Beverly Bell is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and the founder of Other Worlds and more than a dozen international organizations and networks. Beverly has worked for more than three decades as an organizer, advocate, and writer in collaboration with social movements in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the U.S. Her focus areas are just economies; democratic participation; and rights for women, indigenous peoples, and other excluded peoples.
In addition to hundreds of articles, reports, and book chapters, Beverly authored Walking on Fire: Haitian Women’s Stories of Survival and Resistance, which won the PEN-New Mexico Award for the Literature of Social Justice, and Birthing Justice: Women Creating Social and Economic Alternatives. A new book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s New Divide and is forthcoming in 2012.
At an international gathering to honor Berta Cáceres, dozens of goons - hired by DESA and protected by Honduran national police – attacked the peaceful group with machetes and rocks.
In the face of silence from Washington, the Clinton-backed coup government in Honduras is mopping up activists for democracy and indigenous rights.
The legendary activist dedicated her struggles to martyrs in the fights against exploitation and imperialism. Now she's become one herself.
IPS associate fellow Beverly Bell says this is not just a horrible human rights crisis in Honduras, it's also a battle for the future of Central America.
IPS' Beverly Bell says Cáceres was killed because she was working for a wholly new form of governance in Honduras - true participatory democracy that empowered those who have always been left on the margins.
More than 50 groups recently declared their priorities, which include: "housing, environment, food, education, literacy, work, and health for all."