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Interview with Rhonda Perry
Local Control or the Corporatizing of Rural America
Armstrong, Howard County, Missouri, USA
Rhonda Perry is, “a farmer in Howard County, Missouri and I’m with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC). I’m the program director.” This interview was conducted (and later edited) by Nic Paget-Clarke for In Motion Magazine on August 18, 2019 on the Perry/Allison farm, Armstrong, Missouri.
Part 1: The Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Part 2: Local Control
Part 3: Sustainability and Rural America
Published in In Motion Magazine February 22, 2020
A Brief History of the White Nationalist Movement
A Talk by Leonard Zeskind
Leonard Zeskind is a founder of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (https://www.irehr.org). For almost four decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009. He has written for The American Prospect, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named him a Fellow in 1998 (one of its so-called “Genius Grants”). The Petra Foundation gave him a fellowship in 1992. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and has served on the board of directors of the Petra Foundation and the Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau. (This description is taken from the IREHR website.)
Published in In Motion Magazine September 12, 2019
The Key Organizing Principle of Society: Macroeconomics – Markets or Sustainability
Part 1: The Myth of the Invisible Hand
Part 2: The Day That Capitalism Changed Forever
Mexico City, Mexico
Alejandro Nadal is, “an economist. I teach comparative economic theory. I’ve done a lot of work on microeconomics, which is market theory, how prices, how the Invisible Hand works. But then I’ve done a lot of work on macroeconomics, which is the analysis of entire capitalist economies. And then at the same time, I did a lot of work on the environment. I’m really concerned about what we are doing to our planet. I’ve done a lot of work on the drivers of economic degradation, not only talking about how bad things are but exactly what economic forces are driving the destruction of the environment. I write a weekly column in a newspaper in Mexico, La Jornada. I think that’s very important, to get out there and try to send some of the messages of the alarming things that I’ve discovered in my research to the general public.
Nadal is the author of Rethinking Macroeconomics for Sustainability and Arsenales Nucleares: Tecnología Decadente y Control de Armamentos. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He was an economic advisor to the Zapatista negotiating team in 1996. Also, in the context of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), he is currently involved in analyzing the economics of wildlife trade.
Published in In Motion Magazine December 3, 2018
Adam Payne of the Landworkers’ Alliance
Change in Rural Culture, Small Farms, and Hedgerows
West Dorset, England
Adam Payne is, “a farmer and grower and a member of the Landworkers’ Alliance, which is a UK (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) organization of small-scale farmers and growers, also affiliated with Vía Campesina, the international peasant and farmers movement. I farm down here in west Dorset. We produce pigs, sheep and vegetables on a forty-five-acre mixed farm. It is organically certified, producing in an organic framework.”
Published in In Motion Magazine March 24, 2018
Crofting: The Concept That There Should Be Lights in the Glen Again
Strathcarron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Finlay Matheson is a crofter and a director of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF). The SCF tagline is: “the only organization solely dedicated to campaigning for crofters and fighting for the future of crofting.” Crofters have, for over 120 years, been independent, small, family agriculturalists, not unlike small peasant farmers in many other parts of Europe. With the passing of the first Crofters Holdings (Scotland) Act in 1886, they rented land securely and in perpetuity from Landlords of Estates, mainly in the Highland and Islands of Scotland.
As individuals or families, they raise livestock, traditionally cattle and sheep, and grow crops on their “inbye”, that is the better quality, possibly arable land often around their croft houses. Their tenancy frequently includes common land for grazing. This is often moorland, hill or mountain which is shared and sometimes worked communally.
Published in In Motion Magazine March 24, 2018
Crofting: In This Strategic Place
Toscaig Township, Applecross Peninsula, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Duncan and Kath Fraser (with their two young children) andFiona Mackenzie are crofters living in the rural township of Toscaig on the coast of Applecross peninsula in Ross and Cromarty in northwest Scotland. They raise sheep and cattle on their in-bye land and out on the communal grazing land. Their crofts are adjacent and Fiona Mackenzie’s home is close to the Fraser family home.
Published in In Motion Magazine February 17, 2018
The Cultural Norms of Crofting:
The Recovery of the Story and Voices of the Economy, the Understanding, and the Life of a People
Dr. Iain MacKinnon, “belong(s) to the Isle of Skye. I’m from a crofting family. I’m a Gael. And most of my work is trying to figure out what that might mean, personally as well as culturally. At the moment, that work has taken me to Coventry University, where I work as a researcher in the governance of land and natural resources at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience that they have there.”
Published in In Motion Magazine February 4, 2018
How Our Food System Is Going To Develop:
The Question of Community and Cooperation in the Countryside
Interview with Joanna Bojczewska. “I’m a farmer and I have a small micro-growing project where I produce a variety of vegetables and preserves on a small scale and I sell them to a local cooperative and a local farmer’s market.”
Published in In Motion Magazine October 14, 2017
Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation
A Hegemony of Helping and Looking Out for People
Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Interview with Fiona Mandeville, a crofter, and chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF). Crofters are independent small family farmers who rent land in perpetuity from local estates. As individuals or families, they raise livestock and grow crops on the land in-by their homes, and communally share and work grazing land. In the interview, Mandeville talks about communal farming, the Clearances and the Crofters’ Wars, land reform, the role of women in crofting, and the stewardship of Scottish landscapes.
Published in In Motion Magazine September 25, 2017
Co-directors of the International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside (ICPPC)
The Small and Middle Family Farm: A Base for Poland to be Independent, and a Base for Good Quality Food
Lopata and Rose discuss the organizing efforts and circumstances of Polish farmers after Poland’s entry into the European Union. They have struggled against a systematic destruction of small- and middle-sized farmer’s processing facilities and local markets, corporate land grabbing, and the attempted influx of GMOs. At same time, they practice and advocate for local self-sufficiency in food and energy.
Published in In Motion Magazine July 31, 2017
Political Deputy Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples
Reconstitute Different Tribes, Different Peoples in Taiwan
Interview with tibusungu e vayayana, the Political Deputy Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan. He is a member of the Tsou Indigenous people of central southern Taiwan. The interview sections are: 1. Conscious of our ethnic identity; 2. A new learning, a new movement; 3. Cosmologies and social organization; 4. Alternative ways of economy; 5. Autonomy, self-governance and Indigenous education.
Published in In Motion Magazine March 31, 2017
Confederation of Workers of the Popular Economy
The Excluded Ones
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interview with Juan Martín Carpenco of CTEP in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CTEP is an organization of the “excluidos”, people excluded from receiving the benefits of the Constitution and who have created an alternate popular economy. 300,000 excluidos live in the Villas around Buenos Aires. There are 5 million excluidos in Argentina. Excluidos organize their economy in cooperatives and make decisons in cooperative assemblies. They include: “cartoneros”; workers in “recovered” factories; rural peasants and Indigenous people; and Plan Trabajar cooperatives.
Available in English and Spanish
Published in In Motion Magazine February 6, 2017
Part 1: Making Visible the Work and Participation of Women
Part 2: Recuperating Consciousness / A Space for Exchange
Interview with Francisca Rodríguez of ANAMURI in Chile and also the international network La Vía Campesina. She speaks of the organizing by peasant and Indigenous women during and after the 1973 coup against the Allende government by Gen. Pinochet and the U.S. She speaks also about the creation of ANAMURI and La Via Campesina, and the ongoing movements: for food sovereignty; to end violence against women; to defend seeds; and promote agroecology.
Available in English and Spanish
Published in In Motion Magazine January 8, 2017
Science From A Native Perspective: How Do We Educate for A Sustainable Future
Albuquerque and the Turquoise Trail, New Mexico, U.S.A
Interview in New Mexico with Dr. Gregory Cajete, director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. This interview focuses, in large part, on themes presented in his sixth book “Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence”
Published in In Motion Magazine March 12, 2016
Defending the Ancient Trails / the Culture
Chos Malal, Neuquén Province, Argentina
Interview in Chos Malal in Neuquen, Argentina with Yanet Alarcón of La Mesa Campesina del Norte Neuquino, Mauricio Parada of Crianceros Unidos del Norte, and Pedro Huayquillan of the Huayquillan Mapuche community. All three speak about their communities’ defense of the historic trails and land along and through which their families travel seasonally with their livestock, as the climate changes, between their communities’ pastures.
Available in English and Spanish.
Published in In Motion Magazine January 16, 2016
FaSinPat (Factories Without Bosses) and Zanón Ceramics
Cooperatives in a Capitalist Society
Neuquén, Neuquén Province, Argentina
The interview discusses the situation before, and the process during and after, the workers of the Zanon ceramics factory in Neuquén, Argentina took the factory in 2001 and created the FaSinPat workers cooperative.
Available in English and Spanish.
Published in In Motion Magazine October 23, 2015
by Gustavo Esteva
San Diego, California
Gustavo Esteva, writer, local/international grassroots activist, and co-founder of La Universidad de La Tierra, speaks at U. of California, San Diego about the political and social situation in Mexico; the disappearance of the 46 students of Ayotzinapa; and the merging in violence of government and organized crime cartels.
Published in In Motion Magazine May 29, 2015.
A Civilizational Crisis: Different Paradigms and Different Ways To Build Them
Interview with Raúl Zibechi a professor, an international analyst for Brecha in Uruguay, a columnist for La Jornada in Mexico City. He discusses: social movements and autonomy; Brazil and its backyard; and strategic choices needed to be made.
Published in In Motion Magazine May 22, 2015
The Lives of the Users of Clothes
“What the future looks like”
In this interview, Kate Fletcher, a Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion, tells of her conversations with Aymara weavers in the Atacama region of Chile and her investigations into how people can use clothes after the point of sale. She discusses slow design, co-design, an ethic of care, and consumerism.
Published in In Motion Magazine January 10, 2015