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RAISING HOPE ACROSS BORDERS: TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND POWER

June 17, 2014

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell

June 17, 2014


Last gathering of the cross-border Cry of the Excluded movement, in indigenous lands in Honduras, with participants from 10 countries in the Americas. Cerdas is on far right in the yellow shirt. 

Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of the Excluded. He is also a sociologist and researcher. A native of Costa Rica, Cerdas lives in Brazil.

SOLIDARITY ECONOMIES: A GUERRILLA WAR AGAINST CAPITALISM – Part I

June 3, 2014

An interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo

by Beverly Bell and Jessica Hsu


These glassblowers are also owners of a cooperative dishware factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo: Andy Lin.)

Nicolás Cruz Tineo is an economist and director of the Dominican Republic-based Institute for the Development of Associative Economics (IDEAC by its Spanish acronym). IDEAC provides technical support to encourage solidarity economies. Cruz also serves as the executive secretary of the Network of Solidarity Economy Organizations (REDESOL).

At the first World Social Forum at the end of the 90’s, participants started looking for alternatives. There are a lot of authors who started to theorize about different forms of economies. They started to rescue the idea of solidarity economy, based on the experience of cooperatives, indigenous practices, practices from different parts of the world and different economies.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND POWER: CHANGE FROM BELOW IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

May 20, 2014

An Interview with Pedro Franco

By Beverly Bell

May 20, 2014

From Santo Domingo, Pedro Franco is an organizer of social movements and mutual-aid cooperatives. He is also a member of CoopHabitat, which promotes housing coops.

 
​"Easy tasks are not for people who want to create change." - Pedro Franco. Photo: Beverly Bell

Previous theories of social transformation could be constructed based on the American Far West movies, where the stagecoach came through the desert with those who stole, guarded, and transported the gold. The revolutionaries waited to raid the coach.

“Back to the Grassroots”: Building a Movement for Sexual and Economic Rights

May 7, 2014

By Anne Lim, interviewed by Deepa Panchang
 


2014 International Women's Day community pride march in Quezon City, where GALANG works. The banner slogan roughly translates to “Human Rights: No More. No Less. Equal Rights!” Photo courtesy of GALANG.
 

Anne Lim is from Quezon City, Philippines, where she serves as Executive Director of GALANG, a lesbian-led organization that works with urban poor LBTs (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people) in the city. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Baldwin Award, which recognizes human rights work outside the U.S. Anne gave this interview during the last Association for Women’s Rights in Development conference in Istanbul.
 

I'm Anne Lim and I'm a lesbian rights activist. Currently I’m running an organization called GALANG Philippines. Galang is the Filipino word for respect. We work to build leadership capacities of lesbians in metropolitan Manila, doing advocacy and forming LBT people’s organizations.

“Back to the Grassroots”: Building a Movement for Sexual and Economic Rights (Full Interview)

May 7, 2014

By Anne Lim, interviewed by Deepa Panchang

Full interview (shorter version here).

Anne Lim is from Quezon City, Philippines, where she serves as Executive Director of GALANG, a lesbian-led organization that works with urban poor LBTs (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people) in the city. She was recently nominated for the 2014 Baldwin Award, which recognizes human rights work outside the U.S. Anne gave this interview during the last Association for Women’s Rights in Development conference in Istanbul.
 

I'm Anne Lim from the Philippines and I'm a lesbian rights activist. It's an identity I embrace because I feel that it's the aspect of my life that's caused me the most pain. That sounds a bit dramatic but…I think this is something I share in common with many lesbians in my country.

GENDER EQUITY FOR RURAL HAITIAN WOMEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH KETTLY ALEXANDRE OF THE PEASANT MOVEMENT OF PAPAY

April 22, 2014

 

Interviewed by Beverly Bell, Edited by Jessica Hsu

April 22, 2014


Kettly Alexandre of the Peasant Movement of Papay Women's Committee. Photo: Beverly Bell

The Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) is one of the largest small-farmer associations in Haiti with 70,000 members, of whom close to half are women. MPP was founded in 1973 to improve the living conditions of small farmers while working for social and economic justice. Here, Kettly Alexandre of the MPP Women’s Committee speaks to advances made over 40 years for women’s rights, equity, and an end to violence.

December 10 in DC: "Nowhere to Go" Human Rights Conference

December 4, 2013

"Nowhere to Go" Human Rights Conference: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6-8 pm.
United States Capitol Visitor Center, Orientation Theater South, Washington, D.C.

The Tuesday night event is hosted by Amnesty International, and features Other Worlds' friend John Bougher who will be screening his film "Mozayik," Other Worlds board member Andy Lin who will present his "Self-Portrait Project" from Haitians living in camps, and New Orleans activist Shana Griffin, among others!

GROWING STRENGTH TO GROW FOOD: HAITIAN FARMERS WIN ANNUAL U.S. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY ALLIANCE PRIZE

October 14, 2013

 

By Beverly Bell, Other Worlds

Small farmers' rice harvests sat unsold in warehouses for three months after the 2010 earthquake, because they could not compete with U.S. food aid.  Photo: Beverly Bell
 

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, the USFSA upholds the right to food as a basic human right and works to connect US struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.

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