Clifton Ross is a translator, filmmaker, and writer who has traveled extensively in Latin America and worked in solidarity with its social movements for more than thirty years. He lived and worked in Nicaragua in 1987 as a translator for CERIGUA, a Guatemalan news service, and as an independent journalist in Venezuela, 2005-2006. In 1991 he co- founded New Earth Press, an IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) print shop in Berkeley (1991-2000). His first feature-length film, Venezuela: Revolution from the Inside Out, was released in 2008 by PM Press. In 2005 Ross represented the United States in the Second World Poetry Festival of Venezuela, and his book of poetry, Translations from Silence, was the recipient of PEN Oakland’s 2010 Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence.
Marcy Rein is a writer, editor and organizer who has engaged with a wide range of social movements and organizational forms over the last forty years, including publication collectives, labor unions and community organizations. Her articles have appeared in women’s, queer, labor, and left publications from the pioneering radical feminist journal Off Our Backs to Race, Poverty & the Environment, the national journal for social and environmental justice. She also worked for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for almost twelve years, writing for its newspaper and serving as the communications specialist for its organizing department.
Interviewers and introducers
Marc Becker is a professor of Latin American history at Truman State University at Kirksville, Missouri, and author of several books on Ecuador, including Pachakutik: Indigenous Movements and Electoral Politics in Ecuador (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2011) and Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador’s Modern Indigenous Movements (Duke University Press, 2008).
Ben Dangl has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for over a decade, and is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia and Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America, both published by AK Press. He is the founder and editor of Upside Down World (www.upsidedownworld.org) an online publication covering politics and social movements in Latin America, and edits Toward Freedom, a website offering a progressive perspective on world events. Dangl is currently in a doctoral program in Latin American history at McGill University. For more of his writing, see www.bendangl.net.
Mar Daza is a Peruvian popular educator, researcher, and feminist activist, who currently directs the Programa Democracia y Transformación Global (www.democraciaglobal.org) and has collaborated with different social organizations as well as participated in activist networks over the last years. In her work, Daza focuses on cultural change, the intersections of domination and social struggles, and the alternative discourses and social relations that emerge from social struggle. She edited Crisis y movimientos sociales en Nuestra América: Cuerpos, territorios e imaginarios en disputa (Lima, 2012).
Michael Fox has worked for many years as a freelance journalist, radio reporter, and documentary filmmaker covering Latin America. He is a former editor of NACLA Report on the Americas. He is also the coauthor of Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots, and the codirector of the documentary films Beyond Elections and Crossing the American Crises, all available from PM Press. He is currently a leadership organizer with the United Workers in Baltimore, where he uses media as tool for grassroots organizing. His work can be found at blendingthelines.org.
J. Heyward is a prisoner rights advocate, solidarity activist, and community journalist based in Oakland, California, and is currently living in Washington, DC. Heyward’s articles and interviews have been published in the San Francisco Bay View Black National Newspaper, Z Magazine, and at upsidedownworld.org.
Raphael Hoetmer is a Dutch researcher, popular educator and activist who has been living in Peru over the last nine years. He is associate researcher of the Programa Democracia y Transformación Global (www.democraciaglobal.org), and collaborator with different social organizations over the last years in Peru. His collaborative research focuses on social movements in Peru, with special attention for conflicts over territories, for the dialogue among different social movements, and for the processes of internal organization and strengthening within social movements. He edited Repensar la política desde América Latina. Cultura, Estado y movimientos sociales (Lima, 2009), Minería y territorio en el Perú. Conflictos, resistencias y propuestas en tiempos de globalización (Lima, 2009) was coeditor with Mar Daza of Crisis y movimientos sociales en Nuestra América: Cuerpos, territorios e imaginarios en disputa (Lima, 2012).
Hilary Klein spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. She now lives in Brooklyn and works at Make the Road New York, where she oversees the workers’ rights, affordable housing, and leadership development programs. Hilary is the author of Compañeras, a book about women’s participation in the Zapatista movement, published in January 2015 by Seven Stories Press.
Diego Benegas Loyo is a psychoanalyst and researcher of subjectivity and political action. A Fulbright grantee, he writes on social movements, queer and migrant subjects, electronic
action, and sociology of trauma. He is a professor at the Barceló University Institute and New York University Buenos Aires.
Courtney Martinez, originally from South Texas, is currently based in Guatemala City, Guatemala as the Communications Coordinator for the Network in Solidarity with Guatemala (NISGUA). Before working for NISGUA, she served as an international human rights accompanier in Guatemala from 2011–2012.
Mario A. Murillo is professor and chair of the department of Radio, Television, Film in the School of Communication at Hofstra University in New York, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia in 2008. Author of Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest, and Destabilization (Seven Stories, 2004), he is working on a book about Colombia’s indigenous movement and its uses of communication in its mobilizing and organizational efforts. He is an award-winning radio journalist who has reported for NPR’s Latino USA, Pacifica Radio, and WBAI Radio in New York.
Phil Neff was a coordinator of ACOGUATE and the Guatemala Accompaniment Project of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala from 2010 to 2012. He writes about solidarity and human rights issues for the blog Cascadia Solidaria (cascadiasolidaria.wordpress.com). He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
NISGUA, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, based in the U.S., employs strategic, creative and coordinated grassroots activism and advocacy to pursue justice for war crimes, to change harmful U.S. policies, and to promote communities defending their rights in the face of natural resource extraction in Guatemala. NISGUA provides international human rights accompaniment via the ACOGUATE project in Guatemala. To learn more about NISGUA’s more than 30 years of work in Guatemala, visit www.nisgua.org.
Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos is a Brazilian journalist who lives in Rio de Janeiro and reports for the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), the Portuguese News Agency (LUSA), and several Brazilian outlets, including O Eco, an environmental website, Universo Online (UOL) and São Paulo–based Opera Mundi. She graduated from the School of Social Communication of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2012, she was a finalist of the Journalists&Cia/HSBC Press and Sustainability Award for the story “Cacique de cocar, terno e iPhone comercializa carbono” (“With a cockade, suit and iPhone, indigenous leader commercializes carbon”).
Hernán Ouviña is a professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences and a graduate of political science at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), a researcher of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and Caribbean at UBA, a member of the editorial committee of Revista Cuadernos del Sur, and a visiting researcher at the Antonio Gramsci Institute in Rome. Ouviña is the author of Zapatismo para principiantes (Zapatismo for Beginners), coauthor of Gramsci and Education: Pedagogy of Praxis and Cultural Politics in Latin America, and the author of numerous articles, compilations, and interviews published in Latin America and Europe.
Dr. Adrienne Pine is a militant medical anthropologist who has worked in Honduras, Mexico, Korea, the United States, and Egypt, and is the author of Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras. Prior to and following the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, she has collaborated with numerous organizations and individuals to bring international attention to the Honduran struggle to halt state violence (in its multiple forms). She has also conducted extensive research on the impact of corporate health-care and health-care technologies on labor practices in the United States.
Susan Spronk teaches international development at the University of Ottawa. She is a research associate with the Municipal Services Project and has published various articles on working-class formation and water politics in Latin America.
Marie Trigona is a writer and media-maker whose work has focused on social movements in Latin America. She has reported for Free Speech Radio News, Radio France International, Z Magazine, the Buenos Aires Herald, NACLA Report on the Americas, and Dollars & Sense, among many others. She currently resides in Seattle, where she works with a union and dances tango.
Jeffery R. Webber is a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia and From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation and the Politics of Evo Morales. Webber sits on the editorial board of Historical Materialism and is coeditor of The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire.
Raúl Zibechi is an international analyst for Brecha, the weekly newspaper of Montevideo, Uruguay, a lecturer and researcher on social movements at the Multiversidad Franciscana de América Latina, and an adviser to several social groups. He writes the monthly “Zibechi Report” for the Americas Program (www.americasprogram.org). His columns appear regularly in Lafogata.org, NACLA Report on the Americas, upsidedownworld.org, ZNet, Lavaca.org and counterpunch.org. He has published numerous books, including Genealogía de la Revuelta, Argentina: la Sociedad en Movimiento (Letra Libre, 2003) Dispersar El Poder: Los Movimientos Como Poderes Antiestatales (Tinta Limon Ediciones, 2006), and Territorios en Resistencia: Cartografía Política de las Periferias Urbanas Latinoamericanas (Lavaca Editora, 2008). Two of his books, Territories in Resistance and Dispersing Power, are available in English from AK Press.
Mickey Ellinger is a longtime activist and freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. With Mrs. Alice Royal and photographer Scott Braley she wrote Allensworth the Freedom Colony, published by Heyday Books in 2008, and she writes regularly for News from Native California.
Luis Ballesteros studied International Relations at the School of Political Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He works as a court-appointed translator and a translator of diverse materials for an array of public and private entities, including the Center for Gender-Related Studies of Mexico, and he has collaborated as translator with women in the National College of Postgraduates researching gender, sociopolitical, and economic issues in indigenous regions of Mexico. He has been an observer and participant, as a member of Mexican civil society, in some of the processes mentioned in the book. His e-mail is email@example.com.
Margi Clarke is an organizer and consultant who has worked since the 1980s on immigrant rights, international solidarity, environmental justice and cooperative economics. As a consultant and bilingual trainer, she supports community-based groups and movement-building alliances with strategic planning, leadership coaching, and organizational practices for sustainability. She is a member of RoadMap, a national consulting network serving social justice organizations, and a cancer survivor and yoga teacher. Margi lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two teenage boys. She can be reached MargiClarke@gmail.com.
Chuck Morse is an American translator, editor, and writer. He translated Juan Suriano’s Paradoxes of Utopia: Anarchist Culture and Politics in Buenos Aires, 1890–1910 and Abel Paz’s Durruti in the Spanish Revolution (both AK Press). He also publishes widely on urban affairs. He is currently writing about the city of Oakland, where he lives, at the Project Oakland blog (http://www.project-oakland.org/).
Margot Pepper is a Mexican-born Bay Area journalist whose work has appeared in Utne, Monthly Review, ZNet, Counterpunch, Dollars & Sense, NACLA, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Rethinking Schools, El Tecolote, El Andar, Canada’s The Scoop, on Common Dreams, Counterpunch, and elsewhere, and can be found at http://www.margotpepper.com. She is also the author of a book of poetry, At This Very Moment and a memoir about her year working in Cuba, Through the Wall: A Year in Havana.
Christy Rodgers is a freelance editor, translator, and writer living in San Francisco, California. She is the author of an English translation of Mejor Desaparece (Just Disappear), a novel by Carmen Boullosa, published by VDM Press, and a cotranslator and editor of Canto de las Moscas (Song of the Flies), a collection of poetry by Maria Mercedes Carranza, published by Freedom Voices Press.
Thanks to all the photographers who made images available for this book. In addition to the interviewers and introducers, they include AIDESEP, Casa de America, Jp Catepillan, CONAIE, Consejo de Pueblos del Ocdidente, Correo del Caroni, El Ciudadano, Matías Garcia Gamra, Sean Hawkey, Kevin Hayes, Graham Hunt, Silvia Leindecker, Elisângela Leite/Redes da Maré, MHOL, Mundo al Reves, NISGUA, Mariana Mora, and Jorge Pousa.
Cover and header images
Student march, Santiago de Chile, Oct. 11, 2011, (c) Jp Catepillan; Demonstration by Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), Feb. 7, 2011, (c) CONAIE, used by permission.