On Friday, September 20, a Honduran Court ordered that internationally respected Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, the Coordinator of the Lenca organization COPINH, be jailed. The court also ordered that Aureliano Molina and Tomas Gomez, also COPINH leaders, be subject to alternative measures to imprisonment and that all three of these leaders face trial for bogus charges aimed at silencing Indigenous resistance to the neoliberal privatization agenda being imposed by military force on Honduras.
On Wednesday, April 24 the Boxer-DeFazio bill on labeling of food products with genetically engineered ingredients was officially introduced. This bill was introduced with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. See below the complete list of original co-sponsors. You can find the text of the Senate bill here and the House bill here.
Since April 1, 2013 Food First has been conducting a fundraising drive to help hungry farmers get back to feeding themselves and their families. Drought and conflict have taken a heavy toll. But now it's time to plant. And you can help.
On April 11, we met our goal of $5,000 and raised that goal to $10,000.
You can help us meet this new goal. Donations received on April 24 will receive a 15% match. Learn more about Food First's seeds and pumps campaign at http://goto.gg/13625
Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 1 - "Sons and Daughters of the Earth": Indigenous communities and land grabs in Guatemala
by Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
In the face of violent dispossession and incorporation into an exploitative labor regime, indigenous peasant families in northern Guatemala are struggling to access land and defend their resources as the basis of their collective identity as Q'eqchi' peoples or R'al Ch'och ("sons and daughters of the earth"). This brief is the first in the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas series, co-published by Food First and the Transnational Institute.
By Ashley Pinkerton
In Tunisia, March 26-30th, the World Social Forum (WSF) will take place in the city of Tunis, on the El Manar University campus. Activists around the world look to the international, bi-annual meeting as an important space for building solidarity and creating an alternative globalization. Tunis - the place that sparked the 'Arab Spring' - seems particularly fitting for discussing justice, peace and democracy at this year's WSF.
The California Food Policy Council is a collaborative of local food policy groups working to ensure that California’s food system reflects the needs of all of its communities. The purpose of the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) is to build the capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, educate policymakers on issues in our food system, and advocate for food systems change in California.
This coalition holds regular meetings. Contact Tiffany Nurrenbern at tiffany (at) rootsofchange.org