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Finding Radical Alternatives in Slums, Exurbs, and Enclaves

April 13, 2015

By: Joshua K. Leon

Cross-posted from Metropolis Mag

Originally published on Apr 7, 2015

Elemental's Quinta Monroy houses in Chile have become a poster-image for Latin America's activist architecture.
Courtesy Cristóbal Palma

 

Justin McGuirk’s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we’re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can’t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor. The only alternative is collective action at the grassroots level, and I’ve never read more vivid reporting on the subject.

Cherán K’eri: Political parties are dead to us in this town

April 10, 2015

In April, the Purépecha municipality of Cherán K’eri, Michoacán is celebrating four years of its uprising to end organized crime in its territory.

By: El Enemigo Común

Cross-posted from Indibay

Originally released on Thursday Feb 12th, 2015 3:07 PM

 

In April of this year, the Purépecha municipality of Cherán K’eri, Michoacán is celebrating four years of its uprising to end the presence of organized crime in its territory. Following the uprising, indigenous women and men not only managed to throw out to the narco cartel, but also expelled all authorities (police, local government and political parties) that supported the illegal activities in the community. They decided to retake their traditional forms of self government to start a long process of building their autonomy. A few months back they inaugurated a new weapon to continue defending their traditions and reaffirm their rejection of the institutional political method: a communal television.

 

 

The “Other” Politics of Ayotzinapa

April 1, 2015

How a popular movement arisen from the forced disappearance of student-teachers in Mexico demonstrates a horizontal politics of shared leadership.

by Charlotte Maria Sáenz

"Códice de Ayotzinapa" (detail) at entrance of National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City. (Photo by Charlotte Sáenz)

Family and colleagues of 43 student-teachers forcibly disappeared and feared killed in Iguala, Guerrero last September 26, 2014 have grown into a civilian movement known as “Ayotzinapa” that includes people from all walks of life and from around the world. Their simple but powerful actions of visibility and protest have put in stark light the excesses and failures of a corrupt government structure which operates in deep collusion with drug lords and corporate interests. The case of Ayotzinapa is but a window into a larger pattern of forced disappearances that plagues the nation as a whole. The movement demands accountability and justice for all of Mexico’s disappeared as well as for radical change in a country ravaged by an epidemic of extreme violence, corruption and impunity.

Rojava – the formation of an economic alternative: Private property in the service of all

March 30, 2015

By: Michael Knapp, Historian; Translated from German original by Richard Braude

Cross-posted from: Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Originally released on: 6 February, 2015

 

 

The revolution in Rojava (West Kurdistan/ North Syria), which started in Kobanî (Ain al-Arab) and spread like wildfire through Afrîn, Dêrik (Al-Malikiya), Qamişlo (Al-Qamishli), Amûdê and Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-Ayn) – the regions lying on the Turkish-Syrian border – has launched an alternative development in all aspects of society.

Inspired by the model of democratic confederalism and democratic autonomy, democratic assemblies, women’s council and other democratic organisations have been established. Every ethnic and religious group must be represented in these councils, and the leadership of each evenly divided between the sexes. This is not a project striving towards a nation state, but for democratic autonomy in the region and a democratic Syria.

Honduras: Indigenous Communities Resist Dams in the Face of Threats and Violence

March 19, 2015

By Brigitte Gynther

Reposted from http://upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/5233-honduras-indigenous-communities-resist-dams-in-the-face-of-threats-and-violence on March 19, 2015

On the evening Jan. 27, a bus of Indigenous Lenca community leaders returning from Rio Blanco, Honduras, the site of an almost two-year Lenca blockade and struggle against the construction of the Agua Zarca dam, was waived to a stop by the police.

Women Up in Arms: Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds embrace a new gender politics.

March 18, 2015

by Charlotte Maria Sáenz

"Office of Women for Dignity" at the Zapatista Autonomous Municipality "Caracol de Oventic," Chiapas, Mexico.

Resistance and strength manifest like weeds through cracks in Chiapas, Mexico and transnational Kurdistan where the respective Zapatista and Kurdish resistance movements are creating new gender relations as a primary part of their struggle and process for building a better world. In both places, women’s participation in the armed forces has been an entry-point for a new social construction of gender relations based on equity.

Here's What Actual Farmers Have To Say About The 'Iowa Agriculture Summit'

March 17, 2015

By Kira Lerner

Reposted from http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/03/07/3631076/farmers-protest-ag-summit/ on March 31, 2015

Barb Kalbach stands near a hog confinement facility, near Orient, Iowa. Kalbach has fought for more than a decade against the construction of huge hog operations, and has joined Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a nonprofit that’s against such enterprises because members believe they are ruining Iowa’s waterways.

DES MOINES, IOWA — “I understand the Ag barons have called a party, and you’re crashing it,” Bill Stowe, the CEO of Des Moines Water Works, told a group of farmers, activists and environmentalists gathered on Friday, the night before Republican politicians will ascend on Des Moines for the Iowa Agriculture Summit.

 

Labour, civil society march against Lagos Govt's plan to privatize water

March 17, 2015

By Ben Ezeamalu

Reposted from http://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/ssouth-west/178269-labour-civil-society-march-against-lagos-govts-plan-to-privatize-water.html on March 17, 2015

Labour, civil societies march against Lagos Govt's plan to privatize state-owned water supply

Dozens of Labour and Civil Society groups marched in Lagos, Tuesday, to protest the state government’s decision to go ahead with its water privatization plans.

 

STATEMENT OF THE MEETING OF AGROECOLOGY FARMER TO FARMER

March 12, 2015

Fellsmere and Florida City, Florida

Reposted from http://floridafarmworkers.org/ on March 13, 2015

We are 55 people from 19 organizations from 4 countries - the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, and we are of the following origins: Mexican, Mexican-American, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Chilean, African American, Native American, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, Canadian, and North America.  We are farmer workers, family farmers and peasants, and technicians from member organizations of Via Campesina, as well as allies from other farmers' organizations, NGOs, students and academics, interpreters and other supporters.

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