Despite a wealth of biocultural diversity, Mesoamerica remains one of the most impoverished regions in the world. Transnational corporations, corrupt governments and organized crime are seeking to expand their reach through increased military might, violence, border control, land and water grabs, extractive megaprojects, and false climate solutions that perpetuate injustices. This has provoked an increase in criminalization, repression, and attacks on community leaders, including assassinations and kidnappings, spurring a mass migration to the north.
But those bearing the brunt of these injustices – the region’s Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and peasant communities – constitute the most significant social and economic justice movements in Mesoamerica today. These movements are challenging the mounting inequality and injustice that have been spurred by free trade agreements, extractivism, deregulation and massive privatization schemes – the main thrust of neoliberalism in the region. At the same time, they are putting forward powerful alternatives that start with collective rights to water, land, and territory; protection of native seeds and biodiversity; food sovereignty; grassroots feminisms; climate justice; and human rights defense.
Grassroots International supports projects in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as region-wide projects throughout Mesoamerica. Our partners are at the forefront of vibrant, transformative movements challenging the oppression of Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant communities, and peasants in the region. As they work to defend human rights, they are developing sustainable agricultural and livelihood alternatives in harmony with the Earth.
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Unión de Organizaciones de la Sierra Juárez de Oaxaca/Union of Organizations of the Sierra Juárez of Oaxaca (UNOSJO)
Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras/Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)
Consejo para el Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer Campesina/Council for the Integral Development of the Peasant Woman (CODIMCA)