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Seeds of Resistance, Harvests of Hope: Farmers halt a land grab in Mozambique

Founding members of the new Tsakane Farmers Association in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, where they have applied for their own land after resisting a large-scale rice plantation. (Credit: Justiça Ambiental) Originally Published on Food Tank, Friday, October 26, 2018 (also available in Portuguese) On July 26, 2018, farmers in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, achieved a milestone. They met to formalize their new farmers’ association, elect leaders, and prepare a petition to the local government for land. The association, christened Tsakane, which means “happy” in the local Changana language, was the culmination of six years of resistance to a Chinese land grab that had sparked protest and outrage. The association

Are Humans Actually Capable of Democracy?

One of the world’s happiest cities – Helsinki, Finland (Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva, via Associated Press) Originally published on Common Dreams, September 17, 2018 This is the 6th of Frances' Thought Sparks Video Series as she opens her heart about what fortifies her in this scary time & shares her often-surprising takes on themes of hope, democracy, and courage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elsewhere I’ve made the case that democracy isn’t a choice. It’s our only pathway forward, but my claim can provoke some pretty charged challenges. I can hear the fears of the discouraged asking, “Is democracy even possible? Do we humans actually come equipped for it?” With democratic norms of civility and trans

What Is Democracy, Anyway? Let’s Talk

The author of Seattle's "democracy voucher" initiative holding up a $25 voucher. (Ted S. Warren/AP) Originally published on Common Dreams, October 18, 2018. This is the 5th of Frances' Thought Sparks Video Series as she opens her heart about what fortifies her in this scary time & shares her often-surprising takes on themes of hope, democracy, and courage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With our democracy in free fall, many are terrified, but I’m convinced that there is one thing with the power to turn the tide. And what is that? At the risk of sounding corny, or even ridiculous, I believe the one force with the power we need now is “falling in love with democracy.” I know love can’t be forced, but I a

Why We Can’t Give Up on Democracy

Frances Moore Lappé marching in Democracy Spring from Philadelphia to the Capital steps. April 2016. Originally published on Common Dreams, October 11, 2018. This is the 4th of Frances' Thought Sparks Video Series as she opens her heart about what fortifies her in this scary time & shares her often-surprising takes on themes of hope, democracy, and courage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Trust in democracy is tumbling. In 1995, one in fifteen Americans said they’d approve of military rule. By 2014, the share had swollen to one in six. Note this frightening crash of confidence preceded the compromised 2016 election and a president who seems particularly fond of autocrats. Whoa. It sure seems like the r

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