Category: Social Movements

The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

Originally published on April 2, 2014 at TowardFreedom.com En Español: La política de Pachamama: Extracción de recursos naturales contra derechos de los indígenas y el medioambiente en América Latina When I sat down to an early morning interview with Evo Morales over a decade ago in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the then-coca farmer leader and dissident congressman…

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Argentina to Wall Street: Latin American Social Movements and the Occupation of Everything

Argentina to Wall Street: Latin American Social Movements and the Occupation of Everything

By Ben Dangl Originally published on October 14, 2011 in TowardFreedom.com Massive buildings tower over Wall Street, making the sidewalks feel like valleys in an urban mountain range. The incense, drum beats and chants of Occupy Wall Street echo down New York City’s financial district from Liberty Plaza, where thousands of activists have converged to…

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From Collapse to Action: Grassroots Solutions to American Crises

From Collapse to Action: Grassroots Solutions to American Crises

By Ben Dangl Originally published on JULY 14, 2011 in TowardFreedom.com When the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression hit the US on September 15, 2008, filmmakers S?lvia Leindecker and Michael Fox began a journey across the country to see how the economy was impacting people’s lives. Their interviews, which span two years and…

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Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America, (AK Press, 2010). The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia, (AK Press, 2007).

Grassroots Lessons From Latin America: An Interview with Michael Fox

Grassroots Lessons From Latin America: An Interview with Michael Fox

Conducted by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 16 June 2009 Michael Fox is a Brazil-based independent journalist and co-producer of the new documentary Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas (PM Press). He is also the co-author of an upcoming book called Venezuela Speaks: Voices From the Grassroots, also available through PM Press and set to be…

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Lessons From Latin America

Lessons From Latin America

by Benjamin Dangl – The Nation Published in March 23 Print Issue of The Nation Rain poured down in La Paz, Bolivia, the day Barack Obama gave his inauguration speech. But the weather didn’t stop thousands of Bolivians from marching in the streets in support of a new constitution, a document set to grant unprecedented…

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Firing The Boss: An Interview with Chicago Factory Occupation Organizer

Firing The Boss: An Interview with Chicago Factory Occupation Organizer

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 15 January 2009 On December 5, 2008 over 200 recently-fired workers at the Republic Window and Doors factory in Chicago occupied their plant, demanding that they be paid their vacation and severance checks. The occupation ended victoriously six days later when the Bank of America and other lenders to Republic agreed…

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Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker Uprising

Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker Uprising

By Benjamin Dangl Monday, 08 December 2008 When the 250 workers at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago were told that the plant was shutting down, they decided to take matters into their own hands. On Friday, December 5, the workers occupied their factory in an act that echoes the sit-down strikes of the…