Latin America Rising Resource Guide
:: NORTH AMERICA-BASED GROUPS
The Council on Hemispheric Affairs reports on the progress of democracy in Latin America and advocates for a “rational” U.S. policy in Latin America. Its well-researched archives are listed by country. www.coha.org
The Democracy Center is a global organization that facilitates advocacy campaigns and performs investigative reporting on human rights issues, economic globalization, and the worldwide democratic movement. www.democracyctr.org
Global Exchange coordinates volunteer missions to regions all over the world, including Latin America, promoting the exposure of human rights violations and the development of just and sustainable practices. Its Latin American program opportunities are available at www.globalexchange.org/countries/americas.
The International Relations Center advocates a “more responsible” U.S. stance in the world community. The IRC publishes e-zines, newsletters, and books examining progressive policy alternatives, with emphasis on the Americas.
The Latin American Solidarity Coalition is an association of grassroots organizations specializing in the human rights movement of Latin America. The site offers an Organizer's Kit, with fact sheets, flyers, and more. www.lasolidarity.org
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is a massive international think-tank geared towards bolstering the progress of Latin America. It has over 5,000 members, a quarter of which live outside the U.S. Every 18 months, it holds meetings where experts discuss Latin America's advances and setbacks. http://lasa.international.pitt.edu
The Latin America Working Group is a coalition of over 60 U.S.-based groups that advocate for the improvement of U.S.-Latin American relations and the enforcement of human rights. www.lawg.org
The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) has reported on the people's movements of Latin America and their effect on U.S. relations for over 40 years. It publishes the bimonthly NACLA Report on the Americas, the most widely read English magazine about Latin America. Its findings and analyses are used at conferences and by many other nonprofit groups. www.nacla.org
The Pachamama Alliance supports the indigenous people of the Andes in preserving their rights to ancestral land and their ability to protect its biodiversity. The group also brings people from the North to the rainforest, and conducts “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” symposiums drawing on the teachings of their indigenous collaborators.
Pastors for Peace is affiliated with the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. Its mandate includes bringing school-bus loads of food and medicine into Cuba, educating North Americans about Cuba and the trade embargo, and recruiting young Americans to study medicine in Cuba. www.ifconews.org
School of the Americas Watch uses educational outreach and non-violent demonstration to protest the School of the Americas, an organization that trains military personnel and is often associated with human rights violations. Their site includes an excellent resource guide. www.soaw.org
The US Social Forum will be the first-ever national gathering in this country based on the model of the World Social Forum first held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. See who will be there and sign up to attend from June 27–July 1. www.ussf2007.org
The US Women and Cuba Collaboration Project aims to empower diverse US and Cuban women to deepen solidarity between the two countries and to build a progressive global women's movement. www.womenandcuba.org
The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is a resource for Latin American NGOs, helping to connect them with U.S. groups with similar goals, organizing conferences, and raising awareness in both continents of the need to protect human rights and democracy. www.wola.org
:: LATIN AMERICA-BASED GROUPS
The Bolivia Solidarity Network supports Bolivia's human rights movements and offers resources and updates for international journalists and activists.
The Democracy Center, based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, is a source of real-time information and long-term analysis about current affairs in Bolivia.
The Landless Workers' Movement (MST) is Brazil's largest social movement, having resettled thousands of people on unused land. Their website provides ways for you to get involved. www.mstbrazil.org
The Nicaragua Network was founded in 1979 to help the popular uprising overthrow the Somoza dictatorship. It works on improving the levels of justice in U.S.-Latin American relations by organizing speaking tours and offering activist resources on such topics as water privatization, IMF debt, fair trade, and more. www.nicanet.org
La Via Campesina, the “International Peasants' Movement,” fights for food sovereignty, and socially just, sustainable agricultural production by coordinating peasant organizations of rural workers, women, and indigenous communities in Asia, the Americas, and Europe.
No Bases tracks U.S. military bases in Latin America, works to get them shut down, and holds conferences and rallies to curtail U.S. military, political, and economic influence in Central and South America.
:: ONLINE JOURNALISM
CounterPunch is a good source of articles about Latin America.
Indian Country Today is the most frequently visited news source for Native American news. It primarily focuses on Northern Native Americans, but also includes press releases of Latin American indigenous peoples' progress. It publishes weekly newsletters, quarterly magazines, and offers media in a wide range of digital forms. www.indiancountry.com
The Inter-Press Service's Latin America division offers news from the global South, including stories on the impact of globalization on the lives of Latin American people. Also publishes Tierramérica, a journal of Latin American environmental news. www.ips.org
Latin America Press offers articles sorted by country and by theme, and also commentaries, radio clips, and statistics. Available in English and Spanish.
NarcoNews is a website devoted to exposing the brutality of the U.S. drug war in Latin America. New articles are added almost daily in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Danish. www.narconews.com
Upside Down World covers the social movements and changing politics in Latin America. Links to each nation provide lists of articles and blogs.
Venezuela Analysis has current news and analysis on a country where things are happening fast. Based in Caracas.
Argentina: Hope in Hard Times shows the street-corner assemblies, workers' cooperatives, urban gardens, and other ways Argentines picked up the pieces of their devastated economy after the collapse in 2001.
The Take tells the story of 30 Argentine workers who take over an auto-parts factory when their boss abandons it, and the movement to reclaim factories that followed the economic collapse.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised tells of the attempt by opponents in the media, trade unions, the Church, and military to unseat Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez through a coup in 2002, and the popular uprising that restored him to power.
Thirst follows the stories of people in Bolivia, India, and the United States who fight for access to water as a fundamental right, not a commodity.
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