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  • By Carol Schachet | September 13, 2010

    Big business wants to gobble up our resources—grabbing land, privatizing water, patenting seeds and trying to squeeze out anyone who gets in the way of their profits. Fortunately, an alternative exists that places the rights of people and communities ahead of big business. The alternative is resource rights.

    Grassroots International...

  • By Anonymous | September 19, 2014

    by Jen Bogle

    Human rights defenders in Haiti risk their lives to protect the basic rights of Haitian citizens. Exile, intimidation, death threats, and assassinations have become part in parcel with human rights work in Haiti. Since January 2014, 15 local human rights defenders have been the targets of physical attacks and death threats...

  • By Carol Schachet | September 19, 2014

    Widespread protests and strategic organizing succeeded in defending Mayan lands and food sovereignty in Guatemala. This marks a major – and unprecedented – victory as the congress repealed the “Monsanto Law,” preventing threatened exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies.

  • By Carol Schachet | September 4, 2014

    Making the connections beween the bombing of Gaza, the ongoing occupation of Palestine, violence faced by black communities in the United States, migrant rights and climate disruption may seem like a tall order. But that is what happened on a recent Learning Call facilitated by Grassroots International  co-sponsored by the...

  • By Carol Schachet | August 21, 2014
    photo of bombing, courtesy of PCHR

    The tenuous ceasefire between Israel and Hamas broke down yesterday (August 20), resulting in renewed bombing, heightened tensions and heartbreaking loss. Below is an update from our partner, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which continues to document the situation on the...

  • By Shannon Duncan | August 7, 2014

    In honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples I’d like to tell you the story of Dina Julaju Quiche.

    Dina is a young, petite woman. Her calm demeanor and smile does not give any impression of her struggles as a single mother trying to raise...

  • By Carol Schachet | July 31, 2014

    Grassroots International welcomes Gisele M. Michel as its Interim Executive Director.

  • By Carol Schachet | July 29, 2014

    Latin American women raised their voices in solidarity with Palestinians. The video below features several Grassroots International partners, including members of the Via Campesina, the Landless Workers Movement and the Latin American Confederation of Peasant Organization (CLOC).

    On July 20, six members of the family of Ziad Saad were...

  • By Claire Gilbert | July 24, 2014

    On the way to a camping trip on Cape Cod last week, my family made a pit stop at a gas station. My partner took our four-year-old to the bathroom and I picked up a copy of the New York Times. I felt the ground shift as I saw the image of a tiny boy lying dead on the beach.

  • By Salena Tramel | July 21, 2014

    The names of four children jutted out from my computer’s screen like daggers on the list of the dead by name as I refreshed it. Memories of children laughing while flying kites on a beach in Gaza flooded my mind. Are these the same Bakr children I knew, and are they now among the 211 dead in Gaza?

    Of course it doesn’t matter if I...