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  • By Carol Schachet | September 13, 2010
    Big business wants to gobble up our resources—grabbing land, privatizing water, patenting seeds and trying to squeeze out anyone who gets in the way of their profits. Fortunately, an alternative exists that places the rights of people and communities ahead of big business. The alternative is resource rights. Grassroots International produced a...
  • By Johanna Kougbeadjo | August 16, 2016
    Ricot Jean-Pierre
    No social and political changes can be achieved without the men and women who dedicate their lives to the improvement of their communities' living conditions. Ricot Jean-Pierre is one of them. As the program director of our partner the Platform to Advocate Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA), Ricot works restlessly to better the lives of...
  • By Carol Schachet | August 11, 2016
    Indigenous peoples, local communities – and likely the earth itself – are breathing a sigh of relief and celebrating a major victory. After years of organizing and a series of major environmental studies, São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam, the largest hydroelectric project planned for the Amazon, has been canceled.According to our partner, the Movement...
  • By Carol Schachet | July 26, 2016
    With minimal fanfare or notice, Brazil's social movements just stopped a land grab larger than the area of Los Angeles, CA.  The court ruling prevented the eviction of thousands of small-scale farmers and community members who have been living on the more than 306,000 acres of land in the Brazilian state of Piaui."This is a very important...
  • By Carol Schachet | June 23, 2016
    Since the Brazilian Senate voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff last month, the country of Brazil has made a sharp turn to the right (politically). Millions of Brazilians have taken to the streets in protest of the impeachment proceedings (calling them an administrative coup) and demanding that democracy be restored to their nation.Below are...
  • By Carol Schachet | June 14, 2016
    On Sunday morning, the unthinkable happened… again. A gunman armed with legally acquired assault weapons opened fire on a crowded dance floor in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida. He shot more than 100 people, killing 49, leaving more than 50 with serious physical injuries and the larger community with profound wounds in need of healing as well.Sadly...
  • By Toby de Peyster | June 9, 2016
    Carlos
    This Father’s Day we celebrate three men who courageously strive to overcome adversity and improve the lives of their families and of their communities. Carlos Marentes, Sr., Antonal Mortimer, and Alfredo Lopez are three inspiring fathers, working with Grassroots International’s Partners in Haiti, Texas, and Honduras, and are key leaders within...
  • By Lydia Simas | June 3, 2016
    In May I participated in the first-ever World March of Women-US Chapter Feminist Organizing School. This training engaged World March of Women-US (WMW-US) member organizations – including Grassroots International -- around issues of feminism and gender justice. For me, this was an exciting opportunity to meet in person many of the women I’d...
  • By Carol Schachet | May 25, 2016
    When Ben Achtenberg and his wife Emily joined the Grassroots International delegation to Mexico, he brought his camera and an eye for picture-taking, along with a deep history of engagement with global movements and political activism. You can read more about Ben's observations on his blog (Caring for Survivors of Torture), starting with "...
  • By Carol Schachet | May 13, 2016
    Yesterday, May 12, the Brazilian Senate voted to begin the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff in what many many Brazilian are calling an institutional and neoliberal coup. Dilma has been withdrawn from office for 180 days pending the results of Supreme Court proceedings. For her part, Dilma has vowed to fight the...