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Defending Afro-Indigenous Land: Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras Wins 2015 U.S. Food Sovereignty Prize

October 6, 2015

By Beverly Bell

Garifuna youth brigade members remove a fence post in the area planted by narco invaders of the land prior to the 2012 land recovery. Photo courtesy of Steve Pavey.

In 2015, the US Food Sovereignty Prize honors the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH by its Spanish acronym), Afro-indigenous farmers and fisherpeople who are defending their lands, waters, agriculture, and way of life. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, primarily African-American farmers across 13 states in the deep South, shares the prize, which will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015.

The prize is given by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, which is comprised of groups of advocates, activists, and farmers and other food producers. Food sovereignty asserts that people everywhere must reclaim their control over food systems. The US Food Sovereignty Alliance upholds the right to food as a basic human right, and connects local, national, and international movements for systems change.

Below are excerpts from an interview with Miriam Miranda, coordinator of OFRANEH. OFRANEH works with the 46 Afro-indigenous Garífuna communities of the nation to defend their lands, agriculture, fishing, other riches of nature, identity, and rights.

Black Farmers' Lives Matter: Defending African-American Land and Agriculture in the Deep South

October 5, 2015

By Beverly Bell

Ben Burkett on his farm in Petaluma, Mississippi, with his great-nephew. Photo courtesy of Grassroots International.

The 2015 US Food Sovereignty Prize goes to two organizations that are demonstrating just how much Black lives matter, as they defend their ancestral lands for community-controlled food production. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, primarily African-American farmers across the deep South, shares the prize with the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, Afro-indigenous farmers and fisher-people. The prize will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015.

The MST issues a statement about the current political situation and agrarian reform

September 21, 2015

MST website

Reposted from http://mstbrazil.org/news/mst-issues-statement-about-current-political-situation-agrarian-reform on September 21, 2015

The political crisis that began after the re-election of Dilma Rousseff and the offensive by the opposition and the most conservative sectors of the country has given us some warnings.

Objecting to War: The Human Conscience v. the US Military

September 17, 2015

By Guest Author Maria Santelli, Executive Director, Center on Conscience & War

Maria Santelli in the office of Center on Conscience & War, photo courtesy of Bill Galvin.

Conscientious objection wages an active challenge to war, one soldier at a time.

Affirmation of conscience and support for conscientious objectors, or COs – helping people get out of the military - is an important part of a larger anti-war strategy, and one with real, concrete and measurable results. Military COs give us powerful insight into our own nature, and they can be strong and credible voices for peace, having fixed the opposition to war in their hearts through experiences most people will never have.


Students Declare Support for the Landless Families Occupying ESALQ Area

September 11, 2015

Reposted from http://www.mstbrazil.org/news/students-declare-support-landless-families-occupying-esalq-area  on September 11, 2015

They denounce the idle land use, separation of small milk producers in the region and the influence of the former owners to acquire the area. Several students from the Levante Popular da Juventude [Popular Uprising of Youth], the National Biology Student Body (ENEBio) and academic centers of USP [University of São Paulo] publicly declared support for about 1,200 landless families occupying the Fazenda Figueira in Londrina (PR) on the last day August 17th.

THE POWER OF CONSCIENCE: The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence

September 9, 2015

By Guest Author Maria Santelli,  Executive Director, Center on Conscience & War

Camilo Mejía, an Iraq War veteran, conscientious objector, and peace activist. Photo courtesy of the Center on Conscience & War.

We have this tragic misperception that humanity is predisposed to violence.

The truth is that humanity is predisposed to peace. The default position for humanity is that of conscientious objector to war and violence.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Black and Afro-Indigenous Farmers Share 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize

September 1, 2015

Contact: Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition

US Food Sovereignty Alliance

(773)319-5838, lisa@nffc.net


In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fishermen, and stewards of ancestral lands and water. We especially honor them as a vital part of food chain workers, who together are creating food sovereignty, meaning a world with healthy, ecologically produced food, and democratic control over food systems.

In 2015, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance’s two prize winners are the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in the U.S., and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. The prizes will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015.

The Pope, the Activist, the Martyr – And the Organization Putting Their Words Into Action

August 26, 2015

By Guest Author Jeff Haas of EcoViva

The banner on the painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people.” Photo courtesy of Ecoviva.

"The future of humanity is in great measure in your own hands, through your ability to organize and carry out creative alternatives" – Pope Francis at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Thursday, July 9, 2015.

If you believe in the ecological and moral mandates of Pope Francis, activist-author Naomi Klein, and beatified Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, then you should be pleased to learn there is an organization of communities in El Salvador putting their message into practice. These great leaders have coalesced around the priorities of saving the earth, fighting climate change, and working to lessen the gap between the wealthy and the poor. In El Salvador, the Mangrove Association, a grassroots organization based in the Lower Lempa region, has created a remarkable movement that brings together the environment and the fight against poverty. Their model of action is beginning to influence the country’s direction as it fights to escape a legacy of conflict and corruption that predates the civil war.


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