Social Movements

National Congress of Brazil’s Landless Movement: Reinvention in Motion

Escrito por  |  15 / April / 2014

After three decades of struggle for agrarian reform, Brazil’s Landless Movement paused during its 6th Congress to evaluate its experience and reflect on the new reality. The goal: to change while changing themselves.

On Mexican Isthmus, Indigenous Communities Oppose Massive Energy Projects

Escrito por  |  2 / April / 2014
Asamblea de juchitan

Giant wind energy projects in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec have endangered sacred sites and the way of life of local indigenous people. They are organizing to fight back.

Mexican Peace Activist Says Focus Must Be More on Justice than Peace

Escrito por  |  2 / April / 2014

Pietro Ameglio, a founding member of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, examines the performance of its first three years, focusing on the need to articulate goals and ideals while empowering other organizations and groups.

Brazil’s World Cup Security Turns Repressive

Escrito por  |  1 / April / 2014

The fear that mass demonstrations could take place during the World Cup – like those during the Confederations Cup last June – is leading the government to militarize against the protests, with incredibly repressive strategies. And half of the Brazilian population rejects the Cup.

Michoacan self-defense groups celebrate 1st anniversary

Escrito por  |  5 / March / 2014

One year since their battle against criminal organizations began, community spokesmen talked to the Americas Program about their progress.

Indigenous group defends water, land against dam threat

Escrito por  |  16 / February / 2014

The Cora people oppose a reservoir in the San Pedro Mezquital River that would inundate or endanger 18 sacred sites, and would restrict their traditional cultural practices.

The Criminalization of Poverty in Brazil, a Global Power

Escrito por  |  25 / January / 2014

In the year of elections and the FIFA World Cup, the country that aims to be a global military and energy power must face the challenges of popular sectors, who demand inclusion and access to the same goods and rights enjoyed by half of Brazilians.