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  • By Anonymous | April 29, 2015
    In response to the horrible devastation and loss in Nepal following a series of earthquakes and aftershocks, several US-based foundations with partners in the area have established special emergency funds. These funds seek to address urgent needs (such as water, food, shelter and healthcare) as well as longer term recovery.
  • By Chung-Wha Hong | April 28, 2015
    Like you, our hearts are broken by the horrible devastation and loss in Nepal following a series of earthquakes and aftershocks. Thousands of lives lost, many more suffering injuries, cultural and historic buildings brought to rubble and entire communities left without safe homes or sufficient food and water.
  • By Carol Schachet | April 28, 2015
    Grassroots International recently participated in the 2015 Just Giving Conference sponsored by EDGE Funders Alliance. Entitled “Better. Not More: Towards a Just Transition,” the conference worked to create a space within philanthropy to explore the deeper philosophical ideas that animate contemporary politics, economy, and culture.  Within...
  • By Lydia Simas | April 23, 2015
    Earlier this month I had the pleasure of getting to spend time with Maria da Graça Samo and Helena Wong while they were in town for a Grassroots International community event. Graça (from Mozambique) is the International Coordinator of the World March of Women, and Helena is the National Organizer for the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ).
  • By Carol Schachet | April 22, 2015
    Maya Alliance
    The Caribbean Court of Justice, Belize’s highest appellant court, ruled that the Maya Indigenous People of southern Belize have rights to lands they have customarily used and occupied. The Court affirmed that these traditional land rights constitute property within the meaning of the provisions of the Belize Constitution that generally protect...
  • By Lydia Simas | April 16, 2015
    People from community organizations, immigrant groups, longtime Grassroots supporters and folks wanting to connect local social justice work with international movements filled the room on Monday night. On the floor at the center of a big circle of filled chairs was an arrangement of candles, flowers, seeds, soil and flags representing the vibrant...
  • By Jonathan Leaning | April 8, 2015
    Sara Mersha
    Grassroots International is hard at work across the U.S. and beyond putting issues such as climate justice, food sovereignty, resource rights, Palestine, women’s leadership—even when they are controversial or unpopular—into the limelight. Spreading the word is a key strategy we use to advance resource rights, particularly when it comes to...
  • By Claire Gilbert | March 27, 2015
    For several months brave activists and residents have built protest tents outside of the Jerusalem gate in  Eizaria.  The Israeli military has destroyed their tents 11 times—but each time the determined activists build them again.  They are saying no to an Israeli plan remove 2,500 Bedouins shepherds from their land, their homes and...
  • By Shannon Duncan Bodwell | March 25, 2015
    According to our partner the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB), approximately 10,000 families in the city of Altamira in Brazil will be directly affected by the flooding and subsequent lake created from the construction of the Belo Monte mega-dam. Meanwhile Norte Energia, the company responsible for this mega-project, has only built 4,100...
  • By Jovanna Garcia Soto | March 24, 2015
    Photo of Yazmin Lopez
    Grassroots International celebrates the courageous work of frontline women defending the human rights of peasant and indigenous women around the world. One of these women is Yazmín López, a national coordinator for the Council for the Integral Development of the Peasant Woman (CODIMCA). A partner of Grassroots International, CODIMCA is the lead...