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Policy Brief No. 15
by Rick Jonasse
Caminos: The Immigrants Trail traces a group of U.S. and Canadian citizens retracing the immigrant trail from El Paso, Texas to Oaxaca, Mexico. This documentary, based on our summer 2007 trip led by Food First executive director, Eric Holt-Giménez, reveals some of the factors that drive these migrants to leave their families and risk their lives to seek work in the U.S. The entire funding for this documentary was provided by individual donors who responded enthusiastically to our telephone appeal last spring.
By Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Molly Anderson, and Ivette Perfecto
On April 7, 2008, as the media headlines focused on falling grain reserves, soaring food prices, and food riots, representatives from 61 nations met in Johannesburg, South Africa to adopt a UN Report that proposed urgently needed solutions to the global food system's systemic problems.
August 18, 2009
El Paso, Texas, USA
On Friday, August 8 of this year, the mining and construction company
Kiweit, out of Omaha, Nebraska, began construction on the first
twelve miles of projected 60+ mile wall which will extend along the
border dividing El Paso and Cuidad Juarez.
La Via Campesina opposes the wall of shame, and denounces this
disturbing development as a direct offense on the people of the U.S.,
Mexico, and the Americas. We consider this a manifestation of an
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