Please support an independent international investigation into the murder of Berta Cáceres and security for COPINH.
Reposted from Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided program in the 1990’s.
International Gathering ”Berta Cáceres Lives On” Ends in Violence: "The National Police were only pretending to be helping us”
Reposted from Counter Punch
By Gloria Jiménez
Participants in the International Gathering bathe in Río Gualcarque on April 15, 2017. Photo: Gloria Jimenez.
A member of the indigenous Peche community strongly criticized the poor work of the police on the last day of the International Gathering “Berta Cáceres Lives On.” The gathering ended with a Mayan ceremony on April 17th in Rio Blanco, where members of the delegation were assaulted by paramilitaries. The aggressors were paid 250 lempiras, the equivalent of 11 dollars, by Desarrollos Energeticos SA, the company implementing the Agua Zarca dam project, according to local residents.
"People of the World: Intensify the Struggle" Declaration of the International Summit in Honor of Berta Cáceres
Reposted from Honduras Resists
April 17, 2016
Final Statement of the Berta Cáceres Lives International Peoples' Summit
Photo: Giorgio Trucchi
Reposted from Friends of the Earth
On April 15th, there was another attack on environmental activists in Honduras. This is unacceptable. We need your help to stop this violence against activists! Urge the U.S. State Department and the Honduran Embassy: Protect COPINH and other activists!
“THE PEOPLES OF ¡BERTA VIVE!” INTERNATIONAL GATHERING: CÁCERES LIVES ON, AND SO DOES VIOLENCE BY HONDURAN GOVERNMENT AND DAM COMPANY
By Beverly Bell
"The Peoples of Berta Caceres" march to the Gualcarque River, April 15, 2016. Photo: Maggie Padlewska.
Fifteen hundred people from at least 22 countries convened in Honduras from April 13-15, 2016 for the “Peoples of ¡Berta Vive!” International Gathering. They came to honor slain global movement leader Berta Cáceres and to commit themselves to keeping her legacy alive.
Members of the international gathering also experienced the violence of the Honduran government and Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. - DESA, the foreign-backed company illegally constructing a dam on the indigenous ancestral Gualcarque River - which shadowed Berta throughout her final years and ended her life this past March 2.
COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) communicates the following to the Honduran people and to the international community:
There has been new physical aggression by employees of the company DESA (Desarrollos Energeticos S.A.) owned by the Atala family, after a spiritual intercultural ceremony for our comrade Berta Caceres that was part of an activity carried out by an international solidarity caravan at the Gualcarque River as part of the International Conference “Berta Careers Lives”.
Reposted from Food First
Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities of the Afro-indigenous Garífuna of Honduras, to defend their territories, natural resources, identity, and rights.