Grassroots International

Current Actions

  • End Support of Israeli State-Sponsored Violence in Gaza and the West Bank

    On Friday, March 30 Israel’s military opened fire on unarmed Palestinians as they were commemorating Palestinian Land Day injuring 1,400 and killing at least 17 non-violent Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. 

    We cannot sit on the sidelines while such flagrant injustice and violence is being perpetrated by the Israeli military and is being supported by the US government. We also condemn the US for blocking the UN Security Council Resolution calling for an independent investigation into Palestinian deaths at the Gaza border.

    Join us in demanding that the US government:

    1. Denounce Israel’s violent repression and support an independent investigation into the deaths of Palestinian protesters;
    2. Ensure the safety of the thousands of Palestinian refugees who are taking part in the six-week right of return protests;
    3. Respect Palestinians’ internationally recognized refugee rights; and
    4. End all support for Israel, including cooperation and trade with the Israeli military and security sector, and the current $38 billion defense aid package from the US to Israel.

  • Demand Democracy in Honduras

     Incumbent President Hernandez was just announced as the winner of the Honduran presidential election by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE.) This announcement comes after numerous testimonies and evidence of fraud and voter intimidation and suppression throughout the country.

    In response, the Honduran people have been mobilizing to demand democracy and human rights. To suppress people’s protests of election fraud, the military security forces have been firing live ammunition into crowds of peaceful protestors, resulting in at least 22 deaths so far. Since December 1 there has been a presidential decree suspending Constitutional rights and imposing a curfew.

    The US government has been providing ongoing support and financial backing of the Honduran government – including supporting the 2009 coup d’etat which lead to the right-wing National Party taking power.  Today, we urge you to join us in telling Congress to be on the right side of democracy and history. Specifically we call on them to:

    • Not recognize the election results;
    • Suspend diplomatic relations with the Honduran government;
    • Revoke the State Department’s certification of meeting human rights and anti-corruption conditions;
    • End US security aid to Honduras;
    • Condemn the Honduran government’s violent crackdown of protests and suspension of Constitutional rights;
    • Extend Temporary Protected Status to the 57,000+ Hondurans currently in the US; and
    • Respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and peasant communities in Honduras

  • Demand Democracy in Honduras

    Despite threats and a campaign of fear from the ruling party, including a strong military presence, Hondurans courageously exercised their right to vote on Sunday, November 26. What's more, the ruling government deployed the military across the country, which could lead to widespread violence. Now they are positioning themselves to declare victory and installing fear into the population.

    Join Grassroots International in urging the US not to repeat its past mistake of supporting the 2009 coup, and instead calling for an accurate vote count, and supporting the rights of the Honduran people as they stand up to voter fraud, intimidation and dictatorship.

  • Demand a Just Recovery and Relief Aid Package for Puerto Rico

    On September 20, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. Farms, homes and the environment were destroyed by the 150+ mph winds and torrential rains. Weeks later 95% of the population is still without power. Many residents are struggling to access food, water and fuel to run generators. These impacts come on top of the impacts of a deep, human-made disaster — one with its roots in the US colonial relationship with Puerto Rico. 

    The US has a particular responsibility to Puerto Rico, however the US has been slow to respond, and despite an all-too-short 10-day waiver, has kept antiquated laws like the Jones Act from allowing foreign aid to reach Puerto Rico. 

    We are demanding a Just Recovery that would reduce pollution and debt, expose and challenge systemic racism, deepen democracy, and leave behind a sturdier, more resilient infrastructure. The principles of a Just Recovery are based on a regenerative economy and climate justice approach to the crisis led by the people of Puerto Rico.

    Join us and the Climate Justice Alliance in demanding Congress pass an immediate substantial federal Just Recovery and Relief Aid Package.


  • Take Action: Respect Human Rights of Central Americans

    Send a message to your Representative today. Urge them to speak out against Trump Administration plans to:

    • Further militarize the Mexico-Guatemala border to stop migrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who are seeking refuge in the United States, including coordination with US Armed Forces Southern Command
    • Recruit the government of Mexico to train police and military in Central America, which would be disastrous for human rights and national sovereignty

    From June 14-16, government representatives will gather in Miami for the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America. According to Grassroots International ally organization CISPES (the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), Trump administration officials recruited the government of Mexico to join them in co-hosting the conference, and the proposals coming out in the lead-up represent major threats to human rights in the region.

    Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, one of the generals in Trump’s cabinet and the man chosen to turn xenophobic and racist attacks on migrants and refugees into public policy, is the main protagonist of the conference, although the State Department is the official sponsor. So it comes as no surprise that migrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are being painted as a ‘security threat’ in order to justify ramping up US military operations in Mexico and Central America.

    The UN High Commission on Refugees has expressed concern that Mexico could be deporting Central Americans in need of international protections, including children, back to situations of life-threatening violence. But Kelly wants to double down on this lethal strategy.

    The US government is pushing Mexico to get involved in security programs in Central American territory, according to press reports. Mexican military and security forces, many of whom have been trained by the US, are widely known for their abhorrent human rights records, with officials frequently involved in extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, and collusion with criminal groups. Empowering Mexican authorities to pass their lessons along to Central American counterparts threatens people and communities throughout the region.

  • Demand the Release of Abdul-Razeq Farraj and an End to Administrative Detention

    Photo of Abdul-Razeq Farraj

    Many of you may have heard about the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike, which lasted 40 days and was suspended this past weekend. We are humbled and inspired by the hunger strikers' courage and resistance, as they made many demands relating both to prison conditions and the need for broad structural change, including ending administrative detentions and solitary confinement.

    Our ally Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reports several important agreements that were reached in negotiations this past weekend. At the same time, it is clear that the struggle continues, as Israel's practice of arbitrary detention of Palestinian civilians without charge or trial continues.

    One of the most recently arrested Palestinian political prisoners is Abdul-Razeq Farraj. Abdul-Razeq is the Administrative Director of Grassroots International's partner organization the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. He was arrested by Israeli forces at midnight on May 24, in front of his family, and brought to an Israeli jail where he is being held under administrative detention. This is not the first time – in total, Abdul-Razeq has spent 16 years of his life in Israeli jails, most of that time under administrative detention, with no charges against him.

    We're asking you to take action below to demand immediate release of Abdul-Razeq and an end to all administrative detentions.

    The Israeli government routinely employs the use of administrative detention -- arrest by the state without trial or cause for extended periods of time -- when holding Palestinians. In 2016, Israeli officials held over 600 Palestinians in administrative detention. International law stipulates that administrative detentions may be used in only very exceptional cases and as a last possible resort, yet the Israeli authorities routinely employ this practice against Palestinians.

    After his last arrest in April 2014, many of you responded to a Grassroots International online action to demand Abdul-Razeq’s release. We breathed a sigh of relief when he was released in 2016, after 20 months in jail. At the time, he shared this message with us:

    "I express my deepest gratitude for the support you extended to me during the period I was in Israeli prison… Your support proves that Palestinian prisoners have real supporters in the United States. It was a source of strength, optimism and hope for me… Myself and all administrative detainees in Israeli prisons are convinced that you and all the people of conscience will continue supporting the right to freedom of Palestinian prisoners and all the Palestinian people against Israeli occupation."

    Hungry Until Freedom image

    We are deeply saddened by the news that Israeli forces have once again imprisoned Abdul-Razeq. His words inspire us to continue raising awareness and pressure to demand not only his release, but also an end to administrative detention and the Israeli occupation as a whole.

    Grassroots International has supported Palestinian human rights for decades and remains committed to justice and fair treatment for all. You can make a difference today by sending a letter to the Israeli Consulate, Israeli and US Embassies and the Military Advocate General of the Israeli Defense Forces to demand Abdul-Razeq’s immediate release.

    If you live in the United States, please take action using this page where you will also contact US decisionmakers. Thank you!

  • Demand the Release of Abdul-Razeq Farraj and an End to Administrative Detention

    Photo of Abdul-Razeq Farraj

    Many of you may have heard about the Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike, which lasted 40 days and was suspended this past weekend. We are humbled and inspired by the hunger strikers' courage and resistance, as they made many demands relating both to prison conditions and the need for broad structural change, including ending administrative detentions and solitary confinement.

    Our ally Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reports several important agreements that were reached in negotiations this past weekend. At the same time, it is clear that the struggle continues, as Israel's practice of arbitrary detention of Palestinian civilians without charge or trial continues.

    One of the most recently arrested Palestinian political prisoners is Abdul-Razeq Farraj. Abdul-Razeq is the Administrative Director of Grassroots International's partner organization the Union of Agricultural Work Committees. He was arrested by Israeli forces at midnight on May 24, in front of his family, and brought to an Israeli jail where he is being held under administrative detention. This is not the first time – in total, Abdul-Razeq has spent 16 years of his life in Israeli jails, most of that time under administrative detention, with no charges against him.

    We're asking you to take action below to demand immediate release of Abdul-Razeq and an end to all administrative detentions.

    The Israeli government routinely employs the use of administrative detention -- arrest by the state without trial or cause for extended periods of time -- when holding Palestinians. In 2016, Israeli officials held over 600 Palestinians in administrative detention. International law stipulates that administrative detentions may be used in only very exceptional cases and as a last possible resort, yet the Israeli authorities routinely employ this practice against Palestinians.

    After his last arrest in April 2014, many of you responded to a Grassroots International online action to demand Abdul-Razeq’s release. We breathed a sigh of relief when he was released in 2016, after 20 months in jail. At the time, he shared this message with us:

    "I express my deepest gratitude for the support you extended to me during the period I was in Israeli prison… Your support proves that Palestinian prisoners have real supporters in the United States. It was a source of strength, optimism and hope for me… Myself and all administrative detainees in Israeli prisons are convinced that you and all the people of conscience will continue supporting the right to freedom of Palestinian prisoners and all the Palestinian people against Israeli occupation."

    Hungry Until Freedom image

    We are deeply saddened by the news that Israeli forces have once again imprisoned Abdul-Razeq. His words inspire us to continue raising awareness and pressure to demand not only his release, but also an end to administrative detention and the Israeli occupation as a whole.

    Grassroots International has supported Palestinian human rights for decades and remains committed to justice and fair treatment for all. You can make a difference today by sending a letter to the Israeli Consulate, Israeli and US Embassies and the Military Advocate General of the Israeli Defense Forces to demand Abdul-Razeq’s immediate release.

    If you live outside of the United States, please take action using this page.Thank you!

  • Support the "Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act"

    Two years ago, Berta Cáceres, the beloved Indigenous environmental leader and co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was brutally assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Call on your representatives to support HR1299 -- the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act -- to demand that US suspend military and police aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.

  • Support the "Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act"

    Two years ago, Berta Cáceres, the beloved Indigenous environmental leader and co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was brutally assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Call on your representatives to support HR1299 -- the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act -- to demand that US suspend military and police aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.

  • Support the "Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act"

    Two years ago, Berta Cáceres, the beloved Indigenous environmental leader and co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was brutally assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Call on your representatives to support HR1299 -- the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act -- to demand that US suspend military and police aid to Honduras until human rights violations committed by Honduran security forces cease and their perpetrators are brought to justice.

  • Take Action to #FreeSalah!

    Salah is a 46-year-old human rights defender who was arrested in the middle of the night on October 26, 2016, and remains in prison to this day. He comes from the village of Nil’in, where he began to organize for his community and their land through our partner Stop the Wall. Beyond being jailed for over three and a half months he has also suffered from constant interrogations, including psychological and physical mistreatment.

    We need you to let the Israeli Minister of Justice and the US Human Rights Commission know that the world condemns the ongoing repression of Palestinian human rights defenders and  Israel’s use of illegal practices, including the use of administrative detentions and "secret files."

  • Tell TIAA to go deforestation and land grab-free!

    TIAA (formerly TIAA-CREF), one of the largest investment firms in the U.S., has over several hundred million dollars invested in land grabbing and deforestation that has resulted in human rights violations around the world. TIAA manages retirement funds for many academic and cultural institutions including universities, museums, nonprofits, unions, health services and National Public Radio.

    TIAA has a particular interest in hearing from clients and also cares about protecting their image in the public. Ask them to stop profiting from industries that are causing land grabbing, deforestation and climate change, killing endangered species and violating human rights.

    Here’s a summary of what our letter is asking TIAA to do:

    • Disclose information about all farmland and palm oil investments
    • Commit to a Deforestation and Land Grab-Free investment policy that includes adhering to four pillars of responsible investment and excludes investments in companies that don’t meet this policy

    If you have TIAA, take part in our call to action instead by clicking here!

  • Tell TIAA to go deforestation and land grab-free!

    TIAA (formerly TIAA-CREF), one of the largest investment firms in the U.S., has over several hundred million dollars invested in land grabbing and deforestation that has resulted in human rights violations around the world. TIAA manages retirement funds for many academic and cultural institutions including universities, museums, nonprofits, unions, health services and National Public Radio.

    TIAA has a particular interest in hearing from clients and also cares about protecting their image in the public. Ask them to stop profiting from industries that are causing land grabbing, deforestation and climate change, killing endangered species and violating human rights.

    Here’s a summary of what our letter is asking TIAA to do:

    • Disclose information about all farmland and palm oil investments
    • Commit to a Deforestation and Land Grab-Free investment policy that includes adhering to four pillars of responsible investment and excludes investments in companies that don’t meet this policy

    Don't have TIAA? Take part by adding your name to our petition to TIAA by clicking here
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  • Take up Berta's struggle!

    Lend your name to continue Berta Cáceres’ struggle to protect the Gualcarque River and indigenous territories in Honduras from megaprojects like the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam.

    When you take action, you will be joining an international mobilization to demand:

    • An end to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project, and demand respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.
    • Protections for the members of the Civic Council of Grassroots Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), who continue the struggle and are still facing harsh repression and violence for defending their territory against the Agua Zarca dam.
    • An independent, impartial, and transparent investigation by the Inter American Commission of Human Rights into Berta’s assassination.
    • An end to US military aid to Honduras, including an end to US training and funding for the specialized “Tigres” military forces that have defended the private interests behind the Agua Zarca dam and an end to all USAID funding and support for Agua Zarca.
    • The immediate withdrawal of all funding of Agua Zarca and other projects threatening Lenca and indigenous territories in Honduras.

    We can't stress enough just how high the stakes are in Honduras and how much we need you to lend your voice to this struggle. By taking part in this single action, you will send powerful, coordinated, strategic messages to Honduran officials, to the US government and to the international financiers who are all complicit to the violence, repression, criminalization and violation of human rights in Honduras.

    The English version of the first letter appears at the bottom of the page.

    If you live outside of the US, please click here to take action.

  • Tell TIAA-CREF to stop investing in the Separation Wall

    Ask one of the largest financial services in the United States to divest from Elbit Systems Ltd., the company that profits by building the Separation Wall – the structure that separates Palestinian farmers from their land and water resources.

    While TIAA-CREF is particularly interested in hearing from participants (or clients) with accounts, they also have an interest in protecting their image: Financial Services for the Greater Good.

    Let them know that investing in companies like Elbit who profit from illegal construction and surveillance projects does not support the Greater Good! Share your concerns with them about the impact of the Wall on resource rights–and in particular, about companies like Elbit that TIAA-CREF invests in.

    For more information about the campaign, click here. If you have TIAA-CREF, take part in our call to action instead. For more information about the campaign, click here.

  • Tell TIAA-CREF to stop investing in the Separation Wall

    Ask one of the largest financial services companies in the United States to divest from Elbit Systems Ltd., the company that profits by building the Separation Wall – the structure that separates Palestinian farmers from their land and water resources.

    TIAA-CREF is particularly interested in hearing from people like you: the participants (or clients) who expect the corporation to live up to its motto: Financial Services for the Greater Good

    Don't have TIAA-CREF? Take part by adding your name to our petition asking TIAA-CREF to divest today.