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Stop the Repression of Oaxaca's Teachers Union

June 22, 2016

Urgent Call for Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers Union

Reposted from Alliance for Global Justice

Originally posted on June 21, 2016

The Alliance for Global Justice denounces the brutal repression on June 19, 2016 against striking teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico that has left 12 teachers and students dead. They were killed by federal, state and local police who fired on unarmed, nonviolent demonstrators. According to a report by Telesur, the dead include 10 in Nochixtlan, one in Hacienda Blanca and one in Juchitán. Many persons have been wounded, and at least 23 persons disappeared. Witnesses report that wounded protesters and civillians were being turned away from the hospital at Nochixtlan, only police officers being admitted.

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INTRODUCES BERTA CÁCERES HUMAN RIGHTS IN HONDURAS ACT

June 15, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: The BERTA CÁCERES HUMAN RIGHTS IN HONDURAS ACT (H.R. 5474) has just been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, demanding a suspension of all U.S. military and police aid to Honduras!! This important bill is introduced on the Global Day of Action for Justice for Berta!

Report Details How US-Backed Coup Unleashed Wave of Abuses in Honduras

June 14, 2016

Survey by 54 civil society organizations and social movements presented to UN as alternative to official state report

By Lauren McCauley

Reposted from Common Dreams

Originally posted on June 7, 2016

Before her assassination, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres criticized U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as an example of international "meddling." (Photo via Democracy Now!)

The U.S.-backed Honduran coup ushered in a wave of neoliberal policies that have systematically violated the economic, cultural, and social rights of the nation's Indigenous people, women, and farmers, while leaving activists and rights defenders—such as the late Berta Cáceres—vulnerable to criminalization and violence.

Brazil’s largest hydroelectric dam project suspended by Indigenous action

June 7, 2016

By Robert A. Vigna 

Cross-posted from Grassroots International

Originally posted on May 6, 2016

April has been an exceptional month for Indigenous groups in Brazil.

On April 19th, which happens to be Indigenous people’s day in Brazil, Ibama, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, suspended the license of one of the biggest hydroelectric dam projects in Brazil, São Luiz do Tapajós in the Amazon, which was to be started this year. The company building the dam was planning on flooding about 7% of the Mundruku peoples land, which would be unconstitutional once the indigenous status of land is confirmed.  

GLOBAL ACTION FOR JUSTICE FOR BERTA CÁCERES JUNE 15th

June 6, 2016

A Call to Action From COPINH

Reposted from Honduras Resists

Orginally posted May 24, 2016

[For a list of embassies, see this post on School of the Americas Watch]

To the grassroots social movements, organizations and civil society around the world:

The death of Berta Cáceres has filled us with indignation. We carry the pain with us, but we also carry the strength of her thought, her work, and the longing for justice. The principles that she fought for are what will save humanity, which is why we call on you to participate in a worldwide protest that will bring all of our voices together to demand justice for Berta Cáceres, justice for Gustavo Castro, justice for COPINH and justice for the people of Honduras.

JUNE 1ST TO OCTOBER 15 – MOBILIZE FOR IMMEDIATE TROOP WITHDRAWAL

June 2, 2016

Shut-down MINUSTAH and end all occupation of Haiti!

Demilitarize our America!

Reposted from the Haiti No MINUSTAH Solidarity Campaign

Originally posted on May 29, 2016

[Read it in Spanish here.]

The people of Haiti are strengthening their resistance in the face of US imperialism and its allies. Popular mobilization throughout 2015-­‐2016 put in check the plans of the "international community". It forced the departure of former President Martelly and the repeated collapse of run-­off elections, demanded from powers outside Haiti -­‐ even though there was only one candidate. Despite direct rejection by the US, grassroots forces have also been able to secure launching of a verification process of the 2015 elections, understood by all to be fraudulent. The outcome is  still pending.

In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers

May 31, 2016

Reposted from CounterPunch

Originally posted on May 27, 2016

By Gloria Jimenez

Less than three months before Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was brutally assassinated, the social arm of Desarollos Energeticos SA (DESA)–the Honduran company leading the Agua Zarca dam project Cáceres was campaigning against–signed a contract with USAID implementing partner Fintrac, a Washington DC based development contracting firm.

As Hillary Clinton Defends Her Role in 2009 Coup, Is US Aid to Honduras Adding "Fuel to the Fire"?

May 24, 2016

Reposted from Truth Out

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

[Watch the interview here.]

We speak with Annie Bird, director of Rights & Ecology, a project of the Center for Political Ecology, about Hillary Clinton's role as secretary of state during the 2009 coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. "There's no other way to categorize what happened in 2009 other than a military coup with no legal basis," Bird says. "The U.S. was not willing to cut off assistance to Honduras, and that is the only reason it was not called a coup, a military coup. At the time, activists like Berta called for the assistance to be cut off, and today her children are calling for it to be cut off, because the U.S. assistance is actually adding fuel to the fire and stoking the economic interests of the people behind the coup."

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