Joining our struggles to build another world: 10 years of horizontal organising in El Barrio, New York

Escrito por  |  22 / January / 2015

Ten years ago, in East Harlem, New York, an area known as El Barrio, members of fifteen Mexican immigrant families, all of them women, came together to see how they could achieve dignified housing in their community. They were struggling against gentrification and displacement; their landlord was trying to force them out of their homes in order to attract wealthier tenants and transform the neighbourhood they lived in. These were people without previous experience of organising, and they knew that they had much to learn, but they listened to and supported each other and in December 2004 they formed Movement for Justice in El Barrio (Movement).

Making Mining Dreams Come True in Mexico

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014
Smelting gold at Mulatos mine in Sahauripa / Alamos Gold Inc.

NOTE: This article is the twelfth in a series by the CIP TransBorder Project that examines the water crisis on the  Continue Reading »

Mexico’s Three Mining Giants

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014

The three richest men in Mexico – Carlos Slim Helú, Alberto Bailléres González, and Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco — are also the owners of Mexico’s top three mining corporations.

Making the Desert Bloom: The Rise of Sonora’s Hydraulic Society

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014

The question facing Sonora and most other states on both sides of the international border across the TransBorder West is whether governments and inhabitants are willing to accept the expense and impact of sustaining their hydraulic societies. Whether the benefits of new water megaprojects outweigh the costs?

Women Defending Rights and Defying Violence

Escrito por  |  9 / December / 2014

An Americas Program slideshow on women’s resistance, organization and hope in Mexico 2014.

Sonora Launches Controversial Megaprojects in Response to Water Crisis

Escrito por  |  8 / December / 2014

Hydraulic megaprojects will keep Sonora “competitive and sustainable” and create a “Nuevo Sonora,” declared Governor Guillermo Padrés at the start of his six-year term (2009-2015). Elsewhere, local and national governments and international institutions are shifting their focus away from megaprojects like dams.

The Illusions of the New Sonora

Escrito por  |  8 / December / 2014
Life continues as usual in the plaza at the Jesuit mission in Yaqui town of Pótam

Sonoran Governor Padrés launched a package of water megaprojects, including an aqueduct to transfer water from the Yaqui River to the depleted Sonora River basin, as part of the Sonora SI in 2010. Yaqui opposition to the aqueduct, water contamination and the discovery that the governor had illegally built dams on his family’s ranch has cast a shadow on the governor’s promise of a New Sonora.