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Father Rob Currie in Arenal, Nicaragua Has Organized in the “Vineyards”

Managua          Mike Gallagher, veteran organizer and longtime friend and comrade, told me after his stay in Nicaragua earlier this year that Bob Currie was worth a visit. On the calendar for the Organizers’ Forum I had marked “small village case study.” I’m not sure if Father Currie had suggested that topic [...]

Local Government in Nicaragua: Post-Revolution or Advanced Neo-Liberalism?

Managua            We cut a deal with the hotel van driver for a lift to Casa de Mujer in the Tipitapa barrio, a large low and moderate income community on the outskirts of Managua. We were going there to meet with representatives of two groups, the first were the women who worked as promotoras, or volunteer [...]

The Nicaraguan Informal Workers Union

Managua           The first day of the Organizers’ Forum dialogue in Nicaragua started inauspiciously, but somehow typically, with confusion. We happened to have arrived in Managua during the celebration of independence from Spain, which is a multi-day affair here with several days of holidays when business has pretty much ground to [...]

Are Peoples’ Services a Prelude to Peoples’ Empowerment for the Poor?

Managua         The Organizer’s Forum in Nicaragua will start with a bang on its first full day with a meeting with the head of the informal workers’ union followed by a visit with a representative of the Nicaraguan cooperative movement. Waking up early it was still sprinkling after more than a dozen hours of intermittently hard [...]

Nicaragua Then and Now

Managua         The Organizers’ Forum delegation to Nicaragua rolled in by bus from Honduras and airplane from the US and Canada to the smallish, but surprisingly new and modern airport in Managua.  We picked up the last two of our group after midnight with the streets deserted on a Saturday as we traveled along well [...]

Scottish Independence Vote Too Close to Call

New Orleans       The latest poll on the coming vote on Scottish independence says that “yes” voters have narrowed the distance to only 2 points behind the “no” keep-the-union voters after trailing by 10 to 15 points for almost a year. Westminster has announced that they will unilaterally offer a substantial increase in financial autonomy to [...]