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Too High a Price for Courage

October 3, 2013

The Honduran government should stop repressing indigenous leaders like Berta Cáceres.

By Beverly Bell

Berta Cáceres, an internationally respected leader of the movement for indigenous rights, is now living as a fugitive. The Honduran government ordered this soft-spoken dynamo imprisoned on September 20.

From her undisclosed location, she emailed me and a few others. “We’re standing firm against the pressure, the criminalization, the abuse, and the manipulations,” she said.

Berta Caceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

Berta Cáceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

Summary of actions from September 10 Day of Action for Honduras

September 17, 2013
[Espanol abajo]
 
This international day of action arose quickly following a delegation of 9 nations to Rio Blanco after the Grito de los Excluidos meeting in Honduras. On September 10 at least 9 cities in 6 countries held actions, most of them at Honduran Embassies. Below is a brief summary of the events. Please email lauren.otherworlds@gmail.com if you have any more information about the day of action.
 
Abajo es una resumen de las acciónes que pasaron este semana en solidaridad con COPINH y los derechos de los indígenas. El dia internacional de solidaridad fue el producto de una delegacion de gente de 9 naciones despues de el encuentro de Grito de los Excluidos. Hubo acciones en 9 ciudades en 6 paises. Si alguien tiene mas informacion por favor me envíe más detalles a lauren.otherworlds@gmail.com. Por favor disculpa los errores en español.

Video from National Day to Defend Indigenous Rights in Honduras 09/10/2013

September 17, 2013

Check out this video from San Francisco's action on the National Day to Defend Indigenous Rights in Honduras, September 10, 2013. For more information on how you can support indigenous communities defending their lands and resources from violence enacted by the government and corporate entities, check out our action alert here.

Video from National Day to Defend Indigenous Rights in Honduras 09/10/2013

September 17, 2013

Check out this video from San Francisco's action on the National Day to Defend Indigenous Rights in Honduras, September 10, 2013. For more information on how you can support indigenous communities defending their lands and resources from violence enacted by the government and corporate entities, check out our action alert here.

Because the Land Is Ours: The Rights of Mother Earth v. Carbon Trading

September 15, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

The hip-hop group Kunarevolution celebrate the Kuna Yala nation’s recent rejection of carbon trading. Photo: Beverly Bell.

Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect their lands and waters.

WE DON’T NEGOTIATE LIFE: THE DEFENSE OF INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS

September 9, 2013

At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, minerals, oil, gas, biodiversity, knowledge (otherwise known as intellectual property), rights, and autonomy. Stacked against all these are extraction, “development,” and profit by Honduran and international business, with backing from the Honduran government and US military aid. Rio Blanco, a Lenca indigenous community of 400 families, tells one story of plunder, violence, and resistance.

DEFENDING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS: THE CASE OF RIO BLANCO

September 6, 2013

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field

Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series.


            The indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco is in its fifth month of blocking an illegal damming operation on the sacred Gualcarque River. Here, the road to the river, blockaded. Photo: Beverly Bell.

On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta, the general coordinator of COPINH and an internationally recognized social movement leader, is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “to the danger of the internal security of Honduras.”

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