Yesterday we posted an article discussing 5 myths still perpetuated in the media’s myopic coverage of the Nicaraguan Revolution. Here we share David Wilson’s article from Truth Out from earlier this week, that raises many of the same themes, but through the lens of his personal experience as a volunteer with TecNica in 1985 and 1987. A fascinating account that reinforces the need for far more nuance in presenting the Nicaraguan Revolution, the experiences of the people in Nicaragua, and the motivations of solidarity activists.… (Read the Rest)
Over the last few weeks the revolution in Nicaragua has been back in the news as a backdrop to the mayoral race in New York City. The New York Times initiated the new found interest in the revolution in an article about Bill de Blasio’s activism during the late 1980s in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua, and in opposition to the Reagan administration’s efforts to cripple the Sandinista government through financing the Contras and other means. Because the story has been more about defining de Blasio’s political leanings rather than a retelling of events from the 1980s, the history that seeps into these articles has been incomplete, often false, and consistently misleading.… (Read the Rest)
Last week the Workers Rights Consortium issued a report on garment factories in Haiti that sew for major U.S. brands. The report found:
…garment factory owners in Haiti routinely, and illegally, cheat workers of substantial portions of their pay, depriving them of any chance to free their families from lives of grueling poverty and frequent hunger.… (Read the Rest)
The Worker Rights Consortium has released a new report that shows Haitian garment factory workers are routinely denied the minimum wage guaranteed by law: Scott Nova, the consortium’s executive director, said in an interview: “What goes on here is not some occasional violations where most companies are in compliance and a few are not.… (Read the Rest)
February 16-23, 2014
You are invited to join the Quixote Center as we visit communities in Northern Nicaragua with the Federation of Campesinos (FEDICAMP). We will also stop by Chaguatillo and visit a new housing initiative we are doing with the Institute of John XXIII.
The price for the delegation is $950 dollars, and includes all transportation, meals, translation, and housing while in Nicaragua. You are responsible for your own travel to Nicaragua. Below are more details. Contact Andrew Hochhalter for more information and to get your application [firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-699-0042].… (Read the Rest)
Will Pope Francis “Rebuild our Church”?
Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) joins with the Roman Catholic Church around the world in welcoming Francis I as the next Pope.
Now in its 21st year, COR is a leadership forum of US national organizations to further reform and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church, to build an inclusive church, and to bring about a world of justice and peace.… (Read the Rest)
By Mark Snyder*
January 12, 2013
Three years after the devastating earthquake and the series of aftershocks that followed, visitors to Port au Prince, Haiti could feel that the situation is improving as they travel the main roads and pass the now cleared public square where victims of the earthquake were displaced to when their city crumbled around them.… (Read the Rest)
Maryland upheld Marriage Equality yesterday by successfully rebuffing a well-funded referendum challenge. The vote was historic, and Maryland now has the auspicious honor of being the first state whose citizens have affirmed equal civil rights for all people. The voters of Maryland proved too sophisticated for the erroneous arguments against Marriage Equality, and showed that the tide is turning on this particular social justice question.… (Read the Rest)
Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3783: Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere. When this bill first came to light earlier this year it had some serious flaws: it conflates diplomatic missions with terrorism, and is based almost entirely on sub-par research by Roger Noriega at the American Enterprise Institute.… (Read the Rest)