Buy the book/Compra el libro “With Gratitude for the Guidance: paper and communal land/Gracias por Guiarme: papel y teirra comunal”

Gracias Por Guiarme: Papel y tierra comunal/With Gratitude for the Guidance: Paper and communal land.
Drawings by Daniel Eizirik. Text by Paula Z. Segal.
A joint publication of 596 Acres and contorno.me, in English & Spanish.

This book-documentary introduces the reader to different personal perspectives on communal land ownership in modernMexico. Gracias por Guiarme: Paper y tierra communal is set in the state of Oaxaca and includes dialogues, drawings and historical research to introduce the reader to the crazy quilt that is the legal structure of land there two decades after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Meet resistance and resignation, hope and power and inspiration.  

Cover with silkscreen on hand-made Mexican paper in Oaxaca City Maya Almaraz. High definition printing by Radix Media, a worker-owed printing cooperative in Brooklyn.

Limited first edition (108 copies).
80 pages, 2 in color.
2014.

Buy yours from Contorno (South America) or 596 Acres (everywhere else).

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Rural Development Leader Foundation statement on land

Whereas human beings have an absolute intrinsic value

Whereas this value is equal for all

Whereas the endowment of the natural world is a great gift we have received

Whereas on this continent during the past five hundred years there have been and still
are guiding principles which treat people and the natural world as objects, deny their
intrinsic value, push them out of the way, use them for gain

Whereas great suffering and been caused

Whereas great injustice has been visited

Whereas this suffering and injustice have been interpreted as natural and right by the
civic, military and religious authority of the country

Whereas this suffering fell first most heavily on Indian people who were living here
originally

and later on African people who were brought here by force

and on Latin people who were displaced by war and on many who have come here
escaping misery

and on those who slip and fall or are sick or young or old

or ordinary people, getting along

and it falls even on explotiters themselves, for their humanity is lost

Whereas the land provides the ground beneath our feet

Whereas the land gives us food

Whereas the land produces the materials we need

Whereas the land provides a base for our shelter and our daily activities

Whereas the land provides space for our imagination and projects

Whereas the land provides a platform for independent action

and a portion of self-sufficient livelihood

Whereas the land demands care and responsibility

Whereas the number of landowners has been decreasing

Whereas the extremes between ownership and non-ownership have been increasing

Whereas human poverty and oppression have been increasing

Whereas the means of separating people from land have been unfair, illegal and ruthless

Whereas the natural endowment has been damaged in the process

Whereas the moment provides an opportunity for new direction

We resolve to work toward reform of the land ownership patterns in this country

so that indiegenous land is protected

so that ownership of land is more evenly distributed

so that greater justice is achieved

so that natural endowment is better protected

so that people have a better chance to reach their full potential, individually and
collectively

We resolve to learn about the historial land struggles and stratgies of other groups of
people and to form alliances with them on this issue

We resolve to document these struggles and strategies and share them with others with
live and work and with whom we speak and correspond

We resolve to work toward new mechanisms, policies and models for broad ownership
of land

and we resolve to challenge others to join in this mission.

http://ruraldevelopment.org/

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British Libel law

The European Court of Human Rights Weighs in on British Libel Law:
Article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which provides:

“1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. …

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/view.asp?action=html&documentId=717965&portal=hbkm&source=externalbydocnumber&table=F69A27FD8FB86142BF01C1166DEA398649

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Following the Money

State Level: http://www.followthemoney.org/database/search.phtml?searchbox=food&CurrentType=Reports

Federal: http://www.opensecrets.org/

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