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HAWG Conference: Haiti, Three Years After the Earthquake: The Time for Accountability (Videos)

February 25, 2013

The Haiti Advocacy Working Group (HAWG) formed shortly after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake to coordinate advocacy efforts for effective and just disaster relief, reconstruction and long-term U.S. development policy toward Haiti.

To commemorate the third anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, HAWG hosted a conference in Washington DC from Feb­ru­ary 4–6, 2013. Panel topics included aid accountability, gender-based violence, housing and agriculture.

Food and Land at the Service of People: An Interview with Peter Rosset

February 21, 2013

Part 3 of the Harvesting Justice Series
By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

Agricultural economist Peter Rosset is with the Center for the Study of Rural Change in Mexico
and the Land Research Action Network. He is also a member of the technical support team of
Via Campesina. Beverly Bell talked with Peter Rosset in Havana in 2009; they updated the
interview in 2012.

There are several fundamental pillars that are necessary to take control over food and agricultural
systems. One is to force even reluctant or reactionary governments to regain control over their
national borders from the flow of imported food. That means canceling free trade agreements
and not signing WTO agreements. It means stopping the import either of incredibly cheap,
subsidized food from agro-export countries which drives local producers out of business, or of
food made ridiculously expensive by food speculation.

Harvesting Justice: Food Sovereignty Blog Series

February 18, 2013

“Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of ‘making salt’ has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement – one that spans the globe – seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems, with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.”

 

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: THINK GLOBALLY, EAT LOCALLY

February 17, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, “They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through monopolization.”

Social organizations demand that MINUSTAH removes troops from Haiti

February 14, 2013

Buenos Aires

January 28, 2013

Argentine Workers’ Central Union(CTA)

Press Release

In the framework of the People’s Summit [Cumbre de los Pueblos], which took place in Santiago, Chile from January 25-27, social movements and organizations, among them the CTA, called on the governments that are part of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to remove all of MINUSTAH’s [The United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti] military troops from Haiti.

HARVESTING JUSTICE: Transforming the Global Food Supply Chain - Food Sovereignty

February 8, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

“Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make salt in defiance of the British Empire’s monopoly on this resource critical to people’s diet. The action catalyzed the fragmented movement for Indian independence and was the beginning of the end for Britain’s rule over India. The act of ‘making salt’ has since been repeated many times in many forms by people’s movements seeking liberation, justice and sovereignty: César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, and the Zapatistas are just a few of the most prominent examples. Our food movement – one that spans the globe – seeks food sovereignty from the monopolies that dominate our food systems, with the complicity of our governments. We are powerful, creative, committed and diverse. It is our time to make salt.”

Dominican Housing Rights Activists Visit Haiti in Solidarity

February 8, 2013

A delegation representing the Dominican organizations COOPHABITAT, CODECOC, and the Red Urbana Popular spent a week in Haiti on a solidarity visit for exchange, discussion, and to help further propel the Haitian right to housing movement towards a viable alternative. During their stay, the delegation met with various Haitian organizations including the Collective to Defend the Right to Housing, and visited Grace Village and Mega 4, two displacement camps in Port-au-Prince. The delegation was lead by Pedro Franco, the Coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants for Latin America and the Caribbean, Coordinator of the Zero Evictions Campaign and director of COOPHabitat (the Cooperative for Social Housing and Habitat Production) in the Dominican Republic. On January 12, 2013, the anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the delegation celebrated a Bi-National Day of Solidarity and Struggle with displaced Haitians and grassroots groups.

Haitian Movements rally to protest during former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier's hearing today

February 7, 2013

Today, February 7th, 2013, marks the anniversary of the fall of the brutal Duvalier regime in 1986. Former dictator, "Baby Doc" Jean-Claude Duvalier, who for 15 years succeeded his father "Papa Doc" Duvalier, returned to Haiti in January 2011 and was promptly charged with corruption, embezzlement, murder, torture, exile, arbitrary detention and destruction of private property.

In January 2012, a judge ruled that Duvalier would not face charges of crimes against humanity and would stand trial only for financial crimes. Survivors and victim's families' formally requested for that decision to be overturned, and a court hearing today will determine whether or not Duvalier will indeed face trial for the crimes against humanity committed during his dictatorship.

With the following appeal to mobilize, Haitian social movements plan to protest in front of the courthouse

Zero Waste: Including Grassroots Recyclers in Buenos Aires, Argentina

January 12, 2013

By Cecilia Allen and Maeva Morin

The story of waste management in Buenos Aires illustrates how cartoneros, or grassroots recyclers, have won legal and financial support from the city government. As recently as 2001, waste picking was illegal. Since then, cartonero cooperatives have organized themselves, educated residents on the environmental benefits of recycling, and lobbied the city government for a cleaner approach to waste management with allied environmental and social organizations. The result: an about-face in the city’s approach to waste, including separating at source and giving waste pickers exclusive access to the city’s recyclables.

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