No Justice, no peace- NI 510 - March 2018 - New Internationalist New Zealand

No Justice, no peace- NI 510 - March 2018

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Black Lives Matter

A note from the editor

Amy Hall


A rallying cry


I spent many years trying to ignore my blackness. A futile effort growing up in an almost all-white area of rural Britain. The differences were not just in how I looked but also in the experiences I had and would continue to have for the rest of my life.

In a world where racism exists, we can’t ignore race. The US as a country has been forced to realize this through viral videos of the killing of black people, and the galvanizing power of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has become a global force.

Black Lives Matter has become a rallying cry for a generation of black activists around the world, from the US to the UK, Australia to Brazil – as featured in this month’s Keynote.

As they build links across borders, one of the most empowering things about these struggles is that they make their blackness a source of strength, building on a long history of black resistance. There are so many stories to tell – many more than would fit in this magazine.

Elsewhere, we explore other forms of resistance – including the bravery of an indigenous lawyer in Mexico, fighting to protect her community from oil companies; and, after five years, we revisit Mozambique where landowners are continuing to resist being bought out by foreign firms.

Amy Hall for the New Internationalist co-operative

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