About Augusta Dwyer

Augusta Dwyer is a journalist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada, sometimes — and in Mexico City, at others. She has written three books, including Into the Amazon: Chico Mendes and the Struggle for the Rainforest and On the Line: Life on the US-Mexico Border.

Her latest book, Broke But Unbroken: Grassroots Social Movements and Their Radical Solutions to Poverty, was published by Fernwood Books in Canada, and Kumarian in the United States in 2011. It takes a look at social movements in different countries of the Global South, among them Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers Movement, the National Slum Dwellers Federation of India, the Peasant Union of Indonesia,or SPI, as well as the factory recuperation movement in Argentina.

She is currently working on a book about aid, taking Haiti as its main example.

While in Mexico City, (where she lives with her husband, Victor Luis Porter, an architect and university professor, with a specialization in educational policies) she works as a freelance journalist and writes about political economy, Latin American politics and immigration issues. You can read some of her columns about these issues in Columns.

5 Responses to “About Augusta Dwyer”

  1. Luis Porter March 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    I am truly interested in reading you comments on Dakar and the experiences of your trip. I find your prose clear, communicative and highly insightful. Will be a pleasure to travel with you through your interesting comments. I hope you can find ways to include graphics, pictures, and even more vivid colors. Thanks for the blog!

  2. joe peck October 4, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    This blog clearly needs to be better marketed Augusta, judging by the number of comments here. I’ll add something to help get the ball rolling.

    Fascinating area of study, which I can appreciate as someone who responds to community and cause groups from the other side.

    It brings to mind a course I took at Trent in 2004 called Community-based Resource Management. Not a very descriptive title, which the prof, lawyer Ian Attridge noted, but it covered the many types of volunteer organizations across Canada that are now assuming many roles formerly handled by government to manage local environments and ecosystems. Think stream stewardship groups, cottage road associations, hunting clubs and more.

    They seem kind of petty compared to some of the groups Augusta writes about, but they clearly have increasing significance and impact in North America.

    If you watch Rick Mercer’s 2005 episode on Trent you can actually see me in the background approaching an interview on the bridge! My five-second brush with fame, thanks to John Marshall for making sure it didn’t end up on the floor.

  3. joe peck December 5, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    Augusta, check out this award. Voting is over for this year, but you must know some contenders for next.


  4. Trina Kleist March 19, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    Hello Augusta, I hope you are well and still writing wonderful books. I am living in a little town in northern California. Please write if you can.
    Warmest regards,
    Trina Kleist

  5. James P. Kelly March 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Dear Augusta,

    Hello from a Twitter fan of a friend of yours, author Eden Baylee, who suggested you as a journalist who might be interested in the following angle concerning the radiation crisis in Japan.

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article for The Seoul Times (it’s more of a blog) concerning futile efforts by an eighty-six year old U.S. scientist and a retired Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force to convince world and local governments to adopt their viable emergency plan for treating mass radiation casualties–a plan that would give those otherwise certain to die a good chance of survival. Naturally, no one has heeded their sage advice. To add insult to injury, the day the first reactor failed in Japan (after the quake), the scientist in New Jersey discovered a critical factor regarding human survival post radiation exposure strong enough to suppress the immune system…and still no one will listen despite their tireless efforts to get through to the Japanese press, people, and government.

    I would be glad to give you any info you wish concerning this matter, plus contact info to the principles. My blog presents some of the technical and background info.

    Best regards,

    James Kelly

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