Beverly Bell

Beverly Bell is the founder of Other Worlds and more than a dozen international organizations and networks, Beverly is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Beverly has worked for more than three decades as an organizer, advocate, and writer in collaboration with social movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S.   She is the author of the book Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Berta Cáceres Lives On, And So Does Violence By Honduran Government and Dam Company
Fifteen hundred people from at least 22 countries convened in Honduras from April 13-15, 2016 for the “Peoples of ¡Berta Vive!” International Gathering. They came to honor slain global movement leader Berta Cáceres and to commit themselves to keeping her legacy alive. Members of the international...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:45pm
Gustavo Castro Witnessed the Murder of Berta Cáceres. That Means His Life Is in Danger.
The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner. Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend. Mexico’s ambassador to Honduras, Dolores...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm
Why Was Berta Cáceres Assassinated?
A few numbers begin to reveal why Honduran indigenous leader and global movement luminary, Berta Cáceres, was assassinated on March 3, 2016. According to the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), more than 300 hydroelectric dams are planned for Honduras, of which 49...
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 8:45am
¡Berta Lives!
I began writing a eulogy for Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores years ago, though she died only last week. Berta was assassinated by Honduran government-backed death squads on March 3. Like many who knew and worked with her, I was aware that this fighter for indigenous peoples’ power; for control over...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 9:45am
Challenging Racism in the Food System
The 2015 US Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded on October 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. This year, one of the two winners is the Federation of Southern Cooperatives , a network of cooperatives, almost all of them comprised of Black family farmers, across the deep South. The Federation upholds a...
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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 7:15am
5 Years After Haiti Earthquake, The Sad State of Democracy and Human Rights
Some things never change. In Haiti, no matter the century or decade in question, one can be certain that: the state and elite are trouncing the rights and needs of the majority, the population is protesting to demand land and justice, and the international community is taking the wrong side. Five...
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 2:53pm
Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Keeping the Commons Common
Today, as on every Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans is in the midst of full-on mayhem. Depending on when on Fat Tuesday you are reading this, the Zulu and Rex parades are either lining up at their staging sites or rolling down the streets amongst crazed revelers.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:18pm
The Rights of Mother Earth vs. Carbon Trading
Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution .
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 9:16am
The Revolution Is Going to Be Fought With the Hoe
“We’re surrounded by agricultural land but we have no food security. Right now we’re strapped to the global market,” said Miguel Santistevan, a New Mexican farmer and biologist. “Some people are trying to figure out how to set themselves free and are showing other people. It’s as if we were all tied to a train that’s headed off a cliff, and pretty soon a lot of us are saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to jump off this train before it goes.’
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 1:55pm
Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture
“At one point ‘agriculture’ was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state…” says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke.
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