by Eliane Brum In May, I gave a talk at Harvard University on the Amazon and creating futures and I closed it by saying that hope, like despair, is a luxury we can no longer afford. Given our overheating planet, there’s no time for lamentations or melancholy. We need to act, even without...
Martin Paddio of Monthly Review Press Hosted by Monthly Review Press, NACLA, Voices editor Tom Gatehouse, and the New York Latin America Bureau team, Voices of Latin America: Social Movements and the New Activism was launched in Brooklyn, New York on 16th May at the Verso loft in Jay Street, on the...
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Members of the collective Ocupe e Abrace are opposing a new 22 storey block of flats, to be built next to Praça Homero Silva in Pompeia. This threatens to dry out the nine springs of the Agua Preta (Black Water) stream, one of them inside the the plot where the block will be built, threatening vegetation and...
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In the Praça (Square) Homero Silva, on Avenida Pompeia, there is a pavement where water tenaciously insists in welling up from underground. Houses were built here, and later demolished. Developers wanted to drain the area, but the spring remains, tunelling under this dry part of the city and keeping it wet... It's the spring versus the...
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Rescued by local residents, Praça Homero Silva, in the west of São Paulo, has springs, toads and fish -- an oasis in the heart of Pompeia. Video: Jornal da Gazeta, January 2017 (in Portuguese)
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Early in November 2016 Peter and Lindsey from Eden Project Communities visited Santiago, Chile, at the invitation of Ciudad Emergente, an NGO dedicated to developing ‘Human-Centred Cities.’ In June of that year, several members of their team visited a Big Lunch in the UK. Six months later, Santiago had its very own...
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El Gran Malón is an invitation to hold Malones, street lunches, throughout Chile, on the same day, with the idea of getting to know your neighbours, sharing a meal and building the community. The first Gran Malón de Chile was held on Saturday 8 abril 2017, and more than 11,800 people met together, in...
The ancestral home of the Sateré-Mawé indigenous group is the Andirá-Marau Indigenous Reserve, an officially demarcated, heavily forested region covering 780,000 hectares (3,011 square miles) in Amazonas and Pará states, Brazil.The reserve itself — along with indigenous villages around it that were not included in the demarcated area — are increasingly under...
As mentioned in Sue Branford & Thais Borges' article (Brazilian Amazon, 3 massaces in 12 days)Brazil's Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) has launched a a new website: Massacres in the Countryside. That page will be updated with newly confirmed reports of massacres — a killing involving three or more people. Between 1985 and 2017, CPT...

Water for Life

On 22 March, World Water Day, CONIC, Christian Aid and CREAS launched an online training course for faith communities in Brazil: 'Water for Life. The idea for this came from the Alternative World Water Forum 2018. Water is part of the Creation, and as such, it needs to be protected and cared for,...
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