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The Honduras Solidarity Network of Canada and the United States, and its member organizations, have been organizing to demand justice for the murder of Berta Caceres, leader of the indigenous land and environmental group, COPINH. 

We are turning to you to do something that we cannot do – provide funding for security for Berta’s family and COPINH leadership in this dark hour when their lives and liberty are also at risk. Funds are also needed by COPINH to feed and shelter the thousands of Lenca and other poor Hondurans who have gathered in La Esperansa and Tegucigalpa to demand that the defacto government allow an independent international investigation to unmask the murderers and the intellectual authors of this heinous crime.

Of the hundreds of resistance members who continued to demand a return to democracy since the 2009 coup and who paid for that opposition with their lives, not one murderer has been brought to justice by the successive coup-spawned governments. Berta is the highest profile national leader to be assassinated. If the powers that be – the government of Juan Orlando Hernandez, the oligarchy, the foreign companies, and the US-trained and funded military and police – are allowed to get away with her murder, it will be open season on the other leaders of COPINH and the nonviolent National Front for Popular Resistance.

Won’t you make a tax-deductible gift right now to help protect Berta’s mother and three young daughters who are themselves now threatened for speaking out? Won’t you make a contribution to protect the life of Gustavo Castro, the Mexican human rights accompanier who was the only witness to the murder and who the judge, after suspending Gustavo’s lawyer, will not allow to leave the community where the murderers still run free? Won’t you contribute the price of a pizza or a night at the movies so that COPINH and other popular movements can feed and shelter the thousands of Hondurans who are demanding their government end impunity, stop the violence, and allow international investigators to solve the murder of our friend and compañera Berta Caceres? 

Rights Actions is a member group of the Honduras Solidarity Network and has agreed to channel all donations we raise to COPINH. You can donate securely online by clicking here. If you are Canadian, you can donate here.

Thank you for your support for justice and dignity for the Lenca people and all the people of Honduras who hunger for a life of peace in a democratic company. 

Donate Now. Support Hondurans seeking justice.

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Grave Threats to Colombia's Peace Process

A crisis is unfolding in Colombia. According to Aida Avella, the president of the Unión Patritica (Patriotic Union) political party, there were 29 leftist leaders assassinated between February 27 and March 11, 2016. Here at the Alliance for Global Justice we are getting all too frequent reports about murders, politically motivated arrests and aggressions against our sister groups.
We are very worried about what this means for efforts to end Colombia's armed conflict. Enemies of the peace are doing all they can to derail the negotiations in Havana. If there is no security for the political opposition, there will be no guarantees for the safety of insurgents who give up their arms. Colombia is a country where there is consistently 97 to 99% impunity for paramilitary and military crimes. There must be a sincere effort by the Colombian government to curb this violence or the entire peace process could fall apart. 
Through Plan Colombia, the United States government has paid more than $12 billion in support for war and repression. The Obama administration has proposed another $84.5 billion in military assistance as part of its Peace Colombia plan. The plan would boost “military financing” by 54% (up to $38.6 million from $25 million) and would direct another $46 million towards Department of Defense Counternarcotics assistance and military training. It is unacceptable that the US would give such funding at a time that political violence against Colombia's popular movements is on the rise. Assaults against human rights defenders and forced displacement are both increasing despite the peace talks.
Your action is desparately needed in support of Colombia's peace. There are several things that can be done. Please consider the following options and decide which of these most fits your capabilities.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR PEACE IN COLOMBIA?

Consider going on our delegation to Colombia May 22-June 1, 2016. Our presence will provide real safety for union and human rights leaders who are able to travel with us to visit affiliates. We will also hear from community members about their struggles, hopes and fears for Colombia's future. For more information write delegations@afgj.org. Even if you can't go, consider making a tax deductible toward a scholarship for those who want to go but can't afford the costs. Be sure and send a note to James@afgj.org so that your gift can be credited to the Colombia scholarship fund. (You can also write “Colombia Scholarship Fund” in the space where it says “Designation Code”.)
The Pan Left Video Collective is going with AfGJ on the Colombia delegation and is taking video equipment to put in the hands of students and unionists who are in areas threatened by paramilitaries. This project gives concrete support to communities so they can document their lives and share them with the nation and the world. If you have video equipment you'd like to donate, please send it to: Pan Left Colombia Project, 225 East 26th Street Suite 2, Tucson, Arizona, 85713. Donated equipment can be counted as a tax deduction. For more information on how you can support this project write Raquel Mogollón at Raquel@panleft.org.
Send an email to Colombian authorities in support of the peace process and to demand safety for Colombia's left, unionists and human rights defenders

Send an email to your Congress person urging that they oppose Pres. Obama's Peace Colombia Plan and its proposals to increase military aid.
For more information:

Wave of Right-Wing Violence Threatens Peace for Colombia by AfGJ's James Jordan

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Building a Revolution is NOT an Every 4 Years Activity

The United States is now deeply into the quadrennial battle for control of the White House and Congress. The contest in each party is even being described as a “political revolution.” On one side it is a revolution toward fascism and on the other toward social democracy. We trust that none of the Alliance for Global Justice supporters are working and donating to build a fascist revolution, but many of our supporters are working and donating to candidates who support greater economic and social justice.

At Alliance for Global Justice, we believe that building a revolution is not an every-four-years activity. It is one that we are involved in day in and day out, year in and year out, every waking moment. There are many organizations advancing pieces of that revolution to build a better world. AfGJ’s leadership role is in the foreign policy arena where we don’t just expose and oppose US intervention, but hold up the positive examples – and most of those are in Latin America, where some governments and people’s movements are way ahead of us in envisioning and creating that better world.

Please consider making a recurring donation to AfGJ to support our ongoing work.

Just as presidential campaigns need your financial and organizing support, so do we who are building a movement that does not end on Election Day. Alliance for Global Justice is working to make voices from the Global South heard on climate change. We are working to document and warn our own citizens and those of other countries about the US export of a prison model we call prison imperialism. We are working to end unfair free trade agreements and the militarized drug war, both of which are major drivers of involuntary migration. We work every day to support the peace process in Colombia. We work to support Venezuela and Nicaragua’s right to sovereignty and self-determination. And we work to support the violently repressed democracy movement in Honduras. In the US we provide administrative services as fiscal sponsor for 85 groups working on issues from police and Border Patrol violence, to military recruitment in the schools, to civil rights for all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, and much else. All together we comprise a vision and a reality of a better world.

Support for electoral campaigns is very important to many people. Support for permanent movement-building is important as well. Will you make a tax-deductible donation today – and consider making it a recurring donation – so that AfGJ is able to maintain our current level of work during this presidential campaign year? We are working to build a movement that is able to influence public policy regardless of which party is in power. We believe that is our greatest defense against fascism and our greatest hope to achieve a better world, or indeed to maintain a habitable planet to hand on to future generations.

We will put your tax-deductible donation to good use. If you are able to, please make your donation recurring so that we can count on having a stable income month to month, all the better. In either case, we appreciate your support and look forward to walking together toward a better future.  

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Venezuela Weekly 03.18.2016

This weekly email contains a few useful articles on Venezuela that contain bite-sized dose of the truth so that you can fight the disinformation in your own community, that so much of the media, including alternative media are putting out. 


It is AfGJ's conviction that we in the US defend Venezuela's sovereignty and recognize that the Bolivarian Revolution has improved the lives of its citizens, led the movement toward Latin America integration, and is building participatory democracy structures that are an example for us in the US as well. -AfGJ staff

AFGJ Friends – we would like to include statements, events, and actions in solidarity with Venezuela. If you are aware of any or are planning any, please send them to us: stansfieldsmith100@gmail.com. These may also be used as part of the redesigned international solidarity page on Venezuelanalysis.com

Poll Shows Majority Oppose Neoliberal Solutions to Venezuela’s Crisis

https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-48c4-Venezuelans-back-Maduros-vision-of-a-socialist-future#.Vutq--IrLIU

March 12 Pro and Anti-Government Marches Take the Streets of Caracas

http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11886

Obama: Worry About Your Own Country – Excerpts of Interview with President Maduro

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Maduro-to-Obama-Worry-About-Your-Own-Country-20160314-0056.html

interview( in Spanish only ):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAXkfJVyIdo

UN Praises Youth Orchestra’s Social Inclusion Program

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/UN-Hails-Venezuelas-Youth-Orchestras-Social-Inclusion-Program-20160309-0005.html

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Written by AFG's own James Jordan, for Telesur English.

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Wave of Right-Wing Violence Threatens Peace for Colombia

This murder happened within a context of increased threats and assaults toward activists in the Bogota area, many of these focused against young people. Just hours before Klaus was assassinated, Rigoberto Abello and William Sánchez were seized and tortured by the police. They were both members of Juventud en Marcha, a wing of the Marcha Patriótica, and the Coordinadora Antifascista Bogota (Bogota Anti-fascist Coordination). They were detained the night of March 5, 2016, subjected to electric shocks and beatings. They were transported to a holding cell, forced to strip, where they were doused with cold water and beaten repeatedly to the point that they lost consciousness. This went on until 8am, without them ever receiving medical attention.  

This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: 
 "http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Wave-of-Right-Wing-Violence-Threatens-Peace-for-Colombia-20160310-0009.html". If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english

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Joint Statement Regarding President Obama’s Visit to Argentina
March 10, 2016

(Versión en español después del inglés)

Human Rights Groups from Argentina and the United States unite to denounce the role of President Barack Obama as a promoter of US imperialism in the world, including its innumerable abuses of human rights among North America’s own people

Madres Argentina
Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of Plaza of May) declare opposition to Obama visit to Argentina. This group is made up of mothers of children who were disappeared by the US supported dictatorship during Argentina’s “Dirty War”, 1976-1983
Upon the announcement for President Barack Obama’s visit to Argentina March 23 and 24 of the current year, the Argentine League for the Rights of Humanity (Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre) and the United States based Alliance for Global Justice, declare with one voice that this visit is truly a provocation of the memory of the victims of the genocide perpetrated in Argentina. This was carried out with the considered and decisive participation of the US government, its intelligence agencies, its big economic centers, its armed forces and a good part of its media apparatus.

We denounce as hypocrisy Obama’s rhetoric in presenting himself as a defender of Human Rights. Truly he is a Chief of State who has not ceased in invading nations, promoting actions of destabilization of non-submissive governments and making use of clandestine detention and torture sites throughout the world. These sites in turn inspired the installation of the infamous US prison usurped from territory of Guantánamo, Cuba.

Like a cruel joke, after receiving his Nobel Prize, President Obama began one of the most cruel, perverse, unjustified and colonialist beligerent campaigns in the history of the US against Libya. The United States is a country that since its beginnings has not ceased to self-proclaim a “manifest destiny”, that is to say, a colonialist expansionism that has only changed in form but not in sense. The maintenance and continuation of the Cuba blockade is proof of this, despite the advances in diplomatic relations and government to government talks (of which we approve and wish success).

The Obama administration and the United States government not only commit human rights violations outside the United States. It also commits them against its own people. The US has more than 2.3 million prisoners, including political prisoners, in a penitentiary system with the highest rate of incarceration in the world. This system is characterized by extreme inhumanity with more than 80,000 persons secluded in solitary confinement.

The racist US state shows itself every day in the form of police and prison brutality. Rather than promoting education for all, jobs and basic opportunities for the betterment of life, the US government stigmatizes and represses minorities, especially African-Americans, immigrants and indigenous persons. In the US, racism and stigmatization continue for all who resist imperial domination and its mandates. The nation’s schools are dominated by the most obscurantist sectors in order to undermine critical thinking.

The US government lead by Pres. Obama has done nothing to overcome the paradox of appealing again and again to the principle of “universal jurisdiction” while refusing to sign the principle human rights pacts and conventions, beginning with the Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, and the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. The US government further fails to respect the nations who have signed these accords.

The embrace between Pres. Obama and Argentine President Mauricio Macri will be the embrace of two enemies of human rights. Their intended commitment to the humanitarian cause is no more than a farce in the service of imperial plans to destablize and overthrow popular processes that are moving forward in Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil and Bolivia, among others.

Because of this the Argentine League for the Defense of Humanity and the Alliance for Global Justice of the United States, call on both our nations’ peoples to repudiate this embrace between Obama and Macri and instead act to build more and more bridges between our nations for the achievement of true democracy and the full force of all the rights of both peoples.

Graciela Rosenblum y José Schulman for LADH

James Jordan for AfGJ

Buenos Aires y Washington, March, 2016

Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre

(Argentine League for the Rights of Humanity)

www.laladh.wordpress.com

Alliance for Global Justice

(Alianza por la Justicia Global de los EE.UU.)

www.afgj.org

Organismos defensores de los derechos humanos de Argentina y EE.UU. se unen para denunciar el rol del presidente Obama como promotor del rol imperial de los EE.UU. en el mundo, que acarrea innumerables colapsos humanitarios como violador de los derechos de los propios norteamericanos

Ante el anuncio del viaje a la Argentina del presidente Obama para los días 23 y 24 de marzo del corriente año, la Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre y la Alianza  por la Justicia  Global, de los EE.UU., de manera conjunta y unificada, declaran que dicho viaje es una verdadera provocación a la memoria de las víctimas del Genocidio perpetrado en la Argentina, con la decidida y decisiva participación del gobierno de los EE.UU., sus agencias de seguridad, sus grandes grupos económicos, sus fuerzas armadas y buena parte de su aparato mediático.

Denunciamos como hipócrita el discurso de Obama de presentarse como defensor de los Derechos Humanos cuando es, como es, el Jefe de un Estado que no ha dejado de invadir países, promovido acciones de desestabilización de gobiernos que no le eran dóciles, amparado sitios clandestinos de detención y tortura en todo el mundo que se inspiran en el modelo de la Cárcel instalada en el territorio usurpado a Cuba de Guantánamo.

Como una burla cruel, el presidente Obama emprendió a poco de recibir su Premio Nobel de la Paz una de las campañas belicistas más crueles, perversas, injustificadas y colonialistas de la historia de los EE.UU., país que desde sus inicios no ha dejado de auto proclamar un “destino manifiesto” que se ha expresado en un expansionismo colonialista que solo ha cambiado de formas pero no de sentido.  El mantenimiento del bloqueo a Cuba hasta hoy mismo es una prueba de ello, a pesar de los avances en las relaciones diplomáticas y las conversaciones de gobierno a gobierno que aprobamos y auspiciamos.

Pero la administración de Obama y el gobierno estadounidense no solo viola los derechos humanos fuera de los EE.UU. También lo hace contra su propio pueblo.

Hay mas de 2.3 millones de presos, incluyendo presos políticos, en un sistema penitenciario con la tasa de encarcelamiento mas alto del mundo. Es un sistema caracterizado por la crueldad extrema y la perversión con mas de 80 mil personas recluidos en aislamiento solitario.

El racismo estatal se muestra cada día en la forma de brutalidad policíaca y carcelaria que, en lugar de promover la educación para todas y todos, empleos y oportunidades básicas para mejorar sus vidas, estigmatizan y persiguen a las minorías, especialmente los negros, los inmigrantes e indígenas.

En EE.UU. continúa el racismo, la estigmatización de todos los que resisten el dominio imperial y sus mandatos, la enseñanza sigue dominada por los sectores más oscurantistas y negadores del pensamiento crítico.

El gobierno estadounidense encabezado por presidente Obama no ha hecho nada para superar la paradoja de ser uno de los pocos gobiernos que apela una y otra vez al principio de la “jurisdicción universal” pero se niega a firmar los principales pactos y Convenios de Garantías; y a respetar los pocos que ha firmado, empezando por la declaración de los derechos humanos y la Convención de Prevención y Castigo al delito de Genocidio de 1948 o el mismo Pacto de Roma de los 90.

El abrazo entre Obama y Macri será el abrazo de dos enemigos de los derechos humanos y su pretendido compromiso con la causa humanitaria no es más que una farsa al servicio de los planes imperiales de desestabilizar y derrotar los procesos populares que se llevan adelante en Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brasil y Bolivia, entre otros.

Por todo ello, la Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre y la Alianza por la Justicia Global de los EE.UU., convocan a ambos pueblos a repudiar el abrazo Obama Macri y construir más y más puentes entre nuestras naciones para la conquista de la verdadera democracia y la plena vigencia de todos los derechos para ambos pueblos.

James Jordan por la AFGJ,

Graciela Rosenblum y José Schulman por la LADH

Buenos Aires y Washington, marzo de 2016

Liga Argentina por los Derechos del Hombre

www.laladh.wordpress.com

Alliance for Global Justice

(Alianza por la Justicia Global de los EE.UU.)

www.afgj.org

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Berta Cáceres: Indigenous leader one more victim of US-approved coup in Honduras

The Alliance for Global Justice is outraged that almost seven years after the Obama White House and Clinton State Department supported a military coup in Honduras to oust its democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya, Hondurans continue to be killed for political reasons. This time it is our friend and indefatigable indigenous rights and environmental activist, Berta Caceres. Today, March 4, would have been her 45th birthday.

Berta was the founder and General Coordinator of COPINH, the Lenca indigenous rights and environmental organization that has fought bravely against the coup-spawned governments and transnational corporate land grabs in indigenous territories for mine, dam, and tourist projects. The government response has been to attempt to criminalize COPINH and its leaders. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued “protective orders” to the government of Honduras to protect Berta’s life in the face of numerous death threats. The current de facto government of Juan Orlando Hernandez ignored the protective orders and in the wee hours of March 3, 2016, at least two armed men broke into her home and shot her dead. Now the Honduran government may be attempting to frame another COPINH leader in the murder.

This Alert includes:

A statement by the Honduras Solidarity Network about the murder. Alliance for Global Justice is a charter founding member of the HSN.
Two important action alerts which we urge you to sign and circulate: 1) A Witness for Peace Action Alert calling on US to stop all aid and and 2) An urgent action alert for Gustavo Castro, still in danger!
An announcement of an AfGJ human rights delegation in June which will visit the community where Berta was murdered.
 

Honduras Solidarity Network On the Assassination of Berta Cáceres:

With indignation and sadness, the organizations that form the Honduras Solidarity Network of North America denounce the assassination of Berta Caceres, leader of the indigenous Lenca organization COPINH and a tireless fighter for social justice and for the defense of the environment and indigenous territories. Recognized around the globe for her leadership and spirit in 2015 she received the world’s leading environmental award the Goldman Environmental Prize. Many of our members knew Berta and have witnessed first hand her courage and integrity. We join the multitude of voices in Honduras and the world raised against this outrage.

Berta became an activist when she was still a teenager and continued even in the face of violence from the government and oligarchy, arrests and threats. After the 2009 coup, Berta and COPINH took up an important role in the resistance movement despite the unleashing of a ferocious repression against that resistance and the peoples’ movement in Honduras and against leaders like Berta.

After the coup, attacks on the indigenous and campesino communities in Honduras escalated as land grabbing by the government, the oligarchy and international mining and hydroelectric companies increased. Berta and COPINH are in the forefront of the struggle of the indigenous people for their land and a number of COPINH members have been assassinated and others arrested and threatened during this struggle.

Over the past few weeks, repression and threats escalated. On February 20th, Berta and other members of COPINH and the community of Rio Blanco were physically threatened by police and military trying to stop a peaceful activity in defense of the Gualcarque River which is threatened by a hydroelectric project of the Honduran company DESA with international financing. On February 25th another Lenca community supported by COPINH was violently evicted from their land.

We strongly support human rights defenders in Honduras and internationally in demanding that there be a serious and complete, independent international investigation of Berta’s murder so that all those involved are identified and brought to justice rapidly. We reject any attempt to criminalize the leaders and members of COPINH. Berta was a recipient of an order for protective measures by the Inter-American Human Rights Court due to the constant threats and harassment against her and we are concerned and angered to hear pronouncements by Julian Pacheco, Minister of Security at a press conference this morning that can only be seen as an attempt to sidestep responsibility for her security and to blame the victim of this political crime.

We have read the communique of condolences issued by the US Embassy in Honduras earlier today and can only say that, “actions speak louder than words”. The US government has been and is the main economic and political support for the governments in power since the 2009 coup, including the current government of Juan Orlando Hernandez. The US government bears its own responsibility for the militarization and downward spiral in all spheres of life in Honduras, and for the grave human rights situation. We reiterate the demand that US aid and training to the Honduran security and military apparatus be stopped immediately because it, in action, supports human rights violations such as the murder of Berta Caceres.

We express our most profound condolences to Berta Caceres’ family, her organization, her community, and the Honduran people and their organizations in struggle as well as our own determination to redouble our solidarity.

March 3, 2016

The Honduras Solidarity Network of North America
The HSN is made up of more than 30 organizations in Canada and the United States.
www.hondurassolidarity.org
honsolnetwork@gmail.com

WfP Action Alert: Sign and Circulate:

Tell the State Department: We Demand Justice for Berta

Click here to send this letter to US Ambassador to Honduras, James Nealon

Dear Ambassador Nealon:

With great grief over the brutal assassination of Lenca leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH), Berta Cáceres, we write to urge you to use your diplomatic resources to (1) support an international investigation into the murder and (2) end the U.S. involvement in one of the struggles Berta and her organization led — the Agua Zarca dam being built by Honduran company DESA in Río Blanco, Honduras.

Tragically, this is not the first death in the indigenous struggle against the Agua Zarca dam. In July of 2013, Indigenous leader Tomás García was killed at the gates of the construction site by a member of the First Battalion of Engineers, a unit commanded by School of the Americas graduate, Col. Milton Amaya.

Maycol Ariel Rodríguez García, a 15 year-old who was part of COPINH and involved in a land recuperation process, was found dead with visible physical wounds and injuries on Oct 29, 2014. His death was made to look like an accidental drowning.

DESA’s Agua Zarca project has been mired in human rights abuses including but not limited to the violation of the right to free, prior and informed consent from which other human rights abuses have precipitated. In attempts to impose the dam against the will of the Lenca people, DESA – in collaboration with the Honduran government and hired private security forces and in direct support of the U.S. government – has used death threats, intimidation, violence, militarization, police harassment, arbitrary house searches, and even murder (as above mentioned). In response to the Lenca opposition to the dam, the Honduran police and then the Honduran military were deployed to Rio Blanco, with the military living and operating out of DESA’s installations.

DESA has contributed to the heavy militarization and environment of impunity in Rio Blanco; hiring private security guards and, according to COPINH, even paying the bail for the murderer of Tomás García’s (who has yet to serve a single day in prison). DESA’s media campaign strategy as part of a larger criminalization campaign against COPINH also led by the Honduran military, labeling the organization as violent and even blaming them for Tomás García’s murder.

The U.S. is funding the specialized military unit Los TIGRES, a military unit that focuses on counter narcotics and criminal gang activity, that has been present in Rio Blanco protecting the interests of the private company, DESA. Moreover, the U.S. Agency for International Development has partnered with DESA’s Social Investment Programming to essentially buy consent of affected communities through charitable projects. We demand an end to the U.S. government’s financial and material support of DESA through USAID’s MERCADO project.

We demand a full, transparent and immediate international investigation into Berta Cáceres’ murder. We also ask you to fully investigate Los TIGRES that are receiving U.S. government material or financial support, as well as all other U.S.-funded units operating in Rio Blanco, to determine if they are or have committed human rights abuses in Rio Blanco.

Urgent Action: We urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres



Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas/Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4). Gustavo survived the attack and has become a key actor in the investigation into the murder of our friend Berta.

Berta and Gustavo are two people known for their role in international social and environmental struggles, evidence of their dedication to defending the rights of Indigenous and campesino peoples, who have accompanied processes of organized and peaceful resistance to prevent territories within Mesoamerica from being appropriated by regional governments at the service of the neoliberal project being implemented through extractivist projects, considered projects of death.

In the context of the terrible assassination of the much loved Berta Cáceres, we call on the government of Honduras to pay immediate attention, to intervene, and to follow up on this devastating moment for the Honduran people. We also call for all legal and political measures possible to guarantee the immediate protection of our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro so that, once he has given his testimony to the Honduran state, he can safely return to Mexico.

Right now, it is fundamentally important to guarantee the life of our colleague Gustavo Castro given the risk he faces a key witness to this horrible assassination.

The security of all of the members of the Coordinating Group of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must also be guaranteed.

Attentively,
Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model
Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples
Otros Mundos Chiapas

 

Take Action
1. Make a phone call! Contact the numbers below asking that Gustavo Castro Soto be released and guaranteed a safe return to Mexico.

Honduras Embassy in US
Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes
1014 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20001.
Telephone: 202.506.4995, 202.450.3146
Fax: 202.525.4004
E-mail: consulado.washington@hondurasemb.org

US Embassy in Honduras
Ambassador James D. Nelson
Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras
Telephone: 011 (504) 2238-5114, 2236-9320
Fax Number: 011 (504) 2236-9037
E-mail: irctgu@state.gov, usahonduras@state.gov

**Emergency Services: Email: usahonduras@state.gov with EMERGENCY + (brief description) in the subject line. Please note that this mailbox is monitored during working hours only. For after-hours emergency assistance, please call our hotline at (504) 2238-5114 [then dial 4100]. During business hours, please call: Phone: (504)2238-5114 ext: 4400

Honduras Embassy in Canada
151 Slater Street, Suite 805-A, Ottawa ON KIP 5H3, Canada
Telephone: (613) 233.8900, +1.613.233.8900
Fax: (613) 232.0193, +1.613.232.0193
Email: embhonca@embassyhonduras.ca

Honduras Embassy in Mexico
Calle Alfonso Reyes #220, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, 06170 Ciudad de México, D.F., México
Telephone:+52 55 5211 5250

2. Sign and share the petition

 

AfGJ delegation to Honduras: Human Rights Accompaniment for Communities in Struggle, June 27-July 6, 2016

Alliance for Global Justice will be leading a human rights delegation to accompany COPINH and the other Lenca indigenous communities that Berta struggled alongside. After a few months when furor dies down, the forces of repression will again feel free to operate. That is the time international delegations will be most important. The AfGJ delegation will be in Honduras to accompany the indigenous and campesino struggles to protect their lands, rivers and lives. We will elevate the demands coming from the grassroots and bring this information back to the US government.

The delegation will also visit other communities that face the similar repression and human rights violations as they struggle to protect their land from extractive industries, tourism mega-projects, and agribusiness expansion.

At this critical time when the Honduran government and oligarchy, aided by international financial institutions, and US government, military and “development” aid, continue their repression, political persecution and human rights abuses unabated, international accompaniment is vital. This is an opportunity to use our North American privilege to do something positive. These delegations do save lives.

June 27-July 6, cost $1100. Email delegations@AFGJ.org to request an application or for more details.

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Speakers describe the current situation on the ground in the wake of January’s electoral take-over of the legislative branch by the US-backed right-wing opposition. They talk about the social and economic gains made by the people of Venezuela since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998, US government efforts to derail the democratic process since then, and why what happens in Venezuela is of vital interest to those of us in the US and Canada who want to change our own countries. The Webinar is moderated by Alliance for Global Justice National Coordinator Chuck Kaufman.

Primary Speakers were:
Carlos Ron is Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Venezuela in the US. He was posted for four years in the political section of the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil, and was an adviser in the Office of Foreign Relations of the Presidency of Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez. He graduated from Latin American Studies from Rutgers University and specialized in International Relations in the University of Brasilia.

James Early is the former Director Cultural Heritage Policy Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He is an independent consultant on Cultural Democracy and Statecraft Heritage Policy, who has collaborated with progressive and revolutionary movements in the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean for four decades with close ties to the Bolivarian Project, the Afro-Venezuelan Network, and as a member of the Political Committee of the Articulación Regional de Afro Descendientes in the Americas.

Gloria La Riva is coordinator of the newly-formed Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee, and for 13 years was coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five. La Riva has traveled many times to Venezuela since 2001, writing and speaking extensively on the Bolivarian Revolution. She is a founding member of the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Activists in Defense of Humanity. She is Vice-President of Pacific Media Workers Guild, CWA Local 39521 and recipient of Cuba’s Friendship Medal, granted by the Cuban Council of State.

Gregory Wilpert is a long-time solidarity activist, journalist, and sociologist, and is the author of the book Changing Venezuela by Taking Power: The History and Policies of the Chávez Government (Verso Books, 2007). He is also the founder of the website venezuelanalysis.com and most recently he was director of the teleSUR English website.

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Announcing AFGJ 2016 Delegations!
Email delegations@afgj.org for more information or an application

April 8-17 Venezuela: A Revolution Worth Our Solidarity

The Bolivarian Revolution, begun under the presidency of Hugo Chavez, is under attack by the US and the Venezuelan right-wing. The new president of the National Assembly has vowed to drive democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro from office within six months. Travel with us over the anniversary of the 2002 Apr. 11-13 coup against President Chavez to see for yourself the advances the people of Venezuela won for themselves since 1999 and the threats to those gains being perpetrated today. AfGJ Board Member Banbose Shango will lead the delegation. He has traveled to Venezuela numerous times and has special expertise and ties with the Afro-descended population. Meetings will be organized with government and popular movements such as students, women, cooperatives, and unionists with the goal that participants will come home fired up about what is at stake in this struggle and the role of the US in funding and training the violent opposition. Price:$1400

May 22-June 1 – Delegation of Accompaniment in Support of Colombia’s Peace Process

Join AfGJ National Co-Coordinator James Jordan on this important human rights accompaniment delegation during a time when it looks like the 50 year old civil will end in a negotiated peace. We will begin the delegation in Bogota, the capitol city of Colombia, where we will receive an orientation about accompaniment, and where we will meet with labor, student and popular movement representatives. We will then send teams to Tolima and Huila or to La Guajira on the Caribbean coast where we will spend several days hosted by Fensuagro’s affiliates and the human rights organization, Lazos de Dignidad (Links of Dignity). Fensuagro is the largest farm workers union in Colombia. We also plan to visit one of the US funded prisons in the area, and will meet with current and former political prisoners. Price: $1400

June 27-July 6 – Honduras: Human Rights Accompaniment for Communities in Struggle

Since the June 28, 2009 coup, Honduras has become a virtual failed state where the ruling party’s police and military operate with total impunity, foreign mining and tourism industries poison the land and appropriate indigenous land, and where local elites threaten and kill agricultural cooperatives in order to expand African Palm plantations to provide palm oil to the US market. One group that is still untouchable is foreigners, especially foreigners from North America. This delegation will be led by AfGJ National Co-Coordinator Elane Spivak-Rodriguez and Honduras Solidarity Network Coordinator Karen Spring. Price: $1,100

August 5-14 Nicaragua: Is the US still interfering in Nicaragua’s democracy?

Nicaragua will elect a president and national assembly in November 2016. In past elections, the US has intervened massively through the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID to prevent a Sandinista victory. AfGJ/Nicaragua Network takes delegations several months in advance of Election Day to investigate and expose US intervention in Nicaragua’s democratic elections. Join AfGJ National Co-Coordinator Chuck Kaufman, who has almost three decades of solidarity experience with Nicaragua. We will also meet with popular movements and government representatives to learn why Nicaraguans are not among the flood of refugees trying to enter the US. We’ll learn why Nicaragua is still the “threat of a good example” that Oxfam called it in the 1980s. Price $1,050

November 11-20 – Why is the US Building Prisons in Mexico?

AfGJ National Co-Coordinator James Jordan coined the phrase “prison imperialism” while researching the role of the US Bureau of Prisons in building and overseeing one of Colombia’s most notorious prisons. He found that the US was pushing its model of mass incarceration in 25 countries. In Colombia and Mexico, where AfGJ has focused its studies, US involvement has resulted in a spike in human rights abuses and arrests of political prisoners. This delegation will begin in Tucson, AZ where it will learn about border militarization and criminalization of migration. It will travel overland to Hermosillo, Mexico where the country’s first private, for profit prison has been constructed. The delegation will then fly to Mexico City and also to the state of Oaxaca . Delegates will meet with prison activists, migrant advocacy groups, and others. Price: TBA

January 6-15, 2017 – Paraguay: Land of Inequality and Food Insecurity

Novelist Augusto Roa Bastos once described his native and insular Paraguay as “an island surrounded by land”. AfGJ Board Member John Ocampo will lead this first-time AfGJ delegation to Paraguay, a little-known country to US solidarity activists, students, and Latin American Studies departments. Paraguay has the most unequal land distribution in the world and its agro-export model leaves little land to grow food for its own people, earning the country the label of “Soy Republic.” Learn with AfGJ about struggles by popular organizations for economic equality and food sovereignty. Price: TBA
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