Articles by The Democracy Center Staff

One woman’s victory against a mining giant in Peru

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Máxima Acuña has just won the Goldman Prize for her resistance against a gold mine – but why are women’s bodies on the frontlines of resistance to extractivism?

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For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’

COPINH participating in a march against a U.S. military base in Palmerola, Honduras, 2011. (Photo: Felipe Canova / Flickr)

These mega-projects expropriate land, spoil environments, and pollute democracies. Berta Cáceres gave her life resisting them.

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Corporate Power Doesn’t Always Win: Remembering the FTAA

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A decade ago, a transnational coalition beat back the largest corporate trade deal in history. Here’s what they can teach opponents of the TPP.

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Keeping Paris in perspective on the journey to system change

Protesters got the last word at the Red Lines #D12 action on the last day of the Paris talks. Here with the Parisian business district La Défense in the background. Photo: Yann Levy CC-NC-SA

After coming together as a movement in Paris, how can we make sure we see the shift in values to make the system change we believe in possible?

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NEW PROJECT: Abundance for Everybody

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The vibrant experimental community of the Casa de los Ningunos in Bolivia is exploring new forms of economic and social relations, from healing our relationships to the reciprocity economy.

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Ten Years After the Defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) – Lessons for Current Struggles

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This month marks the tenth anniversary of the defeat of the FTAA. What can we learn from that victory and the subsequent corporate counter-offensive in Latin America for our current global struggles against free trade and corporate power?

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How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics

Relmu (with right arm raised) at a demonstration. (Photo: winkulnewen.com)

Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels.

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Sowing Dignity in the face of Patriarchy and Climate Change, in photos

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At the end of May 2015 the Democracy Center and women from the María Auxiliadora community in the Zona Sur of Cochabamba, Bolivia, organized a photo exhibition and speaking event under the title Sembrando Dignidad Ante el Patriarcado y el Cambio Climático – Sowing Dignity in the face of Patriarchy and Climate Change.

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Sembrando Dignidad ante el Patriarcado y el Cambio Climático, en fotografías

Doña María Eugenia selling her bread and pastries.

A finales de mayo El Centro para la Democracia junto a la presencia de algunas de las mujeres de la Comunidad María Auxiliadora en la Zona Sur de Cochabamba, Bolivia, organizó una exposición fotográfica y una charla denominada Sembrando Dignidad ante el Patriarcado y el Cambio Climático.

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Fracking with the Happy People

Protesters at the fracking site in Vendsyssel. (Credit: Bloker Boretårnet)

How the search for shale gas is exposing cracks in Denmark’s showcase democracy.

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