Stop Veolia Seattle Zine

November 23, 2015

Reosted from Stop Veolia Seattle

Originally released on November 14, 2015

At the heart of this Zine is the defining and redefining of solidarity. We understand Veolia as a microcosm for tracing the intersections of our struggles locally and globally, for the potential and the need for solidarity and for what that community of joint-struggle might look like. 

International Civil Society Call to Address Inequalities and Social Justice in Climate Policy

November 19, 2015

Reposted from Initiative for Equality

Socioeconomic inequality is an integral part of the climate crisis, and must be addressed.

Climate change disproportionately impacts poor and marginalized people and communities, who suffer climate impacts more severely, do not have the resources to respond or adapt, and lack the resources and influence to demand necessary changes. Climate change particularly impacts women and girls. Climate change is also a factor in the migration crisis. Climate change hurts the poor or marginalized more than the rich, compounding existing inequalities.

Dangers of the Gates Foundation: Displacing Seeds and Farmers

November 18, 2015
From a presentation by Mariam Mayet

Edited by Simone Adler


Photo courtesy of Mariam Mayet. 

Mariam is the founder and director of the African Centre for Biodiversity in South Africa.

This is the first in a two-part article with Mariam Mayet. Please check back later in this series for further discussion on how the African Centre for Biodiversity is fighting back effectively to keep seeds in the hands of farmers and out of the multinational corporations’.


Our farmer-managed seed systems in Africa are being criminalized and displaced by a very aggressive green revolution project of corporate occupation by big multinational companies. This violent agrarian transformation is facing profound objection. African farmer organizations are outraged because decisions have been made and imposed on us in a very patronizing, patriarchal way, as if the agrarian vision and solution has been designed for us.

Human Rights Activist, Baxter Jones, on hunger strike since September 13, 2015

November 17, 2015

Shedding light on injustices to vulnerable citizens who are not protected

Contact: Kim Hunter 313-287-2992

DETROIT – Disabled teacher, Baxter Jones has jumped through “hoops of fire” with federal housing authorities to keep his home from foreclosure; but the quasi-governmental agency Fannie Mae sold the house out from under him despite a judge’s request. After 9 years of payments and 4 years of legal wrangling, he has resorted to a hunger strike to shine a light on the injustice of his home being taken from him.

National Day of Protest in Honduras

November 16, 2015

Reosted from

Originally released on November 6, 2015

On Wednesday, November 4th, social movements and organizations around the country organized protests, blocked off roads, and occupied public universities. Below is a communique (first in English and then Spanish) signed by 52 organizations that outlines why the National Day of Protest was organized and what the movements are demanding. Throughout the communique, I have posted pictures of the protests. 

Alarming Developments in Palm Oil Industry in Latin America Spur Global Call To Action For Palm Oil Traders

November 13, 2015


Global coalition of NGOs says murder, intimidation and the devastation of community livelihoods tied to rampant palm oil plantation expansion must be stopped.

​Global coalition of NGOs says murder, intimidation and the devastation of community livelihoods tied to rampant palm oil plantation expansion must be stopped.

Spurred by the recent murder of Guatemalan environmental and human rights defender Rigoberto Lima Choc, a coalition of global human rights and environmental organizations today alerted the world’s biggest palm oil traders of the gross violations of human rights occurring in the palm oil sector in Mesoamerica.

Recent conflicts between companies and communities in Guatemala and other Latin American countries have triggered global efforts to expose bad actors and seek intervention by governments and buyers of palm oil from the region to avoid ongoing human rights violations and environmental destruction.

The Mothers of Mexico’s Disappeared Organize in the Face of State Violence

November 10, 2015

Reosted from CIP Americas

Originally released on November 6, 2015

By Nidia Bautista 

Captura-de-pantalla-2015-10-02-a-las-11.25.14-662x381Held just four days after the one-year anniversary of the Ayotzinapa disappearances, at least three hundred people attended the International Forum on Disappearances in Mexico in Mexico City from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2015. Social organizations and the Autonomous Metropolitan University Campus Xochimilco brought together families of disappeared persons, human rights activists, government officials, academics, journalists and students for three days of presentations and discussion around the crisis of disappearances in Mexico. Among the participants were dozens of mothers of some of the over 26,000 thousand people who have disappeared since 2006.

As Cholera Resurges in Haiti, the UN’s Commitment to Prevent It Fails

November 5, 2015

Reposted from PassBlue

Originally Released on October 18, 2015

By Nancy Young

Street displays of photos featuring Haitians affected by cholera were recently mounted in Port-au-Prince, the capital, above, and near the United Nations in New York and Geneva. The occasion? The fifth anniversary of cholera being inadvertently brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers. Photo courtesy of INSIDE OUT.

HINCHE, Haiti — We were driving back from watching a soccer game here in central Haiti when my friend instinctively rolled up his window. It can get dusty on Haitian country roads, so I rolled up mine, too, even though I didn’t see anything in the air.