OTHER WORLDS IS HIRING: ANOTHER HAITI IS POSSIBLE COORDINATOR

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: ANOTHER HAITI IS POSSIBLE COORDINATOR

The Another Haiti Is Possible Coordinator’s primary work will be to co-plan and coordinate – following the lead of Haitian allies – an international campaign to protect land rights against massive grabs being promulgated by foreign investors, Haitian elite, and Haitian government (with strong backing of the US, World Bank, and IDB). The campaign will both fortify Haitians’ efforts and add global muscle. The coordinator’s work will guide popular and public education, strategy development, media work, movement support, network-building, coordination of international (mainly US-based) advocacy, and organizing. It will also involve a political campaign against one or two targets, be it/they a corporation, US government, or IFI. Because Other Worlds is so small, a focus will be on finding key players who can carry various pieces of the work.ongly encouraged to apply.

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Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else

By Ryan Zinn

Cross-posted from Common Dreams

Originally published on April 13, 2015

‘Compared to large-scale industrial farms, small-scale agroecological farms not only use fewer fossil fuel-based fertilizer inputs and emit less GHGs, including methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide (CO2), but they also have the potential to actually reverse climate change by sequestering CO2 from the air into the soil year after year.’ (Image: Fair World Project)

Record-breaking heat waves, long-term drought, “100-year floods” in consecutive years, and increasingly extreme superstorms are becoming the new normal. The planet is now facing an unprecedented era of accelerating and intensifying global climate change, with negative impacts already being widely felt. While global climate change will impact nearly everyone and everything, the greatest impact is already being felt by farmers and anyone who eats food.

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Finding Radical Alternatives in Slums, Exurbs, and Enclaves

By: Joshua K. Leon

Cross-posted from Metropolis Mag

Originally published on Apr 7, 2015

Elemental’s Quinta Monroy houses in Chile have become a poster-image for Latin America’s activist architecture.
Courtesy Cristóbal Palma

 

Justin McGuirk’s Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture should be required reading for anyone looking for ways out of the bleak social inequality we’re stuck in. There were 40 million more slum dwellers worldwide in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to the UN. Private markets clearly can’t provide universal housing in any way approaching efficiency, and governments are often hostile to the poor. The only alternative is collective action at the grassroots level, and I’ve never read more vivid reporting on the subject.

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