Photo: Oakland Institute
Oakland, CA—The past year impacted each and everyone of us. But it unleashed unprecedented challenge to those already marginalized and threatened around the world. The Indigenous, migrant workers, small holder farmers, and people of color faced the worst brunt — crushed simultaneously by COVID-19 and the pandemics of racism, fascism, climate crisis, and injustice.
At a time when our work to dismantle structures perpetuating inequity has never been more critical, we held firm to the four principles that drive our work: courage, rigor, agility, and accountability. Amidst smear campaigns and threats, hurled at us to intimidate and silence our research and advocacy exposing those profiteering from landgrabs, we proudly stood alongside land defenders and communities from Palestine, DRC, and Tanzania to Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Nicaragua — resisting neo-colonialism and theft of natural resources.
Partnering with impacted communities in their struggle for land, livelihoods, human rights, and protection of the environment, we are unafraid to hold powerful governments, international financial “development” institutions, and corporations accountable.