USFSA Calls for Immediate Release of Saeed Baloch, General Secretary of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum
Reposted from US Food Sovereignty Alliance
Originally shared on January 26, 2016
USFSA Member organizations and allies send urgent letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry to push the Pakistani government to release Mr. Baloch, who was unjustly arrested and detained.
On January 16, Mr. Saeed Baloch, the General Secretary of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) was arrested by elements of the Pakistan Army and has since been detained without charges. Mr. Baloch has been a Human Rights activist since the 1980s, and has been involved with PFF since its inception. PFF is a member of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), a global social movement for the food sovereignty and human rights of fisher peoples around the world.
La Via Campesina, Building an International Movement for Food and Seed Sovereignty: An Interview with General Coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu
By Simone Adler
Women members of the Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum, member organization of La Via Campesina, display their seeds at a seed fair. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Mpofu.
Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe is General Coordinator of the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, a coalition of 164 organizations in 73 countries around the world, representing about 200 million peasant, landless, indigenous, and other farmers. She is also Chairperson of Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum, and herself a farmer.
Who we are fighting for is every single peasant farmer – more than 200 million – on the planet. People are eager to join hands in building a global voice.
Transnational corporations are pushing policies in African countries for industrial farming and the use of GMO [genetically modified] seeds, while grabbing our land and [stealing] our natural resources. No one should come and tell us how to produce food.
Kandida Kòronpi ki Plase an Tèt nan Eleksyon Prezidantyèl an Ayiti Sezi Tè pou Pwòp Repiblik Bannann li
Pa Beverly Bell e Other Worlds
Kandida ki plase an tèt nan eleksyon prezidantyèl an ayiti yo sezi tè nan men peyizan pou kiltive bannann pou ekspòte. Foto: Other Worlds
Repòtaj sa a base sou divès entèvyou ki fèt sou teren e nan telefò avèk plis pase 20 ofisyèl nan govènman Ayisyen an, profesyonèl nan developman ekonomik, peyi/kiltivatè, e lidè kominotè natre jiyè 2015 e janvye 2016. nou kontakte Agritrans pou kòmantè, malerezman yo pa reponn nou.
By Joshua Steckley and Beverly Bell
The frontrunner in Haiti's rigged election grabbed land from peasant farmers to grow bananas for export. Photo: Joshua Steckley.
This report is based on extensive interviews, on-site and via phone, with more than 20 government officials, economic development professionals, peasant farmers, and community organizers, between July 2015 and January 2016. We reached out to Agritrans for comment, but they did not respond.
The only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, 2016, Jovenel Moïse, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants - who were legally farming - and destroyed houses and crops two years ago, say leaders of farmers’ associations in the Trou-du-Nord area. Farmers remain homeless and out of work. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded, Agritrans, now hosts a private banana plantation.
Over 140 Haitian-American Groups & Leaders Warn Kerry: Going ahead with fraudulent elections “a recipe for unrest"
Reposted from Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
Originally shared on January 19, 2016
43 Haitian-American diaspora organizations, 34 political, religious and community leaders, and 66 other individuals wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry today criticizing “the unhelpful role the State Department has been playing in Haiti’s election crisis” and calling for a change of U.S. policy. The letter demonstrates the deep concern felt by Haitian-Americans about this crucial issue for Haiti’s future.
Reposted from CIP Americas Program
Originally shared on January 11, 2016
Over the last few days, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been rounding up and deporting dozens of members of Central American families seeking refuge from extreme violence and dire economic conditions in their communities of origin. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has described the move as part of an effort to “secure” the U.S. border and has announced that “additional enforcement operations such as these will continue to occur as appropriate.”
From an Interview with Ricot Jean-Pierre
By Beverly Bell
In this photo, Haitian farmers maximize productivity in small lots by utilizing a technique - adapted from Nicaragua - of planting in recycled tires. Photo: Roberto (Bear) Guerra.
Yesterday, January 12, on the sixth anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake, Haitians mourned the countless lives lost. Among the many aftershocks they face is disaster capitalism, in which the Haitian elite and foreign corporations - backed by the US government, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank - are grabbing lands for extraction and mega-development projects. Ricot Jean-Pierre, social worker and program director of the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), tells how inequitable control of land has devastated the vast majority throughout Haitian history, from enslavement to today.
An update from OFRANEH
Originally shared January 5, 2015
The cold blooded attack on a group of Garifuna perpetrated by elements of the Navy last Sunday December 28, which took place on the Sand Bar of Iriona, resulted in the death of Joel Palacios Lino and Elvis Armando Garcia, in the early hours of the morning while trying to dig out a vehicle stuck in the sand of the beach.
The Naval elements without any warning opened fire supposedly because they confused the Garifunas with Narco traffickers. Among the Garifunas present were women and children, as the place of these events is frequently used by vehicles on the route between Tocamacho and Iriona, due to the lack of ordinary roads in this area.