Large-scale land investments, driven by the products in our pantries, the fuel in our gas tank, and the money in our retirement accounts, are causing deforestation and conflict in indigenous communities. Learn about a grassroots campaign targeting TIAA-CREF retirement funds that fuel illegal land grabs in Brazil, palm oil plantations in Guatemala, and soaring land prices in the United States. Workshop participants will also learn about and try out tools needed to build effective strategies for tackling this or other challenging crises facing our world. We will together explore how developing a Theory of Change and doing power mapping can be foundations for success. Participants will be offered resources to take concrete anti-land grab action and to build effective strategies on the issues that most concern them.
Maria Luisa Mendonça, Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, Brazil; Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau, ActionAid USA; Moderator: Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Hunger Program.