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Monday, 04 May 2015
San Sebastián Bachajón: The Struggle against Dispossession in Mexico
Written by Ricardo Lagunes and Jessica Davies   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:41

Two years have passed since the vicious assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, community leader, spokesperson and social activist from the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, Mexico. Despite the killing of two of their leaders and frequent attacks from local government-supporters and public security forces, the ejidatarios (common landholders) remain firm in their resistance to dispossession, and in their struggle in defense of their ancestral land, territory and Mother Earth. The situation has now become critical.

Indigenous Campesinos in Guatemala Demand an End to Violent Evictions
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:32

“In the last few weeks and few months, there has been an incremental increase in the orders for arrest against campesinos organized with CCDA for the defense of their territory, rivers, forests, and of life,” said Leocadio Juracan, the national coordinator of CCDA, in a press conference with alternative media. “It is repression.”

On 1st Anniversary, Puente Nayero Humanitarian Space Inspires Nonviolent Resistance in Buenaventura, Colombia
Written by Lisa Taylor   
Friday, 24 April 2015 13:24

On April 13, 2014, an Afro-Colombian community of approximately 300 families known as Puente Nayero did something unprecedented in Colombia’s largest port city of Buenaventura: they formed an urban Humanitarian Space. Criticizing the collusion of state security forces with paramilitaries, community members rejected the militarization of their oceanfront neighborhood and began resisting multinational companies trying to displace them from their homes.

Zapatista Women Explain Things
Written by Ramor Ryan   
Monday, 20 April 2015 07:09

In Compañeras, Hilary Klein focuses in on the period around the time of the Zapatista uprising, which kicked off spectacularly on New Year's Day 1994, as "a watershed moment" when "a tremendous amount of change was compressed into a very short period." The book follows the development of the women's struggle within and as part of the Zapatista trajectory over the ensuing 20 years.

Three Months of Attacks on the Working Class in Brazil
Written by Sabrina Fernandes   
Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:45

One could say that the new Rousseff government began to deepen its right-wing, neoliberal turn with her choice of ministers. In the name of governability, Rousseff opted for raffling the already fragile working-class and social movement base of the Workers’ Party (PT) by nominating people such as agribusiness representative Kátia Abreu for the minister of agriculture, and Joaquim Levy, an economist who ensured that the private bank Bradesco had its most profitable year in 2014, as finance minister.

San José de Apartadó: Lessons from Colombia’s Peace Community
Written by Chris Courtheyn   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:04

On March 23rd, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó celebrated its 18 year anniversary. This community of campesinos , located in the war-torn northwestern Urabá region of Colombia, refuses collaboration with any of country’s armed groups, including guerrilla, paramilitary, and State forces.

Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Monday, 13 April 2015 13:53

The world lost one of its great writers today. Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano died at age 74 in Montevideo. With the small mountain of books and articles he left behind, Galeano gives us a language of hope, a way feel to feel rage toward the world while also loving it, a way to understand the past while carving out a better possible future.

Guatemala: How a Pseudo-Military Project Was Created to Protect the Escobal Mine
Written by Luis Solano, Translation by NISGUA   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 07:12

One of the most dramatic events took place on April 27, 2013, when private security guards from the company Alfa Uno – associated with the Israeli company Golan Group - acted on orders of the then-head of security Alberto Rotondo Dall'Orso and indiscriminately shot at community members who were peacefully protesting in front of mining facilities in San Rafael Las Flores. Seven community members were injured.

Bolivia: 15 Years After the Cochabamba Water Revolt, Echoes in New Cases of Corporate Abuse
Written by Philippa de Boissière   
Monday, 27 April 2015 21:13

Fifteen years ago this month the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia were victorious in their now-famous showdown with one of the most powerful multinational corporations in the world, in what has come to be known as the Cochabamba Water Revolt.

Maya Q’eqchi’ Families in Guatemala Demand Access to Land
Written by Jhonathan F. Gómez   
Sunday, 26 April 2015 22:17

Over 400 families formed a peaceful encampment outside the National Palace in downtown Guatemala City last week. According to the Farmers Committee of the Highlands (Comité Campesino del Altiplano, CCDA), families are asking for access to land, the resolution of agrarian conflicts, a stop to forced evictions and an end to the criminalization of community leaders.

Brazil: Challenges of a Landless People
Written by Armando Carmona   
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 15:28

Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the longest standing and largest social movements in Latin America, continues to be a relevant force in the lives of everyday communities and families.

The Fight for Justice for Ecuador’s Amazon Continues
Written by Lindsay Ofrias   
Sunday, 19 April 2015 13:42

On April 20, U.S. attorney Steven Donziger will help defend one of the most historic class-action court judgments against a large corporation: Ecuador’s Supreme Court decision in 2011 that holds Chevron liable for $9.6 billion of damages for environmental harms affecting an estimated 30,000 Amazonian people.

Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism
Written by Fabiana Frayssinet   
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:38

Rural organizations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.

Nueva Trinidad: 3rd Municipality in El Salvador to Declare Itself a “Mining Free Territory”
Written by Juan Carlos Jimenez   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:41

In a process of grassroots democracy and popular community engagement, Nueva Trinidad joined its neighboring towns of San Jose Las Flores and San Isidro Labrador in rejecting the presence of mining exploration and exploitation in their territories.

“We Are Defending Life:” The Criminalization of Environmental and Indigenous Rights Activists in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 10 April 2015 13:45

The community of Santa Cruz Barillas is protesting the construction of dams in their territory, including the Santa Cruz hydroelectric project owned by the Spanish firm Ecoener Hydro Energy, as part of the regional energy integration project called for in Plan Mesoamerica. The project has been plagued by human rights violations, including the failure of the Guatemalan government and companies to consult the indigenous communities prior to construction. The community fought back, and has paid dearly for their resistance to the projects within their territory.

Argentina: Punishing to Let the Oil Flow
Written by Observatorio Petrolero Sur   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:16

On April 13th a provincial court of Neuquén, in the Argentine Patagonia, will determine the charges for which traditional authorities of the Mapuche people who defended their territory against the exploitation of hydrocarbons will be brought to trial.

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