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Friday, 22 May 2015
A Teachers’ Day Protest in Mexico City Brings an Army of Police into the Streets
Written by Christy Rodgers   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:58

It’s Teachers’ Day. And in Mexico the teachers have been some of the most militant and vocal forces against privatization, government corruption, police repression and the failed drug war.

 
Latin America: Women in Resistance and Resilience
Written by Leny Olivera   
Sunday, 17 May 2015 12:43

Women have historically resisted against the root causes of the climate crisis - from local, everyday efforts through to directly confronting corporations, mining companies and the governments who threaten their communities and their bodies.

 
What Kind Of Family Does Brazil Want?: Supreme Court Ruling Allows Gay Families To Legally Adopt Their Children
Written by Fabíola Perez for IstoÉ; Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 19:22

While the Judiciary expanded gay rights, the Legislature was considering a statute that limits the definition of a couple as only that of a man and woman. At the center of the debate are the anxieties of Brazilian society.

 
Argentina: Chemical Warfare on Towns
Written by Raúl Zibechi, Translation by Alfie Lake   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:24

In the small towns of the Argentinean Pampas, glyphosate spraying is making residents sick and poisoning life. Resistance to the model of industrial agriculture is growing day by day.

 
Intag’s Recurrent Nightmare: Adding Up The Costs Of Ecuador’s Mineral Wars
Written by Carlos Zorrilla   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:36

It seems hard to believe, but it's been twenty years since the resistance to the large-scale open pit copper mining project began in Intag. Two decades. Almost a generation.

 
Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign
Written by Edgardo Ayala   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:45

International and local human rights groups are carrying out an intense global campaign to get El Salvador to modify its draconian law that criminalizes abortion and provides for prison terms for women. This Central American country of 6.3 million people is one of the few nations in the world to ban abortion under any circumstances and penalize it with heavy jail terms.

 
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.”

 
Guatemala: Popular Protests Challenge Corruption and the Political Establishment
Written by Jeff Abbot   
Monday, 18 May 2015 21:25

Guatemala is currently facing one of the largest political crises in the nearly two decades since the end of the country’s 36-year-long internal armed conflict. A growing corruption scandal has brought hundreds of thousands across Guatemala to the streets to demand the resignation the corrupt political class, and has already led to the resignation of the Vice President.

 
A “Seminar on Critical Thought” Organized by the Zapatistas Draws Over a Thousand Participants in Chiapas
Written by Christy Rodgers   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:41

On the outskirts of San Cristobal de las Casas, famed colonial center of the southern state of Chiapas, on the wooded campus of the Indigenous Center for Comprehensive Training over a thousand people from all over Mexico and beyond are attending a week-long seminar “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra.”

 
“Our Destiny is to Struggle, Always Struggle:” Communiques from the Zapatistas’ Critical Thought vs. the Capitalist Hydra Seminar
Written by Zapatistas   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 12:48

From May 2nd to May 9th the Zapatistas hosted a tribute to fallen comrades, a celebration, and a seminar to “provoke thought, reflection, critique.” On May 2nd and May 3rd 2015 the Zapatistas convened a welcome ceremony for the families of Luis Villoro Toranzo, and Zapatista Teacher Galeano, in homage to their lives and their struggles. This celebration inaugurated the seminar, “Critical Thought versus the Capitalist Hydra,” to which they asked its participants to bring “seeds” that they could share with others.

 
Brazil's MST Pays Tribute to Landless Workers Killed by Police in 1996
Written by Armando Carmona   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:08

Landless rural workers occupy farms in Brazil to fulfill the promises and obligations of a people's agrarian reform movement and to reclaim a sense of justice. Land occupations in Brazil happen continuously throughout the year, however, the month of April - called "Red April" (Abril Vermelho) - pays tribute and remembrance to the Landless Workers Movement's (MST) fallen comrades of the Eldorado dos Carajas massacre.

 
Mexico: Ayotzinapa and the International Caravans
Written by Luis Hernández Navarro   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 13:40

In their struggle to never forget, parents of the 43 missing young people from Ayotzinapa and students from the rural normal school have in recent weeks launched a vigorous and intense international campaign.

 

 
Garifuna Community Radio Stations Under Threat in Honduras
Written by Sandra Cuffe   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:26

Garifuna community radio stations along the Caribbean coast of Honduras are facing harassment from National Telecommunications Commission officials. Garifuna organizers fear the radio stations may face closure.

 

 
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.

 
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