On Friday, March 7th, 1200 people held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, one of the largest immigration prisons in the country, began a hunger strike and work stoppage. They are putting their bodies on the line to protest the on-going deportations overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the inhumane conditions at the for-profit detention center owned and operated by the GEO Corporation.
The Buol community, like other indigenous communities in Indonesia, has lived on its ancestral land for many generations, over thousands of years. Land tenure is held communally, in groups, with the capabilities and distribution of agricultural products based on the needs of each family in each group. Control of land is owned and managed by the lineage group/clan.
December 18, 2013
Urge Your Members of Congress and Senator to Denounce this Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders!
Last week, School of the Americas (SOA) graduate and Honduran military Colonel German Alfaro made outrageous accusations against a leading U.S. human rights defender, Annie Bird, Co-Director of Rights Action (USA), which is based in Washington, DC. Colonel Alfaro declared that the military is investigating Annie for alleged subversive activities with campesinos, including filing false reports about military abuses of human rights.
From Food Democracy Now
If you haven't heard, apples are the single most popular fruit served in school lunchrooms across the U.S. and tragically, a Canadian firm has created a new GMO apple, using a new "gene silencing" technique that could interfere with the expression of genes in humans, even silencing vital human genes, potentially causing serious health problems.
From Upside Down World
There are growing concerns for the safety of Carlos Zorrilla, an environmental activist in Ecuador, and others who have protested against development projects in the northern region of Intag. These concerns come after Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa repeatedly attacked their activities during his weekly addresses to the nation.
Facing intimidation, Argentine communities and students continue demanding
Harvard University halt timber plantation expansion in protected wetlands
On Thursday, December 5, community organizations in rural Argentina will protest the expansion of Harvard University's timber plantations into the world's second largest wetlands, Esteros del Iberá, and the endangerment of the rights and livelihoods of nearby communities.
TPP chief negotiators are meeting in Salt Lake City, USA, on November 19th-24th. Then from December 7th-9th TPP meetings will be held in Singapore. An agreement could be reached by December 31, 2013.
After the agreement is signed by the negotiators, most countries require ratification by another branch of government. In the US, Congress will have to ratify the TPP treaty. President Obama is pushing to ‘fast track’ ratification which would allow Congress to only vote yes or no with no extended debate about the details of the agreement.
I am willing to pay an extra dime a day ($3/ month) for my food so that close to 8 million food system workers and 21 million additional low-wage workers can receive a much deserved raise to help them meet their basic needs.
Most of the people in the U.s. who qualify for food stamps work full time at low paying jobs, but are not paid enough to feed themselves and their families. One in seven in the U.S. do not always know where their next meal is coming from.