social movements

El Salvador, First Latin American Country to Prohibit Mining

Escrito por  |  11 / May / 2017

The law, which only has 11 articles, prohibits the exploration and exploitation of metals in the country by domestic or foreign companies or persons, and prohibits the use of toxic substances that endanger the health of peasant communities and the environment.

Dismantling a Rotten Power Structure: Zapatista Forum Analyzes Mexican Electoral Politics

Escrito por  |  11 / May / 2017

The collective space created in the gathering of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) is promoting the Indigenous Council of Government. Its councilors – one woman and one man per village – will be elected in May and their spokeswoman will run as an independent candidate in the 2018 presidential campaign.

ICE Raids and Sanctuary Churches in the State of New York

Escrito por  |  18 / April / 2017

Migrants in Buffalo, New York, where many await asylum hearings, fear that Trump’s anti-immigrant policies have stoked a new racism that has become evident the past few months.

Fighting Fear, Hundreds Join Border Caravan For Migrant Rights

Escrito por  |  12 / April / 2017

Union members, migrants, government officials and grassroots organizers chanted and marched before stepping up to the mike in the shadow of the Federal Building in Sacramento to tell their stories and make promises. The Caravan against Fear is under way in California.

Renegotiating NAFTA for a Living Wage Across Borders

Escrito por  |  5 / April / 2017

While the union representatives met in Mexico City, in Washington Trump signed two executive orders about commerce. One requires a report on deficits in trade relations that seeks to identify unfair practices and the other orders the application of anti-dumping sanctions. Actually, there is nothing new in either.

Memory of Bertha Caceres and Other Martyrs Inspires Demands for Environmental Justice

Escrito por  |  27 / March / 2017

Caceres’ memory must be invoked along with that of dozens of other martyrs for the defense of the sanctity of all living beings, as the cross-boundary struggle builds to reinstate indigenous primacy in the protection of land tenure rights, biological diversity, habitat, food and water security, and the balance of nature.

Latin America’s Women-Led Movements and New Feminisms

Escrito por  |  27 / March / 2017

Feminism will never defeat the Trump patriarchal revival in the U.S. or the resurgence in the rest of the world unless it embraces its nature as profoundly anti-systemic. As the system becomes more deadly and alienating, women’s defense of life and their stands against impunity present a radical challenge.