Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Leader, Wins Goldman Prize

Today, the Goldman Environmental Prize – the most prestigious environmental award in the world – honors our dear sister Berta Cáceres and the fight for indigenous lands and participatory democracy in Honduras. The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), that Berta founded and coordinates, has worked for decades for control by indigenous peoples of their territories. COPINH also organizes for a new model of politics and society, with equal rights and justice for all, accountable government, and an end to US domination. Together with other indigenous and rural-based organizations, they have won many victories. They have done so at huge cost: Berta lives with continual threats of death and imprisonment, while many members of COPINH have been tortured or killed.

 

Today, the Goldman Environmental Prize – the most prestigious environmental award in the world – honors our dear sister Berta Cáceres and the fight for indigenous lands and participatory democracy in Honduras. The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), that Berta founded and coordinates, has worked for decades for control by indigenous peoples of their territories. COPINH also organizes for a new model of politics and society, with equal rights and justice for all, accountable government, and an end to US domination. Together with other indigenous and rural-based organizations, they have won many victories. They have done so at huge cost: Berta lives with continual threats of death and imprisonment, while many members of COPINH have been tortured or killed.

Other Worlds is proud to have nominated Berta, together with Friends of the Earth International, for this much-deserved award. Felicidades y adelante, compañeras/os!

OTHER WORLDS CAFE: If you are in the Bay Area, please join us on May 4 for the next Other Worlds Café: Another Higher Education Is Possible. Come learn about alternative education experiences from indigenous and grassroots communities in the global South. This is the next in the series sponsored by Other Worlds and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

HAITIAN LAND RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: The threats to land and farming by Haitian peasants are at the highest point since just after the 1804 revolution. Tourism, open-pit mining, illegal seizure by agribusinesses and the local elite, free trade zones… throughout the country, transnational capital and (US-imposed) President Martelly’s “Haiti Is Open for Business” policies are putting impoverished citizens, their human rights, and the future of food sovereignty at risk. The land grabs are transpiring in a time when electoral democracy has been trumped by rule based on executive decree, when government accountability little exists, and when political favors dominate over law.

As they have done since slavery, grassroots movements are fighting back to win control over their lands. Other Worlds is gearing up to mobilize international force for their campaigns. We seek a coordinator to lead these efforts. If you or anyone you know is interested in coordinating our efforts, please contact info.otherworlds@gmail.com.

A NEW COLLABORATION OF SOLIDARITY, AYITI RESURRECT: Ayiti Resurrect is a collaboration of visionary artists, community builders, holistic healers, and sustainable farmers from the village of Komye in Haiti and from the Haitian and African diaspora. Other Worlds is delighted to be connected with Ayiti Resurrect – both formally as their new fiscal sponsor, and politically in our joint commitment – and to support their initiatives, visions, and the growth of their projects.

In the words of Ayiti Resurrect, “We came together in the spirit of friendship and people-to-people solidarity in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake to support the social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and environmental health of the Komye community. Our initiatives focus on arts, education, health, the environment, and women’s self-determination with the goal to transform trauma through collective healing, and contribute to building a more just and sustainable existence for the future generations of Komye residents.”

 

Leave a Reply

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>