ArtVoice Reviews Struggles for Justice Show at Buen Vivir Gallery

topJack Foran reviewed Orin Langelle’s current exhibit at the ¡Buen Vivir! gallery for ArtVoice, an alternative newsweekly in Buffalo. It’s a great review. Here’s an excerpt:

A potpourri of his [Langelle’s] witness to the struggle photos from the 1980s and 1990s is currently on view at his ¡Buen Vivir! gallery on Elmwood in Allentown. Including the iconic photo of an unidentified environmental activist, poised on a log tripod construction, arm and fist raised in spirited gesture of we shall overcome, at a training camp in non-violent disruption techniques in Vermont in the late ‘90s.

The “Struggles for Justice” exhibit continues through June 19th. On June 19th, the gallery closing, from 6-8 PM, will start with  a walk-through by Orin Langelle. The ¡Buen Vivir! galley is located at 148 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, NY.

Indigenous Tupinamba Fight for Land Rights in Brazil

The Tupinamba were the first indigenous people to form a front against the Portuguese invasion in 1500 in Brazil. They are a great warrior people whose organizational structure uses tactics and strategies of war based on their worldview. In 2004, they started a process to recover their lands.

A Tupinamba woman lays cacao seeds out in the sun in Sierra do Padeiro. They will be used to make chocolate. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.)

Tupinamba woman lays cacao seeds out in the sun in Sierra do Padeiro. They will be used to make chocolate. (Photo: Santiago Navarro F.)

Fighting a Low-Intensity War, Indigenous Tupinamba Recover Their Land in Brazil

By Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor

Thursday, 16 April 2015 , Truthout 

The extreme south of the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil is a region of intense conflict over indigenous lands. A judge asked Rosivaldo Ferreira da Silva, a leader from the indigenous Babau tribe, about the actions the Tupinamba are taking in order to recover their ancestral lands from the hands of rich landowners.

“You said that your Enchanted One – the spirit of the ancestors of the Tupinamba – ordered you to take back your lands and that you will not return them, even if that means you have to die in a confrontation with the police,” the judge said. Da Silva responded: “Exactly.”

The judge, trying to change the idea that he had proposed, said, “But we can propose something that can mediate this situation. We can offer a basket of basic goods to families, something that they can live off of.”

Read the entire story on Truthout

Audio – Food Chain Radio News: Africa and America


Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist

Africa and America

Can we in the developed world learn from those in the developing world?

Guests: Godfrey Kasozi, Center for Environment Technology and Rural Development, Uganda; and Rural Development, Uganda; Peggy Pollard, U.S. Uganda Sister Cities

Godfrey Kasozi came to the University of California, Santa Cruz from Uganda to learn how to be an organic farmer. Much to his surprise, he was offered a tent at the UCSC Farm in which to sleep at night!

Michael Olson Food Chain Radio – Africa and America

The kind of farming taught at UCSC was decidedly different than that taught at land grant universities throughout the United States. While the land grant universities taught an agriculture that relies on the input of money, UCSC taught an agriculture that relies the input of time. UCSC staff and students sometimes called their method, “French-Intensive Biodynamic.”

Though perhaps ill-suited to the scale of modern, industrialized agriculture, the French-intensive biodynamic method can make a lot of sense when the scale is reduced to that available throughout much of the world. What may not make sense with 1,000 acres may well make sense with one acre.

Equipped with his new knowledge of this very old practice, Godfrey returned to Uganda, where he now teaches thousands of fellow Ugandans how to farm organically on their small parcels of land, and thus survive and prosper in one of the world’s most strife-filled political regions.

In considering how what Godfrey learned at the UCSC Farm is being used to strengthen his community in Uganda, we ask…

Want to comment?  What can we in the developed world learn from those in the developing world?

Tune in here, for the syndicated Food Chain Radio Show #1015 May 30, 2015 Saturday 9AM Pacific 

An ‘Other’ Feminism: A Review of ‘Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories’


By Charlotte María Sáenz

Originally published on

Volumes have been written about the Mayan indigenous Zapatista social movement of Chiapas, Mexico since they made their first public appearance on January 1, 1994. There have been detailed histories, political analysis, academic theorization, movement studies, activist ethnographies, non-fiction novels, attempts at cultural and symbolic translation, etc.

The movement’s primary spokesman, the prolific Subcomandante Marcos, has also contributed numerous communiqués, satires, children’s stories, erotica, pop culture commentary, political and philosophical ruminations. However, until now, we were missing the direct voices of women from the communities themselves. Hilary Klein’s Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories (Seven Stories Press) reveals their perspectives as contemporary indigenous women who are active subjects together with men in shared processes of change and liberation.

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Latin America: Women in Resistance and Resilience

Our friends at recently published this piece by Leny Olivera on how climate change effects women and how female activists are working to make a difference in South America.


In Latin America, where “development” so often implies such relations of aggression towards land and people, women are choosing to fight back – even if it means risking their lives – because with so much violence already around them they know they have nothing to lose. Doña Máxima lives beside Laguna Azul, near one of the largest gold mines in South America, the Yanacocha mine in Peru. The mining company has tried to violently displace locals because there is gold on their land, and Maxima has been fighting the displacement through the courts for four years, risking her life in the process. “I am poor and illiterate”, she says, “but I know that our lake and mountains are a true treasure, and I will fight to stop the Conga project from destroying them.”

Read the whole story here at