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November 19 2012

TERRA 722: Life, Land, and Justice in Uganda

John Muyiisa is 49 years old and has been farming for 34 years and lives in Kasenyi village. His small farm is just yards from the lakefront and had been surrounded by dense forest. Over time he had cultivated a coffee and fruit plantation of 40 acres on common land. With this he has been able to raise a family of 9 children. The company arrived and told him that the land was now theirs and he would have to vacate. Within days, bulldozers turned up and flattened the ancient forest and with it his coffee plantation. They offered him one million shillings and one acre of land, later changed to no money but three acres... but he refused. He wanted to take them to court and approached the local police who referred him to the resident district commission who said they would look into the case. Since then, no one has been to visit the site as they are too busy in meetings and other priorities. He now has just two acres of land left to make a living, just below the vast slope of the soon to be palm plantation and all it's chemical run off. He continues to fight for the right to his land but with little money and against a government approved multi million-dollar corporation, there is little hope.

July 16 2008

TERRA 437: Democracy & Action from Burning the Future: Coal in America

In our final installment from Burning the Future, we learn how individuals organizing on a grass-roots level can make a difference! Citizens, lawyers, physicians, and even pilots all come together in support of a common cause: stopping mountaintop removal in West Virginia coal mining.
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