5 Things to Take Away from the Brisbane G20 People’s Summit

(By: Nicholas García)

In the three days prior to this year’s G20 summit in Brisbane Nov. 15-16th organizers and activists from around the world gathered for the G20 people’s summit: a mix of demonstrations, workshops, panels and music as an alternative global summit against the G20 agenda. While G20 was promoting further free trade agreements and entrenching corporate interests in the political sphere the people’s summit put climate change and social justice issues in the forefront of their agenda. Panels included topics such as climate justice, feminism, indigenous struggles, and confronting neoliberal capitalism. It provided an avenue not only to make apparent how G20 is an opportunity to further strengthen political and economic elite interests throughout the world, but also for an avenue connecting diverse issues to the types of free trade policies pursued by these elite. In case you missed it, here are the 5 biggest things that went down at the people’s summit: Continue reading

Dispatch from Guatemala

(By: Areli Palomo)

I had been trying to reach Doña Mari for days; she is a woman that sells food in a port located in the pacific side of the Guatemalan coast. I met her a year ago when I was researching places that are used by Central Americans and by people from other parts of the world to avoid getting caught by Mexican authorities when crossing this country’s southern border. Continue reading

Confronting Expulsion from the City: Organizing in San Francisco

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

(by: Nick García and Daniel Gutiérrez)

Earlier this month, San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority began holding hearings to restrict the use of Google and other companies from using public transit stops for their employee shuttles, and by August will begin charging 1$ per Google bus stop to create revenue for public transportation. This was a result of public outcry and organizing around this symbol of the growing economic inequality and gentrification of San Francisco.

From Smart car tipping to Google bus blocking, San Francisco has become synonymous to gentrification.

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The People Have Spoken – Save the Yasuni!

(By: María Célleri)

In 2010, current Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa proposed the Yasuni Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini Initiative (ITT); Ecuador would refrain from drilling for oil in the Yasuni National Park if the international community would cover 50% of the economic costs (3.6 billion dollars) in the course of 13 years. Just last year, Correa announced that the Initiative would be terminated because, arguing that the international community had failed to protect the Yasuni. Continue reading

World Cup or Bust: How the 2014 World Cup is Screwing Brazil

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

As the
countdown to the 2014 Brazilian World Cup draws nearer to a close, the brazilian military plans to invade favelas, the city of Porto Alegre threatens to cancel all events related to the World Cup, a record draught threatens to further harm the Brazilian economy, Brazil’s credit rating continues to plummet, and paramilitary forces continue to grow and threaten Brazilian society.  Continue reading

The Global Impact of the Yasuni ITT Initiative

(by: María Celleri)

As is true of most uprisings, the protests against drilling for oil in the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador were fervently ongoing in August of last year, but have severely diminished. Still, although mass media coverage has forgotten about the Yasuni, protests do indeed continue in Ecuador in an effort to stop president Rafael Correa from allowing Chevron to drill in two oil reserve lots inside the park. Continue reading