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Why We Are Joining the March on Harrisburg

A vibrant pro-democracy movement is on the march. A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey that would forever change our lives. With Democracy Spring, we marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and then risked arrest in front of the Capitol. Our demands were simple: get big money out of our political system and end the systematic assault on voting rights. We admit that before the march we weren’t sure what to expect. A week and a half walking with nothing to do but count the miles? It sounded grueling. But how wrong we were. Our days filled up with laughter, learning, and new friendships—one of which, our own, turned into the book Daring Democracy inspired directly by our expe

Seeds of Climate Resilience in Mozambique

Originally published by Food Tank on 04/18/2017 U.S. President Donald Trump may still deny the harsh realities of climate change, but no one in southern Mozambique has any doubts. They don’t have much food either. The drought of the previous two years broke last October, but with a vengeance. While much of the country received more normal rains, the southern part of Mozambique got intense storms. The first, with thunder, lightning, and hail, hit in October just as farmers were bringing in the last of their irrigated winter crops and beginning to plant maize and other rainy season crops for the coming summer. The second hit in late March, taking down trees, maize, and other crops in the commu

Securing Land Rights in Zambia

Originally published by Food Tank on 04/03/2017 Chief Ndake received us in the community land rights office of the small compound that constitutes his “palace.” As one of Zambia’s traditional authorities, he reigns over a swath of Nyimba District in the country’s Eastern Province, and he is working with the Zambia Land Alliance to improve land rights and tenure security for his subjects. The only thing traditional about Chief Ndake was the formal greeting we were expected to offer, on one knee. He greeted us casually and warmly, smiling from beneath his glasses. Perhaps in his forties, the chief wore a polo shirt emblazoned with the slogan-of-the-day: “We use a toilet—do you?” The chief expl

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