Tracy L. Barnett

Tracy L. Barnett is a freelance writer based in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the founding editor of The Esperanza Project, an online magazine dedicated to Democracy, Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Americas.

Articles by this author

Water protectors of all persuasions gathered in talking circles at Borderland Ranch in Pe’Sla, the heart of the sacred Black Hills, during the first Sovereign Sisters Gathering. At the center are Cheryl Angel in red and white and on her left, Lyla June.  (All photos by Tracy Barnett) Views
Friday, August 23, 2019
How the Women of Standing Rock Are Building Sovereign Economies
For Sicangu Lakota water protector Cheryl Angel, Standing Rock helped her define what she stands against: an economy rooted in extraction of resources and exploitation of people and planet. It wasn’t until she’d had some distance that the vision of what she stands for came into focus. “Now I...
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
How Do 2,800 Migrant Children in Detention Spend the Holidays?
It’s Christmas morning, and artists and activists are planning a procession around the perimeter of a child detention center here in the Texas desert. On the Mexican side, beyond the sprawling tent city, the Guadalupe Mountains loom. A Christmas tree constructed from the plastic water jugs that...
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We’re the only country in the world — bar none — of 175 real democracies, where the elections are run by the people who are on the ballot. (Photo: Theresa Thompson/ Creative Commons) Views
Monday, November 05, 2018
Democracy Under Siege: Systemic Flaws May Override Record Electoral Participation
Never has there been more at stake in an election than the coming midterms. And whether we see a mandate to step up the Trump agenda or a resistance-led Blue Wave depends on voter turnout — which, in the U.S., trails that of most developed countries , even in presidential elections. And while this...
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