Berta Cáceres was a Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader of the Lenca People. She was killed in her home on March 3, 2016. Saturday, March 26th Em Jollie and Oonagh Doherty led a peace vigil to honor the late activist. The Daily Hampshire Gazette covered the vigil. Click the link to read the article.
You can learn more about Berta Cáceres here and here. For ways to participate and follow calls for an investigation, click here. For those of you who may be interested, a Facebook page has been created, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Group of Western Mass. The link is below.
I am hoping some Peace and Justice members may want to continue organization and education around the issues of human rights and environmental activists who are being killed and threatened in Latin America. This page is a good and convenient way to plan further actions, communicate and share news, petitions, fundraising efforts, and also a way to connect with others. I also think some in person planning and organization is also important.
You can join the Facebook page, and also please do reach out to friends who may be interested.
We will also contact National Groups who work to support peace and justice in Latin America , to see what is happening elsewhere in the US, and in Latin America.
An example of the news we don’t hear: there is currently a bill under consideration in Guatemala to amend the voting and electoral system. I don’t have all the details, but women’s groups, indigenous and ladina (ladina = non-indigenous, non-minority) are working together to support the effort and will be going to the Guatemalan congress this week. I think the bill is also calling for parity or proportionate representation for women and indigenous people in government, as right now the government is predominantly male and ladino. A bit like America, in fact!
~ Oonagh Doherty