mantra of the 1960s Green Revolution, many nations — and big agricultural interests — say chemical fertilizers and high-yield, industrial-scale farming operations are the logical response to this daunting task of producing more food under increasingly harsh environmental conditions.

Going against grain, though, are proponents of agroecology, which emphasizes growing many crops simultaneously, on smaller plots of land, without expensive chemistry. Rather than fertilizers, proponents of the practice use cover crops, such as arugula, buckwheat, and rye, to enrich their fields. And, instead of pesticides, they cultivate flowers and trees in order to attract insects that prey upon the bugs that might jeopardize their harvests.

Comunidades Garifunas de Punta Piedra y Cusuna rechazan presencia de Ramón Lobo y su empresa minera

May 13, 2015

Las comunidades Garífunas de Punta Piedra y Cusuna, en horas de la mañana del día de ayer, declararon persona no grata al Sr. Ramón Lobo, hermano del ex-presidente Pepe Lobo, el que acompañado de varios vehículos incluyendo uno perteneciente a INHGEOMIN, trataron de visitar el lugar donde aparentemente el estado de Honduras otorgó una concesión minera no metálica, sin haber efectuado ninguna consulta previa, libre e informada con la comunidad.

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