September Global Justice Monitor

The Alliance for Global Justice has published its monthly Global Justice Monitor. To see the articles in this month’s digest, please see this post.

Poem for Roberto Vargas and the Nicaragua Freedom Fighters
By Al Winans

This poem is for you Roberto
And for Ed “Foots” Lipman too
This poem is for every poet
Who ever paced the cellblocks
Of San Quentin, Folsom, Attica, and Neil Island
Or fought the people’s struggle in Chile
Cuba or Nicaragua Read more…

Honduras and the US Military
By John Lindsay-Poland

Honduras has increasingly become a hub for U.S. military operations in Central America, centered on the Soto Cano airbase (also known locally as Palmerola), which has received an infusion of up to $45 million in construction funds sinc 2009. Read more…

Colombia Offers Free Trade in Death–A Canadian Perspective
By Kevin Neish

The ink is barely dry on the Canada-Colombia free-trade deal, which Stephen Harper signed with great fanfare and promises on August 15, and its effects are seemingly already being felt by the poor of Colombia. Unfortunately the impact is negative. Read more…

A Decade of Anti-War Organizing
By Chuck Kaufman

September 14, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). As one of ANSWER’s founders, I take great pride in the role I played in helping to motivate the movement that brought to the streets the largest numbers of anti-war demonstrators since the Vietnam War. Read more…

Labor, Sweatshops and CAFTA in Nicaragua
By Steve Watrous

As I walked through the big room of a clothing factory in Managua’s free trade zone, where about 800 workers were busy sewing and ironing black Wrangler jeans, the heat was horrible for a visitor from the north. I saw the notices that the employees were supposed to wear dust masks, but they mostly weren’t, and neither was I until a kind woman offered me one. Read more…