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Popular education, social history: among the keys to defending Maya land

Third in a series by Jim HodgsonRead the second post here Many supporters of Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking The Silence Network (BTS) and other solidarity groups across Canada know Leocadio Juracán and the organization he has been part of since 1989: the Comité Campesino del Altiplano – CCDA (Highlands Committee of Small [...]

2022-07-02T14:50:08-04:00June 29th, 2022|Defense of Territory, Delegation, Report Backs|

Seventy years after land reform promise, Indigenous Guatemalans struggle for land rights

President Arbenz achieves: ‘Farmer, here is your land. Defend it, care for it, cultivate it.’” (C.P.R. Urbana from LIFE magazine). President Jacobo Arbenz (Cubadebate). Bitter Fruit tells the story of the 1954 coup. Tanks in front of the National Palace after the coup (TeleSUR). Seventy years after land reform promise, [...]

2022-06-17T11:18:15-04:00June 17th, 2022|Defense of Territory, Human security|

The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute Presents the Biodiversity and Ancestral Knowledge Law

IMAP joins with organizations representing Indigenous Peoples from across Guatemala to present the Biodiversity and Ancestral Knowledge Law before Congress in the National Capital Photo Credits: Imap Guatemala Originally Written by the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute Translated by Martha Schmitz Organizations representing Indigenous peoples in Guatemala will present the [...]

2022-06-09T08:53:50-04:00June 8th, 2022|Defense of Territory|

Meeting with IMAP & CCDA, March 2022

Last week we visited Lake Atitlan and two of BTS’s partners, the Mesoamerican Institute for Permaculture (IMAP) and the Highland Small Farmers Committee (CCDA). During the visit, we had the chance to sit, connect over cups of Cafe Justicia, and discuss recent success and challenges with both IMAP and [...]

2022-04-25T13:17:09-04:00April 25th, 2022|Defense of Territory|

7to Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco 2022

Topacio fue una joven artista, activista y líder en su comunidad de Mataquescuintla, Jalapa.  Tocaba la guitarra, cantaba, escribía y recitaba poemas, dibujaba, pintaba, era hija, hermana, amiga, y alzaba la voz para defender a su comunidad contra la explotación minera. Como muchas otras personas en Guatemala, Topacio [...]

2022-05-16T07:32:10-04:00April 7th, 2022|Defense of Territory, Espanol|

NEWS RELEASE from the CNCA: Bills Introduced to Protect People and the Planet Warrant All-Party Support

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2022 Bills Introduced to Protect People and the Planet Warrant All-Party Support Human Rights and the Environment should be Non-Partisan Issues Two private Members’ bills introduced in the House of Commons today would, if passed, help protect people and the planet. These bills deserve all-party [...]

2022-03-29T13:15:32-04:00March 29th, 2022|Defense of Territory, Press releases|
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