'Stop the criminalization of planting in public spaces': Agroecology collectives
Community gardening activists denounce proposed law that would restrict food sovereignty in Guadalajara
In the heart of Mexico’s second-largest city, next to a cornfield planted in the median of a major thoroughfare, Radio Coamil was born, in its first broadcast addressing the growing tension around the criminalization of the unauthorized practice of urban agroecology in public spaces.
The ‘Adelante method’ helped me succeed as a Latina journalist
How the bilingual newspaper published out of University of Missouri-Columbia developed a community building method that defined a new generation of journalists
Editor’s note: In 2000, I was invited to help create what to this day has been one of the most beautiful journalism projects of my life, and one I think of as the predecessor to The Esperanza Project: Adelante, a bilingual newspaper aimed at bridging the gap between the rapidly growing Latino immigrant population of […]
'Helena from Sarayaku'
Award-winning film shows the struggle to save a community from petroleum megaprojects in the Amazon
Helena from Sarayaku traces the Sarayaku Kichwa people’s struggle to protect their lives, cultures and their territories from oil extraction in the period 2002 to 2021. It is both an anthropological study conducted by indigenous people for indigenous people, and for the world, and a vehicle to demonstrate the contribution of indigenous peoples to protecting […]
The Change Weavers: From Charity to Justice
From Ukraine to Los Angeles, platform empowers frontline communities to speak for themselves
Two years ago, Clement Guerrá was immersed in the film project of his life: The Condor & the Eagle, an award-winning environmental justice film documenting the fight of Indigenous people from Canada to the Amazon to defend their territories from petroleum, mining and other extractive industries. But for the French filmmaker, making the film was […]
Being the Transformation
From Caterpillar to the Great Migration, Esperanza is finding its way. Let's do this together.
Feed what you want to grow — not what you want to go away.
Esperanza is the Antidote
We’ve been fighting the deadliest virus of all for a decade now: the epidemic of fear.
We’ve been fighting the deadliest virus of all for a decade now: the epidemic of fear. Join us on Earth Day as we take our regenerative journalism to the next level.
Writing for our childrens' future
We're helping our heroes find their voices.
Call it democratization of the media, call it citizen journalism, or simply call it frontline storytelling – The Esperanza Project is empowering the voices of people on the flashpoints of movements for social and environmental justice from Argentina to Ecuador, Panama to Mexico, and of course back at our home base in the U.S. of […]
Esperanza Project celebrates 10 years of hope
Inspiration thrives in times of darkness: That's what a decade of coverage of social movements in the Americas reveals.
At the dawn of 2019, thousands of Latin American asylum seekers huddle in tent cities along our southern borders, having risked their lives for the hope of a better future for their families. Thousands of children languish in concentration camps and detention centers scattered around the country, their parents unable to claim them. Americans wonder […]
Esperanza Project at a Crossroads
This year The Esperanza Project will celebrate nine years of life – nine years of bringing inspiration and hope to the work of environmental and indigenous rights journalism. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, and poised to take our work to the next level. Please read on to see our highlights, our exciting plans for […]
Común Tierra: A journey through sustainable communities of the Americas
Editor’s note: In November of 2010, as I was winding down my journey through the Americas, documenting sustainability initiatives in the 10 countries I visited, my path crossed with that of Ryan Luckey and Leticia Rigatti, the couple who make up Común Tierra. They were doing exactly what I had wanted to do but ran […]
Ten Years on the Front Lines of Indigenous Struggles: Interview with Intercontinental Cry Founder/Editor John "Ahni" Schertow
By Tracy L. Barnett For Truthout Ten years ago, when John “Ahni” Schertow launched the award-winning magazine Intercontinental Cry, about 50 Indigenous Nations led their own front-line struggles to save some of the last intact habitats on Earth from the ravages of modern industrial development. Now more than 500 such struggles are raging around the globe. You’d never […]
Investigative Journalism for Indigenous Peoples
Intercontinental Cry Makes the Headlines - and the Stories Behind Them
There are thousands of stories from the Indigenous Peoples Movement that never seem to make headlines, whether it’s the Nasa Peoples bold removal of paramilitary forces from their lands in Colombia or the impressive occupation of Brazil’s House of Representatives by 700 indigenous leaders or the disturbing launch of a national campaign to eradicate tribal […]